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  1. I like the prospect ranking idea so here are the St. Louis Blues! Defense is far and away my strength so I'll start there. Bold are players that have already had a taste of the NHL. Italics are those that I think could play this year. #1 Miro Heiskanen #2 Olli Juolevi #3 Markus Nutivaara #4 Gustav Olofsson #5 Jakub Zboril #6 Gabriel Carlsson #7 Joe Hicketts #8 Noah Juulsen #9 Josh Mahura #10 Cam Dineen #11 Maxim Lajoie #12 Johnathan MacLeod #13 Brandon Gormley #14 Zach Trotman #15 Ryan Segalla #16 Keegan Lowe #17 Vojtech Mozik In net #1 Marek Mazanec #2 Dustin Tokarski #3 Vitek Vanecek #4 Parker Gahagen #5 Fredrik Bergvik Up front (yikes) #1 Owen Tippett #2 Jordan Greenway #3 Lucas Wallmark #4 Adam Mascherin #5 Aleksi Heponiemi #6 Tobias Lindberg #7 Rourke Chartier #8 Michael Bunting #9 Mitchell Matson #10 Mackenzie Entwistle #11 Lucas Elvenes #12 Dante Salituro #13 Raphael Bussieres #14 Marco Roy These could be wildly inaccurate--please critique
    6 points
  2. CALGARY FLAMES PRE-SEASON PROSPECT RANKINGS TOP 25 *as voted on by the fans via the calgarypuck community 1. D Erik Brannstrom - HV71 - SHL 2. F Taylor Raddysh - Erie Otters - OHL 3. F Jesse Gabrielle - Providence Bruins - AHL 4. F Joni Ikonen - KalPA - Liiga 5. D Sami Niku - Manitoba Moose - AHL 6. D Henri Jokiharju - Portland Winterhawks - WHL 7. F William Lockwood - Univ. of Michigan - NCAA 8. F Frederick Gaudreau - Milwaukee Admirals - AHL 9. F Markus Hannikainen - Cleveland Monsters - AHL 10. F Igor Shvyrov - Metallurg Magnitogorsk - KHL 11. D Alexei Bereglazov - Hartford Wolf Pack - AHL 12. D Sebastian Aho - Bridgeport Sound Tigers - AHL 13. F Joona Koppanen - Ilves - Liiga 14. F Joachim Blichfeld - Portland Winterhawks - WHL 15. F Thomas Di Pauli - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins - AHL 16. F Fabian Zetterlund - Farjestad BK - SHL 17. D Mitch Vande Sompel - Bridgeport Sound Tigers - AHL 18. G Matiss Kivlenieks - Cleveland Monsters - AHL 19. F Denis Smirnov - Penn State Univ. - NCAA 20. G Dylan Ferguson - Kamloops Blazers - WHL 21. F Tyler Soy - Victoria Royals - WHL 22. F Tyler Steenbergen - Swift Current Broncos - WHL 23. F Chandler Stephenson - Hershey Bears - AHL 24. F Colby Cave - Providence Bruins - AHL 25. F Austen Keating - Ottawa 67's - OHL GRADUATED F Jake Guentzel F Drake Caggiula D Matthew Benning -- This is our pre-season prospect rankings from 1-25, as voted on by the fans on CalgaryPuck Forums. We will be doing another ranking mid-season and then a final ranking come season/playoffs end. This will be an interesting way to follow prospect development within our system, and to see who rises and who falls throughout the course of the season. It's a fun thing to keep tabs on during a grinding, long season - other teams can do the same for their system, if you want!
