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Future Watch 2014

Future Watch 2014

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

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SNEAK PEEK 2014 DRAFT

1 LEON DRAISAITL C, PRINCE ALBERT (WHL) The high-scoring pivot’s style has been compared to that of Joe Thornton and Anze Kopitar thanks to his big frame and playmaking ability. The German national is particularly dangerous because he can make equally good plays on the forehand and backhand. Possesses professional awareness and anticipation. SCOUT SAYS: “He’s going to be in the NHL for sure next year. Complete player, playmaking center who makes guys around him so much better.” 2 AARON EKBLAD D, BARRIE (OHL) He’s a big defenseman who can do everything on the ice and does so with poise. His extra junior experience makes him all the more ready for the big time and he looked solid on an otherwise ragged Canadian D-corps at the world juniors. Ekblad can play huge minutes and…

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Future Watch 2014 Vol. 67 No. 19

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Big Ideas In Montreal

WHEN MICHAEL MCCARRON STEPPED ON THE stage at the 2013 draft and towered over the proceedings, it symbolized a shift in philosophy for the Canadiens. The club hoped to address a need for large, gritty forward prospects at the top of the draft and by the third round had landed McCarron, Jacob de la Rose and Connor Crisp. Montreal’s scouting staff has been successful in filling some organizational needs in recent drafts and the Habs now boast a nice blend of gritty and skilled forwards, stay-at-home defensemen and a highly touted goalie in the system. OVERALL 26 1 JACOB DE LA ROSE JACOB DE LA ROSE, LW, 18, Leksand (Swe.) 6-2, 190, 43-7-6-13-14 2013 draft, 34th overall Concerns over de la Rose’s offense were tempered at the WJC, where he played on Sweden’s top line and…

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Bolts See The Light

FOR YEARS, THE LIGHTNING’S MINOR LEAGUE SYSTEM WAS BARREN. From 1998, when it drafted Vinny Lecavalier, to 2008, when it drafted Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay’s best homegrown player was arguably Paul Ranger. The Lightning had six rookies playing significant roles this season: forwards J.T. Brown, Nikita Kucherov, Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat and defensemen Radko Gudas and Mark Barberio. (see pg. 57 for more.) “The minor league system has done a great job,” said player development coach Stacy Roest. “We’re pushing them, but not putting them in a position where it’s too tough.” OVERALL 1 1 JONATHAN DROUIN, C, 18, Halifax (QMJHL) 5-11, 192, 39-24-60-84-41 2013 draft, 3rd overall The big question was how Drouin would react to being sent back to junior after a disappointing camp. He did not let down and will surely be…