Saturday, January 31, 2015

United States vs. Finland – Friday, December 26, 2014

Some notes from a WJC game last month...

Final Score – USA 2 : Finland 1


Hudson Fasching (USA) –
He is incredible along the walls, uses his body really well. Has a lot of talent as a two-way, physical forward. Seems to do all the little things really well.

Jack Eichel (USA) –
Incredible puck control and is elite at using his body to shield the puck. Has a well-rounded style of play. His release is terrific, but he also has some sick vision on him. Controls the pace of the game especially in the offensive zone, and will direct traffic especially on the PP. Plays the game with a lot of emotion and has some grit to his play. Does some chirping, too. He impressed me, obviously.

Anthony DeAngelo (USA) –
Obvious that he is supremely skilled, but seems to try to do too much on his own occasionally. Discipline as a player is a bit of a question mark. Has elite skating and puck moving ability. Defensive zone play is a question mark.

Noah Hanifin (USA) –
Incredibly poised with the puck on his stick. Doesn’t try to do too much or force anything. He played a simple, smart game and knew his limitations. Really showed his defensive prowess, playing a terrific game in his own end. Elite skater.

Zach Werenski (USA) –
Great poise with the puck. Terrific quarterback on the PP. Seems to do a good job of surveying all of the options.

Dylan Larkin (USA) –
Really good at both ends of the ice, PK and PP time. Ryan Kesler-type.

Auston Mathews (USA) –
Plays like a man. Power guy that can muscle his way around the ice. Definitely seemed a bit nervous/hesitant in his first game. Had some good puck control.

Anthony Louis (USA) –
Fantastic PK guy. Skates really well and gives everything he has. Has some underrated offensive ability. Likeable player.

Thatcher Demko (USA) –
Started the game really shaky, but settled down as he went along which shows he has some good mental toughness.

Nick Schmaltz (USA) –
Has some really nice hands, and is extremely elusive.

Alex Tuch (USA) –
Huge body that can move really well. Really smart and has a nice smoothness to his game.

Brendan Carlo (USA) –
Quietly effective, keeps a low profile.


Joonas Lyytinen (Finland) –
Does a really solid job of protecting the puck. Moves it well, especially from his own end. Very agile on his feet and he has good four way mobility.

Julius Honka (Finland) –
When I saw him, I had to say right away “man, is he small.” Despite that, he moves incredibly well and has some great offensive talent. Great lateral movement.

Ville Huuso (Finland) –
Stays compact in his butterfly. Makes almost every save look easy. Doesn’t get panicked. Quick feet.

Roope Hintz (Finland) –
Really long and useful reach. Has some good puck control and can move well despite a large frame. Willing to use his big body. Good along the boards, but can be too fancy sometimes.

Sebastion Aho (Finland) –
Showed some really nice vision. Sparkplug type player. Doesn’t look too finished, and is a bit raw. Might not have a huge body, but he does a good job protecting the puck. Has some really nice skill especially with the puck on his stick.

Kaspari Kapanen (Finland) –
Really agile, good skating guy. Factor at both ends of the ice. Just has an electric look to his game.

Jesse Pulijarvi (Finland) –
Talented, you can see the tools. Tenacious on the puck, but definitely seems a bit raw and occasionally was behind the play. Willing to use his body and drive the net.

Mikko Rantanen (Finland) –
Has some nice offensive talent, relentless on the puck. Big body, nice upside.

Boston University @ Boston College – Friday, November 7, 2014

Here are some scouting reports from a game back in November...

Final Score – Boston University 5 : Boston College 3

Ryan Fitzgerald (Boston College) –
Very strong on his skates, not easily knocked off the puck. What a release on his shot. Really like his game, just seems so comfortable with the puck on his stick. Made a terrific read on the PK and had a clear break away where he deked the hell out of the goalie. This kid is a stud, really like him.

Noah Hanifan (Boston College) –
A few defensives miscues. Whoa, elite skater. Quiet game, but seems to be doing a lot of the little things (good chips, smart pinches, angling guys out).

Alex Tuch (Boston College) –
Hulking forward who seems to be in the right place at the right time. He’s a little raw, you can tell.

Ian McCoshen (Boston College) –
Smooth skater, good puck distributor. I like his first passes, seems to really spring the rush.

Michael Matheson (Boston College) –
Great offensively, runs the power play very well.

Jack Eichel (Boston University) –
Very strong on his feet. Very patient with the puck on his stick and has some fantastic composure. Great skater. Uses his body very well to protect the puck. Really nice vision, made a number of sweet passes. He is simply relentless on the puck pursuit.

