Post Season Prospect Rankings

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    Post Season Prospect Rankings

    Just because I'm bored.

    http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospect-rankings/post-season-prospect-rankings-2012-13/page/1

     
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    A few defensemen who might be on Boston’s list at the end of the second and third rounds are analyzed below, with information gleaned from scouting reports provided by the Red Line Report independent scouting service 2013 Draft Guide and feedback from NHL scout sources.

    Linus Arnesson, Djurgarden (Sweden-2) — After missing the 2012 NHL Draft by just six days, much was expected of this poised Swede, who graduated to the pro ranks of the Allsvenskan (second) division. Arnesson is a fine skater with fluid movements and good speed as a 6-foot-1, 190-pounder. He plays an effective defense-first style, with an active stick and strong gap control. However, the hoped-for offensive dimension never emerged, as he finished with a single assist in 31 games. If a team thinks some of the offensive flashes of a year ago are part of the package, he could be a top-60 selection, but if not- watch for him to slide.

     

    The Buzz: “So much disappointment,” said a Western Conference NHL scout recently. “He might have been a top-50 pick in Pittsburgh, but now? I’m not sure. I like his size and mobility, but I do not see a player who can run a power play or score points in the NHL.”

     

    Red Line Report says: “Can keep plays going in the offensive end…But doesn’t make decisions quick enough under pressure and coughs up the puck versus a strong forecheck.

     

    Chris Bigras, Owen Sound (OHL) — Like Justin Bailey in the previous article on possible wingers, the likelihood of this smart puck-moving defender being on the board at the end of the second round is remote. Nonetheless, Bigras is a typical Boston Bruins kind of player in that he brings a great deal of hockey sense and a top-notch attitude and demeanor to the rink with him.

     

    Red Line Report says: “He’s the exact opposite of flashy, so he rarely gets much notice or attention on a deep Owen Sound defense corps. But he’s never out of position, rarely makes mistakes and makes good decisions with and without the puck.”

    Kyle Burroughs, Regina (WHL) — A possible target in the third round, Burroughs comes from the Andrew Ference/Torey Krug mold. He may not have the size at under 6-feet, but this sparkplug does everything else for you. A superb skater, he also brings an edge and excelled on the power play after injuries to the Pats’ blueline corps forced him to take on much more of an unexpected role. Then-assistant coach and current head coach Malcolm Cameron pushed for Burroughs to have an ‘A’ on his sweater and the youngster justified that with his poise, production and leadership in the second half.

     

    The Buzz: “He had a slow start offensively for us, but I think he jumped 80 or 90 spots in the final (Central Scouting) rankings,” new Regina head coach Malcolm Cameron told New England Hockey Journal last month. “He’s Mr. Everything for us. With the minutes he played…I’d bet it was close to 35 minutes a night. He was just immense. He’ll fight anyone, kills penalties, blocks shots, studies the tendencies of his opponents and his compete levels are off the charts. I hope he grows a little more, but he has a pro mentality and anyone who drafts him will be happy.”

    Red Line Report says: “Strong four-way mobility allows him to skate with the puck in space and find teammates on the fly with effective distribution in the offensive zone…At just 5-11/182 pounds, there will be persistent doubters but despite an underdeveloped frame he still plays a physical game and frequently steps up to set an early tone.

    Dillon Heatherington, Swift Current (WHL) - Good size (6-3, 195 pounds) and strength, but without a hint of dynamism means that this Dub product is pretty much your standard meat-and-potatoes rearguard along the lines of Adam McQuaid. Plays within himself and makes the simple play; skates better laterally than he does in terms of getting up to speed quickly and motoring through the neutral zone. Has improved several areas of his raw, but efficient game to include his decisions. Showcased his newfound poise and confidence in helping Canada to a gold medal at the Under-18 Championship in April.

    Red Line Report says: “Defends well against odd-man rushes where he uses a long stick and reach to break up passes…offensively keeps things simple- makes safe plays.