    6 points
  3. Here's my summary from the GDT Final thoughts on some players performances this weekend: Juolevi - hit and miss. Runs a power play quite well and had a few good rushes. Looks like he's gained strength but doesn't quite know how to use it yet. Not worried about him, his style is better suited for more structured systems. Bo was the same way in the prospects tourney coming from London. Passing to where players should be, not where they are. Boeser - Definitely looked reserved. Would've liked to see the speed he has reportedly gained over the summer. He was the best player on the ice when he wanted to be and easily could've had 2 or 3 goals in his two games. Demko - Looked very composed. Further along in his development, you can tell. Made some hard saves look easy. Let in some goals he shoulda saved. C'est la vie. He's gonna be good. DiPietro - Very raw still but has the potential to be solid. Hung out to dry in his game. With more technical training he could be something. Could go either way. Lind - Best player on the ice against the Jets. Not good against the Flames. Better again against the Oilers. Excellent vision. Protects the puck well and looks big on the ice. Will never be a powerforward but if he adds mass and speed can be a force. Gadjovich - Possibly the most consistent Canuck IMO. Good positioning and battles hard in front of the net. Never noticed him do anything exceptionally good, nor exceptionally bad. Not as slow as I've heard, but could be faster. Don't think he'll ever be a player who crushes people, despite what the fan base wants. Chatfield - Most consistent and best defence man. Good speed, positioning and even showed some offensive prowness. Great signing. His floor is likely a Frank Corrado type, but could definitely exceed that. Brisebois - Stylistically comparable to Juolevi and had a very similar tournament to him. Plays a quiet style but showed some quarterbacking ability as well. Carcone - Alex Burrows 2.0 hopefully. Liked his grit in the first game. I wondered if there was more to his game cause admittedly, I didn't know too much about him. Against the Oilers he showed NHL speed, hands and shot and was probably the best player on the ice. Could've had 4 goals ezpz. Can he put it together and make the big club? First he needs to prove himself in the AHL, but I wouldn't count him out. He could be a player for us in the future. Stewart - You can tell why the Canucks drafted him, signed him and have given him such a chance just by looking at him. Unfortunately despite being one of the oldest players he showed little on the ice. Laplante - Tenacious, gritty and tough. Has decent speed and showed some hands, but only time will tell if he can keep up in the NHL MacEwen - I saw a lot of people praising him on here, but honestly from what I saw I wasn't too impressed. He wasn't bad, but wouldn't consider him a standout. Played about the same as McKenzie who was perhaps more physical but lacked speed Molino - Probably the fastest player in the tournament. Perhaps can play out a Hansen or Raymond type career but will need to hone his craft in the AHL for a while first and at 23, he is already one of the older people at camp. Stukel - Speed and dangles. That's about all there seems to be to stukels game. He can be tenacious at times, but his one trick pony will likely not get him to the big leagues. Thats all the big ones off the top of my head. In terms of invitees, Moynihan and Irving were probs the most noticeable. D'aoust showed some tools at times, think he's on an AHL contract. Garteig looked solid, wouldn't count him out yet
    5 points
  4. Baby whales don't understand that we have our meltdowns in the third period, not the second.
    5 points
  5. Vegas Golden Knights Top 20 Prospect Rankings (with team and position drafted irl) 1. C - Casey Mittelstadt (Buffalo Sabres / Minnesota Gophers, 2017 8th Overall) 2. RW - Zach Aston-Reese (Pittsburgh Penguins / Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 2017 Free Agent) 3. C - Rasmus Asplund (Buffalo Sabres / Farjestad BK, 2016 33rd Overall) 4. D - Pierre-Olivier Joseph (Arizona Coyotes / Charlottetown Islanders, 2017 23rd Overall) 5. D - Derrick Pouliot (Pittsburgh Penguins / Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 2012 8th Overall) 6. G - Jake Oettinger (Dallas Stars / Boston University, 2017 26th Overall) 7. D - Victor Mete (Montreal Canadiens / London Knights, 2016 100th Overall) 8. RW - Dmitri Sokolov (Minnesota Wild / Sudbury Wolves, 2016 196th Overall) 9. LW - Jason Dickinson (Dallas Stars / Texas Stars, 2013 29th Overall) 10. LW - Henrik Haapala (Florida Panthers / Springfield Thunderbirds, 2017 Free Agent) 11. D - Viktor Antipin (Buffalo Sabres / Rochester Americans, 2017 Free Agent) 12. C - Brendan Leipsic (Vegas Golden Knights / Chicago Wolves, 2012 89th Overall) 13. G - Felix Sandstrom (Philadelphia Flyers / Brynas IF, 2015 70th Overall) 14. C - Dylan Sikura (Chicago Blackhawks / North Dakota Fighting Hawks, 2014 178th Overall) 15. D - Mario Ferraro (San Jose Sharks / U-Mass(Amherst), 2017 49th Overall) 16. C - Evan Barratt (Chicago Blackhawks / Penn State, 2017 90th Overall) 17. D - Kyle Capobianco (Arizona Coyotes / Tuscan Roadrunners, 2015 63rd Overall) 18. D - Andreas Borgman (Toronto Maple Leafs / Toronto Marlies, 2017 Free Agent) 19. RW - Alexander Kerfoot (Colorado Avalanche / San Antonio Rampage, 2017 Free Agent) 20. D - Noel Hoefenmayer (Arizona Coyotes / Ottawa 67s, 2017 108th Overall) HM: C - Miro Aaltonen (Toronto Maple Leafs / Toronto Marlies, 2017 Free Agent), RW - Zack MacEwen (Vancouver Canucks / Utica Comets, 2017 Free Agent) Not a bad pool for an expansion team with 14 more picks in 2018 and 9 in 2019 so far!
