Prospects Ramblings: Updates from Rookie Tournaments

Peter Harling

2016-09-20

2016 Rookie Tournament - photo courtesy: http://www.budweisergardens.com

Hockey is back! The World Cup is dominating hockey headlines and the annual rookie tournaments which usually have no competition this time of year are an afterthought. There are some prospects playing in the World Cup and Hayden Soboleski looked at that in his Prospects Ramblings on Sunday.

There are Rookie Tournaments across North America and our scouts are following them in their area, so with their help here is an inclusive look at standouts from all the rookie camps.

Leafs TV has been broadcasting all the games in London Ontario featuring the Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins

Montreal Canadiens

Several prominent prospects have been impressive for Montreal but none more than Michael McCarron and Mikhail Sergachev. Big Mike McCarron has been dominant at times in subtle ways. He has used his size and 20 games of NHL experience to his advantage and has looked like a man among boys. He has four goals including this one where he drives to the goal with a power move.

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Sunday was the Mikhail Sergachev show. The Habs first round pick from the 2016 draft was dominating as an 18-year-old until he was knocked out of the game by a dirty hit from Ottawa’s Vince Dunn. Sergachev was controlling the game in every facet, physically, offensively and defensively.

Watch Sergachev on this play where he collects a loose puck on his own goal line and shows explosive two-step acceleration as he rushes the puck up the ice. He is heads up all the way and backs defenders off with his speed virtually unimpeded because of his speed. He threads the needle to Audette for the finish.

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Sergachev was seeing the play at a level and speed ahead of his peers and used his size, skating and ski