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Players Drafted Previously (2014 & 2015)

Evgeny Svechnikov (Russia) – (Draft: 19th overall in 2015, Detroit Red Wings)

Last season, Svechnikov set franchise records at Cape Breton (QMJHL) with 32 goals and 78 points as a rookie. This year, he has gotten off to a very solid start with 17 goals, 22 assists for 39 points plus 50 penalty minutes in 27 games.

Ivan Provorov (Russia) – (Draft: 7th overall in 2015; Philadelphia Flyers)

Provorov has been a point-per-game player over the past two seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL); 28 points in 30 games this season, and 61 points in 60 games last season. Keep in mind, the big Russian is a defenseman!

Mitch Marner (Canada) – (Draft: 4th overall in 2015, Toronto Maple Leafs)

In his third season with the London Knights (OHL), the dynamic center has continue to put up impressive numbers; 58 points in 25 games thus far in 2015-16, 126 points in 63 games last season. He is described as a creative, playmaking center who makes his line mates better.

Dylan Strome (Canada) – (Draft: 3rd overall in 2015, Arizona Coyotes)

At 6’3” and 187 pounds, he is still filling out his big frame. The hardworking player with excellent leadership ability has been compared to Ryan Getzlaf, and is seen as a cornerstone-type of player. IN 25 games this season, he has 53 points. Last season, he lit the lamp 45 times and recorded 129 points in 68 games for Erie (OHL).

Travis Konecny (Canada) – (Draft: 24th overall in 2015, Philadelphia Flyers)

Konecny may not get the respect that many of the bigger boys receive but he is a player who gives his all and makes the most of his talent with outstanding effort. He has served as Captain of the Ottawa 67’s the past two seasons and he has record 45 points in 29 games this season, to go along with 68 points in 60 games last year. He could prove to be invaluable to Team Canada as he can play on any of the top three lines.

Christian Dvorak (USA) – (Draft: 58th overall in 2014; Arizona Coyotes)

Another of the great players developed in the London Knights program, Dvorak has been fortunate to skate alongside some of his team’s top players. Is he good because of his line mates? Are his line mates better because of his contribution? Only time will tell at the top level but he seems perfectly suited to be moved among the top three lines, similar to Travis Konecny. So far this season, he has 65 points in 27 games. That builds on a very successful 2014-15 campaign in which he recorded 109 points in 66 games with the Knights.

Jakub Zboril (Czech Rep.) – (Draft: 13th overall in 2015; Boston Bruins)

A defenseman who seems to possess all the different skills required in the NHL from a back end player; speed, size, physical, responsible in all three zones, loyalty to teammates. This season, his numbers are off a bit as compared to last season when he racked up 33 points in 44 games with Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL). He is a work in progress but seems to have a high ceiling.

William Nylander (Sweden) – (Drafted: 8th overall in 2014; Toronto Maple Leafs)

Nylander is the son of former NHL player Michael Nylander. His Dad played in 920 games in the NHL, scoring 679 points. William has a similar build to his Dad and is showing a similar knack for scoring. In 27 games with the Mississauga Marlies (AHL) this season, Nylander has 34 points, and grabbed another 32 points in 37 games last season. With dual Swedish-Canadian citizenship, Nylander is adapting to the North American game with steady progress. His brother Alex will also participate in this year’s tournament, so some have compared the brothers to the Sedin twins.

Mikko Rantanen (Finland) – (Draft: 10th overall in 2015, Colorado Avalanche)

A big-framed defenseman with plenty of offensive skill, Rantanen is still learning to use his size to his advantage. At 6’3” and 216 pounds, he has 10 goals and 14 assists in 20 games for San Antonio (AHL) this season. At this year’s World Juniors tournament, Rantanen is serving as Captain for Team Finland.

Timo Meier (Switzerland) – (Draft: 9th overall in 2015, San Jose Sharks)

At 6’1” and 212 pounds, Meier has the ability and the body to play a physical game. The versatile player can be paced on a skill line one game and a shutdown line the next without hurting his team. He is recognized for his leadership ability as evidenced in his being selected as Team Switzerland’s Captain for this year’s WJC as well as with the Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL). Last season, he netted 90 points (including 44 goals) in 61 games. He has continued to build on that production this year by recording 36 points in 23 games.

