Saturday, June 17, 2006

June 16 OHL News and Notes

The press conference held by the Windsor Spitfires on Wednesday was a lot more serious than the one in Sudbury the day before. The Spitfires used the meeting to announce their new hockey operations staff for the 2006-07 season. The new ownership group, of which Bob Boughner is the President and CEO, informed the press that Warren Rychel has been appointed as the Spitfires General Manager. Boughner will serve as Head Coach and Peter Dobrich will be the team’s Governor. Bill Bowler and D. J. Smith will each return to Windsor for their second season as Assistant Coaches.

Today, the Peterborough Petes announced Ken Jackman has been selected to serve as Team President for the next four-year term. Former team president Dr. Bob Neville will continue to serve on the Petes Board of Directors, and will remain as the team’s OHL Governor.

In signing news, yesterday the Belleville Bulls inked 17- year old forward Eric Tangradi. This is a coup for the Bulls, who selected Tangradi in the 6th round (117th overall) in the 2005 OHL Priority Draft. As it was unclear that Tangradi would play in the OHL, the Bulls were able to select him in a later round. However, Tangradi is an excellent prospect and he should do well for the team next season. An American, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the 6'3", 207 lbTangradi played last season at Wyoming Seminary Prep School. In 38 games played with Wyoming, Tangradi recorded 44 points (21 goals and 23 assists) and 120 PIM.

The Plymouth Whalers announced a signing of their own on Wednesday. Fifteen year-old center A.J. Jenks, who was selected by Plymouth in the 7th round (132 overall) of this year's OHL Priority Draft, was inked by the club to an education contract. In 2005-06, Jenks played 66 games for the Detroit Honeybaked Midgets, where he registered 55 points (26 goals, 29 assists) and 97 PIM.

This week also saw four trades in the OHL. In the first, which took place on Monday, the Oshawa Generals sent London's sixth round pick in 2007 to the Kingston Frontenacs for prospect Michael Ball. Ball (6'1", 220) was originally a 3rd round Owen Sound selection the 2004 OHL Priority Draft, and spent the 2005-06 season in the OPHL.

In their second trade of the week, this evening the Generals announced the acquisition of 19-year-old defenseman, Trevor Koverko from Owen Sound, along with the Attack's 1st Round selection (24th pick overall) in the upcoming CHL Import Draft. In exchange, Oshawa traded to Owen Sound the Generals' 1st Round pick (6 overall) in the Import Draft. Koverko (6'3", 217) was a 5th round pick of the New York Rangers in 2005, and in 2005-06, played 38 regular season games with the Attack. He recorded 3 assists and 49 PIM during those games. This is a good trade for both teams. The Attack will get a top pick in the Import draft at the end of the month and the Generals get an anchor on the blueline. Although Koverko had an off-year in 2005-06, with a -15 plus/minus, he previously was a solid defensive defenseman. If he can return to form, the Generals will be the big winner here.

On Wednesday, the London Knights traded 18-year old defenseman Matt Pelech to Belleville for a 15th Round conditional pick in the 2009 priority draft. If Pelech plays one game for the Bulls in 2006-06, the Knights will receive Belleville's 2nd and 4th round selections in the 2007 priority draft, as well as Belleville's 3rd and 5th round picks in 2008. Pelech (6'4", 224) was a Calgary Flames 1st Round selection (26 overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. During the 2005-06 season, which Pelech split between Sarnia and London, the big defenseman tallied 10 points (1 goal, 9 assists)in 52 games, with a -7 plus/minus, and 80 PIM. What a coup for the Knights. Yes Pelech is a real NHL prospect, but if he does indeed play a game for Belleville, London will get 4 excellent picks in the upcoming priority drafts. Belleville could really use Pelech's skill, but I believe they have paid a big price to maybe get one year of play from the big defenseman.

In a trade of import picks, on Wednesday, it was announced that the Sudbury Wolves exchanged their 1st round 2007 CHL Import Draft Pick for Brampton's 1st Round 2006 selection (the 51st overall pick). The Wolves need the extra import selection this year, while both Europeans on the Battalion are returning this season. Brampton will need the extra pick in next year's selection, when the 2 current players' (defensemen Tomas Stryncl and center Michal Klejna) eligibility runs out.

