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  • SharkCircle 1:49 pm on June 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2016 NHL Draft, , NHL Draft Scouting Reports, NHL Entry Draft, NHL Prospects Report, NHL Scouting   

    2016 NHL Draft Youtube Scout 

    Here I will rank the top 30 North Americans skaters rated by Central Scouting, and their top 5 ranked European skaters, in the order I would rank them based on “scouting” them through youtube videos. As always, defense rankings are less reliable with this method than forward rankings. Additionally, Tage Thompson, Charles McAvoy, Luke Kunin, and Vitaly Abramov had limited amounts of footage available on youtube.

    1. Patrick Laine, RW

    Austen Matthews is a little more polished at this point, and may have more reliable hands at this point by a hair, but Laine’s comparable skill, greater size, and standout shot may make him the better player eventually. Closest NHL comparables I can think of are Blake Wheeler and Brent Burns, but he is a better pure goal scorer than either.

    2. Austen Matthews, C

    Big, fast, skilled, he does it all, and is the most polished, complete package in the draft. NHL comparable: Ryan Johansen.

    3. Mikhail Sergachev, D

    Big, powerful, skilled, and poised, he looks like Hampus Lindholm with more natural offensive instincts and moves with the puck. Click Here To Continue Reading Full Post

  • SharkCircle 8:01 am on April 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2015 NHL Draft Lottery, 2015 NHL Entry Draft, , , , , NHL Draft, NHL Draft Lottery, NHL Entry Draft   

    You May Have Suspected This For Awhile. It’s Finally Time For Me To Say It. I Am 100% Against Equality (For The NHL Draft Lottery) 

    Follow me @SharkCircle

    Real title: Why The New NHL Draft Lottery Rules Are A Bad Idea

    Look, tanking sucks. I get it. I feel it. That’s right, I can still feel empathy. The SSRIs don’t start working for a another few days. But I’m right there with you. I’m not even right there with you, like you led and I came along for the ride. No, it’s more like we’re right there together, arriving at speeds totally identical to each other’s, starting from a totesly identical distance, absolute in our parallelism of distaste for tanking, commensurate, equal–if, of course, I didn’t hate equality.

    For the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery. Click Here To Continue Reading Full Post

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