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1 minute ago, hammertime said:

Is it though. Jake is getting paid 3.4m real dollars next year. He might have to personally install the photocopier in Minni. 

He scored 18 goals last season, playing  13:05 per game. 6 of those goals were game winners, leading the team, one up on E.P.

 

He desperately needs a change of scenery, but is far from a throw away player.

 

 

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33 minutes ago, gurn said:

He scored 18 goals last season, playing  13:05 per game. 6 of those goals were game winners, leading the team, one up on E.P.

 

He desperately needs a change of scenery, but is far from a throw away player.

 

 

Meh I'm not here to debate the value of Jake. You have your opinion I have mine. As it stands you can't even move him for an expiring contract who wont be re signe'd (Heinen) without eating additional $$$ on the back end.  

 

Back to draft talk. 

 

Who's with me really pulling for this kid in the 2nd cut from the same cloth as Podkolzin it seems. He's 17 with an April B day and being leaned on in a men's league for his defensive play. Where do I sign.  He's ranked anywhere from 17th oa Elite prospects to mid 2nd round.

Fyodor Svechkov

Another very solid player, Fyodor Svechkov can make an impact at both ends of the ice. Currently playing for Lada Togliatti of the Supreme Hockey League (VHL), he has accumulated one goal and three assists for four points in 13 games. He has also suited up for Ladia Togliatti of the MHL where he has collected three points in four games.

What impresses me the most about Svechkov is the fact he will not back down from anyone. When he is standing in front of the net, he battles hard to get positioning and is able to jump on loose rebounds if the chance presents itself. With the puck on his stick, he uses his deft stickhandling ability to gain time and space for his teammates and can set them up with ease.

Fyodor Svechkov, Lada Togliatti Fyodor Svechkov, Lada Togliatti (Photo Courtesy of HCLADA.RU)

Svechkov is very effective at using his body to shield the puck from other players. His lower body strength makes him hard to knock off the puck and results in few turnovers for his team. While Svechkov still needs to work on his skating and being more fluid with his stride, his effort is amazing to watch. He goes hard on the forecheck and is not afraid to throw the body to get the puck back.

Svechkov was ranked a B prospect by NHL Central Scouting and has proven that he is one of the better draft-eligible Russian players. With him playing against men, he will be better equipped at handling the physicality at the pro level. If he can better his all-around game and his consistency, then other teams better watch out.

 

Fyodor Svechkov is the best Russian prospect eligible for the 2021 NHL Draft. We announced as much by placing him 17th in the EliteProspects Preliminary Top-32 2021 NHL Draft ranking, and it's only proven more true in the time since.

At the time, it seemed as if we'd stuck our necks out for Svechkov. When one considers his performances since then, his constant improvement, and the professional setting in which Svechkov is evolving, it seems as though we'd undersold his talent.

Svechkov could very well challenge Matthew Beniers for the distinction as this draft's best defensive forward.

His MHL numbers weren't anything to write home about last season, with only six points to show for his 24 outings, but Svechkov emerged as a go-to option in international settings, playing with pro-level habits

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1 hour ago, hammertime said:

Meh I'm not here to debate the value of Jake. You have your opinion I have mine. As it stands you can't even move him for an expiring contract who wont be re signe'd (Heinen) without eating additional $$$ on the back end.  

 

Back to draft talk. 

 

Who's with me really pulling for this kid in the 2nd cut from the same cloth as Podkolzin it seems. He's 17 with an April B day and being leaned on in a men's league for his defensive play. Where do I sign.  He's ranked anywhere from 17th oa Elite prospects to mid 2nd round.

Fyodor Svechkov

Another very solid player, Fyodor Svechkov can make an impact at both ends of the ice. Currently playing for Lada Togliatti of the Supreme Hockey League (VHL), he has accumulated one goal and three assists for four points in 13 games. He has also suited up for Ladia Togliatti of the MHL where he has collected three points in four games.

What impresses me the most about Svechkov is the fact he will not back down from anyone. When he is standing in front of the net, he battles hard to get positioning and is able to jump on loose rebounds if the chance presents itself. With the puck on his stick, he uses his deft stickhandling ability to gain time and space for his teammates and can set them up with ease.

