May 20 2016 11:28AM
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The 2016 Memorial Cup gets underway today, and is available for all interested fans to take in on Sportsnet. This four-team junior hockey tournament is a great way for fans to get that last bit of scouting done before the draft next month.
These teams, three of which are champions of their respective leagues (the final is a host team), are often powerhouses led by older players. Even so, there are usually some enticing draft eligible youngsters getting involved, and this year is no exception - even if most of the top end draft eligible talent plays for the same team.
Let's check out which players are available on each of the four Memorial Cup teams.
May 20 2016 10:03AM
Coming in at the 33rd spot on the Nation Network's list is self proclaimed power forward Taylor Raddysh. Raddysh's size and scoring give him the look of a surefire first rounder yet his rankings tend to fall anywhere from the end of the first round to well into the second.
After the jump we take a look at where Raddysh ranks among this years draft eligible's and why his numbers may be a little inflated.
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May 20 2016 05:00AM
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May 19 2016 01:00PM
For a player who was passed over in two consecutive drafts, Nikita Tryamkin brought with him an inordinate amount of hype. After the Canucks inked him to a two-year entry-level contract (with some trouble), we were told he was a "freak", he had top-four potential, and compared favourably to Zdeno Chara, all before he played his first NHL game.
May 19 2016 11:00AM
The Vancouver Canucks appeared ready to take the best defenceman available in the draft if they finished any lower than third overall in the draft lottery. That is, of course, until the draft lottery came to a close with Vancouver selecting fifth. At that point, the discussion shifted almost immediately to Matthew Tkachuk and Pierre-Luc Dubois.
It's often said, though, that the Canucks glaring area of weakness within their prospect pool is on the blue line. We know at this stage that the best route to acquire these players is through the draft. And with a master scout in tow as General Manager for the Canucks, there is every reason to believe they can find that player outside the first round, too.
I haven't a crystal ball, nor do I have access to the Canucks draft board. I can't say with any level of certainty which players they have in mind to develop their prospect pool on the blue line with, but I've a few players in mind that might be worth the distinction.