June 10 2016 08:00AM
The risk of drafting from powerhouse junior teams is the risk of picking a passenger over a driver. This debate has mostly been focused on potential Flames first rounder Matthew Tkachuk, the London Knight who was placed with Mitch Marner and Christian Dvorak on the CHL's highest scoring line. It hasn't seemed to affected his draft position, as it has Taylor Raddysh.
The Erie Otter has been tasked first line duties alongside OHL superstars Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat, and has presumably fallen because he is the least productive of all three. However, that may not be the case. Digging into the data, there's a good case that Raddysh is an under-appreciated play driver, and a possible contender for one of the Flames' second round picks.
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June 10 2016 05:00AM
Ads on NHL jerseys, Stamkos to the Leafs heats up, Wings shouldn't pay to get rid of Datsyuk, Milan Lucic open to Western Canada, despite point totals Trouba getting better, Flames possibilities of picking 3rd, Oilers should consider trading Draisaitl, myths of winning in the West, 2016 NHL draft, free agent profiles and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
June 09 2016 05:39PM
We previously looked at the possibility of trading up to third overall, but the conclusion at the time was that the price demanded by Columbus would make the move untenable.
Today, however, Bob McKenzie appeared on Vancouver radio and suggested the Blue Jackets have their eye on Logan Brown or Clayton Keller, suggesting they may be willing to move down.
"Of the three (CBJ, EDM & VAN), Columbus might be the one most open to do something right now...
They've got the third pick...the sense that a lot of people are getting right now is that Columbus Blue Jackets are not sold on Jesse Puljujarvi in that spot and they may be looking for positionally oriented need. Specifically two centres come to mind... one is Logan Brown... and the other is Clayton Keller.
There is this sense that if somebody wants to move to number three to draft Puljujarvi, if the Blue Jackets could get themselves a pick that's a few picks later and not drop out of the top 10, they'd still have a shot at Brown or Keller."
With that in mind, the Flames would seem to be the Blue Jackets' ideal trading partner.
June 09 2016 12:00PM
For a team lacking in high-end offensive talent, Emile Poirier was one of the Flames' better hopes. He was coming off of a rookie pro season with the Adirondack Flames in which he'd scored 19 goals and 42 points over 55 games; what wasn't to like? He was second on the team in scoring as a 19-year-old, and likely would have been first had he gotten a couple more games in.
So expectations may have been somewhat high for his second season. After all, prospects are supposed to keep progressing, right? And he was a first round pick; whether fair or not, there's more expected of him. Especially because he was looking capable of it from his draft year onwards.
Except this past season did not go to plan at all.
June 09 2016 10:00AM
One of the most frustrating things about evaluating prospects in the advanced stats era of hockey is the shabby state of junior and lower pro leagues' stats. Things have actually gotten better recently thanks to sites like Prospect Stats, but we're still a long ways away from having useful contextual factors and underlying numbers like possession, zone starts and quality of competition.
Nevertheless, we do what we can. To that end I have put together a list of CHL forwards ranked by certain offensive outputs: NHL equivalence (a factor that translates the players' output to NHL output by considering the relative quality of the league he's in), even strength primary points per game and percentage of team scoring.