Category «NHL Draft»

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 …

Prospect Profile: Anttoni Honka

Name: Anttoni Honka Team: JYP (Liiga) Position: Defense Date Of Birth: October 5th, 2000 Hometown: Jyväskylä, Finland Height/Weight: 5’10”, 170 lbs Hand: Right   *Eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft* Areas of Strength Transitional play Skating abilities Passing and vision Areas of Weakness Size Defensive play Physicality Scouting Report: Currently ranked 3rd by DraftGeek, Honka …

Anttoni Honka Is Built For The Modern NHL

The list of defencemen that have suited up in 20+ games in the Liiga in their draft-minus-one season is a short one— intact it is only four players long. One half of that group are/were 40 point NHL defencemen; the other half is made up of Anttoni Honka and Urho Vaakanainen, a top prospect for …

12 NHL Re-Entries to Watch

The NHL Draft is nearly a summer past and many names we were talking about leading up to it failed to hear their name called on June 22-23. That doesn’t mean it’s the end of the line for these kids however. Every year there are several +1 players taken in the draft who built on …