Friday, June 16, 2006

QMJHL Draft Analysis, Part 2

Here are draft reviews of more teams (as well as reviews of last week's trades):

Chicoutimi (CHI)-- The Sagueneens were involved in a lot of pre-draft trading, giving up former Chicoutimi goaltender Alexandre Vincent (a Vancouver Canucks 2005 draft pick), defensemen Jean-Sebastien Adam (who had been injured for a good part of the 2005-06 season), Louis-Etienne Leblanc, and Guillaume Lepine. Lepine(6'3, 208), who was traded to Rouyn-Noranda, has some real potential. In return for Lepine, the Sagueneens received young defenseman Maxime Provencher and the more experienced winger Jeff Christison, but it also included two needed 2006 draft picks. Although the trade involved giving up a good prospect, I believe that this was an excellent move for the Sagueneens. So, after all the trades were done, Chicoutimi had three 1st and second round picks, and some additional players (including new Sagueneens Francois Chabot, Bobby Nadeau, and prospects Hubert Poulin and Nicolas Lareau). With their first pick (10th overall, obtained from Val-D'Or), the Sagueneens selected the big center Joel Campagne. The team did draft a defensemen at # 49 and 52, Christophe Guay and Simon Foley, respectively. While I am not overly impressed by any of these choices, hopefully, the defensemen will be able to step in and make up for some of the team's blueline losses.

Drummondville (DRU)-- Also very active in pre-draft trading, the Voltigeurs sent the recently signed Montreal Canadiens prospect (and potential overager) Loic Lacasse to Quebec. Also gone from the team are potential overage center Yanick Charron and the excellent young defensive prospect Nicolas Sigouin. New team members include defenseman Lucas Longpre, winger Etienne Bellevance-Martin, prospect center Nicolas Albany, the excellent potential overage offensive defenseman Olivier Magnan, and Drew Paris. All the trading of picks and players deprived DRU of any first round or early second round selections. The team's first pick was at # 28, and the Voltigeurs decided to go off the board and choose the diminutive (5'8", 158) winger Marc Olivier Vachon. Their next pick, at # 37, was also a surprise, defenseman Charles Vouligny. Expected to go lower in the draft, the Voltigeurs had Vouligny ranked higher than their next pick (#53) Olivier Jannard, also a defenseman. Most folks had them reversed, but both will be able to help Drummondville on the blueline. I frankly don't see that the Voltigeurs came out well in this trading/draft period. Hopefully, the team will make some more moves in August to gain some more talent.

Gatineau (GAT)-- The Olympiques did not do much prior to the draft, mostly trading draft picks with other clubs. The team did trade defenseman Pierre-Luc Lessard to PEI, as part of a deal that brought Edmonton Oilers' prospect winger Slava Trukhno to Gatineau. Also traded was prospect Nicolas Lareau to Chicoutimi in return for a 8th Round 2007 pick. With their first pick (at # 13 overall in the first round), Gatineau chose winger Travis Stacey. I am completely stumped by this pick, as there were, in my opinion, many better forwards ahead of him. Center Alexandre Touchette was picked next at # 27. Three picks later, the Sagueneens went for a more conventional pick (and I believe a good one) defenseman Steven Delisle. All I can say is that I really hope the team knows what that are doing, as I don't have a clue. Time will tell if management is correct here, but I have severe doubts.

Halifax (HAL)-- Halifax did not make many trades last week, but what the team did trade was significant. The Mooseheads were able to obtain Rimouski's No. 1 overall selection in the CHL's European import draft later this month. As part of the deal, the Oceanic received HAL's 8th pick overall in Saturday's draft. According to reports, the Mooseheads will use the pick to select 16-year-old right-winger Jakub Voracek (6'2", 185), a top prospect for the 2007 NHL entry draft. This made winger Mikhail Aseev expendable, and he was subsequently traded to St. John in return for a 10th round pick in 2007. In the draft, Halifax had no first-round selections and only two picks in the first six rounds. In the second round, the Mooseheads selected defenseman Gabriel O'Connor (23th overall). In the third round, HAL picked US National Team member forward Mike Cichy (44th overall). Although it is not expected that Cichy will report to Halifax this season, however, the prolific scorer may just report for the 2007-08 season. This was an interesting week for Halifax. If the team snags Voracek and he plays up to potential in Halifax, it could be one of the best draft periods in Moosehead's history. If for some reason the deal to bring Voracek to the team does not work out, the draft will be very weak.

