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SmokingChicken writes...

The Rumor Mill

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
My record third blog of the day. I'm sure some folks are getting tired of me, but c'est la vie, as my girlfriend would say. Manny Fernandez has made it public knowledge that he wants out of Minnesota. Manny said in the Pioneer Press that he wants out of the organization to be with "more supportive team-mates and coaches." I, for one, would've never expected that environ...
SmokingChicken writes...

David Poile's Euro Binge

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Okay, folks, there have been some moves in the past by some GMs that have left me scratching my head(the Gerber signing sticks out; also the entire tennure of Mike Milbury with the Islanders), but the last week has left me stunned. David Poile has gone out and signed SEVEN European players since the playoffs ended. SEVEN of them! I've already commented on the first six,...
SmokingChicken writes...

Latest Prospect News

Posted Friday | Comments 0
I've been fighting off frequent fits of boredom this afternoon, which will quickly be remedied when I depart for Reelfoot Lake in west Tennessee. I've never been there, but they say it's beautiful. Here's some of the latest signings and players you can expect to see in camps: Thrashers: Tobias Enström (D, SWE), Ondrej Pavelec (G, CZE- from QMJHL) Coyotes: Martin Ha...
I just got word today that Preds prospect center Patric Hornqvist will play his first full professional season in the Elitserien, rather than in the NHL or AHL. I'm not surprised, but I am a bit disappointed. I really think Patric's stock peaked this year and THIS was the year he needed to come over. Then again, he may be like Nicklas Bacstrom and use the year to fully...
Here is my prediction of the first round basing it on each team's needs as pointed out in my previous blog. I believe this is the most accurate way you can do a mock draft, and I hope you people enjoy this. Here we go: 1. Chicago - Patrick Kane - RW 2. Philadelphia - Kyle Turris - C 3. Phoenix - Alexei Cherepanov - RW 4. Los Angeles - Sam Gagner - C 5. Washington...
Here is the continuation of my series of predictions for the upcoming 2007 draft. This will be the final installment seeing as I haven't prepared a third round. I would be happy to make one up if you want me to, but as of right now this is it. Enjoy! Round 2 31. Buffalo - Thomas Hickey- D 32. Phoenix - Stefan Legein - RW 33. Vancouver - Michal Repik - RW 34. Wa...
Tout le monde le sait, le repêchage de la LNH commence demain à Columbus, la première ronde sera télédiffusée à RDS à 7hres. voici le profil de quelques joueurs québécois qui pourraient être intéressants pour les canadiens: Angelo Esposito Esposito est un centre qui lance de la gauche. il patine très bien et il est très talentueux, mais il n'est pas ...
Some of you may have followed my predictions for the first two rounds of this year's NHL entry draft. Here are the results of my predictions comparing them to where they actually ended up. They are ordered in how I picked them, the number on the right is where they actually ended up, and the third number is how far off I was: 1. P. Kane - 1 = 0 2. K. Turri...
That is a question that all the oiler fans have and are starting to maybe even change their answer. Kevin Lowe is an amazing GM, and honestly the things he has done for the organization is pretty sweet, but not trading any of the first 3 picks of the draft for roster players might have been a great idea. Look at it, he might still make a deal, and sources all around edm...
MVPrice writes...

Habs Grow from Within...

Posted Saturday | Comments 1
The habs this year will be a taste of whats to come. Without the arrival of a first line UFA (once again) the Canadiens finally have the luxury of having good building blocks at every position. The lines this year will hopefully involve a rookie or second year player on at least three of four lines, and since these rookies are highly touted prospects, this is an excelle...
BluemanGuruu writes...

Who goes???

Posted Friday | Comments 1
The Blues are into a transitioning mood as we get ready for the 2007-08 season. So far the reports from development camp are more than positive. There are four or more players ready to play now. I'm thinking I like Perron playing in the AHL this year instead of Quebec. This is going to hopefully pressure vetrans to play hard or force them to be traded. Unfortunately s...
A HockeyBuzz Q & A with Sabres Prospect Adam Dennis. [img:right]http://www.letsgosabres.com/images/players/photos/adam_dennis.jpg[/img] INTRO SC07: Adam can you spare a couple minutes? AD: Yeah sure. SC07: I wanted to ask you a few questions for HockeyBuzz. AD: Ok. THE PLAYER SC07: Who is your favorite player? AD: Miikka Kiprusoff SC07: Wh...
Having gone to the Habs rookie camp for the past three years, I have been able to see those who are lined up to play for Les Glorieux for many years to come. Last year it was Guillame Latendresse, Kyle Chipchura, Sergei Kostitsyn, and of course Carey Price who stood out from the hoi poloi. The focus of most of our prospects over the past few years has obviously been offens...
Hi my son and I attended the prospect Camp this week and I thought I would spend some time and give you an idea on who I thought gave the best impressions in the Camp [b] 27 Andrei Taratukhin[/b] By Far the best prospect Knows what to do with a puck very smart great passer. The thing that impressed me the most was his strength I had no idea of how strong he was w...
duckyjets writes...

Edmontons Prospects

Posted Friday | Comments 5
I dont know about you Oiler fans out there but I just can't waite to see Cogliano and Shremp play. I wonder how long it's going to take for them to make the team and see some NHL action. Cogliano reminds me of a young Kariya. The speed that he saktes with the puck is amazing. Shremp seems to me to have hands of gold this kid should be a welcome addition to the oilers in te...
Though I am biased as a hardcore Sabres fan, I think few will debate the fact that Buffalo has one of the best farm systems in the NHL. In the past few years, we have seen guys like Paul Gaustad, Jason Pominville, Derek Roy and Thomas Vanek come up through the ranks and be very successful at the professional level. Buffalo has a knack for developing young talent and the Sa...
bigbert44 writes...

Depth in D

Posted Friday | Comments 0
I personally think that the canucks have one of the if not strongest defence in the league. With Ohlund-Salo , Mitchell-Bieksa , Krajicek-Miller/Bourdon it's hard not to argue that it is very strong. Their defence in the future looks really good with 1st round pick Luc Bourdon may be cracking the starting lineup and Alex Edler a reliable callup from Manitoba. The Canucks h...
I've been thinking a lot lately about our upcoming Blueshirts.. some have only played a few games in the big league, while continuing to dominate the minor leagues, but I am curious what you all think about the following. [b]Dawes[/b] - Small guy, but great hands. He's a pure goal scorer.. [b]Staal[/b] - Big guy, an offensive-defenseman from what I've read/seen... perh...
When Cristobal Huet injured his hamstring last season Jaroslav Halak came in to the picture, and played well, yet they were still not able to get into the playoffs. Huet is now a proven first-stringer, and his absence certainly factored into why they did not make the playoffs. A healthy Huet should win his job back at training camp, unless Carey Price shows him up, but we'...
FLAMESTR writes...

