August 14 2015 06:13PM
Robbie Russo was drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders - but in their hurry to fill organizational needs on the blue line, they filled up roster spots that could have potentially been his by now.
August 14 2015 12:10PM
The 2013 NHL Entry Draft was a solid summer of prospect stocking for the Jets, with the Jets accumulating at least eight players who made the first step by earning their entry level contract (nine if you include the undrafted Axl Blomqvist who was signed out of prospect camp).
One of these players was JC Lipon.
Lipon was an overager who went undrafted for his first two eligible seasons after putting up mediocre point totals. Small scoring players tend to be under appreciated, but small players who do not score are outright and legitimately ignored.
We continue our summer prospect profile series, checking in at #16.
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August 14 2015 07:00AM
Ranking prospect depth charts, Flames future down the middle, NHL's most hated players, Leafs all-time team, reliving Torts tenure in Vancouver, Darnell nurse vs Griffin Reinhart, free agency, and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
August 13 2015 11:54AM
We discussed earlier how ESPN's prospect guru Corey Pronman likes the Jets prospect cupboard. Pronman had ranked the Jets sixth best prospect depth overall (warning: paywall).
Five Jets made the top 100 prospects, while one made the top 10 goalies, showing in part why Pronman likes the Jets so much.
We will discuss some of the list, but not give out specific details as we believe that Pronman's information is worth an ESPN subscription alone (plus copyrights and all).
August 13 2015 10:44AM
In the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, three Portland Winterhawks' forwards were drafted in the third round. All three were 6'1 to 6'2 with between 30 to 40 points in 60 to 70 games. Then in the fourth round the Jets drafted 5'10 Chase De Leo from the very same team.
While no one knows for sure whether or not the Jets had De Leo ahead of the other three Hawks, we do know the Jets liked the small, skilled forward enough to take him at 99th overall. Maybe the Jets understood that the better player despite being smaller is still the better player.
We continue our summer prospect profile series, checking in at #17.