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From all that I've read about him he sounds like a worthwhile prospect to have in the cupboard. If he's still available when Tommernes is gone this summer (I hope) we should take a look at him.

Totally. He's just the kind of guy Jim B would like

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LW Myles Bell

NJD 2013 6th round pick

6' 210lbs 21 yrs old

Shoots Right

WHL Stats

(327 GP) (113 G) (162 A) (275 P)

ECHL Stats

(39 GP) (10 G) (9 A) (19 P)

Bell signed an AHL contract in October 2014, but has yet to sign an ELC with New Jersey. His ceiling is somewhat of a Dorsett type player. He's a big guy with a big shot.

From Hockey's Future:

Talent Analysis

Originally a defenseman, Bell shifted to forward during his last two seasons of junior hockey. His combination of offensive skills and skating allowed him to be one of the top scorers in the WHL. His best skill is his powerful slapshot, once clocked at 98 mph. Effective at even strength and on the power play, his defensive mindset helps him predict what the opposition will do. Still developing as a forward, he could improve even further as he learns the nuances of the position such as picking up plays on the wall or to keep his feet moving.

Future

Bell's training regimen was limited over the summer due to off-season knee surgery and after signing an AHL contract with Devils affiliate Albany he started the 2014-15 season with the ECHL's Evansville Hitmen. Still considered somewhat of a project at this point, the 21-year-old was leading Evansville with eight goals in his first 18 games to start the season. Big numbers in the ECHL are by no means an indicator of NHL ability but the fact that Bell is healthy and having success suggests there may be some potential. Long-term he projects as a power forward with some offensive instincts and the size and strength to be an effective two-way player.

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Its that time of year. The NCAA hockey season has come to a close and conference tournaments are in full swing. NHL teams are now salivating at the chance to sign the top undrafted college free agents as their teams play their final games of the season

Kenney Morrison, Defense, Western Michigan Broncos, Junior (6’2″ 205 lbs)

Morrison was highly sought after last year, but he choose to go back to Western Michigan. The 23-year-old has put up 5 goals and 15 points in 35 games this year, confrirming the assessments from last year. Morrison is a tremendous skater. He has outstanding speed, great acceleration, and superb edgework. As a result he is extremely mobile on the backend and a great two-way defender. Morrison has an absolute cannon from the point, and if he can be just a little more accurate could really do damage on the powerplay. He also plays an excellent defensive game, and his ability to change directions quickly makes him a feared hitter off the rush. There could be a huge bidding war for Morrison, who is probably the second best defenceman on the market.

C.J. Motte, Goaltender, Ferris State Bulldogs, Senior (6’0″ 176 lbs)

Motte has been outstanding for Ferris State this season, putting up .921 save percentage. In fact, in his four NCAA seasons he’s never had a save percentage below .925. He has very good fundamentals. He tracks the puck extremely well, cuts down angles, moves well laterally and controls his rebounds. Add in a lightning quick glove hand, and you can see why he’s so hard to beat at the NCAA level. The one thing Motte has added to his game is maturity, as he now rarely gets flustered after a goal and is ready to stop the next shot. This prevents things from spiraling out of control on him (which had happened at times in his first two seasons). Motte is also an excellent puckhandler for a goalie. He attended the Montreal Canadiens prospect camp last summer.

Matt O’Connor, Goaltender, Boston University Terriers, Junior (6’6″ 205 lbs)

O’Connor is the most sought after goaltender on the market, and he might even be the most sought after player on the market. The 23-year-old has put up a 2.28 Goals Against Average and .928 save percentage for a strong cougars team. O’Connor has excellent size, and uses its extremely well. He gets out of the crease and cuts down the angle, giving shooters very little to look at. O’Connor has very good lateral movement and tracks the puck well, cutting down a lot of cross-ice plays in the zone. He also has very quick legs, and a tight, efficient butterfly style. He’s so big there is little room upstairs even when he goes down. He could stand to work on his rebound control going forward to the pro ranks, but even then, he is more advanced than most college goalies.

Ahti Oskanen, Defence/Left Wing, Boston University Terriers, Junior (6’3″ 207 lbs)

Oskanen was converted from defence to wing this past season, and scored 23 goals in his new position, spending most of the year on a line with Jack Eichel. The 22-year-old Finnish native has got all the skills to be a solid winger, but must continue to gain experience at the position. His game features strong skating, puck handling, passing and vision, and a cannon of a shot.