 

Other Drafted Players to Keep an Eye On

Ilya Samsonov (Russia) – (Drafted: 22nd overall in 2015; Washington Capitals); Goaltender

Denis Gurianov (Russia) – (Drafted: 12th overall in 2015; Dallas Stars);

Axel Holmstrom (Sweden) – (Draft: 196th overall in 2014; Detroit Red Wings);

Erik Cernak (Slovakia) – (Drafted: 43rd overall in 2015; Los Angeles Kings); Defenseman

Adam Huska (Slovakia) – (Drafted: 184th overall in 2015; New York Rangers); Goaltender

Michael Spacek (Czech Rep.) – (Draft: 108th overall in 2015, Winnipeg Jets); Right Wing/ Center

Pavel Zacha (Czech Rep.) – (Draft: 6th overall in 2015, New Jersey Devils); Center/ Left Wing

 

Draft-eligible in 2016

Auston Matthews (USA)

Matthews is the odds-on-favorite to be the #1 pick in the 2016 draft in June. He opted to play this season in the National League in Switzerland, where he has 14 goals and 25 points in 22 games. At 6’2” and 194 pounds, he has an NHL-ready body and a skill set to match. The native of Arizona is seen as a cornerstone player for the franchise that drafts him. Would it be too much pressure for the young man if he were to be selected by his hometown team, the Arizona Coyotes?

Alex DeBrincat (USA)

The diminutive 18-year-old leads the OHL with 33 goals and is fourth in scoring with 56 points in 30 games. With the Erie Otters (OHL), he has prospered while playing alongside Dylan Strome. At the WJC, DeBrincat is most likely to skate on the #1 line with Auston Matthews and Matthew Tkachuk. This trio will rack up some points for sure and allow observers to see how he performs under the spotlight.

Matthew Tkachuk (USA)

It’s not easy following in one’s father’s footsteps. In the case of Matthew Tkachuk, it is inevitable that he will be compared with Dad, Keith Tkachuk, because he plays a similar game. A power forward with a scoring touch, the London Knight is second in the OHL in scoring this season with 59 points in just 29 games. Like Matthews, he was born and raised in Arizona and the Coyotes would love to draft him.

Jesse Puljujarvi (Finland)

Born in Sweden but a Finnish national, this young man most likely has a good understanding of the Scandinavian rivalry. Seen as a playmaker with a big body (6’3”, 196 pounds), Puljujarvi is projected as a top ten pick in the 2016 draft, with many ranking him in the top five. He will be counted on to carry the load while playing for WJC host Team Finland. We’ll see how he stands up to the pressure.

Patrik Laine (Finland)

This lanky forward (6’4”, 194 pounds) is more likely to be the triggerman if placed on a line with Puljujarvi. Many have him ranked as a top ten prospect for his raw ability though he hasn’t played a full season with any one team.

Alex Nylander (Sweden)

Another of Michael Nylander’s sons, Alex, is sixth in OHL scoring with 49 points in 33 games this season. The Mississauga Steelheads winger is 20 points ahead of the next-highest rookie, and is considered a likely top ten pick in the 2016 NHL draft. Just because he will be playing alongside his brother and that they are Swedish, you can expect to hear a lot of comparisons to the NHL Sedins.

 

 

 

Helsinki, Finland will host the 2016 World Junior Championship and the lineup looks to be as competitive as ever. Over the previous five years, Canada, USA, Russia, Sweden and Finland have each taken home the gold medal once. Will one of these favorites prevail again in 2016? Will a dark horse team emerge on the horizon? Which players who are entering their draft year will have a big tournament?

Lots of questions for sure but it promises to be an outstanding tournament. Thanks to The Hockey News, we have a comprehensive schedule.

 

WJC-graphic

 

http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/world-junior-championship-preview-russia/

SRH Juha Leimu

On Tuesday December 15, 2015, Juha Leimu made Finnish hockey history when he scored three goals within 44 seconds.

The left-handed shooting defender for the Lahti Pelicans fired in all three while his team was on the power play. The first two came with his team on a 5-on-3 advantage and the history-making goal was scored while the team had a one man advantage.

While this was certainly an impressive accomplishment, it falls short of the all-time NHL record for fastest hat trick. That honor goes to Bill Mosienko, the diminutive right winger for the Chicago Black Hawks and member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. In a game against the New York Rangers on March 23, 1952, Mosienko beat Rangers goalie Lorne Anderson three times within 21 seconds.