Nystrom gets sent down

Posted Thursday | Comments 17
Acccording to latest Flame press release at calgaryflames .com QUAD CITY (AHL): Eric Nystrom (LW) I am not sure this is to surpising but Eric Nystom was one of 6 players that got sent down today. I am really surprised that he has not made the team as of yet but I wonder how much longer he has . Brett Palin (D) Sold dman still needs time to progreess but he ...
Today's blog may take some of the Canuck faithful by surprise and I may also add to the list of people who may consider me an enemy. In the end, something has to be said, enough with the pats on the back and the 'attaboys'. When you have to get something off your chest...you do it. Now, mocking the history of the Vancouver Canucks is a rather simple thing to do. The ter...
- In The Game, Inc. began putting out the Heroes and Prospects hockey card set during the 2004-05 hockey season. This set has proven to be a favorite among hardcore and casual hockey card collectors alike. Each year the set delivers a great bang for your buck as it is fully loaded with autograph and game used memorabilia pieces of hockey equipment actually worn by playe...
The Freshman writes...

My Maple Leaf Wishlist

Posted Tuesday | Comments 6
So after reading endless posts about the leafs, and who they could get for our captain...I thought i would just put up a list of players i would love to see in a leaf jersey once the trade deadline passes. I am not an NHL GM and find myself unqualified to be planning trades, but here are some players i believe the leafs could get their hands on with the right moves by Mr. ...
This topic was being discussed in another forum on this site, asking for the top goalie prospects not in the NHL. I thought I'd throw some stats together to settle some arguments:D... [i]Note: PLD is my abbreviation for how many games a goalie was pulled.[/i] [IMG]http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a250/eliddle112/GoalieStats.jpg[/IMG] I'll be putting out an indepth ...
A short blog on today on the first day Lalande, Kevin Had a great day, his play has really improved. Kevin's lateral movement from side to side was very good. Still needs to work on his angles giving to much room for the shooter. But he is quicker than last year he looks like he has had a good summer working out. Keetley, Matt Looks like the old Matt as us...
[b]DAY 2 THE FORWARD AND DEFENCMEN COME TO CAMP [/b] Let me start out like this; I am telling you about this camp through my eyes. It is really hard to judge a rookie by a first day in camp. I can only tell you what I see. This is not a make-or-break statement about said rookies. Now, that being said, let's discuss the observations of camp day 2. [b] Group A[/b] ...
FLAMESTR writes...

Day 3 The Goalies come to play

Posted Thursday | Comments 4
[b]DAY 3 PROSPECTS CAMP[/b] First of all, I am going to try to have a small write up on every prospect except Boyd; he is not really a prospect. I want to apologize for some criticisms, I am just commenting on how they played, not on the person. [b]GROUP A FORWARDS 75 John Armstrong [/b] I actually saw some light at the end of the tunnel for Armstrong. His...
[b]DAY 4 PROSPECTS CAMP[/b] First of all, I am going to try to have a small write up on every prospect except Boyd; he is not really a prospect. I want to apologize for some criticisms, I am just commenting on how they played, not on the person. [b]GROUP A[/b] [b]FORWARDS[/b] [b]75 John Armstrong[/b] John continues to shine he is beginning to show why we d...
[b]So as you will probably already know and as per the Denver Post, Marek Svatos has resigned with Colorado for 2 years, with a contract worth $4.1M (1.75/2.35). It is great to see Svatty back in our colors after all the talk surrounding possible trading partners like Chicago and Florida. Though I wouldn't rule those deals out, per se, for the time being, I'm really happy ...
I would like to thank Mr. Spratt Personally he was a great to allow me some time with him. I can tell, what the Flames see in James Spratt you can tell a lot about man by his dad thanks so much again. I will posting another interview with Mr Severen in a couple of days both men deserve equal time. ...
[b]Interview with Mr. Severen CJ's father[/b] [b]FLAMESTR[/b]: You mentioned one thing yesterday that I want to start out with. He started out at what, four and a half? [b]Severyn[/b]: He was rollerblading at three and a half, and at four and a half he stepped on the ice. The first time he stepped...
[b]OVERALL IMPRESSIONS OF THE FLAMES PROSPECTS CAMP[/b] I was quite pleased when I went to this camp. It was really interesting to see the progress of the players. I love the talent; I had no idea of the ability of the prospects. The Flames will have a solid future for many years to come. Especially in the net, where they have plenty of depth. What made it more fun...
With around five weeks until pre-season action kicks into gear, the Habs' talented core is training hard to try and repeat a successful season. Among those players lies an underrated defensive defenseman, one who I believe will get noticed (more so), and feared league wide by the end of next season. The 7th overall pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft compiled some impressi...
With the imposition of the salary cap taking some clout away from the financial Super Powers (or so they say), the “new” NHL focuses upon the importance of successful drafting and a constant flow of young players on cheap, entry-level contracts. With scouts now being dispatched to all corners of the globe, it’s getting to be quite a small world. The boundaries of t...
Acekicker123 writes...

Schenn: One Dimensional?

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
On Draft Day ‘08, the Toronto Maple Leafs made the bold move of trading up from the 7th selection to grab Kelowna Rockets defenseman Luke Schenn 5th overall. Leaf fans have been waiting a long, long time for a young franchise calibre to fall into their lap, and they may finally have found one in Luke. Heading into the draft weekend, Schenn had the presitigious honor o...
Acekicker123 writes...

Schenn: One Dimensional?

