June 25 2015 04:45PM
Mitch Marner has been one of the biggest risers in this year's draft rankings thanks to a jaw-dropping offensive season with the OHL's London Knights where he demonstrated an elite offensive skillset.
Let's dig a bit more into Marner's impressive draft year.
June 25 2015 03:55PM
The common opinion goes that there are two tiers of defenders in the first two rounds. There is Noah Hanafin, Ivan Provorov, and Zach Werenski, and then there is the rest of the bunch.
Zach Werenski is a pretty special player. What he has done in the NCAA for his age is not only special, but essentially unprecedented.
This is why Werenski sits at number five for our Nation Network prospect rankings.
June 25 2015 03:54PM
The Winnipeg Jets met with Mike Liut, the agent for centre Alexander Burmistrov, in Florida this week.
On Thursday, Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff described those conversations and productive and ongoing.
"We had a chance to meet yesterday (with Mike Liut) and we had some good discussions and we'll keep those discussions going," Cheveldayoff told the media on Thursday.
June 25 2015 01:48PM
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27-year-old pending unrestricted free agent Michael Frolik is generating a tonne of reported interest on the first day of the free agent courting period, and has met with as many as six teams, according to a report from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press. Among the teams believed to be interested in acquiring Frolik are the Calgary Flames, Sportsnet's Damien Cox reports.
Though Frolik is generating a high volume of inquiries and doesn't appear to lack for suitors, he's still reportedly engaged with Winnipeg and could still conceivably return. Of course, the closer we get to July 1, the less likely that becomes.
June 25 2015 12:00PM
At this point in the draft, we're really splitting hairs about who's better than whom. Noah Hanifin is a great player. The guy we have at #5 is a great player. The guys sitting at 4th and 3rd are also great players. After McDavid and Eichel, there's really no "wrong" way to order these next four players. Still, we have to prefer some guy, and perhaps a little controversially, that guy isn't Noah Hanifin.
And that's the most negative thing you'll read in this profile because the kid is one hell of a hockey player.