Breaking Down The Calder Race One Month Into The Season

We’re over a month into the season now, and we have a fairly clear idea of which rookies will be staying with their NHL club for the remainder of the season, as well as a somewhat reliable sample to evaluate their NHL play so far in their careers. Elias Pettersson has been fantastic so far, …

Game Report: Nov 3 – Calgary Royals at Fort Sask Rangers

November 3rd, 2018 – Calgary Royals at Fort Sask Rangers – 2-1 Royals Alex Thacker (Swift Current Broncos) – Thacker looks much stronger with his lower body than he did in his bantam draft year. Continues to be a pass first style of player who plays with above average vision and can thread passes through …

WHL Draft Prospect of the Month: Connor Levis

October: Connor Levis – St. Georges Academy Connor Levis is this years first Player of the Month we have presented. Levis currently sits third in CSSHL Bantam Prep scoring with 33 points in 12 games and has helped the St. Georges Academy to a 9-3 record. Recording 29 of those points and producing 3 or …

Prospect Profile: Vasili Podkolzin

Name: Vasili Podkolzin Team: SKA-1946 St. Petersburg (MHL) Position: Right Wing Date of Birth: June 24, 2001 Hometown: Podolsk, Russia Height/Weight: 6’1″, 190 lbs Hand: Left *Eligible for 2019 NHL Draft* Areas of Strength  Puck Skills Ability To Make Plays At Top Speed Versatility and Intangibles Areas of Weakness Statistical Production Piecing Skill Together Into …

Game Report: Oct 27 – Saskatoon at Edmonton (WHL)

October 27th, 2018 – Saskatoon Blades at Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) – 5-2 EDM Keagan Slaney (2021 NHL Draft) – Slaney made his WHL Debut as a 15 year old. Slaney played a normal shift through a majority of the game. At first he was quite tentative and timid with the puck, had a few …

Game Report: Oct 27 – NAX vs Edge (Elite 15’s)

October 27th, 2018 – Edge vs NAX Elite 15s – Score 5-3 NAX Caleb Wyrostok (Swift Current Broncos) – Had himself a hat-trick performance in this game. Wyrostok flashed crafty puck handling that stood out in a fairly physical fair. Wyrostok did an excellent job utilizing his puck handling to allow opportunity to develop around …

WHL Draft Q + A: Tanner Scott

Name: Tanner Scott Team: OHA Edmonton (CSSHL) Position: Center Height/Weight: 5’8 134lbs Hand: Left       1)      Introduce yourself, describe yourself as a player and person. I pride myself on my work ethic, team play, and character.   I believe in being kind to people.  Friends and family are very important to me.   My biggest asset …

Game Report: Oct 20 – Edge vs NAX (CSSHL)

  October 20th, 2018 – Edge vs NAX Midget Prep – Score 3-2 Edge Zack Ostapchuk (Vancouver Giants) – Ostapchuk was his team’s most noticeable forward, establishing himself as a physical 200ft presence. Ostapchuk’s displayed some intriguing two-way capabilities, he’s a relentless in puck pursuit and adhere’s to the defensive side. Utilized on his team’s …

Prospect Profile: Ty Murchison

Name: Ty Murchison Team: Los Angeles Jr. Kings 16U AAA Position: Defense Date of Birth: 2/2/2003 Hometown: Corona, California Height/Weight: 5’11 165 pounds Hand: Left   Eligible for the 2021 NHL Draft   Ty Murchison is a smart, puck-moving, two-way defenseman who contributes in every facet of the game. Murchison was selected in the third …

Ryan Suzuki: Intelligence and Skill Mix Well

  Some people call it “hockey IQ,” or hockey “smarts,” while others, like me, might refer to it simply as “intelligence.” Although it’s usually a player’s physical tools that stand out on initial observation, it’s what goes on in a player’s head that might actually hold the most importance. Some of you might remember a …