Prospect Mailbag: December 2017

Cam Robinson



Erik Brännstrom is poised to make his mark at the WJHC


This is the greatest time of year. The Holiday season is fully upon us and surely there are more than a handful of you who are sitting around with bellies full of turkey, tasty spirits on the table, board games and laughter filling the air, and plenty of cartoons and toys for the wee ones.


But now that Christmas is gone for another spin around the sun, the true meaning of the holiday break can begin: The World Junior Championships. This event is a must-see moment for many and this edition of the Mailbag has some deep roots in the value of this tournament to assess future assets.


Without further ado, let’s get started.


Disclaimer: This was written before any World Junior games had been played





Question: “Who do you think wins this year’s World Juniors?”


Answer: Well, I’ve covered my bases a bit by sliding some money down on the Fins (8-1 odds) and the Swedes (6.5-1 odds).


This year, the top four are all bunched up with the Russians appearing to be the odd one out from the usual big five.


Here’s how I see it breaking down…


{source} <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Prediction time! <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WJC2018</a> <br>A1: USA<br>A2: FIN<br>A3: CAN<br>A4: SLV<br>A5: DEN<br><br>B1: SWE<br>B2: RUS<br>B3: Czechs<br>B4: Switzerland<br>B5: BEL<br><br>QF:<br>SWE&gt;SLV<br>FIN&gt;CZK<br>CAN&gt;RUS<br>USA&gt;Switzerland<br><br>SF:<br>FIN &gt; SWE<br>USA &gt; Canada<br><br>🥇FIN<br>🥈USA<br>🥉CAN<br>4th: SWE</p>&mdash; /Cam Robinson/ (@CrazyJoeDavola3) <a href="">December 26, 2017</a></blockquote>{/source}





Question: “Prospect D with the best potential and best chances to make an NHL team in 18/19?”



Answer: Rasmus Dahlin is the obvious answer here. He’ll be physically ready and comes with all the pedigree you can handle.


The thing is, if I were in charge, I would seriously consider one final year in the SHL for the dynamic left-shot defender to smooth out a few of the decision-making errors that can pop up from time to time with a risk-taking player like he is.


Allowing him to correct a few of those mistakes overseas rather than in the NHL on what is surely already a poor team, that will have a fan base screaming for perfection from the new franchise player could be huge for his long-term confidence.


A few others to watch would be:

  • Miro Heiskanen
  • Timothy Liljegren
  • Olli Juolevi
  • Juuso Valimaki


Notice a few Finns in there…





Question: “Who’s going to win the Calder next year?”



Answer: Andrei Svechnikov.




Question: “Which player is more likely to have a fantasy impact this season: Tyson Jost or Nolan Patrick?”



Answer: Can I say neither? I don’t think either will produce tangible fantasy results this season unless in very deep leagues.


If we’re talking about long-term upside, I see them as very similar players – defensively responsible, strong pivots who likely top out as second line centres wh