June 08 2016 08:00AM
If you can't score in juniors, you're probably going to have a hard time making it as a professional hockey player in the NHL. That isn't always the case, but if you don't have the raw talent and skills to score at the lower levels, your chances of making the NHL on the regular probably aren't that great.
And while not every draft pick turns into an NHLer, it's nice to get as many of them as you can out of the picks you have.
So let's talk Will Bitten, the 5'10, 167 lb. 17-year-old right winger who, amidst the chaos that was the Flint Firebirds' season, scored 30 goals and 65 points in 67 games to lead his team.
June 07 2016 12:00PM
Josh Jooris was the poster child for making a splash, coming out of virtually nowhere and winning the hearts of hundreds of Flames fans for his unyielding work ethic, depth scoring, and penalty kill work. The undrafted Union College forward made a strong case for sticking around.
This past season? It was noticeably dissimilar at times as it seemed like Jooris was under-used for the attributes and the skill set he possessed. Make no mistake though: the Flames shouldn't walk away from him at all.
June 07 2016 10:00AM
The ever popular NHL Draft Scout Series returns for another year, examining this year's top NHL Draft prospects from each feeder league/region, with the insight of actual scouts dedicated to those specific areas.
We kick things off with Brendan Ross, Director of Scouting at TheScout.ca, who shares an absolute treasure trove of knowledge on the OHL's crop of draft eligibles. Because there was so much discussed, here's Part 1: options for who to pick at sixth overall.
June 07 2016 08:00AM
There are many attributes that have become valuable in the National Hockey League in recent years. Primary among them is a player's mobility, and their ability to skate themselves in and out of trouble.
In a world where mobility is really prized of late, Samuel Girard of the Shawinigan Cataractes could be a great value selection in the second round of the 2016 NHL Draft. That is, if he falls that far.
June 06 2016 02:00PM
The Pittsburgh Penguins have been, for lack of better phrase, crushing it these playoffs. Well, not just these playoffs - they've been one of the best teams in the NHL since Mike Sullivan became their head coach.
The Penguins have been persistent playoff threats over the course of the last several years. Of course, when you've got the best player in the world, it's only fitting to be so competitive. But they've been bowing out of the post-season early more often than not; this is the first time they've been in the Final since 2009.
A lot of people in the organization deserve credit for this year's turnaround. Let's focus on those who get it done on the ice - and the man off the ice who put it together, General Manager Jim Rutherford.