Adam Fox missed Calder recognition, but the blueliner is already one of the best young defenders in the game

The 2020 Calder race is generally presented as a two-horse competition, featuring 2017 fourth overall pick and Colorado Avalanche defenceman Cale Makar and Canucks' blueliner Quinn Hughes, who went 7th overall in 2018 (for what it's worth, he was 3rd overall on my board). It's very much the year of the defenceman; there's no argument … Continue reading Adam Fox missed Calder recognition, but the blueliner is already one of the best young defenders in the game

Mavrik Bourque is one of the draft’s top dual-threat options beyond the top ten

The extraordinary Alexis Lafreniere commands most of the attention-- for good reason-- but it's a very solid QMJHL draft class behind him this year. Dawson Mercer is typically seen as the next best, and then a wider group behind him includes players like Mavrik Bourque, Hendrix Lapierre, and Jeremie Poirier. Bourque is by far my … Continue reading Mavrik Bourque is one of the draft’s top dual-threat options beyond the top ten

2020 NHL Draft Profile: Braden Schneider

Braden Schneider RHD, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) 6'2"/209 lbs, 17.98 years old Strengths Fluid, powerful stride: Schneider is reasonably mobile, able to take advantage of open ice in front of him and skate the puck forwards on occasion. Long stride, generates plenty of power. Not the quickest feet, but he can reach a pretty impressive … Continue reading 2020 NHL Draft Profile: Braden Schneider

Why Xavier Simoneau Is One of the Most Underrated Prospects in the NHL Draft (Again)

It’s almost as if everyone has forgotten about Xavier Simoneau. Last season, by some, he was considered one of the better prospects in the 2019 NHL Draft, including me who had him ranked at 43 and even toyed around with putting him in the first round at parts in the season. To see him go … Continue reading Why Xavier Simoneau Is One of the Most Underrated Prospects in the NHL Draft (Again)

How Alexis Lafrenière exemplifies everything you want in a playmaker

An elite playmaker offers a versatility in lineup construction like no other archetype of player— it sometimes seems as though Sidney Crosby has a new no-name brand winger making only a million or two a year riding the coattails of his elite vision every year. You could pick a stranger out of the free skate … Continue reading How Alexis Lafrenière exemplifies everything you want in a playmaker

2020 NHL Draft Profile: Rodion Amirov

Rodion Amirov LW, Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL) 6'0" // 168lbs Strengths:  Skilled Scoring Winger  Crafty scorer—has the ability to score goals himself in a variety of ways while also setting his teammates up with some very nice chances.Does a great job finding teammates. Scans the ice and reads the game very well. “Problem solver” is … Continue reading 2020 NHL Draft Profile: Rodion Amirov