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  1. Hawks are on crack, Maatta is a pylon and I seriously thought had negative value, getting a good going forward and a pick is a big W for the Pens.
  2. Hoglander is my pipe dream for the Devils at 34 (along with Tomasino, who at this point is an even deeper long shot), I think he'll likely be there in the 20's if the Devils are interested in a trade up but I'm a little doubtful he'll make it to the 2nd round. Wouldn't call it impossible though, crazier things have happened, I would have said the same thing about Bode Wilde last year.
  3. Released my annual Draft Guide today, as usual, Top 250 rankings with scouting reports, mock drafts, class superlatives, etc: https://ridingpinehockey.com/2019/06/13/riding-pines-2019-nhl-draft-guide/ Check it out if you're so inclined, I'll likely be releasing some stand alone articles as well that break down some of what's already in the book. Hoping to have the book available on iTunes by tomorrow as well
  4. Sounds like Matt Grzelcyk will be back tonight for the B's, which sucks considering I think that's a real underrated player. Definitely makes their blue line better getting to swap out Clifton or Moore for him. Really hoping the Blues can pull it out on the road tonight, will be rooting for them hard.
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    Hughes or Kakko

    This doesn't surprise me much, I felt like when I was watching games they were just about as good as each other and Kakko was just getting a lot more ice time and more puck luck, this kinda confirms that feeling for me. Think the World Championships got way overblown for a lot of people.
  6. Follow up to the Hall nonsense from yesterday: https://www.thescore.com/nhl/news/1781527/shero-agent-deny-report-that-halls-not-interested-in-extension-with-devils "No idea where (the website) got that aside from a 'source,'" Shero told NHL.com's Mike Morreale in a text. "Nothing on our end has changed and I have never heard differently from Taylor or Darren Ferris." Hall's agent said, "I'm not going to speak to it because it's all fictitious and I'm just not going to respond to any of those questions out of respect to the conversations and discussions that are going on."
  7. Not sure if he has an NHL option in his contract, but Lehtonen signed a two year contract with Jokerit in the KHL back in April. Not sure if the KHL has contracts with NHL options, however.
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    Hughes or Kakko

    I personally had Caufield at 11th before the U18's, he's still in that area but I've been flirting with moving him up to 9th after the tournament. With how late in the scouting cycle it is, that's kinda the biggest impact one tournament can have for 1st round talent players, later round players can shift around so much more but by now opinions are pretty solidified on the top prospects. That's why I think it's ridiculous that people think Kakko is gonna pass Hughes just because of a good World Championship, these kids have been getting scouted for 2-3 years now, two weeks isn't gonna make a drastic difference.
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    Hughes or Kakko

    That's pretty accurate, in terms of league strength, it probably looks something like this: 1. NHL 2. KHL 3. SHL 4. LIIGA 5. AHL 6. NLA (Switzerland) While there's obviously due credit for producing the way he has against men and pros over in Finland, there's countless examples of high producers coming over from Finland and struggling even in the AHL, see Malte Stromwall, Henrik Haapala, Ville Meskanen, Antti Suomela as examples over just the past two years. I obviously believe Kakko is on a way different plane than the players I just cited, but production in the LIIGA is a little more overstated than it deserves. Like Kournianos said, Hughes has produced at an unprecedented 2:1 or 3:1 clip at the US Program for years now, and the U18 Program plays a good chunk of their games against college teams as well, so even playing at the program he was playing against guys 4-6 years older than him with pretty frequent regularity.
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    Hughes or Kakko

    Both are amazing, living in upstate NY for the past couple years has sucked in that regard because the pizza up here is trash compared to back home. Not sure if anyone has been there, but Kinchley's in Ramsey is probably the best pizza I've ever had.
  11. Zetterlund and Maltsev both signed to ELC's, nice to see Maltsev coming over from Russia since that was somewhat of an unknown.
  12. I think the team I'm rooting for the rest of the way is San Jose. Would love to see Thornton finally get his cup, it would be a shame if arguably the greatest pure playmaker in NHL history never wins a Cup.
  13. I wouldn't really read a ton into it, most of the forwards are established NHLers and if he wasn't getting a spot in the top 6, tie likely goes to the veteran for a bottom 6 role. I think he could bring a bigger impact than Kruger, Nygard, Lander, M. Kempe, and Rasmussen, but we all know how hockey people like to favor older players. Still think it's entirely reasonable to expect Boqvist could be on the team next season. Kid is by far our best and most skilled forward prospect (unless you're counting Hughes into that equation) and he had a really good U20 season in Sweden. Only Emil Bemstrom tied Boqvist in points for players aged 20 or younger in the SHL this season, though to be fair Bemstrom did it in 4 less games.
  14. This is PK on an "off" year... As someone who's a fan of having good players on my team, I would love to have PK on the Devils. He would completely change the makeup of our defense.
  15. I'd be shocked if Zegras isn't gone my #10, apparently there's some legitimate talk he could be a target for the Hawks at 3rd. Kid reminds me a lot of Elias with how smart of a player and playmaker he is. 2nd Round I'm not getting married to a lot of players just yet because the late 1st/early 2nd range seems very in flux, but I really have my eye on Jamieson Rees after the U18 he had. Love me some Patrik Puistola as well, both of those guys are forwards though. I'm not a big fan of this year's defense crop, but at 34 you could talk me into Mikko Kokkonen or Anttoni Honka.
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