June 21 2015 10:30AM
Sometimes, when a scout sets out to see one player, they leave the rink impressed with another one all together. Columbus, Ohio native Jack Roslovic has been sending scouts out to watch Auston Matthews home very impressed all year, as he's steadily climbed up the draft boards to the point where he's now a consensus late-first or early-second round pick.
June 21 2015 09:00AM
The WHL had quite a few "really bad" teams this year. The Prince George Cougars were one of them.
The Cougars controlled the fourth least amount of shots at 47.1 per cent in the first two periods, a statistic which has a close relationship with Fenwick-Close. They were outshot on average by about three shots a game. They scored a league average 222 goals, but allowed an ugly 295 goals against.
The Cougars did have one very bright spot, and that was Jansen Harkins.
June 20 2015 02:00PM
Jens Looke is part of an extremely strong group of Swedish draft eligible players this year. The talented forward is a strong skater, with excellent playmaking abilities, who has seen his draft stock rise after a strong showing at the World Junior tournament.
June 20 2015 12:00PM
High scoring Oshawa Generals swingman Mitchell Vande Sompel is one of the biggest wild cards among this 2015 class of first time draft eligible players.
The undersized, skilled and extremely versatile skater has lined up as a forward and a defenseman for the Generals, and would often play up front and on the back-end in the same game. During the postseason, for example, the Generals penalty kill saw Vande Sompel lineup at forward. He fared extremely well there, but he'd shift back to defense for shifts at evens and on the power play.
For a variety of reasons, even beyond his positional curiosity, Vande Sompel is one of the most polarizing and toughest to peg players in this draft class.
June 20 2015 10:00AM
The hockey season may be over and done with, but the wound that is this last season as a Vancouver Canucks fan is still relatively fresh. There's plenty of meat left on these bones and with just less than a month before reinforcements are brought in via the draft and free agency, it's time we got cookin'.
The process starts with a series of player-by-player reviews for the season that was. Today's will be centered on the Canucks best free agent from just one off-season ago, Radim Vrbata.
Let's break it all down on the other side of the jump.