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CHL Top Prospects Game
Zadina, Dellandrea power Team Cherry in TPG romp
Steve Kournianos  |  01/26/2018 |  Nashville  | 

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Flint Firebirds center Ty Dellandrea was one of two players to score twice for Team Cherry in a 7-4 win over Team Orr in Thursday’s CHL Top Prospects Game (Photo: Terry Wilson/OHL Images).

Team Cherry Rosters
Team Orr Rosters
Box Score
Team Cherry Scouting Reports
Team Orr Scouting Reports
Testing Results


LW Filip Zadina (Ranked No. 3)
Zadina had the best performance of any forward by doing exactly what’s he’s been doing for several years — scoring goals and being the most dangerous player every time he hit the ice. He not only scored a pair of goals, but also had a game-high seven shots, plus one that rang off the post after a crafty one-on-four move. The gap between Zadina and top winger Andrei Svechnikov has been tight for quite a while, and the latter’s strong performance at the Top Prospects Game could be enough to move him past his Russian counterpart on several draft boards.

G Olivier Rodrigue (Ranked No. 90)
It’s hard to believe that key saves were necessary in a 7-4 game, but Team Cherry and Rodrigue — a confident, technically-sound goalie — were under a lot of pressure and zone time in the first half of the opening period. He had to come up with several saves to keep the game scoreless, and then held the fort after his mates scored in bunches to break the game open. Rodrigue’s quickness is excellent, and he makes up for an average glove hand by playing above the crease and positioning himself properly to cut down as much white space as possible. Only one of 14 shots beat him, and that was a tip in the slot from Serron Noel.

RHD Evan Bouchard (Ranked No. 19)
Bouchard could have been quiet the whole game and still maintained his standing as one of the top blueliners for the upcoming draft. But the rangy London rearguard was far from unnoticeable, not only for picking up four assists, but also by playing a quick transition game and showing poised puck management. His skating and agility looked absolutely fine, and he validated his high marks from pre-game testing by showing quickness on the backskate and solid closing speed.

C Aidan Dudas (Ranked No. 98)
This kid’s speed and skill was on full display at the TPG, which likely didn’t surprise most of the scouts in the building — Dudas has been doing the deke and dangle thing for quite a while, and his high-energy approach to every shift forced turnovers that led to scoring chances. He’s an excellent stickhandler who has no fear of playing inside, and being 5’7 had little bearing on his ability to win battles and make courageous dashes to the net. Dudas scored a pair of goals and easily could have been names MVP for Team Cherry.

C Ty Dellandrea (Ranked No. 22)
If there was one prospect who i was actively rooting for from a fan’s perspective, it was this two-way center whose solid season in terms of draft rankings has gone relatively unnoticed. Dellandrea is a big kid with above-average puck skills, but there’s a lot more to his game than just scoring. Positioning for forwards is something often overlooked, but Dellandrea is one of the smarter centers in that regard. Thus, he scored a pair of goals in the most important game to date of his draft year — he scored his first off a loose puck in front of the net before adding another with a gorgeous tip-in from the slot.

LHD Kevin Bahl (Ranked No. 45)
Bahl is a big kid with very good mobility who has a reputation for being a very good defender, especially below the circles. Although he had trouble with coverage on occasion, but it was his ability to join the rush and provide offense from the back end that was the most encouraging. He picked up an assist with a quick wrister that was tipped home by Serron Noel, then jumped into a 3-on-2 rush and wired home a loose puck that kicked out to him. The defensive-zone play of Team Orr’s entire blue line corps was surprisingly terrible, yet it was Bahl who did his best to keep his area clear and break up several chances from out in front.

LW Cole Fonstad (Ranked No. 50)
Fonstad is a strong offensive player who showed off his soft hands and hard shot by receiving cleanly a cross-ice pass from Bo Groulx and rifling it home in one motion. He has very good vision and completed several passes through traffic, plus he can stop on a dime or slow things down in order to wait for trailers to come into the picture. Fonstad is a very good skater who applied pressure on the forecheck and finished his checks without entirely taking himself out of a play.

 Rasmus Sandin (Ranked No. 49)
A ridiculous move by Andrei Svechnikov notwithstanding, Sandin was the surest of all team Cherry puck movers — not only for his ability to make things across the red line to run smooth, but also for the manner in which he won battles in his own end and jumpstarted the attack. Sandin is not a flashy player, and his offensive upside may be limited (his shot and playmaking skills are average), but the way he controls the puck with his head up, especially while pivoting away from pressure, makes me think that he has an untapped creative aspect to his game.

Notable Prospects

RW Andrei Svechnikov (Ranked No. 1)

A lot of eyes were on Svechnikov and for good reason — NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau recently named him as the top-rated North American prospect for the 2018 draft. Svechnikov was on Team Orr’s top line, but he was relatively quiet in terms of chances outside of a handful of lengthy cycles and some room in the circle on the power play. Additionally, he forced at least three passes into the middle of the ice that were picked off, but none led to anything significant. Overall, there were three plays involving Svechnikov that stood out: a one-arm shove during a zone entry that knocked Nico Gross to the ground; a posterizing move on Rasmus Sandin while shorthanded that nearly led to a shorthanded goal; and rushing the puck into a 3-on-2 at the end of a long shift that led to Kevin Bahl’s goal. He did solid work on the cycle but was kept to the outside for most of the game.


