Jakob Pelletier May Be The Most Underrated Prospect In The 2019 NHL Draft Heading Into The Season

  One of the most compelling parts of following the draft is identifying overrated and underrated players, and digging into why they may be viewed that way relative to their true potential. Overrated players can be overvalued for a multitude of reasons, the seemingly most common ones being size, physicality, and intangibles, all of which are typically overrated as predictors of future success. Underrated players are similar— most often being … Read more

Tri-City Americans Draft Review

  14th Overall: Marc Lajoie – NAX Bantam Prep   With their first selection in the 2018 WHL draft, Tri-City selected the big left defender out of St. Albert, Alberta. Marc Lajoie spent this past season with the NAX Bantam Prep’s where he would often log 25-40 minutes a game…. No seriously he logged that many minutes on most nights and for a kid of his stature it was impressive … Read more

Portland Winterhawks Training Camp

  Last week I attended the Winterhawks Training Camp, locally known as the Neely Cup. I spent the majority of time focusing on the 2002 and 2003 players along with a few other roster hopefuls. Overall, I feel the camp was a success and players had the opportunity to showcase their skills and also overcome adversity they may have faced earlier in the week. There were several young players who … Read more

The Race To Be The Best Player Out Of The 2017 NHL Draft Is Still Wide Open

  After originally being described as a weak draft, the 2017 draft has ended up looking quite excellent just a year later. First overall pick Nico Hischier had an impressive 52 point rookie campaign on a thin New Jersey Devils team. While Nolan Patrick, the #2 selection, was on pace for 34, an adequate rookie season for a promising youngster. Those two were the only ones to make a significant … Read more

Victoria Royals Draft Review

Draft Selections:     13th Overall: Nolan Bentham – Yale Lions   Arguably the most improved defender in this year’s draft class, Bentham worked his way up draft rankings into a middle first round spot. Through most of the year him and Graham Sward battled for top positioning amongst defender on Yale but Victoria made the choice to take Bentham. His offensive abilities stand out most, he’s got above average … Read more

Sebastian Cossa Interview

  Tyler Lowry (@tlowry9) of DubNetwork recently an up close and personal interview with Sebastian Cossa of the Edmonton Oil Kings at the recent Hockey Canada U17 showcase in Calgary. Sebastian is a Fort McMurray native who has spent the previous two seasons with the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers organization. He played at the Midget AAA level last year in the AMHL where he posted a 3.37 GAA and a 0.915 … Read more

Cole Shepard Interview

  Tyler Lowry (@tlowry9) of DubNetwork recently an up close and personal interview with Cole Shepard of the Penticton Vee’s at the recent Hockey Canada U17 showcase in Calgary. Cole has spent the past the last season with the Delta Hockey Academy Midget Prep’s of the CSSHL, where he produced 53 points in 34 regular season games and got the opportunity to play with Penticton as a 15 year old. … Read more

Looking Further Into Philip Broberg’s Game

  Philip Broberg’s excellence at the recent Hlinka-Gretzky Cup has him flying up draft boards, proven by his placement of 3rd overall in Craig Button’s Top 5. The left-shot defenceman totaled three goals and one assist through five games, and went on numerous end-to-end rushes. Broberg was one of the top defencemen at the tournament, which featured several top draft-eligible blueliners, including consensus top defenceman Bowen Byram, ranked 3rd by … Read more

Ivan Hlinka Gretzky Top 31 Performers

  1. Alexis Lafreniere, Stats: 11PTS 5G 6A – Canada   Despite being one of the youngest players at the tournament, Lafreniere was the top scorer and evidently Canada’s most valuable player. While he only a late ’01, it is believed that Lafreniere could have legitimately competed against Jack Hughes for the first overall spot in this year’s class. Lafreniere is just an all-around offensive catalyst who has dangerous scoring … Read more

Vancouver Giants Draft Review

12th Overall: Zack Ostapchuk – NAX Academy   With their first selection in the 2018 WHL Draft the Vancouver Giants selected one of the most complete forwards in the 2003 class. A big strong two-way forward, Ostpachuk brings a balanced game to the Giants. If it were baseball he would be described as a five tool player in that he brings the size, skill, skating, versatility, and physically. I loved … Read more