Posted Thursday | Comments 3
On Draft Day ‘08, the Toronto Maple Leafs made the bold move of trading up from the 7th selection to grab Kelowna Rockets defenseman Luke Schenn 5th overall. Leaf fans have been waiting a long, long time for a young franchise calibre to fall into their lap, and they may finally have found one in Luke. Heading into the draft weekend, Schenn had the presitigious honor o...
There’s a little bit of the irony in the title because in fact, Christopher Didomenico has rarely been in the spotlight at all during his hockey career. He is the definition of an underdog, and a testament to what hard work and perserverance can lead to. As a young Toronto native, he was passed over by the OHL draft, after playing just 4 games in 2 seasons with the No...
Dale Mitchell was picked in the 3rd round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, 74th overall. At the time of the selection, Mitchell garnered plenty of interest and pressure from the fans and media as the Leafs' first pick that year. They had traded away their 1st and 2nd round picks to San Jose as part of the Vesa Toskala trade earlier that day. A little over a year later, Mitchel...
With the 2008 pre-season almost drawing to a close, it's the time of year when every fan is filled with hope and optimism about their teams chances to look competitive or maybe do well or even take home the cup. Leaf fans get to predict that they will have a defense this year; Islander fans get to hope they have someone who scores at least 50 points; Shark fans get to bel...
Preseason has concluded for the Toronto Maple Leafs. After 9 games of juggling line-ups and testing their young guns, the Leafs have finished with a 2-6-1 record. However, this blog does not have the objective to bash the Leafs and bring the fan base to a heaving sigh. Instead, let's take a different approach. Let's go into the season with our heads high. Let's go into the...
Tampa Bay gets: Krajicek: A solid D-man who should develop further into a serviceable top 4 defenseman, Krajicek was a good bonus in the Luongo theivery. However he was sloppy and expendable by Vancouver. Let's face it, when it comes to moving assets, the Canucks D-corps is the way to go, but 3 of their top 6 have no trade clauses. Tampa got a guy who can log better...
[b]Blackhawks Goalie Graveyard?[/b] Did Khabibulin fall victim to the same fate as Brian Boucher? I started getting into hockey a couple of years ago when Boucher, playing for the Hawks, went 1-10-3. He ended up getting waived by the Blackhawks that year and played minimal games for the Blue Jackets. Boucher holds the distinction for the longest consecutive st...
martok2309 writes...

Crystal Ball Gazing

Posted Monday | Comments 0
[b]Crystal Ball Gazing[/b] [i]A look at the Avs’ pipeline[/i] While the Avalanche’s stars are starting to age, it is time to look at some of the prospects coming through the Avs’ pipeline. Prospects are listed based on NHL readiness. The number in parentheses is the estimated number of years to NHL readiness. [b]Centers:[/b] T.J. Galiardi- 6’2” 185 lb...
martok2309 writes...

Crystal Ball Gazing

Posted Monday | Comments 1
[b]Crystal Ball Gazing[/b] A look at the Avs' pipeline While the Avalanche's stars are aging (minus Paul Stastny and few others), it is time to look at some of the prospects coming through the Avs' pipeline. Prospects are listed based on NHL readiness. The number in parentheses is the estimated number of years to NHL readiness. [b]Centers:[/b] T.J. Galiardi- 6'...
In the NHL, having money is great, but it doesn't always mean success; well not on the ice that is. Take a look at the whack of free agents Tampa Bay signed in the off season, and look at them now. Anyway, as I sit here and take a look at the class of 2009 free agents; I am less than hopeful in what big splashes the Leafs will make July 1st. That's not to say there ar...
Ineedanother175 writes...

Draft Day.

Posted Monday | Comments 1
The NHL Entry Draft will soon be upon us and the Blues are looking to have another strong draft weekend. The Blues have an amazing prospect cool, but it could stand to get better. After take the time to analyze team needs and prospects that could be available at the given times the team will be selecting players. Round one: Given Jarmo's track record with late 1st r...
nreeb21 writes...

09/10 Maple Leafs

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
Let us take a quick look at the 09/10 Leafs depth chart and possible moves; Goal Toskala Pogge Defence Komisarek Schenn Kaberle Finger White Exelby Van Ryn Stralman Oreskovic Frogren Forwards Hagman Grabovski Kulimen Tlusty Stajan Ponikarovsky Stempniak J. Mitchell Blake O...
I just want to start by saying that some of you sabre fans should really be ashamed of yourself. People are being very critical of the Sabres Brain trust which is very understandable, but you really look at everything that has Transpired since the Lockout, the Sabres have had a plan. they established a team out of the lockout that was structured for the new NHL and play...
On October 25, 2007, Tlustý played his first regular season NHL game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, scoring two goals in his début. His first goal was originally a shot by Alex Steen, but it deflected off of Tlustý's backside and went in the net. Thirty-five seconds later, he scored with a wrist shot from the wing. He earned his first assist on November 2. When he got...
leafsprospect writes...

The Death of a Prospect?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 10
Not unlike Arthur Miller's famous 1949 script, "The Death of a Salesman", many an NHL prospect has failed to taste success and so falls by the wayside! The summer month of August certainly drains the life out of most talk hockey! Come September we will be gearing up for prospect tourneys, training camps, and pre-season! An earlier start to the regular season du...
saneopinion writes...

Flames Prospect Update

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
Since the big team is not really giving us much to talk about lately I thought I'd check on the up and comers. Quietly Mikael Backlund has risen to third in team scoring with the Heat with 8 goals and 8 assists after starting the season very slow. It is nice to see his balanced attack is starting to pay dividends, Backlund has a tremendous shot and great passing with v...
Flyers17 writes...

So Long, Mats.

Posted Tuesday | Comments 3
[img]http://cdn.nhl.com/flyers/images/upload/2009/10/matsumoto_phantoms1028.jpg[/img] Jonathan Matsumoto, the leading scorer for the Phantoms last season, has been traded to the Carolina Hurricanes for pick #206 (Ricard Blidstrand.) Some people may say the Flyers gave up too quickly on Mats. I am one of those people. Matsumoto was never given a chance to prove himself in ...
Flyers17 writes...

Flyers Draft Review

Posted Wednesday | Comments 1
Pick #89: Michael Chaput, C, Lewiston (QMJHL) The Flyers started off their draft by selecting Michael Chaput of the MAINEiacs.Chaput was ranked 81st in The Hockey News Draft Preview. Chaput had a solid season for Lewiston in the Q, with 28 goals and 27 assists in 68 games. He finished 2nd in point and 1st in goals for the MAINEiacs. Chaput put up a good amount of points ...
[IMG]http://i32.tinypic.com/14t6jnr.jpg[/IMG] While it wasn't Maverick, Ice Man, and Goose (not to mention Kelly McGillis--talk about your young guns), a good time was had by the 2,200 and change inside the SPTimes Forum last Wednesday for the Lightning "Young Guns" event. What a great idea. Showcase new talent, generate a bit of revenue, and stir up the faithful....
killTHEnight writes...

