Prospect Ramblings September 26 2015

Zach Hopkins

2015-09-26

Hello and welcome to another edition of Prospect Ramblings! With NHL training camps in full-force, there are prospects galore opening eyes in all 30 big league cities. Let's take a look at a few of those prospects that are turning heads with just a week or so to go before the start of the regular season. 


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Philadelphia Flyers prospect Travis Konecny, the 24th overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft, looked magnificent in camp. His energy and attention to detail in rookie head coach Dave Hakstol's system was contagious amoung his teammates, with veteran Vincent Lecavalier even mentioning how awe-insprining it is to watch him. Although he did about as well as one would have hoped for from an 18-year-old in his first NHL camp, GM Ron Hextall made the decision to send him back to his junior team, the Ottawa 67's, after just two preseason games in Philadelphia. Konecny, who is mature beyond his years, went back to Ottawa on a mission to better his game and development so that he can secure a spot on the Flyers roster in the not-to-near future. In his first game after having already played two games back-to-back with the Flyers, Konecny recorded two goals and was all over the ice in a loss to the Peterborough Petes. There is no doubt that this kid is going to be a player for the orange and black in the National Hockey League. 

{source} <blockquote class="twitter-video" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">First of many for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Flyers?src=hash">#Flyers</a>' Travis Konecny. LAK's Middleton w/ a nice long pass as Konecny deflects it perfectly. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/67s?src=hash">#67s</a> <a href="http://t.co/OF2Mc3lWqt">pic.twitter.com/OF2Mc3lWqt</a></p>&mdash; Kathryn Jean (@msconduct) <a href="https://twitter.com/msconduct/status/647201613333991424">September 25, 2015</a></blockquote>
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{source} <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Konecny's second goal tonight. A one-timer on one knee. Unreal. <a href="http://t.co/2ZyhWcUwez">pic.twitter.com/2ZyhWcUwez</a></p>&mdash; Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) <a href="https://twitter.com/BradyTrett/status/647222773161398272">September 25, 2015</a></blockquote>
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So yeah, we all know this No. 97 for the Edmonton Oilers is pretty good. Not only has he succeeded at every level he's played in his career, he's already playing like a tested veteran in Edmonton's training camp alongside of fellow fan-favorite Taylor Hall. Can the kid find the back of the net? Of course! What's more important to me, is his attention to defense and BACKCHECKING! That's right, here is a budding offensive juggernaut who cares just as much about defending as he does about scoring. That, my friends, is what you call a two-way hockey player. If he keeps it up, he'll be challenging the Crosby's of the world for the title of best overall player. 

{source} <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">McDavid backcheck: <a href="https://t.co/UNfcLhRVVg">https://t.co/UNfcLhRVVg</a></p>&mdash; Emmanuel Perry (@MannyElk) <a href="https://twitter.com/MannyElk/status/644335092597452800">September 17, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Jakub Zboril, Jake DeBrusk and Zachary Senyshyn, the Boston Bruins three first-round picks in 2015, all failed thei