C Joe Veleno (Ranked No. 4)

Veleno has been playing very well since his mid-season trade from Saint John to Drummondville, and he took responsibility of being captain for Team Cherry by centering the top line and both PP and PK units. The speedy playmaker appeared more reserved than normal, but did contribute on the penalty kill and backchecked to negate at least one dangerous opportunity. Offensively, he was involved in several chances around the net and came close to scoring on one. Sans one turnover that led to a 2-on-1 against, Veleno played a solid 200-foot game.

C Barrett Hayton (Ranked No. 17)

Hayton picked up a pair of assists and showed good chemistry with Filip Zadina from start to finish. He’s been a hot topic of conversation heading into the game, not only for being ranked sixth among North American prospects by the NHL’s Central Scouting, but also for his dominance at the on/off ice testing done prior to Thursday’s game. He’s a excellent passer and playmaker who knows his duties as a center go well beyond the scope of point producing.

Burn the Tape

LHD Ty Smith (Ranked No. 5)

Smith is an excellent two-way defensemen who rarely turns the puck over once, let alone the four or five times he did in the first period alone. He was either ridiculously nervous or had skate issues — Smith slipped behind the net several times throughout the night. He was a minus-4 on the stats sheet and for good reason, as both he and partner Noah Dobson were missing assignments and had trouble dealing with the forecheck. That last statement may be hard to believe when you consider his overall body of work, but Smith deserves a longer look to see if any of the mistakes he made on Thursday will spill over into his league play.

RHD Noah Dobson (Ranked No. 16)

This normally sure-handed defender was picked apart by an aggressive forecheck, and on several occasions retreated into untenable situations when the easy play was right there in front of him. Dobson was over-committing a lot, and he was caught chasing multiple odd-man rushes against. Like Smith, however, he revealed solid quickness, especially when he made the choice to pinch and dart down below the circles.

Merci Ulysse,
As-tu aimer les commantaires de Bob
aucune surprise HONDAMAN dans ses commentaires mais , il confirme ce que plusieurs voient
c'est rassurant  aussi ... il est super branché et rarement va faire des choses sans être TRÈS renseigner

Pour ceux que sa l`intéresse... voici le top 80 de Bob Mckenzie .... y`a beaucoup d`infos a lire mais en anglais...
RK   PLAYER   TEAM   POS   HT   WT   GP   G   P
1   Rasmus Dahlin   Frolunda (SHL)   D   6'2   181   31   6   14
2   Andrei Svechnikov   Barrie (OHL)   RW   6'1 ½   188   24   19   32
3   Filip Zadina   Halifax (QMJHL)   RW   6'0   198   38   27   53
4   Brady Tkachuk   Boston U (NCAA)   LW   6'2   194   24   5   18
5   Adam Boqvist   Brynäs (SWE J20)   D   5'10 ¾   168   20   12   19

6   Quinn Hughes   Michigan (NCAA)   D   5'9    167   21   1   14
7   Evan Bouchard   London (OHL)   D   6'1 ½   190   45   15   54
8   Noah Dobson   A-Bathurst (QMJHL)   D   6'2 ½   178   46   10   47
9   Oliver Wahlstrom   USA NTDP (USHL)   C   6'0 ¾   195   34   26   45
10   Ty Smith   Spokane (WHL)   D   5'10 ¼   176   46   6   44

11   Ryan Merkley   Guelph (OHL)   D   5'11   170   44   11   52
12   Barrett Hayton   S.S. Marie (OHL)   C   6'1   186   44   17   42
13   Rasmus Kupari   Kärpät (SM Liiga)   C   6'1 ¼   183   24   4   6
14   Bode Wilde   USA NTDP (USHL)   D   6'2 ½   197   34   5   21
15   Joe Veleno   Drummondville (QMJHL)   C   6'1   195   41   8   38

16   Joel Farabee   USA NTDP (USHL)   LW   5'11   152   34   17   40
17   Ryan McLeod   Mississuaga (OHL)   C/LW   6'2   190   45   15   50
18   Jared McIsaac   Halifax (QMJHL)   D   6'1   195   45   5   26
19   Jesperi Kotkaniemi   Ässät (SM Liiga)   C   6'1 ½   188   45   8   22
20   Isac Lundestrom   Luleå (SHL)   C/LW   5'11 ¼   178   28   3   10

21   Grigori Denisenko   Yaroslavl (MHL)   LW   5'11   163   23   4   14
22   Serron Noel   Oshawa (OHL)   RW   6'4   200   40   17   34
23   Jacob Olofsson   Timra (SWE-Als)   C   6'2   185   32   8   18
24   Mattias Samuelsson   USA NTDP (USHL)   D   6'3 ¼   209   30   6   15
25   Dominik Bokk   Vaxjo (SuperElit)   LW/RW   6'1   179   23   11   29

26   Jack McBain   Toronto (OJHL)   C   6'3 ¼   196   41   19   49
27   Jett Woo   Moose Jaw (WHL)   D   5'11 ¾   205   30   8   23
28   Benoît-Olivier Groulx   Halifax (QMJHL)   C   6'0 ¾   192   47   19   35
29   Akil Thomas   Niagara (OHL)   RW   5'11   169   44   12   50
30   Martin Kaut   Pardubice (CZE Extra)   RW   6'1 ½   176   28   4   7

31   Alexander Alexeyev   Red Deer (WHL)   D   6'3 ½   184   37   6   31
32   Calen Addison   Lethbridge (WHL)   D   5'9 ¾   179   46   7   47
33   K'Andre Miller   USA NTDP (USHL)   D   6'3 ½   194   34   6   17
34   Rasmus Sandin   S.S. Marie (OHL)   D   5'10 ¾   183   32   5   28
35   Jakub Lauko   Chomutov (CZE Extra)   LW   6'0   169   32   2   5