Flyers Prospectus

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
In my Gagne article last night (this morning) I failed to mention my one of my favorite Gags stories. Although, in reality, it just makes me mad. It's only one of my favorites mainly because A: i was right, and B: al morganti was wrong. I remember near the trade deadline a few years back (maybe more than a few), Al Morganti was on Flyers post game live saying that Bobby...
killTHEnight writes...

Flyers Prospectus II

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
I really should have started blogging earlier. I missed out on writing about so much (winter classic, trade deadline, playoffs, and the draft.. for the love of god!!! the draft!!).. but hey, all that means is I get to write about that stuff next season. It's also too late to talk about the Shelley and O'Donnell signings, or the Meszaros trade. But I'll cover that when t...
FLAMESTR writes...

Prospect Camp Day 1.

Posted Monday | Comments 9
It's interesting how we are judging the prospects after watching them only for an hour at day one in the camp. But as bloggers, that is what we do. I hesitate to judge the prospects too harshly as they go through the motions for the coaches. I sat there watching some of the players this afternoon, trying to figure out which ones to pick out for my blog. I cannot go throu...
This is less of a blog and more of an article on Nyren that I wrote for another website. Thought it had some local flavour and might give some more insight into another potential Flames propspect. Calgary Hitmen defenceman Giffen Nyren does not belong to any National Hockey League team; not yet at least. After being invited to the Minnesota Wild camp last summer, he...
kingofswing74 writes...

The Youth Movement

Posted Friday | Comments 0
I have been bored out of my mind over the last two weeks, the entry draft is far behind us, free agency has slowed to a crawl, arbitration hearings are the last exiting thing that remains. And we all know how boring arbitration is. Case-48 hours-decision-48hours-another decision. kill me now! So while this summer drags on I have been thinking of how Pierre Gauthier seems t...
Hello everyone. My name is François Simard and I will be blogging on Habs and hockey activities. I am new at this, but I will be looking for feedbacks and comments. In the recent years, the Habs pool of offensive prospects has been almost dry. No one came up the ladder and put some decent numbers (apart from Latendresse). The offensive leaders in Hamilton (Maxwell...
I was going to right earlier today about the exact same crap as before, to old lots of talent even more NTC, at the end of the day the team lives and dies with iggy. I think it can be agreed that this group of players isn't the right group to get it done, and will be together for awhile thanks to the aforementioned NTC's. I think its time to trade Iginla (gasp unthinka...
Hello folks! Please visit the following link to view the blog. http://liveblog.ottawa67shub.com/?p=441 Thank you for reading!! Anthony
The common myth around the NHL fan these days is that the only way to rebuild is to tank as low as you can for as long as you can to gain top-5 picks and young star prospects. Well I ask you, why is this not the case for current teams like the Coyotes, Kings, Islanders and Blue Jackets to name a few? There is usually only two answers. One, you picked the wrong player in th...
The follow up to my first prospect blog where I judged the top-20 1st round prospects drafted during the Gretzky era in their development. This will be a short piece because of Maloney only drafting three guys in the first round so far. 2009: New management in place and a new outlook on drafting. Or was there? Maloney once again took a risky pick so early by drafting Ol...
I’ve read some blog posts recently and the replies them that seem to indicate a strong feeling that the Flames have no prospects, that other teams have youth on their side and seem to imply that the Flames are destined to be a last place team. There are a couple things to look at here, are the Flames really that old? Do they really have no prospects? Of the players si...
1st Round- 8th Overall C- Sean Couturier-Drummondville, QMJHL Getting Sean Couturier with the 8th overall pick is a steal. Couturier, who was named the number one draft eligible prospect by International Scouting Services in December, is a player who is often compared to Jordan Staal. While he had the most points per game of any player in this draft, 1.66, he might n...
NJDAaron1 writes...

THE DEVILS' PROSPECTS

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
Prospects who could be seen this season: FWDS: Nathan Perkovich 6'5 215 Adam Henrique 6'0 200 Petr Vrana (recently put on hold from his other team) 5'10 175 DEFENCE: Adam Larsson 6'3 197 Alexander Urbom 6'5 215 Tyler Eckford 6'1 205 GOALTENDERS: Mike McKenna 6'3 195 *Palmeri, Fayne, Tedenby, Josefson, and Larsson will all play more than 25 game...
Daniil Zharkov, 17 year old Left Winger of the Ontario Hockey Leagues Belleville Bulls is beginning to turn heads with his recent play. Zharkov has 5 goals and 1 assist on the season. Not impressed?, What if I told you his season only began five games ago?. That is right, Zharkov has been sidelined since the preseason with a broken left clavicle. Zharkov was Belleville...
Over the past few weeks, I've received numerous tweets and emails asking me the same question. "What should Calgary do" and "Should Iginla be traded". This is not an easy question to answer, and therefore I have decided to write about it. The organization will be analyzed as a whole, and I'll give MY opinions on what the Flames' should do. I think that for the best inte...
Blue chip prospects are running all over the NHL this year. With the 2010-11 season a little past the half-way point, now is a good time to catch up with the top five of the 2011 draft class and get a progress report of how our young hot-shots are doing. [b]Ryan Nugent-Hopkins[/b] was undoubtedly the most highly touted prospect in the 2011 NHL draft. The crafty left ha...
rnoonan96 writes...