...and others.

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if benning signs oksanen and morrison and oconnor and drafts2-3 of ryan pilon and rasmus anderson and bittner and zacha il be a happy camper

please trade sbisa, hamhuis, tanev, higgins, vey, markstrom, hansen

dude why are you so annoying lately?

how in the hell do you think benning will do this?

you remind me of those people commenting on the canucks fb page lol

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dude why are you so annoying lately?

how in the hell do you think benning will do this?

you remind me of those people commenting on the canucks fb page lol

Ok, first, canuktravella hasn't been annoying.

But yeah, how will Benning pull this off? I'm pretty sure that after Conacher, Baertschi, Sautner, and Hutton, he doesn't have too much more room for contracts. The only three I see being traded out of those seven players you listed is Higgins, Vey, and Markstrom. Hamhuis and Tanev are two of our top 3 best defensemen, Sbisa has been improving the whole year, and look what Hansen has done with Horvat and Kenins.

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LW Myles Bell

NJD 2013 6th round pick

6' 210lbs 21 yrs old

Shoots Right

WHL Stats

(327 GP) (113 G) (162 A) (275 P)

ECHL Stats

(39 GP) (10 G) (9 A) (19 P)

Bell signed an AHL contract in October 2014, but has yet to sign an ELC with New Jersey. His ceiling is somewhat of a Dorsett type player. He's a big guy with a big shot.

From Hockey's Future:

Talent Analysis

Originally a defenseman, Bell shifted to forward during his last two seasons of junior hockey. His combination of offensive skills and skating allowed him to be one of the top scorers in the WHL. His best skill is his powerful slapshot, once clocked at 98 mph. Effective at even strength and on the power play, his defensive mindset helps him predict what the opposition will do. Still developing as a forward, he could improve even further as he learns the nuances of the position such as picking up plays on the wall or to keep his feet moving.

Future

Bell's training regimen was limited over the summer due to off-season knee surgery and after signing an AHL contract with Devils affiliate Albany he started the 2014-15 season with the ECHL's Evansville Hitmen. Still considered somewhat of a project at this point, the 21-year-old was leading Evansville with eight goals in his first 18 games to start the season. Big numbers in the ECHL are by no means an indicator of NHL ability but the fact that Bell is healthy and having success suggests there may be some potential. Long-term he projects as a power forward with some offensive instincts and the size and strength to be an effective two-way player.

I Remember him...hes actually not bad player....pretty solid.

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I really really liked Mads Eller during the WJC. I dont think his sealing is as high as his brothers but i think he could be a 4th line center in the NHL. Think a poor man's Kris Draperish type.

Mads Eller
Age – 18* (2nd year eligible)
Position – C/LW
Height – 6′1″
Weight – 195
Draft Projection: Late rounds
OHL Team: Edmonton Oil Kings
2013-14 Regular Season Stats: 8 goals, 15 assists, 23 points, +19, 54PIMs, 54 games played
2013-14 Playoff Stats: 3 goals, 9 assists, 12 points, 21 games played
Stylistic NHL Comparable(s) – Lars Eller, Vladimir Sobotka
Upside – 6/10

Strengths – Mads Eller is one of the hardest working, most responsible players in this draft class. He loves to get in on the forecheck, finishes his checks and he hits hard. Even if he’s unable to make contact, his closing speed forces opposing teams to turn back and reset their offense regularly. He has big, powerful, explosive strides and reaches high speeds in a hurry. His neutral zone positioning is excellent, as he always contests oncoming players and never allows easy entries into the zone. This leads to a lot of turnovers where he can grab the puck and drive it up ice the other way. Eller knows where to be on the ice, and always back checks hard, even at the end of long shifts. He’s always in position to be an outlet for his teammates in the defensive zone. With the puck on his stick, he’s a good passer and does a good job finding lanes to get pucks to his teammates. Eller is excellent along the boards and in the cycle game. He’s very strong on his skates and does a good job of protecting the puck. Eller’s not afraid to drive the net hard, and is tough to move once he’s there. He’s a very smart player who rarely turns the puck over. Though he plays a physical game, he rarely gets sucked into bad penalties and doesn’t retaliate when opposing players try and initiate after the whistle. He’ll never be a big scorer, but I think he has some untapped offensive potential and in a larger role next season he should be able to produce more.

