September 12 2013 10:58AM
Photo by Adam Glanzman via WikiCommons
I'm starting Training Camp with a bold stance.
In attending the Young Stars tournament this year, I got my first live viewing of 2012, 9th overall selection Jacob Trouba with my brain so stuffed full of hype that I could hardly believe what I saw. In fact, my first game report chalked his poor decision making up to being a visceral player who became frustrated with his own performance and noted he'd have to work on his emotional discipline to improve his game. During an early shift in game two, when Trouba failed to recognize that he was responsible for a puck on his own end boards, and then didn't block the attacking lane of the forechecking forward, effectively allowing his partner (who was covering for his mistake) to be crushed with a running head-start, it dawned on me. I was watching a young Jack Johnson.
September 11 2013 12:35PM
One of the most interesting parts of the annual Young Stars tournament is seeing the talents of these young prospects relative to each other. With different systems in place, different ways of organizing lines, and even different levels of intensity about the tournament between franchises, wins and goals mean less than the process in evaluating player success. As one of the Nations Network scouts at the tournament, I thought I'd give my standouts, but in the hockey honoured tradition of naming All-Star teams.
It's a small sample size, so these aren't necessarily the best prospects, but instead the prospects who had the best showing in the tournament. Still, I bet we see the majority of these names in NHL sweaters within a few years.
September 11 2013 11:23AM
With the Young Stars Tournament now over and professional camps opening this week, we look back at the stand-outs from each team and the players of the future for each franchise.
September 09 2013 03:34PM
The Nations Network sent some Jets Nation writers to the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, BC this year. We'll have game reviews and practice notes throughout the week around the Network and on twitter @nhljetsnation, @kevinmccart, and @brettmartinlive
After a 7-2 drubbing of the Oilers prospects, the Jets Young Stars boasted the best goal differential after two games of any team in the tournament – a combined 12-5. The Oilers lost every game in the tournament, and I have commented elsewhere that their forward group is pugilistic and under-skilled. They brought seven left handed defencemen to the tournament, and the Jets played the worst of their three underwhelming netminders. It’s important in these moments that we put the boxcars and the results on the back burner and consider the process.
It was the tale of two games for the Jets, who dominated possession and zone time through two periods and out-shot the Oilers 26-21 through 40. During the second period the Oilers adjusted their forecheck to put the second man in the first passing lane instead of on the puck and the Jets started struggling to transition. Added to the change of possession was the Jets moving to a trap system in the third, which did little to stop the Oilers preferred dump and chase system. The Oilers also changed their powerplay to a funnel in the third (check the Oilers Nation post for details). that the Jets didn’t adjust to. The result? A final 20 minutes in which the Jets were out-shot 17-2, and out-scored 2-1.
September 09 2013 12:37PM
As the Nation Network prepares for the 2013-14 season, it is with great excitement that we can finally announce that Brian Sutherby has joined the company as the VP of Beatdowns, Gaming and general law enforcement.