Robby Fabbri’s NHL rookie season will be hard to replicate. Although he wasn’t in the Calder Trophy conversation, he scored more than half a point per game in the regular season on a stacked St. Louis Blues squad led by Vladimir Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz and David Backes.
There were a few surprises early on in the NHL Draft, starting off with Pierre-Luc Dubois. For several months, it was a foregone conclusion that Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi would be the first three players drafted, which would have marked the first time in the event’s history that the top three picks came from European teams.
It was the last headline in a press release, but it was arguably the most important one. Summarizing a handful of decisions made at the Western Hockey League's annual general meeting, the release highlighted more evolutions of major junior hockey west of Ontario.
It’s now official that the 100th edition of the MasterCard Memorial Cup in 2018 will be a national bid instead of just being restricted to Quebec and that Atlantic provinces, as per the tournament host rotation. With that news comes questions of whom, if anyone outside of that area, is capable of playing host in two years.
The CHL held its annual European Import Draft on Tuesday, June 28. This year’s draft marked the 25th anniversary of the annual event, with 79 players (53 forwards, 26 defencemen) being selected.
When the Canadian Hockey League Import Draft wrapped up on Tuesday, not a single goaltender’s name had been called. To be fair, that was expected. In fact, it has been the norm since the CHL decided in 2013 to ban import players at the position, in an effort to fix what was being called a crisis in Canadian goaltending.
So there's your team. When the Hamilton Bulldogs selected Slovakian forward Marian Studenic in Tuesday's Canadian Hockey League import draft — don't worry if you don't know who he is, only those at the extreme end of hockey geekdom would — the team essentially put a bow on its roster.
1) BCHL’s Trail Smoke Eaters Hire New Head Coach
2) Brooks Bandits Moving Past 2016 Suspension
3) Owen Lalonde named HockeyNow's 2016 Ontario Minor Hockey Player of the Year
4) Summer Heats up in the OJHL
5) Josh Williams named HockeyNow's 2016 B.C. Minor Hockey Player of the Year