Fyodor Svechkov, Lada Togliatti Fyodor Svechkov, Lada Togliatti (Photo Courtesy of HCLADA.RU)

Svechkov is very effective at using his body to shield the puck from other players. His lower body strength makes him hard to knock off the puck and results in few turnovers for his team. While Svechkov still needs to work on his skating and being more fluid with his stride, his effort is amazing to watch. He goes hard on the forecheck and is not afraid to throw the body to get the puck back.

Svechkov was ranked a B prospect by NHL Central Scouting and has proven that he is one of the better draft-eligible Russian players. With him playing against men, he will be better equipped at handling the physicality at the pro level. If he can better his all-around game and his consistency, then other teams better watch out.

 

Fyodor Svechkov is the best Russian prospect eligible for the 2021 NHL Draft. We announced as much by placing him 17th in the EliteProspects Preliminary Top-32 2021 NHL Draft ranking, and it's only proven more true in the time since.

At the time, it seemed as if we'd stuck our necks out for Svechkov. When one considers his performances since then, his constant improvement, and the professional setting in which Svechkov is evolving, it seems as though we'd undersold his talent.

Svechkov could very well challenge Matthew Beniers for the distinction as this draft's best defensive forward.

His MHL numbers weren't anything to write home about last season, with only six points to show for his 24 outings, but Svechkov emerged as a go-to option in international settings, playing with pro-level habits

I'd agree with everything in that write-up. Personally, I don't expect he'll last until the second round though. I was talking about him as a potential top ten talent since the 5NU17s. But then when the rankings started coming out last summer/fall he was nowhere to be found in people's first rounds. I was starting to think I must be crazy, so was glad to see when EP had him at 17.

 

A couple other potential gems I really like for the first two or three rounds are defensemen Artyom Grushnikov and Jimi Suomi. I had Grushnikov ranked as a first rounder last summer, but he was supposed to join OHL Hamilton and hasn't played a game this year, so it's hard to say. I like him better than Chayka actually. Not as safe a pick, but higher offensive upside I think - hits some really nice stretch passes. And Jimi Suomi is a tiny offensive defenseman - listed at 5'10 but that seems generous, and he can't be much more than 150 lbs, but he's arguably the most exciting offensive defenseman in the class. Explosive skater, deceptive, shifty, great stick skills, extremely confident walking the offensive blueline. Plenty of reasons for hesitation, but I think he has the potential to be the steal of the draft.

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Anybody got anything on Roman Schmidt??? 6'5 rhd 200+ lbs parents were figure skaters.

 

 

Looks like a really interesting prospect. Maybe a guy to watch.

 

For Roman Schmidt, his first foray into hockey came on figure skates, courtesy of his parents, Derek and Liza.

“I actually started skating when I was 2, but it was in figure skates,” Schmidt explained. “My parents were figure skaters and skated at high levels, but I really didn’t enjoy it.

“We were living in Ottawa at the time and my dad would always be watching the Senators games. I would go in and watch it with him and I just loved it. For my 7th birthday, I asked for hockey gear and that is how I started playing.”


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There was something about hockey that really pulled him into the sport.

“I can’t explain why I like hockey, but it really interested me,” said Schmidt, who was born in Midland, Michigan. “I loved watching Senators games and I would usually get tickets for my birthday and Christmas to go to games. I loved watching Erik Karlsson play. It was always exciting to see how he could change the game.”

With Karlsson as an example, it may be no surprise Schmidt ended up as a defenseman. He didn’t start out as a blueliner, but found his true calling a short time later.

“I started out as a forward and it was OK,” Schmidt said. “I then played defense for one year before playing forward again. In my second year with my team, I realized that playing defense was an important part of the team and we needed some help back there.

“Most people will tell you that you can see the ice, but for me, it is all about stopping the other team. It always feels good when you can stop the other team, especially if there is a 4-on-3, or a 5-on-3. If you stop the team and make a play, it’s very enjoyable.”

Growing up, Schmidt was usually the tallest guy on his team, and it wasn’t always easy for him. He has really learned how to use 6-foot-5, 209-pound frame during his first season with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program.

“When I was growing up, my coaches were always telling me to use my size and make plays,” Schmidt said. “This year, I think it has been my best year as a player and following this rule. In minor hockey, I was always the tallest guy and it seems that I would get called for penalties first if I tried to hit someone. Now, I can go full out and hit guys as there are players who are bigger than me. I’m also using my reach and learning how to poke the puck away.”

