Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Hockey Spy's 2010 Mock Draft Round 1 - Playoff Edition

2010 Home Hardware CHL-NHL Top Prospects Game

The Hockey Spy here at THW is also busy scouting the prospect world and will continue to bring detailed prospect profiles leading up to the draft.

Tyler Seguin {Photo: Robin Kasem - Flickr}

Today’s article embarks on my second mock draft of the season – Playoffs Edition.
The major addition in this updated mock draft compared to my Olympic Edition mock draft is that I’ve added a brief rationale section for each pick. Take a look back at my previous mock and see if you can discover any trends over the past couple of months!

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Hockey Spy’s 2010 NHL Entry Draft Preview – Brandon Gormley

2010 Home Hardware CHL-NHL Top Prospects Game

Position: DEFENCE
Number: 3
Height: 6.02
Weight: 190 lbs
Shoots: LEFT
Born: 1992-02-18 (AGE 18)
Birthplace: Murray River, P.E.I.
Current team: Moncton Wildcats, QMJHL
NHL Status: Draft Eligible 2010
Gormley is the consensus top rated prospect out of the “Q” (QMJHL) this season and will challenge for the top blueliner taken in June.
Not super flashy, but very smooth skating and has a good head for the game. He has a quiet confidence about him and excels in all facets of the game – PP, PK and 5-on-5 as well as on both the offensive and defensive ends of the ice.
Gormley may not develop into the prototypical franchise defenseman, but should evolve into an important cog of whatever NHL franchise chooses him and has the ability to log efficient top pairing minutes.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Future Blackhawks: Prospect Rankings Update


*Here then are our Top 20 Blackhawk Prospects:

- NOTE: Future articles will analyze, breakdown other rankings as well as provide our own reasoning for individual players; at least for the top 10 (since, for the most part, the rest of the rankings only looked at the top 10 prospects). Rankings will be updated after 2010 entry draft.

Nashville Predators v Chicago Blackhawks

1. Dylan Olsen (D)
2. Kyle Beach (LW)
3. Shawn Lalonde (D)
4. Jack Skille (RW)
5. Nick Leddy (D)
6. Marcus Kruger (C)
7. Akim Aliu (LW)
8. Brandon Pirri (C)
9. Billy Sweatt (C/LW)
10. Bryan Bickell (LW)
11. Simon Danis-Pepin (D)
12. Brian Connelly (D)
13. Byron Froese (C)
14. David Gilbert (C)
15. David Pacan (C)
16. Ryan Stanton (D)
17. Joe Lavin (D)
18. Ben Smith (RW)
19. Brandon Bollig (F)
20. Dan Delisle (C)

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Hockey Spy’s 2010 NHL Entry Draft Preview – Nino “El Nino” Niederreiter

"El Nino" - Detailed "Full Potential" Profile featured on The Hockey Writers:

IIHF World Junior Championship - Sweden v Switzerland - Bronze Medal Game

Nino Niederreiter (Click on name for up- to- date stats)
Position: LW
Age: 17
Date of birth: September 08, 1992
Place of birth: Chur, Switzerland
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 203
Shoots: L
Current team: Portland Winterhawks, WHL
NHL Status: Draft Eligible 2010
Niederreiter should easily exceed Michel Riesen (14th overall  1997) as the highest Swiss player ever drafted. While destined to be perhaps the greatest player ever to hail from Switzerland, beyond that “El Nino” is simply an extremely talented forward when stacked against the best the world of hockey has to offer – period.
Size. Skill. Strength. Skating. Shot. Creativity. Passion. Desire. Maturity. Great hands. Defensive accountability.
These characteristics all add up to a complete forward destined for greatness.

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