We are back after a small hiatus.
I apologize for missing the last couple weeks – my wife was under the weather one week, then I was the following week, and then last weekend I took some time to hit the slopes in Whistler. The first two weeks were just really bad luck, and then last week was something that I had planned for a few weeks. My goal is to do it weekly, but sometimes, it just won’t happen.
With that being said, the little break allowed some time to pass and things to happen. Which means we get a variety of new questions to dive into.
What draft-eligible prospects not named Dahlin should we be watching at the WJC?
— somebody (@Steve_May) December 8, 2017
I believe Jeremy and I will be diving into the players more in depth in the coming weeks – but there are quite a few. So keep an eye on us to profile players like Dominik Bokk (Germany), Filip Zadina (Czech Republic), Filip Hallander, Jacob Olofsson, Isac Lundestrom (Sweden), Quinn Hughes and Brady Tkachuk (USA).
There will be others – but those are the headliners of the evaluation camp invites.
Who do you think Dahlen signs with if he moves to the SHL? Or does he pop overseas after January 1st?
— Harrison Lee (@HLLivingLoco) December 8, 2017
My Swedish sources are limited, but I have heard some suggestions that Brynas may be a landing spot for him. With that being said, it may not happen. Given how the last few months have unfolded in Vancouver and Utica, it’s not crazy to think that Dahlen heads back to the AHL once his out clause allows him (January 31). He would be able to get ice time in a top 6 role with the Comets while adjusting to the North American game.
Either way – SHL or AHL – he is going to get a good opportunity somewhere. He has been fun to watch in Timra, leading a line (for the most part recently) with those 2018 draft eligible players Hallander and Olofsson.
With Tippett and Phillips being left off the camp roster how have Lind's chances of making Team Canada changed if at all?
— Jason (@jjhljh) December 8, 2017
Honestly, I thought Tippett was a lock to make the Team Canada roster, let alone an invite. I wasn’t alone in this thought as Tippett is a good skater and goal scorer. With that being said, with Philips and Tippett not there, it definitely helps Linds’ case to make the final roster. But it’s far from a sure thing as Tyson Jost is expected to be released by the Avalanche, just further crowding the forward ranks.
I think it’s possible that he makes the team – but he will have to earn it at the camp. Here are some great graphs from Jeremy Davis showing Lind’s impact in the WHL this season:
What are your thoughts on Minnesota State, college junior and UFA, Daniel Brickley?
— Shawn Salgadoe (@_shawnieboy) December 8, 2017
He was actually someone that I quickly profiled last year here.
At that time, pGPS showed that 25.0% of comparable players went onto becoming NHL regulars, which is an extremely high number for any UFA prospect. If he does turn pro at the conclusion of this season, the Canucks would be wise to pursue.
how's @JDylanBurke's favourite player doing? (Jalen Chatfield)
— sedinitronic (@sedinitronic) December 8, 2017
He’s been good to start the year – he’s been playing his calm and collected game as he adjusts to the professional ranks. He isn’t a perfect prospect, but you can see why the Canucks were interested.
There have been some growing pains but he has been rounding a corner and appearing to grow more confident with the puck. I do think that his great pre-season created a few lofty expectations simply because he is just 20 years old entering the first year of his entry-level contract.
If he continues to improve and round out his game, he will be a good prospect to keep an eye on.
Any thoughts on how the loss of Subban will impact the role of Chatfield in Utica (or other prospects)?
— Beantown Canuck (@BeantownCanuck) December 8, 2017
Just to add to the Chatfield talk – I do think it’ll allow Chatfield to play more regularly and with more icetime with Subban now no longer in the organization.
If you did a re-draft of the 2017 NHL draft right now, where would you rank Elias Pettersson compared to his peers?
— Betamax (@Betamax1080p) December 8, 2017
It’s fair to argue he’d move into the top 3, but putting in an order may be hard to do.
