Thursday, June 21, 2012

2012 NHL Entry Draft: Sleeping Studs

Before getting into my full-on mock draft, I really wanted to take the time to allude to this draft's under-the-radar selections seeing as this year's version of the draft is loaded with more of them than the past few.

I will agree with the consensus that this draft is one of the weakest in recent history, having the defensive depth similar to the '08 version but lacking the offensive talent to supplement the top 30 picks. I mean what really exemplifies this is the fact that, after dominating the top of the draft over the past decade or so, this will be the lowest a Canadian forward has ever been drafted (as I'm sure you've heard, too, since TSN & co. love this kind of stuff).

That said, there a lot of guys ranked "low" that I would personally peg much higher and plan on keeping a close eye on as they get drafted (or not) and develop.

This sounds like an old Eminem song...

I'm back. Woohoo. I'll hold for a round of applause... Anyway, going to try to get back into the blogosphere. I haven't stopped following hockey, the draft, etc. so hopefully things are up to snuff. Stay tuned for pre-draft sleepers and hopefully I'll get the chance to do a mock draft prior to tomorrow evening's draft (afternoon in my new locale of Seattle).

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Take a Look: BioSteel Camp

This week BioSteel, the sports supplementation company that's been taking the NHL by storm in recent years, is hosting a training camp along with the help of Matt Nichol and long-time NHL star Gary Roberts.

I haven't had the time yet to make any commentary on these videos but check them out: if anything, I hope you get all jacked up for your own routine.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Time to Buy on Couturier?

Early in the 2010-2011 season Sean Couturier seemed to have the inside-track on becoming the consensus #1 pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, and after being the only draft-eligible player selected to be a member of Team Canada’s World Junior Championship team I thought seeing Couturier go #1 overall would be all but assured. However, for whatever the reason may be, people began to sour on Couturier after posting only 3 points in 7 games – decent numbers given his role as a second/third liner.

After his free-fall in the rankings, Couturier ended up being selected 8th overall to the Philadelphia Flyers. While at first glance one would assume that the #8 pick doesn’t have the same kind of upside or talent as the prospects taken ahead of him, it seems as though Couturier may have been prematurely buried. As such, let’s compare Couturier’s numbers to those of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the 2011 #1 overall pick said to have the most offensive upside of any forward in this draft.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

2011 CHL Import Draft: Commitment Tracker

Well, now that the 2011 CHL Import Draft has been completed it's time to track who is actually going to come over and play.

2011 CHL Import Draft: Thoughts & Notes

Well, the 2011 CHL Import Draft has come and gone and I will say with confidence that my main prediction came true: aside from Maatta, Grigorenko, and perhaps Soberg, my ranked players either went all over the map or were passed over entirely.

If you're ready for a long read, check out my thoughts regarding all of (what I consider to be) the significant picks in this year's import draft.

I've also created a commitment tracker, which tabs who is actually coming over to North America to play in the CHL. This will be updated regularly.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Studley's 2011 CHL Import Draft Rankings

As much as I love to see CHL teams grab various talent from across the globe, the CHL Import Draft is, for lack of a better term, a complete crapshoot. With so many players invested in their current system and with certain players only willing to play for certain teams, it's ultimately an agent's pipe-dream.

All criticism aside, here are my rankings - most likely completely wrong, in terms of actual draft order - for the 2011 CHL Import Draft.

Monday, June 27, 2011

2011 NHL Entry Draft Recap: First Round Pick-by-Pick Analysis

As the NHL draft is my personal version of Christmas, I like to take the time in putting my thoughts out there about the happenings of such a fantastic weekend.

Here's my take on what happened in this year's first round:

2011 NHL Entry Draft Recap: Sleeping Studs

The 2011 NHL Entry Draft has come and gone, making us hockey nuts wait another year much like kids await Christmas.

Prior to the draft I posted 10 sleepers to watch in the 2nd round and later of the draft, and I would say I was quite accurate in my prophecies as 8 of 10 prospects were snagged.

Friday, June 24, 2011

2011 NHL Entry Draft: Sleeping Studs

As both a fan of the underdog stories and a believer that drafting well wins (in the NHL, junior ranks and even in fantasy sports), I present to you my list of 10 sleepers to keep an eye on during this year's NHL Entry Draft.