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

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: Logan Barlage

Name: Logan Barlage Team: Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)  Position: Center Height/Weight: 6’4 201lbs Hand: Right NHL Draft Ranking: N/A  Western Prospects Ranking: 37th Estimated Draft Position: Fifth Round to Sixth Round   Areas of Strength Processing Offensive Zone Robust Qualities Lightning Release Areas of Weakness Skating Abilities Quicken Execution O to D Transitioning Report: A massive right handed centre that produced over half a point per game in his first draft … Read more

NHL Draft: Jackson van de Leest

Name: Jackson van de Leest Team: Calgary Hitmen (WHL) Position: Defense Height/Weight: 6’6 223lbs Hand: Left NHL Draft Ranking: N/A Western Prospects Ranking: 40th Estimated Draft Position: Seventh Round   Areas of Strength Big ‘n Mobile Active Stick Defensively Sneaky Skilled Areas of Weakness Imposing Frame Improve Offensively Lateral Footwork Report: Teams take chances on big defenseman and your not going to find many larger than Jackson van de Leest … Read more

NHL Draft: Tarun Fizer

Name: Tarun Fizer Team: Victoria Royals (WHL) Position: Right Wing Height/Weight: 5’11 161lbs Hand: Right NHL Draft Ranking: N/A Western Prospects Ranking: 42nd Estimated Draft Position: Seventh Round or Camp Invite   Areas of Strength Responsible Two-Way Slippery Offensive Zone Always in Good Positioning Areas of Weakness Slight and Scrawny Lacks Explosiveness Board Work Report: To start the season we were not expecting to have Fizer this high on our … Read more

NHL Draft: Dylan Plouffe

Name: Dylan Plouffe Team: Vancouver Giants (WHL) Position: Defense Height/Weight: 6’0 201lbs Hand: Left NHL Draft Ranking: N/A  Western Prospects Ranking: 45th Estimated Draft Position: Camp Invite   Areas of Strength Maturity Physical Defensively High Level Skater Areas of Weakness Discipline Over Committing Improving in All Areas Report: Its a shock that Dylan Plouffe has yet to earn looks from an NHL Team, outside of camp invites Dylan Plouffe’s name … Read more

NHL Draft: Roman Basran

Name: Roman Basran Team: Kelowna Rockets (WHL) Position: Goalie Height/Weight: 6’2 194lbs Hand: Left NHL Draft Ranking: N/A  Western Prospects Ranking: 41st Estimated Draft Position: Fifth Round to Seventh Round   Areas of Strength Composure in Crease Lightning Reflexes Creativity Areas of Weakness Compact Stance Low Shoulders Footwork Report: Roman Basran was highly coveted entering the Kelowna Rockets line up as a 16 year old net minder, his numbers were … Read more