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Future Watch 2007

Future Watch 2007

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.


Convoy coming out of Omaha

The Calgary Flames have chosen the right time to start re-stocking a prospects cupboard that was nearly barren. Some of their youngsters such as Dustin Boyd, Brandon Prust and David Moss have shown their wares in the bigs with success. Much of that is attributed to having their own minor-pro affiliate after a few years of sharing in the AHL. Being a team that may see a turnover upwards of half-a-dozen players next season, the Flames are expecting to see some return on their investments. 1 LELAND IRVING, G, 18, Everett (WHL) 6-0, 178, 26-5-2, 1.71, .935 OVERALL 15 On the surface, calling an 18-year-old goalie a team’s top prospect is indicting on the rest of the prospects. However, it may be the complete opposite. Irving may well be the team’s future starting goalie. Strong mentally, and…


It all starts on small stage

Most of today’s NHL players got their start with the youth hockey team in their hometown. And they’ll tell you their fondest memories are of the tournaments they played in. Below we identify three of the most prestigious tourneys in the peewee, bantam and midget age groups – the Quebec International Peewee Tournament, Kamloops International Bantam Tournament and Mac’s World Invitational Triple-A Midget Tournament in Calgary. We also examine two other famous events which include more than one age group – the Silver Stick Tournament and Toronto Marlboros Holiday Classic. Age groups are – midget (17 and under), minor midget (15 and under), bantam (14 and under), minor bantam (13 and under), peewee (12 and under). MAC, S WORLD INVITATIONAL TRIPLE-A MIDGET TOURNAMENT Shortly after the televised final of the 1988-89 event in Calgary, Petr…



A panel of 22 NHL talent evaluators provided grades on top-10 prospect lists and 21-and-under NHLers (ages as of Jan. 31, 2007). Results were blended and ranked. The 2006 rank is in parentheses.…



1. PATRICK KANE RW, 5-10, 170, London (OHL), 42-41-56-97-38 Kane is the draft’s most explosive talent. “His skills are sick,” said one scout. “He handles the puck as if it’s attached to his stick.” 2. JAMES VANRIEMSDYK He’s an outstanding puck distributor, reminiscent of a smooth Keith Primeau. “He’s huge, he’s mobile and he’s got gifted vision and touch,” said a scout. 3. KARL ALZNER The mature, two-way workhorse might be NHL-ready and is the consensus top blueliner. “He’s the type of big, strong D-man we all look for,” one scout said. 4. KYLE TURRIS C, 6-0, 165, Burnaby (B.C. Jr. A), 37-45-33-78-57 The knock on Turris is where he’s playing, but the Wisconsin-bound ace could go No. 1. “He’s a hard worker, tenacious and can finish,” a scout said. 5. SAM GAGNER Son of ex-NHLer Dave Gagner is behind linemate…