Interesting. . . makes me think of some of the local boys who have chosen to forego the dream, that is for sure!
Jim Clark Tuesday, October 04, 2016
The National Hockey League's Central Scouting bureau Tuesday released its first rankings for the 2017 draft, and several players with local ties made the list.
The preliminary list groups players in categories of A, B or C. An "A" rated player is considered to be a projected first-rounder, while a "B" player is considered to be a candidate for the second or third rounds. "C" players are potential selections in Rounds 4-6.
While no local players were among the 29 with an "A" grade, four fell into the "B" camp as Ben Mirageas of Newburyport and former Springfield Cathedral/Pope Francis goalie Keith Petruzzelli both were listed in that category. Mirageas (Bloomington Thunder) and Petruzzelli (Muskegon Lumberjacks) currently are playing in the United States Hockey League, with Mirageas committed to Providence and Petruzzelli to Quinnipiac. Former St. Sebastian's star R.J. Murphy, now with Dubuque, also is a "B" player along with Boston University's Jake Oettinger.
Several players fell into the "C" category, including former Herald Dream Teamers Jayson Dobay and John Leonard. Dobay is a defenseman who will play this season as Thayer after earning Dream Team honors in 2015-16 for BC High, while Leonard left Springfield Cathedral after a sparkling 201-415 campaign and currently is with the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL. Both are UMass commits.
Dobay and Leonard are joined on the list by Boston College's Luke McInnis (formerly of Hingham and Dexter) and Zachary Walker. Several other prep school stars were honored, including Cushing's Marc McLaughlin, Dexter's Jack Rathbone (Harvard), Groton's Santeri Hartikainen and Lawrence Academy's Jack Cameron (Dartmouth). Matthew Quercia of Andover, who plays for Sioux Falls of the USHL and is committed to Boston University, also is on the "C" list.
The NHL Central Scouting mid-term rankings generally are released in January, in which players are ranked numerically in four groups -- North American skaters, goalies, European skaters, goalies -- rather than grouped by category.
Next collective bargaining agreement will move the draft to older ages. Your already seeing teams move in that direction by drafting more kids in 2nd or 3rd year of eligiblity. The number if NCAA unrestricted FA's now signing deals is another indicator. You just don't know what a kid will be when many have not even finished growing yet. The challenge will always be that if you put it older, what do you do with the exceptional players who are ready at 18/19. They will come up with something and it will be good for the game. The pressure on HS kids to go to the USHL or Major Junior so early will be lessened and kids will have a little more breathing room to grow and develop during HS versus rushing off because some "advisor" or agent says you have to in order to be drafted.
Yeah, the NHL and Canadian Major Junior Hockey are going to change everything to appease the US high schools, colleges and the USHL.
Thanks wingnut but that's not what I said.. They will change it because it's easier to draft and project 19-20 year olds than it is 18's. The bye-product of this will be for the better of HS kids not running around during HS years just because the draft comes right after graduation.
And what happens to the 18-19 year olds that are NHL ready like you've recently have seen? Do they wait on some beach for their shot or do they put up a couple points a game in junior hockey?
Ahhhhhhhhh, I dunno. You think Connor McDavid would do well in Junior hockey this year?
Allow for exceptional player exemption like the CHL does now. Real tough stuff to grasp.
Taking older players at the NHL draft a new trend | Toronto Star
Headlines: NHL discussing moving draft age to 19 - Sportsnet.ca
NHL draft age change proposal | SI.com
They really do not have to change much if anything. If an NHL team wants to draft a 17 year old kid, so be it. If they want to draft a third year eligible, so be it. I think the real issue is how do the NHL teams protect themselves from loosing an asset ( like Vesey) after three years of waiting. This is probably why so many NHL teams signed all of these underclassmen this summer because of the Vesey situation.
End of the day, the NHL teams do not invest much in a draft pick while waiting for them to sign. However, to be left high and dry leaves them pretty bitter!