    Jordan Subban, Belleville (OHL) - While you don’t expect the Bruins to play sentimental games to try and corner the market on two thirds of the Subban brothers, the team values blood lines, skating ability and hockey sense, which is what the youngest sibling possesses. With all three coming out of the Bulls organization of the OHL, Subban brings similar traits and attributes to older brother P.K., but will need to add mass to his 5-foot-9, 175-pound frame and fight the urge to do too much on his own. Red Line has him in the late third round, but if the B’s want him, they’d most likely have to grab him at the end of the second.

     

    The Buzz: “(Subban) does have a good amount of his older brother in him, though I don’t find him as edgy as P.K.,” said an NHL scout in the Eastern Conference. “He’s got all the hallmarks of that style…the skating and speed, the vision, the shot—but he’s got some bad habits and is not going to get away with that at the next level. Needs to get stronger and use his teammates better.”

    Red Line Report says: “Shows tremendous offensive flair…Does things you can’t teach…Tremendous talent and puckhandler whose first thought is always offence.

    I like Heatherington

     
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    Dez, couldn't you post something interesting like Trent Whitfield's offseason workout regimen? C'mon!

     
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    Dez, couldn't you post something interesting like Trent Whitfield's offseason workout regimen? C'mon!

     



    I refuse to type his name into a search engine. 

    San, thanks for the heads up on those guys. Good stuff. Also, I was pleasantly surprised by how well the youngest Subban can play. Small in stature but always involved in the play at both ends. 

     
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    Dez, couldn't you post something interesting like Trent Whitfield's offseason workout regimen? C'mon!

     



    I refuse to type his name into a search engine. 

     

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    Lol

     
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    "The Boston Bruins are in the Eastern Conference Finals, and by virtue of their trade with the Dallas Stars for Jaromir Jagr, the original second-round selection sent to Big D as part of the package for the future Hall of Fame winger, the B’s first selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft will be around 58-60 depending on their finish.

    B’s assistant GM Jim Benning told New England Hockey Journal recently that with a list of about 50 players that the team’s scouts had their eyes on,  the deep 2013 draft class presents an opportunity to keep building quality organizational depth and looking to the future. “We put together our list and as we get closer to our pick we typically present two or three guys to Peter and lay out a best scenario,” Benning said. “We talk about how a player fits best in our system, what kind of ‘Boston Bruins’ characteristics we value that the player has and so on.”

    Jacob de la Rose, Leksands (Sweden- Jr.) — Character pivot has nice size (6-foot-2, 190), speed but lacks elite hands and vision, which could limit his scoring upside. De la Rose plays a Bruins style of game and it would not surprise if he is on longtime Boston scout Svenake Svensson’s short list of Swedish options. However, the question becomes whether he has enough upside, or if he’s more of a player in the Chris Kelly mold; solid, but safe.

    Ryan Kujawinski, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) — A disappointing season from the 6-foot-2, 205-pound pivot means that the once-projected first-rounder could be sitting on the board at the end of the second. Traded from Sarnia more than a year ago for B’s prospect Ryan Spooner, this power forward is a good skater with quick hands, but the production and consistency simply wasn’t there in 2012-13.  At his best when he’s banging bodies and driving hard to the net, Kujawinski was a passive, uninvolved player for long stretches and as such, his stock is down. However, if you look back to last year when he tallied 15 goals and 30 points in as many games after the trade, he could be a terrific roll of the dice. Boom or bust, but the closer to 60 you get, the more appealing Kujawinski is.

    Zach Sanford (Auburn, N.H.), Middlesex IHC (EJHL) — New Hampshire native is raw, but may be one of the most interesting prospects in the entire 2013 draft. After dominating the Granite State high school circuit, he jumped to junior hockey this year but struggled with the initial transition. However, with his 6-foot-3 size, excellent feet/speed and rocket shot, he emerged as a force in the EJHL after January. Headed to Boston College after another year of junior (unless he accelerates), he can play any forward position but is most effective at center. He’s ranked as a solid third-round player, but don’t be surprised if he goes top-60 because of the physical tools and high ceiling.

