Tuesday, April 2, 2013

NHL Trade Deadline: Ten Tempting Prospects | The Hockey Writers

NHL Trade Deadline: Ten Tempting Prospects | The Hockey Writers:

"Picks and prospects will prove to be valuable commodities leading up to the NHL trade deadline. GMs of teams that emerge as buyers (seemingly the vast majority of the league) might have to dangle key assets to land the perceived difference making players they desire in their quest to hoist hockey’s Holy Grail."

NHL Trade Deadline: Ten Tempting Prospects
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As I reported in my The Next Ones profile and interview with Collberg leading up to the 2012 NHL draft:
“He is first and foremost, a goal-scorer. The Swedish sniper possesses high-end hockey instincts, able to create his own chances. Augmenting his pro-calibre shot is his speed and skating. Collberg is seemingly effortless out of the blocks and has very good top end speed. He is also quite agile on his skates.
The Collberg hockey story continues to build as to go along with the aforementioned shot and skating ability, Sebastian is a calm and collected competitor. He has good puck skills and when presented with a breakaway or shootout attempt, he has tremendous confidence in his ability to find twine. As well, Collberg has shown the ability to play at his best, the bigger the hockey stage.”
#Habs prospect Sebastian Collberg will finnish the season with Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHLhttp://t.co/PMNUdPKHRG1 day ago via web@UffeBodin
Uffe Bodin

The Oilers may have to part with one of their Twin Tower Martins on Defense, leaving Marincin in the fold, to strength the squad to truly contend for a playoff spot in the NHL’s wild, wild, Western Conference.
+5 - Last night's +/- winner was Martin Gernat, who was a +5 in the @EdmOilKings victory & is now at +8 for the playoffs6 days ago via Twitter for iPhone@WHLFacts
WHL Facts

Koko was almost a Calgary Flame. Almost.
Professional Spotlight: Alexander Khokhlachevhttp://t.co/bvZUsXfdIS1 day ago via Tweet Button@BR_BostonBruins
Only the Bruins

As Jets All Out sums up the Winnipeg savvy 3rd round pick in 2012:
“Known as a feisty power forward for the 39-23-2-4 Storm this season, Kosmachuk has led the team in scoring with 65 points in 68 games – including a team high 35 goals.
Not to mention his 105 penalty minutes and plus three rating, Kosmachuk continues to improve steadily and consistently.
In his third full season in Guelph, the nineteen year old Toronto native has seen his production rise from 21 points in 68 games in 2010-11 to 59 points in 67 points in 2011-12 to this year’s total of 65 points in 68 games.
At 6’0, 177 pounds, the gritty winger has potential to be a Dave Bolland type player with his power forward type play and his scoring touch as of the last two OHL seasons in Guelph.”
Unreal, after a lengthy delay due to a glass breakage. #Jets Scott Kosmachuk is able to bang one past Gibson, assist to Fabbri. 3-2 Storm1 weeks ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®@KThackerHP
Kevin Thacker HP

While his progress from some has been deemed slower than desired, the potential for a key cog of a NHL blueline remains. From our 2009 NHL Draft profile:
He has good size and is equally adept at playing in the offensive or defensive zones. He also possesses a good level of toughness and has that “umph!” to his game. Add to those components a bullet-like shot!”
In an April Fool’s Day tweet, the New York Islanders optimistically obtained his rights:
The Islanders have traded Mark Streit to Chicago for Dylan Olsen and a 2nd-round draft pick. So long, captain.1 day ago via Facebook@IslesOptimism
Islanders Op-Timism

If the Leafs go after a netminder, Sparks may be part of the compensation going the other direction. The Leafs liked him enough to have recently signed him to an entry level contract. If it’s Mikka Kiprusoff the Leafs end up persuading to join them, then the Calgary Flames will likely ask for a different type of return given the abundance of goalies now in the system.
Garret Sparks' goalie mask. https://t.co/5AfD3Mxp RT @Sean_Leahy Who would you say is the greatest patriot on the US roster?12/26/2012 via web@chrismpeters
Chris Peters
Good luck to Tanner Richard, Garret Sparks and Andrey Pedan in the AHL These guys won't be easy to replace in Guelph1 day ago via web@stormradioguy
Larry Mellott

St. Croix (son of former NHL goalie Rick) was a potential 4th round steal. For the record, I had the talented center rated as a 2nd rounder his draft year. The knock on him is that he does all his best work on the perimeter, electing to rarely get in the greasy areas.
#Winnipeg native and @OilKingsHockey C Michael St. Croix named to #WHL Eastern Conference 1st All-Star team2 weeks ago via web@mitchrosset
Mitch Rosset

The Red Wings would also like to add a superior puckmoving defenseman. They were unable or uninterested (or uninterested in the asking price and salary) in landing Jay Bouwmeester from the Calgary Flames. Mark Streit’s name keeps arising, but the New York Islanders find themselves in the rare fight for a playoff slot.
Bluechip blueline prospect Brendan Smith is reportedly and understandably unavailable. The emergence of forward prospects Tomas JurcoTeemu Pulkkinen and Gustav Nyquist could very well make Tomas Tatar available. Tatar was a star back at the 2009 World Juniors, finishing tied for 4th in scoring, for Slovakia and has continued to make progress in the AHL.
RT @petewallner: Tomas Tatar would rather be with Red Wings, but he liked the ice time - and the goal and win - with @griffinshockey ht ...3 weeks ago via HootSuite@GRPress

Sami Vatanen
Sami Vatanen: undersized dynamic puckmoving defenseman (John Wright/Norfolk Admirals)
Vatanen has notched an impressive 43 points in 56 games for the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals.
Anaheim Calling offered up this scouting report this past fall:
“Vatanen is a small (5’10″, 176 lbs) offensive defensemen. All scouting reports speak glowingly of hisskating (speed and fluidity) puck handlingpassing and shooting, but the few comments on the defensive side of his game range from “has not been any sort of liability” to “need to show notable improvement,” and all consider his size (or lack thereof) a negative.”
Sami Vatanen rips a slap shot from the blue line but it travels just past Helenius' glove side #Admirals3 days ago via TweetDeck@AdsGameUpdates
Norfolk Admirals

I’ll end off with admittedly a bit of a cop out as we do not yet know what prospect this pick will end up being. What I can tell you is that this is a very good draft class and the team that supplies the Blue Jackets with some temporary offensive fire power will be getting an opportunity to draft a key future asset.
NHL Trade Deadline 2013: First Rounder in Play? #CBJ #NHLhttp://t.co/GuzVeHfyUH1 day ago via SB Nation@cbjcannon
The Cannon

As not to be a cop out, as a honourable mention:
Ben Bishop looks excellent tonight. Embarrassment of goalie riches in Ottawa.3 days ago via UberSocial for BlackBerry@mirtle
James Mirtle
Robin Lehner great quote on shootouts. They are selling average and I bite like its awesome.3 weeks ago via web@dutchysc
Darren Dutchyshen
It remains to be seen if any of the above assets will get moved on or before the 2013 NHL Trade Deadline, but even in a lockout shortened season there is no shortage of speculation and intrigue.
Feel free to add to the list in the comments section below or elaborate upon why you think the above prospects or pick will or will not be shipped off for a hopeful final piece to a team’s playoffs aspirations.
Twitter: @ChrisRalphTHW

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