Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Top 5 Tuesday
Yippee it's the second day of the week....and that means it's time for another edition of Top 5 Tuesday, and of course The Pipeline Show, which can be heard live tonight at a special time from 6-8 PM mountain time on the TEAM 1260 in Edmonton or world wide on our website. We're on early as Corey Graham will be up after the Oilers game with the post game show. Before we get to the top 5 list, here's a rundown of who's on the show tonight.
Mike Oke is the head scout for ISS, and will drop by to shed light on their November report which just came out. Who are guys to watch for after the big four of Tavares, Hedman, Duchene and Cowan. Cody Eakin of the Swift Current Broncos was one of last week's 2009 draft prospect performer of the week, Guy was impressed with him earlier in the season. He'll be live and we'll also tell you who this week's winners are. Jacques Lamoureux of the Air Force Falcons is tearing up the NCAA scoring list right now with 19 points in 10 games, putting him in a tie for second with one game in hand. He has an incredible story of triumph or the worst kind of tragedy, if you know his tale you'll want to get an update, if you don't you need to tune in. Devan Dubnyk is red hot right now in Springfield, the Oilers first round draft pick from 2004 was just named the AHL goalie of the week. We'll also have Bad Ass trivia, Flaming Hot/Not, fantasy prospect pick up and more thoughts on the world of prospect hockey tonight at a special time of 6-8 Mountain time.
This week with Top 5 Tuesday we'll take a look at the top 5 goaltenders rated for the 2009 NHL entry draft.
1. Olivier Roy-Cape Breton-QMJHL
Roy is ranked #1 by ISS and is expected to be a first round pick. In fact he could end up being the only QMJHL player taken in the opening round. Roy is your typical Quebec butterfly style goaltender with lightning quick reactions, great lateral movement and is technically sound. He plays the puck well and has decent size at 6.00. Roy was invited to Canada's U-18 camp this summer for the Ivan Hlinka tournament, but didn't make the squad. However he has turned that into motivation with a 13-4 record this year and has the Screaming Eagles second in the Atlantic Division.
2. Edward Pasquale-Saginaw-OHL
Projected to be a second rounder, the 6.02, 216 pound netminder has been busy in Saginaw this year. Pasquale has played every game for the Spirit and has faced 619 shots. He's also been pretty good with a .914 save percentage and a 12-7 mark to put Saginaw 4th in the Western Conference. Pasquale was ranked as the 2nd goalie to be drafted from the OHL last month, but his play as of late has moved him into the #2 spot. It will be interesting to see if he can keep up his hot play.
3. Brandon Maxwell-USA U-18 National Development team
This is a guy I'll be watching closely over the next 6 months as his stock could take a big upswing or drop like a rock in a river. Maxwell was 2-0 for the U.S. U-18team at the 4 Nations tournament earlier this month in Lake Placid, and was also a member of the bronze medal winning club at the Ivan Hlinka tournament. He was invited to the states development camp and with a strong showing could earn a spot. But what could really boost his stock is if he jumps ship to the OHL. Before the 4 nations tournament he was traded from Erie to Windsor. The Spitfires are currently ranked #2 in the CHL and have been picked by many to make a run to the Memorial Cup.
4. Brandon Foote-Brampton-OHL
Another player who last month was ranked lower than he is right now. Foote was slotted in as the 4th OHL goalie by ISS, now he's 4th overall when it comes to Pipemen. And it's not hard to see why. The last line of defence for Brampton has been spectacular with a 9-1 record, a 2.58 goals against average and a .901 save percentage, the best so far by any rookie in the OHL.
5. Mike Lee-Fargo-USHL
The only goalie from the US version of Junior A, Lee was brilliant for team USA at the World Junior A Challenge in Camrose earlier this month. He was 4-0, with a minuscule 1.75 goals against average and a .933 save percentage. Lee used his 6.01, 185 pound frame well and bailed out his D-man anytime they got in trouble. While Canada West didn't mount a massive attack in the gold medal game, Lee was there at key times to snuff out any momentum. Lee follows the puck through traffic really well and for his efforts was named a tournament all star. He's verbally committed to St. Cloud State, but told TPS recently he's not sure when he'll attend. Lee was invited to the U.S. World Junior development camp this summer but will be in tough to make the team this for this December in Ottawa.