Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #10 Tyson Jost

J.D. Burke
June 19 2016 05:00AM

Tyson Jost of the Penticton Vees in the BCHL is one of the most intriguing gambles in the middle of the first round.

Jost, like our 17th ranked prospect Dante Fabbro, was a member of the dominant Penticton Vees of the BCHL. Though they appeared the presumptive favourites as the playoffs started, Jost's Vees were ousted by the West Kelowna Warriors in the second round. One could argue the Vees were destined for a better fate, but there's no spinning their playoff loss as a knock on Jost, who led the team with 14 points in 11 games.

The bright side to their early exit was that it afforded Jost the opportunity to play for Team Canada at the U18 World Hockey Championships in North Dakota. Jost was able to use that tournament to assuage any concerns about the impact playing against a lower level of competition might have on assessing him, breaking Connor McDavid's tournament points record with 15 points in just 7 games on Canada's top line.

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Matt Henderson
June 18 2016 11:40AM

The drawback to trading Jordan Eberle is that once he’s gone your team doesn’t have Jordan Eberle anymore. Specifically, you don’t have a right-shooting, elite level offensive right winger who can play with the talented young Connor McDavid. He won’t be easy to replace, but neither will any of the $6 million dollar men. Taylor Halls and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins don’t grow on trees either. That said, there isn’t a replacement for them about to enter free agency either.

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Does an offer sheet make sense for the Oilers?

Jason Gregor
June 18 2016 07:56AM

The 2016 UFA crop of defencemen isn't very deep. The Arizona Coyotes acquired the rights to the best D-man available, Alex Goligoski, yesterday for a 5th round pick in 2016 and they have the exclusive negotiating rights until next Saturday, June 25th. If they sign Goligoski before July 1st, the list of candidates becomes even less attractive.

Jason Demers, Keith Yandle and Dan Hamhuis are the other top free agent defencemen. You could land a solid, veteran 3rd pairing defender, but the list of top-four D-men is short.

Will Peter Chiarelli turn his focus to a restricted free agent instead and submit an offer sheet?

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Nation Network Prospect Profile: #11 Alexander Nylander

Ryan Biech
June 18 2016 07:00AM

Alexander Nylander checks in as the 11th ranked prospect in our consensus voting.

The younger brother of Toronto Maple Leafs prospect William Nylander, Alexander is a good prospect in his own right.  Playing on a line with two other 2016 draft eligible players, Michael McLoed and Nathan Bastian, Nylander walked away with the CHL Rookie of the Year award. He also represented Sweden at the WJHC and U18's.

So, let's take a look at the young Swedish winger, who was born in Calgary Alberta.

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Nation Network Prospect Profile: #12 Jake Bean

Ryan Biech
June 18 2016 05:00AM

Jake Bean checks in as the 12th ranked prospect in our consensus rankings. 

Bean possesses a very tantalizing skill-set that every team should covet on their back-end. He skates extremely well, reads the play quickly, is lethal on the power play and unlike most offensive defenceman in junior, he can handle himself in his own zone.

It's amazing that he was never selected in the WHL Bantam Draft and will now likely be the only WHL defenceman to be selected in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

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