    5 points
  6. And what you're failing to see is that games played in the NHL at this point is a meaningless stat. 9 players have played more games in the 2016 draft year than Juolevi, does that some how correlate or imply that they are better players, does that mean he's dropped in play? Does that mean Tkachuk is better? What you ignore is that in terms of progress from the 2014 draft year is that Jake has fallen well past the 12th and 14th, respectively. he's dropped past the top 30. I'd challenge to you to name 2 players taken in the 1st round of 2014 that had a worse year than Jake last year? I'll even gift you a head start, Connor Bleackley is one, can you name another? ..... I know you probably wont follow up with an answer so I'll just do the work. Bored Monday morning. There were 9 players from the 2014 draft that played full time in the NHL last year. All of them produced over .30 ppg Ekblad ppg= 0.31 Reinhart ppg= 0.59 Draisaitl ppg= 0.94 Bennett ppg= 0.32 Nylander ppg= 0.75 Ehlers ppg= 0.78 Ritchie ppg= 0.36 Larkin ppg= 0.40 Pastrnak ppg= 0.93 21 players (the rest of the 2014, first round draft class) all played games in the AHL. Only two players produces under .30 ppg at the AHL: Dal Colle ppg= 0.55 Virtanen ppg= 0.29 Fleury ppg= 0.38 Fiala ppg= 0.86 Perlini ppg= 1.12 Vrana ppg= 0.73 Honka ppg= 0.62 Milano ppg= 0.75 Sanheim ppg= 0.49 Tuch ppg= 0.65 DeAngelo ppg= 0.64 Schmaltz ppg= 0.75 Fabbri ppg= 0.75 Kapanen ppg= 1.00 Bleackley ppg= 0.22 McCann ppg= 0.60 Scherbak ppg= 0.62 Goldobin ppg= 0.92 Ho-Sang ppg= 0.72 Kempe ppg= 0.43 Quenneville ppg= 0.79 Now Jake isn't the only powerforward in his draft class (Perlini/Ritchie/Tuch) and they haven't struggled as much, so we can throw that theory out the window. The facts that don't lie is that it's not that Jake isn't living up to some loft expectation of being a generational talent or that he's not in the NHL being a top 6 forward, it's that Jakes development the last two years has stalled, while all his peers (as shown above) have continued to progress to the point that 99% of them have surpassed him. His development can't be summarized any other way than being called a disappointment. Now yes Jake can turn it around, but that brings up the other concern. When and if he does will it be on the roster of the Vancouver Canucks? Because we rushed Jake into the NHL, not only did it hurt his development, it's removed another year of ELC. Where a player like Dal Colle can spend 2 more years in the AHL developing without having to worry about getting claimed, Jake only has this year of that freedom. That means that Jake has 12 months to prove he's a full time NHLer. Jake has an intriging skill set so I don't see a 22 year old like him making it through waivers without being claimed. That puts a ton of pressure on the canucks org to make sure another set back like last years start doesn't happen. There's a lot to be concerned over of our 2014 6th overall pick. His progress upto this point has not been good, his maturity has faltered and the timeline we have him under an ELC is against him. At the end of last year he took his first steps forward. We will find out in less than a month if these steps turn into a sprint or if we end up taking a few steps back.
    5 points
  7. So, Calgary played a lot of guys from Stockton. That is fine as it is within the rules of the tournament, but these guys, Foo, Janikowski, Rasmussen (sp) Pullock and others have played together before and have some pro experience. Both Winnepeg and Vancouver had the most youth on their rosters for the young stars. So what I saw was a group that had played a system together, was a little older, take on a team that was made up of guys whom had just payed together for the first time. Hard to watch as one team clearly held an advantage. Not going to put any weight on a loss in a young stars tourney, but it goes to show what a season of pro hockey can do in player development and I love that the baby nucks are actually amateurs. If we have that many guys to make a prospects tourney team without bringing in a lot more pros, that's a good thing. My two bits.
