Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WHL Lines - Nov. 26


These lines provide an outline of each team’s depth chart through player usage.  




They are not projections. They are based on the actual lines used in the team’s last game played.  










Note that the * signifies a repeated trend. If the star is located at the top of a team’s header it signifies

an identical lineup has been used for at least two games in a row. A star beside a specific line


or defensive pairing means the group has been together for at least two consecutive games, with the

number beside the star saying exactly how many games it’s been.




“Others” are players who were not in the lineup last game due to being injured, scratched or recently traded.
Questions and comments are greatly appreciated. Reach me at cnickolet@gmail.com.























BRANDON (Last updated Nov. 26)  















Forwards















#13 Bukarts (95) #23 McGauley (95) #8 Hawryluk (96) *3




#12 Gabrielle (97) #17 Quenneville (96) #19 Patrick (98) *5




#28 Lisoway (95) #27 Duke (96) #15 Quenneville (94) *3




#22 Shmyr (97) #25 Campbell (96) #21 Coulter (96)













Other F: 
#14 Lewis (98) #16 Kaspick (98)















Defence
















#9 Provorov (97) #6 Pilon (96) *6





#7 Roy (94) #5 Waltz (95) *6





#29 Matsuba (97) #20 Erkamps (95) *2












Other D:
#10 Clague (98) #3 Taraschuk (97)















Goalies
















#33 Papirny (96)







#1 Thompson (97)














Notes:  Only change from last game was 22 in for 16.
















HC: Kelly McCrimmon







GM: Kelly McCrimmon







Monday, November 24, 2014

WHL Lines - Nov. 24


These lines provide an outline of each team’s depth chart through player usage.  




They are not projections. They are based on the actual lines used in the team’s last game played.  










Note that the * signifies a repeated trend. If the star is located at the top of a team’s header it signifies

an identical lineup has been used for at least two games in a row. A star beside a specific line


or defensive pairing means the group has been together for at least two consecutive games, with the

number beside the star saying exactly how many games it’s been.




“Others” are players who were not in the lineup last game due to being injured, scratched or recently traded.
Questions and comments are greatly appreciated. Reach me at cnickolet@gmail.com.























BRANDON (Last updated Nov. 23)  















Forwards















#13 Bukarts (95) #23 McGauley (95) #8 Hawryluk (96) *2




#12 Gabrielle (97) #17 Quenneville (96) #19 Patrick (98) *4




#28 Lisoway (95) #27 Duke (96) #15 Quenneville (94) *2




#16 Kaspick (98) #25 Campbell (96) #21 Coulter (96)













Other F: 
#14 Lewis (98) #22 Shmyr (97)















Defence
















#9 Provorov (97) #6 Pilon (96) *5





#7 Roy (94) #5 Waltz (95) *5





#29 Matsuba (97) #20 Erkamps (95)













Other D:
#10 Clague (98) #3 Taraschuk (97)















Goalies
















#33 Papirny (96)







#1 Thompson (97)














Notes:  Only changes from last game were 16-29 in for 22-3.















HC: Kelly McCrimmon







GM: Kelly McCrimmon







Sunday, November 23, 2014

WHL Lines - Nov. 23


These lines provide an outline of each team’s depth chart through player usage.  




They are not projections. They are based on the actual lines used in the team’s last game played.  










Note that the * signifies a repeated trend. If the star is located at the top of a team’s header it signifies

an identical lineup has been used for at least two games in a row. A star beside a specific line


or defensive pairing means the group has been together for at least two consecutive games, with the

number beside the star saying exactly how many games it’s been.




“Others” are players who were not in the lineup last game due to being injured, scratched or recently traded.
Questions and comments are greatly appreciated. Reach me at cnickolet@gmail.com.























BRANDON (Last updated Nov. 23)  















Forwards















#13 Bukarts (95) #23 McGauley (95) #8 Hawryluk (96) *2




#12 Gabrielle (97) #17 Quenneville (96) #19 Patrick (98) *4




#28 Lisoway (95) #27 Duke (96) #15 Quenneville (94) *2




#16 Kaspick (98) #25 Campbell (96) #21 Coulter (96)













Other F: 
#14 Lewis (98) #22 Shmyr (97)















Defence
















#9 Provorov (97) #6 Pilon (96) *5





#7 Roy (94) #5 Waltz (95) *5





#29 Matsuba (97) #20 Erkamps (95)













Other D:
#10 Clague (98) #3 Taraschuk (97)















Goalies
















#33 Papirny (96)







#1 Thompson (97)














Notes:  Only changes from last game were 16-29 in for 22-3.















HC: Kelly McCrimmon







GM: Kelly McCrimmon







Saturday, November 22, 2014

WHL Lines - Nov. 22


These lines provide an outline of each team’s depth chart through player usage.  




They are not projections. They are based on the actual lines used in the team’s last game played.  










Note that the * signifies a repeated trend. If the star is located at the top of a team’s header it signifies

an identical lineup has been used for at least two games in a row. A star beside a specific line


or defensive pairing means the group has been together for at least two consecutive games, with the

number beside the star saying exactly how many games it’s been.