    Adam Tambellini, Surrey Eagles (BCHL) — Big 6-foot-2 frame and terrific release on his shot make this raw, but intriguing project a late second-round dark horse.  Flying under the radar a bit especially after being left off Team Canada West’s roster for last November’s World Jr. A Challenge for what was deemed “political” reasons. The youngest son of former Oilers GM Steve Tambellini and University of North Dakota recruit is the kind of player the B’s can stash in the system and take the longer developmental road with.



     
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    Here is a look at some prospects on the right and left wings with information gleaned from scouting reports provided by the Red Line Report independent scouting service 2013 Draft Guide and feedback from NHL scout sources.

    Justin Bailey, RW Kitchener (OHL) — Don’t expect this raw, but talented winger with upside to be on the board when Boston picks, but if he is, then the B’s would be wise to pounce. The son of former NFL linebacker Carlton Bailey has an awkward skating stride, but is passionate about hockey and skilled.

    Red Line Report says: “He always looks like he should be a player with all the physical tools in the word: has great size/strength, speed and puckhandling ability.”

    Oliver Bjorkstrand, LW/RW Portland (WHL) — If the B’s lost their shot at Winterhawks scoring ace Nic Petan, they might be able to snag a nice consolation prize at the end of the second round. This skilled Dane brings similar characteristics to the ice as current fan favorite Brad Marchand. A fast, agitating presence who found the back of the net 31 times this season, he’s the kind of quality depth addition who could come with a nice payoff if he gets that far in the order.

    Red Line Report says: “Nasty little agitator extraordinaire will almost always get in the last shot between linesmen in any scrum, only to skate away when a bigger opponent shows up.”

    Nick Baptiste, RW Sudbury (OHL) - Baptiste’s rankings are all over the map, but he helped himself with an outstanding performance in April’s World Under-18 tourney in Sochi, Russia.  When on his game, Baptiste is a prototypical power forward with size, skating, shot and physicality. Questions about his hockey sense and intensity could see him fall lower than his talent warrants.

    The Buzz: "He has the tools, but just doesn't do it for me," said an NHL scout with an Eastern Conference team during a break in the scouting combine. "I'll be fine if someone else reaches for him."

    Red Line Report says: “Has what it takes to be a solid pro, but is maddeningly inconsistent from game-to-game, even shift-to-shift- a real Jekyll-and-Hyde.”

     William Carrier, LW Cape Breton (QMJHL) - A serious ankle injury derailed a promising season, but will it be enough for Carrier to be available in the final few picks in the second round? His well-rounded game reminds scouts of a young Patrice Bergeron as a smart passer who may not have elite speed, but outworks and thinks opponents.

    The Buzz: "Carrier is under the radar because of his injury," the NHL scout said. "But I figure if a team liked him enough before, not a lot has changed."

    Red Line Report says: “Sturdily built winger plays a north-south game and likes to carry the puck and take it hard to the net.”

    Anthony Duclair, LW Quebec (QMJHL) - This Remparts standout brings just about everything the Bruins value except for the work ethic. His explosive speed and dangerous stickhandling moves and ability to dangle puts opposing defenses on their heels.  His production fell off to 20 goals, 50 points after 31 and 66 a season ago, but he has the talent to bounce back if he addresses his intensity and commitment to the game.

    Red Line Report says: “Very difficult to contain when he’s at full throttle, and can make plays at top speed, but has tendency to stay outside on the rush, not often cutting inside or driving to the net.”

    Jackson Houck, RW Vancouver (WHL) - Heavy feet the only real knock on this game and engaged power forward. The North Vancouver native is a gritty, competitive Bruins-type of player who does a bit of everything, including scoring goals (23 on a poor offensive club). The question that remains for Houck at the draft seems to be whether he’s a second- or third-round pick.

    The Buzz: “Establishes himself down low and out front with a great understanding of how to separate players off the puck,” said Mark Staudinger, Red Line Report’s Western Canada scout. “Accurate heads up passer can find teammates off the cycle. Playing in a better scenario any other year he should be a Top. 60 pick, yet could easily be available for the Bruins second pick in the third (round).”