The other big part of the transition for Schmidt was adjusting to the pace of the play, especially in the USHL.

“For me the biggest one was the speed,” said Schmidt. “It was definitely faster than playing in midgets. The guys are bigger, so you are not towering over them. It was an adjustment learning how to deal with that. It took me four to five games to get the speed down. Then, you finally started to get comfortable and learn how to make plays.”

He credits much of his development and improvement in his game to associate head coach Dan Hinote.

“Coach Hinote has really helped me by showing me tricks and pointers on how to do things but also do things with more efficiency,” said Schmidt, who finished with seven goals and 17 points in 48 contests. “He has introduced the 'D' on how to close in on players, how to be aggressive and go in and use the body to get the puck. It’s more than just being a player; it’s learning how to be a better and efficient player.”

One part of that development has been watching video. It may seem small but for Schmidt it has been making a big difference.

“It really helps,” he said. “You get to see yourself and where you are at. It is definitely a different view of the ice. It’s a great overview of what you are doing right or what you are doing wrong. It helps so much in your development.

“We watched a lot of individual video on the season on our defensive game. It really allows you to break down and find the areas that can help you improve so you can excel.”

One of his favorite games from his Under-17 season was a complete team effort which resulted in a 6-0 win over Russia.


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“The first time we beat Russia in Russia,” said Schmidt. “It felt so good especially after we had lost to them in the U17 World Challenge finals. I think that we deserved to win that game [in Russia] as we battled hard.

“As a team, we were prepared for that game. We played well defensively, and we bought into the game plan from the coaches. We had an unbelievable start to that game. It was a total team effort by the goalie, the defensemen and the forwards. That is what happens we play together.”

For Schmidt, he knows that his work is never done, and he already has big plans to help him improve before his second season with the NTDP. His summer plans focus on one thing — cardio.

“The big thing that I plan to do is work on my endurance and conditioning,” he explained. “We are playing longer games and I’m a bigger guy, so I really need to focus on my cardio. Sometimes last year, it was hard to last the whole game. I want to be able to make an even bigger impact this year, even if the game goes into overtime, I want to be ready to go.

“I will be doing lots of running this summer. I’ve been going to the track at least three times a week and doing cardio workouts. Right now, since we have no ice, I’m working on my strength and conditioning.”

And with each step this summer, one thing will never change and that is how much it means to him to wear the red, white and blue.

“It’s so cool, even in practice to be able to wear the USA logo,” said Schmidt. “I remember seeing the jerseys on TV but to see them up close and to be able to put them on, it’s a huge honor. It’s so special to be able to represent the country. I will always cherish the opportunity.”

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1 hour ago, HighOnHockey said:

I'd agree with everything in that write-up. Personally, I don't expect he'll last until the second round though. I was talking about him as a potential top ten talent since the 5NU17s. But then when the rankings started coming out last summer/fall he was nowhere to be found in people's first rounds. I was starting to think I must be crazy, so was glad to see when EP had him at 17.

 

A couple other potential gems I really like for the first two or three rounds are defensemen Artyom Grushnikov and Jimi Suomi. I had Grushnikov ranked as a first rounder last summer, but he was supposed to join OHL Hamilton and hasn't played a game this year, so it's hard to say. I like him better than Chayka actually. Not as safe a pick, but higher offensive upside I think - hits some really nice stretch passes. And Jimi Suomi is a tiny offensive defenseman - listed at 5'10 but that seems generous, and he can't be much more than 150 lbs, but he's arguably the most exciting offensive defenseman in the class. Explosive skater, deceptive, shifty, great stick skills, extremely confident walking the offensive blueline. Plenty of reasons for hesitation, but I think he has the potential to be the steal of the draft.

Thanks for the write up. I would probably shy away on Suomi.Though Jimi finnish is a pretty sweet name. Hughes and Rathbone are already in the system as smallish 4th forward LHD obviously though if hes still hanging around in the 3rd and beyond thats just low hanging fruit. On that same note Sean Behrens is an incredibly exciting prospect but unless he falls in our lap or we have multiple picks I probably focus on higher floor players with our 2nd. And swing for the fences in later rounds.

