January 5th, 2015 Austin Wallace

Austin Wallace

2015-01-06

Statistical leaders and reports from our team-scouts.

 

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In spite of life, today’s ramblings are jam-packed with useful information, not just from me but from some of the most knowledgeable team-specific prospect writers out there!

The aforementioned life got in the way in a big way today. I had everything done early and I was going to watch the game live (so no PVR), but then I had to go on a five and a half hour trip to bring a broken down truck and needless to say I missed the game(s). From twitter, it seemed to be an incredible game, and if someone knows how I can watch it now, please comment below!

 

Brendan will be on in the next day or two to recap all the awesome action, in the meantime our scouts have stepped up to provide an excellent collaborative ramblings. I will give some very quick thoughts, then our scouts take it away. If you would like more of them in this format when the excitement dies down, please let me know in the comments.

 

Dobber and I have fixed up the linking system common in the hockey ramblings. If you click a name here, it will bring you to their page or at least to their team’s page. We will be manually be adding more names and links as the weeks go one. Click on a team name to go to their page.

 

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Quick notes on some statistical leaders before our scouts (down below) and Brendan (next time) take over with real scouting reports:

Gustav Forsling had eight points to the next player’s four. Sell high on him now, right now. He looked great on the powerplay and in general with the puck on his stick, but he still needs to perfect the defensive side of the game. He will need at least three more years of seasoning before he cracks the Canucks, if he ever does. This tournament was certainly a coming out party for the fifth round pick, but he didn’t dominate at even strength and ended up with an even rating on a team that also had a zero goal differential at even strength.

 

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With two more points than Forsling, William Nylander led Sweden’s team in scoring but neither were named as Sweden’s top three players of the tournament; that is likely just paying respect to their captain/alternates.

 

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Sam Reinhart, Nicolas Petan and Connor McDavid led the way for Canada. These three incredible playmakers were driving the play for three different lines for most of the tournament. How’s that for scoring depth?

 

Petan obviously has a ton of talent, and showed his vision in creativity in spades. The only word of caution is that all four of his goals and seven of his 11 points came against Slovakia. He had a total of one assist and two shots against tougher competition in Russia and the United States. Yes, it is a small sample size, but just something to be aware of. He will probably spend most of next year in the AHL<