May 09 2016 09:23AM
ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - When Team Finland captured the gold medal in front of its home crowd at January’s World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finnish winger Jesse Puljujarvi led the tournament in scoring with 17 points and was named World Junior MVP.
With 13 points in seven games, Puljujarvi’s linemate Patrik Laine was named to the tournament All-Star team. At that time, he was seen as the lower-ranked prospect for this year’s draft.
Four months later, that order has flipped. Puljujarvi continues to develop nicely, picking up another gold medal with Finland and being named to the All-Star team at April’s Under-18 Tournament in North Dakota, but Laine’s star has been rising at the speed of light.
May 09 2016 08:00AM
It's a (short) run of big defenceman with Logan Stanley being profiled yesterday as the 45th ranked prospect for the upcoming draft, and now coming in at 44th is a hulking Finnish defenceman, Markus Niemelainen. Measuring in at 6'6" and 205 lbs, Niemelainen is one of the biggest defenceman available in this draft, so teams looking to add size to their blue line prospect ranks may have to seriously consider the Kuopio native.
May 08 2016 08:36AM
Checking in at the mid-point of the second round is towering defenseman Logan Stanley. There are few things that cause a greater divide in opinions among professional and armchair scouts alike than that of the 'big stay at home D-man'. While the stats would seem to peg him as a guy who would go later on, several agencies currently have him rated as a first round pick.
Follow after the jump as we dig in to what may be one of the more divisive prospects for this draft.
May 07 2016 01:19PM
Analyzing goaltenders is a tricky business, and one that I'm not necessarily certain the combined staff of Jets Nation and Canucks Army is up to tackling. Especially where prospects are concerned. To try and deliver you the best and most accurate reflection of Carter Hart's ability and progression as a netminder, I reached out to friend of the blog, Greg Balloch, to give us his take. Balloch writes for www.inGoalMag.com, a publication that specializes in the realm of goaltender analysis. Follow him on twitter, @GregBalloch
Carter Hart comes into the 2016 NHL entry draft as the second-ranked North American goaltender, behind Evan Fitzpatrick of the QMJHL’s Sherbrooke Phoenix. This ranking represents somewhat of a slight, as Hart spent the entirety of this season as the top-ranked goaltender until final rankings were revealed. An especially frustrating reality for Hart, given his play steadily improved as the season wore on. Hart's Everett Silvertips surrendered the second-fewest goals in the WHL, behind the Victoria Royals and their 50-win campaign.
He set a career-high in save percentage at .918 in 2015-2016, and capped off a tremendous season by being named the recipient of the Del Wilson Memorial Trophy as the top goaltender in the WHL. His career average save percentage is .919 in 112 regular season and playoff WHL games.
May 06 2016 08:00AM
As we start to approach the middle of the second round for rankings, things start to get interesting. The grouping of 51st to 47th has four defenceman and a winger who could conceivably go much earlier in June.
We will reference the Prospect Graduation Probabilities System (pGPS) throughout this piece, a more indepth explanation can be found here. But simply put, the system is used to see how often statistically similar players graduate into the NHL. It isn't used as the only point of reference or analysis, but is a complimenting tool to give us another angle to analyze these draft hopefuls.