36   Jesse Ylonen   Espoo (FIN)   RW   5'11 ¾   160   34   11   19
37   Kevin Bahl   Ottawa (OHL)   D   6'5 ¾   225   45   1   14
38   Jonathon Tychonick   Penticton (BCHL)   D   5'11 ¼   166   35   8   26
39   Vitali Kravtsov   Chelyabinsk (KHL)   RW   6'2   170   33   3   6
40   Adam Ginning   Linköping (SHL)   D   6'2 ¾   196   19   0   0

41   Ty Dellandrea   Flint (OHL)   C/RW   5'11 ¾   180   44   17   35
42   Sampo Ranta   Sioux City (UHSL)   RW   6'0 ¾   192   26   9   15
43   Jay O'Brien   Thayer (USHS)   C   6'0   175   N/A   N/A   N/A
44   Filip Johansson   Leksands (SWE J20)   D   6'0 ½   174   25   4   6
45   Jacob Bernard-Docker   Okotoks (AJHL)   D   6'0   181   36   14   29

46   Nico Gross   Oshawa (OHL)   D   5'11 ¾   183   36   4   10
47   Stanislav Demin   Wenatchee (BCHL)   D   6'2   190   44   8   36
48   Allan McShane   Oshawa (OHL)   C   5'10 ½   190   45   10   36
49   Filip Hallander   Timra (SWE-Als)   C/LW   6'0   178   35   8   19
50   Nando Eggenberger   Davos (SUI NLA)   LW/RW   6'2   185   29   3   5

51   Blake McLaughlin   Chicago (USHL)   LW   5'11   156   27   17   36
52   Jan Jenik   Benatky (CZE2)   RW   6'1   161   26   3   8
53   Tyler Madden   Tri-City (USHL)   C/RW   5'10   152   27   11   20
54   Jonatan Berggren   Skellefteå (SWE J20)   LW   5'10   181   26   13   34
55   Riley Sutter   Everett (WHL)   C   6'2 ¾   202   45   20   37

56   Cameron Hillis   Guelph (OHL)   C   5'9 ½   168   44   17   40
57   Curtis Hall   Youngstown (USHL)   C   6'2   194   28   11   20
58   Albin Eriksson   Skellefteå (SWE J20)   LW   6'4 ¼   207   24   13   26
59   David Gustafsson   HV 71 (SHL)   C   5'11 ½   196   30   2   3
60   Martin Fehervary   Oskarshamn (SWE-Als)   D   6'1   190   27   1   6

61   Ty Emberson   USA NTDP (USHL)   D   6'1   194   33   3   14
62   Alexander Khovanov   Moncton (QMJHL)   C   5'11   187   12   1   7
63   Kody Clark   Ottawa (OHL)   RW   6'0 ¾   172   38   16   33
64   Jacob Pivonka   USA NTDP (USHL)   C   5'11   198   31   8   16
65   Sean Durzi   Owen Sound (OHL)   D   5'11 ½   195   37   15   47

66   Oskar Back   Färjestads (SWE J20)   C   6'2 ¼   192   28   4   18
67   Giovanni Vallati   Kitchener (OHL)   D   6'1   176   44   3   20
68   Jake Wise   USA NTDP (USHL)   C   5'9 ¾   185   10   1   9
69   Gabriel Fortier   Baie Comeau (QMJHL)   LW   5'9   164   45   16   37
70   Nicolas Beaudin   Drummondville (QMJHL)   D   5'10 ½   175   45   10   41

71   Nathan Dunkley   London (OHL)   C   5'11   192   39   15   38
72   Philipp Kurashev   Quebec (QMJHL)   RW   5'11 ½   181   42   11   41
73   Merrick Rippon   Ottawa (OHL)   D   6'0   191   45   2   17
74   Axel Andersson   Djurgarden (SWE J20)   D   5'11 ¾   178   30   3   25
75   Anderson MacDonald   Moncton (QMJHL)   LW   6'1 ½   205   43   24   37

76   Carter Robertson   Ottawa (OHL)   D   6'2   178   34   3   10
77   Tyler Weiss   USA NTDP (USHL)   C/LW   5'10 ¼   158   34   5   18
78   Blade Jenkins   Saginaw (OHL)   LW   6'1   195   44   15   30
79   Xavier Bernard   Drummondville (QMJHL)   D   6'2 ½   208   43   10   27
80   Lenni Killinen   Blues Jr. (Jr. SM Liiga)   RW   6'2   180   34   12   38

« on: January 26, 2018, 08:30:49 AM »
Stu Cowan

CAR vs MTL -
DAL (Paul McIntosh)
WIN (Peter Ratchuk)
TBL(2 Pat Verbeek, Jamie Pushor)
CHI (Gord Donnely)
NJD (André Savard)
VGK (David Conte)
NYR (Steve Eminger)
WSH (Martin Pouiot)
PHI (Alyn McCauley)
CGY(Derrek MacKinnon)
OTT(Jim Clark)
FLO(Peter Mahovlich)
NSH(Nick Beverly)
DET(Glenn Merkosky)
COL(Garth Joy)
EDM(Paul Merrier)

je trouve que c'est beaucoup pour une soirée où 30 clubs sont en action , c'est très bon signe

plusieurs équipes étaient également représentés au match à LAVAL mercredi soir

4985 Top 62 NHL Draft Prospects Ranking, January 25th, 2018.


1   Rasmus Dahlin   LD   Frolunda   SHL   L   6’2"   181
2   Andrei Svechnikov   RW   Barrie   OHL   L   6’1.5"   187
3   Filip Zadina   RW   Halifax   QMJHL   L   6’0"   198
4   Brady Tkachuk   LW   Boston U   NCAA   L   6’2"   194
5   Adam Boqvist   RD   Brynas J20   Superelit   R   5’10.75   168

