Ivan Hlinka Tournament Report

The start of August marks the start of the new draft year for NHL scouts. Beginning there’s year long journey at the 2019 U-18 Ivan Hlinka Tournament which was once again held in the neighbouring countries of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. For five days it was home to the top under 18 talent in the world from eight power house hockey countries. From a scouting standpoint this tournament is … Read more

Canada U18 Camp Notes

Hockey Canada’s annual U18 Summer Camp took place on July 28th to July 30th. The summer camp contains 44 of the top under 18 talent in Canada and it is used to decide the Canadian Ivan Hlinka squad. We are starting to see a trend at these camps that players need to have a certain level of skill to get invited to them, it is no longer just required for … Read more

Breaking down Lucas Raymond’s multidimensional offensive game

  Alexis Lafrenière is currently the easy number one as the 2020 class gets a little more wide open afterwards. I can see a pair of prospect in the #2 spot at this point— Quinton Byfield— a 6’4” dual-threat centre for the Sudbury Wolves— and Lucas Raymond— a electrifying winger with an elite combination of skating ability and skill on the puck. The top pick in the 2018 OHL Draft, … Read more

How does Alexis Lafrenière stack up to other top prospects?

  I’m always cautious to bestow the term “generational” on a prospect. For my money, there are only two current NHL players who deserve the tag: Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid. Lafrenière isn’t on that level, but the Quebec-born winger isn’t far off. The list of Lafrenière’s career accomplishments is not short. The first overall pick in the 2017 QMJHL Entry Draft, Lafrenière quickly made an impact for the Rimouski … Read more

NHL Draft: Dylan Cozens

Name: Dylan Cozens Team: Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL) Position: Center Height/Weight: 6’3 183lbs Hand: Right NHL Draft Ranking: 10th Western Prospects Ranking: 4th Estimated Draft Position: Sixth Overall to Thirteenth Overall   Areas of Strength Finishing Between the Dots Explosiveness Flexibility Puck Handling Areas of Weakness Awkward Mechanics Struggles Internationally Driving the Play Report: The face of Yukon hockey, Dylan Cozens is trailblazing the way for hockey players up in Northern … Read more

NHL Draft: Matthew Robertson

Name: Matthew Robertson Team: Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) Position: Defense Hometown: Sherwood Park, Alberta Height/Weight: 6’4 201lbs Hand: Left NHL Draft Ranking: 28th Western Prospect Ranking: 6th Estimated Draft Position: Eighteenth Overall to Twenty Ninth Overall   Areas of Strength Elite Skating Abilities Steadiness Defensively Suffocating Instincts Areas of Weakness Distributing Discipline Offensive Consistency Physical Play In Short: “A long rangy two-way defensemen who relies on elite skating abilities and suffocating … Read more

NHL Draft: Kirby Dach

Name: Kirby Dach Team: Saskatoon Blades (WHL) Position: Center Height/Weight: 6’4 198lbs Hand: Right NHL Draft Ranking: 6th Western Prospects Ranking: 2nd Estimated Draft Position: Fourth Overall to Eighth Overall   Areas of Strength Elite One on One Instincts Exceptional Vision Reach and Range Areas of Weakness Body Language Lacks Next Gear Intensity Report: Kirby Dach is a game breaking playmaker that has been a polarizing prospect amongst the NHL … Read more

NHL Draft: Reece Newkirk

Name: Reece Newkirk Team: Portland Winterhawks (WHL) Position: Center Height/Weight: 5’11 172lbs Hand: Left NHL Draft Ranking: N/A Western Prospects Ranking: 22nd Estimated Draft Position: Third Round to Fourth Round   Areas of Strength: Driving the net Forechecking/Puck retrieval Plays with an edge Areas of Weakness: Strength on the puck Staying out of the box Top end speed   Report: Reece Newkirk is one of the top rising 2019 NHL … Read more

NHL Draft: John Ludvig

Name: John Ludvig Team: Portland Winterhawks (WHL) Position: Defense Height/Weight: 6’0” 196lbs Hand: Left NHL Draft Ranking: N/A Western Prospects Ranking: Unranked Estimated Draft Position: Camp Invite   Areas of Strength: Shot Blocking Defensive Zone Coverage Penalty Killing Areas of Weakness: Offensive Zone Improvement Physicality Leading to Penalties Foot Speed Report: In 2016 John Ludvig was playing in Junior B in Kamloops, Brittish Columbia after being passed over in the … Read more

NHL Draft: Clay Hanus

Name: Clay Hanus Team: Portland Winterhawks (WHL) Position: Defense Height/Weight: 5’10” 170lbs Hand: Left NHL Draft Ranking: N/A Western Prospects Ranking: 48th Estimated Draft Position: Sixth Round to Seventh Round   Areas of Strength: Good First Pass Heavy Shot Agility and Edge Work Areas of Weakness: Getting Shot on Net Top End Speed Offensive Consistency Report: A smooth-skating, left-shot defensemen that continues to trend in the right direction. After suffering … Read more