    5 points
  8. Prospect Ranking (this is not easy) 1. Ryan Pulock 2. Aleksi Saarela 3. Spencer Foo 4. Rasmus Andersson 5. Anthony Stolarz 6. Kyle Wood 7. Axel Holmstrom 8. Adin Hill 9. Riley Tufte 10. Alexandre Carrier 11. Joseph Woll 12. Keegan Kolesar 13. Andreas Johnson 14. Alexander Volkov 15. Logan Stanley 16. Shane Bowers 17. Nick Ellis 18. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen 19. Dennis Gilbert 20. Hudson Elynuik 21. Jonathan Kovacevic 22. Josh Brook 23. Luke Martin 24. Fredrik Olofsson 25. Travis Boyd 26. Jacob Bryson 27. Eric Cornel 28. David Cotton Have more in the system, but those are the ones that stand out the most. Didn't put Gemel Smith down, as he's no longer a prospect. My defensive prospects were always strong, which is why shipping out Travis Dermott and Tucker Poolman, while not ideal, was a bullet I could take when I have Ryan Pulock, Rasmus Andersson, Alexandre Carrier, Kyle Wood, and Logan Stanley. While Stanley is a few years away, the rest are ridiculously close to being in the NHL. Pulock being ready this year, while Kyle Wood will likely see time with injuries on the backend to the Yotes to start the season. Up front was where I really needed to see some major improvement, and in a quick way. Landing Spencer Foo in free agency, who was also my only major target, was a massive win. And depending on my Iginla situation, should immediately see time on my roster right away. The other major win in my drafting was Aleksi Saarela. Picking him up with the 150th overall pick back in 2015 was such a terrific topper in what ended up being not only my first draft in FL, but my most successful to date. Aleksi crossed over right at the end of last season, and put up 10 points in 9 games in the AHL. Reports say that he may actually begin the season in the NHL IRL on the second line. In goal, I've pretty much dedicated the last year to try and improve my future in net. While I love James Reimer and Brian Elliott, they are unfortunately not elite goaltenders. And instead of trading for one, I've wanted to try and draft and develop my own. While goalies take a long time to develop, it will be a few years before I find out how my goalies pan out. That said, Anthony Stolarz is as close to ready as any other prospect in our league. He had some injury trouble at the end of the season, which appears to have carried over to the pre-season right now. Not thrilled with that development, but will not be giving up on Anthony anytime soon. Next, I have Adin Hill, who I'm actually higher on over Stolarz. I've followed Hill closely for a while now, and reports out of Arizona have people thinking he's the future in net for them. Which, when looking at Arizona's incredibly deep prospect pool IRL, makes me happy to know I've got someone who could be their full time starter in 3-4 years, when their team is ready to make noise in the playoffs. Joseph Woll is also thought of highly by both the Leafs and myself, but he's likely 4-5 years away from NHL time (due to college and Andersen). Perhaps he'll be ready just when the Leafs are hitting their stride. That's all. Love to hear feedback as well.
    4 points
  9. I'm getting old. I saw Carcone as a 1996 DOB and just assumed he must be young.
    4 points
  10. How is Lind making those cross ice passes through the Oilers' box formation? Guy has some serious playmaking skill...
    4 points
  11. Ottawa Senators Top 20 Prospect Rankings 1. (C) Cody Glass - Portland Winterhawks (WHL) - 2017 / 8th overall 2. (D) Mikhail Sergachyov - Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL) - 2016 / 10th overall 3. (C) Filip Chlapik - Belleville Senators (AHL) - 2015 / 59th overall 4. (LW) Janne Koukkanen - Charlotte Checkers (AHL) - 2016 / 102nd overall 5. (LW) Kieffer Bellows - Portland Winterhawks (WHL) - 2016 / 14th overall 6. (C) Adam Brooks - Toronto Marlies (AHL) - N/A 7. (D) Devon Toews - Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL) - N/A 8. (C) Blake Speers - Binghamton Devils (AHL) - 2015 / 134th overall 9. (C) Mikey Eyssimont - St. Cloud State University (NCAA) - N/A 10. (C) Matthew Phillips - Victoria Royals (WHL) - 2016 / 90th overall 11. (C) Antoine Morand - Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL) - 2017 / 60th overall 12. (C) Morgan Geekie - Tri-City Americans (WHL) - 2017 / 56th overall 13. (RW) Ivan Lodnia - Erie Otters (OHL) - 2017 / 37th overall 14. (D) Jordan Sambrook - Erie Otters (OHL) - 2016 / 112th overall 15. (D) Jacob Moverare - Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) - 2016 / 69th overall 16. (LW) Boris Katchouk - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) - 2016 / 39th overall 17. (LW) Nick Paul - Belleville Senators (AHL) - 2015 / 46th overall 18. (G) Mikhail Berdin - Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) - 2016 / 111th overall 19. (D) Evan McEneny - Utica Comets (AHL) - N/A 20. (D) Philip Holm - Utica Comets (AHL) - N/A Serious drop off after the 3 spot, although I do like the depth of my pool up until around 17. Obviously hoping to add a couple of high-end talents to my prospect pool by this time next season and then I'll be content.
