Rossy’s Friday Prospect Ramblings

Dean Youngblood

2014-03-07

 

Friday, March 7th

 

Beginning outside of the prospect world, I just wanted to touch on one thing….Joe Louis Arena looks complete now with Niklas Lidstrom’s #5 hanging from the rafters. Lidstrom epitomizes everything hockey should be.

 

*

 

Considering you’re reading this, one would assume that you are a fan of hockey prospects. I think you’ll enjoy my 2014 NHL Entry Draft Guide courtesy of my Youngblood Series. Included in the Youngblood Special Edition are rankings, profile write-ups and a mock draft of the opening round.

 

*

 

Are you a fan of OHL hockey? I recently published an OHL Mock Draft for the upcoming OHL Priority Selection Draft scheduled for April 5th. Have a look!

 

*

 

UPDATE: Bob McKenzie tweets out that Jack Eichel, Connor McDavid’s biggest rival to go 1st overall in the 2015 NHL Draft, is considering his options….

{source}
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p>There are whispers elite 2015 prospect Jack Eichel may consider not going to BU if he could play head-to-head in OHL vs. Connor McDavid.</p>— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) <a href=”https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie/statuses/442001510239436800″>March 7, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>
{/source}

 

Jack Eichel’s rights were originally owned by the QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads before being traded to St. John’s….

{source}
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p>Only way to go from Q to O is to be waived by all Q teams, then claimed on waivers by OHL team. Hard to see it but if CHL wants a player…</p>— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) <a href=”https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie/statuses/442003172341477376″>March 7, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>
{/source}

 

{source}
<blockquoteclass=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p>If Jack Eichelwants to play Major Junior next season, it will have to be in the <a href=”https://twitter.com/QMJHL”>@QMJHL</a></p>— Mark Seidel (@MarkSeidel) <a href=”https://twitter.com/MarkSeidel/statuses/442003193942122496″>March 7, 2014</a></blockquote> <script asyncsrc=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>
{/source}

 

What does that mean? It’s Boston University or the QMJHL for Jack Eichel. There is zero chance Eichel clears waivers in the QMJHL. Teams wouldn’t let that happen.

 

*

 

The New Jersey Devils are breathing a little easier today after the NHL decided to modify the Devils’ penalty for the Kovalchuk contract

The New Jersey Devils will now be entitled to the 30th selection overall in the 2014 NHL Draft (the last pick in the first round), regardless of the Devils’ final standing following the 2013/14 season.

The Club will not be permitted to trade or transfer its right to the 30th overall selection in the 2014 NHL Draft.

The Club’s fine has been partially reduced.

 

As of today (March 7th) the Devils sit with the 11th overall pick but as the release states, they will select 30th overall regardless of their final standing.

 

*

 

 

Staying with OHL prospects, the OHL Cup begins Tuesday, March 11th in Toronto and runs the entire week ending S