His three goals helped his team rally back from a 6-2 deficit, bringing them within one. Eventually the Hawks continued the rally to win 7-6. Another impressive part of his accomplishment was that all three goals came with the Hawks playing at even strength, with none on the power play. Also, a little known fact was that Mosienko nearly had a fourth goal just 45 seconds after his third one when a he ripped a shot off the post!

A few years later, Jean Beliveau, the legendary Montreal Canadiens centerman, scored a quick three goals but never came close to Mosienko’s record. On November 5, 1955, in a game against the Boston Bruins, Beliveau recorded his hat trick within 44 seconds with all three of his tallies coming on the power play. Beliveau victimized Hall of Fame goaltender Terry Sawchuck in leading his team to a 4-2 victory over the Bruins.

Leimu’s accomplishment was all the more noteworthy because he is a defenseman. The NHL record for fastest hat tricks by a defenseman was achieved in 1978 by Denis Potvin of the New York Islanders. On October 18, 1978, Potvin scored three goals within a span of 3:21 but it wasn’t enough to propel the Islanders to victory, as they lost 10-7 versus Toronto.

 

To see Leimu’s three goals or to read more, please visit the link below:

 

http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/watch-finnish-league-defenseman-score-hat-trick-in-44-seconds/

 

NHL Logo 2

EASTERN CONFERENCE

  1. Montreal Canadiens
  2. New York Islanders
  3. Washington Capitals
  4. New York Rangers
  5. Pittsburgh Penguins
  6. Tampa Bay Lightning
  7. Boston Bruins
  8. Detroit Red Wings
  9. New Jersey Devils
  10. Florida Panthers
  11. Ottawa Senators
  12. Buffalo Sabres
  13. Philadelphia Flyers
  14. Carolina Panthers
  15. Toronto Maple Leafs
  16. Columbus Blue Jackets

 

UP:                         Tampa Bay (+4), Pittsburgh (+2), Buffalo (+2)

DOWN:                 Florida (-4), Boston (-2), Carolina (-2)

ANALYSIS:

The New York Rangers are riding a five game winning streak and Detroit takes a three game win streak into the new week. Montreal has held on to the top spot in the East despite an injury to Carey Price. The Habs have a combined Power Play/ Penalty Killing of 116.2%, best in the NHL. Sidney Crosby is still struggling to score but the Penguins have climbed into playoff position. One of the strangest anomalies is Boston, which has the top Power Play and the worst Penalty Killing. Some of the biggest stories coming out of the East are the Flyers struggles, and Mike Babcock being chosen to lead Team Canada in the World Cup of Hockey next September.

 

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE

  1. Dallas Stars
  2. Los Angeles Kings
  3. St Louis Blues
  4. Vancouver Canucks
  5. Minnesota Wild
  6. Nashville Predators
  7. Winnipeg Jets
  8. Chicago Blackhawks
  9. Edmonton Oilers
  10. Anaheim Ducks
  11. Arizona Coyotes
  12. Colorado Avalanche
  13. San Jose Sharks
  14. Calgary Flames

 

UP:                         Los Angeles (+4), Minnesota (+3)

DOWN:                 Nashville (-5), Winnipeg (-4), San Jose (-3)

ANALYSIS:

The story of the past few weeks out West is the rise of the Los Angeles Kings who gone from 11th to 2nd in the past three weeks after a slow start. Another team beginning to rise is the Anaheim Ducks, having moved from 14th to 10th in recent weeks. Nashville, Winnipeg and San Jose have slipped as their special teams have stumbled. Among the biggest head-scratchers are Dallas and St Louis. They have maintained their spots near the top of the West despite also leading the conference in Man-Games Lost due to injuries. The biggest storyline out West was the injury to Connor McDavid, which could sideline him for 2-3 months. Other big stories are the Canucks deciding to keep Jake Virtanen and Jared McCann, which suggests that they are here to stay, and the intensely competitive Central Division. With a maximum of five teams making the playoffs from any division, we could see a very good Central team on the outside looking in.

 

 

Lidstrom Rookie Card

The Detroit Red Wings, long known for drafting excellence, found a precious gem in the 3rd round of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. With the help of their European scout Christer Rockstrom at the time, he pointed them to a young Nicklas Lidstrom. The Wings dispatched their Director of Scouting, Neil Smith, to see for himself and to confirm that this 18 year old player was worth taking.

For the rest of the story, I invite you to read the excellent article by Stephen Whyno.