    4 points
  12. I am always cautious with trying to compare one players development to another's because no two people are alike. I see these kinds of comparisons as being very broad strokes. Jake needs to be evaluated on his own merit. His development has been slow up to the mid point of last season but then seemed to make some positive strides forward. Green , Linden and Jimbo all spoke highly of his progress. It will be interesting to see what he does at camp with the improvements he has made.
    4 points
  13. Geez. All the whinging that goes off during and after a mean nothing prospects game is a bit much. Thats all the evidence I need to support JB bringing in vets to minimize the amount of exposure our kids get until they're ready. Juolevi has been described as the type of player who doesn't shine in one-off unstructured games like this. Relax.
    4 points
  14. I was there, and this is what I saw (also will comment on the whole weekend for each player): Defense: Matt Barberis: Quiet today, and all weekend. Nothing bad, nothing good. Quietly put up minutes. Matt Brassard: Quiet today, invisible all weekend. Nothing bad, nothing good. Quietly put up minutes. Guillaume Brisebois: Was good today. He was getting 2nd look PP time, PK, and was always calm with the puck. Tanev 2.0 Cole Candella: He had a super first period, banging guys off the puck and several nice outlets. Make lots of mistakes leading to goals over all. WIP. Jalen Chatfield: The surprise player of the tournament for myself. Fast, edgy, all over. Subban with size. He is going to get a look for sure. Aaron Irving: DNP today. Scored a goal yesterday. Was fine positionally, not very fast. WIP. Olli Juolevi: Best D today. He was the PP QB, PK'd, so smooth with the puck. The odd giveaway. Looks disinterested at times. Mackenze Stewart: He scrapped today, and was hard nosed all tourney. Best D overall, hands down. He will get a look soon. Forwards: Brock Boeser: DNP today. He had a few posts. He was playing a strong two way game all tourney, almost assuredly for the brass. He has a subtle fierce backcheck and is always the 3rd man back and main puck retriever on his line. Obviously the top prospect in the franchise right now. Aaron Berisha: Small but not afraid to engage. Very quiet tourney. WIP. Michael Carcone: Best forward for the Canucks today. Two goals, 3 other near goals. Hard as nails. Dorsett 2.0. Will get a look. Johnny Corniel: Quiet tourney. Crunched a guy today in front of me. WIP. Alex D'Aoust: Had his best game today. He is fast. He takes the puck to the net. Worked well with LaPlante. Utica bound but probably get a look. Jonah Gadjovich: Played well today. Goal, was involved in front of the net several times. Will be a NHLer some day. Nice size. Good pick. Yan-Pavel LaPlante: Was quiet today. Had a few scrums. Scored a nice goal yesterday, won a fight against a giant. Lapierre 2.0. Will get a look. Kole Lind: Great game 1. Disappeared game 2. Back to dominant today. Strong on the puck. Big body at 18. Makes the NHL within 2 years. Aaron Luchuk: Quiet tourney. So quiet unsure if he played all 3 games. WIP Zack MacEwan: DNP today. Was the best forward for both games he played. Big body. Fast. Mean. He makes the NHL at some point; gets a look. Brett McKenzie: Brass thinks a lot of this guy, starting him with Boeser, and then Lind/Gadjovich. He has size and grit. Hands aren't quite there imo. Maybe gets a look. Griffen Molino: This guy is FAST. Shoots a LOT. He went to the dirty area a few times, mostly lots of perimeter cruising. Has the potential to make it. Gets a look. Danny Moynihan: Best game was today, wore an A. Quiet tourney. WIP. Jakob Stukel: Best game was Friday. Made some dumb entries. But also was around the puck all weekend, and mixes it up. WIP. Goalies: Thatcher Demko: Played 5 periods. Plays the puck like a pro. Rebounds like a pro. He is probably 2nd best prospect in the franchise. Great pick. Gets a look. Michael DiPietro: Looked bad in warmup yesterday. Weak early goal, and then turned it on. He is good. Had no support. Really, really small. WIP. Michael gartig: Fan fave in Penticton. 26 now. Got a period. Let in a really weak one in OT. Made some nice saves, kept the team in it to tie. WIP. The Penticton Arena is a nice venue. Cheap really, 15 bucks a game for singles, 60 bucks for all. Some upper tier packages too. The tourney is quite competetive, and lots of familiar NHL faces around the arena. Its nice to see some of the young guys before they make it, and nicer to see some surprises like MacEwan and LaPlante emerge as tough as nails competitors, guys that are going to compliment and (re)build this franchise. Only thing I regret from this weekend is the nasty cold I caught.