Nico Hischier has been good at the NHL level and Miro Heiskanen has also been very good in the SM Liiga. He would definitely leapfrog Cale Makar (I always had Makar lower) and Nolan Patrick. Cody Glass has also had a fantastic start to the season and would at least deserve being considered at #4 above Makar and Patrick.
With that being said, I did have Patrick ahead of Pettersson prior to the draft. It’s just that Pettersson has taken that next step forward, that no one really expected. He’s been fantastic to start the season and it feels like you are waiting for it to stop, but then he goes and puts up 4 assists.
What type of offence do you think Juolevi will produce at the NHL level? And do you think he'll be a top 2 or a top 4? I've always seen Juolevi as a Ryan Suter like player. Do you agree?
— Ian Jagersma (@IJagersma) December 8, 2017
I feel that Juolevi has the potential to be a 30-40 point defenceman – simply because of his ability to move the puck and his wrist shot is accurate, albeit lacking pep. He is good at moving the puck to his teammates in good positions, which at the NHL level should allow him to get a few primary and secondary assists along the way.
The Suter comparison is fair to some degree – I don’t think that Juolevi will be able to be as physical in his containments and board plays as Suter though.
Why was Gaudette not drafted way higher? What was his knock and what has he vastly improved? Looks like a fantastic player. Super competitive #canucks
— Jordan Jennings (@jennings4) December 8, 2017
His knock was limited offensive upside. He didn’t produce particularly well in the USHL and thus teams weren’t sure if he would ever have a chance of being nothing more than depth AHL tweener. Those concerns continued during his freshman year because he was not producing until Christmas….. then exploded and hasn’t looked back since.
I’ve really been impressed with his shot, it is infinitely better than it was 2 years ago. I also think he has really improved his 2-3 step quickness from no stride position. If he wins a battle or forces a turnover while not in stride, he is able to get going quickly. This has allowed him to create offence in different ways. He was always a good skater when he got going, but that addition has allowed him to lose defenders.
What should we make of Dahlen's Allsvenskan season, given that players who dominate at this level generally would be in the SHL by now? How do you think his Allsvenskan scoring would translate to the SHL (or even AHL)?
— Nathan (@natevk) December 8, 2017
I believe there will be a post sometime in the near future about his numbers using SEAL – but simply put, don’t be worried, at all. It was an unfortunate circumstance of when he got sick.
Let’s just say that the Canucks decided in the summer to have him in the SHL this season – a team would’ve snapped him up. But the plan was a ‘wait and see’ approach that was complicated by Dahlen getting mono. Once he was ready to come back, the SHL season was already going, so teams were less likely to take chance, let alone give him a big role. This made him look at Timra, and he is now back up to full speed.
He plays a lot, is putting up points and looks dangerous a lot of the time.
Not strictly a prospects question, but, how was your maiden voyage on Sportsnet? I thought you were great, btw!
— Jeff Godley (@JeffGodley) December 8, 2017
It was the most nerve-wracking 3.5 minutes of my professional life. I was stressed for the entire 2 days before, as it was confirmed that I would be on for that game.
Luckily Dan Murphy and I had worked out what he was going to ask, what to say, and what to expect, so I was prepared. Which was good, since I basically blacked out without fully hearing what he said. There was a lot of things to remember when doing it. My goal was to do well enough that I would get another chance, and I think that will be the case.
But the overwhelming response has made me feel really good about it. I had some friends who I hadn’t talked to in a few years send me messages with “I was watching the game, had no idea you were going to be on, and there you were. Super excited for you!”
Add those to the countless tweets and other positive messages – and I am proud of it. I generally don’t like talking about myself, but this does allow me to thank everyone who has supported me over the last 2+ years in this journey. I wouldn’t have had this chance without the support of so many people, many of whom that I have never met. So, thank you, everyone, here and on Twitter for reading and being supportive.
Normally, I would grab a couple questions from the comment section – but since it was 3 weeks since the last one, I didn’t. If you have any questions for next week, leave them in the comments below!
Enjoy your weekend!