Prospect Ramblings: Pod Signs, Caufield Moves On & Knight Shines

Dave Hall

2021-06-01

Welcome back to Tuesday’s Prospect Ramblings.

While some get the privilege of enjoying cutthroat playoff hockey, the remaining fanbases are forced to look towards much less nail-biting events. In this case, it’s the NHL Draft Lottery, which is set to run on Wednesday, June 2nd. This will be our first look at Ron Francis and the newly appointed Seattle Kraken organization, as they look to move up the leaderboard to announce their inaugural draft pick. They currently sit in the third spot with a 10.3% chance of winning that coveted first-overall.

In case you need a refresher, here is how the percentages shakedown heading in:

Buffalo Sabres – 16.6%

Anaheim Ducks – 12.1%

Seattle Kraken – 10.3%

New Jersey Devils – 10.3%

Columbus Blue Jackets – 8.5%

Detroit Red Wings – 7.6%

San Jose Sharks – 6.7%

Los Angeles Kings – 5.8%

Vancouver Canucks – 5.4%

Ottawa Senators – 4.5%

Arizona Coyotes – 3.1% (Forfeited)

Chicago Blackhawks – 2.7%

Calgary Flames – 2.2%

Philadelphia Flyers – 1.8%

Dallas Stars – 1.4%

New York Rangers – 1.0%

While most years have their fair share of question marks heading into draft day, this year’s draft crop holds a higher percentage of uncertainty. With no consensus number one, two, or even ninth player in the draft, Wednesday’s lottery has the potential to turn many scout’s rankings topsy-turvy. It’s just one of those years where a player you had ranked 15th gets taken fifth, and vice versa. It’s going to be fun.

Make sure to get familiar with this year’s crop with DobberProspect’s list of Draft eligibles, and while you are it, take a look at Tony Ferrari’s “all vibes” mock draft. I will personally be diving into the draft and its eligibles at a later date, perhaps when we have a more concrete look at where each team will fall at the draft.

Good luck to those teams and may the bingo balls fall in your favor.

Meanwhile, over the weekend, the Vancouver Canucks created their own buzz before the festivities take place on Wednesday, by signing their 2019 10th overall draft pick, and now top prospect, Vasili Podkolzin. His entry-level deal carries an overall cap hit of 1,775 Million (925,000 + 850,000 in bonus).

The 20-year-old Russian had a breakout year, despite his challenges to stay relevant within SKA St. Peterburgh’s regular-season lineup as a second-year sophomore. Of course, even with his ice-time battles, he refused to drift away from his patented brand of hockey. Night in and night out, he played his usual intense, two-way game, which he took to new levels during his most recent playoff run. Through just 16 (postseason) games, he matched his regular-season point total (11), while taking over as one of the club’s go-to options down the stretch. His final tally would tie Vitaly Kravtsov as the KHL’s all-time U20 playoff point producer.

He’s built like a train, he delivers a tireless work ethic, and has all the wanted intangibles to be leaned upon in the midst of a deep postseason run. He compliments the young talented core in Vancouver well.

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