Category «NHL Draft»

Breaking Down Bobby Brink’s Game

One of the fastest rising prospects available in the 2019 NHL Draft, Brink has gone from virtually unknown to a potential first round pick in just a few months. Playing for the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL, Brink has tallied 33 points through 19 games. After missing time to represent Team USA at the …

Breaking Down Team Canada’s WJC Roster

The holiday season has arrived, and hockey’s World Junior Championships, one of the most anticipated events of the year, are quickly approaching.  On December 3rd, Canada’s preliminary roster was released.  A few days later, I tweeted out my lines for Canada at the WJC. Keep in mind that these aren’t a projection of what Canada’s …

Game Report: Nov 28 – Prince Albert at Edmonton

Prince Albert Raiders: Braden Pachal – Captain of his Prince Albert Raider’s team, Pachal had a good game for himself. Pachal was quick to activate in the rush and scored a nice goal on a two on one feed from Leason. Four-way mobility and footwork defend the rush as well as recover defensively when up …

Prospect Profile: Nathan Légaré

Name: Nathan Légaré Team: Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL) Position: Right Wing Date of Birth: January 11, 2001 Hometown: St-Eustache, Quebec, Canada Height/Weight: 6’0″, 196 lbs Hand: Right *Eligible for 2019 NHL Draft* Areas of Strength Competitiveness and Intensity Offensive Instincts Finishing Ability Areas of Weakness Playmaking Play Driving Scouting Report: Nathan Légaré, who is rising fast …

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, …

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 …

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 …

Looking Ahead To The 2020 Draft

  2020 isn’t that far away anymore, and it’s time to begin addressing the draft that will occur that year. Although most drafts end up being pretty similar in quality regardless of the hype going in, it’s difficult to deny the apparent strength of this draft. Led by Alexis Lafrenière, who’s about as good as …

Revisiting the Leafs Decision To Trade Down At The Draft

    Kyle Dubas wasn’t new to the draft, having managing it in 2015 under the title of Assistant General Manager, so we had an idea of what to expect from him as he experienced his first draft as the GM in June. Three years ago, Dubas and the Leafs traded down in the draft …