6   Joel Farabee   LW   USNTDP   USHL   L   5’11"   164
7   Oliver Wahlstrom   RW/C   USNTDP   USHL   R   6’0"   205
8   Noah Dobson   RD   Acadie-Bathurst   QMJHL   R   6’3"   178
9   Quinn Hughes   LD   Michigan   NCAA   L   5’9"   168
10   Grigori Denisenko   LW/RC   Loko Yaroslavl   MHL   R   5’10"   165

11   Rasmus Kupari   RC   Karpat   Jr-A SM-Liiga   R   6’1.25"   183
12   Ty Smith   LD   Spokane   WHL   L   5’10.25"   176
13   Mattias Samuelsson   LD   USNTDP   USHL   L   6’3"   217
14   Isac Lundestrom   C/LW   Lulea HF   SHL   L   5’11.25"   178
15   Evan Bouchard   RD   London   OHL   R   6’2"   181

16   Jesperi Kotkaniemi   LC   Assat   Liiga   L   6’2"   190
17   Bode Wilde   RD   USNTDP   USHL   R   6’2"   195
18   K’Andre Miller   LD   USNTDP   USHL   L   6’3"   206
19   Jared McIssac   LD   Halifax   QMJHL   L   6’1"   195
20   Joe Veleno   LC   Drummondville   QMJHL   L   6’1"   195

21   Dominik Bokk   RW   Vaxjo J20   Superelit   R   6’1   178
22   Jacob Olofsson   LC   Timra IK   Allsvenskan   L   6’2"   193
23   Martin Kaut   RW   HC Dynamo Pardubice   Czech   R   6’1   174
24   Calen Addison   RD   Lethbridge   WHL   R   5’9"   178
25   Alexander Alexeeyev   LD   Red Deer   WHL   L   6’3   200

26   Jonathan Tychonick   LD   Penticton   BCHL   L   5’11"   165
27   Barrett Hayton   LW/C   Sault Ste Marie   OHL   L   6’1"   186
28   Jett Woo   RD   Moose Jaw   WHL   R   5'11.75"   205
29   Serron Noel   RW   Oshawa   OHL   R   6’3"   192
30   Jay O’Brien   RC   Thayer Academy   HS-MA   R   5’11"   170
31   Vitali Kravtsov   C/LW   Traktor Chelyabinsk   KHL   L   6’2"   170

17. Los Angeles Kings

Kimelman -- Noel: One scout said Noel reminds him of Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler. Speed and size are NHL caliber, and as he continues to develop and get stronger he has the upside of a top-end power forward.

Morreale -- Kotkaniemi: A playmaker with good hockey sense and a knack for getting off a shot quickly and accurately.

Lepage -- Veleno: He had a slow start to the season with Saint John, but a trade to Drummondville seems to have done him a world of good. He has 15 points (two goals, 13 assists) in 10 games since the trade; he had 31 points (six goals, 25 assists) in 31 games with Saint John.

18. New York Islanders (from Calgary Flames)

Kimelman -- Ryan Merkley, D, Guelph (OHL): A high-risk/high-reward right-shot defenseman with top-end speed (5-11, 170). The same reservations some scouts have about Merkley are the same ones they had 10 years ago about an 18-year-old Erik Karlsson. Under general manager Garth Snow, the Islanders have shown a willingness to take chances at the draft and Merkley could be their latest one.

Morreale -- Farabee: A good puck mover with outstanding vision, Farabee is hard on pucks in all areas of the ice and has good offensive instincts.

Lepage -- Jared McIsaac, D, Halifax (QMJHL): After an impressive first season in Halifax in 2016-17, McIsaac took a while to get going this season but has hit his stride. The left-shot defenseman (6-1, 195) is effective on both sides of the puck, but it is his defensive-zone play that helps him stand out.

NHL Draft prospect Jared McIsaac of the Halifax Moosheads.

19. New Jersey Devils

Kimelman -- McIsaac: The Devils have done a great job building a deep group of young forwards. McIsaac fills a need as a two-way presence who can start the breakout with smart passes.

Morreale -- Rasmus Sandin, D, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL): Sweden-born left-handed shot defenseman (5-11, 183) has great mobility and poise in handling the puck in all situations.

Lepage -- Akil Thomas, C, Niagara (OHL): With 50 points (12 goals, 38 assists) in 44 games, this 5-11, 169-pound fast skater has picked up as where he left off last season, when he was third among OHL rookies with 48 points (21 goals, 27 assists) in 61 games. Thomas is a hard worker who never lets up.

20. Toronto Maple Leafs

Kimelman -- Mattias Samuelsson, D, USA U-18 (NTDP): He uses his size (6-3, 217) and strength the way his father, 14-season NHL veteran Kjell Samuelsson, did, but has an offensive game with room to grow.

Morreale -- Benoit-Olivier Groulx, C, Halifax (QMJHL): Has a good hockey IQ, competes hard and has a strong two-way game. Groulx (6-1, 192) is good at winning battles in the offensive zone.

Lepage -- Groulx: He quickly took to the important responsibility of centering the top line this season, which demonstrates his reliability. There still is room for improvement on offense but he is trending in the right direction.

