June 10 2016 07:00AM
Samuel Girard likely has the most offensive potential of any defenceman in this draft class. He's the single most productive defender in junior hockey and he's accomplished that feat as a 17-year-old. Under normal circumstances, this would be enough to launch many a defenceman into the top ten of their class regardless of position.
We're not talking about a normal defenceman, though. Girard plays such a high risk, high reward game that one scout I spoke with at the CHL Top Prospect Game called him a fourth forward. That particular line of criticism is usually exaggerated or unfounded entirely when spent on high point producing junior defenders, but in this particular case it's grounded in reality.
Under the right circumstances, Girard can iron these wrinkles in his game, though. The tools readily available in Girard's toolkit, like his skating, vision, crisp passing and general slipperiness aren't so easily developed from the ground up. Those among countless other reasons culminated in Girard ranking 26th overall in our consensus rankings.
Nation World HQ
June 10 2016 05:00AM
Ads on NHL jerseys, Stamkos to the Leafs heats up, Wings shouldn't pay to get rid of Datsyuk, Milan Lucic open to Western Canada, despite point totals Trouba getting better, Flames possibilities of picking 3rd, Oilers should consider trading Draisaitl, myths of winning in the West, 2016 NHL draft, free agent profiles and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
June 09 2016 06:52PM
In the fourth installment of the series, the Oilers are halfway home as they enter the Western Conference Finals against the Anaheim Ducks. The goaltending is strong, the special teams are firing and the fans—well, the fans are delirious.
Chris the Intern
June 09 2016 05:00PM
This article is not about hockey. Instead, we wanted to give a shout out to our good friends at the Edmonton Prospects. In the last ten years, semi-professional baseball has been struggling in Edmonton, but the Prospects have risen from the ashes, and are making baseball cool again in Edmonton.
June 09 2016 03:05PM
The Oilers haven't uncovered many impact players outside the first round over the past decade, and Director of Player Personnel, and the man with the final say on draft day, Bob Green, is planning on changing it.
The Oilers have uncovered a few solid players outside the first round in the last six drafts, and it is still too early to tell how many more might pan out. Brandon Davidson (sixth round in 2010) and Tobias Reider (fourth round in 2011) have emerged as solid players. Jujhar Khaira (third round 2012) and Erik Gustaffson (fifth round 2012) and Anton Slepyshev (third round 2013) have already played 15, 41 and 11 NHL games respectively. They have some potential.
The fact Reider and Gustaffson are playing for other NHL teams is not the fault of the amateur scouts. Their job is to make the right picks, after that it is up to management and coaching to develop them.