Puck Movers of the 2020 NHL Draft

What really is a puckmoving defenceman? Depends on who you ask. A lot of the time, puckmovers and offensive-leaning blueliners get lumped together. And while the top of the offensive leaderboards for defencemen is usually populated with players that can be classified as “puckmovers”– Brent Burns, Erik Karlsson, Mark Giordano, and Morgan Reilly are a few– the category is far from limited to those who put a lot of points … Read more

QMJHL Preview

  After a long summer of training and, for some, international tournament, these young guys are now ready to start their season in the QMJHL. Last year, only two players were drafted from this league in the first round. For 2020, I’m sure we can all expect a better outcome from the QMJHL in terms of 1st round talents. It is currently mid-September and the pre-season is soon taking an … Read more

Ivan Hlinka Tournament Report

The start of August marks the start of the new draft year for NHL scouts. Beginning there’s year long journey at the 2019 U-18 Ivan Hlinka Tournament which was once again held in the neighbouring countries of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. For five days it was home to the top under 18 talent in the world from eight power house hockey countries. From a scouting standpoint this tournament is … 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