Touching on the following happenings in the prospect world – Connor McDavid’s point streak ends, new #2015NHLDraft rankings, Marner vs Strome debate, a Mock Draft, O’Connor-gate, Auston Matthews future, William Nylander and the return of Sam Bennett
Thursday, March 12th
The 2015 NHL Draft’s cream of the crop, Connor McDavid, was riding a 27-game point streak heading into Wednesday’s game versus Niagara and it was a streak totaling 26 goals and 67 points. For only the second time this season, McDavid was held pointless snapping his streak. McDavid can’t be much of a fan of Niagara, they’re the only team to stop him this season (twice). Is this a good sign for him playing in Buffalo, located just across the Falls from Niagara?
Additional Read: With the hoopla that surrounds Connor McDavid, comes sell-out crowds in the OHL. The demand for tickets when McDavid comes to town hasn’t been like this since a young Eric Lindros took the league by storm.
With McDavid’s season long streak snapped, Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Anthony DeAngelo now holds the longest point streak in the OHL at 23 games (13 goals and 48 points). Since being acquired by the Soo Greyhounds, DeAngelo has dominated the game sheet recording points in every game except his first in the Northern border town. DeAngelo is a run-away favourite to win the OHL’s leading defenseman award with 86 points in 53 games, 18 ahead of second place Chris Bigras (Avalanche).
TSN’s Craig Button released his latest draft rankings for March.
I voiced my opinions and thoughts about his rankings on twitter but to re-iterate,
I applaud his upward movements of Kyle Connor and Timo Meier into the Top 10 and generally like Button’s opening third. I know that Connor won’t crack my upcoming Top 10 (spoiler alert) but he will move up.
I get that Pavel Zacha hasn’t shown his true potential, mainly due to the number of suspensions and injury that have interrupted his momentum, but to suggest that he’s only the 28th best player seems wildly off.
Like Zacha, Mathew Barzalis ranked too low in my opinion. Outside of McDavid, Eichel, Strome and Marner, Barzal has the next highest upside. That doesn’t justify an 18th place ranking.
My colleagues over at McKeen’s Hockey released their March rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft…have a look!
Like Scott Wheeler (McKeen’s), I always get asked, “who do you take – Marner or Strome?” so why not let Wheeler answer that question to save me about a 5000 word essay ;)
One of the drafts most talked about prospects, Ivan Provorov, projects to be a Top 10 pick come June. NHL.com’s Mike Morreale has a nice piece highlighting Provorov’s journey overseas from Russia to chase his NHL dreams.
“We had to point to the ice and basically tell him to get out there; he spoke no English,” Wilkes-Barre hockey director and coach Tom Kowal said. “This is a kid who doesn’t even need to speak English to understand what is going on.”