June 16 2015 11:00AM
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This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy!
Almost every postseason there arises an unlikely hero from the middle of a team's roster to make headlines. And any time that player is a pending free agent, teams line up to pay that him too much money as a result. Call it the Bickell effect.
This year, that player is Matt Beleskey. The Ducks 27-year old winger has been a run-of-the-mill NHL forward for years, but his 8-goal in 16-games playoff performance combined with his size (6', 205 pounds) has him on a lot of GM's radars heading into July. Just to make his agent even happier, Beleskey also put up the best regular season of his NHL career, managing 22-goals and 32-points. His underlying numbers, however, tell a much more complicated story than his counting stats.
June 15 2015 05:30PM
Continuing with our Prospect Profiles, today we turn to number 35 on the list, the Swedish import into the USHL and currently scheduled to attend Boston College: Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson (aka JFK).
This young centre has potential to become an impact player for your team if you’re willing to take the risk. His path is unique having succeeded in the Swedish system at a young age, jumping to the USHL and now heading to the NCAA.
Continue past the jump for his breakdown.
June 15 2015 04:00PM
The Draft Analyst draft profile: RW Denis Guryanov, Lada (KHL). Ranked 7th (Eur) by NHL's CSB pic.twitter.com/g5CNIZ2ONd— Steve Kournianos (@TheDraftAnalyst) May 18, 2015
For the first and only time in our top-45 countdown, we'll make the journey across the ocean to Russia. Playing in the MHL and already getting spot duty at the pro level, dynamic winger Denis Gurianov (or Guryanov) is the focus of our #36 prospect profile.
Join us after the jump as we break down one of Europe's top 2015 prospects.
June 15 2015 02:00PM
Today we turn our heads back to the QMJHL, where we look at the first of two high-scoring defenders from the Saint John Sea Dogs, Thomas Chabot. It might be a bit of a surprise to see Chabot fall to the second round in our rankings, given that he has been cited as a mid-20s pick by most scouting agencies.
Let's continue past the jump to see his breakdown.
June 15 2015 12:07PM
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It's not uncommon to see more than one highly-touted, draft-eligible prospect on the same team. Teams building for a championship try to load up on players peaking around the same time. Also, scouts looking at one player start to notice other guys on the same team too.
The Waterloo Black Hawks have Brock Boeser, but they also have their own "other guy" in Thomas Novak.
Novak is not someone simply riding the coattails of Boeser though. Novak has some high-end offensive talent, which he showcased leading not one but two high-profile tournaments this year in scoring.