June 16 2015 05:00PM
Though Ivan Provorov and 2017-eligible Nolan Patrick may be the jewel in scouts' eyes when watching the Brandon Wheat Kings, the Wheaties other first time draft eligible top pairing defender is a damn good prospect in his own right. Calm and collected, Ryan Pilon (pronounced "PEE-lawn," not "pylon") is an adept puck mover and smooth skater, and a major part of one of the CHL's top teams from the 2014-15 season.
Join us after the jump as we profile the first of many highly touted players scheduled to be coming out of Brandon the next few years.
June 16 2015 03:00PM
Though one of his teammates is also very highly touted going in to this entry draft, Brock Boeser is considered one of the USHL's very best prospects this season. The hard-working winger possesses a full toolkit of offensive skills and can score goals any way you want him to.
Continue past the jump to learn about one of the best available American prospects in 2015.
June 16 2015 01:00PM
Vince Dunn was one of the better offensive defensemen in the OHL this season, and his draft stock has been rising significantly over the course of the season as a result.
Continue past the jump for his breakdown.
June 16 2015 11:00AM
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This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy!
Almost every postseason there arises an unlikely hero from the middle of a team's roster to make headlines. And any time that player is a pending free agent, teams line up to pay that him too much money as a result. Call it the Bickell effect.
This year, that player is Matt Beleskey. The Ducks 27-year old winger has been a run-of-the-mill NHL forward for years, but his 8-goal in 16-games playoff performance combined with his size (6', 205 pounds) has him on a lot of GM's radars heading into July. Just to make his agent even happier, Beleskey also put up the best regular season of his NHL career, managing 22-goals and 32-points. His underlying numbers, however, tell a much more complicated story than his counting stats.
June 16 2015 09:00AM
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Zack Kassian is at his best when he's creating havoc at the net front, challenging goaltenders with his sneaky-good wrist shot, and sticking pucks into the net from the slot.
In the past we've argued at length in this space that Zack Kassian is a playmaker. It's time for us to reconsider that position in my view. Kassian is best suited to being a more traditional power forward, and his value to the Canucks - should they opt to keep him past this summer - will be heightened if he plays a simpler north-south game and generates more shots on goal.