Prospect Profile: #8 Joseph LaBate

Dimitri Filipovic
August 21 2013 10:46AM


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Regular readers of this site are already quite familiar with the prospect we're profiling today, as he has been written about in-depth on numerous occasions. When Jeff Angus agreed to be a writer on this platform, he had a clause put into his contract that stipulated that there would need to be in excess of 3.5 LaBate-centric posts a year. Let's just say that thus far he has delivered, and then some.

LaBate, the big centre set to enter his Junior season at Wisconsin, came in at number 8 on this list last year. While conventional wisdom would indicate that he took somewhat of a lateral step this past season - since he hasn't technically moved up or down our rankings - I'd say that his 2012-13 campaign helped reassert the idea that his future is a positive one.

Read on past the jump for more on the former 4th round pick.

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Prospect Profile: #9 Henrik Tommernes

Jeff Angus
August 20 2013 09:57AM


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Henrik Tommernes isn’t your typical prospect. For one, he turned 23 this past summer, making him significantly older than most players on this list. And for two, he has five years of experience playing in a professional hockey league.

Tommernes didn’t crack our top 20 last year (in what could be seen as a slight oversight), but he places in the top 10 this year for a few reasons.

Read on to find out what they are.

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Mikhail Grabovski is available, fun to watch, and a risk worth taking

Cam Charron
August 19 2013 01:43PM

Occasional provider of useful information Steve Simmons wrote about reasons Mikhail Grabovski was not signed early on in the free agency period. It may be wise to hit "CTRL+F" to find your way down to the relevant section, especially if you're feeling a tad nauseous, dehydrated, and would like to keep your lunch in your belly:

The reason Mikhail Grabovski remains unsigned: According to one NHL GM, he wanted too much money and too much term in the early days of free agency.

“He was trying to cash in on getting the buyout and double dipping,” a general manager said. “And once everybody who wanted a centre signed them, there was no place for him to get the kind of deal he wanted.”

Now he’s unlikely to end up with either large money or long term. Although there are questions other than money about Grabovski that have been pondered in this strange hockey summer.

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Prospect Profile: #10 Kellan Lain

Dimitri Filipovic
August 19 2013 10:07AM


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Last week, I wrote about Patrick McNally, the 15th ranked prospect in this series. In the lead-up to the profile itself, I mentioned the internal debate of 'reliability/safety vs. upside/potential' that needs to be had when ranking these guys. 

I professed that I personally value prospects that possess the sorts of physical tools and ceiling that allows us to believe that they could conceivably turn into "home runs" one day. However, there's a caveat; at some point, a guy projects so safely as a useful NHL role player that you can begin to overlook the potential lack of upside that he may have.

Which is a perfect transition to our 10th ranked prospect in Vancouver's system, Kellan Lain. Read on for more on what we can expect from the 6'6'' behemoth.

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Out of the System: Jeremy Price

Dimitri Filipovic
August 17 2013 01:34PM


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On Thursday afternoon, the deadline for NHL teams to sign former NCAA players (who had just graduated in the Spring) to entry-level contracts passed. As it turns out, the deadline came and went without any news on the Jeremy Price front; this means one of two things: the Canucks decided not to offer him a deal, or he simply chose not to sign. EIther way, this means that the organization has parted ways with their former 4th rounder.

Apparently the.. (wait for it).. (wait for it).. price wasn't right.

Read on for more on the situation, and Price himself.

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