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  1. Owen Tippett is a low-IQ player whose greatest gifts are his skating ability and shot. He loves to rush the puck up the ice and shoot from everywhere, but there is very little else to his game. I don't see a lot of versatility or diversity in his game. He possesses no east-west game and relies heavily on moving the puck up the ice with speed, so by definition he is a north-south player. He is much more explosive than a player like Jake Virtanen and isn't quite as physical. They are not the same type of player in some respects, as Virtanen is more of a power forward while Tippett is more of a speedster with a sprinkle, albeit not a lot, of power. Tippett's game is all about getting the puck into the middle of the ice, whether he is the one taking it into the middle with the puck on his stick, or passing it into the middle. His work along the boards and his cycle game are somewhat limited, as his mindset is always to get the puck into a prime shooting area above the goal line rather than to move it around the zone to open up space. He loves to gather speed and take it up the ice himself; he is shifty and explosive enough to move it quickly and beat players one-on-one, and can explode from a standstill to beat a player one-on-one in the offensive zone. If a defenceman is caught flat-footed, he'll speed right by them. His skating ability is dynamic, unlike Virtanen who lacks acceleration and shiftiness, and whose game was based around bulldozing to the net with strength. Tippett also has a tendency to shoot the puck from low-percentage areas when the other team fails to give him space to skate or pass the puck into the middle. Rather than dump the puck in, he'll launch the puck from his stick and try to force it on net. As of right now, he is rather one-dimensional. His shot is terrific, and his skating ability is excellent. However, at the NHL level these kinds of plays tend to be contained due to the defensive discipline and skill of the opposition. He has only a small number of plays in his arsenal and he forces them several times a game. There isn't much more to his game than his rushes, his desire to move the puck into the middle, and his shot. He is a project and a high-risk pick because his game revolves around a very limited set of talents and not a lot of hockey sense or poise. Unless a team wants to commit themselves to rounding out his game and teaching him other offensive elements, they will likely pass on him. He is a better skater than Nail Yakupov, but he has the same kind of risk associated with him -- a limited, underdeveloped offensive mindset.
  2. You would be incorrect to assume that I was only communicating to you. The information that I have provided is intended to be shared with anyone who reads this thread.
  3. You can examine Nolan Patrick's game for yourself. Here is a package of six of Patrick's WHL games from this season. He also quotes numerous other individuals, so the opinions stated in the article are not solely his. During Sportsnet's 2017 Trade Deadline coverage, they had a segment about the 2017 NHL Draft. Sam Cosentino mentioned that some NHL executives he had spoken to were concerned about Patrick's "indifferent" play. You can view the video here: The Draft Analyst, The Hockey News, Corey Pronman, and Grant McCagg have all moved Patrick down their lists so far. We shall see if others drop him from the #1 position as June approaches.
  4. I'm not sure where this idea came from that Hischier isn't a responsible two-way player. He is the Halifax Mooseheads' best defensive player; he plays in every situation, including in defensive 5-on-3 situations, penalty kill, and in last-minute situations. He plays the final minute of every period; his coach, Andre Tourigny, says that he is the most defensively-conscious player that he has ever seen at that age. The words of his coach (note the quotation marks):
  5. Recently, Grant McCagg remarked that various issues regarding Nolan Patrick, including his injury history, level of effort, on-ice performances, and character issues were causing him to fall out of favor with various NHL scouts. Today, he released an article expanding on those remarks with quotations.
  6. Additional content: during Sportsnet's 2017 Trade Deadline coverage, they had a segment about the 2017 NHL Draft. Sam Cosentino mentioned that some NHL executives he had spoken to were concerned about Patrick's "indifferent" play. You can view the video here: If you wish to have a look at Patrick for yourself, you can view a six-game scouting package here:
  7. Rasmus Dahlin and Andrei Svechnikov are the two names that you will hear next season. Svechnikov is a winger; Dahlin is a defenceman. Both are considered to be very worthwhile prospects as of now.
