Thursday, November 27, 2014

The WHL's Best 'Overagers' For 2015

When it comes to “overage” players and the NHL Draft, things can get quite tricky. How do you determine who is worth taking in their 2nd or 3rd year of eligibility (that’s what I mean by “overage”, by the way) and who is just following the natural junior player progression, benefiting from being a year older and a year stronger? 

It can be tough to walk that line sometimes.

Regardless of how tough that line is to walk, we know that it happens.  NHL teams aren’t afraid to draft players who have already been passed up at least once in the NHL Draft.

In doing some quick digging in regards to overagers being drafted, I found that 18.6% (19 out of 102) of the WHL players drafted into the NHL in the past 3 seasons were in either their 2nd or 3rd year of eligibility for the NHL Draft.  Here is the list:


Does that mark of nearly 19% seem high to anyone else?  It did to me during my initial glance.  But, after doing some more thinking about it, it really does make some sense for a couple of reasons.  

WHL Lines - Nov. 27


These lines provide an outline of each team’s depth chart through player usage.  




They are not projections. They are based on the actual lines used in the team’s last game played.  










Note that the * signifies a repeated trend. If the star is located at the top of a team’s header it signifies

an identical lineup has been used for at least two games in a row. A star beside a specific line


or defensive pairing means the group has been together for at least two consecutive games, with the

number beside the star saying exactly how many games it’s been.




“Others” are players who were not in the lineup last game due to being injured, scratched or recently traded.
Questions and comments are greatly appreciated. Reach me at cnickolet@gmail.com.























BRANDON (Last updated Nov. 26)  















Forwards















#13 Bukarts (95) #23 McGauley (95) #8 Hawryluk (96) *3




#12 Gabrielle (97) #17 Quenneville (96) #19 Patrick (98) *5




#28 Lisoway (95) #27 Duke (96) #15 Quenneville (94) *3




#22 Shmyr (97) #25 Campbell (96) #21 Coulter (96)













Other F: 
#14 Lewis (98) #16 Kaspick (98)















Defence
















#9 Provorov (97) #6 Pilon (96) *6





#7 Roy (94) #5 Waltz (95) *6





#29 Matsuba (97) #20 Erkamps (95) *2












Other D:
#10 Clague (98) #3 Taraschuk (97)















Goalies
















#33 Papirny (96)







#0 Moodie (95)














Notes:  Only change from last game was 22 in for 16.






Acquired Moodie from Saskatoon on Nov. 26, re-assigning Thompson.















HC: Kelly McCrimmon







GM: Kelly McCrimmon







Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WHL Lines - Nov. 26


These lines provide an outline of each team’s depth chart through player usage.  




They are not projections. They are based on the actual lines used in the team’s last game played.  










Note that the * signifies a repeated trend. If the star is located at the top of a team’s header it signifies

an identical lineup has been used for at least two games in a row. A star beside a specific line


or defensive pairing means the group has been together for at least two consecutive games, with the

number beside the star saying exactly how many games it’s been.




“Others” are players who were not in the lineup last game due to being injured, scratched or recently traded.
Questions and comments are greatly appreciated. Reach me at cnickolet@gmail.com.























BRANDON (Last updated Nov. 26)  















Forwards















#13 Bukarts (95) #23 McGauley (95) #8 Hawryluk (96) *3




#12 Gabrielle (97) #17 Quenneville (96) #19 Patrick (98) *5




#28 Lisoway (95) #27 Duke (96) #15 Quenneville (94) *3




#22 Shmyr (97) #25 Campbell (96) #21 Coulter (96)













Other F: 
#14 Lewis (98) #16 Kaspick (98)















Defence
















#9 Provorov (97) #6 Pilon (96) *6





#7 Roy (94) #5 Waltz (95) *6





#29 Matsuba (97) #20 Erkamps (95) *2












Other D:
#10 Clague (98) #3 Taraschuk (97)















Goalies
















#33 Papirny (96)







#1 Thompson (97)














Notes:  Only change from last game was 22 in for 16.
















HC: Kelly McCrimmon







GM: Kelly McCrimmon







Monday, November 24, 2014

WHL Lines - Nov. 24


These lines provide an outline of each team’s depth chart through player usage.  




