Thursday, November 1st, 2012
Justin Schultz (Edmonton Oilers) has been named American Hockey League Player of the Month (October) after posting 12 points in seven October games to lead the entire AHL as a defenseman. There is no guarantee that Schultz’ AHL production will translate seamlessly to NHL production whenever action resumes but I have a hard time believing that this kid will not be a star. I am kicking myself for not drafting him for my keeper league team last month when I had the chance.
Mikael Granlund (Minnesota Wild), probably my favourite NHL prospect, has been named American Hockey League Rookie of the Month (October) after posting 3 goals and 10 points, as well as a plus-5 rating, for the Houston Aeros last month. Granlund’s eventual NHL debut is highly anticipated (especially by me) as the Wild hold their top prospect in high regard.
The United States of Hockey writer Chris Peters wrote an article on his views of which American prospects would make the 2013 USA WJC Roster and the following prospects were considered locks: John Gibson (Anaheim; Kitchener Rangers), Jacob Trouba (Winnipeg; University of Michigan), Seth Jones (2013 draft eligible; Portland Winterhawks), JT Miller (New York R; Connecticut Whale), Alex Galchenyuk (Montreal; Sarnia Sting), Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary; Boston College), Tyler Biggs (Toronto; Oshawa Generals), Vincent Trocheck (Florida; Saginaw Spirit), and Stefan Noesen (Ottawa; Plymouth Whalers).
You can read more of Peters’ article to see the “likely” roster players.
From earlier today, my article Inside the OHL – Part II: Power Rankings and Standout Goaltenders is an extensive release for The Hockey Guys. Tons of information in this article on 2013 NHL Draft eligible players that are impressing, disappointing and surprising, plus plenty of other Ontario Hockey League information (team rankings, etc.).
In case you missed it, the Subway Super Series is slated to begin shortly featuring a six-game series that pits the Russian National Junior team against powerhouse teams from each of the CHL’s leagues (QMJHL, OHL and WHL). Check out the preview pieces for the Team OHL and Team Russia rosters. Edmonton Oilers’ first overall selection, Nail Yakupov, will captain the dangerous Russian squad and each of these games features top-end prospects.
There are some interesting names sitting on top of the AHL scoring leads and a few of them are players it seems we have been waiting forever to emerge as fantasy assets.
Drayson Bowman (Carolina Hurricanes) leads the AHL in goals with eight (9 games). Roman Horak (Calgary Flames) made a quick appearance last season and his seven goals in as many games places h