    Red Line Report says: “Aggressive style draws defenders to him and opens up ice for linemates.”

     

    Nick Moutrey, RW Saginaw (OHL) — 6-foot-2 banger doesn’t have a great deal to get excited about in terms of skills and upside, but plays an hard-nosed game and finishes his checks. Good skater for his size who has an aggressive approach and will stick up for his teammates. Not a bad option in the late third round if he’s on the board, as his 43 points could mean some untapped offensive potential.

    Red Line Report says: “Lacks high-end skills, but has started to figure out the offensive side of the game and put up some numbers as the season progressed.”

    Zach Nastasiuk,  RW Owen Sound (OHL) — Skating is the one drawback to this power forward’s game, and it’s a significant one. While some projections have him going in the late first round or early second, others feel that the heavy, heavy boots are going to hold him back at the highest level.  Selfless, hard-working player who plays a straight-ahead style and makes his physical presence known, but skill level may not be enough to compensate for the lack of speed, agility.

    Red Line Report says: “Carries defenders on his back as he makes a bee-line straight for the net…but, he spends all his time chasing rather than creating.”

    Marc-Olivier Roy, RW  Blainville-Broisbriand (QMJHL) - Character player grinds it out but still found time to light the lamp 35 times in 80 total games between regular season and playoffs. Speedy skater has only average size but stands out for his hustle, smarts and character.  Not all scouts are sold on his scoring upside at the highest level, but when you look at what players like Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell bring to the table, Roy is cut from similar cloth.

    Red Line Report says: “(Roy is) an absolute buzzsaw with a motor that never quits; if his team loses the puck, he wants to go and get it back immediately.”

    Gabryel Paquin-Boudreau, LW Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) - Stealthy draft riser came on strong at the end of the season for the Drakkar with his blazing speed, quickness, and production. Although only possessing average size, his elusiveness and natural offensive hockey sense make him a viable option in the late second-round.  A point-per-game player in the QMJHL postseason (9 goals, 18 points), watch for a breakout year in 2014.

    Red Line Report says: “He’s lightning fast off the mark with explosive first step acceleration and gets to full speed in a single stride.”

    Nick Sorensen, RW Quebec (QMJHL) - Another Danish forward with the positive off-ice attributes to go with a solid offensive skill set.  Sorensen came back from a significant knee injury that limited him to just eight games a year ago, finishing the 2013 campaign with 47 points in 46 games. He stepped it up in the playoffs, netting seven goals in eight games. The lack of a physical element and durability questions could scare some teams off, but if Sorensen is available late in the second, he’s worth the gamble.

    Red Line Report says: “Has plenty of offensive tools with deceptive speed and skating ability, soft hands, and pucks skills, plus a sneaky shot.”


    Lots to choose from.

     

     
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    Awesome stuff. Thanks again San. 


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    Another kid you should take a look at is artturi lehkonen, a little under sized at 5-10 but he can fly on the ice an makes great plays with the puck. He has dominated at every level even posted good numbers at the wjc. Looks to be a late second rounder we would be lucky to get a kid with his offensive upside in the second round. Could see him in a few seasons developing into a top six in the nhl. 

     
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    Awesome stuff. Thanks again San.




    I wanted to start this thread but was going to wait. Read my mind and the draft is this month.

     
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    Awesome stuff. Thanks again San.




     

    I wanted to start this thread but was going to wait. Read my mind and the draft is this month.

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    I love discussing prospects. I look forward to the draft every year. It's a close 2nd behind playoffs for me.

     
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    Anyone have a B's prospect year's end report?

     
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    Anyone have a B's prospect year's end report?




    Not exactly what you asked for Ron but interesting nonetheless.

    http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/91249/dougie-hamilton-leads-boston-bruins-prospect-awards/#more-91249

     
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    Normally I am pretty jazzed up for the draft.  This year I'm not so into it for a couple of reasons.

    1.  With the B's still playing, it's more fun for me to think about today than later.  We can't even hope for a blockbuster to move up and pick in the Top 3 because, you know, where the hell would the guy play?

