Prospect Ramblings: 2016 Rookie Tournament Preview (Sep 15)

Paul Zwambag


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The 2016 Rookie Tournament hosted by London will kick off September 16th until the 18th. It showcases four teams playing a round-robin. The four teams include Montreal, Ottawa, Pittsburgh and Toronto prospects. There will be two games each day. The schedule is posted below.


Friday, September 16, 2016

3:35pm – GAME 1 – Pittsburgh vs Montreal

7:00pm – GAME 2 – Ottawa vs Toronto

Saturday, September 17, 2016

3:35pm – GAME 3 – Pittsburgh vs Ottawa

7:00pm – GAME 4 – Toronto vs Montreal

Sunday, September 18, 2016

1:00pm – GAME 5 – Montreal vs Ottawa

4:35pm – GAME 6 – Toronto vs Pittsburgh


Rookie Showcase By the Numbers

Total players on all rosters who were NHL draft picks: 60

Number of players drafted in 2016 playing in London: 11

Team with the most drafted players on their Rookie Tournament roster: Toronto, 21

Highest drafted player playing in the Tournament: Mitch Marner – TOR, 4th Overall – 2015


Team Breakdowns:


Montreal Canadiens

Forwards    Drafted      Defense    Drafted      Goaltenders    Drafted
Jeremiah Addison 2015,
207th Overall
  Simon Bourque 2015,
177th Overall
  Zachary Fucale 2013,
36th Overall
Daniel Audette 2014,
147th Overall
  Arvid Henrikson 2016,
187th Overall
  Charlie Lindgren Undrafted
William Bitten 2016,
70th Overall
  Ryan Johnston Undrafted   Michael McNiven Undrafted
Matthew Bradley 2015,
131st Overall
  Noah Juulsen 2015,
26th Overall
Scott Eansor Undrafted   Brett Lernout 2014,
73rd Overall
Markus Eisenschmid Undrafted   Victor Mete 2016,
100th Overall
Giovanni Fiore Undrafted   Thomas Parisi Undrafted      
Jeremy Gregoire 2013,
176th Overall
  Mikhail Sergachev 2016,
9th Overall
Artturi Lehkonen 2013,
55th Overall
  Michael Zipp Undrafted      
Michael McCarron 2013,
25th Overall
Hayden McCool Undrafted            
Petrus Palmu Undrafted            
Michael Pezzetta 2016,
160th Overall
Martin Reway* Undrafted            
Nikita Scherbak 2014,
26th Overall



Martin Reway could miss the entire season with a heart issue, he was named to the propsect roster back in August, but will not be attending it this year. The Canadiens have brought most of their 2016 draft choices (four in total) to this tournament to get a feel for the bigger and better competition. Canadiens have brought a team of 27 to compete in the three games they play.

Highest Drafted Player: Mikhail Sergachev, 9th Overall, 2016

Player To Watch: Artturi Lehkonen more than doubled his point total last year from his previous year. His Frolunda coach doesn't expect him to return to Europe to play another season. Which means he will likely be on the Canadiens to start the season if he has a good prospect tournament and training camp. Watch for him to make waves in a Canadiens jersey this weekend.

Under the Radar: Victor Mete was selected 100th Overall in this past draft (2016). He fell to the fourth round due to lack of size. Mete had an excellent rookie season with Memorial Cup champs, London Knights and will look to improve his game and become a top pairing in London this coming year.



Ottawa Senators

Forwards    Drafted      Defense    Drafted      Goaltenders    Drafted
Filip Ahl 2015,
109th Overall
  Chris Carlisle Undrafted   Chris Driedger 2012,
76th Overall
Logan Brown 2016,
11th Overall;
  Thomas Chabot 2015,
18th Overall
  Matt O'Connor Undrafted
Filip Chlapik 2015, 48th Overall   Cody Donaghey Undrafted      
Vincent Dunn 2013, 138th Overall   Andreas Englund 2014,
40th Overall
Anthony DiFruscia Undrafted   Macoy Erkamps Undrafted      
Gabriel Gagne 2015,
36th Overall
  Ben Harpur 2013,
108th Overall
Ryan Graham Undrafted   Maxime Lajoie Undrafted      
Stephen Harper Undrafted   Brady Reagan Undrafted      
Nick Paul 2013 (DAL),
101st Overall
Francis Perron 2014,
190th Overall
Jack Rodewald Undrafted            
Ryan Rupert 2012 (TOR),
157th Overall
Blake Tatchell Undrafted            


The Senators have 12 players drafted and 11 undrafted players on their Showcase squad. They are bringing the fewest guys to the Showcase than any other team. Thomas Chabot was sat down at the end of Ottawa's prospect camp earlier this summer and told he was average at best, assistant GM Randy Lee was hoping for more intensity and thought Chabot was going to be a whole lot better than he was. We will have to wait and see if the message was heard loud and clear.

Highest Drafted Player: Logan Brown, 11th Overall, 2016

Player To Watch: Brown will be very excited to get to work and try to make the Senators this season, he is likely headed back to junior to play in the Memorial Cup, the Windsor Spitfire will be hosting this year's Memorial Cup. That added experience will do wonders for Brown's experience. In Windsor he will be the number one center logging a ton of ice time.