    3 points
  15. Final thoughts on some players performances this weekend: Juolevi - hit and miss. Runs a power play quite well and had a few good rushes. Looks like he's gained strength but doesn't quite know how to use it yet. Not worried about him, his style is better suited for more structured systems. Bo was the same way in the prospects tourney coming from London. Passing to where players should be, not where they are. Boeser - Definitely looked reserved. Would've liked to see the speed he has reportedly gained over the summer. He was the best player on the ice when he wanted to be and easily could've had 2 or 3 goals in his two games. Demko - Looked very composed. Further along in his development, you can tell. Made some hard saves look easy. Let in some goals he shoulda saved. C'est la vie. He's gonna be good. DiPietro - Very raw still but has the potential to be solid. Hung out to dry in his game. With more technical training he could be something. Could go either way. Lind - Best player on the ice against the Jets. Not good against the Flames. Better again against the Oilers. Excellent vision. Protects the puck well and looks big on the ice. Will never be a powerforward but if he adds mass and speed can be a force. Gadjovich - Possibly the most consistent Canuck IMO. Good positioning and battles hard in front of the net. Never noticed him do anything exceptionally good, nor exceptionally bad. Not as slow as I've heard, but could be faster. Don't think he'll ever be a player who crushes people, despite what the fan base wants. Chatfield - Most consistent and best defence man. Good speed, positioning and even showed some offensive prowness. Great signing. His floor is likely a Frank Corrado type, but could definitely exceed that. Brisebois - Stylistically comparable to Juolevi and had a very similar tournament to him. Plays a quiet style but showed some quarterbacking ability as well. Carcone - Alex Burrows 2.0 hopefully. Liked his grit in the first game. I wondered if there was more to his game cause admittedly, I didn't know too much about him. Against the Oilers he showed NHL speed, hands and shot and was probably the best player on the ice. Could've had 4 goals ezpz. Can he put it together and make the big club? First he needs to prove himself in the AHL, but I wouldn't count him out. He could be a player for us in the future. Stewart - You can tell why the Canucks drafted him, signed him and have given him such a chance just by looking at him. Unfortunately despite being one of the oldest players he showed little on the ice. Laplante - Tenacious, gritty and tough. Has decent speed and showed some hands, but only time will tell if he can keep up in the NHL MacEwen - I saw a lot of people praising him on here, but honestly from what I saw I wasn't too impressed. He wasn't bad, but wouldn't consider him a standout. Played about the same as McKenzie who was perhaps more physical but lacked speed Molino - Probably the fastest player in the tournament. Perhaps can play out a Hansen or Raymond type career but will need to hone his craft in the AHL for a while first and at 23, he is already one of the older people at camp. Stukel - Speed and dangles. That's about all there seems to be to stukels game. He can be tenacious at times, but his one trick pony will likely not get him to the big leagues. Thats all the big ones off the top of my head. In terms of invitees, Moynihan and Irving were probs the most noticeable. D'aoust showed some tools at times, think he's on an AHL contract. Garteig looked solid, wouldn't count him out yet
    3 points
  16. Not writing Jake off, but not giving him a unlimited amount of chances either. I think we both want to see what a properly motivated, prepared and fit Jake can do this season.
    3 points
  17. The problem with CDC is they watch a game or two of a player and jump to conclusions. Last game, it was Juolevi is like Edler..
    3 points
  18. Personally, im trying hard not to bitch, thinking of the long term big picture. My angst would be alleviated if one of our blue chippers really showed up. Instead Demko lets in more goals than the other guy and Juolevi - what can I say other than ....yawn (and there has been a lot of that in his tournaments)
    3 points
  19. This one ranks right up there among his dumbest tweets. Everything from "best wishes" to "haters and losers" and finally "special date" just emphasizes how much of a dumbass he is and how stupid his braindead fanatics are to worship this asshole.
