Most of the NHL Prospects went threw the Combine Today(Friday). But roughly a third of them are scheduled to go Saturday.
Emerson Etem, and Potential Future Tiger Tyler Pitlick ran through their physical testing on friday. I'm not sure if Tyler Bunz went Friday or Not.
I managed to find a web page that lists the top 10 results, of each test.
Emerson Etem's name comes up often throughout the tests.
I also found a slightly unorthodox interview of Tyler Bunz from Everett Silver-tips goalie Kent Simpson. Likewise Kent Simpson also Interviews Tyler Bunz. Both interviews can be found here
This blog is going to be fairly quiet for the summer. I'll probably blog about the NHL draft and the CHL Import draft but other than that unless a trade or something happens I dont plan on blogging a lot over the Summer.
Been thinking a bit about the Tigers Future, and I think it looks extremely exciting. I think with a great selection of euros, the return of key players, and a trade or two to fill some holes the Tigers could be capable of contending for the Division, and Conference, possibly the league with some good luck and fortune.
I've been speculating that the Tigers will go with Jace Coyle, Wacey Hamilton, and possibly Thomas Carr for 20 year old's. However depending on the situation out of camp that could change. I could also see the Tigers keeping Hamilton/Coyle, then picking out a forward that has a strong camp. I guess that is what training Camps are for :)
Rough Line Combos for Depth Purposes
- the only prospect I took into consideration was last years 1st rounder. This in no way represent what I think the lines will look like but rather a simple depth chart of players already here.
Vey Hamilton Kessey
Pitlick Etem xxxx
Grbavac xxx xxx
Bredo Petryk Shinkaruk
Add one of(Car/Gal,MacKay,Frazer)
Fill in a forward slot with a 20 year old or a defensive slot with Thomas Carr. As well as hopefully 1 or 2 euros.
The CHL import draft could play a huge role and put the Tigers over the top this year. Perhaps the Tigers may try to move up in the draft by trading one of their overager's for better positioning.
The forward group looks like it has a lot of offensive power, and an incredible 1-2 punch. Hopefully the incoming group of 16-17 year old's can provide a surprise or two, and maintain that strong depth. The Tigers shouldn't have any trouble scoring, their powerplay could also turn out to be pretty deadly.
The Defensive Group Looks very Average to me. Taking championship teams into consideration I think they are missing a real good 2 way defensive stud, and If Carr is not back a solid stay-at-home Dman at least.
The Tiger's will have a couple young guys looking to make their mark. It would be a perfect time for a future starter to get their feet wet. There's also the consideration of keeping a 19 year old goalie as a backup in case anything happens to the starter Bunz during the Season.
I can forsee Willie Desjardin having lots of tough decisions to make this year. From 20 year olds, to the import draft, to the backup Goalie, to which new talents looks most promising, to getting the most value possible for overagers, and to getting value for young guns who cant quite break into the lineup but are whl calibre.