Jul. 2, 2020
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Forum: NHLThu. at 9:14 p.m. Forum: NHLThu. at 9:13 p.m. Forum: NHLThu. at 9:09 p.m. Forum: NHLWed. at 9:53 p.m. I went to Game 2 of the Hamilton Bulldogs vs North Bay Battalion last Friday and here were my observations:
Mason McTavish was in a league of his own. He's an NHL player, it's clear to me. He'll challenge for Zegras' spot as 1C next season
Arber Xhekaj is a very solid defenceman. Moved the puck well, layed the body a few times, got some scoring chances. He'll get some AHL seasoning, but maybe a 3rd pairing guy for the Habs
Artem Grushnikov is a very good defensive defenceman. You don't notice him in the O zone, but he's everywhere in the D zone. He had some huge hits, and nothing got by him.
Logan Morrison and Avery Hayes, while both overagers, are very solid hockey players. I wouldn't be surprised if they played in the AHL next season.
Ty Nelson, to my dismay, didn't stick out to me. If I hadn't been watching for him, I wouldn't have noticed him.
Brandon Coe was terrific. Big and lanky, but he skates really well, is a fantastic playmaker, and got an abundance of scoring chances
Nathan Staios was a very good PP quarterback, another overager who I would expect to get a pro contract
Forum: NHLMay 19 at 11:02 p.m. Forum: NHLMay 6 at 6:21 p.m. Forum: NHLMay 1 at 5:50 p.m. Forum: NHLMay 1 at 5:18 p.m. Forum: NHLApr. 29 at 11:33 p.m. Forum: NHLApr. 23 at 11:49 a.m. U18s start today, I am interested to see what Adam Fantilli does for Canada. I know Bedard will light it up, Fimis and Goyette will be ones to keep an eye on, and Filmon, Lorenz, and Ward are my dark horses
On other teams the one and only <strong>SEAMUS CASEY</strong> is playing for the clear gold medal favourite Americans, who basically put out their NTDP team. Logan Cooley will probably be 2nd in points behind Bedard. Seeing Nazar, McGroarty, and Howard, and Cruz Lucius will be my focal point.
On other teams, I've liked highlights from Mattias Havelid on Sweden, it'll be interesting to follow him. Jiri Kulich will have a massive role on the Czech team. And of course we have the 2006-born Aron Kiviharju on defense for Finland.
Should be a great tournament. Sad to not see Michkov, Miroshnichenko, Mintyukov etc, but I think it was the right thing to do.
Edit: Holy smokes Canada has a 16 year old named Tanner Howe who's eligible for the 2024 draft with Kiviharju
Forum: NHLApr. 13 at 9:10 p.m. Forum: NHLMar. 23 at 11:12 p.m. Forum: NHLMar. 23 at 6:12 p.m. Forum: NHLMar. 23 at 5:59 p.m. Forum: NHLMar. 22 at 11:32 p.m. Forum: NHLMar. 22 at 11:17 p.m. <div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>DucharmetheDOMinator</b></div><div>Seamus Casey</div></div>
EP head scout breaks down Casey's game. It is wild. He's no Quinn Hughes, but he's no Paul Bissonnette, either. Incredibly deceptive, great hockey IQ, super shifty, really quick. My only concern is sometimes he hangs onto the puck a little bit but that can go away with 1 year in the NCAA.
Holy smokes. This is from a year or two ago, too. Against weaker competition, he looks like a generational talent. Just shows you how small guys, if they're quick and deceptive, can be just as lethal as big guys. Casey also has a rocket of a shot and sick hands.
Most scouts and draft programs have him going from 12th up to like 40th overall. I think with modern scouting views, teams will look past his size and see some sort of mix between Cale Makar and Quinn Hughes. He's quick, fast, has a great shot, and loves to rush the puck like Makar, but also is a fantastic QB, great passer, and excels at the point like Hughes.
In my hugely biased opinion, he has a top 10 if not top 5 skillset. I project him going around 14th, similar to Caufield
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