DPR – Episode 16: CHL Playoffs, AHL Call-ups and Grant McCagg’s Rankings

Paul Zwambag


On episode 16 we look at who the prospects are that are scoring in the CHL playoffs, some AHL names to keep an eye on who have recently been called up and the guys are joined by Recrutes.ca Grant McCagg to talk U18 World Championships and 2017 NHl Draft Rankings and a few 2018 Draft Eligible players.


CHL Scoring Leaders

The WHL scoring leaders feature several over age players in Reid Gardiner, Tyler Wong who both started the season in the AHL before returning to the Dub as OA. Tyler Brown and Griffen Outhouse are two goalies that played well enough to earn a second look for the upcoming draft as they were overlooked in 2016.

The QMJHL features big name prospects that are in the league leaders but not at the top because they have swept both their series. Saint John’s Mathieu Joseph (Tampa Bay) and Thomas Chabot (Ottawa) are leading the way for the Sea Dogs. Filip Chlapik (Ottawa) and Daniel Sprong (Pittsburgh) are getting it done for Charlotte Town.  Some lesser known names are at the top of the scoring leaders such as JC Beaudin (Colorado) Alex Fortin, and Jeffrey Truchon-Viel.

In the OHL Pete talks about Peterborough Petes goalie Dylan Wells (Edmonton) who is the CHL goalie of the week and is making saves and scoring goals for the Petes. They eliminated Kingston but not before Jason Robertson had a breakout performance worthy of earning him first round consideration. Petrus Palmu of Owen Sound continues to score and make a case for a NHL contract. London and Erie played game seven and one of the Carolina Hurricanes prospects of Warren Foegele or Janne Kuokkanen will move on to the Conference finals while the other could go to the AHL.


AHL Call-Ups

Speaking of the AHL, the second segment looks a prospects heading into the playoffs. Pete has some off the radar players to watch for those looking for a diamond in the rough who are on ATO’s; Matthew Phillips (Stockton), Keegan Iverson Ontario), Giovanni Fiore (San Diego), and Pierre Engvall and Jesper Lindgren with the Toronto Marlies.

Paul has a list with some more familiar names to watch including Carter Hart (Lehigh Valley), Tyler Moy (Milwaukee), Dennis Cholowski (Grand Rapids)


Interview with Grant McCagg

In the interview segment Grant McCagg joins the guys to talk about prospects in the U18 such as Fins Kristian Vesalainen, Miro Heiskanen and some underage players Ty Smith and Evgeni Svechnikov. Grant also talks about his draft ranking and where he values Nolan Patrick and Timothy Liljegren who at the start of the year were ranked first and second and where they are now.

Visit Grant McCagg's site Recrutes.ca for his daily updated mock draft and to participate in his Draft Pool.


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Name Fantasy Upside NHL Certainty
Antti Tuomisto 4.5 6.0
Aku Räty 5.8 5.0
Miko Matikka 6.5 6.5
Nathan Smith 6.2 6.0
Jan Jenik 7.2 6.5
Ilya Fedotov 6.0 3.0
Noel Nordh 6.5 7.0
Daniil But 8.5 7.5
Julian Lutz 7.0 7.5
Dylan Guenther 8.5 8.5