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  1. That’s seems a bit high. I like Jake, but if Boeser is making 5.8 on a bridge I’m not sure he’s worth much more then 3. and given Jake’s history of inconsistent play and lack of effort at times, I’m not sure I’d ever give him more than 3 years on a contract.
  2. top 75 for the 2012 Draft- Sept 11, 2011 By Ian Esplen ok here is my pre-season top 75 for the up coming draft. any questions or comments are appreciated 1- Nail Yakupov F 5”11 180 Sarnia Sting RUS Assets- pure scorer, great shot, skill and skating, willing to play physical, hard worker, great attitude, smart Flaws- sometimes forgets about his own end, D still needs work NHL Comparison- Steven Stamkos 2- Mikhail Grigorenko F 6”2 192 CSKA Moscow RUS Assets- Size, out of this world passing and skill, good skater, very smart player Flaws- compete level is a bit hit and miss
  3. Mock draft- September 5 , 2011 by Ian Esplen Alright, hockey seasons just around the corner and here my first crack at a mock draft. I'm sure things will change completely between now and next june but for now enjoy. Any questions on comments are appreciated. Order based on odds to win the Stanley Cup as of August 28 1- NY ISLANDERS- Nail Yakupov F 5”11 180 Sarnia Sting 2- FLORIDA- Mikhail Grigorenko F 6”2 192 CSKA Moscow 3- COLUMBUS- Griffin Reinhart D 6”4 202 Edmonton Oil Kings 4- MINNESOTA- Ryan Murray D 6”0 182 Everett Silvertips 5- OTTAWA- Mathew Dumba D 5”1
  4. Alexandre Grenier Selected by Vancouver Canucks round 3 #90 overall 2011 NHL Entry Draft By Ian Esplen Over the past few weeks I have exchanged emails with Canucks draft pick Alexandre Grenie. I am very happy Mike Gillis choose him in this years draft. I am very impressed with him as a hockey player, but more so impressed with him as a person. He is a quality person who has exceptional character and strong family values. I think he will be wearing a Canucks jersey a whole lot sooner then people think. After looking over his answers to the questions he seems to me that he may be a big
  5. 3rd and 4th rd- 91 and 121 OA By Ian Esplen A brief look at the pros, cons, and comparisons of some of the players the Canucks may draft and what rounds those players may go( if the Canucks were to select them). 3rd round(91 OA) Robbie Russo, Defenseman USA U-18 Pros- high skill, great passer, poised, controls the game from the backend, solid on both the PK and PP, good skater, works hark Cons- needs to get stronger, not so good in the corners or in front of the net, inconsistent in his own end NHL Comparison- Tomas Kaberle Reece Scarlett, Defenseman Swift Current Pros-
  6. 2nd round(61st OA) By Ian Esplen A brief look at the pros, cons, and comparisons of some of the players the Canucks may draft and what rounds those players may go( if the Canucks were to select them). Vincent Trocheck, Center Saginaw Pros- Great leader, strong character, good at both ends, great shot, good skill, works hard every shift, strong will to win Cons- a bit small, average skater, may top out as a 3rd line player NHL Comparison- Joe Pavelski Matthew Nieto, Left Wing Boston University Pros- high end skill, 2-way game, plays the PK and PP well, great vision, great passe
  7. Draft Snapshots By Ian Esplen A brief look at the pros, cons, and comparisons of some of the players the Canucks may draft and what rounds those players may go( if the Canucks were to select them). 1st round- 30th OA Scott Mayfield, Defenseman Youngstown Pros- Excellent conditioning, very good skater, can play a ton of minutes, big, strong, great shot, good character, natural leader, plays physical Cons-limited offensive upside, may top out as a 4/5 D NHL Comparison- Braydon Coburn Connor Murphy, Defenseman USA U-18 Pros- size, good skater, leadership, decent skill, makes a
  8. Max Friberg, LW, 5’11, 185, Skövde IK 34 Games, 13 Goals, 27Assists, 40 Points, 6 Pim Currently playing in Swedish Division 1 with Skövde IK By Ian Esplen If you could pick one word to describe Max Friberg, that word would be “hustle”. If you wanted to use two words, those words would be “work ethic”. He lists his father as his biggest influence in his hockey career, and the reason behind these two characteristics, “He taught me all about hard work, and that even if you’re not scoring and putting up points, you could always work hard.” It is because of these two characteristics, that Max
