Filed under: NCAA, USHL, WHL | Tags: barber, gaudreau, girgensons, saponari
Unlike Zemgus Girgensons, the ordinary 17-year-old junior hockey player rarely sees himself in a leadership role.
Then again, very little about Girgensons happens to fit the mold of the typical 17-year-old junior hockey player.
From finishing third on USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints’ in points last season to holding true to his yearlong commitment to the University of Vermont, Girgensons may have the most unique story out of all 2012 draft eligible players. Continue reading
Filed under: NHL Entry Draft, OHL, QMJHL, USHL, WHL | Tags: athanasiou, ceci, dumba, frk, gudbranson, koules, murray, pouliot, trouba, yakupov
After a few days at the rink, the NHL’s Research and Development camp served as an excellent opportunity at a first hand look at quite a few of the top prospects for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft before the season gets underway.
And what a look!
Although he started off a bit slowly, I was really impressed with how Red Deer Rebels defenseman Matt Dumba turned it up towards the end of the first day. One, he really stepped up his game and delivered some strong two-way play. I thought his instincts with the puck were great and on the other end, didn’t hesitate to catch a few forwards with his head down. He reminds me a lot of P.K. Subban with a higher upside. Continue reading
Jacob Trouba will be the biggest attraction for the US National Team Development Program this season.
Next season, he could become the Kitchener Rangers main event.
The Rochester, MI. native has yet to commit to an NCAA program and admitted he hasn’t ruled out playing in the Ontario Hockey League next season. Continue reading
In the dog days of August, any hockey news is interesting news.
But when Florida Panthers prospect Rocco Grimaldi fired up Twitter Sunday, many Western Hockey League fans took immediate notice.
“Many different choices, but I’m going with the Dub. The Dub is the best fit for me #TheDub,” tweeted Grimaldi, who is expected to join the North Dakota Fighting Sioux in a few weeks. Continue reading
Filed under: NCAA, QMJHL, USHL | Tags: boucher, gibson, matheson, miller, murphy, oleksiak
You wouldn’t know it to look at him, but there’s something distinctly different about defenseman Michael Matheson.
The Pointe-Claire, QC. native didn’t join the Shawinigan Cataractes, who selected him 27th overall in the 2010 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft. In fact, the No. 1 ranked prospect heading into that draft fell for the same reason he didn’t report to Shawinigan. Continue reading
Filed under: NHL Entry Draft, OHL, QMJHL, USHL, WHL | Tags: ceci, dumba, ebert, graham, koekkoek, matheson, murray, pouliot, reinhart, rielly, trouba
According to the Chinese calendar, 2012 is the year of the dragon.
But when it’s all said and done, it could become the year of the defenseman.
The 2012 NHL Entry Draft appears, at least at this stage, to be huge on the back end. Though there are an impressive 14 defensemen ranked in the first round of Future Considerations’ preliminary ranking for the draft, it isn’t out of the realm of possibility that many more go in the first 30 picks. Continue reading
Filed under: NCAA, OHL, USHL | Tags: boucher, gibson, miller, murphy, oleksiak
College hockey has lost another player to the Canadian Hockey League.
Reid Boucher, who has another year of high school, has de-committed to the Michigan State Spartans in favour of the Ontario Hockey League. The leading goal scorer for the gold medal winning United States at the World Under-18 Championship is expected to join the Sarnia Sting.
The native of Grand Ledge, MI. was expected to head to the United States Hockey League before joining Michigan State in 2012/13. Continue reading