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.
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May 27 2016 08:26AM
What the hell are the Canucks doing, why 'staying the course' is best option for the Leafs, is Stamkos feasible for Wings, how the Jets scored goals this year, Ralph Krueger a front runner in Calgary, Taylor Hall isn't so bad after all, salary cap futures for most teams, all kinds of draft news and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
May 27 2016 08:00AM
Samuel Girard likely has the most offensive potential of any defenceman in this draft class. He's the single most productive defender in junior hockey and he's accomplished that feat as a 17-year-old. Under normal circumstances, this would be enough to launch many a defenceman into the top ten of their class regardless of position.
We're not talking about a normal defenceman, though. Girard plays such a high risk, high reward game that one scout I spoke with at the CHL Top Prospect Game called him a fourth forward. That particular line of criticism is usually exaggerated or unfounded entirely when spent on high point producing junior defenders, but in this particular case it's grounded in reality.
Under the right circumstances, Girard can iron these wrinkles in his game, though. The tools readily available in Girard's toolkit, like his skating, vision, crisp passing and general slipperiness aren't so easily developed from the ground up. Those among countless other reasons culminated in Girard ranking 26th overall in our consensus rankings.