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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.
2020 Post Draft Update
Toronto Maple Leafs
September 16, 2019
The Leafs weren't planning on having a pick in this years draft but ended up having 2 picks in the 2020 Draft. With pick #68 in the 3rd round the Leafs were very happy to select WHL Player of the year last season right winger Joachim Blichfeld. Blichfeld won the WHL scoring title last season with 53 goals and 61 assists for 114 points. At 6'2 181 he has great size and once he bulks up a bit he has the frame to make things happen. "Blichfeld is the whole reason we traded Bracco to the Rangers to secure the picks to draft him." Bracco himself had a great year in the AHL scoring 79 points in 75 games but Leafs GM Polley wasn't sure they have the spot open for him right now and feel he is ready to make the jump to the NHL. "We went with the younger winger because Bracco deserves the chance to play and we didn't feel there was spot in our lineup right now for a right winger" Polley said. The right side of the leafs lineup is pretty crowded. With Tarasenko, Reinhart, Compher and Armia in those positions, Bracco most likely would not see the playing time that he deserves.

With pick #123 in the 4th round the Leafs pick up a depth defense man in Radim Simek. Simek is a stay at home d man with the potential to be a 1st or 2nd pairing guy. The leafs would like to develop a couple of their younger guys a bit longer before they can get in the line up full time and Simek will allow them to do that.
Other WEHL News
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)
Washington Capitals   Capitals Have Successful Draft/Make Huge Economic Gains   (Sep 10, 2019 - Washington Press)
Standings - Regular Season
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
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Player Name Team OF DF 2W
Mark Giordano CAR 69 85 77
Drew Doughty ARI 74 80 77
P.K Subban WAS 74 75 74
Anze Kopitar MTL 80 78 79
Mitchell Marner NYI 77 63 70
Derek Stepan STL 72 65 68
Ilya Kovalchuk ARI 77 60 68
Kevin Shattenkirk ANA 71 63 67
James Neal N.J 72 61 66
Kyle Okposo PHI 72 56 64
Brandon Dubinsky FLO 61 81 71
Patrick Marleau N.J 70 60 65
Colton Parayko ARI 66 78 72
Mathieu Perreault FLO 70 60 65
Travis Hamonic ARI 59 76 67
Alexander Wennberg L.A 71 66 68

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