June 25 2014 07:43AM
The funniest thing to come out of the Draft Combine was the news that Sam Bennett couldn't do a single pull-up. Behind him in the above photo are scouts who have a) can probably not do a pull-up either and b) didn't score nearly two points per game in the OHL during their draft seasons. I don't know why it is scouts even have prospects do pull-ups as part of their physical evaluations, but I really, really hope that at least one team passes on him because of it, and then Bennett scores a hat-trick on them when he's still on his entry-level deal.
June 24 2014 02:24PM
Knowing full well that circulating rumours regarding Ryan Kesler's future would be something that dominated the discussion on this platform until the situation was finally resolved, we set up a poll for our readers to vote on what they'd like all related content to be filed under.
Showing a good sense of humour, "Strombabble" was the early runaway leader, so we rolled with it. Then "Ryannuendo" leapfrogged it, so we adjusted. Well, now a third option - "The RKives" - have taken a stranglehold of the vote, and we're reaching the point where this is getting silly.
Which is the picture perfect segue to the latest in Ryan Kesler trade rumours, which have been fluid to say the least. By the time the day transitions tonight this particular line of thinking could become outdated, but for now, there's a working assumption that Kesler's list of teams he'd accept a trade to has been whittled all the way down to just two. Oy vey.
June 24 2014 01:01PM
What follows is a guest post written by @bryan_nikkel and @moneypuck_ on the subject of how playing for an excellent team in the CHL impacts player production, which in turn impacts how teams and scouts value draft eligible players. Are there any hidden gems leading the attack with little help for overmatched CHL teams whom the Canucks might target with the second round pick?
June 24 2014 10:31AM
The scenarios I'm devising to which William Nylander falls to the Vancouver Canucks are much like an England fan devises ways the Three Lions could advance to the knockout stage of the World Cup despite losing both their first two games.
"Well, you get the two Sams off the board, and also Aaron Ekblad, maybe Florida take him? And maybe the Oilers reach on a defenceman like Haydn Fleury, and, uh, Brian Burke likes Nick Ritchie, yes? There!"
It's a wildly plausible scenario and not at all likely to result in heartbreak. Nylander is our third-ranked prospect, but probably the most exciting player in the draft.
June 24 2014 09:48AM
Sam Bennett can't do a pull-up. As a result he's going to fall in this year's Pull-Up Draft.
With the much-anticipated NHL entry draft set to take place just a few measly days from now, Cam, Rhys, and I felt the need to sit down and hash things out with a long-form discussion about the prospect profiles we've been running on this platform. We broke down each notable name one by one, frequently getting derailed by the allure of one Nick Ritchie. We can take solace in the reality that it happens to the best of us.
The podcast - which you can stream or download depending on your preference just past the jump - is a strong 80 minutes or so in length, so hopefully it'll help either speed up a slow workday for yourself, or help make that seawall run you feel obligated to do slightly more bearable. You'll understand why we started eating crackers at some point during the episode; it was a grind.