For those who didn’t know Max Domi, the World Junior Championship was somewhat of a coming out party. But if he wasn’t on your radar yet, he is now.
During Friday night’s game between Domi’s London Knights and the Sarnia Sting, the crafty forward pulled off one of the most incredible breakaway moves you’ll ever see. While it’s not a fancy deke or ridiculous shot, it’s one of the most creative efforts you’ll see all year. Read more
Though most had come to watch Erie Otters center Connor McDavid during last night’s BMO CHL Top Prospects Game, it was hard to miss Ottawa 67’s winger Travis Konecny.
Voted the game’s MVP, Konecny potted a pair of goals and had three points for Team Orr en route to a 6-0 victory over Team Cherry. But the most memorable part of Konecny’s night may have come when he cleaned out Charlottetown Islanders center Filip Chlapik with a booming open-ice hit with time winding down in the first period. Read more
Brandon Halverson, goaltender for the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, provided us with the perfect example of the “laughing to stop yourself from crying” method of dealing with misfortune.
During Thursday night’s game, with Halverson’s Greyhounds visiting Barrie, the Colts were on the power play when the puck was dumped into the Sault Ste. Marie zone. Halverson, a 2014 second-round pick of the New York Rangers, went behind his net and took control of the puck as a hard-charging Brendan Lemieux came flying towards him. Halverson’s next move will be one he tells his children about someday. Read more
It was only a matter of time before the Sarnia Sting sale went down. It’s finally happened, with noteworthy new ownership. Retired NHLer Derian Hatcher, the first American to captain a Stanley Cup winner, and current Ottawa Senators center David Legwand have purchased the team from Rob and Larry Ciccarelli. The agreement has been signed and requires approval from the OHL’s board of governors, which is expected to go over smoothly, according to Terry Bridge of the Sarnia Observer, who first reported the sale.
Sarnia citizens can breathe a sigh of relief. This particular sale does not mirror that of the Plymouth Whalers, which involves moving the team to Flint, Mich. The Sting aren’t going anywhere. It appears any change Hatcher and Legwand (a Plymouth alumnus, oddly enough) plan to effect will be positive and, most importantly, stationary. The Ciccarellis said they only planned to sell the team if the prospective owners were committed to keeping it in Sarnia, and that “Derian and David have made that commitment.”
The CHL Top Prospects Game runs tonight in St. Catharines, Ont., home of the Ontario League’s Niagara IceDogs. The all-star contest features the best major junior players available for the 2015 draft and this year has the potential to be a high-scoring affair. That’s because the top goalies have been dropping like flies and one replacement (Ottawa’s Liam Herbst) is being rushed in so last-minute that he wasn’t even in St. Catharines yesterday during the on-ice testing portion.
With that in mind, here are 10 players who could have very highlighty nights, wooing both NHL scouts and hockey fans in general. These aren’t necessarily the best 10 players overall, but they’re all fun to watch.
In past years, the captains for the CHL Top Prospects Game have been two of the highest-ranked players for that year’s NHL draft – Aaron Ekblad and Sam Reinhart, for example.
And while Connor McDavid will wear the ‘C’ for Team Orr, his opponent on Team Cherry is a bit more under-the-radar.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year if you’re an NHL scout, as all-star games for draft hopefuls are in full swing. Last week, the United States League held its Top Prospects Game, while this week the CHL takes its turn. Though the USHL game was a bit lopsided (a 7-4 contest that was never close), many players stood out. And injuries in the CHL have given some previously overlooked players a second chance. Let’s take a look at some of those kids and more in our weekly wrap-up of players we’re excited to see in the NHL one day.
Timo Meier, RW – Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
You could say that Meier has been lucky to line up beside two of the most dynamic teenagers in the world this year – Kevin Fiala on the Swiss world junior team and Nikolaj Ehlers with Halifax – but there’s a reason the talented right winger earned those plum assignments: He’s pretty good in his own right, as evidenced by the 25 goals and 56 points he has put up for the Mooseheads in 37 games.
“I had a good start to the season, it’s going pretty good,” Meier said. “We’re a young team and we’re improving every day. It’s been fun so far.”
The Swiss may have bombed out at the world juniors, but Meier showed a lot of great attributes and he’ll be back to defend his country’s honor next year as well. In the meantime, the late 1996 birthday is honing his skills in the Quebec League as he prepares for the NHL draft.
“It’s a fast league, with a lot of fast players,” he said. “It’s really intense. I can improve my game a lot in this league.” Read more
The Connor McDavid-Jack Eichel NHL draft showdown is a towering monster, thanks in various parts to their amazing skill levels, an insatiable media appetite and social media. They’re being touted as better than Taylor Hall-Tyler Seguin, the dynamic duo that topped the 2010 draft board. As for their careers, however, they have many miles to skate to rank with the best-ever No. 1-2 tandems.
That distinction is held by Guy Lafleur and Marcel Dionne, who occupied the top slots in 1971. Montreal nabbed Lafleur first, following Sam Pollock’s legendary machinations; the Habs GM pried the No. 1 pick out of California a year earlier, then traded Ralph Backstrom to Los Angeles to help prop up a flagging Kings squad when it appeared they might finish last overall. The dipsy-doodling worked, as Los Angeles moved past the Seals, cementing the top choice for Montreal. Read more