 

However Grushinkov looks very promising. JB does love to draft defensive LHD. Would not shock me one bit to hear his name called. And I wouldn't mind one bit.  I really hope this is the year JB can actually pick up a few picks at the deadline or draft. There will be a whole bunch of hunches being played at the draft which means teams like the Canucks who have been highly invested in scouting for several years should be in a good position to clean up on under scouted players if they can acquire a bulk of mid to late picks.

 

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23 hours ago, hammertime said:

Anybody got anything on Roman Schmidt??? 6'5 rhd 200+ lbs parents were figure skaters.

 

 

Looks like a really interesting prospect. Maybe a guy to watch.

 

For Roman Schmidt, his first foray into hockey came on figure skates, courtesy of his parents, Derek and Liza.

“I actually started skating when I was 2, but it was in figure skates,” Schmidt explained. “My parents were figure skaters and skated at high levels, but I really didn’t enjoy it.

“We were living in Ottawa at the time and my dad would always be watching the Senators games. I would go in and watch it with him and I just loved it. For my 7th birthday, I asked for hockey gear and that is how I started playing.”


Schmidt_60__4__large.jpg

Photo by Rena Laverty


There was something about hockey that really pulled him into the sport.

“I can’t explain why I like hockey, but it really interested me,” said Schmidt, who was born in Midland, Michigan. “I loved watching Senators games and I would usually get tickets for my birthday and Christmas to go to games. I loved watching Erik Karlsson play. It was always exciting to see how he could change the game.”

With Karlsson as an example, it may be no surprise Schmidt ended up as a defenseman. He didn’t start out as a blueliner, but found his true calling a short time later.

“I started out as a forward and it was OK,” Schmidt said. “I then played defense for one year before playing forward again. In my second year with my team, I realized that playing defense was an important part of the team and we needed some help back there.

“Most people will tell you that you can see the ice, but for me, it is all about stopping the other team. It always feels good when you can stop the other team, especially if there is a 4-on-3, or a 5-on-3. If you stop the team and make a play, it’s very enjoyable.”

Growing up, Schmidt was usually the tallest guy on his team, and it wasn’t always easy for him. He has really learned how to use 6-foot-5, 209-pound frame during his first season with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program.

“When I was growing up, my coaches were always telling me to use my size and make plays,” Schmidt said. “This year, I think it has been my best year as a player and following this rule. In minor hockey, I was always the tallest guy and it seems that I would get called for penalties first if I tried to hit someone. Now, I can go full out and hit guys as there are players who are bigger than me. I’m also using my reach and learning how to poke the puck away.”

The other big part of the transition for Schmidt was adjusting to the pace of the play, especially in the USHL.

“For me the biggest one was the speed,” said Schmidt. “It was definitely faster than playing in midgets. The guys are bigger, so you are not towering over them. It was an adjustment learning how to deal with that. It took me four to five games to get the speed down. Then, you finally started to get comfortable and learn how to make plays.”

He credits much of his development and improvement in his game to associate head coach Dan Hinote.

“Coach Hinote has really helped me by showing me tricks and pointers on how to do things but also do things with more efficiency,” said Schmidt, who finished with seven goals and 17 points in 48 contests. “He has introduced the 'D' on how to close in on players, how to be aggressive and go in and use the body to get the puck. It’s more than just being a player; it’s learning how to be a better and efficient player.”

One part of that development has been watching video. It may seem small but for Schmidt it has been making a big difference.

“It really helps,” he said. “You get to see yourself and where you are at. It is definitely a different view of the ice. It’s a great overview of what you are doing right or what you are doing wrong. It helps so much in your development.

“We watched a lot of individual video on the season on our defensive game. It really allows you to break down and find the areas that can help you improve so you can excel.”

One of his favorite games from his Under-17 season was a complete team effort which resulted in a 6-0 win over Russia.


Schmidt_60__3___1_.jpg

Photo by Rena Laverty


USA14546_large.jpg

Photo by Rena Laverty

“The first time we beat Russia in Russia,” said Schmidt. “It felt so good especially after we had lost to them in the U17 World Challenge finals. I think that we deserved to win that game [in Russia] as we battled hard.

