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Stars Draft Review
Dallas Stars
September 22, 2019
The Stars originally came in to the Draft with 5 picks but like every other draft day, GM Decelles gets too excited and swings a few deals to get his hands on more picks...

"The draft was looking really good for us up until picks #51 through #57, where all the other teams picked the players from our short list one after the other..." said GM Decelles.

Although the Stars scouting staff was left a bit stunned, the group was well prepared to make selections the rest of the way and feel they finished the draft with a solid group of prospects:

#58 - Vladislav Kolyachonok - The Flint Firebird defenceman skates like the wind and managed hefty minutes all year with a very poor squad. His showing at the U-18's for Belarus was a good indication that this puck mover has elite talent and is poised to make the jump to the next level with a little more experience.

#62 - Taro Hirose - For the 2nd straight year, GM Decelles selects the NCAA's leading scorer. This pass first winger from Michigan State has great hockey IQ and could find himself in the Stars lineup as soon as next season.

#64 - Vladislav Gavrikov - GM Decelles makes the un-sexy pick here with Gavrikov but one that could make the most impact. He will not wow you with points but at 6'3, 205lbs with 5 years of KHL experience, 3 World Championships and 1 Olympic Gold Medal - he's a type of player you need to go deep in the playoffs. Smart, shut down defender with the best resume in the draft.

#80 - Filip Larsson - Life after Lundqvist is coming for the Stars, its time to fill up the goalie pipeline. The former USHL Goaltender of the Year had a stellar Freshman year at the University of Denver where he carried them to the Final Four. Larsson is turning Pro this year and the Stars hope to have found a potential incumbent to King Henrik.

#95 - Graeme Clarke - A slick stick handler from the Ottawa 67's - his creativity and knack for scoring is what the Stars scouts loved about Clarke's game. Should see a significant increase in points this year.

#109 - Riley Damiani - The Kitchener Rangers centreman was voted as one of the most improved players in the OHL this year. Smaller in stature, Damiani makes up for it in effort and leadership. Poised for a big year, if healthy he might lead the OHL in scoring.

#120 - Isaiah Saville - Adding to the the goalie pipeline for the 2nd time in draft - the Stars opted to select the USHL Goalie of the Year. In Saville they are getting an athletic south paw who put up incredible USHL numbers and helped Team USA in the JR A World Champioships. Headed to the University of Nebraska-Omaha - Saville will look hone his craft and turn pro sooner than later.

Bruins Draft Review
Boston Bruins
September 18, 2019
A few days before the WEHL draft started, the Boston Bruins scouting staff was in a panic. They had too many guys they wanted to draft and not nearly enough draft picks. This led to the Bruins flexing their financial muscle and buying 2 late round picks in the draft.

Round 3 Pick 88 - Dominik Kahun

The Bruins were excited to draft Czech-born German Dominik Kahun in the 3rd round. The Bruins had spent the previous 2 rounds trying to acquire a pick to get this shifty offensive minded forward. Boston believes this is the guy that is going to score the most NHL points this season of all the players in the 2019 WEHL draft.

Round 4 - Pick 118 - Josef Korenar

The Bruins shored up the goaltender depth by picking the AHL all-star Josef Korenar. He is an athletic goalie who had a 2.54 GAA and a SV% of .911 in his first full season in the AHL. He is likely the 3rd goalie on the NHL Sharks depth chart for the upcoming season.

Round 4 - Pick 122 - Joel L'Esperance

Continuing the trend of picking guys who are close to NHL ready, the Bruins selected 6'2 210lb forward Joel L'Esperance with their 2nd pick in the 4th round. He is a goal scorer and was 2nd in the AHL in goals per game with 30 goals in 54 games. He also was able to score twice in 18 NHL games last season.

Round 5 - Pick 140 - Axel Jonsson-Fjallby

The Bruins added to their depth up front with their first of 4 5th round picks when they selected Axel Jonsson-Fjallby. Jonsson-Fjallby is known for his blazing speed and his long blonde hair. He has Michael Grabner upside as is sound defensively but can also put the puck in the net.

Round 5 - Pick 151 - Yegor Zamula

Bucking the Bruins trend, the team selected a 19 year old undrafted dman Yegor Zamula in the 5th round. The 6'3 string bean had 56 points in 61 games in the WHL last season after signing an NHL contract after being a camp invite in Philadelphia. He will be spending another season in Calgary playing for the Hitmen but has the potential to become a top 4 dman with great offensive skills.

Round 5 - Pick 153 - Otto Leskinen

Following in the footsteps of last year's pick of Lawrence Pilut, the Bruins selected Otto Leskinen in the 5th round. Leskinen was one of the top dmen in the Liiga last season with 31 points in 57 games. He is an undersized dmen known for his ability to break the puck out of his end quickly and efficiently.

Round 5 - Pick 155 - Mr Irrelevant - Mat Robson

The Bruins added another goalie to their stable with the final pick in the draft when they selected Mat Robson. This 6'3 23 year old has signed an NHL contract with the Minnesota Wild after playing at the University of Minnesota for the past two seasons.
Preds Complete 2019 Draft
Nashville Predators
September 16, 2019
The Preds entered the 2019 draft with 4 picks. Pick #11 in the first round as well as a 4th round pick and a pair of 5th rounders.