21. Minnesota Wild

Kimelman -- Calen Addison, D, Lethbridge (WHL): There might be some questions about his ability to play defense in the NHL, but the right-shot defenseman (5-10, 179) has dynamic offensive skills that make him a top-end prospect.

Morreale -- Thomas: Has NHL-caliber speed and is relentless on the puck. He's unselfish and gives his team an honest, two-way effort every game.

Lepage -- Merkley: His offensive skills are top-notch but he still has a lot of work to do defensively. A team capable of living with the holes in Merkley's defensive gaps will get an extremely dynamic and productive defenseman.

22. Colorado Avalanche

Kimelman -- Denisenko: Creative, skilled and a strong skater who needs to add some size but projects as a top-six forward. The Avalanche focused on defense at the 2017 draft with Cale Makar and Conor Timmins as their first two selections, so now they can shift to adding to their prospect pipeline up front.

Morreale -- Denisenko: The right-shot forward maneuvers well in traffic, can protect the puck and is strong and effective in the corners.

Lepage -- Jacob Olofsson, C, Timra (SWE-2): The left-shot center effectively uses his size (6-2, 192) for excellent puck protection and does everything the right way even though no particular facet of his game stands out.

23. Dallas Stars

Kimelman -- Jack McBain, C, Toronto JC (OJHL): His size (6-3, 197) is tantalizing and he answered some questions with a strong showing (six points in four games) for Canada East at the World Junior A Challenge in December. He's committed to Boston College and if allowed to develop eventually could provide quality depth behind Tyler Seguin.

Morreale -- McIsaac: A good puck-moving defenseman capable of supporting the rush and distributing on the power play.

Lepage -- Ryan McLeod, C, Mississauga (OHL): Seems to have inherited the same speed as his older brother Michael McLeod, chosen by the Devils with the No. 12 pick in 2016. Ryan (6-2, 200) is a little bigger than Michael (6-2, 188) and is very effective in the face-off circle.

Ryan McLeod was selected to the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

24. San Jose Sharks

Kimelman -- Veleno: More of a playmaker than a goal scorer, Veleno is an outstanding skater with a great work ethic.

Morreale -- Merkley: The right-shot defenseman, one of the more offensively gifted draft prospects at his position, has the vision and skills to quarterback a power play.

Lepage -- Sandin: The Sweden-born defenseman has been quick to adapt to the North American style of play with Sault Ste. Marie. He has 28 points (five goals, 23 assists) and a plus-24 rating in 32 games.

25. Philadelphia Flyers (from St. Louis Blues)

Kimelman -- McLeod: Philadelphia loves finding centers and shifting them to the wing. McLeod, a left-handed shot, has the skating ability, strength and size to prosper at the NHL level playing on the wall.

Morreale -- Samuelsson: He has the size, style and edge as his father, former NHL defenseman Kjell Samuelsson, who played 14 NHL seasons.

Lepage -- Samuelsson: He inherited some of his father's size (6-6, 235) and is solid defensively. Scouts believe he has some offensive potential.

26. Washington Capitals

Kimelman -- Groulx: He might not be an offensive standout in the NHL but can play in all situations and could develop into a top checking center. With so many offensive-minded players in Washington, having someone with a willingness to play hard through all 200 feet could develop into a key piece.

Morreale -- McLeod: Can play in all situations and has the speed to take defensemen wide and gain the offensive zone with regularity.

Lepage -- Kotkaniemi: The Finland-born forward is producing offense while playing against men in Liiga, Finland's top pro league. But there are questions about his skating ability and that could drop him in the mind of some scouts.

27. Nashville Predators

Kimelman -- Thomas: A versatile center who also can play the wing, scouts like Thomas' skating and high-end 1-on-1 offensive skills.

Morreale -- Olofsson: A skilled playmaker with good acceleration, confidence and puck skills. He plays an effective two-way game.

Lepage -- McBain: He has the size of a prototypical power forward. McBain has done well playing in the Ontario Junior Hockey League and performed well at the World Junior A Challenge.

28. Boston Bruins

Kimelman -- Olofsson: Has a power-forward skill set and is developing nicely as a 17-year-old playing in Allsvenskan, Sweden's second-highest professional league.

Morreale -- Dominik Bokk, LW, Vaxjo Jr. (SWE-JR): Germany-born forward is a skilled puck mover with smooth hands, good offensive instincts and a good shot.

Lepage -- Noel: The big forward is a surprisingly powerful skater for a player of his size. With 17 goals in 40 games, he also has shown that he is capable of contributing offense.

29. Winnipeg Jets

Kimelman -- Alexander Alexeyev, D, Red Deer (WHL): He'd be a solid bookend to Logan Stanley (6-7, 226), the No. 18 pick of the 2016 draft. Alexeyev (6-3, 200) is a strong skater who is good at getting the puck out of his zone with quick, smart passes.

Morreale -- Jett Woo, D, Moose Jaw (WHL): The 6-foot, 205-pound right-shot defenseman is effective taking away time and space, and is one of the hardest hitters in the WHL.

Lepage -- Woo: Don't expect Woo to become an offensive defenseman in the NHL, but his defensive qualities could allow him to establish himself as a reliable future NHL player.

30. Vegas Golden Knights

Kimelman -- Woo: Projects as a player the opposition will hate playing against. He likes to play physical and has learned how to stay disciplined.

Morreale -- Blade Jenkins, LW, Saginaw (OHL): He is learning how to utilize his quickness and strength effectively in his first OHL season, and has 30 points (15 goals, 15 assists) in 44 games. Jenkins (6-1, 195) could be a player who rises fast during the second half.

