Welcome to this second edition of The Snapshot, where we present you the latest in the world of Hockey Prospects. This week, we have news about two international tournaments and some headlines from around the OHL, QMJHL and WHL.
Russia won the U-20 Four Nations’ tournament this past weekend in Perm, Russia. Other teams in the tournament were Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic. Russia had an impressive lineup featuring some quality NHL prospects such as Grigori Denisenko (Florida), Ivan Morozov (Vegas), Pavel Dorofeyev (Vegas), Kirill Marchenko (Columbus), Vasili Podkolzin (Vancouver) and Alexander Romanov (Montreal). Morozov led the team in scoring with 4 points in 3 games but Dorofeyev was the most consistent Russian forwards this week. Russia looks to have a real strong team up front going into the World Junior Hockey Championships this December, with lots of talent up front in the 2000 age group.
There’s another tournament in Russia currently, as the Sirius Junior World Cup is happening in Sochi. Eight teams are taking part in this event: Team AJHL representing Canada, Team NAHL (USA), Modo U20 (Sweden), Loko (Russia), Davos U20 (Switzerland), Karpat U20 (Finland), Trinec U20 (Czech Republic), and Red Bull Academy (Austria). More information about this event here.
In the OHL, Oshawa traded Dylan Robinson to Ottawa – in return, the Generals obtained Windsor’s second round pick in 2020, Kitchener’s 2023 second round pick and a conditional third round pick in 2023. Robinson, now 17 years old, was the 28th overall pick in the 2018 OHL Draft. Last year with Oshawa, he had 2 goals and 7 points in 34 games. He also took part in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in November, playing for Team Canada White.
The OHL website has all the details about each teams training camp starting this week:
The Kelowna Rockets made it official by signing Czech import Pavel Novak to a WHL standard player agreement contract. Novak is eligible for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft and was selected 13th overall in the 2019 CHL Import Draft. Novak recently played for the Czech Republic at the 2019 Hlinka-Gretzky Cup, scoring 2 goals in 4 games.
QMJHL training camps are well underway, as teams are already close to releasing their official rosters (due to the Quebec CÉGEP school system; players that enrol in CÉGEP need to be registered to their school no later than August 26th).
The QMJHL trade period also closed on August 26th. Only overagers and imports can get traded until the the next trade period in December. All the trades are listed here.
Some notes on players having a good pre-season in the QMJHL so far: Justin Robidas, the 2nd overall pick, is tied for the scoring lead with 7 points in 3 games. After scoring 45 goals last season with Baie-Comeau, Nathan Legaré is also off to a good start, with 6 points in 2 games. After a tough first season in the league with Gatineau, Iaroslav Likhachev (Blainville-Boisbriand) is kicking things off well with his new team, registering 6 points in 3 games. Hendrix Lapierre of Chicoutimi, fresh off a stellar performance at the 2019 Hlinka-Gretzky Cup, started his pre-season with a 4-point game against Shawinigan and has 5 points in 2 games overall. Meanwhile, the 4th overall pick in the 2019 QMJHL Draft, Zachary Dean of Gatineau, has 4 goals in his first 3 pre-season games with the Olympiques.