May 31 2016 02:56PM
Matteo Gennaro was a 7th round draft pick in 2015 (203rd overall). Gennaro started the season with the WHL's Prince Albert Raiders and was moved to the Calgary Hitmen at the trade deadline.
Gennaro scored 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) in 42 games with the Raiders, and 19 points (6 goals, 13 assists) in 28 games with the Hitmen. Gennaro was held pointless in 5 playoff games.
Gennaro increased both his goal and assist totals over his draft year (16 goals, 15 assists). The centreman from St. Albert, AB recently turned 19 and will most likely be returned to the Hitmen for the 2016-17 season.
Check out the highlight video after the jump.
May 31 2016 08:00AM
Jones is a hard working, hard nosed and gritty power forward who plays an aggressive style that allows him to use his blend of speed, size and skill to wreak havoc on the ice. That can be a double edged sword, as he ran into some issues with the OHL and was suspended for 12 games which resulted in him missing most of the London Knights run to the OHL Championship.
Jones does possess a good skill set that if he can play within the rules, makes him a very attractive option for teams in the latter part of the first round.
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.