“Others” are players who were not in the lineup last game due to being injured, scratched or recently traded.
Questions and comments are greatly appreciated. Reach me at cnickolet@gmail.com.























BRANDON (Last updated Nov. 22)  















Forwards















#13 Bukarts (95) #23 McGauley (95) #8 Hawryluk (96)





#12 Gabrielle (97) #17 Quenneville (96) #19 Patrick (98) *3




#28 Lisoway (95) #27 Duke (96) #15 Quenneville (94)





#22 Shmyr (97) #25 Campbell (96) #21 Coulter (96)













Other F: 
#14 Lewis (98) #16 Kaspick (98)















Defence
















#9 Provorov (97) #6 Pilon (96) *4





#7 Roy (94) #5 Waltz (95) *4





#3 Taraschuk (97) #20 Erkamps (95) *3












Other D:
#10 Clague (98) #29 Matsuba (97)















Goalies
















#33 Papirny (96)







#1 Thompson (97)














Notes:  13-23-8 had been together for 7 straight games prior to Nov. 21.















HC: Kelly McCrimmon







GM: Kelly McCrimmon







Thursday, November 20, 2014

Breaking Down The Latest Central Scouting List


NHL Central Scouting has put out their second NHL Draft “watch list” of the season and their first since late September. As with any agency, scout or team, the first couple of months are a feeling out period for those involved. It allows you to take in games and make adjustments to whatever preliminary list you had prior to the start of the season. 

You can find the new list for NHL Central Scouting here and find their September list here.

I have taken the time to go through the WHL portion of the Central Scouting list to compare the two releases while also mention a few names that stand out to me in one way or another. Overall, I like many of the adjustments they have made compared to their September “preliminary” list.

To start, we take a look at all the WHL players who have been listed by NHL Central Scouting this year and how they have moved around in the first two releases:


 

Now, we get to some notes:

WHL Lines - Nov. 20th


These lines provide an outline of each team’s depth chart through player usage.  




They are not projections. They are based on the actual lines used in the team’s last game played.  










Note that the * signifies a repeated trend. If the star is located at the top of a team’s header it signifies

an identical lineup has been used for at least two games in a row. A star beside a specific line


or defensive pairing means the group has been together for at least two consecutive games, with the

number beside the star saying exactly how many games it’s been.




“Others” are players who were not in the lineup last game due to being injured, scratched or recently traded.
Questions and comments are greatly appreciated. Reach me at cnickolet@gmail.com.























BRANDON (Last updated Nov. 20)  















Forwards















#13 Bukarts (95) #23 McGauley (95) #15 Quenneville (94) *7




#12 Gabrielle (97) #17 Quenneville (96) #19 Patrick (98) *2




#21 Coulter (96) #27 Duke (96) #8 Hawryluk (96) *2




#16 Kaspick (98) #25 Campbell (96) #28 Lisoway (95)













Other F: 
#14 Lewis (98) #22 Shmyr (97)















Defence
















#9 Provorov (97) #6 Pilon (96) *3





#7 Roy (94) #5 Waltz (95) *3





#3 Taraschuk (97) #20 Erkamps (95) *2












Other D:
#10 Clague (98) #29 Matsuba (97)















Goalies
















#33 Papirny (96)







#1 Thompson (97)














Notes:  Only change from last game was 16 coming in for 22.















HC: Kelly McCrimmon







GM: Kelly McCrimmon







Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WHL Lines - Nov. 19


These lines provide an outline of each team’s depth chart through player usage.  




They are not projections. They are based on the actual lines used in the team’s last game played.  










Note that the * signifies a repeated trend. If the star is located at the top of a team’s header it signifies

an identical lineup has been used for at least two games in a row. A star beside a specific line


or defensive pairing means the group has been together for at least two consecutive games, with the

number beside the star saying exactly how many games it’s been.




“Others” are players who were not in the lineup last game due to being injured, scratched or recently traded.
Questions and comments are greatly appreciated. Reach me at cnickolet@gmail.com.























BRANDON (Last updated Nov. 16)  















Forwards















#13 Bukarts (95) #23 McGauley (95) #15 Quenneville (94) *6




#12 Gabrielle (97) #17 Quenneville (96) #19 Patrick (98)





#21 Coulter (96) #27 Duke (96) #8 Hawryluk (96)





#22 Shmyr (97) #25 Campbell (96) #28 Lisoway (95)













Other F: 
#14 Lewis (98) #16 Kaspick (98)















Defence
















#9 Provorov (97) #6 Pilon (96) *2





#7 Roy (94) #5 Waltz (95) *2





#3 Taraschuk (97) #20 Erkamps (95)













Other D:
#10 Clague (98) #29 Matsuba (97)















Goalies
















#33 Papirny (96)







#1 Thompson (97)














Notes:  Juggling up front including 22 coming in for 16. 29-20 had been together





for 5 consecutive games.
















HC: Kelly McCrimmon







GM: Kelly McCrimmon







Tuesday, November 18, 2014

2015 NHL Draft Rankings - Second Edition

It’s time for the 2nd edition of my WHL player rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft. The previous post was released back in mid-October and plenty has changed since that time.