My 2012 NHL Mock Draft

Posted Friday | Comments 0
Without further ado... 1. Columbus- Nail Yakupov, LW, Sarnia Sting - Columbus succeeds to 'Fail for Nail' and select the best player in this draft. Comparable: Alex Ovechkin 2. Edmonton- Ryan Murray, D, Everett Silvertips - Although most scouts believe Grigorenko will go second overall, the Oilers address their needs on defense by taking the best blueliner in th...
First off, I do not beleive montreal needs to draft a Defencemen this upcoming draft, so I am writing this blog as if they will be drafting one of the top 4 offencive prospects that could go in the top 5 in Pittsburgh this June. 1. Nail Yakupov (5'11, 189lbs) - W - Sarnia Sting - 37GP/30G/35A/65PTS/26PIM 2. Mikhail Grigorenko (6'3, 200lbs) - C - Quebec Remparts - 57GP/...
Today, Jay Feaster announced the signing of the 26 year old Czech centre Roman Cervenka to a a 1-year contract worth US$3,775,000 including bonuses. The deal had been in place since Thursday, however Cervenka's contract ended on Monday. Roman Cervenka recently led his team in points, registering 11 goals and 11 assist in 20 KHL playoff games. He is described as having...
The 2012 NHL Draft is now in the books, and reaction is pouring in from fans all around the league. As in any draft, there were surprises. Scouts' rankings were all over the board and that made for a very exciting weekend, as we saw players drop and rise. Now, with all 30 teams having made all 211 picks, allow me to list and explain a few teams that won big in the draft, a...
Well, I have not posted an article/blog on this site for a while, and am returning. I figured why not return by answering a short question/answer forum. I asked people via twitter to send in some questions, and I will answer here. @ChrisBowenYYC asks: "What do you think the make up of the blue line will be come opening night" - Well its tough to tell right now. Jay ...
Much has been made about the prospect depth that Ottawa's front office has assembled through quality drafting. This has allowed both the fans and team optimism for the future, especially within the top six. However, it also enables trade flexibility (such as the Rundblad for Turris deal) and the opportunity to be a factor during free agency. Ottawa has allegedly been v...
Much has been made about the prospect depth that Ottawa's front office has assembled through quality drafting. This has allowed both the fans and team optimism for the future, especially within the top six. However, it also enables trade flexibility (such as the Rundblad for Turris deal) and the opportunity to be a factor during free agency. Ottawa has allegedly been v...
FLYERSROCK! writes...

My All-Prospect team

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
Alright, 2nd blog today, but this a fun one. I will be doing my all-prospect team today. These prospects can only have a MAX of 1 year under their belt. They must also play their respective position. I will be doing 12 FW, 6 D and 2 G. Yakupov-RNH-Landeskog Schenn-Galchenyuk-Kreider Johansen-Couts-Forsberg Granlund-Hodgson-Connolly Larsson-Gardiner Gudbranson-Ha...
First off let's start with a few updates. 1)Brandon Shea has officially been traded to the Remparts for a 3rd round pick in 2015. http://www.lapresse.ca/le-soleil/sports/remparts/201208/01/01-4561527-brandon-shea-samene-a-quebec.php?utm_categorieinterne=trafficdrivers&utm_contenuinterne=cyberpresse_B13b_hockey-junior_1607706_section_POS1 2)Looks like the Habs...
First off let's start with a few updates. 1)Brandon Shea has officially been traded to the Remparts for a 3rd round pick in 2015. http://www.lapresse.ca/le-soleil/sports/remparts/201208/01/01-4561527-brandon-shea-samene-a-quebec.php?utm_categorieinterne=trafficdrivers&utm_contenuinterne=cyberpresse_B13b_hockey-junior_1607706_section_POS1 2)Looks like the Habs...
First off let's start with a few updates. 1)Brandon Shea has officially been traded to the Remparts for a 3rd round pick in 2015. http://www.lapresse.ca/le-soleil/sports/remparts/201208/01/01-4561527-brandon-shea-samene-a-quebec.php?utm_categorieinterne=trafficdrivers&utm_contenuinterne=cyberpresse_B13b_hockey-junior_1607706_section_POS1 2)Looks like the Habs...
First off let's start with a few updates. 1)Brandon Shea has officially been traded to the Remparts for a 3rd round pick in 2015. http://www.lapresse.ca/le-soleil/sports/remparts/201208/01/01-4561527-brandon-shea-samene-a-quebec.php?utm_categorieinterne=trafficdrivers&utm_contenuinterne=cyberpresse_B13b_hockey-junior_1607706_section_POS1 2)Looks like the Habs...
First off let's start with a few updates. 1)Brandon Shea has officially been traded to the Remparts for a 3rd round pick in 2015. http://www.lapresse.ca/le-soleil/sports/remparts/201208/01/01-4561527-brandon-shea-samene-a-quebec.php?utm_categorieinterne=trafficdrivers&utm_contenuinterne=cyberpresse_B13b_hockey-junior_1607706_section_POS1 2)Looks like the Habs...
With the St. Louis Blues home opener scheduled for less than a month away, we, as Blues fans, should be waiting for the NHL premiere of Vladimir Tarasenko and the proud moment when we get to lift a championship banner to the rafters, but instead Vladi is in Russia and the banner is probably getting hung up without a celebration. So, what is there to do during the lockou...
With the a 6-5 overtime loss to Russians, Canada's national junior team not only leaves Ufa with the disappointment of no gold medal, but also with the knowledge that they are the first Canadian team in fourteen years without a medal of any colour. That's a tough pill to swallow for anyone, let alone a bunch of teenagers who are faced with a level of expectation that most...
When Joe Nieuwendyk took over the General Manager position for the Dallas Stars in May of 2009, he took over a team with a prospect pool so shallow it was more akin to a shower. The Tom Hicks era left the team with very few prospects of note and after 2008, the winning ways stopped and this became more evident with those curtains pulled back. Now Joe is a few seasons...
The Shortened 2013 NHL season might have just started, but there is already some decent buzz surrounding the upcoming draft after the season. While the focus seems to mostly be on mock drafts and projectability, here is a look at three players who could make an impact for a NHL team next fall.rnrnSean MonahanrnMonahan has the size (6’2”, 195 pounds) and experience (thr...
This is my first attempt at writing a blog so all constructive criticism and opinions are welcome. Ill write with some depth on the top ten picks, and then just make the rest quick with little explanation and based on current standings because the playoffs are not finished yet.rnrnThis year in hockey has been full of ups and downs for Oilers fans, our season was over quick...
This is my first attempt at writing a blog so all constructive criticism and opinions are welcome. Ill write with some depth on the top ten picks, and then just make the rest quick with little explanation and based on current standings because the playoffs are not finished yet.rnrnThis year in hockey has been full of ups and downs for Oilers fans, our season was over quick...
Flyers17 writes...