They are not projections. They are based on the actual lines used in the team’s last game played.  










Note that the * signifies a repeated trend. If the star is located at the top of a team’s header it signifies

an identical lineup has been used for at least two games in a row. A star beside a specific line


or defensive pairing means the group has been together for at least two consecutive games, with the

number beside the star saying exactly how many games it’s been.




“Others” are players who were not in the lineup last game due to being injured, scratched or recently traded.
Questions and comments are greatly appreciated. Reach me at cnickolet@gmail.com.























BRANDON (Last updated Nov. 23)  















Forwards















#13 Bukarts (95) #23 McGauley (95) #8 Hawryluk (96) *2




#12 Gabrielle (97) #17 Quenneville (96) #19 Patrick (98) *4




#28 Lisoway (95) #27 Duke (96) #15 Quenneville (94) *2




#16 Kaspick (98) #25 Campbell (96) #21 Coulter (96)













Other F: 
#14 Lewis (98) #22 Shmyr (97)















Defence
















#9 Provorov (97) #6 Pilon (96) *5





#7 Roy (94) #5 Waltz (95) *5





#29 Matsuba (97) #20 Erkamps (95)













Other D:
#10 Clague (98) #3 Taraschuk (97)















Goalies
















#33 Papirny (96)







#1 Thompson (97)














Notes:  Only changes from last game were 16-29 in for 22-3.















HC: Kelly McCrimmon







GM: Kelly McCrimmon







Sunday, November 23, 2014

WHL Lines - Nov. 23


These lines provide an outline of each team’s depth chart through player usage.  




They are not projections. They are based on the actual lines used in the team’s last game played.  










Note that the * signifies a repeated trend. If the star is located at the top of a team’s header it signifies

an identical lineup has been used for at least two games in a row. A star beside a specific line


or defensive pairing means the group has been together for at least two consecutive games, with the

number beside the star saying exactly how many games it’s been.




“Others” are players who were not in the lineup last game due to being injured, scratched or recently traded.
Questions and comments are greatly appreciated. Reach me at cnickolet@gmail.com.























BRANDON (Last updated Nov. 23)  















Forwards















#13 Bukarts (95) #23 McGauley (95) #8 Hawryluk (96) *2




#12 Gabrielle (97) #17 Quenneville (96) #19 Patrick (98) *4




#28 Lisoway (95) #27 Duke (96) #15 Quenneville (94) *2




#16 Kaspick (98) #25 Campbell (96) #21 Coulter (96)













Other F: 
#14 Lewis (98) #22 Shmyr (97)















Defence
















#9 Provorov (97) #6 Pilon (96) *5





#7 Roy (94) #5 Waltz (95) *5





#29 Matsuba (97) #20 Erkamps (95)













Other D:
#10 Clague (98) #3 Taraschuk (97)















Goalies
















#33 Papirny (96)







#1 Thompson (97)














Notes:  Only changes from last game were 16-29 in for 22-3.















HC: Kelly McCrimmon







GM: Kelly McCrimmon







Saturday, November 22, 2014

WHL Lines - Nov. 22


These lines provide an outline of each team’s depth chart through player usage.  




They are not projections. They are based on the actual lines used in the team’s last game played.  










Note that the * signifies a repeated trend. If the star is located at the top of a team’s header it signifies

an identical lineup has been used for at least two games in a row. A star beside a specific line


or defensive pairing means the group has been together for at least two consecutive games, with the

number beside the star saying exactly how many games it’s been.




“Others” are players who were not in the lineup last game due to being injured, scratched or recently traded.
Questions and comments are greatly appreciated. Reach me at cnickolet@gmail.com.























BRANDON (Last updated Nov. 22)  















Forwards















#13 Bukarts (95) #23 McGauley (95) #8 Hawryluk (96)





#12 Gabrielle (97) #17 Quenneville (96) #19 Patrick (98) *3




#28 Lisoway (95) #27 Duke (96) #15 Quenneville (94)





#22 Shmyr (97) #25 Campbell (96) #21 Coulter (96)













Other F: 
#14 Lewis (98) #16 Kaspick (98)















Defence
















#9 Provorov (97) #6 Pilon (96) *4





#7 Roy (94) #5 Waltz (95) *4





#3 Taraschuk (97) #20 Erkamps (95) *3












Other D:
#10 Clague (98) #29 Matsuba (97)















Goalies
















#33 Papirny (96)







#1 Thompson (97)














Notes:  13-23-8 had been together for 7 straight games prior to Nov. 21.