“As a team, we were prepared for that game. We played well defensively, and we bought into the game plan from the coaches. We had an unbelievable start to that game. It was a total team effort by the goalie, the defensemen and the forwards. That is what happens we play together.”

For Schmidt, he knows that his work is never done, and he already has big plans to help him improve before his second season with the NTDP. His summer plans focus on one thing — cardio.

“The big thing that I plan to do is work on my endurance and conditioning,” he explained. “We are playing longer games and I’m a bigger guy, so I really need to focus on my cardio. Sometimes last year, it was hard to last the whole game. I want to be able to make an even bigger impact this year, even if the game goes into overtime, I want to be ready to go.

“I will be doing lots of running this summer. I’ve been going to the track at least three times a week and doing cardio workouts. Right now, since we have no ice, I’m working on my strength and conditioning.”

And with each step this summer, one thing will never change and that is how much it means to him to wear the red, white and blue.

“It’s so cool, even in practice to be able to wear the USA logo,” said Schmidt. “I remember seeing the jerseys on TV but to see them up close and to be able to put them on, it’s a huge honor. It’s so special to be able to represent the country. I will always cherish the opportunity.”

Basically a poor man's Owen Power right shot version.

 

Good mobility for his size needs to fill out. Going to a good program at BU in the competitive Hockey East division.

 

I think he could be a round 2 or 3 target.

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1 hour ago, hammertime said:

Anybody watching Fabian Lysell. Keep seeing him pop up in the top 5. Aside from being in the SHL is he really in the same league as Eklund???

 

I haven't had a good look at him since the U17 tournaments. I'd say he's more purely talented than Eklund, but Eklund is the better prospect overall. In my opinion, as far as pure skills, Johnson, Chibrikov and Lysell are probably the top of the class for forwards. But with Lysell, aside from the size, I had some concern with his decision-making. Nothing glaringly problematic, but a lot of trying to force plays and doing too much by himself.  Think similar to Lucas Raymond in terms of pure talent, but nowhere near Raymond's pro-style game and intangibles. I'd be quite surprised if he goes top five. I could pretty easily see him in the top ten, although I have him outside it myself. But again, I haven't seen him this year except for highlights, so maybe he's made significant strides since then.

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On 3/1/2021 at 9:24 PM, winthecup said:

If the Canucks pick in the 10th-15th range and that Swedish goalie is still available, I hope they take him. 

It would solidify our goaltending for the next 10+ years  as Demko would be 7 years older than Wallstedt but it really wouldn’t help us in the short to mid term. 
 

He’d be a super long-term pick up. Only way it would help us sooner is if Wallstedt stepped up in his early 20s and we have 2 elite trendies like Lou/Scheids again. 

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1 hour ago, BCNate said:

We need Brandt Clarke.  Get him and whatever we have to deal with during this season and it's worth it.  

I have Clarke at #1 too, and it would be amazing if Benning could make a trade (DiPietro included in a package) for another 1st and grab (G) Jesper Wallstedt.  

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8 hours ago, NUCKER67 said:

I have Clarke at #1 too, and it would be amazing if Benning could make a trade (DiPietro included in a package) for another 1st and grab (G) Jesper Wallstedt.  

Wallstedt is going to be very good, but with Demko in the fold not likely. Sebastian Cossa, would be an interesting option in the 2nd though. 

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20 hours ago, KKnight said:

Wallstedt is going to be very good, but with Demko in the fold not likely. Sebastian Cossa, would be an interesting option in the 2nd though. 

Watched Wallsted in the WJC ( small sample size), seems to have the talent but doesnt seem to be a championship calibre - imo - cause even with a loaded Swedish team he was not able to steal or lead the team to a gold.  If I was GM, I would pass on him and perhaps trade for him as reclamation project if he follows the JM developemental path; preferably, BPA unless he is the BPA when our turn comes.  Very, intriguing if JB decides to pick cause it might be a win due to the Canucks tendency to do very well with Swedish players...

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I just want Benning to focus on RHD..........it is a need, and there are 3 decent RHD ranked in the first round

 

Dmen take longer to develop and this is the year to go hunting.....

Brandt Clarke is ranked around 5-8

Corson Ceuleman ranked 14-20

Morrow ranked 26-32

Roman Schmidt ?

 

That's right go heavy on RHD...........I would love to draft 2 of the first 3

 

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