2017 NHL Draft

Junior A hockey has gotten a bad rap in drafting circles. Seemingly a casualty of the ongoing “war” between the collegiate leagues and the Canadian major junior circuit, leagues like the Alberta Junior Hockey League, British Columbia Hockey League and their eastern counterparts have been somewhat looked down upon by talent evaluators – the reason
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There was once a time where the United States Hockey League wasn’t considered a major developer of talent. Sure, they hosted the United States National Development Program’s under-18 touring team, but the league’s clubs were effectively the Washington Generals to the USNDP’s Harlem Globetrotters – hardly a force to be reckoned with. However, the USHL
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With the 23rd Pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft the Arizona Coyotes Have Selected Pierre-Olivier Joseph From the Charlottetown Islanders in the (QMJHL) About Pierre-Olivier Joseph Joseph is the classic case of a defensive prospect that needs to mature but has all the elements to be an excellent defenseman in the NHL. He has outstanding hockey sense
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With the 21st Pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft the New York Rangers Have Selected Filip Chytil From the HC Zlin from the Czech Republic. About Filip Chytil Another player that wasn’t projected to be a first-round pick, Filip Chytil found a home as the New York Rangers scooped up the 17-year-old forward with the 21st pick in the
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With the 17th Pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft the Toronto Maple Leafs Have Selected Timothy Liljegren From the Rögle BK in the SHL. About Timothy Liljegren This will be an interesting pick for the Toronto Maple Leafs as they selected one of the biggest drops in the draft with Timothy Liljegren at 17th overall. Liljegren dealt with some
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With the 11th Pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft the Los Angeles Kings Have Selected Gabriel Vilardi From the Windsor Spitfires in the OHL. About Gabriel Vilardi The Los Angeles Kings used their 11th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft to take Gabriel Vilardi out of the Ontario Hockey League – a player that some had ranked as
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The NHL offseason is in its busiest stage with the NHL Expansion Draft and NHL Entry Draft right around the corner. Once the Expansion Draft is complete and all 31 NHL general managers have an idea of where their teams stand, the next big task will be the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The Draft is
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Dylan Samberg 2016-17 Team: Hermantown Hawks (#12)Date of Birth: January 24, 1999 Place of Birth: Hermantown, Minnesota Ht: 6’3? Wt: 190 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defense NHL Draft Eligibility: 2017 first-year eligibleTwitter: @dsamberg26 Rankings THW (Pike’s Picks): not ranked (final) Future Considerations: 85th (final) ISS: not ranked (May) Bob McKenzie: 65th (Mid-season) Craig Button: 46th
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Antoine Morand 2016-17 Team: Acadie Bathurst Titan (#88)Date of Birth: Feb. 18, 1999Place of Birth: Mercier, QuebecHt: 5’10” Wt: 170 lbsShoots: LeftPosition: CNHL Draft Eligibility: 2017 first-year eligibleTwitter: AntoineMorand18 Rankings THW Alternate Rankings: 54th (May) Future Considerations: 41st (Spring) Pronman: 41st (Jan) Craig Button: 47th (March) Though undersized at 5 foot 10 and 170 pounds, Antoine
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It’s only a couple short weeks before the 2017 NHL Draft kicks off in Chicago and with that being said, every NHL team should be wrapping up their final draft lists in preparation for draft day. With the results of the 2017 NHL Scouting Combine in hand, teams have a much more informative description of
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Tobias Geisser 2016-17 Team: EV ZugDate of Birth: Feb. 13, 1999Place of Birth: Sarnen, SUIHt: 6’4” Wt: 194 lbsShoots: DefensePosition: LeftNHL Draft Eligibility: 2017 first-year eligible Rankings Bob McKenzie: 77th (Mid-season) Jeff Marek: 95th (March) NHL Central Scouting 30th (EU Skaters) Size is something that cannot be taught. For a player like Tobias Geisser who stands
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Kale Howarth 2016-17 Team: Trail Smoke Eaters (#16)Date of Birth: June 10, 1997 Place of Birth: Red Deer, Alberta Ht: 6’5? Wt: 207 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Center NHL Draft Eligibility: 2017 third-year eligible Rankings THW (Pike’s Picks): not ranked (final) Future Considerations: not ranked (Spring) ISS: not ranked (May) Bob McKenzie: not ranked (Mid-season)
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When the Detroit Red Wings make their first round selection in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, it will be their highest pick since drafting Keith Primeau third overall in 1990. With such a good position in the draft, how does Hockeytown approach it? Ken Holland and his management team have quite a bit of homework
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After exiting the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the first round this spring, the San Jose Sharks find themselves with the 19th selection in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The Sharks have some decent success drafting in the middle third of the opening round. Mirco Mueller (18th – 2013), Tomas Hertl (17th – 2012), Ty Wishart
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The Boston Bruins offseason started a little earlier than they would have hoped. The team has already started making moves though with Anders Bjork leaving Notre Dame and signing his entry-level contract with the Bruins. Shortly after that signing though, it appears Bruins’ general manager Don Sweeney is ready to continue a potentially busy offseason.
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The first few weeks that follow after the Stanley Cup Final could involve the most wheeling and dealing in recent memory, according to Pierre LeBrun. On ESPN radio, LeBrun said that the period between June 15 and July 2 could be the busiest in NHL history. The upcoming expansion draft coupled with an NHL draft with
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