Matt Grzelcyk (Boston University) –
Smooth, smart defenseman. Making the right play at the right time. Very impressed with his play at both ends of the ice. Despite not being too big, he uses what he has and can throw some bodies.

Doyle Somerby (Boston University) –
Huge, but has misplayed the puck. Good in his own end, has some trouble moving the puck though.

Thatcher Demko (Boston University) –
Very economic goaltender, seems to make saves look easier than they are. Love his swagger in net, not afraid to get into the mix. Occasionally seems to find himself out of position usually on his butt, I’ve seen him there at least 3 times thus far.

Evan Rodriguez (Boston University) –
Good offensive player. Good vision and patience. Really nice hands especially in tight. Confident with the puck on his stick, which seems to be where he excels.

Jonathan MacLeod (Boston University) –
Solid defensive player, uses his body well and not afraid to throw a big hit.

Brendan Hickey (Boston University) –

Plays a quiet game, nothing flashy, but is solid. Has a BRUTAL turnover on the PP that led to a goal against.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Rights Expiring On August 15th

The following players will have their rights expire on August 15th...

NHL Rights & Draft Info: Name : 2012-13 Team: Status
ANA (08’ 7th round pick): Nick Pryor : University of Maine: UNSIGNED
BOS (08’ 7th round pick) : Mark Goggin : Darmouth College: UNSIGNED
CGY (08’ 4th round pick): Nick Larson: University of Notre Dame : UNSIGNED
CHI (09’ 3rd round pick) : Daniel Delisle : University of Minnesota-Duluth : UNSIGNED    
CHI (09’ 7th round pick) : Paul Phillips : University of Denver : Signed ECHL Contract
CHI (08’ 6th round pick) : Braden Birch : Cornell University : Signed in Finland
CHI (08’ 7th round pick) : Joe Gleason : University of North Dakota : UNSIGNED
CBJ (09’ 2nd round pick) : Kevin Lynch : University of Michigan : UNSIGNED
TBL (08’ 4th round pick (CBJ)) : Drew Olson : University of Minnesota-Duluth : UNSIGNED
SJS (09’ 4th rounder (EDM)) : Kyle Bigos : Merrimack College : Signed AHL Contract
FLA (09’ 5th round pick) : Wade Megan : Boston University : UNSIGNED
MTL (09’ 6th round pick) : Dustin Walsh : Dartmouth College : UNSIGNED
NYI (10’ 7th round pick) : Cody Rosen : Clarkson University : UNSIGNED
OTT (10’ 7th round pick) : Bryce Aneloski : Univ. of Nebraska-Omaha : Signed ECHL Contract
PIT (09’ 5th round pick) : Alex Velischek : Providence College : UNSIGNED
VAN (09’ 4th round pick) : Jeremy Price: Colgate University : UNSIGNED
WSH (08’ 6th round pick) : Greg Burke : University of New Hampshire : UNSIGNED
WSH (07’ 4th round pick) : Brett Bruneteau : University of Vermont : UNSIGNED
WSH (06’ 6th round pick) : Brent Gwidt  : University of Nebraska-Omaha : UNSIGNED
WPG (08’ 4th round pick) : Vinny Saponari : Northeastern University : UNSIGNED
WPG (09’ 7th round pick) : Jordan Samuels-Thomas : Quinnipiac University: UNSIGNED
EDM (10’ 7th round pick(SJS)) : Lee Moffie : University of Michigan : UNSIGNED

Islanders Rookie Camp

A few weeks overdue, but these are my thoughts from Islanders Rookie Camp:

Taylor Cammarata- He has decent hands, but I just don't see anything suggesting that he will be able to overcome his size deficiencies. Most undersized players that make it to the top level do it through either being built physically or having high-end speed. Cammarata looks physically weak and has average speed which when you combine those characteristics with his small stature, it makes for a player who is a long shot to make it to the NHL. Over time my opinion may and hopefully will change, but right now I am not keeping my hopes up.

Jason Clark- Not flashy, but I thought he played a strong game. Battles in the dirty areas well and I think he has some offensive upside. I wanna see him stick with Bridgeport next year.

Victor Crus Rydberg- You can see his hockey sense, very headsy player at both ends of the ice.

Joe Diamond- I love this kid, glad we got him. While his line-mate may have been the best player on the ice, Diamond was important in that line's success. He was great in the offensive zone and his awareness was terrific. He, unlike Cammarata, does have that physical strength needed for a small guy to make it. He wasn't easy to knock off the puck and he was throwing his body around a bit. He is not afraid of anyone. There were a few times that he took on some big boys and HE intimidated THEM.