Under the Radar: Francis Perron had a very good year leading the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies to the finals of the Memorial Cup, lossing in overtime to the London Knights. Perron has flown under the radar due to the QMJHL factor. Not a lot of people get a chance to watch games, the only National spotlight he had was during the Memorial Cup. Perron won the Guy Lafleur Trophy (QMJHL MVP), scoring 33 points in 18 playoff games.



Pittsburgh Penguins

Forwards    Drafted      Defense    Drafted      Goaltenders    Drafted
Josh Archibald 2011,
174th Overall
  Lukas Bengtsson Undrafted   Tristan Jarry 2013,
44th Overall
Teddy Blueger 2012,
52nd Overall
  Brandon Crawley Undrafted   Sean Maguire 2012,
113th Overall
Milos Bubela Undrafted   Dawson Davidson Undrafted      
Jean-Sebastien Dea Undrafted   Connor Hail 2016,
77th Overall
Thomas Di Pauli 2012 (WSH),
100th Overall
  Ethan Prow Undrafted      
Reid Gardiner Undrafted   Ryan Segalla 2013,
119th Overall
Jake Guentzel 2013,
77th Overall
  Gabriel Sylvestere Undrafted      
Cameron Hebig Undrafted   Michael Webster Undrafted      
Christian Hilbrich Undrafted            
James McEwan Undrafted            
Gage Quinney Undrafted            
Dominik Simon 2015,
137th Overall
Oskar Sundqvist 2012,
81st Overall
C.J. Yakimowicz 2014 (STL,
172nd Overall


The Penguins went undefeated in the 2015 Rookie Showcase and will look to defend their undefeated streak. Their best drafted player is goaltender Tristan Jarry, the Penguins have mortgaged their future pushing for the Stanley Cup. Luckily they have a ring to show for it, now is the time to restock the prospect cupboard. Guentzel, Simon and Sundqvist are all trying to make a case to get a longer look when training camp opens up in a few weeks.

Highest Drafted Player: Tristan Jarry, 44th Overall, 2013

Player To Watch: Jake Guentzel finished his collegiate career and joined the Baby Pens immediately for the playoff run. Guentzel finished with six points in 11 games (.55 pts/gp) . In the playoffs he tallied 14 points in 10 games (1.4). Guentzel will try to improve his stock this Showcase and gain momentum heading into Penguins training camp.

Under the Radar: Sundqvist was pencilled in as a fourth-line centre in the offseason last year. Oskar ended up being hampered with a thigh injury that kept him out of training camp. Sundqvist's first North American season started in the AHL, recording 17 points in 45 games. He was a call-up for the Penguins throughout the year and dressed in 18 games, he only had four points to show for it. The resigning of Matt Cullen could hurt his chances, it will depend on how the Penguins structure their centremen this coming year.


Toronto Maple Leafs

Forwards    Drafted      Defense    Drafted      Goaltenders    Drafted
Jeremy Bracco 2015,
61st Overall
  Nikolas Brouillard Undrafted   Antoine Bibeau 2013,
44th Overall
Adams Brooks 2016,
92nd Overall
  Travis Dermott 2015,
34th Overall
  Kasimir Kaskisuo Undrafted
Tony Cameranesi 2011,
130th Overall
  Stephen Desrocher 2015,
155th Overall
Martina Dzierkals 2015,
68th Overall
  Justin Holl 2010 (CHI),
54th Overall
Tye Felhaber Undrafted   Jon Jutzi Undrafted      
Frederik Gauthier 2013,
21st Overall
  Nicolas Mattinen 2016,
179th Overall
Cason Hohmann Undrafted   Keaton Middleton 2016,
101st Overall
Andreas Johnson 2013,
202nd Overall
  Andrew Nielsen 2015,
65th Overall
Nikita Korostelev 2015,
185th Overall
  Ty Stanton Undrafted      
Tobias Lindberg 2013 (OTT),
102nd Overall
  Rinat Valiev 2014,
68th Overall
Mason Marchment Undrafted            
Mitch Marner 2015,
4th Overall
Trevor Moore Undrafted            
J.J. Piccinich 2014,
103rd Overall
Colin Smith 2012 (COL),
192nd Overall
Dmytro Timashov 2015,
125th Overall
Jack Walker 2016,
152nd Overall
Chase Witala Undrafted            
Tyler Wong Undrafted            


The Maple Leafs will need two busses to ship all the prospects they sent to London this year. 31 players will get the chance to suit up in three of the games this weekend. The Leafs brought almost as many drafted players as the Penguins brought on their entire roster. We may not get very many looks at all of their prospects, but it will be interesting to watch the guys who made ames for themselves with the Marlies last year.

Highest Drafted Player: Mitch Marner, 4th Overall, 2015

Player To Watch: Marner will have all the attention this weekend. Could it be his last time playing in the Budweiser Gardens? The big question of the offseason is what the Leafs are planning to do with Marner come October 12th? I have a feeling he is going to play his way onto the roster, but it will all depend on how he plays in this Tournament, as well as, training camp. Mike Babcock has his name in pencil on the depth chart, but won't be afraid to send him back for one more year of junior.

Under the Radar: Tobias Lindberg will get the chance to put on the new Maple Leafs jersey and play against his former prospect counterparts this weekend. Lindberg will likely be with the Marlies again this year, just too many higher talented prospects in the depth chart for him this year. Next year he could impress out of training camp.


For more information on the Rookie Tournament, head over to their website.




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Paul Zwambag




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