Boston College won its 20th Beanpot tournament in 64 years last night, with Minnesota prospect Alex Tuch firing a seeing-eye shot in overtime for the only goal in a 1-0 overtime win over archrival Boston University. On the international scene, two Five Nations tournaments kick off this week – Finland hosts the under-18s and the U.S. hosts the under-17s. Needless to say, these will be marquee events and a lot of good evaluations will come from there. Here’s a look at some of the other kids making noise in the prospect world right now:
Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.
Theo Fleury left everything on the ice during his 15 seasons in the NHL, so it stands to reason that the Stanley Cup winner would do the same when it came to recording an album. But how far would he go? Turns out, no subject is too delicate for Fleury to tackle.
When the Toronto Maple Leafs put together their first-ever roster under new GM Lou Lamoriello, the tea leaves were pretty easy to read: hot young prospects such as William Nylander and Mitch Marner would not be rushed up to the majors, but a cohort of veteran free agents would get a chance to make a mark.
Enter P-A Parenteau, Michael Grabner, Shawn Matthias and Brad Boyes. Those vets all came on short-term deals that would easily be flippable at the trade deadline and bring more futures in return, hypothetically.
So here we are, with less than a month to go before the deadline and very little movement in the market (blame Winnipeg). But rest assured, the logjam will be broken and for Toronto, that will mean dispersing some of the aforementioned vets to playoff contenders. The top name to focus on is Parenteau.
Seth Jones’ chances of playing in the post-season this year decreased dramatically when he was swapped from Nashville to Columbus for Ryan Johansen, but if there’s an upside to the deal, it’s that Jones probably added millions on to his next contract in the process.
So you may have heard that Edmonton’s Connor McDavid scored a not-ugly goal last night against Columbus. No? Well, feast your eyes on The Goodness:
The CHL Top Prospects Game and AHL All-Star weekend are both in the rearview mirror for the season, while the Beanpot tournament in Boston is now half-over. Boston College and Boston U. will duel for the city’s trophy, with Northeastern and Harvard in the consolation game. In other development news, the Los Angeles Kings have partnered with the United States League to put on a Pacific Region Showcase at the NHL team’s practice facility in El Segundo. It takes place in late March and will feature players from the 2000, 2001 and 2002 age groups. These are exciting times for the growth of the game. Let’s get caught up in the world of prospects.
While John Scott was being carried on the shoulders of his all-star teammates in Nashville (I can see the reports now: Joe Pavelski, day-to-day, hernia. Brent Burns, day-to-day, hernia…), the American League’s finest were having their skills competition at their all-star festivities in Syracuse. And there were some pretty nice performances for fans of a couple NHL franchises.
NHLers spend most of their youth climbing the ranks, making sacrifices and pushing themselves to the limit just for a shot at the big time. When they finally get there, the reward is the opportunity to play in the best league on the planet – and to get paid handsomely for it. But holding onto that money isn’t always easy, which is where professionals such as Roman Fradkin come in.
A wealth advisor with RBC Dominion Securities in Winnipeg, Fradkin works with around 20 NHLers, including Jonathan Bernier, Dale Weise and Alexander Burmistrov. His mission is to make players see the light when it comes to saving and investing the right way, because a pro athletes’ earning window may be lucrative, but it’s also small. “You’ve got six or seven years to make 50 years worth of money,” Fradkin said.