Flyers Potential Draft Targets

Posted Thursday | Comments 2
For more on the Flyers draft/prospects, follow @FlyerProspects on twitter.[url]www.twitter.com/flyerprospects[/url] With the 11th overall pick in the NHL draft, the Flyers will have a lot of top end talent to choose from. Here are some of the players that might hear their name called by Paul Holmgren come draft day [b]Rasmus Ristolainen, D, TPS, SM-Liiga [/b] Rist...
The Oilers traded down twice to collect 10 players in the draft. Some are questionable picks and others have some great upsides. Here is a list of all of them along with a professional scouting report. 18 year old Canadian D – 6’5 192 Lbs Darnell Nurse GP 68 G 12 A 29 P 41 -15 Darnell Nurse is a big, mobile, gifted blueliner who has a lot of Chris Pronger in...
Follow me on Twitter: @flamesfan1981 The 2013 NHL Entry Draft was probably the single most important draft in the history of the Calgary Flames franchise. Flames brask has made it clear they intend to rebuild the team properly and made the promise to fans they would draft the 'Best Player Available' in order to fulfill the needs of the organization. Did Jay Feaster an...
Exciting times ahead in Motown. The Wings were active on FA Day bringing in much needed top six depth while staying away from costly trades or ill-timed signings. I've seen a lot of fans chime in on line combinations lately, and without a doubt Mr. Babcock has plenty of options to play with. But, for the thrill of the guess, i'll post my idea of an ideal situation on op...
It's day two in Traverse City. That means we've seen Red Wings picks from the past few seasons on the ice together for two days. So what have we learned so far? 1) Little Bertuzzi is a pain to play against: just ask Nick Jenson who got into a scrap with the second round pick during day one. Bertuzzi got the best of him and now Jenson is nursing a shoulder tweak and mis...
[b]Twitter : @ProspectReport[/b] I checked out the Calgary Flames' scrimmage today, and just felt it necessary to post a few thoughts, going over who impressed, and who didn't. It's going to be a quick blog. For those who don't follow me on twitter, I run my own scouting service, and cover the Flames for a few sites - just starting to post here as well. Mark Jankowsk...
While we're in Development camp mode, I wanted to dive a little deeper and look at five Wing prospects that have great potential to either play in Detroit or Grand Rapids this season. The future is bright for the Wings and I wouldn't be surprised if the Griffins went for a repeat next year. With Nyquist, Tatar, Andersson and DeKeyser likely making the jump to full ti...
Aside from the recent front office change (welcome back, Hexy!) things have been pretty slow on the Flyers front and probably will be since their biggest splashes have already been made. What I’m being asked about now focuses on the prospects, the young guys, who makes the team, etc. Before I get into that, let’s assume that the following players open the year with...
Flyers17 writes...

Prospect Profile: Jason Akeson

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
For more on the Flyers Prospects follow [url]www.twitter.com/FlyerProspects[/url] [b]Jason Akeson[/b] [img]http://www.phantomshockey.com/Graphics/Layout/MainStory/Story/Photogallery/akeson3.jpg[/img] Akeson's first NHL goal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kROOd0z9--k Akeson is somewhat of a curious case, as he started the season in the ECHL and ended it in the...
[img]http://cdn.rapidmanager.com/echl/files/MarcelNoebelsTrenton1213.jpg[/img] [b]Marcel Noebels[/b] In the 4th round of the 2011 entry draft, the Flyers selected the Tornisvorst, Germany native, Marcel Noebels. Noebels had come over from DEL, German Ice Hockey League, the season before and played for a bad Seattle Thunderbirds team in the WHL. Noebels had a decent r...
[i]Follow [url]www.twitter.com/flyerprospects[/url] for more on the Flyers Prospects![/i] Tye McGinn might be the most NHL ready prospect the Flyers have right now. He may not have as much potential as a Scott Laughton, but he has shown that he is more than capable of playing in the NHL as a 4th liner. He was chosen by the Flyers in the 4th round of the 2010 draft, and ...
Flyers17 writes...

Prospect Profile: Petr Straka

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
[i]Follow [url]www.twitter.com/flyerprospects[/url] for more on the Flyers Prospects![/i] Another free agent acquisition by Paul Holmgren has a chance to prove himself this upcoming year. Petr Straka is a 92 born Czech forward, who was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2nd round of the 2010 entry draft. Before being drafted, Straka was coming off a great rooki...
Sorry for the delay in returning. Taking a much needed holiday has kept me from my blog. Originally I was going to look at Mr. Feaster's possible off-season moves, but I think I pretty much missed the boat on that one. So now I am going to turn my attention to Junior Camp for the WJC and talk a bit about my impressions of some of Canada's hopefuls, concentrating on Flam...
This is the second of my installments based on the the Junior Development Camp in Lake Placid. Game 2: Canada:7 Sweden:3 Canada's starting lineup: Poirier-Gauthier-Jankowski Horvat-Monahan-Lazar Domi-McDavid-Hudon Rupert-Gaunce-Rychel Mantha Sweden came out flying in this one. They were undefeated so far in the tournament in four previous starts, and had bee...
luke32 writes...

Oilers Top 5 Prospects

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
Hi all, Amidst the lack of stuff going on with Edmonton Oilers I've decided I write a blog focusing on the prospects. The oilers have done great recently in acquiring top end talent through the draft. It's only a matter of time before the talent from the backend begins to shine and the oilers become a solid cup contender, here is my list of the top 5 oilers prospects....
It's that time of the year again. The Toronto Maple Leafs open their pre-season schedule September 15th at 6:00 PM in London as the Philadelphia Flyers play host to the Leafs. With current holdouts Nazem Kadri and Cody Franson still question marks to begin the season with the team, the Leafs prospect pool might be getting a long look this upcoming training camp. With...
[img]http://www.kare11.com/images/640/360/2/assetpool/images/130426112048_Danny_Kristo_1280.jpg[/img] Danny Kristo photo by Getty Images [b]By Tony Lynch (@TonyLynchSaid)[/b] [i]Blueshirt Off My Back is a series of NY Rangers related thoughts, musings and reflections by Tony Lynch.[/i] Labor Day may mean that Summer is over, but it also signals the return of hock...
Hall Fan writes...