    3 points
  20. Happy to see Vey is having a great start in the KHL. Currently sits 2nd overall in leaguewide scoring with 13 points (2G 11A) in 8 GP. Vey's 11 helpers are also tops in the league. Also interesting to see another former Canuck in Sergei Shirokov sitting 3rd in KHL scoring with 11 points (8G 3A) in 8 GP. Shirokov's 8 goals is also 2nd most in the league. He also has the best +/- in he KHL at +8.
    3 points
  21. Can this game please just be the Brock Boeser show? I know the game doesn't matter but it'd be cool to just see Boeser light it up.
    3 points
  22. Just got home from a trip to Alberta. Absolutely gorgeous province to visit. Must visit in my opinion. Went to the most beautiful cities in Jasper and Banff. In Jasper, we went to visit the center they had and visited a couple other tourist hotspots in like water falls, lakes, rivers but I enjoyed Banff the most. My brother and I went on the gondola and saw the beautiful Glacier Mountain. You get a somewhat good work out in also to get to the top where you can see even better shots of the mountains. Went to Glacier Falls after as well and it was gorgeous and the best of the best Lake Louise. Visited the downtown of Banff. And SO MUCH MORE! It's a place I recommend for everyone to visit. On a hockey note, congrats to Kings prospects Foo and Ruzicka for notching a pair of goals and a goal respectively even though it's just a young stars tourney! We hope they can provide a impact for our team in the near future
    3 points
  23. The Young Stars tournament has come to an end, some players really caught my eye and others failed to impress. Here are my Top 3 players that impressed me during the tournament. These are players that I didn't expect to play lights out. I'm not trying to jump to conclusions on these players as this is the 1st time I've watched some of them, but these guys were the guys that impressed me. I am not going to put Boeser on the list as he has already shown me that he can play in the end of last season and I personally believe he is already an NHL player . Onto the list: 1. Kole Lind - I wasn't expecting too much from Lind, I knew he could play, but he really played lights out. His vision and passing skill are what really stood out to me in this tournament, he put up 3 points in his first game and was easily the best player on the team. Both of his assists were primary assists, His game against Calgary wasn't great, but majority of the players on our team had a bad game. His game today against Jets was another good display of his passing and vision, I also like what he brings to the PP. Can't believe he didn't go in the 1st, we are very lucky to have him. 2. Michael Carcone - I was liking his game from the very start, he played with MacEwen very well. He is not afraid to throw the body, had a great fight, and his trash talking reminded me of Burr a little bit. Carcone does have one nice looking shot, he could've easily had a hat-trick against the Oilers. His second goal was amazing, it showcased his speed, puck control, and shot! From Game 1 he showed that he was a hard worker. 3. Yan-Pavel Laplante - I knew he could fight but when he fought that guy against Calgary he looked like the bigger man. Also a well deserving goal, he showed me that he is not afraid to screen the goalie, get in front of the net or score a garbage goal in both the Calgary and Oilers game. Everyone talks about missing toughness, and this is exactly the type of guy we need. I've heard some people say he reminded them of Rypien and Gino, he plays with a lot of heart. Would love to see a Carcone - MacEwen - Laplante 4th line in the future, all tough players. Just to add in, he may not be the best, skilled, but he can sure bring some toughness. Honorable Mentions: - Zack MacEwen - Jonah Gadjovich - Jakob Stukel - Danny Moynihan This list is my opinion, and I would love to hear your guys lists!
    2 points
  24. The Isles top 25 prospects in no particular order: Ilya Samsonov Thatcher Demko Jack Roslovic John Hayden Troy Terry Lias Andersson Jacob Larsson Tage Thompson Trent Frederic Tyler Motte Nic Kerdiles Jeremy Lauzon Brendan Guhle Cam Morrison Jesper Boqvist Dylan Gambrell Jordan Subban Trevor Murphy Guillaume Brisebois Eric Foley Julius Nattinen Yegor Korshkov Eemeli Rasanen Dmitri Samorukov Filip Berglund
    2 points
  25. Tanev with a shot is an all star and probably an olympian. Temper your expectations
    2 points
  26. Homemade brioche buns, straight out of the oven and burgers right after. My wife grows tomatoes, and I, like an idiot, just had my burger with homemade mayo and teriyaki sauce. Should have added the tomatoe, as her's tasted amazing. So, burger and horchata. Edit: If the burger looks thin, it's because I make 2-3 ounce smash burgers on my cast iron. No longer BBQ burgers or steak. All done on the cast iron. Tastes so much better.
