Interview with Maxim Lapierre

I had the great opportunity to exchange with Maxim Lapierre, former NHLer, about his journey in the European hockey leagues and his draft eligible teammate, Lukas Reichel. After playing more than 600 NHL games, mostly with Montreal, Vancouver and St. Louis, Lapierre is currently pursuing his career in Germany with the Berlin Eisbären. Et pour les francophones, voici la version originale en français: Q: How did you find your first … Read more

Player Profile: Trae Johnson

NAME: Trae Johnson TEAM: Martinsville Marauders (SBAAHL) HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5’11/15lbs POSITION: Forward HAND: Left DRAFT RANKINGS: 81ST SKATING: 3.5 SKILL: 3.5 SHOT: 4 SMARTS: 3.5 PHYSICAL: 4.5   Paired on a line with Tysen Durant, Johnson and Durant made themselves known as a difficult to play against duo who could also accumulate a large amount of production, with 67 points this past season. Johnson is a skilled power forward who imposes himself on anyone in his … Read more

Player Profile: Quinn Mantei

NAME: Quinn Mantei TEAM: Weyburn Red Wings HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5’10/155lbs POSITION: Defense HAND: Left DRAFTGEEK RANKING: 38th SKATING: 4.25 SKILL: 4.25 SHOT: 3.5 SMARTS: 4 PHYSICAL: 4   Mantei is one of those rare defensemen that is capable of making players on the ice better offensively. An active rusher who can quickly identify lanes from below his goal line and explode through them in the attack. Mantei posted 52 points this past season and played … Read more

2020 NHL Draft: Ridly Greig Game Report – Nov 17 vs. Oil Kings

Game Report: November 17, 2019 – Brandon Wheat Kings vs. Edmonton Oil Kings Ridly Greig Team: Brandon Wheat Kings Position: Center Height/Weight: 5’11 – 159lbs Hometown: Lethbridge, Alberta   Ridly Greig is currently ranked as the 58th overall prospect in Future Considerations 2020 NHL Draft rankings and was given a “B” rating by NHL Central scouting, which projects a player to be a 2nd/3rd round candidate. Greig is also a … 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

Prospect Profile: Zach Turner

Name: Zach Turner Team: Southwest Cougars (WPG-AAA) Position: Defense Hometown:  Height/Weight: 5’10 140lbs Hand: Left WHL Draft: 31th Overall – Brandon Wheat Kings DraftGeek Rank: 62nd   Areas of Strength Quick Transitioning Defensive Recoveries Skating Areas of Weakness Offensive Consistency Puck Management Defensive Positioning Report: Finishing the season with 28 points in 36 regular season games with the Southwest Cougars. Turner has consistently become more confident this past season, looking … Read more

Future Cast: Brandon Wheat Kings

2019 WHL Draft Summary The Brandon Wheat Kings made ten selections at the 2019 WHL Draft, started off with three in the first round alone and taking three forwards with those picks. Five forwards, four defensemen, and one goalie were taken with the ten picks. Focused on adding energy, skill, smarts, and explosiveness with there forward selections. All of the forwards taken by the  Wheat Kings can skate, they all … Read more

Prospect Profile: Rylan Roersma

Name: Rylan Roersma Team: Lethbridge Goldenhawks (AMBHL) Position: Center Hometown: Lethbridge, Alberta Height/Weight: 5’10 160lbs Hand: Left WHL Draft:  DraftGeek Rank: 18   Areas of Strength Speed Versatility Quick Processor Areas of Weakness Offensive End Structure Size Report: Roersma was the captain for this year’s Lethbridge Golden Hawks team, he missed some time this season with a wrist injury in playoffs and his attendance at the Alberta Cup was questionable … Read more

Prospect Profile: Tyson Zimmer

Name: Tyson Zimmer Team: OHA Penticton (CSSHL) Position: Forward Hometown: Mayerthorpe, Alberta Height/Weight: 5’9 160lbs Hand: Right WHL Draft:  DraftGeek Rank: 12   Areas of Strength Explosiveness Elite Shooting Abilities Power Drive Areas of Weakness Lateral Skating Consistent Footwork Vision at Top Speed Report: Leading scorer of his OHA Penticton team with 52 points, Zimmer was the catalyst for creating most of his teams scoring chances and generating offense. A … Read more

Prospect Profile: Nate Danielson

Name: Nate Danielson Team: Red Deer Rebels (AMBHL) Position: Center Hometown: Red Deer, Alberta Height/Weight: 5’7 130lbs Hand: Right WHL Draft:  DraftGeek Rank: 4   Areas of Strength Transitional Game All Zone Intuition Stick Work Areas of Weaknesses Lacks Strength Finishing Abilities Strength in Tight Report: When it comes to players in this draft who trended upwards as the year progress Nate Danielson’s name is at the top of that … Read more