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.
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.
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?
June 18 2016 07:00AM
June 18 2016 05:00AM