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NHL Draft Prospect Profile #8: Alex Turcotte

The value in two-way play when it comes to evaluating draft eligible prospects can often be overlooked. Unless they are Patrice Bergeron (who seems to always be the comparable to defensive centers) we view them as “safe” picks. The guy who will be a for-sure NHLer, but may not have the upside to take over,…

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Red Wings release 2019-20 preseason schedule

The Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday announced their 2019-20 preseason schedule. The 2019-20 preseason schedule is HERE. 🙌🏼 More → https://t.co/xZPymvWOPf pic.twitter.com/mQEhIvdk4Q — Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) June 18, 2019 It begins with a home and home against the Chicago Blackhawks and ends with a home and home against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Red…

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NHL Draft Prospect Profile #9: Jamieson Rees

Every draft year a handful of prospects play a style of game that you just have an irrational love for. Players who can pull you out of your seat at any given moment in a vast amount of ways. Jamieson Rees of the Sarnia Sting is a player I fell in love with this season…

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Stanley Cup Odds: Opening Betting Line for 2019/20 Detroit Red Wings

by OddsShark (@OddsShark) – Sponsored Post Having missed the playoffs for three straight seasons the Detroit Red Wings will be looking to get back on the road to respectability under new general manager Steve Yzerman in the upcoming campaign, but they’ve still been listed near the bottom of the opening 2020 Stanley Cup odds at…

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NHL Draft Prospect Profile #10: Philip Tomasino

We’ve reached the top-10 of my draft board and starting off is one of the draft’s most electrifying players: Niagara Ice Dogs forward Philip Tomasino. The OHL product plays a style of game very comparable to Mathew Barzal of the New York Islanders. Speed, speed, and more speed. That’s the calling card of his game…

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The Winged Wheel Podcast – Final Draft Rankings – June 16th, 2019

In the second-to-last pre-draft episode, tune in as the hosts (and recurring guest Max Bultman) go over final draft rankings, scenarios and what-ifs, and endless ways to infuriate Brad! Go to wingedwheelpodcast.com to find out all the ways to listen to the show, keep track of what’s coming up, support the podcast, and more!

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NHL Draft Prospect Profile #11: Vasili Podkolzin

The upper-echelon of this years draft has sorely missed a top-end prospect with an edge. There is no Brady Tkachuk type player who combines toughness with skill at an elite level. The closest player to that this year is Russian winger Vasili Podkolzin. Podkolzin is one of the most intense players I’ve ever seen. The…

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NHL Draft Prospect Profile #12: Bobby Brink

No matter where he went, Bobby Brink played like a star this season. On every stage — be it the World Jr. A Challenge, USHL, or U18s — Brink dominated in uncanny fashion. Not on the radar of many to start the year, his strong play was not initially appreciated enough. But he never slowed…

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NHL Draft Prospect Profile #13: Trevor Zegras

Elite traits is something I often look for in prospect analysis. Having an elite trait separates top prospects from the rest. Difference makers are what we search for in the draft, players who can make an impact on the game. USNTDP forward Trevor Zegras certainly fits the bill as a player with ungodly playmaking. Zegras’…

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NHL Draft Prospect Profile #14: Cole Caufield

Quite easily the most difficult prospect I evaluated this season, USNTDP winger Cole Caufield is a goal scoring machine. He obliterated the U.S. Program’s goal scoring record, potting 72 genos in 64 games. Those are video game numbers. It was made possible by his elite shot, which is by far the best in the entire 2019 NHL…

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NHL Draft Prospect Profile #15: Thomas Harley

All year-long, one of the more prominent story lines to watch for was who would end up being considered the second best defensemen in the 2019 NHL draft after potential top-5 pick Bowen Byram. Obviously opinions will still differ on this topic, but for me, Thomas Harley has asserted himself as the second best defensemen,…

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NHL Draft Prospect Profile #16: Patrik Puistola

When I think of the most skilled, exciting players to watch from this years draft, Patrik Puistola is one of the first names that come to mind. Coming out of the Tappara system, Puistola defines uber skill. He is highly creative and flashy, and has the willingness to keep trying new tricks even when they…