2017 NHL Entry Draft Profile: Don’t be dumb, just draft Kailer Yamamoto

By Tom Hunter (@PuckDontLie)

It’s as if hockey scouts have learned nothing from Tyler Johnson, Johnny Gaudreau and Viktor Arvidsson. As much as we’d like to believe that NHL teams have moved past the size bias that often dominates the draft – the evidence would suggest otherwise. Johnson went undrafted, Arvidsson and Gaudreau were selected in the fourth round – all have led their NHL team in scoring at least once in the past three seasons.

“But scouts are learning” – are they? Ten months ago, one of the most prolific goal scorers in junior hockey history wasn’t drafted until the second round. Alex DeBrincat fell to Chicago at 39th overall for one reason – he’s 5’7.

That brings us to Kailer Yamamoto.

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The Bloggers’ Tribune Debate Club: The NHL and the Olympics

Do you ever find yourself sitting around thinking “I wonder how @YakovMironov feels about that”?

I know I do. 

Well now is your chance to find out. Welcome to the first meeting of the Bloggers’ Tribune Debate Club. We’ve assembled a group of bright minds (and Tom) to discuss this week’s news that the NHL has decided to forgo the Olympics next year.

This is not a round table – stop it…it’s not.

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NHL Draft Prospects in the OHL Playoffs: Niagara vs Peterborough

By Tom Hunter (@PuckDontLie)

 

Niagara Ice Dogs

Stephen Dhillon – G – Ranked 19th (NA Goalie) by NHL Central Scouting

Technically, Dhillon is a second-time eligible prospect. The Ice Dogs netminder was eligible last year by one day and was overlooked – likely due to the fact that he only had 28 OHL games under his belt.

This year Dhillon has been one of the best goaltenders in the league while playing behind a very young, re-building team. He finished with a .914 sv% after facing more high-danger scoring chances than anyone in the OHL. After attending Boston’s rookie camp last summer, he’ll get drafted this year and should probably be ranked a lot higher than NHL CS currently has him.

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OHL Playoff Predictions: Eastern Conference

By Tom Hunter (@PuckDontLie)

**Check out my Western Conference predictions here

Eastern Conference – Round 1

Peterborough Petes (1) vs. Niagara IceDogs (8)

This series should be fun.
No team in the OHL playoff gave up more scoring chances during the regular season than Niagara and Peterborough. Both teams rely heavily on their goaltenders and as a result, an upset shouldn’t be surprising.

The Petes took off in the second half of the season but they still rely far too much on Dylan Wells bailing them out.

On the flip side, 2017 draft eligible Stephen Dhillon might be the most talented goaltender in the OHL and has the ability to steal a series on his own. If nothing else, this will be invaluable experience for Akil Thomas and a young Ice Dogs team that is at the early stages of a rebuild.

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