Rossy’s Prospect Twitter Ramblings

Dean Youngblood

2013-10-04

 

Friday October 4th, 2013

 

I am going to try something new here and forgive me if it doesn’t fancy each and everyone of you but it could be really fun. Friday’s prospect rambling is going to be courtesy of my twitter feed and several others with embedded tweets and running commentary from yours truly.

 

Over the past two years, I have worked hard trying to provide top notch hockey coverage for NHL prospects, the World Junior Championship and the annual NHL Entry Draft. Dobber was kind enough to bring me on board a few years back to run a weekly prospect column featured on the main site DobberHockey and from there, I’ve dedicated myself (almost to a fault) into following the young up-and-coming talent.

 

Last year, I received my first OHL credentials from the Sarnia Sting allowing me to cover the team and any visiting prospects and I immediately recognized how important viewing these prospects LIVE were. I attended the CHL/NHL Top Prospects game in Sarnia and soaked up the experience. The off-season brought even more exciting changes as I joined a recognized scouting agency (TheScout.ca) that follows minor midget level kids eying the annual OHL Draft.

 

Recently, I received my CHL Media Pass allowing myself into 60 different OHL, WHL, and QMJHL rinks to scout the future talent of the NHL. To start the season, almost 25% of the National Hockey League players come from the Ontario Hockey League (178 OHL grads began the 2013-14 NHL season on active rosters). Combined with the WHL’s 148 players and the QMJHL’s 71 active grads, the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) ices 55% of the NHL players. What’s the point? I am blessed to have the opportunity into the CHL rinks to watch the world’s top development league and if you follow me on twitter then you can now realize why the majority of my tweets are focused on the league.

 

Onto the good stuff…

 

 

 

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p>2012 <a href=”https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NHLDraft&src=hash”>#NHLDraft</a> had 13 d-men taken in 1st round. As the 2013-14 season opens, 7 of them will make debuts. <a href=”http://t.co/uOzYdfMdly”>http://t.co/uOzYdfMdly</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NHLFaceOff&src=hash”>#NHLFaceOff</a></p>— NHL (@NHL) <a href=”https://twitter.com/NHL/statuses/385352289491648512″>October 2, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Ryan Murray (CBJ), Griffin Reinhart (NYI), Morgan Rielly (TOR), Mathew Dumba (MIN) await their NHL debut but Jacob Trouba (WPG, led Jets in ice-time with 25:02 minutes and 1G-1A-2P in his first game earning 1st Star), Olli Maatta (PIT, 14:41 minutes in debut with one shot) and Connor Carrick (WSH, scored a beauty goal in his second game of action) have all appeared in their first games.

 

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p>Albany Devils cut three from roster, Kitchener Rangers OA Ben Thomson survives and remains in AHL.</p>— Josh Brown (@BrownRecord) <a href=”https://twitter.com/BrownRecord/statuses/385400562667114496″>October 2, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Ben Thomson, a 4th round selection of the New Jersey Devils (2010), is a big gritty forward that will really help the Kitchener Rangers….that is, until he is (likely) traded.

 

Another Devils’ prospect performed well last night, Ben Johnson (3rd round, 2012) recorded a hat trick vs the Plymouth Whalers.

 

Got a little flack from this tweet….

 

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