Lewiston (LEW)-- The MAINEiacs did not do much pre-draft trading either this year. Apparently not for want to trying; the giant trade just never materialized. Instead the team sent prospect winger Karl Prefontaine to Victoriaville, in exchange for pick # 165 (the pick wound up being used to select Maxime Joyal). With the MAINEiacs first pick (#11), the team chose a power forward, Danick Hudon-Paquette. In the second round, Lewiston traded up to get offensive defenseman Michael Ward. Finally, in what prove to be one of this draft's biggest steal, LEW selected big defenseman Victor Heselton at # 46. Lewiston had an excellent draft. Management took care of most of the team's needs, and the team should have a really good 2006-07 season.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Analysis of QMJHL Trades and Draft Selections, Part 1

What follows is an analysis of each team's transactions over the past week. Then a tabular picture of what each team did on the 9th and 10th of June.

Acadie-Bathurst (BAT) -- Prior to the draft, BAT traded away potential overagers goaltender Maxime Joyal and winger Ryan Seymour, as well as Winger Mathieu Roy and prospect Brad Malone. In return, the Titan received the excellent prospect defenseman Nicolas Segouin, and two 18-year old wingers Martin Bartos and Dany Masse. In addition, Acadie-Bathurst was able to trade down and still pick up one of 2 top goaltending prospects in the draft, Antoine Tardif. The team also got a steal in Samuel Morneau, 5'9", 178 center who had been expected to be a first round pick, but was still available at # 33. The Titan had a good draft and should be an improved team next season.

Baie-Comeau (BAC)-- The Drakkar were not particularly active during last week's trade and draft period. Prior to the draft, BAC did trade NHL draft eligible winger Francois Chabot to Chicoutimi in return for defenseman Jean-Sebastien Adam, who was injured for a substantial portion of this past season. The Drakkar Took goaltender Mathieu Leclair in the 24th position, which was somewhat of a surprise. There were at least 2, and arguably 3, goaltenders who were rated higher that were still available at that pick. Time will tell as to whether Baie-Comeau made the best choice. The Drakkar did not have many picks (my feeling is that they should have traded for more), but with the team's next 2 picks (3rd and 5th rounds), they sought big defensive defensemen. While that is a need the team has, more pressing would be the picking up of a top sniper. I feel that the Drakkar had a poor week.

Cape Breton (CAP)-- The Screaming Eagles were not particularly active pre-draft either. But the team was in a different situation than were the Drakkar. With a winning season in 2005-06, and most of the productive players returning this year, the need to load up was less desperate. The team did Send Vincent Zaore-Vanie, a potential overage defenseman to Victoriaville in exchange for a 2007 3rd round pick, and moved up in the second round (to # 36) in exchange for third and fourth round picks, but that was about it. Cape Breton got a solid defenseman in their first round pick, Mark Barberio, and a good center in Matthew Stoddard, the number 36 pick. Overall the draft period was a very good one for the Screaming Eagles. Mostly they just held tight and picked players with a lot of potential. As the team does not need an immediate new hot player, this was a smart move.

Whoops, because this blog is so long, I need to cut the reviews here and put in a part 2 with the reviews of the other 15 teams.

In a tabular format, the following are the trades and draft picks made by each team last Saturday:



From BAT:

M Joyal and 3rd Rd (SNB) 2007 (to SNB)
R Seymour (to HAL)
B Malone (to HAL)
M Roy (to VDO)
7th Rd (112) (to GAT)
1st Rd (6) & 6th Rd (103) (to DRU)
N. Sigouin, 1st Rd (14), & 8th Rd (128) (to DRU)

M. Bartos (from SNB)
4th Rd (HAL) 2007 (from HAL)
5th Rd (88) (from HAL)
D. Masse, 2nd Rd (2007) (from VDO)
6th Rd (100) (from GAT)

Draft Picks:

14- Antoine Tardif
33- Samuel Morneau
88- Kyle Hunchberger
96- Eric Faille
100-Maxime Renaud
128-Charles Daunais
133- Scott Jenks
141- Jean-Simon Legros
159- Samuel Grenache
177- Xavier Houde-Brisson
195- Andy Buntic



From BAC:
F. Chabot (to CHI)
8th Rd (132) (to VDO)

J-S Adam, 6th Rd (CHI) 2007 (from CHI)
No Comp (From VDO)

Draft Picks:
24- Mathieu LeClair
42- Kalin Paul
78- Felix-Antoine Poulin
105- Francois Lactot-Marcotte
130- Julien Cayer
150- Vincent Dumont
168- Yan Langlois
186- Stephane Michaud
204- Marco Cousineau
221- William Duvernay
237- Guillaume Brisebois



