Marco Rossi Prospect Profile

Marco Rossi is starting to solidify himself in the top 10 of a lot of draft rankings. He’s only played 24 games so far this season, but his 56 points have him first in the CHL in points per game. He’s currently centering a line with overagers Austen Keating and Joseph Garreffa, which could make some wonder how much of his production is thanks to his linemates and how much … Read more

2020 Prospect Profile: Cole Perfetti

Player: Cole Perfetti Position: LW Shoots: Left Height: 5’10” Weight: 185 Team: Saginaw Spirit (OHL) Nationality: Canada Today we’ll be taking a look at Cole Perfetti, a well-rounded and elusive Canadian forward who plays for the Saginaw Spirit in the Ontario Hockey League. A former 5th Overall pick in the OHL Draft, Perfetti has long been considered a top prospect for the 2020 NHL Draft, and his production only lends credence … Read more

OHL Game Report – Oshawa vs Hamilton – Oct 27th

Oshawa vs. Hamilton – October 27th  Marco Costantini – Marco Costantini plays a deeper in the net style. He appears very calm, and in control in the net, and his tracking is excellent, even through traffic. The draft eligible goalie single-handedly kept his team in the game; however, once the first goal was scored, his game became slightly sloppier and he lost his previous calm demeanor. Nathan Staios – Nathan … Read more

Diving into the game of Connor Zary, one of the 2020 NHL Draft’s most well-rounded players

The WHL 2020’s crop of draft eligible talent from the WHL doesn’t measure up to 2019’s extraordinarily deep class– headlined by the foursome of Bowen Byram (Colorado), Kirby Dach (Blackhawks), Dylan Cozens (Sabres), and Peyton Krebs (Golden Knights)– but that isn’t to say that this year’s draft won’t contain its share of future NHL talent from the West. Braden Schneider and Kaiden Guhle, a pair of defencemen featured at 15th … Read more

QMJHL November Game Reports

Name: Justin Barron     Team: Halifax Mooseheads     League: QMJHL

Skating: 8.5/10    Skill: 7/10    Smarts: 7.5/10    Shot: 8/10    Compete: 8/10

November 13th, 2019: Productive night for Justin Barron on the power play. The defenseman of the week in the QMJHL got 2 passes. As the point man of this unit, he fed well Raphaël Lavoie. He took the middle with the head up, attracted the penalty killer and he just had to do quick pass that gave open-ice for his half-wall guys.

He sometimes let go his usual low slap shot, perfect for rebounds. Even though he often stood still on the blue line, Barron was still an offensive thread. He jumped on the rush whenever he had the chance (he even did it on the penalty kill to outnumber Blainville-Boisbriand), did some good reverses with his forwards along the board and of course, fired the puck to the net. However, Barron didn’t try to do too much offensively and calculated well his opportunities to leave his position, which is exactly in his character.

Transition-wise, he liked to stay wide in neutral zone and he communicated a lot to Patrick Kyte, his pairing. He didn’t cause a lot of mistake which is an upgrade to his previous games. Good thing to remark, his passes were really really hard on tape. This strength in his wrist are pretty useful for long passes. Only downside, he didn’t move his feet enough, and this can also apply to his game in general. We all know, Barron has a fantastic north-south skating, but his quickfeet and pivots clearly don’t have the same speed. This then gave way too much time and space to his man when he had to press him in defensive zone and it set him vulnerable when he didn’t take a good gap. At least, his stick and frame helped him to make it up for this .

Since Benoit-Olivier Groulx took 8 minutes of penalty, Barron played a lot on the penalty kill. He did a great job out there but he didn’t move his head enough so the backdoor player at times fooled him. His defensive game is his biggest strength and it was easy to identify it. Barron was awesome to shut down rushes and anticipate passes. Something worth to notice, when Kyte was being tackled and grabbed because of the big hit he threw, Barron didn’t hesitate a second to jump in the scrimmage and defend his mate. He also showed great endurance since I’m pretty sure he almost played 30 minutes with all these penalties.

Justin Barron can sometimes make soft pass and bad decision but he still stay the most important defenseman for Halifax and a guy on who you can always rely on.

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2020 Prospect Profile: Tim Stützle

Player: Tim Stützle Position: C/LW Shoots: Left Height: 5’11” Weight: 165 Team: Adler Mannheim (DEL) Nationality: Germany Today we’ll be looking at Tim Stützle, a tremendously skilled forward who looks to follow the footsteps of Moritz Seider by becoming a Top 10 draft pick coming out of the German DEL. Stützle, who led the DNL in scoring pace last season with 55 points in 21 games, is off to a hot … Read more

Putting The AJHL On The Map: Carter Savoie

  The recent upsurge of AJHL talent has been well noted among NHL draft pundits. With star players like Cale Makar hearing their name called early, draft hopefuls Carter Savoie and Michael Benning, as well as former Okotoks Oiler Dylan Holloway are all looking to follow in Makar’s foot steps. In what could go down as the most successful NHL draft in AJHL history, Savoie and Benning are two key … 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

Don’t Sleep On Noel Gunler

  The annual Hlinka-Gretzky Cup has recently concluded, and like every year, the world of hockey prospects is up to the brim with recency bias. Players like Cole Perfetti and Hendrix Lapierre, who performed incredibly well, are flying up draft boards while those who struggled or didn’t attend are overshadowed. Noel Gunler, who was ineligible for the tournament, falls in the latter category. It’s assumed that Gunler would have been team … Read more