June 13 2016 12:14PM
Watching the Pittsburgh Penguins dominate the San Jose Sharks in the Stanley Cup final had to be interesting for the managers of the Edmonton Oilers. In a lot of ways, the Pens’ roster—though obviously better—has similarities to that of the Oilers.
Like Edmonton, Pittsburgh has a relatively weak defence that needed careful management. Like Edmonton, the Penguins boast a collection of high-end scoring stars mixed with less potent depth pieces. It’s worth looking at how Pittsburgh found success with that profile of roster. It starts with how they use their forwards.
June 13 2016 07:00AM
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June 13 2016 05:00AM
Alex DeBrincat has 205 points in 128 games over his last two seasons. That type of production is usually synonymous with first overall talent, yet DeBrincat checks in as the 20th ranked prospect in our consensus rankings.
There is definitely an element of size bias at work here. DeBrincat's 5'7" frame (which likely checks out closer to 5'5" or 5'6") is enough to concern even the most progressive talent evaluators. Similarly, deciphering DeBrincat's production and ability within the context that he's played alongside two of the top OHL talents these last two seasons is a difficult exercise.
All those mitigating factors considered DeBrincat is still an immensely gifted offensive prospect well worth the price of admission -- cost dependant. He's an excellent goal scorer, as his back-to-back-to-back 50-plus goal seasons will attest and his playmaking doesn't lag far behind. Let's unpack the polarizing, diminutive forward on the other side of the jump.
June 12 2016 10:00PM
Vitali Abramov of the Gatineau Olympiques in the QMJHL checks in as the 21st ranked prospect on our consensus ranking. Though the diminutive Russian winger was a relative unknown entering his draft-eligible season, his prolific rookie season has forced himself into the conversation as a first-round pick.
June 12 2016 01:56PM
The Lake Erie Monsters won the AHL championship last night with a win over the Hershey Bears. Cleveland and Hershey go back to the beginning (Cleveland Barons beat Hershey in the first AHL championship, 1941) of the league.
The Monsters victory gives us a chance to view the league's best minor league team and compare it to the Oilers' farm system. How many legit NHL prospects played in Cleveland this season? How many graduated to Columbus? How does that compare to the Oilers? Let's have a look.