Prospect Ramblings: Previewing the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Tournament

Peter Harling

2016-07-25

2016 Ivan Hlinka logo

The NHL draft is barely behind us and yet the next scouting season for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft is about to begin. The first major tournament is the Ivan Hlinka, which is held in the Czech Republic each year. This year the tournament is scheduled to run from August 8th to the 13th, with two exhibition games to be played on August 6th. The first exhibition game features the Czechs and Canada from Breclav and the other is Slovakia vs USA from Piestany. Both games are available to watch online at onlajny.com

The top eight international teams compete in the U18 tournament and are divided into two groups.

Group A, Břeclav: Czech Republic, Finland, Switzerland, USA.
Group B, Bratislava: Slovakia, Canada, Sweden, Russia.

Tournament Schedule

2016_hlinka sched

Canada will look to extend their impressive streak of eight consecutive Gold Medal finishes after winning again last year.

Follow the results of the tournament on the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament web site here

Follow the Ivan Hlinka Twitter account at @HlinkaMemorial

Not all of the teams have announced their official line ups as of yet, but here is what I was able to find.

Team USA announced their full roster. All players on the American roster are eligible for the 2017 NHL draft.

NAME

POSITION

S/C

BIRTHDATE

HEIGHT

WEIGHT

HOMETOWN

2015-16 TEAM

Mikey Anderson

Defense

Left

5/25/99

5’11”

193

Roseville, Minn.

Waterloo Black Hawks

Ronald Brickey

Defense

Right

5/27/99

6’3″

190

Burtchville, Mich.

Little Caesars U18

Sasha Chmelevski

Forward

Right

6/9/99

5’11”

190

Northville, Mich.

Ottawa 67

Evan Dougherty

Forward

Right

4/17/99

6’2″

185

Kalamazoo, Mich.

Fox Motors U16

Charlie Dovorany

Forward

Left

3/10/99

5’11”

186

Wausau, Wis.

Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep

Tyler Inamoto

Defense

Left

5/6/99

6’2″

191

Lake Barrington, Ill.

U17 USNTDP

Mark Kastelic

Forward

Right

3/11/99

6’3″

205

Phoenix, Ariz.

Calgary Hitmen

Joey Keane

Defense

Right

7/2/99

6’1″

190

Homer Glen, Ill.

Dubuque Fighting Saints

Ivan Lodnia

Forward

Right

8/31/99

5’10”

180

Novi, Mich.

Erie Otters

Brannon McManus

Forward

Right

7/5/99

5’10”

180

Newport Beach, Calif.

Omaha Lancers

Mick Messner

Forward

Left

4/20/99

6’0″

195

Madison, Wis.

Madison Capitols

Matt Miller

Forward

Right

11/5/99

6’2″

180

Leo, Ind.

Victory Honda

Tommy Miller

Defense

Right

3/6/99

6’3″

185

West Bloomfield, Mich.

Detroit Victory Honda

Ben Mirageas

Defense

Left

5/8/99

6’1″

175

Newburyport, Mass.

Avon Old Farms

Keith Petruzzelli

Goalie

Left

2/9/99

6’6″

190

Wilbraham, Mass.

Selects Academy

Clayton Phillips

Defense

Left

9/9/99

5’11”

175

Edina, Minn.

Edina High School/Fargo Force

Ryan Poehling

Forward

Left

1/3/99

6’3″

185

Lakeville, Minn.

Lincoln Stars

Austin Pratt

Forward

Right

7/30/99

6’3″

210

Lakeville, Minn.

Red Deer Rebels

Cayden Primeau

Goalie

Left

8/11/99

6’7″

185

Voorhees, N.J.

Philadelphia Revolution EHL

Dylan Seitz

Forward

Left

1/15/99

6’0″

168

Eden, N.Y.

Buffalo Jr. Sabres

Reilly Walsh

Defense

Right

4/21/99

6’0″

175

Andover, N.H.

Proctor Academy

 

Sweden announced their roster, and it includes three players who will not be NHL draft eligible until 2018. Defenceman Rasmus Dahlin, and forwards Isac Lundestrom and Lukas Wernblom all have late birthdays making them ineligible for the 2017 draft.

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Two players of note so far for Sweden are center Elias Pettersson, and defenceman Timothy Liljegren . The North Bay Battalion selected defenceman Adam Tilander 38th overall at the CHL import draft, and he was not named to the roster.

The Swiss have also announced their roster. The most notable prospect from their roster is Nico Hischier, who was selected by the Halifax Mooseheads at the CHL import draft with the 6th overall pick.

{source}<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Swiss <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IvanHlinka?src=hash">#IvanHlinka</a> lineup, Eggenberger and Hischier are big names <a href="https://t.co/ywTmiIb1xi">pic.twitter.com/ywTmiIb1xi</a></p>&mdash; Brayden Sullivan (@SullyDraftGeek) <a href="https://twitter.com/SullyDraftGeek/status/756550800898424833">July 22, 2016</a></blockquote>

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Canada, Finland, Russia, Czech Republic and Slovakia have either not named their teams, or I can't find it posted anywhere.

