Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #35 Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson

Josh W
June 15 2015 05:30PM

Continuing with our Prospect Profiles, today we turn to number 35 on the list, the Swedish import into the USHL and currently scheduled to attend Boston College: Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson (aka JFK).

This young centre has potential to become an impact player for your team if you’re willing to take the risk.  His path is unique having succeeded in the Swedish system at a young age, jumping to the USHL and now heading to the NCAA.

Continue past the jump for his breakdown.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #36 Denis Gurianov

Rhys Jessop
June 15 2015 04:00PM

For the first and only time in our top-45 countdown, we'll make the journey across the ocean to Russia. Playing in the MHL and already getting spot duty at the pro level, dynamic winger Denis Gurianov (or Guryanov) is the focus of our #36 prospect profile.

Join us after the jump as we break down one of Europe's top 2015 prospects.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #37 Thomas Chabot

Josh W
June 15 2015 02:00PM

Today we turn our heads back to the QMJHL, where we look at the first of two high-scoring defenders from the Saint John Sea Dogs, Thomas Chabot.  It might be a bit of a surprise to see Chabot fall to the second round in our rankings, given that he has been cited as a mid-20s pick by most scouting agencies.  

Let's continue past the jump to see his breakdown.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #38 Thomas Novak

Garret Hohl
June 15 2015 12:07PM

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It's not uncommon to see more than one highly-touted, draft-eligible prospect on the same team. Teams building for a championship try to load up on players peaking around the same time. Also, scouts looking at one player start to notice other guys on the same team too.

The Waterloo Black Hawks have Brock Boeser, but they also have their own "other guy" in Thomas Novak.

Novak is not someone simply riding the coattails of Boeser though. Novak has some high-end offensive talent, which he showcased leading not one but two high-profile tournaments this year in scoring.

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7 fascinating things about Elliotte Friedman's Jamie Benn offer sheet anecdote

Thomas Drance
June 15 2015 10:19AM

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Late last week Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman appeared on the Oilers Now radio show with Bob Stauffer and shared a scintillating anecdote about the Mike Gillis-era Vancouver Canucks considering an aggressive offer sheet on reigning Art Ross winner and current Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn, a local kid, and former BCHL standout, during the summer of 2012.

It's an explosive story and for a variety of reasons. Let's unpack Freidman's comments and some of the context that makes it so interesting after the jump.

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