Oilers Prospect Tournament

Posted Sunday | Comments 2
The Oilers lost another decisive game to Winnipeg tonight 7-2 in the Rookie tournament lending an answer to the question "Who Does the Oiler's Really have for Prospects?" Their defense are suppose to be some of the best non NHL players in any franchise and yet main stream media is picking them apart after the two losses in this meaningless tournament. The truth is that...
Here is my offering regarding game two of the prospects tourney. Flames lineup was changed for this game, with more of a ‘B’ team look on both defense and up front with the tryout guys getting a shot: Reinhart-Jooris-Penner Ferland-Monahan-Smoskowitz Hanowski-Granlund-Poirier Elson-Knight-Baertschi Kanzig-Culkin Davies-Wotherspoon Roy-Ramagern Ortio ...
By Tony Lynch (@tonylynchsaid) The Rangers' preseason officially kicks off tonight when the Rags take the ice against the Devils in Newark. Before they take the ice, here's a recap of how the Rangers prospects fared in the annual Traverse City Prospect Tournament. Though the team did not fare well in the standings at the tournament, finishing 1-2-1, a number of players ...
It's only been 2 meaningless pre-season games so far, and most players have only appeared in one game so it's hard to put too much stock into anything. Especially with the coaching staff and team still trying to get on the same page and for all the players to understand the system. Other factors include not being familiar with teammates, linemates and also just plain old n...
It's only been 2 meaningless pre-season games so far, and most players have only appeared in one game so it's hard to put too much stock into anything. Especially with the coaching staff and team still trying to get on the same page and for all the players to understand the system. Other factors include not being familiar with teammates, linemates and also just plain old n...
[b]Twitter:[/b] @ProspectReport After a long hiatus, I'm back to cover Calgary again. What felt like an eternity, the summer is finally over and hockey is back. Calgary lost their opening night 5-4 to the Washington Capitals in a hard-fought game. There are a lot of positives to take away from last nights game. Calgary absolutely dominated the first period, and made...
The Drury-Briere era Sabres team has long become folklore in hockey heaven. This extremely short period of Sabres history saw a team that never gave up and made a habit of tying games in the waning seconds of playoff games and going on to win it in overtime. Not only has the dominance and never-say-die attitude disappeared from Buffalo's beloved hockey team, but also has...
The Drury-Briere era Sabres team has long become folklore in hockey heaven. This extremely short period of Sabres history saw a team that never gave up and made a habit of tying games in the waning seconds of playoff games and going on to win it in overtime. Not only has the dominance and never-say-die attitude disappeared from Buffalo's beloved hockey team, but also has...
The Drury-Briere era Sabres team has long become folklore in hockey heaven. This extremely short period of Sabres history saw a team that never gave up and made a habit of tying games in the waning seconds of playoff games and going on to win it in overtime. Not only has the dominance and never-say-die attitude disappeared from Buffalo's beloved hockey team, but also has...
The Hurricanes are going to miss the playoffs again. This is less of a prediction and more of an inescapable reality at this point. One could spend days dissecting this team in an effort to understand why the Hurricanes have only made the playoffs once in the past 8 seasons but rather than sitting here and tossing blame about like the overzealous poo-flinging monkeys w...
mike719 writes...

Nameless Prospects?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
It's trade deadline 2014 as you know. And I've noticed something in all of the discussions here on HockeyBuzz about the fans and seemingly the GM's too. Nobody wants to trade their prospects. When some fan suggests a potential trade with another team that involves any of their prospects (especially their top prospects), fans from the other team immediately reply bot...
nmaving writes...

The Sabres Rebuild

Posted Friday | Comments 4
The Sabres have many roster questions going into the 2014-15 season. As a college student going to school out of state it was very tough to watch such a bad team play all season. I am proud to say though that I stuck with this team all year, and hopefully will be rewarded this year and next year with some electric prospects. The question of Reinhart or Bennett is one I can...
With a little less than one week until the NHL draft, here are my current rankings of the Flyers prospects before Ron Hextall takes the stage in Philly: [b]1. Scott Laughton (C, Oshawa Generals, OHL) 2012 1st round, 20th overall[/b] Scott Laughton Highlights-[url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YEoBOQEsvI[/url] The choice between Laughton and Gostisbehere was p...
This year was the first year I attended a Bruins development camp and it definitely was a fun experience. The Prospects only spent about an hour on the ice but there were a few standouts in my eyes. David Pastrnak, the Bruins 2014 first round pick was very exciting to watch and brought some hope to the team’s prospect wing depth. The young Czech forward showed a lot o...
hockeyfan611 writes...

Niagara Ice Dogs Podcast

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
We do a podcast for Bullet News Niagara on the Niagara Ice Dogs of the Ontario Hockey League. We also discuss the OHL at large as well in the podcast. For all OHL and Niagara Ice Dogs fans, it is a must listen! [url]http://www.bulletnewsniagara.ca/index.php?p=Sections&id=1957[/url] Visit us on twitter: [b]@NiagaraDogPound[/b]
As we get closer to the start of training camp, the Philadelphia Flyers prepare for a “bridge season” before their most prized defensive prospects are ready to don the orange and black. This past off-season has been a quiet one for the Flyers due to their cap problems but with the news of Kimmo Timonen's blood clots, they have recently signed Michael Del Zotto to a 1 y...
Sam Reinheart was selected #1 overall in the 2014 NHL Draft this year, As the young man has given Buffalo some light headed into this early young NHL season entering November. Sam Reinheart has earned his first point in the NHL last night as the Buffalo Sabers beat the San Jose Sharks by a final score of 2-1. In his 9th game with the Sabers Sam finally found himself on the...
Just for fun. Here is my early season Sabres mock draft for the upcoming 1st pick (2nd overall)- [b]Jack Eichel[/b] (Center); The Sabres get their franchise centerman. Eichel will immediately step in and produce for one of the leagues worst offenses. The Sabres may be crowded at the center position but there is no doubt Eichel immediately jumps to the top of the dep...
[b]Does every NHL team have a drafting identity?? [/b] When discussing prospects/potential selections I've heard multiple categories used to describe the reasonings for why an NHL team will select who they will select... these include: 1. BPA - Best Player Available 2. Organizational needs 3. Safe pick 4. Transferable NHL skills/size 5. Previous chemistry with othe...
The NHL Draft is quickly approaching (June 26th and 27th) as the Conference Final playoff round heats up. Who might your favorite team be selecting in rounds 1-3? [u]Round 1[/u] 1) Edmonton Oilers – C [b]Connor McDavid[/b], Erie - The Oilers having been getting pieces and more pieces to the puzzle and now they can finish it off with the biggest of them all. ...
The Edmonton Oilers have the chance to add 4 players in the first two rounds of the draft this year. Among them is one of the highest acclaimed players of our generation. If he lives up to that hype or not, he will be expected when the Oilers are shopping to fill holes in their roster. I think the Oilers might be in one of the most unique positions in NHL history. In...
Top 10 Habs Prospects, end of season edition. [b]Nathan Beaulieu, Greg Pateryn & Jacob De la rose[/b] are expected to start the 2015-16 season in the NHL so they won't be included. [b]1. Nikita Scherbak[/b] The best prospects the Montreal Canadiens have. If there's anyone who can become an impact offensive forward in the NHL, it's him. He had another solid season in t...
First of all, i want to introduce myself, that you have a feeling who is going to write :D My name is Tom, 30 years and a native of Bavaria, Germany so please be not so hard on me if there are gramatical mistakes. There were irritating rumors that the Oil own 5 of the first 63 picks, but our own 3rd round pick was traded and we have the 79th and 86th pick instead from ...
Blanehartley writes...