From CAP:
3rd Rd (48) and 4th Rd (66) (to QUE)
Vincent Zaore-Vanie (to VIC)

2nd Rd (35) (from QUE)
3rd Rd 2007 (from VIC)

Draft Picks:
12-Mark Barberio
35- Matthew Stoddard
60- Jeremy Gouchie
84- Evan Watts
89-Nicholas Chouinard
102- Chris Steele
120- Alexandre Quesnel
138- Kyle Downer
156- Jean-Christophe Gauthier
174- Curtis MacDonald
192- Nicholas Prockow
210- Mike Best
227- Matthew Oates



From CHI:
J-S Adam & 6th Rd (CHI) 2007 (to BAC)
A. Vincent & L-E Leblanc (to VDO)
G. Lepine & 3rd Rd 2007 (to ROU)
1st Rd (16) & 4th Rd 2007 (to VDO)
7th Rd (122) (to DRU)
8th Rd 2007 (to GAT)

F. Chabot (from BAC)
B. Nadeau, H Poulin & 4th Rd (MON) 2007(from VDO)
M. Provencher, J Christison, 2d Rd (34) & 4th Rd (71) (from ROU)
1st Rd (10) (from VDO)
6th Rd 2007 (from DRU)
Nicolas Lareau (from GAT)

Draft Picks:
10- Joel Campagne
19- Tommy Tremblay
34-Marc-Andre Julien
49-Christopher Guay
52- Simon Foley
68- Francois Levesque
71- Derek Famulare
113-Simon Corbeil
142- Benoit Gauthier
160- Kevin Baril
178-Yanick Bernier-D'Aoust
196-Jonathan Parent
213-Frederic Grenier


From DRU:
Loic Lacasse & 4th Rd (62) (to QUE)
3rd Rd 2007 (ROU)
Yannick Charron (to RIM)
M. Macenauer, 5th Rd (87), 1st Rd & 2nd Rd 2007 (to ROU)
N Sigouin, 1st Rd (14) & 8th Rd (128) (to BAT)
1st Rd (6) and 6th Rd (103) (to RIM)
6th Rd 2007 (from CHI)

3rd Rd (37) (from QUE)
Lucas Longpre (from ROU)
E Bellevance-Martin &N. Albany (from RIM)
O Magnan & 1st Rd (14) and 4th Rd (70) (From ROU)
1st Rd (6) & 6th Rd (103) (from BAT)
D Paris, 4th Rd (72) and 1st Rd 2007 (from RIM)
7th Rd (122) (from CHI)

Draft Picks:
28- Marc Olivier Vachon
37- Charles Vouligny
53- Olivier Jannard
70- Gabriel Dumont
72-Jeff Marcoux
103- Boby Fugere
122- Dominic Jean-Higgins
154- M-Alexandre Labelle
172- Eric Campeau-Charron
190- James Albert Imperioli
208- Dave Lepage
225- Maxime Leduc
240- Alexandre Leduc (Beau)
249- Jen-Francois Boisvert



From GAT:
P-L Lessard, 2d Rd (31) & 1st Pick Import draft (to PEI)
5th Rd (90) (to MON)
6th Rd 2007, 9th Rd 2007 (to PEI)
6th Rd (100) (to BAT)
3rd Rd (43) (to PEI)
N Lareau (to CHI)

S. Trukhno & 6th Rd (100) (from PEI)
J-P Chabot (from MON)
7th Rd (112) (from BAT)
2nd Rd 2007 (from PEI)
8th Rd 2007(from CHI)

13- Travis Stacey
27- Alexandre Touchette
30- Steven Delisle
69- Joseph Campenelli
112- Somin-Yves Lazure
175- Jason Silvia
193-Michael Biega
211- Vincent April
228- Adam Chalifoux
242-Samuel Pomerleau



From HAL:
1st Rd (8), 9th Rd (152) & 1st Import Pick (to RIM)
M Aseev (to SNB)
4th Rd 2007 (to BAT)
5th Rd (88) (to BAT)

2nd Rd (23), 8th Rd (143) &1st Rd Import Pick (from RIM)
10th Rd 2007 (from SNB)
R Seymour (from BAT)
B. Malone (from BAT)

Draft Picks:
23- Gabriel O'Connor
44- Mike Cichy
116- Eric Louis-Seize
136- Chad Earle
145- Cedric Finn
170-Matthew Snow
188- Danny Hobbs
206- Cedrick Moore
223- Andrew Coles



