Player Profile: Ben Riche

NAME: Ben Riche TEAM: Prairie Storm (SBAAHL) HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5’10/154lbs POSITION: Center HAND: Left DRAFTGEEK RANK: 44TH SKATING: 4 SKILL: 3.75 SHOT: 3.75 SMARTS: 3.5 PHYSICAL: 4.25 STRENGTHS: Non Stop Motor Aggressive Forechecking Nose for the Net Strength and Speed Turnover Creator AREAS TO IMPROVE: Diversify Attack Consistency Too Perimeter at Times Passing at Top Speed Riche is a true power forward with a nose for the net who produced 71 points this past season. Riche is … Read more

Player Profile: Brayden Yager

NAME: Brayden Yager TEAM: Saskatoon Contacts (SMHL) HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6’0/165lbs POSITION: Center HAND: Right DRAFTGEEK RANK: 2ND SKATING: 4.5 SKILL: 4.5 SHOT: 4.5 SMARTS: 4.75 PHYSICAL: 5 STRENGTH: Elite Smarts + Offensive Instincts Structure and Execution Separation Speed Perseverance through Physicality Cycle Play + Chip Plays AREAS TO IMPROVE: Continue to Improve on Strengths Offensive Imagination REPORT: Highly touted for a long time, Brayden Yager first made a name for himself when he played as an underage … 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: Denton Mateychuk

Name: Denton Mateychuk Team: Eastman Selects (WPG-AAA) Position: Left Defense Hometown: Eastman, Manitoba Height/Weight: 5’10 165lbs Hand: Left WHL Draft:  DraftGeek Rank: 8   Areas of Strength Puck Distributing Defensive Physicality Puck Possession Areas of Weakness Extend Stride Consistency Activation Decision Report: Mateychuk’s game is much different than any other defenseman in the draft, the purest puck distributor in the draft. Mateychuk posted the most points by a true defenseman … Read more

WHL Draft Q + A: Denton Mateychuk

Name: Denton Mateychuk Team: Eastman Selects (WBAAA) Position: Defense Height/Weight: 5’10 155lbs Hand: Left 1) Introduce yourself, describe yourself as a player and person Hello, my name is denton Mateychuk. I play hockey for the Eastman Selects bantam AAA.  I am from Dominion City Manitoba and I have been playing hockey since I was 3. I play the game as a very offensive defence. I have a good defensive zone and … Read more

WHL Rookie Race Projection

  Around a week away from the WHL season starting, one of the biggest headlines going into the 2018-2019 WHL season is the wide open rookie of the year race with an influx of high end players entering the league. The 2002 class was one that showcased a tonne of offensive forward who showcased strong performances in limited games with their teams last year and a core of imports who … Read more

Moose Jaw Warriors Draft Review

22nd Overall: Eric Alarie – RHA Academy   The Warriors first selection in this year’s WHL draft, Alarie spent the previous season with the Rink Hockey Academy where he produced 55 points in 30 games played. Alarie is big strong forward who plays heavy on the puck and can control the puck well in traffic. Has a dangerous shot, he can get it off under pressure and in traffic. The … Read more