For this Sunday’s Prospect Ramblings, I’ve decided to look at a couple of shifts for three prospects (one draft-eligible prospect and two drafted prospects). I asked my followers for who they wanted to see featured and I made selections based on their responses.
Let’s kick things off by taking a look at Quinton Byfield (Center, Sudbury Wolves, Draft Eligible).
In this shift, we see Byfield start in the neutral zone. He is in possession of the puck and makes a tight turn at center ice. Byfield is looking to evade two Sarnia Sting forwards and tries to complete a turn and pass. The pass makes contact with Wolves teammate David Levin, but Levin cannot do much with the puck given the amount of traffic that is on him.
Roughly twenty seconds into the shift, we see Byfield tracking the puck and he ends up along his defensive zone half wall. Byfield collects a pass from his defenseman and quickly creates an outlet pass to another teammate as he looks to get the puck out of the zone.
Towards the end of the shift, Byfield is in the defensive zone and manages to out-maneuver traffic. He swings the puck around the Sting forward in an attempt to create an offensive rush.
In this shift, Byfield does not have possession of the puck for way too long even though he grabs an assist during the shift. Yet, he goes right to the net and puts pressure on Sarnia net-minder Ethan Langevin. He is looking for a centered pass or a rebound.
When Byfield sees Levin stuck along the boards with the puck and traffic bearing down on him, Byfield jumps to the wall and collects the puck from Levin. Quickly, Byfield finds teammate Blake Murray and delivers an accurate pass to Murray. Murray is able to shoot a one-timer past the Sting net-minder for a Wolves goal.
In this shift, Byfield is manning the point on the power play. The draft-eligible prospect is constantly passing the puck to keep the cycle alive and takes a few shots from the point. With the Wolves putting quite a bit of pressure on Langevin and blocking his sightlines, Byfield keeps aiming for the netminder’s pads to try to create a rebound goal. Finally, one of Byfield shots gets past Langevin for a Sudbury goal.
For the second prospect, I decided to look at Tyler Madden (Center, Northeastern Huskies, Vancouver Canucks prospect).
In this quick shift, Madden circles his zone and is constantly looking for an opportunity to snag the puck. At around the 15-second mark, Madden darts to his net t