Lepage -- Addison: He may be smaller than the average defenseman, but he has what most teams are looking for in a player at the position, speed and energy.

31. Tampa Bay Lightning

Kimelman -- Bokk: The Germany-born forward has impressed in his first season in Sweden, and earned a promotion to the Swedish Hockey League. With the Lightning flush with skill players, Bokk will get all the time he needs to develop.

Morreale -- Adam Ginning, D, Linkoping (SWE): A reliable 6-3, 196-pound two-way defenseman who is tough to beat 1-on-1 and is effective in transition.

Lepage -- Martin Kaut, RW, Pardubice (CZREP): The Czech Republic-born forward (6-1, 176) proved he belongs with the cream of the crop with seven points (two goals, five assists) in seven games at the 2018 World Junior Championship.

4987 writers Adam Kimelman, Mike G. Morreale and Guillaume Lepage agree that Sweden defenseman Rasmus Dahlin will be the No. 1 pick of the 2018 NHL Draft, but little else in their look at how the first round might go.

The 2018 draft will be held at American Airlines Center in Dallas on June 22-23.

The order used for this mock draft was based on the standings after games played Monday; the final draft order will be set after the Stanley Cup Playoffs

1. Arizona Coyotes

Kimelman -- Rasmus Dahlin, D, Frolunda (SWE): Hands-down the most talented player in the 2018 draft class. His offensive instincts are first-rate, and at 6-foot-2, 181 pounds, he's not afraid to play physically if needed. He's starred at every level of hockey and likely will have a big impact for Sweden at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics as a 17-year-old (he turns 18 on April 13). He's the kind of player you build your franchise around.

Morreale -- Dahlin: A smart two-way defenseman with the skating, puck-handling, vision and intelligence required to play in the NHL as early as next season.

Lepage -- Dahlin: Do I really need to justify this pick? Dahlin has been firing on all cylinders since last season and he will be the first player selected in the draft.

2. Buffalo Sabres

Kimelman -- Andrei Svechnikov, RW, Barrie (OHL): An elite-level offensive performer. One scout said he's like an NHL player already. At 6-2, 186, he has the size to play in the League right away.

Morreale -- Svechnikov: Offers excellent offensive instincts and power with high-end skills and puck control.

Lepage -- Brady Tkachuk, LW, Boston University (H-EAST): He is the upgraded version of his brother, Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk. Brady (6-3, 196) appears to have better offensive potential and can easily get under his opponents' skin.

3. Ottawa Senators

Kimelman -- Tkachuk: The Senators could use some more strength up front. Tkachuk is big and strong enough to get anywhere he wants on the ice, and produce in a big way when he gets there.

Morreale -- Tkachuk: Possesses the size, hands and ability down low to create matchup problems for the opposition.
Lepage -- Filip Zadina, RW, Halifax (QMJHL): The Czech Republic-born forward showed what he is made of at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. Zadina (6-0, 196) has continued to dominate since returning to Halifax. A sniper of this caliber doesn't come along every day.
Brady Tkachuk #7 of United States

4. Vancouver Canucks

Kimelman -- Quintin Hughes, D, Michigan (BIG10): His ability to control the game far exceeds any questions about his size (5-9, 170). A dazzling skater and puck-handler with a hard, accurate shot from the point.
Morreale -- Zadina: The Czech Republic native is a dynamic goal scorer with a quick, accurate release and speed.
Lepage -- Svechnikov: This power forward is surprisingly fast and has individual skills that cannot be taught.

5. Montreal Canadiens

Kimelman -- Zadina: The Canadiens need an influx of skill up front and Zadina has the offensive flair to be a big contributor.
Morreale -- Adam Boqvist, D, Brynas Jr. (SWE-JR): A skilled right-shot defenseman, Boqvist (5-11, 168) has excellent vision, good understanding of the game and solid on-ice awareness in transition.

Lepage -- Hughes: Offensive defensemen are in great demand these days and that's exactly what Hughes brings to the table. Give him the puck and he will create a scoring chance.

6. Florida Panthers

Kimelman -- Evan Bouchard, D, London (OHL): Big (6-2, 193), strong, skilled right-shot defensemen are a rare commodity. The Panthers have one with Aaron Ekblad (6-4, 216) and shouldn't pass on a chance to grab another in Bouchard.
Morreale -- Bouchard: His elite-level passing enables him to transition quickly. The right-shot defenseman can quarterback a power play and has a good one-timer.

Lepage -- Boqvist: Here is yet another Sweden-born defenseman who is compared to countryman Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators). Boqvist is a dynamic defender with excellent vision of the game and a powerful shot.

7. Edmonton Oilers

Kimelman -- Oliver Wahlstrom, RW, USA U-18 (NTDP): He has the puck skills to create room for himself and get his shot off from above the dots, and the size (6-1, 205) and strength to execute below the circles.
Morreale -- Noah Dobson, D, Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL): An effective two-way, right-shot defenseman (6-3, 180) capable of supporting the rush or skating the puck out of trouble; has great upside.

Lepage -- Dobson: Though Dobson wasn't expected to be in this group at the start of the season, he has established himself as one of the best at his position. He combines reliable defense with offensive punch and may continue to improve his ranking.
Noah Dobson

8. Detroit Red Wings

Kimelman -- Boqvist: The Red Wings have drafted some good young forwards and now need some defensemen to get them the puck. Scouts see a lot of Erik Karlsson in Boqvist, who has dominated against players his own age in Sweden but hasn't gotten much time in the Swedish Hockey League.

