Prospects Ramblings: Notes from Five Nations, Beanpot, Sens prospects and more

Peter Harling

2017-02-13

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TSN Analyst Bob McKenzie lends his insight to help you find some potential fantasy hockey free agent prospects in his TSN column where he features Ohio State defenceman Josh Healey and Czech defenceman Jakub Jerabek.

McKenzie calls Healey a “throwback blueliner”  as he is known as a big 6-0, 196 pound 22-year-old senior who throws big open ice hits and forces the other team to keep their head up at all times. He may not have much offensive upside and so offers the most value in leagues with peripheral stats namely hiys, blocks and PIM’s. His probability of signing a NHL contract seems high as McKenzie points out teams are showing lots of interest and scouts said his game will play better in the pro levels as he hits too hard for college hockey.

{source}<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">BLUELINE WATCH: <a href="https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie">@TSNBobMcKenzie</a> on how Ohio State's Josh Healey and KHL D Jakub Jerabek are getting lots of interest <a href="https://t.co/CXgf9B7myu">https://t.co/CXgf9B7myu</a> <a href="https://t.co/2TJ1hjUCiv">pic.twitter.com/2TJ1hjUCiv</a></p>&mdash; TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) <a href="https://twitter.com/TSNHockey/status/831231487789953024">February 13, 2017</a></blockquote>

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The other prospect the Bob Father writes about is Jakub Jerabek who is a more offensive defenceman and therefore a more interesting fantasy hockey option. Playing in the KHL the 25-year-old has five goals and 32 points in 56 games. Jerabek can sign a one year NHL entry level contract once his KHL season is over. He could be this years Nikita Zaitsev.

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OHL Prospects released their mid-season poll of 17 scouts/media for the top ten OHL prospects for the 2017 NHL Draft.

Read it here

The post is similar to our own Fantasy Ranking the 2017 NHL Draft and features top scouts such as Ryan Kennedy (The Hockey News), Scott Wheeler (Future Considerations), Steve Kournianos (Draft Analyst), Anthony Mauro (Draft Buzz Hockey), Mark Seidel (NACS Hockey) and myself who contribute to both posts.

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The Ottawa Senators released their own prospects self assessment update today. Read the report here

{source} <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Sens?src=hash">#Sens</a> have published the latest version of the team's 2016-17 Prospect Update. Check it out here: <a href="https://t.co/tSoKbWIFCn">https://t.co/tSoKbWIFCn</a></p>&mdash; Sens communications (@Media_Sens) <a href="https://twitter.com/Media_Sens/status/831236883334168576">February 13, 2017<