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Draft Preview 2016

Draft Preview 2016

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. THN is published 18 times a year, including 14 regular issues and four special issues – such as Future Watch, Draft Preview, Yearbook, the #1 selling hockey annual in North America.

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RANKINGS

THE TIME IS NEAR. After months of anticipation, the picks will actually be made, and there will be a lot of potential to unpack. Since the draft has become the New Trade Deadline, there will certainly be chaos on Friday night, when the first round occurs. But the havoc extends well past the shuffling of NHL players, picks and contracts. This draft promises to be the best year ever for Finland, a nation that won the world juniors and world under-18s. On the other hand, expect the worst showing ever for the WHL – which may only have one or two firstrounders when all is said and done. The mitigating factor? There is a lot of uncertainty after the first 20 to 23 players available. So not to hedge our bets…

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NATURE VS. NATURE

Every Wednesday during the summer, local boys in the eastern Ontario farming community of Arnprior get together for some shinny at the Nick Smith Centre, home to the Arnprior Packers. It’s pretty typical Canadiana. Players toss their sticks in the middle of ice and throw them to either end to determine teams. Postgame adult beverages and chicken wings are occasionally involved. Among those lacing them up is 78-year-old John Chychrun. He plays only once a week in the summer (a guy’s got to have some perspective, after all), but in the winter he’s on the ice twice a week. On those summer nights, he’s joined by his former NHLer son Jeff, and his future NHLer grandson, Jakob, who’s been playing with the group since he was 12. Depending on the stick…

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SECRETS OF THE SCOUTING GAME

FOR UP-TO-THE-MINUTE COVERAGE, VISIT THN.COM WE’RE ONLY AS good as our scouts. In the pages of THN’s Draft Preview, we break down every nugget of relevant info we can find on prospects, from their amateur stats to their bodily measurements, but nothing matters more than our scouting reports. Scouting is a grind. The NHL’s bird dogs freeze their toes in rinks all over the northern hemisphere studying kids to learn their strengths and weaknesses. But it’s also a passion and an art form. What are the secrets of the trade? What are the most important things to seek in a draft-hopeful kid? And what are the red flags? Is the travel as horrible as it’s rumored to be? We assembled a panel of experts with decades of experience in the business to…

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SORRY, BRAIN. THE LEGS AREN’T HOME

THE STRAIGHT EDGE WITH RYAN KENNEDY @THNRYANKENNEDY FOR YEARS I HAVE COVERED the NHL draft combine and, with my very unscientific eye, tried to read just how hard the players were pushing themselves on a couple notorious bike tests: the Wingate, an anaerobic test, and the V02 Max, an aerobic test. The Wingate is the shorter of the two, taking just 30 seconds. But players fear it nonetheless. St. Louis Blues prospect Luke Opilka went through the combine last year and, because most of the events were on the same concourse, he could hear his fellow draft hopefuls subjected to the bike torture way before he even got to that station. “You’re pretty nervous, because it sounded terrible,” he said. “I blacked out when I did it. I was seeing dots.” In the past, I…