Morreale -- Hughes: A prototypical offensive-defenseman, Hughes is a strong skater with good poise and puck skills.
Lepage -- Wahlstrom: A natural goal scorer who is lethal around the net. He's a powerful skater and can make an exceptional deke look like a routine play.

9. Carolina Hurricanes

Kimelman -- Isac Lundestrom, C, Lulea (SWE): The Hurricanes need more skilled depth through the middle and with Lundestrom (6-0, 185) and 2017 first-round pick (No. 12) Martin Necas, they would be building around two solid players.

Morreale -- Wahlstrom: Known for his goal-scoring ability and elite shot, Wahlstrom has a quick release and creates space for himself and linemates.

Lepage -- Rasmus Kupari, C, Karpat (FIN): The skilled Finland-born forward (6-1, 183) did not really have an opportunity to prove himself at the World Junior Championship but showed flashes of his potential thanks to his speed and soft hands.

10. Chicago Blackhawks

Kimelman -- Dobson: The Blackhawks will need to find someone to replace Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook at some point, and Dobson would make a strong candidate. The smooth-skating, right-shot defenseman has good size and mobility.

Morreale -- Ty Smith, D, Spokane (WHL): Chosen No. 1 in the 2015 WHL bantam draft, Smith (5-10, 176) exhibits poise, patience and the ability to play big minutes.

Lepage -- Bouchard: Without Victor Mete and Olli Juolevi in London this season, Bouchard has taken on more responsibilities and he's met the challenge with flying colors. His intelligence and poise serve him very well.

11. New York Islanders

Kimelman -- Kupari: The Islanders need young defensemen but Kupari's skill set is too dynamic to pass on.

Morreale -- Joseph Veleno, C, Drummondville (QMJHL): A skilled offensive player (6-1, 195) with a strong work ethic, leadership traits and the ability to create offense with his skating and intelligence.

Lepage -- Bode Wilde, D, USA U-18 (NTDP): This big (6-2, 195) defenseman hits hard and has a devastating shot. He's reliable in all three zones and could establish himself as the go-to guy for the Islanders for years to come.

12. Pittsburgh Penguins

Kimelman -- Joel Farabee, LW, USA U-18 (NTDP): His strengths are his quick-release shot, work ethic and hockey IQ. Farabee (5-11, 164) blends well with what the Penguins look for in their wings.

Morreale -- Lundestrom: A strong, smart skater who is very responsible in all areas of the ice. He succeeded in a checking role for Sweden at the 2018 World Junior Championship.

Lepage -- Barrett Hayton, C, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL): He plays more of a supporting role in a dynamic Sault Ste. Marie offense, but he has proven to be a complete player. Some scouts have compared Hayton (6-1, 191) to Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron.

13. Anaheim Ducks

Kimelman -- Hayton: He might not produce offensively in the NHL like he has this season in the OHL (42 points in 44 games), but he plays a complete game that could make him a valuable middle-six forward.

Morreale -- Kupari: Can play center or on the wing and is a strong, mobile skater who can create offensive opportunities at top speed.

Lepage -- Smith: His ability to consistently make the right decision in transition is what sets him apart from other defensemen. Smith's vision and offensive flair is reflected in his 38 assists in 46 games.

EDMONTON, AB - OCTOBER 22: Ty Smith #24 of the Spokane Chiefs skates against the Edmonton Oil Kings at Rogers Place on October 22, 2017 in Edmonton, Canada. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)

14. New York Rangers

Kimelman -- Wilde: Highly skilled right-shot defenseman skates well, and is big and strong enough to handle the opposing forecheck.

Morreale -- Wilde: An offensive-minded, right-shot defenseman with good size and strength, plus a good shot from the point.

Lepage -- Farabee: He may not be the most imposing forward, but Farabee does not back down. His speed allows him to avoid contact and there is no doubt that he can thread the needle with his passes.

15. Philadelphia Flyers

Kimelman -- Smith: The Flyers value smart, mobile defensemen who can make safe but strong plays with the puck. He can get the puck up the ice quickly or carry it and create in transition.

Morreale -- Serron Noel, RW, Oshawa (OHL): At 6-5, 200 pounds, Noel is much more than a prototypical power forward because of his good hands and creativity in the offensive end.

Lepage -- Lundestrom: In a thin crop of top-line centers, Lundestrom catches the eye with his speed, puck protection skills and offensive zone flair.

16. Columbus Blue Jackets

Kimelman -- Jesperi Kotkaniemi, C, Assat (FIN): Kotkaniemi (6-1, 188) is playing regular minutes in Liiga, Finland's top pro league and won't turn 18 until July 6. He's used in the middle and on the wing, and kills penalties, which speaks to his high hockey IQ.

Morreale -- Hayton: The center exhibits high-end puck skills, compete, poise and quick hands that enable him to make plays at top speed.

Lepage -- Grigori Denisenko, LW, Yaroslavl 2 (RUS-JR): Although on the smaller side at 5-11, 176 pounds, Denisenko is doing very well in his second season in the Russia junior league. A talented offensive performer, he knows how to explode when a lane opens in front of him.

Jour de match! / Re: 2018-01-25 Match #49 : Caroline vs Montréal
« on: January 26, 2018, 07:45:32 AM »
Bah sans Price en 1ere, on n’a pas de match. Ward lui, il est juste mauvais.

Benn....... woooooow. Mais quel atrocité. Lui et Schlemko ont probablement la pire capacité à juger un bon moment pour “pinch” vers la zone offensive. C’en est gênant.

Benn est à l’origine de 3 buts sur 5. Quel bon choix de protection pour l’expansion....