In the 1st round, the Preds were delighted to see that LW Matthew Boldy was still available. According to McKeen's Boldy is a forward with good size,a lethal shot, and very good playmaking skills. He has been killing penalties and cycling through all the lines in the National Development Program being productive in any role required. There isn’t anything that he doesn’t do well, making him a legitimate five tool winger. Heading to Boston College next year, where he will get to play around half an hour from his hometown, I don’t expect that he will remain on campus. He could be ready after one season, two tops. He projects as a likely first liner and a possible All Star.

In the 4th round, the Preds drafted Russian goalie Mikhail Berdin. His Manitoba Moose teammates call him the “Birdman,” and it’s a fitting nickname for the Russian-born goalie who left the nest when he was barely a teen, moving from Ufa to just outside Moscow — over a thousand kilometres away. Originally from Ufa, Russia, the 20-year-old has spent the last two seasons with the Sioux Falls Stampede. This season he went 24-13-5 with a 2.65 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage in 45 games.

With the 134th pick, the Preds drafted right handed defenseman Mac Hollowell. Hollowell is a 20-year-old defenceman coming off his fifth and greatest Ontario Hockey League campaign. He has embraced the undersized, late-bloomer tag, wearing it like a badge of honour.

Strengths: skating, passing ability, heady zone exits.

Areas in need of improvement: Gap control, limiting larger forwards’ movement in the corners, boxing attackers down low to snuff out the cycle.

With the 147th pick, the Preds drafted another right handed defenseman by the name of Dylan Coghlan. Coghlan is a dynamic offensive defenseman who put up spectacular numbers in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Tri-City Americans. He went pro last season and his game translated seamlessly. Coghlan finished with a respectable 40 points in 66 games for the AHL’s Western Conference Champion. Expect him to spend at least another year in the AHL while making a case for a future promotion. Dylan Coghlan in a nutshell — good size with dynamic puck skills and room to grow in his own end.
Other WEHL News
Toronto Maple Leafs   2020 Post Draft Update   (Sep 16, 2019 - Toronto Press)
Montreal Canadiens   Busy Off-Season In Montreal   (Sep 15, 2019 - Montreal Press)
Colorado Avalanche   Looking To Move Rosen   (Sep 12, 2019 - Colorado Press)
Los Angeles Kings   Kings 2019 Draft Recap   (Sep 12, 2019 - Los Angeles Press)
Winnipeg Jets   Jets Draft Update   (Sep 11, 2019 - Winnipeg Press)
Anaheim Mighty Ducks   Anaheim Gets First Overall   (Sep 11, 2019 - Anaheim Press)
San Jose Sharks   GM Tremblay Had A Blast During The Draft   (Sep 10, 2019 - San Jose Press)
Standings - Regular Season
EASTERN PTS GR
1. Bruins 0 82
2. Sabres 0 82
3. Hurricanes 0 82
4. Blue Jackets 0 82
5. Red Wings 0 82
6. Panthers 0 82
7. Devils 0 82
8. Islanders 0 82
9. Rangers 0 82
10. Senators 0 82
11. Flyers 0 82
12. Canadiens 0 82
13. Penguins 0 82
14. Lightning 0 82
15. Maple Leafs 0 82
16. Capitals 0 82
Western PTS GR
1. Knights 0 82
2. Canucks 0 82
3. Sharks 0 82
4. Blues 0 82
5. Predators 0 82
6. Coyotes 0 82
7. Kings 0 82
8. Wild 0 82
9. Oilers 0 82
10. Stars 0 82
11. Blackhawks 0 82
12. Avalanche 0 82
13. Flames 0 82
14. Ducks 0 82
15. Jets 0 82
League Leaders - Regular Season 18/19
Skaters Team PTS
1. Tom Kuehnhackl DAL 3
2. Anton Slepyshev OTT 1
3. Aaron Ekblad STL 0
4. Aaron Ness COL 0
5. Adam Erne WAS 0
6. Adam Gaudette DAL 0
7. Adam Henrique CAR 0
Goalies Team GAA
1. Roberto Luongo LAS 0.00
2. Ryan Miller ANA 0.00
3. Jimmy Howard ANA 0.00
4. Corey Crawford CAR 0.00
5. Marc-Andre Fleury WAS 0.00
6. Craig Anderson PHI 0.00
7. Peter Budaj CHI 0.00
Recent Trades
Sep 30, 2019
Team Logo COL 5 2020
Team Logo Antoine Bibeau
Team Logo WPG 4 2019 (Matt Luff)
Team Logo S.J 5 2020,$500000
Team Logo TOR 5 2019 (Massimo Rizzo),MIN 5 2019 (Henri Nikkanen)
Team Logo FLO 4 2019 (Adam Beckman)
Team Logo S.J 5 2019 (Dustin Wolf),WPG 5 2020
Team Logo EDM 4 2019 (Philipp Kurashev)
Team Logo CHI 4 2019 (Isaiah Saville)
Team Logo DAL 3 2020
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Player Name Team OF DF 2W
Mark Giordano CAR 73 86 79
Drew Doughty ARI 74 80 77
P.K Subban WAS 69 72 70
Mitchell Marner NYI 81 67 74
Derek Stepan STL 70 66 68
Ilya Kovalchuk ARI 70 54 62
James Neal N.J 67 58 62
Kyle Okposo PHI 66 57 61
Brandon Dubinsky FLO 57 75 66
Patrick Marleau N.J 66 58 62
Colton Parayko ARI 65 78 71
Mathieu Perreault FLO 65 59 62
Travis Hamonic ARI 60 79 69
Alexander Wennberg L.A 66 64 65
Mike Green FLO 69 65 67
Nick Leddy OTT 69 64 66

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Current Year: 2019
Hockey Year: 18/19