As part of our new site relaunch, scouting director Dan Stewart has put together a series of articles 'introducing' some of the more notable names and players by position and status in the draft.
A four-part series, we've already released three.
The first was a look at Nail Yakupov and his nine challengers for the throne of being the first overall pick. The second turned to netminders and who rules the crease of 2012. The third and most recent release takes a look at the plethora of blueliners available. The fourth takes a look at the forwards in 2012 and will be up on the site later this week.
Which I guess begs the following questions:
-Who is the biggest threat to Yakupov right now?
-Is there a goaltender that will be taken in the first round?
-Which blueliner(s) need to be getting more attention?
-Who can join the big four up front?
I do believe Grigorenko is the biggest threat to Yakopov, especially if the team drafting first is looking for a big time center, Grigorenko fits that bill. It'll be the Russian version of Taylor vs. Tyler.
-Who is the biggest threat to Yakupov right now? Grigorenko, Murray and Forsberg have to be the biggest threats
-Is there a goaltender that will be taken in the first round? Much like last year, there won't be a goaltender selected in the first round. In today's NHL, the goaltending market is quite viable so I cannot see a team using a high pick on a goaltender
-Which blueliner(s) need to be getting more attention?Cody Ceci and Derek Pouliot are two defenders who I am quite high on but Matt Finn could pull a "Stuart Percy" and surprise people on how high he goes next June
One of our Ontario scouts, Sean Lafortune, recently passed on his thoughts on who has impressed and who hasn't from the OHL in this young season.
With the first month of the Ontario Hockey League season moving towards a conclusion, its time to take a quick peek at some players that have impressed and struggled, as well as some names to watch for future drafts.
FC’s scouting director Dan Stewart tackles Gianluca Curcuruto’s potential, how injuries will impact the draft stock of Alex Galchenyuk, Martin Frk and Ryan Murray, as well as potential picks that are re-entering the draft in ‘Five for Stewart’.
FC’s scouting director Dan Stewart tackles the Swedish battle between Sebastian Collberg and Pontus Aberg, the Mathew Dumba vs. PK Subban comparisons, Subway Super Series reviews and the impact of the World Junior A Challenge in the latest ‘Five For Stewart’.
December's 'On The O', featuring FC's Sean Lafortune, identifying Malcolm Subban, Ben Johnson and Radek Faksa, among others:
Some have cemented top status, some are impressing with their improved play, some are struggling through injuries and others are struggling to meet the expectations that where placed on them heading into the season.
I will eat my bloody shoe if Kevin Roy gets drafted. Unless the Kevin Roy I've seen so far this season was playing on wooden legs and after taking a handful of "hockey sense NON-enhancing drugs", there's no chance.