Kirill Kabanov- I was extremely impressed with Kirill. He works hard and was willing to go to the dirty areas, battling hard in front of the net and in the corners. He looked really quick out there and that training with Gary Roberts seems to be paying dividends. He was responsible in his own end as well. One knock I have is that he can try to be too pretty, he needs to be more willing to just throw it on net. Despite that, I think he is poised to have a breakout year.

Alan Quine- I left this scrimmage with a great impression of Quine. He looked slick and skilled. His hands are terrific and I thought he showed some good vision. He was solid at both ends of the ice. I am excited to see him in Bridgeport next year.

Nick Sorkin- For some reason, I really seemed to like him. He skated well for a big guy and more than once he led an odd-man rush for his team.

Ryan Strome- There isn't much I can say that hasn't already been said, but I found this interesting. I came to the scrimmage with a few buddies, one of which hasn't watched a hockey game since he was 8 (ten years ago) and knows very little about the sport. All he kept saying the entire time was how amazing it was that Strome was able to weave in and out of his opponents with so much ease. There are few players out there that can make a such an impression on someone with no hockey knowledge.

Mike Dalhuisen- My friends at Quinnipiac told me I'd love this guy, and after yesterday I can say they were right. I loved his mixture of awareness and physicality in his own end. He was moved the puck really well, and with that big shot I think he could be of value from the point. He just looks like a really complete defenseman, I think we may have found something here. I am very interested to see how he does next season.

Loic Leduc- I actually liked what I saw from him. He was utilizing his huge frame well, but did seem to take himself out of position occasionally looking to throw a big hit. With that said, I don't think we should all write him off yet.

Scott Mayfield- Really impressed. Was talented at both ends. Really smart in his own zone and willing to use his body effectively. Seemed poised with the puck on his stick and made a few nice passes. Still needs a little time, but he is one to watch.

Andrey Pedan- He will be a good NHL'er, I am sure of that. Was a rock defensively and recovered nicely on any minor miscue. His mix of physicality and positioning is impressive for a kid his age. He skates very well for such a big guy and he has some nice offensive upside. In the O-zone, he was very confident up at the point running the play. Didn't force any shots, waited for the right moment to fire one.

Griffin Reinhart- Was good without the puck, was bad with the puck. He seemed to always be well positioned and he did a good job keeping things simple in his own end, but offensively, he was struggling mightily. He had trouble handling passes and looked uncomfortable at the point. It is a rookie game in July so I'm not concerned as we have all seen him perform better, but this wasn't a great showing.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

2012-13 Islanders Season Review: Michael Grabner

Photo From: LINK

LW. Michael Grabner

Player Information:
Date of Birth: October 5, 1987 (Season Age: 25)
Place Of Birth: Villach, Austria
Height: 6'1
Weight: 187
NHL Season: 3rd Full NHL Season
Season In Isles Organization: 3rd Season
Drafted: Vancouver In The 1st Round (14th Overall) Of The 2006 NHL Draft.
Acquired: Claimed off waivers from Florida in 2010.

2012-13 Statistics & Notable Information:
Villacher SV (Austria): 17 GP | 10 G | 9 A | 19 PTS | 2 PIM 
NY Islanders (NHL): 45 GP | 16 G | 5 A | 21 PTS | 12 PIM
**** PLAYOFFS **** NY Islanders (NHL): 6 GP | 1 G | 3 A | 4 PTS | 0 PIM  

Important Season Facts:
- Tied for the best plus/minus of any Islander in the playoffs with a plus-2.
- Third-most hits of any Islander in the playoffs with 17.
- Most takeaways of any Islander in the playoffs with 9.
- Second-most game winning goals on the Islanders during the regular season with 3.
- Second-best shooting percentage of any Islander during the regular season with 14.8%.


Short-Term Future:
He has a contract that keeps him with the team until the summer of 2016. It is pretty safe to say that he will be on the Islanders for the immediate future. Thanks to his impressive playoff performance I do expect his stock to rise in the eyes of the Islanders coaching staff. I’d look for Grabner to see an increased role next season.
Long-Term Future:
He should be with the team for the next few years baring a trade. What happens at the conclusion of his current contract remains to be seen, but as of now it definitely seems as though he will be on the Islanders for a long period of time. Having found a niche as a third liner who plays big PK minutes, I think he is a player that fits well going forward.

Season Grade

(B+)  -- His regular season was good, but not great. On the other hand, his post-season was fantastic. I thought he was one of the better players on the ice and it became clear how much influence he can have on a game when playing at 100%. Throughout this season, he proved to be a top defensive forward for the Islanders and when you combine that with the many offensive opportunities that are created due to his speed, it makes for a valuable hockey player.