Etiwanda, Prestonwood Christian and Pebblebrook record impressive wins. 6 in 2019). While you've certainly read a great many team previews, brushed up on on-ice and roster rule changes, … To report on prospects playing internationally, the NHL employs the services of Goran Stubb and his staff at European Scouting Services based in Finland. 1 among North American skaters for the 2020 NHL Draft, followed by a pair of his Team Canada gold medal-winning teammates from the 2020 World Junior Championship: No. By taking advantage of this extensive network, more than 92 percent of NCSA verified athletes play at the college level. "Then you're hoping maybe they can finish up the end of the season and be ready for the playoffs.". Drysdale ranked 10th among OHL blueliners with 0.96 P/GP in 2019-20 (9-38—47 in 49 GP). During a typical year, the amateur scouting staff - which consists of Allvin, two global crossover scouts, eight regional scouts based in North America and two European scouts - comes to Pittsburgh in May to finalize the draft board that they will take with them to the host city in June that has their overall ranking of the players. But around early April, Allvin said they realized that wasn't going to happen, and they would have to finish the scouting process virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The location, timing and format of the 2020 NHL Draft (and Draft Lottery) will be announced when details are finalized. 5 Rodion Amirov (Salavat, Russia), a left wing for UFA (RUSSIA). This is an edited version of a story that appeared in The Hockey News 2020 Draft … Use arrows to navigate between autocomplete results. “Whether it’s with Rimouski in the QMJHL or on the world stage he has continually shown that he is a force that can impact and be a difference maker in games. When the NHL first pressed pause back in March, Penguins director of amateur scouting Patrik Allvin told the amateur scouts to return home for the time being. ), a center for the Sudbury Wolves (OHL). 2 Alexander Holtz (Stockholm, Sweden), a right wing for Djurgarden (SWEDEN), No. NHL.com provides fantasy hockey rankings, lists and more offseason coverage to prepare you for drafts in the 2020-21 season. of the Saginaw Spirit (OHL) who racked up 37-74—111 in 61 GP this season. “Lafreniere has exceptional skills and attributes which make him a scoring threat every time he steps onto the ice,” said NHL Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr. The scouts want to know every single detail about a prospect's life, so that way there are no surprises after drafting a player. He can become the third German-born and trained player picked in the top 10 of the NHL Draft: Leon Draisaitl (No. He has died at age 97. Through interviews with hockey experts and his own unique experience, Malloy … Scouting report: Mercer has great character and work ethic, but don't sleep on his skill level and hockey sense. Round 1 of the 2020 NHL Draft, which was originally set to be in Montreal but is now being held virtually, will begin on Tuesday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Network while Rounds 2-7 will begin on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. on NHL Network. Stuetzle (Viersen, Germany) was named Rookie of the Year in Germany’s top pro league after recording 7-27—34 in 41 GP in 2019-20 and averaged a point per game for Germany at the 2020 World Junior Championship (0-5—5 in 5 GP). 3 Anton Lundell (Espoo, Finland), a center for HIFK (FINLAND), No. To earn a spot in the front office of a professional hockey team requires elite scouting and management skills. I'm super excited about the draft, but I really want to turn the page. That's where the regional scouts' work during the season became even more important. One of the first media personalities to be welcomed into the secretive scouting fraternity, Shane Malloy has been covering hockey prospects, scouting and player development for the past decade and brings to hockey fans an enlightening and fascinating narrative that explains the culture, history, art and science of hockey scouting. The staff originally prepared as if the draft was going to be in June, and then when they heard it would be postponed, they took July off to recharge and started back up in August. Overall, it's been a long process. The most NHL-ready player in the draft, Lafreniere has a chance to be one of the better wings of the past few years. Headed by Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr, NHL Central Scouting employs seven full-time and 14 part-time scouts throughout North 3 Jamie Drysdale of the Erie Otters. The Arizona Coyotes renounced the draft rights to Mitchell Miller over the bullying of a Black classmate with developmental disabilities. Follow for news, rankings, draft prep for season-long leagues and playoff pools, projected lineups, injury … NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and the word mark NHL Winter Classic are registered trademarks and NHL Stadium Series name and logo and the NHL Winter Classic logo are trademarks of the National Hockey League. Lafreniere (Saint-Eustache, Que.) It turned out to be a unique challenge, but one that the staff handled as best they could under the circumstances. The 2020-21 NHL season begins on Wednesday. But this year, they began that process in early April through weekly WebEx video meetings, right after it became clear that they wouldn't be watching any more games. And usually, the scouts are constantly on the road traveling from game to game, so staying at home provided them with more time to do additional homework on players. Byfield recorded 32-50—82 in 45 GP in 2019-20 where his 1.82 