Those changes come for a variety of reasons, including the fact that it's been another month's worth of time to see a specific team or player. 

With that angle in mind, I have expanded the release this time around.  Last month I did a top 20 with honourable mentions and some “names to watch”.  For this edition I have included my current top 30 with 10 honourable mentions and some other “names to watch”.  All in all over 50 players are included on the list this time around.  Keep in mind that roughly 30-35 WHL players usually get drafted by NHL teams in any given year.  While I have a current running tab of over 100 WHL players analyzed for the draft, I will save you the pain of going through that entire thing at this point in time considering more than half of them won’t have their name called come June. Maybe I will release a top 75 in the spring before the actual draft, we’ll see.

Before we get into the new list, there are a few more things to remember and I will go over them briefly. 

First of all, I once again admit that I am yet to see all of these players live this season.  With that being said, I have seen the vast majority of them live within the last year and continue to get more viewings under my belt as the weeks tick away.

Second of all, keep in mind that no second or third-time eligible players crack this list.  There are quite a few of these types that I have some interest in from a scouting perspective, but I have chosen to only include first year guys on a list like this.  By the time my final rankings come out in the late spring these “overage” guys will be included. I also have it on my agenda to do some pieces throughout the season to highlight some intriguing overagers.

Note that the number in brackets beside each player is where I had them ranked last month. HM = honourable mention. NR = not ranked.

Thanks for reading and away we go…

1 (1) – Mathew Barzal – C – Seattle Thunderbirds – Barzal holds steady at number one on my list, currently sustaining the heavy push being put on by the league’s leading scorer Nick Merkley. Currently injured (for who knows how long?), Barzal is a strong skater with good hands, having a slight playmaking lean to his game. His current lower-body injury was originally called “a couple of weeks” by the team, while I’ve heard it could be much longer than that. Either way, he’s a talented kid and a worthy selection in the top 10-15 range of the entire draft.

2 (3) – Nick Merkley – RW/C – Kelowna Rockets – Merkley climbs up one spot on the board thanks to his continued strong play. A high end skater with a powerful driving stride, he shows the ability to beat defenders wide while also displaying the sense to push defenders back with speed, then to slow down to create space for himself. A smart player who can absolutely thread the needle and pick apart an opposing team with his vision. I’m sure there are teams that have him as the far and away top WHL player available in the draft. No doubt could end up as a top 15 pick while I probably consider him to be in the 15-20 range for now.

3 (4) – Jansen Harkins – C – Prince George Cougars – Harkins also climbs up one spot from last months listing. A high end thinker of the game, always in the right spot at the right time. Competes hard, skates well, makes players around him better and has plenty of character. A nice and solid first round choice who will have the ability to fill a number of different roles with any NHL team.

4 (8) – Ivan Provorov – D – Brandon Wheat Kings – A nice jump up 4 spots for this Russian blueliner. He’s extremely well rounded and doesn’t seem to have many weaknesses to his game. He skates well, passes hard and accurately, has a hard shot, can defend physically or positionally, he competes and is smart with and without the puck. I think he’s one of the more NHL-ready WHL players from the 2015 Draft class.

5 (2) – Paul Bittner – LW – Portland Winterhawks – Bittner takes a bit of a fall down the rankings but still brings plenty of talent to the table. His skating is strong for his size, he has a great shot and he thinks his way around the ice. Was hoping to see him take his game to that next level and so far he hasn’t quite done that for me this season.

Monday, November 17, 2014

WHL Lines - Nov. 17


These lines provide an outline of each team’s depth chart through player usage.  




They are not projections. They are based on the actual lines used in the team’s last game played.  










Note that the * signifies a repeated trend. If the star is located at the top of a team’s header it signifies

an identical lineup has been used for at least two games in a row. A star beside a specific line


or defensive pairing means the group has been together for at least two consecutive games, with the

number beside the star saying exactly how many games it’s been.




“Others” are players who were not in the lineup last game due to being injured, scratched or recently traded.
Questions and comments are greatly appreciated. Reach me at cnickolet@gmail.com.























BRANDON (Last updated Nov. 16)  















Forwards















#13 Bukarts (95) #23 McGauley (95) #15 Quenneville (94) *6




#12 Gabrielle (97) #17 Quenneville (96) #19 Patrick (98)





#21 Coulter (96) #27 Duke (96) #8 Hawryluk (96)





#22 Shmyr (97) #25 Campbell (96) #28 Lisoway (95)













Other F: 
#14 Lewis (98) #16 Kaspick (98)















Defence
















#9 Provorov (97) #6 Pilon (96) *2





#7 Roy (94) #5 Waltz (95) *2





#3 Taraschuk (97) #20 Erkamps (95)













Other D:
#10 Clague (98) #29 Matsuba (97)















Goalies
















#33 Papirny (96)







#1 Thompson (97)














Notes:  Juggling up front including 22 coming in for 16. 29-20 had been together





for 5 consecutive games.
















HC: Kelly McCrimmon







GM: Kelly McCrimmon