If Hockey Canada hopes to get an influx of National Hockey League talent, they’ll have to look outside of Columbus.
It took the Edmonton Oilers minutes to announce their selection of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
He’s on top again. Red Deer Rebels centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was named the Jack Link’s Top Prospect of the Year, awarded to the player deemed to be the best draft eligible player in the Canadian Hockey League. Nugent-Hopkins finished the season with 31 goals and 106 points, the highest total of any CHL draft eligible player.
From Aaron Vickers: In game 1,240 of the National Hockey League schedule, the Dallas Stars were upended 5-3 by the Minnesota Wild, ending their bid for a berth in the playoffs. It also solidified the final regular season standings and, as a result, the NHL Entry Draft lottery order. For the second year in a row, the Edmonton Oilers head … Read More
From Dan Stewart: There comes a time in every draft season where someone inevitably steps up and pushes the top prospect(s) for draft position. After analyzing our viewings of both defenseman Dougie Hamilton and forward Jonathan Huberdeau this season, we see no reason why the big four should not be extended to the big six for the upcoming NHL Entry … Read More
One of the most anticipated events on any NHL scouts schedule has to be the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game where it welcomes a who’s who of NHL GM’s, directors of player personnel and scouts all congregated in one place for one game which features a group of mostly future first and second round draft picks in a ‘non’ all-star game … Read More
Typically there isn’t much interest in a 7-1 game. But with 40 of the CHL’s best draft eligibles on the ice for the Top Prospects Game, it wasn’t the score scouts were interested in. Assembled primarily as a scouting exercise, the game allows a glimpse at the top talent available for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in June.