P/GP ranked tied for fifth among all OHL skaters. This year, it's almost like it's been dragging on and on. Enter Search Term. When it came to putting that picture together this year, Allvin had a sports psychologist working with them to put together profiles on the players. NHL and NHL team marks are the property of the NHL and its teams. It was about nine years ago that then-Kings GM Dean Lombardi and the “Original Insider” Rich Hammond and I had an off night in Calgary. The BarDown podcast will investigate, uncover and explore long-form stories at the intersection of sports, pop culture, technology. National Collegiate Scouting Association® (NCSA) is the nation’s leading collegiate recruiting source for more than 500,000 student-athletes and 42,000 college coaches. Mater Dei wins twice. Editor's Picks. "I wanted the scouts to be kind of fresh, so they didn't forget about some things," Allvin said. 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When it came to their on-ice evaluation of players, the scouts would not get the chance to see how they performed under pressure, whether it was in their respective postseasons or the World Under-18 Championship, the last international tournament before the draft. 4 Lucas Raymond (Gothenburg, Sweden), a left wing for Frolunda (SWEDEN) and No. He is currently the director of scouting for the Phoenix Roadrunners, NHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks and also scouts the OHL for the International Scouting Service. Scouting Nightmares: inside the scariest road trips, craziest prospect interviews and more. of the Guelph Storm (OHL) ranks as the top North American goaltender, while Iaroslav Askarov (Omsk, Russia) of Neva St. Petersburg (RUSSIA-2) tops international netminders. "We always appreciate the last couple of games, the playoffs, the big events like the World Under-18 Championship. Create a free womens basketball recruiting profile to connect with college coaches. But despite missing those pieces of the puzzle, Allvin said it was important for the staff to focus on controlling what they could. NHL Rumors: Panthers, Oilers, Maple Leafs, Bruins, Waivers, More January 11th, 2021 In today’s NHL rumor rundown, expect a huge amount of players to hit the waiver wire today. "I thought that overall, it was a really good mindset from the whole group there during this time," said Allvin, who will be making the Penguins' picks remotely from PPG Paints Arena. "But we still had some different views on players," Allvin said. As Allvin said, they meet with the players in their area and do their due diligence with the coaches, members of management, the billet families, teachers and administrators - anyone who has a relationship with the player and can speak to what they're like. According to The Athletic, NHL teams were aware of Miller's past and some had taken him off their draft lists, unconvinced he was remorseful for the incidents. In addition to Lafreniere and Byfield, No. They were comfortable in the setting.". The Pittsburgh Penguins and pittsburghpenguins.com are trademarks of Lemieux Group, LP. If no results appear, use Enter to do a full site search. And the Penguins did get ultimately get the chance to interview the players, albeit virtually, and not right away. Headed by Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr, NHL Central Scouting employs seven full-time and 14 part-time scouts throughout North America. If selected first overall, Lafreniere would become the first Quebec-born player taken No. "Obviously everybody has passion and wants to get it right. Our 8-week online Hockey GM and Scouting course, taught by Hockey Hall of Famer Harry Sinden, will teach you the skills teams hire. Those are the tournaments and the playoffs that you want to see how the kids perform and how they're stepping up.". In my nearly 45 years of covering pro hockey I remain intrigued by what goes into scouting and rating a hockey prospect. Mike MacPherson began scouting in 1999 for the Chicago Blackhawks and was responsible for the ECHL. "It was like okay, let's stay home for a couple weeks and see from there," Allvin said. The Official Site of the Pittsburgh Penguins. They also went back and watched plenty of old games online. The 2020 NHL Draft, which was originally scheduled for June 26-27 in Montreal, has been postponed due to the ongoing uncertainty resulting from the coronavirus. "That was a big challenge for us," Allvin admitted. “He has an exceptional combination of skating and puck skills that are at an elite level and he’s capable of making precision plays at top speed with a wicked finishing shot.”. We use cookies for various purposes on our website including analytics. "This is usually the draft week, which is like graduation for the scouts," Allvin said. pittsburghpenguins.com is the official website of the Pittsburgh Penguins. by With the 2020-21 NHL season getting underway it is time to preview some of the top contenders for some of the league's major awards, including the MVP, Vezina, Norris, and Jack Adams. Joining Lafreniere atop the rankings for North American skaters are a pair of his Team Canada World Junior gold medal-winning teammates, including No. A behind-the-scenes look at the 2020 NHL Draft from the Carolina Hurricanes' draft headquarters inside the team's locker room at PNC Arena. Michelle Crechiolo. In the crease, Nicolas Daws (Burlington, Ont.) We also mourn the passing of Leaf great and broadcaster Howie Meeker. National Collegiate Scouting Association® (NCSA) is the nation’s leading collegiate recruiting source for more than 500,000 student-athletes and 42,000 college coaches. Out-of-state teams roll to impressive wins. Tim Stuetzle, a left wing for Mannheim in Germany’s top professional league, ranked as the top international skater as the NHL Central Scouting Bureau today released its final rankings. 