Tonight we recapped the Mastercard Memorial Cup from two different angles, spoke to a couple of different NHL draft prospects, went in-depth with a very in depth draft guide and got the lastest from the Manitoba capital about the return of the NHL. It was a 6 pack of prospect goodness that joined us on the Moosehead Hotline.
First up was Mark Edwards from hockeyprospect.com. Their draft guide is now out and it is a must read for draft junkies like us. Very in depth with some very interesting rankings. 2 Euros in the top 5, and one of them isn't Gabriel Landeskog. How much will the draft combine help a guy like Dougie Hamilton who might just be the smartest person at the entire combine. Is there a sleeper this year and what goalie might go first and in what round? Mark did an excellent job previewing the draft and it's a must listen segment.
Jonathan Huberdeau was one name we discussed with Mark and his Saint John Sea Dogs wrapped up a Mastercard Memorial Cup title on Sunday. The voice of the Dogs Tim Roszell told us what the win meant to not only Saint John but the entire Maritime area of Canada. What was the feeling of redemption like for Jacob DeSerress who last year was shelled by the Windsor Spitfires in the final, but this year could have been tournament MVP. Zack Phillips at times was on another level and he was playing hurt, how has that helped him, and what's the future hold for head coach Gerard Gallant who is now the 2 time reigning CHL coach of the year, and his team could be even better next year, but the NHL might come calling.
To wrap up the first hour we spoke with draft prospect Sean Kuraly of the Indiana Ice, a very well spoken young man who is attending the draft combine in Toronto. The rules have changed this year so college bound kids don't have to whip through the event in 48 hours Sean told us what he expects from the interview and work out process at the combine and how many interviews he has lined up. The budding power forward described his game to us and why he's bound for the Miami of Ohio Redhawks next year.
To start hour #2 Sam Cosentino our CHL insider from Rogers Sportsnet dropped by and we spoke at length about the Mastercard Memorial Cup. What were Sam's best storylines from DeSerress getting redemption to Jordan Binnington not starting the tie breaker game for Owen Sound. How was the event compared to others Sam has whitnessed and did Jonathan Huberdeau do enough to jump into the top 3 for the NHL draft?
A story that brings a huge smile to my face is the one unfolding in Winnipeg with the return of the NHL. The voice of the Manitoba Moose Brian Munz was kind enough to join us after a long and busy day. What happens to the Moose? What names are front runners?
Closing out the show tonight was power forward Kale Kessy of the Medicine Hat Tigers. The player ranked 101st by NHL Central Scouting isn't at the NHL Draft Combine going on in Toronto right now but that doesn't mean that he's a player with little value. Kessy is a big and rough winger that can contribute some offensive numbers and you can be sure his name appears somewhere on the list of all 30 NHL clubs.
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