Friday, June 15th
Seven beautiful days until the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. I have been working the past twelve-plus months profiling and following these draft-eligible players that I cannot wait until the this event gets underway.
Following the draft, I will begin writing a series of articles for Dobber Hockey featuring the fantasy impact on these drafted players based on the team that drafted them. Please follow this series throughout the summer and feel free to request specific players. As we know, the fantasy value of these (currently) undrafted players can change drastically upon becoming property of specific organization (ahem, Columbus).
I have been fielding 2012 NHL Draft related questions over on at the forums. Feel free to head on over and ask questions over the course of the next week.
Our DobberProspects writing staff has done a good job at profiling the popular names for the upcoming draft. You can find those profiles under the heading “Other Prospects”. sub-heading “Draft Eligible”. Over the next week, I personally plan on updating these draft-eligible profiles with my own observations (if needed), as well as add some profiles of the lesser known names…that will soon become fantasy relevant.
For an in-depth analysis of all prospects, drafted or not, be sure to download your copy of the 2012 Fantasy Prospects Guide.
From my NHL Prospect Profile of Brendan Gaunce,
NHL teams have been observing this OHL-trained player develop ever since Gaunce entered the league as a rookie posting a modest 36 points. Statistically, Gaunce’s numbers were not overly eye-catching but he used his used his freshman season to learn the ins and outs of the major junior game. His approach to his hockey career can be attributed to his dedication and commitment to excellence. As the younger brother to Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cameron Gaunce, Brendan has used his siblings’ experiences to ensure success in his own hockey endeavors. During the past two summers, the Gaunce brothers have enrolled themselves into fitness-guru Gary Roberts’ hockey training program, the same one that has facilitated players like Stamkos and Skinner into star status.
Gaunce’s off-ice conditioning has resulted in impressive showings during fitness testing at both the 2012 Top Prospect Game and NHL Scouting Combine. At the February showcase game in beautiful Kelowna, Gaunce finished first in nine categories of testing while scouts witness him rack up twelve top 10 finishes at the recent 2012 NHL Combine.
Whenever I read Gary Robert’s name next to a budding NHL prospect, I pay very close attention. Give the full Brendan Gaunce profile a read here….
The Next Ones: NHL Prospect Profile: Brendan Gaunce – Built for the NHL.
Great first name too!