From LEW:
K. Prefontane (to VIC)
2nd Rd (29) & 3rd Rd 2007 (to ROU)

10th Rd (165) (from VIC)
2nd Rd (22) (from ROU)

Draft Picks:
11- Danick Hudon-Paquette
22-Michael Ward
45- Victor Heselton
73-Alexander Beaton
83- Peter Delmas
85- Nicolas Therrien
101- David Peron
109- Matt Bourdeau
119- Mike Muir
137- Yann Nelson
155- Carl Hayes
165- Maxime Joyal
173- Samuel Metivier
191- Peter Stevens
209- Steve Moses
226- Jean-Phillippe Samson
241- Samuel Daoust
250- Nick Broadwater



From MON:
J-P Chabot (to GAT)
B Marchand (to VDO)
6th Rd 2007 (to VDO)
No compensation

5th Rd (90) (from GAT)
1st Rd (MON) 2008 (from VDO)
7th Rd (123) (from VDO)
14th Rd (248) & 15th Rd (266) (from ROU)

Draft Picks:
39- Randy Cameron
90- Alexi Pianosi
104- Matthew Brenton
108- Remy Lamoureux
111- Matt Boyle
123- Jimmy Hayes
139- Maxime Rousseau
162- Ben Higgns
180- Tyler Bolduc
198- Andrew Harmes
215- Daniel Murphy
231- Etienne Archambeault
243- John Heffernan
245- Tommy Cross
251- Nick Croft
253- Brogan Bailey



From PEI:
S Trukhno & 6th Rd (100) (to GAT)
No compensation (to GAT)
4th Rd (ROU) 2007 (to ROU)
6th Rd (94) & 3rd Rd 2007 (to ROU)
S Natywary (to VIC)
2nd Rd (22), 5th Rd (80), & 6th Rd (106) (to ROU)
2nd Rd (31) & 3rd Rd (47) (to SHA)
2nd Rd 2007 (to BAT)

P-L Lessard, 2nd Rd (31), 1st Pick Import (from GAT)
6th Rd 2007 & 9th Rd 2007 (from GAT)
5th Rd (87) (from ROU)
G Doucet, 6th Rd (106) & 1st Rd Import Pick (from ROU)
8th Rd (129) (from VIC)
1st Rd (17) (from ROU)
P-M Guilbault (from SHA)
3rd Rd (43) (from BAT)

4- Chris Doyle
17- Jordan Southorn
43- Danick Malouin
75- Allan Chow
76-Evan Mosher
129- Alexandre Clermont
140- Francis Piche
144- Mitchell Goodyear
148- Kevin Drouin
166- Jack Downing
169- Lucas McKinley
184- Derek Pallis
202- Carl Bellefleur
219- Nicolas Krasowski
235- Kyle MacDonald



From QUE:
3rd Rd (37) (To DRU)
3rd Rd (ROU) 2008 (to ROU)
T. Gauthier (to SHA)
1st Import Pick (toVDO)
2nd Rd (35) (to CAP)
6th Rd (107) (to RIM)

L Lacasse & 4th Rd (62) (from DRU)
4th Rd (PEI) 2007 (from ROU)
9th Rd (153) (from SHA)
1st Import Pick (from VDO)
3rd Rd (48) & 4th Rd (66) (from CAP)
6th Rd (98) (from RIM)

Draft Picks:
18- Maxime Sauve
46- Vincent Bourgeois
48- Samuel Grouix
62- Benjamin Power
66- Kelsey Tessier
98- Lucas Kane
125- Joel Roch
153- Marc-Andre Parent
179- Mathieu Lavoie
197- Joe Lavin
214- Duncan Barclay
230- Mathieu Fornier
244- Guillaume Chasse
252-Marc-Olivier Gagne



From RIM:
M Macenauer, & 2nd Pick Import Draft (to DRU)
E Bellevance-Martin & N Albany (to DRU)
2nd (23), 8th Rd (143) & 1st Import Pick (to HAL)
1st Rd (10) & M Lincourt (to VDO)
D Paris, 4th Rd (72), & 1st Rd 2007 (to DRU)
4th Rd 2007 (to SNL)

1st Rd (10) & 2nd Pick Import Draft (from DRU)
Y Charron (from DRU)
1st Rd (8), 9th Rd (152) & 1st Pick Import (from HAL)
1st Rd (5) (from VDO)
1st Rd (6) & 6th Rd (103) (from DRU)
5th Rd (86) (from SNL)

