Jamie Oleksiak is a very interesting prospect. How does he compare to Chara or Myers? I would think some one with his measurables would go higher being how dominate those two defensemen are in the nhl. Why isn't he rated higher?
Yeah haha. That's a good thing. It's been assumed that his injury held him out last year, but he'll be going this year.
We pretty much knew this was coming though.
He missed out last year because of an injury (although, he was himself an injury replacement as well...). I hope they pair him with Patrik Nemeth this year. That would be a pretty solid second pairing I think and Nemeth would allow Bertilsson to be a little more adventurous in the offensive zone. He needs to develop that part of his game a little bit more I think. He's been very cautious the games I've seen him.
As a side note, if we could draft Rickard Rakell, I'd be happy. He's looked great in camp from what I've heard.
As for Gustafsson being scouted for the World Championship... from what I've understood, they'll be taking a small look at pretty much everyone playing across the ocean, including many of those in the AHL. I highly doubt he'll have any chance of making the team. This is not because he's not good, but the best defenders we already have available over in the SEL are somewhat similar to Gustafsson in that they excel in the offensive aspect of the game, but are a bit questionable defensively (guys like Mattias Ekholm, David Rundblad, Sebastian Erixon and to some extent Magnus Johansson). Add in guys like Erik Karlsson who looks like he'll be available and the quota is filled and then some.
Of course, a year ago no one over here had ever even heard of Gustafsson, so the fact that he's actually garnering any interest whatsoever is a positive sign.
Phantoms surprise the house in Glens Falls and beat the defending champs, Hershey, 3-1. Riopel looked good and Hamel scored 2, including his career 300th. Harper got his first goal of the season on a breakaway to the backhand.
"It was really nerve-racking when three weeks goes by and you don't have a job," Maroon said. "Once I got that call that says I've been traded to the Anaheim Ducks...I've never been happier."
Despite that last line, Maroon has no hard feelings for the Philadelphia organization. "Philadelphia is a great organization...I'll never say anything bad about them."
The 2007 sixth round pick is thankful that the Ducks picked him up and is looking forward to working his way towards an NHL future in Anaheim. "For me, it's about coming in here to work hard on and off the ice. [I'll] be a third year guy that comes in here as a role player [at first]."
with all the pluggers and depth guys on the team right now why is the phantoms pk doing so bad? scoring isnt something im worried about with this group but playing shorthanded is one aspect of the game id expect theyd excel at.