More thoughts

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Here we are on a Tuesday night and, yes, summer is practically over. Of course, I couldn't be happier. Training camp is almost here and before you know it, television will be watchable again. Although news is slow, the league is alive as ever with teams rounding out their rosters and players ready to compete for Lord Stanley. Here are a few things that are on my mind cur...
Last years Maple Leaf approach to their upper level picks was to trade down to increase the amount of picks, to attain a higher total draft pick value. Basically, they traded the 24th overall pick for the 29th overall pick and 61st, then traded that 29th overall pick for the 34th and 68th. So, after a year, we can see how these prospects have developed, and get an initia...
Eastern Conference 1 KINGSTON FRONTENACS (46-17-5) vs
8 OSHAWA GENERALS (27-33-8) Top Prospects Kingston: LW Michael Dal Colle (NYI), LW Lawson Crouse (FLA), D Ronald McKeown (CAR), RW Spencer Watson (LA), Lucas Peressini Oshawa: C Anthony Cirelli (TBL) 2 BARRIE COLTS (43-22-3) vs
7 MISSISSAUGA STEELHEADS (33-30-5) Top Prospects Barrie: RW Kevin ...
Tonight is the start of the NCAA Ice Hockey Championships that are taking place in Tampa, Florida this year. Here are the match ups in round one. Quinnipiac V. Rochester Inst. Top Prospects Quinnipiac- Travis St. Denis Rochester _____________________________________________ Yale V. U. Mass-Lowell Top Prospects Yale U. Mass-Lowell- LW CJ Smit...
The Blue Jackets will be looking forward to a long offseason, but for the upper management, it will be only the start of their work. Columbus has five draft picks in this year's draft- their first, second, third, sixth, and seventh. Their fourth round pick is in Chicago courtesy of the Brandon Saad blockbuster; their fifth is in St. Louis from the Jordan Leopold trade. ...
zjmac writes...

CBJ- Prospect Pileup

Posted Friday | Comments 0
CBJ- Zach Werenski Signs With Columbus The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed their top prospect, defenseman Zach Werenski to a three year entry level deal. Also, the Lake Erie Monsters, the Jackets affiliate team, signed him to an amateur tryout offer. Werenski was drafted eighth overall by the Blue Jackets in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The past two seasons, Werenski...
zjmac writes...

CBJ- Carlsson Comes In On Entry

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Gabriel Carlsson to a three year entry level deal. Carlsson was drafted 29th overall by the Jackets in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. This draft selection was the second first round the Jackets had in the draft, moving up in a trade from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Per Elite Prospects: "Big stay-at-home defenseman with excellent...
Posted by: New Era Hockey 1. Auston Matthews: Center, Zurich (SWISS), 6-1, 190 - Matthews should be the consensus first overall pick this upcoming draft. He has spent the season playing in Swiss pro league for Zurich. He was second in MVP voting and posted 46 points in 36 games; all while at the tender age of just 18. He is already a top-tier offesive center who is un...
freelancer writes...

Two Unknown Prospects

Posted Thursday | Comments 7
Going to try something a little bit different today. I'm going to talk about two different prospects that are members of different organizations. Both are 22; one is a defender, the other a forward. I'm going to go over their scouting reports, production, and any other relevant information. I want you, the reader to decide if this is a player you would want in the Oilers o...
Looking around at summer ideas for blogging, Peter Tessier's idea of reviewing the history of top draft picks is one that got. Besides being a hockey fan, history is something I enjoy almost as much. Since the Columbus Blue Jackets draft third in the 2016 NHL Draft, I will be looking back in the past to see who was draft in this spot in previous drafts. Today, it w...
The New York Rangers owned six draft picks in the 2016 Draft, they did not have a pick on the first night of round one. On day two the Rangers lucked out big time and when their pick came up at 81 in the third round they wasted no time selecting Defenseman Sean Day from the OHL Mississauga Steelheads. Day,18 is a two way defender who possesses elite talent but has struggle...
rakish... writes...

30 Pipelines

Posted Wednesday | Comments 1
Pronman has a new article ranking pipelines. Yesterday I had a link showing his rankings, but I can't find it now. Mine is different since I don't care if people have graduated to the NHL, I just collectively rank their last 5 drafts. I pretty much order the teams by the number of players under 20th highest ranked in their year, you'll likely want to move the teams that h...
zjmac writes...

CBJ: Traverse City Tournament

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
The Columbus Blue Jackets' best prospects will travel to Traverse City, Michigan to compete in a tournament against other teams' prospects. There are eight teams in the tournament including Columbus- Minnesota; Detroit; Carolina; New York Rangers; St. Louis; Chicago; and Dallas. The tournament starts on Septetmber 16th and wraps up September 20, and features three of C...
freelancer writes...

Would You Draft Me?

Posted Friday | Comments 60
The weeks leading up to the draft are an exciting time for the hardcore hockey fan. While the average fan probably knows who Nolan and Hischier are, it takes a particular type of person to know the details about Noel Hoefenmayer (probably a late 2nd-3rd round pick). Scouting reports and a player's stats card paint a picture for what kind of NHL player a prospect [i]migh...

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