    2 points
  27. some guys are just late bloomers.......that's why I really wish it was a 20 yr old draft. Late bloomers get a chance to show, JR clubs benefit from keeping guys until they are done JR and drafted players can go right to their pro careers as soon as they are drafted.
    2 points
  28. Hurricanes Prospect Ranking 1. Maxime Fortier 2. Jon Martin 3. Jason Kasdorf All studs. Rest of my prospects suck. Any of the above can be had for high (or any) draft picks. Please? -------- I'll do my actual rankings later.
    2 points
  29. Gladly Definitely should receive a call up this year, and would rate him a little higher as well. I wasn't thrilled when I traded him, but getting that draft pick in order to trade up further to snatch Shane Bowers "important" (yeah, important in fantasy hockey). But Chartier is a solid player who the Sharks are fairly high on. He plays an all around responsible game, so I'm sure he'll receive a call up and play 4th line minutes.
    2 points
  30. Donald Trump is a hateful person woefully out of touch with reality. Extending best wishes to people on the anniversary of a massacre seems in line with his sad and pathetic grasp on reality.
    2 points
  31. You mean the guy who signed the guestbook at a holocaust memorial like he was writing in high school yearbook is out of touch? Quell surprise.
    2 points
  32. You want to shut down the thread this close to 10,000 posts? That's like losing the Stanley Cup in Game 7 of the Final.
    2 points
  33. this guy tutored Robbie Robertson prior to him leaving Ronnie Hawkins to form " the band"
    2 points
  34. I think so. Is that the one where he teaches them to play Seven Nation Army? Here is a fave collaboration of mine; Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck & Eric Clapton. Very similar guitar style to both previous posts. With decades separating them. This whole album, guitar boogie, is absolute must have!
    2 points
  35. I'm willing to wait until main camp before I pass judgement... but his take on the one play is typical of a heady player overthinking a situation. With structure and experience he'll improve - with his brains it'll be quickly. Juolevi: “I had just come from the bench and I saw the guy coming at full speed. I knew right away it was going to be tough. I should have realized I needed to back up more and maybe let him shoot in front of me. “It’s tough. I was trying to play with a close gap because I know in the NHL you can’t give those guys any room. Sometimes, you don’t realize how fast a guy is and it may lead to a bad read. “I’m trying my best.” http://nationalpost.com/sports/hockey/nhl/vancouver-canucks/what-we-learned-from-the-canucks-6-2-loss-to-the-flames-at-young-stars/wcm/26768f68-5f06-477e-b72a-dd1685ecaec9 I agree about Europe completely - he needs to get used to "man speed" and battle level as well as his new weight.
    2 points
  36. I don't know if this fits anywhere else, but this just goes to show that Burr had an impact outside of the Canucks organization. http://www.iihf.com/home-of-hockey/news/news-singleview/?tx_ttnews[tt_news]=12001&cHash=c97abfa88c78dcfbdf9bca22fa1eeee7
    2 points
  37. I don't think you watched the whole game let alone the same game as I did man. Facts do not equate to fan boying but keep trying. He is CLEARLY thinking the game at a higher level than he's D partner let alone his teammates. I don't recall him getting walked more than once. I'm. I The only way I would be able to prove you wrong is to show you gem highlights but you obviously don't know how to comprehend defensive play. Therefore I don't know how to explain it to you. I feel like it takes posters like you for Olli to do a end to end rush before you admit he's a good defenseman. You put Juolevi and other pros who understand and can execute systems and proper strategy at his level then you might see just how far ahead of his peers he is. Dont get me wrong as a team we sucked today, however that is not a reason to say Juolevi or Boeser played poorly. Calgary was able to sustain pressure longer than us resulting in our defence fatiguing at certain points. This is normal, you cannot play a whole game on your heels.
    2 points
  38. Judging by your past comments and General misunderstanding of the game this doesn't surprise me. Solid d-men aren't supposed to pull you out of your seat unless you get off to sound positional play and d-men who look calm under pressure. For god sakes spell his first name right atleast.
    2 points
  39. Well, as I wrote before, I think that EP will be doing great in the Lakers this season. Pesonen and Kiiskinen (both very, very, good players here) will help him and make sure that he keeps on developing. Btw, last time I saw a kid with his talent and eye for the game was back in 2006. This scrawny kid named Nicklas Bäckström showed SHL what pure talent looks like. And that weight is something that everyone can gain - but not heart nor brains. Back then Bäckström weighed 176 pounds, now he's at 214(!) EP has a toolbox to make 100 points/season, the rest is all about hard work and understanding of how and when to use his skills.
    2 points
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