May 19 2016 08:00AM
Were Adam Mascherin two inches taller, it's entirely possible we're introducing him as the 24th overall prospect in our profile series. Height genuinely does matter though so he's not. Mascherin enters the conversation as the 34th ranked prospect in our countdown.
Mascherin, a versatile forward for the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL, can play both forward and wing -- though he was used primarily as a winger, alongside premier centre and former second-round draft pick, Jeremy Bracco. That top line was dominant for the Rangers in the regular season and found a second gear in the first round of the OHL playoffs against the Windsor Spitfires.
The Rangers enjoyed a breakout offensive performance from Mascherin as the second-year junior posted north of a point-per-game performance, notching 81 points in 65 games -- 12 points in 9 playoff games, too. Most impressive is that Mascherin built these totals with a heavy percentage of primary points; Mascherin's 64 primary points are third in the OHL among draft eligible players and account for 79% of his total production.
May 18 2016 08:00AM
Welcome to this week's version of What Would You Do Wednesday where you are asked a question and debate among yourselves what the answer is. Unfortunately, the only prize you will receive will be the most Twitter mentions.
This week we ask what you would do with the 22nd overall pick.
May 18 2016 07:00AM
The 18-year-old centre Brett Howden of the Moose Jaw Warriors checks in at 35th on the Nation Network prospect rankings. Howden brings a 200-foot game to the table and has exceptional play-making abilities to boot.
Take a look and see what the 2016 eligible draftee has to offer.
May 18 2016 06:00AM
The Jets need for a true left-handed defensemen has became increasingly evident over the last few years. With Jacob Trouba playing on his off wing far too often and with the abilities of Toby Enstrom deteriorating, it's clear that the Jets need to make an upgrade on their left side defense.
While Kevin Cheveldayoff may not be the most active of general managers on the trade market, he has lots to play around with if he desires to explore a deal for a defenseman. Drafting and developing has been the blueprint of this franchise since day one. While sticking to that plan, the Jets have acquired loads of assets that have assembled one of the leagues best prospect groups.
The reality is, the Jets can't hold on to all of there prospects. There isn't enough spots for all the youngsters to crack the roster and because of that certain prospects could become expandable. Winnipeg has a flurry of draft picks, prospects and other valuable pieces that they could use to muster up a package to land a left handed defenseman.
Obviously, you can never have enough prospects and picks. But with the Jets roster looking to be much more competitive next year, they'll be looking to take a step forward. Before that can happen, they'll have to figure out what to do on the left side of the blue line.
May 17 2016 08:00AM
Kale Clague comes in at #36 on the Nation Network's top 60 2016 draft eligible prospects. Playing for the Brandon Wheat Kings, Clague is hailed as a two-way defenseman with a high level of skill and good ability to skate.
Let's take a look at what he brings to the table.