HC: Kelly McCrimmon







GM: Kelly McCrimmon







Thursday, November 20, 2014

Breaking Down The Latest Central Scouting List


NHL Central Scouting has put out their second NHL Draft “watch list” of the season and their first since late September. As with any agency, scout or team, the first couple of months are a feeling out period for those involved. It allows you to take in games and make adjustments to whatever preliminary list you had prior to the start of the season. 

You can find the new list for NHL Central Scouting here and find their September list here.

I have taken the time to go through the WHL portion of the Central Scouting list to compare the two releases while also mention a few names that stand out to me in one way or another. Overall, I like many of the adjustments they have made compared to their September “preliminary” list.

To start, we take a look at all the WHL players who have been listed by NHL Central Scouting this year and how they have moved around in the first two releases:


 

Now, we get to some notes:

WHL Lines - Nov. 20th


These lines provide an outline of each team’s depth chart through player usage.  




They are not projections. They are based on the actual lines used in the team’s last game played.  










Note that the * signifies a repeated trend. If the star is located at the top of a team’s header it signifies

an identical lineup has been used for at least two games in a row. A star beside a specific line


or defensive pairing means the group has been together for at least two consecutive games, with the

number beside the star saying exactly how many games it’s been.




“Others” are players who were not in the lineup last game due to being injured, scratched or recently traded.
Questions and comments are greatly appreciated. Reach me at cnickolet@gmail.com.























BRANDON (Last updated Nov. 20)  















Forwards















#13 Bukarts (95) #23 McGauley (95) #15 Quenneville (94) *7




#12 Gabrielle (97) #17 Quenneville (96) #19 Patrick (98) *2




#21 Coulter (96) #27 Duke (96) #8 Hawryluk (96) *2




#16 Kaspick (98) #25 Campbell (96) #28 Lisoway (95)













Other F: 
#14 Lewis (98) #22 Shmyr (97)















Defence
















#9 Provorov (97) #6 Pilon (96) *3





#7 Roy (94) #5 Waltz (95) *3





#3 Taraschuk (97) #20 Erkamps (95) *2












Other D:
#10 Clague (98) #29 Matsuba (97)















Goalies
















#33 Papirny (96)







#1 Thompson (97)














Notes:  Only change from last game was 16 coming in for 22.















HC: Kelly McCrimmon







GM: Kelly McCrimmon







Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WHL Lines - Nov. 19


These lines provide an outline of each team’s depth chart through player usage.  




They are not projections. They are based on the actual lines used in the team’s last game played.  










Note that the * signifies a repeated trend. If the star is located at the top of a team’s header it signifies

an identical lineup has been used for at least two games in a row. A star beside a specific line


or defensive pairing means the group has been together for at least two consecutive games, with the

number beside the star saying exactly how many games it’s been.




“Others” are players who were not in the lineup last game due to being injured, scratched or recently traded.
Questions and comments are greatly appreciated. Reach me at cnickolet@gmail.com.























BRANDON (Last updated Nov. 16)  















Forwards















#13 Bukarts (95) #23 McGauley (95) #15 Quenneville (94) *6




#12 Gabrielle (97) #17 Quenneville (96) #19 Patrick (98)





#21 Coulter (96) #27 Duke (96) #8 Hawryluk (96)





#22 Shmyr (97) #25 Campbell (96) #28 Lisoway (95)













Other F: 
#14 Lewis (98) #16 Kaspick (98)















Defence
















#9 Provorov (97) #6 Pilon (96) *2





#7 Roy (94) #5 Waltz (95) *2





#3 Taraschuk (97) #20 Erkamps (95)













Other D:
#10 Clague (98) #29 Matsuba (97)















Goalies
















#33 Papirny (96)







#1 Thompson (97)














Notes:  Juggling up front including 22 coming in for 16. 29-20 had been together





for 5 consecutive games.
















HC: Kelly McCrimmon







GM: Kelly McCrimmon