2- Philippe Cornet
5- Patrice Cormier
6- Alexandre Neron
8- Jordan Caron
55- Felix Lefrancois
86- Antoine Laganiere
93- Christopher Stevens
107- Jordan Dewey
127- Guillaume Tartre
145- Vincent Blanchette-Durand
152- Alexandre S. Brunet
163- Benoit Pinard
181- Frederic Derochers
199- Pierre-Olivier Jean
216- Steven Renouf
232- Travis Perry
246- Jean-Maxime Lepage



From ROU:
M Provencher, J Christison, 2nd Rd (3) & 4th Rd (71)
(To CHI)
L Longpre (to DRU)
O Magnan, 1st Rd (14) and 4th Rd (70) (to DRU)
5th Rd (87) (to PEI)
4th Rd (PEI) 2007 (to QUE)
1st Rd (17) (to PEI)
2nd Rd (22) (PEI) (to LEW)
9th Rd (157) (to SNL)
14th Rd (28) & 15th Rd (266) (to MON)

G Lepine & 3rd Rd 2007 (from CHI)
3rd Rd 2007 (from DRU)
M Macenauer, 5th Rd (87), 1st Rd 2007 & 2nd Rd 2007 (from DRU)
4th Rd (ROU) 2007 (from PEI)
3rd Rd (ROU) 2008 (from QUE)
2nd Rd (22), 5th (80), 6th Rd (106) (from PEI)
2nd Rd (29) and 3rd (47) (from LEW)
8th Rd 2007 (from SNL)
No Compensation (from MON)

Draft Picks:
29- Ashton Bernard
32- Jean-Sebastien Berube
40- Philippe Bergeron
47- Colin Gorman
50- Jarred Struthers
80-Alex Poitras
94- Michael Denoncourt
106- Pier-Luc Giguere
158- Davey Shea
176- Patrick Belzile
194- Alexandre Proschek
212- Charles Gauthier
229- Kevin Talbot


From SNB:
10th Rd (to HAL)
3rd Rd (38) (to VDO)
C. Archambault (to BAT)
M Bartos (to BAT)

M Aseev (from HAL)
3rd Rd (41) & 5th Rd 2007 (from VDO)
D Bouchard (from BAT)
M Joyal & 3rd Rd 2007 (from BAT)

Draft Picks:
1- Yann Sauve
20- Pascal Amyot
41- Karel St.-Laurent
56- Mike Thomas
67- Nicholas Pard
74- Matthew Dopud
77- Olivier Painchaud
110-Ryley Lewis
146- Scott Theriault
164- Pierre-Luc Fryer
182-Robbie Little
200-Andrew Taylor
217-John-Smith Delva
233- Mark MacEachern



From SHA:
9th Rd (153) (to QUE)
P-M Guilbault (to PEI)

T Gauthier (from QUE)
2nd Rd (31) & 5th Rd (87) (from PEI)

Draft Picks:
9- Dave Labrecque
26- Maxime Legault
31- Gabriel Lemieux
63- Tommy Samson
65- Joshua Damarais
82- Antoine Houde-Caron
87- Luc Bourque
99- Steven Gatreau
117- Charles Bergeron
135- Francis Dionne
171- Louis-Philippe Dumoulin
189- Brett Jones
207- Vincent Lavigueur
224- Alex Bourassa
239- Daniel Blanchard
248- Marc-Andre Payment



From SNL:
5th Rd (86) (to RIM)
8th Rd 2007 (to ROU)

4th Rd 2007 (from RIM)
9th Rd (157) (from ROU)

Draft Picks:
7- Luke Adam
15- Wiliam Beaudoin
25- Taylor MacDougall
61- Mitch Flynn
79- Chris Thorne
81- Alex Wall
91- Daniel Whelan
97- TJ Keeping
115- Kyle Hynes
121- Keith Bombaugh
133- Nicolas Cucuzza-Biniek
157- Vincent Paiment
187- Alex Ducharme
205- Francis Grise-Leclair
222- Geoff Hum
238- Rejean Deveau



From VDO:
D Masse & 2nd Rd 2007 (to BAT)
No Compensation (to BAC)
1st Rd (MON) 2008 (to MON)
1st Import Pick (to QUE)
1st Rd (5) (to RIM)
1st Rd (10) (RIM, DRU) (to CHI)
3rd Rd (41) & 5th Rd 2007 (to SNB)
7th Rd (123) (to MON)

