June 24 2015 11:00AM
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We end this years edition of the NHL Draft Scout Series back in Canada, with the QMJHL. The Q's class this year is very intriguing and it was - admittedly - pretty cruel to leave it for last - but then again, you leave the best for last, right?
HockeyProspect's head Q man, Jerome Berube was kind enough to join us again this year to chat up the QMJHL's entry for the 2015 NHL Draft.
June 24 2015 10:00AM
As the Calgary Flames prepare to add to their prospect base at the 2015 NHL Draft at the end of the week, they've gotten a bit of good news regarding a couple of their 2014 drafted players.
Goaltender Mason McDonald and defenseman Brandon Hickey were two of the 40 players invited to Hockey Canada's U20 summer development camp. Part of the organization's inaugural National Teams' Summer Showcase that also includes camps for the U17 and U18 programs, the U20 camp goes August 1-6 in Calgary at Canada Olympic Park's Markin MacPhail Centre.
June 24 2015 09:00AM
A few weeks ago I took part in a mock draft put on by Lowetide and TSN 1260. I researched prospects a few days in advance and established a rough list consisting of guys like Timo Meier, Yevgeni Svechnikov, Oliver Kylington and Nick Merkley. Jeremy Roy wasn't even on my radar until I started digging into his scouting reports and numbers.
He turned out to be my pick in the draft.
Here's what convinced me to change my mind in such a short period of time.
June 23 2015 03:00PM
The late 2000s (and beginning of the 2010s) was as time of improved drafting and asset management, as the Calgary Flames drafted useful players, made smart development decisions, and generally made smart trades when they became available.
They also drafted Greg Nemisz, who didn't turn out to be much, and following the ouster of Darryl Sutter, kicked off their next period of drafting by trading down to select a tall kid from a Quebec prep school.
June 23 2015 02:00PM
Mikael Backlund's new contract, worth an annual average value of $3.575 million, makes him the third-highest paid forward on the Flames.
Let that sink in for a moment. That's a relatively inexpensive deal, and yet, he's become one of the top-paid Flames forwards. Barring a free agency signing, nobody's going to unseat him either; not until next season when Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau will need to be re-signed.
The only forwards who cost more than him right now are Jiri Hudler and David Jones, both with cap hits of $4 million. Hudler is incredibly valuable and will be getting a raise soon enough, while Backlund is definitely the better player than Jones.
He's already got value compared to his teammates. How valuable is he compared to forwards on other teams?