AJHL Preview: Drayton Valley Thunder


2017/18 Record: 17-40-3 (8rd in the North Division)

Leading Scorer: Vincent Beaudry – 61

Most Goals: Trevor Ayre – 24

Most Assists: Vincent Beaudry – 41

Offseason Movement

In: James Orban (Alberni Valley Bulldogs) Bradley Ong  (Alberni Valley Bulldogs), Jeremy Klessens  (Olds Grizzlys), Zach Aston (Bonnyville Pontiacs), Tanner Foster (Whitecourt Wolverines), Tanner Hopps (Penticton Vees), Trent Campbell (Sherwood Park Crusaders), Brett Bamber (St Albert MAAA Raiders), Jake Ashton (Knights of Columbus MAAA Pats), Braydon Iwaschuk (NAX-Treme Prep), Matthew Kinash (OHA Edmonton Prep), Jaxon Steele (Calgary Canucks), Jakin Smallwood (Leduc MAAA Oil Kings), Zac Gladu (La Ronge Ice Wolves), 

Out: Charlie Risk (Granby Inouk), Joren Patenaude (Calgary Canucks), Marcus Walter (Alberni Valley Bulldogs), Ethan Green (Olds Grizzlys), Marc-Antoine Benoit (Bonnyville Pontiacs), Felix Meunier (Whitecourt Wolverines), Trevor Ayre (Penticton Vees), Sam De Melo (Nanaimo Clippers), Michael Boutoussov  (Neepawa Natives), Branden Voss (University of Victoria Vikes), Vincent Beaudry (Graduated).

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Everett Silvertips Draft Review

Draft Selections 42nd Overall: Olen Zellweger – OHA Edmonton   Everett Silvertips first selection in the draft didn’t happen until late in the second round but they took a player who has a tonne of upside to his game. Zellweger is one of the most poised puck moving defenders in the draft, he’s a bit small right now but makes up for it with mobility and quickness. Steady defensively and … Read more

Prospect Profile: Kaiden Guhle

Name: Kaiden Guhle Team: Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) Position: Defense Date of Birth: January 18th 2002 Hometown: Sherwood Park, Alberta Height/Weight: 6’2 190lbs Hand: Left WHL Draft: 1st Overall in 2017 – Prince Albert Raiders (Signed)   *Eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft* Areas of Strength Elite Skating Offensive Instincts Puck Transporting Areas of Weakness Blue Line Presence Add Strength   Player Report: The highly touted Kaiden Guhle will enter the 2018-19 hockey … Read more

AJHL Preview: Drumheller Dragons

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2017/18 Record: 33-22-5 (3rd in the South Division)

Leading Scorer: Jordan Taupert – 74

Most Goals: Jordan Taupert – 30

Most Assists: Jordan Taupert – 44

Offseason Movement

In: Brendon Borbely (Kindersley Klippers)*, Robert Michetti (Kindersley Klippers), Aiden Yakimchuk (Sherwood Park Crusaders), Josh Brindza (Sherwood Park Crusaders).

Out: Clay Keeley (Kindersley Klippers), Nate Keeley (Kindersley Klippers), Dane Dow (Humboldt Broncos) Brendon Borbely (Kindersley Klippers), Tyson Scott (Sherwood Park Crusaders), Brett Wieschorster (Sherwood Park Crusaders), Andrew Kartusch (MacEwan University Griffins), Tyler Kreklewich (Regina Cougars).

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AJHL Preview: Fort McMurray Oil Barons

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2017/18 Record: 42-13-5 (2nd in the North Division)

Leading Scorer: Will Conley – 80

Most Goals: Will Conley – 48

Most Assists: Curtis Roach – 36

Offseason Movement

In: Sean McCloskey (Chilliwack Bruins), Kole Gable (Swift Current Broncos), Brendan Stafford (Sherwood Park Crusaders).

Out: Owen Reith (Canmore Eagles), JC Thivierge (UOIT Ridgebacks), Curtis Roach (NAIT Ooks), Coy Prevost (Windsor Lancers), Shane Fraser (NAIT Ooks), Will Conley (Holy Cross Crusaders), Eric Szudor (Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves), Merritt Oszytko (RIT Tigers), Jordan Roy (Lethbridge Pronghorns).

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AJHL Preview: Calgary Mustangs

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2017/18 Record: 24-29-7 (5th in the South Division)

Leading Scorer: Joseph Karpyshyn – 53

Most Goals: Daniel Rybarik – 28

Most Assists: Ryley Smith – 28

Offseason Movement

In: Reece Soukoroff (Okotoks Oilers), Louis Jamernik (Brooks Bandits)*, Ben Howard (Okotoks Oilers), Cole Basnett (Okotoks Oilers), Andres Bridgewater (Calgary Royals MAAA), Riley Bodnarchuk (Okotoks Oilers MAAA), Connor Brock (Calgary Flames MAAA).

Out: Ayden Roche-Setoguchi (Okotoks Oilers), Braden Paquette (South Shore Lumberjacks), Eric Olson (Brooks Bandits), Louis Jamernik (Okotoks Oilers), Yuri Chernichko (Marian University Sabres) Nathan Walker (Marian University Sabres), Salvatore Scalise (Marian University Sabres), Ryan Stoynich (Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Cardinals), Ryley Smith (Red Deer Kings)

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Prospect Profile: Justin Sourdif

Name: Justin Sourdif  Team: Vancouver Giants (WHL) Position: Center Date of Birth: March 24th 2002 Hometown: Surrey, British Columbia Height/Weight: 5’10 165lbs Hand: Right WHL Draft: 3rd Overall in 2017 – Vancouver Giants (Signed)   *Eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft* Areas of Strength 200ft Game Offensive Zone Knowledge Versatility Areas of Weakness Size and Strength Creativity   Player Report: Coming into the 2017 WHL Draft Justin Sourdif was our 7th ranked Bantam … Read more

Prospect Profile: Dylan Guenther

Name: Dylan Guenther  Team: NAX Midget Prep (CSSHL) Position: Left Wing Date of Birth: April 10th 2003 Hometown: Edmonton, AB Height/Weight: 6’0 161lbs Hand: Right WHL Draft: 1st Overall in 2018 – Edmonton Oil Kings (Signed)   *Eligible for the 2021 NHL Draft*   Areas of Strength Dangerous Scoring abilities Sneaky instinctive nature Footwork   Areas of Weakness Body Language Lacks Strength Doesn’t have WHL Speed   Scouting Report: Dylan … Read more

Portland Winterhawks Draft Review

  Selections 19th Overall: Gabe Klassen – Prince Albert Pirates   Portland’s first selection in the 2018 WHL Draft, Klassen led the SBAAHL in scoring with 89 points in 31 games. An instinctive offensive center, Klassen is a catalyst for smart plays with the puck and makes players around him better. Plays a perimeter style of game, but is willing to make complicated passes through traffic. Lacks in size but … Read more

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