M Roy (from BAT)
8th Rd (132) (from BAC)
B Marchand (from MON)
1st Import Pick (from QUE)
1st Rd (10) (DRU) & M Lincourt (from RIM)
1st Rd (16) & 4th Rd 2007 (from CHI)
3rd Rd (38) (from SNB)
6th Rd 2007 (from MON)

Draft Picks:
16- Shawn Morton-Boutin
38- Alexandre Leduc (Ver-las)
59- Alexandre Moisan
64- Christia Morin
95- Alexandre Gagnon
118- Vincent Rolland
124- Denis Nadeau
126- Alexander Szabadkal
132- Francis Desrosiers
149- Maxime Pinard
151- Jean-Francois Caron
167- Luc-Olivier Blain
185- Marc-Antoine Gelinas
203- Pierre-Luc Lacombe
220- Yann-Julien Chouinard
236- Jonathan Lapointe



From VIC:
10th Rd (165) (to LEW)
8th Rd (129) (to PEI)
3rd Rd 2007 (to CAP)

K Prefontaine (From LEW)
S Natywary (from PEI)
V Zaore-Vanie (from CAP)

Draft Picks:
3- Kevin Poulin
21- Philip-Michael Pinard-Devos
36- Antoine Lapierre
51- Maxime Robichaud
54- Maxime Gravel
57- Joel Gervais-Chouinard
58- Nick Desjardins
92- Dany Roch
114- Olivier Tourangeau
147- Sansdrick Lavoie
161- Maxime Lacharite-Cote
183- Patrick Lachance
201- David Houde
218- David Cliche
234- David Fontaine-Polcari
247- Dave Gardner

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Wednesday Morning CHL News

The Ontario Provincial U17 Camp is set to be held in Guelph, ON from June 27-29, and the Hockey Development Centre of Ontario announced late Monday that 85 players were selected to participate. The Camp is used as part of the selection process to determine who will be a member of the Ontario U17 team at the Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse, Yukon. The Games are scheduled to be held from February 25 through March 3, 2007. The following selected players either were drafted by OHL teams in the 2006 draft or played in the league last season (they are listed by the OHL team that they are affiliated with):

Erie--Shane Owen (G), Mitch Gaulton (D), Brian Shaw (D), Kelly Geoffrey (F), Tyler Liukkonen (F), Anthony Luciani (F).

Sudbury--Alain Valiquette (G), Kevin Closs (D), Justin Larson (F), Kyle Tarini (F), Jared Staal (F), Michael Webley (F).

Saulte Ste. Marie--Cameron Odom (D), Dylan King (D), Jacob Chiblow (D), James Livingston (F), Sean Jones (F), Brett Perlini (F).

Sarnia--Peter DiSalvo (G), Dalton Prout (D), Brent Sullivan (D), Steve Stamkos (F), Chase Clark (D), Jacob Laliberte (F).

Owen Sound--Michael D'Orazio (D), Brandon Burlon (D), Guy Carteciano (F), Jordan Davis (F), Michael Farrell (F).

Windsor--Mark Cundari (D), Greg Nemisz (F), Adam Henrique (F), Eric Wellwood (F), Andrew Creppin (F).

Ottawa--Tyler Cuma (D), Matt Ribeiro (F), Cody Lindsay (F), Thomas Nesbitt (F), Mihael Rowbotham (F).

Plymouth--Jordon O'Neill (D), Tom Kane (D), Justin Longley (D), Steve McDonald (F).

Toronto/St. Mike's--Ryan Fragher (G), Cameron Gaunce (D), Tim Billingsley (D), Dylan O'Neill (F)

Brampton--Patrick Killeen (G), Ben Alavie (D), Cody Hodgson (F), Michael Lomas (F).

Peterborough--Jason Missiaen (G), Luc Comtois (D), Jamie Doombosch (D), Mike Ryan (F).

Kitchener--Alex Fiset (F), Nazem Kadri (F), Mike Mascioli (F), Phillip Varone (F).

Kingston--Nathan Moon (F), Josh Brittain (F), Robert Mignardi (F), Zach McGillis (F).

Oshawa--Anthony Peters (G), Michael Del Zotto (D), Dean Howard (F), Marco Franchini (F).

Mississauga--Alex Pietrangelo (D), Matthew Maione (D), Dylan MacEachem (F).

Guelph--Travis Gibbons (D), Anthony Nigro (F), Zachery Hervato (F).

Barrie-Corey Trivino (F), Alex Hutchings (F), Stefan Della Rovere (F).

