Over the course of the last 10 months we have made it a priority on the show each week to interview a different player who is eligible for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
We've spoken with players at the absolute top of the rankings, several who are now enjoying a rise in their stock as the big event gets closer and also a smattering of guys who might make for strong sleeper picks.
We've noticed a big increase in visitors to our blog since we started our daily team draft previews and since many of you may not have heard those exclusive conversations from earlier in the season... I decided it might be of value if I compiled one blog entry that lists all the players and provides links to those interviews.
Here now is the list of 2009 Prospects that were featured on The Pipeline Show this past season in order of their draft ranking according to ISS:
1. John Tavares - Sept. 30th, still with the Oshawa Generals and looking forward to a big year.
2. Matt Duchene - Nov. 25th, He was well on his way to a terrific season in Brampton.
3. Victor Hedman - Jun 2, our exclusive with the big Swedish defenceman.
4. Magnus Paarjarvi-Svensson - Jun 16th, Another European exclusive for TPS.
5. Evander Kane - Oct. 7th, was off to a hot start and never seemed to cool off.
6. Brayden Schenn - June 16th, The Wheat Kings sniper fires off a great interview
7. Jared Cowen - June 2nd, a quick chat with Cowen after some phone tag.
8. Nazem Kadri - Dec. 30th, our last interview of 2008.
12. Louis Leblanc - Jan 13th, the top rated player out of the USHL
13. Ryan Ellis - Nov. 11th, in advance of the 2009 WJC in Ottawa as he hoped for a camp invite.
14. Jordan Schroeder - Dec 16th, One the eve of the WJC in Ottawa the sniper talked about USA
15. Peter Holland - Apr 14th, U18 report from the Guelph Storm forward
16. John Moore - Feb 10th, the interview that launched Moore's blogging career with us!
17. Landon Ferraro - Mar 12th, one of the most well-spoken kids in the class of 2009.
18. Drew Shore - From the US-NTDP and headed to Denver next year.. right??
19. Scott Glennie - Dec 23rd, Merry Christmas from Brandon
20. Zack Kassian - June 9th, hey Islanders... he's not an alchoholic OK?
23. Kyle Palmieri - Mar 3rd, a week before leaving the US-NTDP.
24. Chris Kreider - June 2nd, the top high school kid available in 2009
26. Ethan Werek - Feb 17th, and another TPS guest blogger is found!
27. Jeremy Morin - June 9th, Another member of the US-NTDP.
30. Simon Despres - Feb. 24th, back when he was considered a potential top 10 pick
33. Carter Ashton - Mar 10th, a quick postgame chat.
38. Stefan Elliot - Dec 16th, the blueliner with the Blades of Saskatoon
39. Dylan Olsen - Oct. 14th, preparing to represent Canada West at the 2008 WJAC.
46. Cody Eakin - Nov 18th, the speedy forward from Swift Current
49. Tomas Vincour - Dec. 9th, Mar 27th.
50. Ryan O'Reilly - Mar 16th, on the eve of the OHL playoffs
51. Zach Budish - Jun 16th, As power forward-ish as they come.
72. Seth Helgeson - Nov. 5th, at the 2008 WJAC in Camrose with Team USA.
74. Byron Froese - Apr 28th, a strong U18 vaulted him up the rankings.
105. Brandon Pirri - Nov. 5th, at the 2008 WJAC in Camrose with Canada East.
122. Tommi Kivisto - Apr 7th, a end of the year interview with the falling Finn.
131. Burke Gallimore - Feb 4th, A secret weapon of the Saskatoon Blades
139. Mike Cichy - May 19th, the USHL playoff MVP set a new record this year.
141. Kellan Tochkin - Mar 31st, the WHL rookie scoring champ.
145. Cass Mappin - Mar 15, the injured Rebel on his year in Red Deer.
193. Philip Samuelsson - Mar 3rd, NCAA or WHL?
NR. Brett Chartier - Oct. 21st, after a week of honors in the USHL.
NR. Brandon Kozun - Mar 24, looking to be drafted after falling through the cracks in '08.
2. Olivier Roy - Oct. 14th, Player of the Week because of a white-hot start to the year.
4. Mike Lee - Nov. 11th, after winning the 2008 WJAC with Team USA,
NR Kieran Millan - Feb. 10th, on his way to backstopping BU to the NCAA national title.
NR Ben Scrivens - Feb 17th, with the best goalie stats in the NCAA
re-entry Torrie Jung - after being acquired by Edmonton (Oct 28th) and March 3rd,
Each month we also invite Mike Oke, head scout from International Scouting Services, to the program to go over the latest ISS monthly release. Here are the links to the interviews with some of the names talked about that month.
October - Tavares, Hedman, Duchene and Cowen.
November - Sergei Chvanov, Jeremy Morin, Drew Shore, Svensson-Paarjarvi, Carl Klingberg, Anton Lander, Jordan Schroeder, Zack Kassian, Ryan Ellis.
December - WJC preview... John Tavares, Victor Hedman, Evander Kane, Dmitry Kulikov, Tomas Vincour, Tommi Kivisto, Toni Rajala, Ryan Ellis.
January - Victor Hedman, MSP, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Scott Glennie, Brayden Schenn, Tomas Tatar, Jaroslav Janus, Jordan Schroeder, Tommi Kivisto, 2009 Top Prospects Game, Simon Despres.
February - John Moore, Jared Cowen, Drew Shore, Kyle Palmieri, Jeremy Morin, Josh Birkholz, Chris Brown, Edward Pasquale, Robin Lehner, Benjamin Conz, Mattias Lidstrom.
March - Alex Chiasson, Kyle Palmieri, Dmitry Kulikov, Zack Kassian, Olivier Roy.
April - Matt Duchene, Dmitry Orlov, Dylan Olsen, Toni Rajala, Michael Zador, Kevin Lynch,
May - Magnus Paarjarvi-Svensson, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Jared Cowen, Dmitry Kulikov, Louis Leblanc, Scott Glennie, Mike Cichy.
June - COMING TUESDAY JUNE 23rd so get your questions emailed in to our St. Albert Source for Sports inbox: firstname.lastname@example.org
thanks, 40oz... that sounded weird. I should be saying "screw you 40oz for this damn hangover".
JW: no worries, just credit the source if you're quotin'... that's all I ask.
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