  9. Daniel Catenacci, C, 5’9, 180, Sault St. Marie Drafted 1st overall in the 2009 OHL Draft 65 games, 26 goals, 45 assists 71 points, -3 +/-, 113 pim By Ian Esplen Some will say Daniel Catenacci has been a disappointment so far in his OHL career. That is what happens when you go 1st overall in the draft, and fail to live up to the standards that Stamkos and Tavares have set for going 1st. Catenacci is a different type of player then those two, and should not be labeled a disappointment, in any sense of the word. His will to win at all cost, might be higher then anyone in this draft class. H
  10. Ty Rattie, LW, 5’11, 170, Portland Drafted 2nd overall in the WHL Bantam Draft 52 games, 22 goals, 43 assists 65 points, +18 +/-, 41 pim By Ian Esplen When you watch the Winterhawks play, Ty Rattie may not stand out at first. He's not that big (5'11, 170). He's not that fast either. However, he will likely be in the right place at the right time most of the night. Some scouts will tell you that Rattie may be a step to slow, but his coach thinks not. "I remember when the Sedins (Henrik and Daniel) came into the (NHL) and they weren’t the greatest skaters, but their vision allowed them to
  11. Victor Rask, C, 6’1, 195, Leksand, 35 Games, 5 Goals, 6 Assists, 11 Points, 8 pim Currently playing in the Allsvenskan with Leksand By Ian Esplen Victor Rask is having a yo-yo season. A player that was top 10 on most draft list when the season started, dropped to middle of the second round, and is now clawing his way back into the first round. Rask as everything you would look for in an NHL centre. He’s big, fast, smart, and skilled. For some reason, he had a slow start to the season, and looked like a shadow of the player he was last year. Rask grew up in the small Swedish t
  12. Jean-François Leblanc, C, 6’4, 192, Val-d’Or 43 games, 15 goals, 23 assists, 38 points, -17 +/- 24 pim Drafted 4th overall in the 2009 QMJHL draft By Ian Esplen Jean-François Leblanc is an interesting player to NHL scouts and General Managers. He is 6’4 192 pounds and skates very well. He is a solid player in all three zones and he thinks the games extremely well. He has soft hand and a fairly high skill level. What makes his interesting is that for some reason he has yet to become a star in the QMJHL when he possesses all the tools to do so. Jean-François Leblanc grew up staring in t
  13. Patrick Koudys, D, 6’4, 200, Rensselaer Drafted in the 7th round, 124th overall by the Oshawa Generals 20 games, 1 goal, 0 assists, 1 point, 6 pim, -3 +/- By Ian Esplen Patrick Koudys might be one of the rawest talents available in this years’ draft. The 6’4, 210 pound defenseman has the size, skating, and skill that NHL general managers look for. Unfortunately for Koudys, general managers have not seen much of him this year because he is seeing very limited ice time as Rensselaer’s sixth defenseman. Koudys grew up in Stony Creek Ontario, where he played in the Stoney Creek Minor Hoc
  14. Vladislav Namestnikov, C, 6’0, 160, London Selected 20th overall in the 2010 CHL import draft 40 games, 18 goals, 23 assists, 41 points, +15+/-, 20 pim By Ian Esplen Vladislav Namestnikov was born in Russia, but spent a lot of his early childhood years in North America. He traveled from city to city, while his father (Evgeny Namestnikov) tried to make it to the National hockey league, like his uncle Vyacheslav Kozlov. Growing up in North America did have its perks for Namestnikov. He would learn to speak flawless English at a young age, which would make his transition to the OHL an easy
  15. Tomas Jurco, RW 6"2 190 Saint John Sea Dogs Drafted 4th overall in the 2009 CHL import draft 34 games, 18 goals, 15 assists, 33points, 8 pim, +26 +/- By Ian Esplen Tomas Jurco came to Saint John last year with one dream, the dream of making it to the NHL one day. After a season in a half, he appears to be well on his way to making that dream a reality, in the near future. Since bursting into the QMJHL last season, he has electrified crowds with his stick handling and shoot out moves. He is one players in this draft class to watch at all times, as he will likely make you say "wow" at lea
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