Russia has announced the list of players on their preliminary roster. Klim Kostin, who was the first overall pick from the CHL import draft by Kootenany Ice headlines a potent offensive group which also includes Andrey Svechnikov, Kirill Slepets and goalie Danil Tarasov and defenceman Dmitri Samorukov, a Guelph Storm first round pick,

{source}<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">RUS Ivan Hlinka training roster posted by <a href="https://twitter.com/RUSProspects">@RUSProspects</a>… Deadly up front with Kostin, Slepets, Svechnikov <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Hlinka?src=hash">#Hlinka</a> <a href="https://t.co/35JyQhpsDS">pic.twitter.com/35JyQhpsDS</a></p>&mdash; Brayden Sullivan (@SullyDraftGeek) <a href="https://twitter.com/SullyDraftGeek/status/753319112265261056">July 13, 2016</a></blockquote>

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Slovakia has also announced their preliminary roster. One player to watch will be Adam Ruzicka, who could potentially be a first round selection in the 2017 draft. The 6-4 can play both center and wing and has some skill to go along with his size and skating.

{source} <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="no" dir="ltr">Slovaks unveil their preliminary roster for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IvanHlinka?src=hash">#IvanHlinka</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/HlinkaMemorial">@hlinkamemorial</a>: <a href="https://t.co/MTxr1H4Eud">https://t.co/MTxr1H4Eud</a> <a href="https://t.co/CpzqyznHhk">pic.twitter.com/CpzqyznHhk</a></p>&mdash; Jakub Homoľa (@Jakub_Homola) <a href="https://twitter.com/Jakub_Homola/status/753117575865831424">July 13, 2016</a></blockquote>

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As the defending champions, Canada will look to some top prospects for the 2017 draft in forwards Gabriel Vilardi, Owen Tippett, Maxime Comtois, And defencemen Jacob Paquette and Nicholas Hague. Head Coach Paul McFarland of the Kingston Frontenacs is a young and up and coming Coach who has enjoyed early success with the Fronts and has had a hand in developing prospects such as Sam Bennett, Lawson Crouse and Roland McKeown.

Here is the list of all the players at their selection camp

Name

  S/C Ht. Wt. Born Hometown Club Team NHL Draft
Goaltenders
Michael DiPietro L 6’0” 191 06/09/99 Amherstburg, Ont. Windsor (OHL) 2017 Draft
Jacob McGrath L 6’0” 151 01/07/99 Mississauga, Ont. St. Michael’s (OJHL) 2017 Draft
Ian Scott L 6’3” 166 01/11/99 Calgary, Alta. Prince Albert (WHL) 2017 Draft
Matt Welsh L 5’10” 179 07/13/99 Halifax, N.S. Charlottetown (QMJHL) 2017 Draft
Defense
Ian Blacker L 6’4” 175 05/27/99 Oakville, Ont. Oakville (OJHL) 2017 Draft
Evan Bouchard R 6’2” 178 10/20/99 Oakville, Ont. London (OHL) 2018 Draft
Jakob Brahaney L 6’2” 180 03/26/99 Hastings, Ont. Kingston (OJHL) 2017 Draft
Josh Brook R 6’1” 177 06/17/99 Roblin, Man. Moose Jaw (WHL) 2017 Draft
Antoine Crête-Belzile L 6’0” 176 08/19/99 Quebec City, Que. Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) 2017 Draft
Hayden Davis R 6’1” 194 07/21/99 Hamilton, Ont. Niagara (OHL) 2017 Draft
Walter Flower R 6’1” 175 05/07/99 Lunenberg, N.S. Halifax (QMJHL) 2017 Draft
Brayden Gorda L 6’2” 189 04/15/99 Edmonton, Alta. Edmonton (WHL) 2017 Draft
Jérémy Groleau L 6’2” 176 10/25/99 Lévis, Que. Chicoutimi (QMJHL) 2018 Draft
Brady Lyle R 6’2” 187 06/06/99 North Bay, Ont. North Bay (OHL) 2017 Draft
Ian Mitchell R 5’10” 165 01/18/99 Calahoo, Alta. Spruce Grove (AJHL) 2017 Draft
Jacob Paquette L 6’2” 203 05/26/99 Ottawa, Ont. Kingston (OHL) 2017 Draft
Markus Phillips L 5’11” 203 03/21/99 Toronto, Ont. Owen Sound (OHL) 2017 Draft
Elijah Roberts L 5’8” 158 01/23/99 Brampton, Ont. Kitchener (OHL) 2017 Draft
Jonathan Smart R 5’11” 170 06/01/99 Kelowna, B.C. Kelowna (WHL) 2017 Draft
Scott Walford L 6’1” 188 01/12/99 Coquitlam, B.C. Victoria (WHL) 2017 Draft
Forwards
Jaret Anderson-Dolan L 5’10” 180 09/12/99 Calgary, Alta. Spokane (WH