Weaknesses – Eller is pretty well rounded, but there’s not a ton of offense in his game. There’s no stand out skills to rely on offensively, so I don’t think he’ll be a big point producer at the NHL level. If he accepts his role and sticks to the things that make him effective, he’ll be fine.

Career Projection – Eller projects to be a bottom-6 forward who can chip in offensively here and there, drive possession and take a regular shift on a penalty killing unit.

Thoughts???

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I really really liked Mads Eller during the WJC. I dont think his sealing is as high as his brothers but i think he could be a 4th line center in the NHL. Think a poor man's Kris Draperish type.

Mads Eller

Age 18* (2nd year eligible)

Position C/LW

Height 6′1″

Weight 195

Draft Projection: Late rounds

OHL Team: Edmonton Oil Kings

2013-14 Regular Season Stats: 8 goals, 15 assists, 23 points, +19, 54PIMs, 54 games played

2013-14 Playoff Stats: 3 goals, 9 assists, 12 points, 21 games played

Stylistic NHL Comparable(s) Lars Eller, Vladimir Sobotka

Upside 6/10

Strengths Mads Eller is one of the hardest working, most responsible players in this draft class. He loves to get in on the forecheck, finishes his checks and he hits hard. Even if hes unable to make contact, his closing speed forces opposing teams to turn back and reset their offense regularly. He has big, powerful, explosive strides and reaches high speeds in a hurry. His neutral zone positioning is excellent, as he always contests oncoming players and never allows easy entries into the zone. This leads to a lot of turnovers where he can grab the puck and drive it up ice the other way. Eller knows where to be on the ice, and always back checks hard, even at the end of long shifts. Hes always in position to be an outlet for his teammates in the defensive zone. With the puck on his stick, hes a good passer and does a good job finding lanes to get pucks to his teammates. Eller is excellent along the boards and in the cycle game. Hes very strong on his skates and does a good job of protecting the puck. Ellers not afraid to drive the net hard, and is tough to move once hes there. Hes a very smart player who rarely turns the puck over. Though he plays a physical game, he rarely gets sucked into bad penalties and doesnt retaliate when opposing players try and initiate after the whistle. Hell never be a big scorer, but I think he has some untapped offensive potential and in a larger role next season he should be able to produce more.

Weaknesses Eller is pretty well rounded, but theres not a ton of offense in his game. Theres no stand out skills to rely on offensively, so I dont think hell be a big point producer at the NHL level. If he accepts his role and sticks to the things that make him effective, hell be fine.

Career Projection Eller projects to be a bottom-6 forward who can chip in offensively here and there, drive possession and take a regular shift on a penalty killing unit.

Thoughts???

Pretty poor production on a strong team, and not much improvement in his numbers from last year. What did you see in him? I mean points aren't everything, but his defensive game must be pretty good to have caught your eye.

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D Lukas Bengtsson

5'11 172lbs 20 yrs old

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Undrafted

Mora - Allsvenskan (Swedish Tier 2)

13-14 (45GP) (13G) (20A) (33P) (10PIM) (+3)

14-15 (43GP) (8G) (23A) (31P) (10PIM) (+14)

For the second year running, 511 and 172-pound defenseman Lukas Bengtsson is doing something few his age can do and thats offensively dominate in a pro circuit. After 13 goals and 33 points all of last season already outstanding numbers for a 19 year old hes currently got five goals and 28 points in 34 games for Mora. This makes him second to only teammate Kevin Mitchell in scoring from the blueline. He has never been drafted.

2014 Draft Preview

20-year-old defenseman Lukas Bengtsson, only 5'11 and 175 pounds, arrived on the scene big time this past winter with 15 goals and 38 points for Allsvenskan club Mora. These numbers were extremely impressive for a defenseman of any age, much less a kid of this stature. Hes scheduled to be with Mora again next season, but that could change quickly with the way the SHL is gobbling up young, impressive defensemen nowadays.

Bengtsson was recently promoted to the SHL.

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