 

http://weyburnthisweek.com/sports/lidstrom-went-from-unnoticed-prospect-to-red-wings-hall-of-fame-defenceman-1.2102236

 

EASTERN CONFERENCE

  1. Montreal Canadiens
  2. Washington Capitals
  3. New York Islanders
  4. New York Rangers
  5. Boston Bruins
  6. Florida Panthers
  7. Pittsburgh Penguins
  8. New Jersey Devils
  9. Detroit Red Wings
  10. Tampa Bay Lightning
  11. Ottawa Senators
  12. Carolina Hurricanes
  13. Philadelphia Flyers
  14. Buffalo Sabres
  15. Columbus Blue Jackets
  16. Toronto Maple Leafs

 

Biggest changes in the East last week:

UP:   Boston (+5), Pittsburgh (+5), New Jersey (+3), Carolina (+3)

DOWN:   Philadelphia (-6), Tampa Bay (-4), Ottawa (-3)

ANALYSIS:   Despite losing two games this past week, Montreal continues to hold down the top spot in the East. Washington, the Islanders and Rangers remain in the same spots as last week near the top. Pittsburgh and Boston are riding four game winning streaks. Boston has the best power play in the NHL which is clicking at 35% while Pittsburgh has the 2nd best PK in the East at 88.5%. Carolina moved up thanks to three consecutive victories. Going south is Tampa Bay, which has lost seven spots over the past two weeks and is on a three game losing streak. Toronto hit rock bottom thanks to a four game losing streak and pitiful special teams.

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE

  1. Nashville Predators
  2. Dallas Stars
  3. Winnipeg Jets
  4. Vancouver Canucks
  5. St Louis Blues
  6. Los Angeles Kings
  7. Chicago Blackhawks
  8. Minnesota Wild
  9. San Jose Sharks
  10. Edmonton Oilers
  11. Arizona Coyotes
  12. Anaheim Ducks
  13. Colorado Avalanche
  14. Calgary Flames

 

Biggest changes in the West last week:

UP:   Vancouver (+4), Los Angeles (+4)

DOWN:   Colorado (-7), Chicago (-3), Minnesota (-3)

ANALYSIS:   Nashville and Dallas traded the top two positions in the West last week while Winnipeg maintained its strong play and remained in third. The dynamic duo of Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin lead the league in scoring. Vancouver made steady improvement thanks in part to their improved special teams (third best PK in the NHL at 90%). The LA Kings are hot, riding a seven game winning streak after a miserable start.

 

EASTERN CONFERENCE

  1. Montreal Canadiens
  2. Washington Capitals
  3. New York Islanders
  4. New York Rangers
  5. Florida Panthers
  6. Tampa Bay Lightning
  7. Philadelphia Flyers
  8. Detroit Red Wings
  9. Ottawa Senators
  10. Boston Bruins
  11. New Jersey Devils
  12. Pittsburgh Penguins
  13. Buffalo Sabres
  14. Toronto Maple Leafs
  15. Carolina Hurricanes
  16. Columbus Blue Jackets

 

Biggest changes in the East last week:

UP:   NY Rangers (+4), New Jersey (+4), Washington (+3)

DOWN:   Ottawa (-5), Tampa Bay (-4)

ANALYSIS:   Montreal continues its dominance of the NHL as it extended its winning streak to nine games, one short of the NHL record. Washington is riding a five game winning streak and has seen the breakout of Evgeny Kuznetsov, who is one point off the NHL lead. The New York Islanders are riding high thanks to their special teams. After an 0-3-1 start, New Jersey has won four straight.

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE

  1. Dallas Stars
  2. Nashville Predators
  3. Winnipeg Jets
  4. Chicago Blackhawks
  5. Minnesota Wild
  6. Colorado Avalanche
  7. St Louis Blues
  8. Vancouver Canucks
  9. San Jose Sharks
  10. Los Angeles Kings
  11. Arizona Coyotes
  12. Edmonton Oilers
  13. Anaheim Ducks
  14. Calgary Flames

 

Biggest changes in the West last week:

UP:   Colorado (+4), Nashville (+3), Chicago (+3)

DOWN:   San Jose (-5), St Louis (-4), Arizona (-3)

ANALYSIS:   Nashville and Dallas continue to battle for the top spot in the West. Perhaps the biggest surprise is that Anaheim continues to struggle and plays uninspiring hockey. Chicago has won three straight helping them to climb despite key injuries. After an 0-3-0 start, Los Angeles is riding a four game winning streak.

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