  8. With the end of the 2016-17 NHL season quickly approaching and the much-anticipated annual draft lottery set to occur at the end of this month -- on April 29, 2017, to be exact -- intrigue in the top prospects available in the 2017 NHL Draft is rapidly increasing. By now, those interested would have had ample opportunities to view the top-ranked prospects on a variety of stages, including at the 2017 World Junior Championships and in their respective leagues. This has not been the case for the current consensus top-ranked prospect in this year's draft, Nolan Patrick. Unfortunately for Patrick, his season has been shortened by a lengthy recovery process required for a sports hernia injury sustained in his 2016 WHL playoff campaign, as well as a knee injury that effectively prevented him from participating in the 2017 WHL playoffs for his team, the Brandon Wheat Kings. Opportunities to watch him have been limited this season. Due to this, I have decided that it would be convenient and helpful to provide people with an opportunity to examine and develop an impression of Nolan Patrick's game this year. I have, thus, developed a comprehensive scouting package based on Patrick's 2016-17 season: all shifts from six games played between February and March 2017 for a total of just under three hours of ice time. Nobody is expected to watch all of it, although you are welcome to watch as much footage as you like. I have simply prepared the footage for those who are curious enough to examine the player's game, and I have offered a large enough sample size to give people an accurate depiction of the way he plays. The presentation is divided into six segments -- one segment for each match. You may watch all of it, or just some of it. The games featured here are: February 14, 2017: Brandon Wheat Kings @ Moose Jaw Warriors February 18, 2017: Brandon Wheat Kings vs Prince Albert Raiders February 22, 2017: Brandon Wheat Kings @ Calgary Hitmen February 24, 2017: Brandon Wheat Kings @ Lethbridge Hurricanes March 5, 2017: Brandon Wheat Kings vs Regina Pats March 15, 2017: Brandon Wheat Kings @ Moose Jaw Warriors Bonus - March 17, 2017: footage of Patrick's season-ending injury @ Regina Pats. The games featured here were chosen due to a number of factors. Not every WHL feed offers an adequate camera angle for scouting, such as in Medicine Hat where the tendency is for the cameraman to zoom in too close to the puck carrier and thus not capture the players away from the puck. Additionally, after missing most of the first half of the season due to his lengthy recovery, Nolan Patrick needed multiple weeks to return to game shape; he returned on January 13, 2017, and the first of these games is from a month after his return to the lineup. Furthermore, these games offer a balanced perspective against teams throughout the WHL standings -- the Regina Pats are the top team, the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Moose Jaw Warriors are ranked 7th and 8th, respectively, while the Calgary Hitmen are ranked one spot below the Brandon Wheat Kings at 16th; the Prince Albert Raiders are a bottom-feeder ranked 20th overall in the twenty-two-team league. Featured here are numerous multi-point games, as well as pointless games. What matters more than those points is the way in which Patrick plays in those games. Hopefully, this offers viewers an informative look at the current consensus first-overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, Nolan Patrick. As always, comments and discussion are appreciated and encouraged. Enjoy.
  9. That's not the first time Sergei Shirokov used that move either. He also used it at the 2010 AHL All-Star Skills Competition when he was with the Manitoba Moose.
  10. On the chance that the name of this missing individual causes this notice to be overlooked or not taken seriously:
  11. A look at the greatest flaw in the NHL All-Star Fastest Skater competition: the lack of consistency in the track length. The NHL All-Star Fastest-Skater event is always one of the most anticipated events at the league's All-Star Weekend, placing players head-to-head against one another in a timed race. Many have assumed that the recorded times could be fairly and accurately compared between years in order to rank the fastest ever attempts. As such, Mike Gartner's 13.386 second run, until this year, was regarded as the fastest full-lap attempt ever recorded in an All-Star event. Unfortunately, there is a fatal flaw that horribly complicates the record book and makes the times impossible to compare between certain years: the length of the track. The track length has changed several times since the event was introduced, but few have ever paid close attention to this; the result is that the times are tainted and must be categorized into smaller categories based on track length. In some years prior to 1998-99, the nets were placed in front of the goal crease; the goal crease was 6 ft in length, while the distance from the goal line to the end boards was 11 ft. The nets, thus, were 17 ft from the boards. In 1998-99, when the league changed the distance from the end boards to the goal line from 11 ft to 13 ft; to compensate for this, the nets were moved to the goal line, lengthening the track by 4 ft at each end (8 ft total from net to net). When the league redrew the lines for the 2005-06 season, the goal lines were moved back to their earlier position of 11 ft from the end boards, but at the six subsequent NHL All-Star Skills Competitions, the nets were placed at the goal line, thus making the track even lengthier than they were between 1998-99 and 2003-04. The ends of each track in 1996, when Gartner set his record, were 17 ft from the end boards; between 1998-99 and 2003-04, they were 13 ft from the end boards; from 2005-06 to 2010-11, they were 11 ft from the boards. The closer the nets are to the boards, the tighter the turns are the more each player decelerates in order to make the turn. As a result of these differences, several players whose times could very well have challenged or beaten Gartner's time, were never provided an opportunity to rewrite the record. Sami Kapanen, for instance, recorded a 13.649 seconds with the nets at the goal line, 13 ft from the end boards. Andy McDonald recorded a time of 14.03 seconds in 2007 with the ends of the track 11 ft from the end boards. Last year, there was a controversy with Dylan Larkin's run, as he received a running start. This year, Connor McDavid raced in the same conditions as Mike Gartner in 1996 and recorded a quicker time of 13.310 seconds. One never knows whether a player such as Scott Neidermayer would have broken that record. His time of 13.783 seconds, and Bill Guerin's time of 13.690 seconds with nets 13 ft from the end boards are impressive. Michael Grabner's time of 14.061 seconds with nets 11 ft from the end boards is also impressive. The lack of regard by the NHL to standardize the track length, and their negligence to enforce consistency has made years' worth of attempts impossible to compare with one another unless we categorize them separately.
  12. Apparently, the NHL has created individual features for each player to accompany their selection. Here is Pavel's feature:
  13. Halifax Mooseheads vs Baie-Comeau Drakkar (January 20, 2017): One goal, two assists, three points for Nico in last night's game. He had eight shots on goal, six of which were listed as dangerous shots. Updated statistics (as of January 20, 2017): 10 goals, 9 assists, 19 points in 8 games since the 2017 World Juniors. 33 goals, 34 assists, 67 total points in 39 games so far this season: 1.718 points per game. Since October 26 (Game 14 onward): 28 goals, 26 assists, 54 points in 26 games: 2.077 points per game. He leads the entire QMJHL in points per game with 1.718: in second place is Filip Chlapik (1.66); in third is Mathieu Joseph (1.61); in fourth is Maxime Fortier (1.54).