3 in 2014) and Moritz Seider (No. Learn about Clintonville High School womens basketball recruits in Clintonville. Click OK to approve the use of cookies. And now, the scouts are chomping at the bit to finally make their picks and begin preparing for next year's draft. of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program’s Under-18 Team and the son of former NHL player Geoff Sanderson, as well as center Cole Perfetti (Whitby, Ont.) MaxPreps News - Competition on first day of MPHC's Open Division is fierce. He plays a complete game and has few if any weaknesses in his game. In its 45th year of operation, NHL Central Scouting provides evaluation and scouting of draft-eligible players to NHL member clubs. “Stuetzle is a smart, creative, playmaking forward,” said Goran Stubb, Director of NHL Central Scouting’s European Services. By taking advantage of this extensive network, more than 92 percent of NCSA verified athletes play at the college level. 2 Quinton Byfield of the Sudbury Wolves and No. Let's move on here now and let's start with the next group.". 3 Jamie Drysdale (Toronto, Ont. "I thought it was excellent," he said. The Penguins are drafting in the third round (77th overall), fourth round (108th overall), fifth round (139th overall) and sixth round (170th overall). led all QMJHL skaters with 35-77—112 in 52 GP in 2019-20 and was a standout at the 2020 World Junior Championship where he was named Most Valuable Player and Best Forward after averaging two points per game for Team Canada (4-6—10 in 5 GP) to help his country capture the gold medal. "(WebEx and Zoom) are definitely things I want to use moving forward. Dean invited the two of us to go to … The final rankings feature the top 217 skaters and 31 goaltenders in North America as well as the top 140 skaters and 10 goaltenders internationally. "So I wanted the guys to be in a positive mindset and try to project, try to be open-minded, try to envision what the player would have done over the next couple weeks.". I thought our mindset was really good.". What sets him above in this Draft class is the natural compete and battle traits that are ingrained in his game, allowing Alexis to lead the way and make others around him better.”. "I do think it's easy to be on the negative side where you start to question everything," Allvin said with a laugh. The NHL scouting combine can provide the most physically and mentally exhausting days in a draft prospect's season. All Rights Reserved. NHL.com is your best source for daily fantasy hockey advice. They ended up meeting with about 20-25 prospects, and Allvin felt they went well on both sides. Rounding out the top five are defenseman Jake Sanderson (Whitefish, Mont.) To reach the big time, you'll need a combination of knowledge about hockey player skills, a good intuition, some detective skills, a strong passion for the game, and the willingnessto live life on the road. "I wanted to wait a little bit longer before we started that process, so I think by the time we started, most of the kids had already done it. This week, prospects eligible for the 2019 NHL … I think that's where you're using the video tools to go back, and you also ask the area guys to go back and watch a little bit.". "Those have been really helpful," Allvin said. Joining Stuetzle among the top-five ranked international skaters are four players who have spent the majority of 2019-20 in their country’s top professional league: No. A hockey podcast that doesn’t talk about last night’s scores. © NHL 2020. NEW YORK (April 8, 2020) – Left wing Alexis Lafreniere of the Rimouski Oceanic ranks No. "You get together, you have a fun time and the final day you have a draft party. "So, at that point, maybe a crossover guy who had the whole picture of the draft would say, maybe you're being a little bit too hard on this guy. Twenty of the 25 players on the roster are first-round NHL draft picks. I've seen the whole draft and this guy is better than what you are talking about. That's where Penguins director of hockey research Sam Ventura came in, providing the scouts with analytics to assist them in that process. I think we could be more effective utilizing that stuff.". The most up-to-date breaking hockey news from the official source including interviews, rumors, statistics and schedules. 1 since Marc-Andre Fleury in 2003 and the first skater from his province taken first in the Draft since Vincent Lecavalier in 1998. Heading into the 2020 NHL Draft, Penguins director of amateur scouting Patrik Allvin explains how they finished the scouting process virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In its 45th year of operation, NHL Central Scouting provides evaluation and scouting of draft-eligible players to NHL member clubs. 2 Quinton Byfield (Newmarket, Ont. MacPherson also coaches in the OMHA within Guelph Minor hockey. ), a defenseman for the Erie Otters (OHL), was also part of Team Canada’s gold medal performance at the 2020 World Junior Championship. When it came to their off-ice evaluation of players, it was difficult for the global crossover scouts to miss out on the chance to meet them in person and interview them at the annual NHL Scouting Combine, which was canceled this year - especially with the importance that the Penguins place on a prospect's character. Allvin was impressed with how thoroughly the regional scouts went through the reports they had compiled over the last couple of years. 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