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.
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.
Many men are built up like legends, but so few live up to the lore. Gordie Howe was one of those few. His accomplishments on the ice are insurmountable, but it was his character away from the game that truly made him the man known as Mr. Hockey.
On May 29, the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies lost 3-2 in OT to the London Knights at the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup. The Huskies began their memorable season nine months earlier in August with training camp. The final game against London was their 100th contest of the season.
Auston Matthews or Patrik Laine, there will be a change in trends at this year’s NHL Entry Draft. Eight of the last 10 first overall draft picks hail from Canada, while Russia’s Nail Yakupov was taken by the Edmonton Oilers in 2012 and Patrick Kane topped the charts in 2007 when he joined the Chicago Blackhawks.
For the third time in hockey history the NHL Draft is shuffling off to Buffalo, with the big show slated for June 24th and 25th. In 1991, "The Big E" hit "The Big B,” as Eric Lindros was selected first overall at the first-ever NHL draft in Buffalo.
Don’t fret, Canadian hockey fans, when an American forward goes first overall at the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo next week. Player development north of the border is doing just fine.
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