Entries with the tag: nhl entry draft
Jess Rubenstein, a prospects expert and creator of the New York Rangers’/New York Islanders’ propsect site The Prospect Park, was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to tell us about what the Rangers should be doing at the draft as well as how the Blueshirts have treated the prospects in general.
PH: Not too long ago, the New York Rangers used to be terrible at handling prospects. Tell us how you think Rangers’ GM Glen Sather and the coaching staff have improved in that area?
JR: It is funny as Glen Sather can not sign a free agent to save his life but he did hire Gordie Clark in 2002 and then promoed Clark to Director of Player Personnel when Tom Renney was named Head Coach. You can look at it like the row of dominos as Clark has brought in Jeff Gorton (former Asst GM of Boston), Danny Dore (Boston), Tom Thompson (Former Wild Asst. GM) to bolster what was already a very experienced scouting staff.
Give Sather some credit for doing some of the things that most people will not notice like having Adam Graves and Mark Messier to go look at the draft picks and offer them advice. Want to talk about how to get someone’s attention, what kid is not going to take advice from a Messier?
But it also goes into prospect development as well as that the post draft camps the Rangers run for the prospects. They are not photo ops but rather chances for the entire Ranger staff to work with each of the prospects in attendance. Having John Tortorella run the camp sets the tone for the prospect as what is going to be asked of them to further their development. Then you have the training staff who send each prospect home with a guide on how to train, how to improve their diet and tips on improving weak areas of their game.
Since we are getting closer and closer to the NHL Entry Draft, I figured now would be a good time to bring back an NHL Prospects/draft blogger in Brian Huddle.
Huddle covers prospects for HockeyBuzz.com, Future Considerations, The Hockey Writers and now The GoodPoint.com. Huddle was kind enough to take time out of his very busy blogging schedule to give us his thoughts:
PH: Just over a month until the NHL Entry Draft. What are your general thoughts?
BH: This draft really looks to be a wild one; seems fairly hard to predict where a lot of kids could go. With so many different lists, there should be some big surprises come June.
PH: In your opinion, who should be the top five picks? Why?
BH: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Gabriel Landeskog, Jonathan Huberdeau, Dougie Hamilton and Ryan Murphy would be my five.
RNH is undeniably the best prospect in the class. He has world-class vision and IQ, a slick passer, and projects to be an elite center.
Landeskog, while not as talented as some of the other guys, is very NHL-ready. He’s such a class act, and one of the hardest workers in this draft class, while still having enough skill to be a top six player in the NHL. He’s a future Captain.
Huberdeau has been rising steadily all year. He’s really spearheaded the Saint John team to the top of the Q, and is another of those kids you just love; work ethic, high end skill, two-way ability, leadership. After RNH, he’s the most talented forward.
I get a lot of flak for this one, but I would take Hamilton over Larsson for top defenseman. He’s got size, mobility, good hockey sense, puck skills and two-way abilities. Not only that, but he’s so physically fit that he’s able to play big minutes and not be prone to errors.
Ryan Murphy probably has as much skill as anybody in this year’s draft class. He’s a world class defenseman, who really only has questions because of his size, and his lack of a defensive game early in his career, which he has put a LOT of work into. A big point shot, creativity with the puck, elite skating, high end hockey sense and vision. He’s going to be a game breaking defenseman.
A few months ago, we did a nice little e-mail interview with Scotty “Wazz” of the Faceoff Hockey Show and The Strangest One of all hockey blog. We’re back at it again as Scotty talks to us about this past weekend’s NHL Entry Draft, what the atmosphere was like, opinions on some of the picks and best and worst of the draft.
Continue below to check out what Scotty had to say.
From Wayne Karl at MaxHockey.com:
Before either of them had even been drafted into the NHL, let alone play their first game, John Tavares and Victor Hedman began their careers as product pitchmen.
On June 25, a day before the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Reebok-CCM Hockey showed its faith in the eventual first and second overall selections by signing both to long-term, head-to-toe endorsement deals for on- and off-ice product.
Tavares, of Mississauga, Ont., will represent CCM, and Hedman, from Sweden, will endorse Reebok. Both deals involve on-ice equipment such as sticks, skates and helmets, as well as off-ice wear. In Tavares’s case, the arrangement calls for his own apparel line, while Hedman will have footwear in bearing his name launched in Sweden.
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Good afternoon folks. I apologize for not being around to talk/write about what the New York Rangers did during the NHL Entry Draft in Montreal but I had some wedding-related items to take care of.
With that in mind, here are some of the latest Blueshirt-related links to check out for draft news, notes and opinions:
From John Kresier at NHL.com:
Try as they might, NHL general managers know most of the players they select during the Entry Draft never will wear an NHL sweater. The object is to get maximum value out of their picks—finding the stars they need to build a team around, the role players to support them and the depth to trade for what they can’t find.
Obviously some teams are better at this than others—and they do it in different ways. The core of Pittsburgh’s Stanley Cup-winning team was Marc-Andre Fleury, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, all chose with the first or second pick of the draft from 2003-05. Detroit, which lost to Pittsburgh in the 2009 Stanley Cup Final after beating the Penguins in 2008, has fared well with a handful of later-round picks—stars such as Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk—while having just three first-round picks on its roster—Marian Hossa, Brad Stuart and Nicklas Kronwall. And of those three, only Kronwall was chosen by the Wings.
Click here for more. I wonder if any of this year’s picks will have a tremendous impact on their franchises right away.
From Zachary Weinstock at MaxHockey.com:
Team projections on the collection of masochists set to slither into Nassau Coliseum Friday night indicate that at least as many Islander fans are willing to come watch their club draft an NHL talent with one sentence as are willing to come watch their club lose to NHL talent for 60 minutes.
And incase you haven’t heard, the building will be torn to crumbs if the Islanders don’t select John Tavares.
This might not even be a joke. Area lounge R.C. Dugans is offering $1 pints until midnight if the London Knights winger goes first overall. They’ll be 25 cents if he doesn’t!
So either way, it’s a night for George Washington adorned currency.
Click here for more. Who do you folks think the Isles are going to take? Why?