April 5th, 2015

Austin Wallace

2015-04-05

April 4th

A quick look at some of the top performers in the CHL playoffs, a couple of impressive 2016 prospects, and more…

 

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The Flames called up Sam Bennett, who was in contention for the first overall pick a year ago. The North Bay Battalion held Bennett to just three assists and a minus-nine as they knocked out the Frontenacs in four games. The playoffs can make a prospect’s career but #SmallSampleSizes and Bennett did have 24 points in 11 games. Even with Calgary leaning on their young players, I think Bennett will take some time to get up to speed. Watch how he plays more than the points.

 

 Instead of playing him right away, they decided to leave Markus Granlund in and he rewarded them with the first two goal game of the 21 year old’s career. While he has five  points in his last six games, he really doesn’t have the same skillset as his brother, and he is only getting around 11 minutes a game on a surprising Flames team. There is still time for Granlund to develop, but his upside is around 55 points and he is an underdog for a long-term spot in the Flame’s top-six.

 

 

 

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The Battalion are one of the few top OHL teams that isn’t led by a crop of top NHL picks. They don’t have a single pick from the first or second round, or any players that project to be first or second rounders. They make up for star-power for depth on defense: Four of their top seven regular season scorers are defensemen and all four have at least 38 points (two undrafted densemen, the Avelanch’s 2014 fourth round pick Kyle Wood and the Canucks’ 2013 seventh rounder Miles Liberati). Up front, they are led by Mike Amadio (90th overall pick, Kings 2014) and Nick Paul (101st overall, Senators, 2014). Nick Paul you might remember from his three goals in the World Juniors in January, but I’m also interested in Amadio in deeper leagues.

 

Amadio jumped from 38 points last year to 71 this year in roughly the same number of games, and has upped his game in the playoffs again with four goals and seven points in six games.  His speed leaves a bit to be desired, but he is almost certainly hanging on the wire in even deeper leagues, and could have some value if his playoff tear continues.

 

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Nikolay Goldobin scored a goal and an assist in his first AHL game with the Worcester Sharks. He ended his season in Finland with 21 points in 38 games, which is not bad for a men’s league at his age. Along with Kasperi Kapanen, they were the only teenagers to post above a half point per game in the Finish Elite League. Both could easily be steals at their spots in the late first round.  

 

Oops, I missed the other Finnish player who scored above a half point per game. Jesse Puljujarvi scored 11 points in 21 games. He is 16. That is the highest point per game output by a 16 year old in the Finnish Elite Leauge, ever. Even better than Barkov back in 2011-2012. Keep your eye on him for the 2016 draft.

 

Goldobin’s first AHL goal:

 

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Another 2016 prospect lighting it up: Victor Mete. The slick offensive defenseman for the London Knights just put up five points in a playoff game, and his draft stock could shoot up with a strong showing.

 

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Over in the WHL, Adam Tambellini is leading the scoring race with seven goals and six assists in six games for the Calgary Hitmen, who have forced game seven against the Kootenay Ice. A third round pick for the Rangers, he scored 86 points in 71 regular season games after adding ~15 pounds over the offseason. He has gotten better defensively, and has solidified his future in the Rangers organization. He projects as a depth scorer, though he has some upside for more. If you have room, it is worth stashing him on your farm for the rest of the playoffs.

&nbs