Ce qui me console, c'est que nous avons une meilleure défensive que celle de l'an passé! Une chance, ce serait quoi sinon? On peut effectivement voir que la force de Benn comme défenseur est son jeu défensif. Au moins Gorges avait la qualité d'être facilement atteignable par la rondelle, pour Benn, à part sa barbe et le fait d'être le frère de l'autre, je cherche encore SA qualité qui fait qu'il soit dans la NHL.
sa qualité ??
probablement que BERGEVIN trouve qu'il joue un style comme lui et comme il semble se surestimé lui même , il trouve ce genre de misérable défenseur à son gout

Nouvelles Soccer / Re: Rémi Garde nommé entraîneur-chef de l'Impact
« on: January 26, 2018, 05:06:12 AM »
Ballou jouera pour l’équipe Juvenil A. C’est comme si un joueur Thaïlandais repêché par le Canadien viendrait jouer en Junior AAA
il est un prospect qui peut être qu'un suspect pour l'instant encore

Rumeurs CH et LNH / Re: Discussions hockey30
« on: January 26, 2018, 05:04:43 AM »
il a joué 1 match comme défenseur avec le ROCKET et il a été le meilleur défenseur
il peut jeter les gants contre n'importe qui et en plus , bien paraître souvent , il frappe très solidement et très souvent

toute des choses qu'un WEISE ne pouvait faire

nettement plus utile que ce dernier et que PRUST , qui était meilleur au bout du poing seulement
il apporte de l'entrain en plus et à 26/27 ans ... encore très jeune

à 1.2 , il serait un super aubaine versus les 2 mentionnés ( WEISE 2.35 et PRUST 2.5 )

Rumeurs CH et LNH / Re: Discussions hockey30
« on: January 25, 2018, 05:49:08 PM »
dire que la moyenne de points dans le junior de DESLAURIERS était x ou y et pas savoir qu'il était défenseur = pas fort cheuf

« on: January 25, 2018, 11:13:58 AM »

The NHL Trade Rumour Board is back just in time for the trade deadline.

The top trade targets are starting to emerge as teams fall out of the playoff hunt and go into sell mode.

Players in green have been recently added to the trade board.
Trade% refers to the likelihood of a trade in the next year or so.
Player   17-18   18-19   Trade%   Rumoured destinations

Evander Kane (F)   BUF   UFA   90%   CGY PIT SJ STL LA ANH MIN NAS NYI VAN
Patrick Maroon (F)   EDM   UFA   80%   STL PIT
Mike Green (D)   DET   UFA   80%   
Erik Gudbranson (D)   VAN   UFA   75%   TB TOR
Mike Hoffman (F)   OTT   OTT   70%   STL CAR BOS
Mark Letestu (F)   EDM   UFA   65%   PIT
Thomas Vanek (F)   VAN   UFA   60%   
Alex Galchenyuk (F)   MTL   MTL   55%   CBJ COL NYR MIN ANH NYI NJ DAL NYR PIT
Max Pacioretty (F)   MTL   MTL   55%   PIT EDM NAS LA

Alex Petrovic (D)   FLA   RFA   55%   
J-G Pageau (F)   OTT   OTT   55%   PIT
Rick Nash (F)   NYR   UFA   55%   DET BUF FLA STL ANH
Paul Martin (D)   SJ   SJ   50%   
Ian Cole (D)   PIT   UFA   50%   

Robin Lehner (G)   OTT   RFA   50%   PHI NYI
Dion Phaneuf (D)   OTT   OTT   50%   DAL SJ DET LA MTL EDM
Andrew Shaw (F)   MTL   MTL   50%   NYR
Michael Grabner (F)   NYR   UFA   50%   
Xavier Ouellet (D)   DET   DET   50%   
Jack Johnson (D)   CBJ   UFA   45%   
Michael Cammalleri (F)   EDM   UFA   45%   
Jason Demers (D)   AZ   AZ   45%   
Jori Lehtera (F)   PHI   PHI   45%   
Erik Karlsson (D)   OTT   OTT   40%   
Luca Sbisa (D)   VGK   UFA   40%   
James Neal (F)   VGK   UFA   40%   LA
Brock Nelson   NYI   NYI   40%   NJ
Tyson Barrie (D)   COL   COL   40%   EDM VAN WPG TOR NYI
Nick Holden (D)   NYR   UFA   40%   

Rumeurs CH et LNH / Re: Discussions hockey30
« on: January 25, 2018, 09:30:16 AM »
Moen avait 30 ou 31 ans me semble et sur le déclin

7.4 M. pour 4 ans , ça c'était pas fort fort car déjà , il était beaucoup moins intéressé à jeter les gants et pour le reste , un joueur fini

Rumeurs CH et LNH / Re: Discussions hockey30
« on: January 25, 2018, 09:23:36 AM »
Il est le Antoine Roussel du CH
d'ailleurs , ROUSSEL sera UFA

je le prendrais et vite lui , le 1er juillet

plus performant que NICOLAS

avoir 2 joueurs comme eux , serait pas un luxe

Rumeurs CH et LNH / Re: Discussions hockey30
« on: January 25, 2018, 09:12:20 AM »

L'impact envers le Cap, même si ca ne devenait que ton 13ième attaquant, serait négligeable.
le 1.5 semble un peu bizarre mais pour un gars de 27 ans , un jour il dira qu'il a gagné 1.5 , ce qui est dans la catégorie des joueurs ayant un importance
c'est un montant qui lui permettrait de se mettre sérieusement au monde en plus et ce rapidement

un beau cadeau à lui faire et c'est pas gros pour le CH

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