June 24 2015 12:00PM
A torn bicep, and that was it.
It shouldn't have been. It really shouldn't. The year before, it was a broken ankle on a blocked shot. This time around, a fluke play on a penalty kill in the dying minute of an all-important win. He took to warmups before the next game, but that was it: Mark Giordano's season was over three-quarters of the way in.
With that, too, were his chances at a Norris Trophy, gone for the second season in a row thanks to injury. He was the favourite to win it early into the 2014-15 campaign, but just like that, 21 games were lost, and with them, the chance for some hardware.
Giordano is still attending the NHL Awards, but as a finalist for the NHL Foundation Award, not as recognition for his outstanding play as a defenceman. Instead, one of Erik Karlsson, PK Subban, or Drew Doughty will take home that honour.
Was he better than them? Yeah.
June 24 2015 11:00AM
pic via Sportsnet
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.