    2.  The B's are picking 59th or 60th (HOPEFULLY 60th!).  Not every easy to speculate whom they may choose at that slot.  Even my second team isn't any fun to speculate on, seeing as they're pimping the hell out of MacKinnon already.

     

     
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    I'm always interested in prospects.

    And the draft is not the end of it for me. Watching them play after they've been drafted is just as interesting.

     
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    Anyone have a B's prospect year's end report?

     




    Not exactly what you asked for Ron but interesting nonetheless.

     

    http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/91249/dougie-hamilton-leads-boston-bruins-prospect-awards/#more-91249

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    Pretty good article, Dez. Thanks man.

     
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    In response to Chowdahkid-'s comment:

    I'm always interested in prospects.

    And the draft is not the end of it for me. Watching them play after they've been drafted is just as interesting.




    I kind of enjoy this more, especially with the second/third/fourth round guys who have a shot, but maybe still have some work to do to get better, mature physically and emotionally, etc.  Camara's a great example this year.  Spooner was a puzzle because he never seemed to settle into that club leader role his skills might have merited (moving around as a secondary piece).  And on and on.

     
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    very interested to see how Camara and Griffith fit into Providence this year for sure.





     
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    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=674409&navid=nhl:topheads

    Report: Avalanche likely to pass on Seth Jones

    If the Colorado Avalanche hang on to the top pick at the 2013 NHL Draft on June 30, it appears unlikely they will use it on Seth Jones.

    Joe Sakic, the executive vice president of hockey operations for the Avalanche, told The Denver Post on Tuesday night they will pass on the top-rated defenseman and instead choose between forwards Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin or Alexander Barkov.

    "If we do pick first, we're leaning more toward one of those three forwards," Sakic told the paper. "We feel those three forwards are just too good to pass up."

    Jones, 18, had 14 goals and 42 assists in 61 games for the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Hockey League this season. He added another 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in 21 playoff contests and also helped the United States at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

    Colorado allowed 152 goals during the regular season, the fourth most in the NHL."

     

    Yah they need offense

     
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    Stars GM Nill feeling good heading into NHL Draft

    Owning four picks in the first two rounds of arguably the deepest NHL Draft in at least a decade, Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill is feeling pretty good as the event approaches.

    Nill, hired April 29, told NHL.com Wednesday he knows his team needs to change and improve, and this year's draft, to be held June 30 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., is a good chance to move that process forward.

    "We have four picks in the top 54," Nill said. "We have the 10th, we'll have either the 29th or 30th (from the Boston Bruins via the Jaromir Jagr trade), and we also have the 40th and the 54th. So we have four picks in the top 54 … it gives you a chance to get four pretty good players and it gives you options to do things at the draft, whether its trading up or trading down. [It] gives you a lot of flexibility."


    The Stars need a good draft!


     
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    Sakic better not take MacKinnon!

     
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    Are...are you threatening NHL Hall of Famer Joe Sakic?!

    I'd say get ready to be disappointed, unless the following things factor in to the decision.

    1. Gallic flare - if Patrick Roy has a say, bet on him wanting the flying French kid.

    2. Position - ordinarily, if you have two guys as close as Drouin and MacKinnon, you take the C.  Unless your top two centres are 22 yr olds Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly, but your second line LW is Jamie McGinn.

    3. Visions of a line of O'Reilly between Landeskog and Drouin.  It'd have a name by Christmas.

     

     

     

    Are you not entertained?!?!

     
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    MacKinnon is the best player available and Sakic might take him just because McKinnon plays so much like he used to play. 


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    MacKinnon is the best player available and Sakic might take him just because McKinnon plays so much like he used to play. 


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    Thats who I am thinking they take. I really like the Drouin kid though.

     
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    Still do not think this is the best draft in the last ten years but time will tell. As for not taking jones  first, why would you realse that info. When You could have gotten something in return from Florida to give them the number one pick. Awful move by sakic. Who do you guys think are day one starters in the first round?

     

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