There's a good chance that Radek Faksa could end up in the same situation as Mark Scheifele last season in Winnipeg. Scheifele played 7 games (scoring 1 goal) for the Jets before being sent back to the Barrie Colts. He also ended up playing in the WJC.
I'm fairly certain Faksa will be back in Kitchener next year and will most likely participate in the WJC. Playing in the World Juniors seems to be a requirement for GMJN's top prospects.
Devin Shore is a really smart and skilled player. He's patient with the puck, protects it well and will go to the front of the net. He's got a scorer's touch but can also pass the puck. While is skating is okay, he could improve it which would help his game. He needs to improve drastically in his own zone but he's coachable.
Brendan Troock needs to catch up with other prospects because he's missed quite a bit of hockey development time. He wasn't supposed to be able to play hockey after his neck injury but he persevered and got his career back on track. He is a good forechecker with a strong work ethic. He uses his size well. His skating is excellent for a guy his size. While he doesn't have a lot of offensive creativity, he still spots open teammates for a pass or uses a decent shot to score. He does have offensive upside but in the worst case he can probably develop into a big 3rd liner that can chip in 30-40 points yearly.
Plymouth Whalers (OHL) just drafted Dallas 2nd round pick Ludvig Bystrom 21st overall in the CHL import draft. That seems pretty high. I would have just assumed he wasn't coming over, but you'd think a team picking that high would use on a guy they felt they had a chance of getting.
Chris Peters @chrismpeters
Plymouth selected Dallas second-rounder Ludvig Bystrom in the CHL Import Draft. Not sure if he'll come over, but if he does, huge get.
Ross MacLean @rossmaclean
Plymouth goes to Sweden and grabs Ludvig Bystrom, a very good two-way defender with strong puck instincts. He was a 2nd round pick to DAL
21 Plymouth Ludvig Bystrom Right Defence Ornskoldsvik, Swe 6.00.75 169 Modo 1994-07-20
Based on Les Jackson's initial quote post-draft it would seem their plans were for him to stay in Sweden.
“There’s a lot of value there and he’s in a good position in Sweden. He’s going to get good development and he’s going to get good coaching.”
Bystrom already said he'd take whatever path the Stars wanted him to go so this at least opens up the possibility of him coming to the OHL. From what I remember, Plymouth is a pretty well respected organization (not Kitchener or London level), but they might like the idea of him playing big minutes in Plymouth vs. fighting for limited ice time in Sweden.
I rather see the European players to stay in Europe. It's true, playing minutes should be of highest importance, but I don't know, I believe coaching staff in Swedish Pro League is more professional than in Juniors over there & speaking about the whole competition aspect... I bet Bystrom will see more ice-time next season in Sweden.
I actually love following the Europeans in the Finnish and Swedish leagues so I'd have no issue with Bystrom staying over there.
That said, I think you're probably way off on coaching. I'd say CHL coaching is significantly closer to NHL style coaching than the Euro leagues. That's not an accusation that one is better than the other. IMO, it's a legitimate observation that NHL and CHL coaches are very similar in style and philosophy. I don't think it's a coincidence that many NHL coaches have backgrounds in the CHL.
I don't think quality of coaching has any impact honestly on the CHL vs. Sweden discussion. They're both good options.
After thinking about it again...Yeah, you're probably right, seeing how White Board Willy is entering a similar path and teams hiring people with that background.
There has always been a lot of discussion about the relevance of being in a pro-league in Europe compared to a junior league in NA. People, myself included, at least in recent years, maybe have (or still) overvalued the fact of being successful in a pro-league is a much greater influencing factor than being successful 'only' in juniors. With factors I'm referring to level of competition, ice-time, games per season, different ice-measurements, learning 'NA-style' of game, being away from home etc.
In the end it's really only a question about what the player/Dallas wants. Our recent Swedes did pretty well going the Europe route, so I don't see much that makes you reverse that route.
I think that's actually a great point. Nearly all of Dallas' Swedes and Finns (oh yeah and one Dane) spent their 18-20 year old seasons in Sweden/Finland.
That's obviously something the team is very comfortable with, and Bystrom going to the OHL would be out of the norm.
Just wondering ... and you might not know this because he's a Swede ... Why did Landeskog go the CHL route? He's one of the higher profile Swedes I can think of who made that jump. A better question I guess would be why did Olli Maatta come to the OHL?
Bystrom I think would be better served staying in Sweden. He already has more SEL experience than any of Larsen/Nemeth/Klingberg had at the time of their drafting. Getting playing time shouldn't be too difficult for him. Also you probably want to let him fill out a bit before introducing him full bore to the NA game.
If Bystrom was going to get 10+ minutes a night with Modo then he should stay, no question. If he's only going to get 5-9 and yo-yo back and forth between Modo and the J-20 league then coming over to play with Plymouth is probably a better option. Besides he'll for sure get PP and maybe even PK time in Plymouth. Is he going to get that over vets for Modo?
The WHL is arguably the best junior league in the world. Getting to play a schedule that most resembles the AHL and NHL as far as games played, travel is a good thing to experience. The coaching staff is more than decent and because it's a junior league it's just as much about developing the player as it is winning.
Each player is different and not everyone can or should make the transition. The fact that he's got a friend on the team already should make that easier. I'll probably be pretty happy either way but there's something to be said for coming over and playing in one of the best development leagues in the world.
A swedish poster passed on this link about Bystrom's desire to leave the big club because he doesn't think he'll get enough play time. He has one year remaining on his contract and MODO doesn't seem inclined to release him so we'll see but maybe Plymouth will buy him out. If he's not happy leaving is the best thing. Will be very curious to follow this all summer to see what happens.
I don't think there's any question he gets more playing time in the CHL. I'm all for it. Let him play as an undersized type of player in NA against junior players and gain the necessary strength here. I don't have a problem either way but to me the CHL seems the better of the two routes.
Last edited by glovesave_35: 06-28-2012 at 07:42 PM.