Belleville--Marc Cantin (D), Matthew Tipoff (F), Shawn Lalonde (D).

Saginaw--TJ Brodie (D), Nick Crawford (D).

London--Kale Kerbashian (F).

Don't judge anything by the fact that the Knights had only one player chosen to go to the Evaluation Camp; London made an inordinate number of selections of US players in this year's draft, and those players are, of course, not eligible to play for Ontario.

Additionally, although Oshawa's first round pick Michael Del Zotto was invited to the camp, he will not be participating in the on ice portion of the 3 day evaluation.
Also invited to the Evaluation Camp are goaltender Andrew Hare and Defenseman Matt Valley.

Yesterday's press conference in Sudbury was called only to reveal a new third jersey. Let's hope the Windsor Spitfires have more to say at their team press conference scheduled for today at noon local time.

The WHL Kamloops Blazers announced yesterday that the team's head coach and general manager, Dean Clark, has signed a contract to perform those duties through the 2007-08 season. Under the terms of the contract, the Blazers have a one year option beyond that season.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Other CHL Notes

The OHL Plymouth Whalers have signed their 11th round (209 overall) selection of the 2005 Priority Draft, defenseman Frank Grzeszczak. The 16-year old spent the 2005-06 season with Sioux City of the USHL, where he tallied 14 points(5 goals, 9 assists) and 30 PIM in 50 games.

The Mississauga Ice Dogs launched a new website today: Check it out, as it is a much improved over what was up under that URL previously. The Sudbury Wolves are also planning to launch a new site over the next few weeks. The team has called a press conference for tomorrow, hopefully for more than an announcement of the web site launch, but stay tuned

Around the WHL, last Thursday, the Brandon Wheat Kings announced that ticket prices for the 2006-07 season have been lowered, and also that all games will be played in Brandon next season.

The Moose Jaw Warriors announced that Rene Lemire, the team's assistant coach has resigned for personal reasons. The club will conduct an all-out search for a replacement, and a new assistant should be in place by mid-summer.

As previously noted, the Portland Winter Hawks were in Calgary holding the team's prospect camp this past weekend. While at the camp, the team announced that 17-year old center Chris Francis signed a contract with the team. The Las Vegas native recorded 185 points in 71 games with an U18 traveling team last season. The Hawks also announced they have dropped 19-year-old goaltender Luke Shier from the team’s 50-player protected list.

Also holding a prospects camp this weekend was the Prince George Cougars. The team's prospects participated in on-ice scrimmages against the prospects of the Winter Hawks three times over the weekend.

In another WHL signing, today the Tri-City Americans announced that 15-year-old Adam Hughesman has signed an education contract with the team. Hughesman (5'11", 175), who plays left wing, was the Americans second round selection (28th overall) in this year's Bantam Draft. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 29 games for the Winnipeg (Bantam AAA) Sharks in 2005-06, Hughesman scored 31 goals, 26 assists and 24 PIM.

Erie Otters Hold End of Season Awards Banquet

Yesterday the Otters announced their 2005-06 season accolades at an awards banquet in a local hotel. Nineteen year old Michael Blunden took the Most Valuable Player and the Player of the Year Awards for his outstanding 2005-06 on-ice performance. Blunden (6'3", 213) was the 2005 second round pick (43 overall) of the Chicago Blackhawks, and recently signed an entry-level contract with the team. The Otters' alternate captain in 2005-06, the big right winger tallied 84 points (46 goals, 38 assists) in 60 regular season games this year. Because Erie did not have much success this year the team was not involved in the playoffs. This allowed Blunden to join the Blackhawks AHL affiliate in late March. Signed to an ATO contract on March 24, Blunden played 11 regular season games with the Norfolk Admirals, recording 6 points (1 goal, 5 assists) and a plus/minus of +4 during that time. Blunden will play in either Norfolk or Chicago next fall.

Also recognized for their service to the Otters this season was the Rookie of the Year, Nick Palmieri. Also a right winger, the 16-year old Palmieri (6'3", 213) out of Clinton, New York, was the Otters second round pick in the 2005 priority draft. During the 2005-06 season, Palmieri registered 23 points (13 goals, 10 assists) and 79 PIM in 68 games.

Still Working on the Results of the Q Draft

Folks, Sorry for the long delay on analyzing the results of Saturday's QMJHL entry draft, but there have been some complications. I will get my analysis up as soon as I can (hopefully tonight).