May 30 2016 08:00AM
Pascal Laberge comes in as the 23rd ranked prospect in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by our estimation. The former 2nd overall pick in the 2014 QMJHL draft is an adept playmaker, who can skate well and has the ability to create offence through the use of his varied skill set.
Although he battled injuries this season, Laberge had a fantastic showing at the BMO CHL/NHL Top prospect game and followed up the QMJHL season with a good showing at the U18 in North Dakota.
No matter which team takes the Victoriaville Tigre, they will be adding a great prospect who looks poised to develop into an NHL player.
May 29 2016 07:00AM
Coming in at #24 we have we have the prodigiously sized Tage Thompson. Thompson brings a skill game rarely seen in such a big man and was exceptionally productive for a 17 year old NCAA freshman. That said there are some reasons for concern when it comes to how and when he was scoring those points, as well as whether it was him or his frequent line mates who were really driving the offense.
After the jump we'll take a look at Thompson and why he's a guy who would be considered more of a long term prospect, but one with whom the upside at the end may be too much to pass up.
May 28 2016 08:00AM
The highest ranked Russian forward of the 2016 draft, German Rubtsov seems to be a member of a new breed of European skaters - ones that appear to be groomed for the North American style of game at a young age. While he can put up points, Rubtsov is garnering a lot of attention for his two-way acumen and defensive responsibility - traits not frequently seen in Russian teenagers.
May 27 2016 10:51AM
Pascal Vincent has been named the new head coach for the Manitoba Moose.
Vincent served as one of the Winnipeg Jets assistant coaches for the last five seasons. Before then, Vincent was a bench boss in the QMJHL for the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles from 2000-2008 and more recently the Montreal Juniors from 2008-2011.
May 27 2016 10:45AM
The final rosters for the World Cup of Hockey will be announced today. Finland, Russia, Sweden and the Czech Republic filled out their 23-man rosters this morning, and the remaining four teams will be named this afternoon.
When Canada's final roster is finalized there will be a lot of debate among passionate Canadian fans. Some very good players won't make the roster, but will we see ten eventual Hall of Famers omitted?
That is what happened in 1991.