For the first time in over half a decade, the Philadelphia Flyers concluded their prospect development with a full five on five scrimmage. While the team had completed a three on three half ice tourney the previous day, it gave some idea of how some prospects would look in tight
Vancouver - - The 2019 NHL Entry Draft was full of surprises on the draft board but the one thing that many people expected was the players from the US National Team Development Program dominating the first round.
It started with the expected first overall, Jack Hughes, going to the New
Here's a note on how I go about ranking draft-eligible players. I think the eye test is the best and most effective way. On television, you're not being shown everything. You miss a lot behind the play. I can't be everywhere but I take good notes and will update them
Kaapo Kakko is expected to be the second overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. Before you know it all the top prospects will be in Vancouver and the Finnish winger will be on full display. In the meantime, I found out he doesn’t currently speak English. I had questions
Jack Hughes – 5-10, 179 – C – NTDP (pictured on left)
Kaapo Kakko – 6-2, 190 – RW – TPS
Alex Turcotte – 5-11 -186 – C – NTDP
Vasily Podkolzin 6-1, 196 – RW – KHL
Bowen Byram – 6-1, 195 – D – WHL
Spencer Knight was the starting goalie on the best NTDP team in years and possibly ever. He's a machine and he showed was peak physical condition looks like at the 2019 NHL Combine.
If the Flyers pick at 11th, I think the pick will be the Russian winger, Vasily Podkolzin. Here are some of my notes on him:
Streaks up the ice. Can split the defense. Does everything at top speed and it’s hard to get the puck away from him. Can score backhand
With the 2019 NHL Entry Draft rapidly approaching I had some ideas of what may happen there. I think there will be trades and it’s possible that it could affect the top 10 and more as we move forward.
1) The Edmonton Oilers trade the 8th overall selection in a deal
Here's the latest on the Edmonton Oilers and Philadelphia Flyers:
Check out Stick to the Hockey Podcast with a great interview with Flyers center Sean Couturier and NHL Playoffs Talk as well as a report on 2019 NHL Draft star, Cole Caufield.
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Prospect watch – Russia U20
With little KHL hockey played last week, the main event for scouts tracking the progress of Russian prospects took place in Hodonin, Czech Republic at a four-nation U20 international tournament. Russia took second place in the competition, losing out to the Finns, and there were notable