Wednesday, June 27, 2012

2012 Import Draft

Last Edit: 3:00 PM Wednesday (Added WHL Schedule Link)
Edit: 8:50 AM Thursday (Added MH News Link)

1st Round - 47th Selection
Marek Langhamer - Goalie - Czech Republic 6'1.75 181 lbs 1994 July 22nd - Pardubice
- Next season will be his 18 Yr Old Season.

- Elite Prospects Page
- Drafted 184th overall by Phoenix 7th round
- Photo In Action

-Scouting Report
Butterfly goalie with a quick glove and strong athletic ability. Has quick reflexes, fast legs, good lateral movement, solid rebound control, good positioning, and great recovery ability. Calm when the attack is strong and drives when taking shooters on. Very lean and had no formal goaltending coach until four seasons ago. Intriguing goalie prospect.

- Apparently He suffered a  Knee Injury during the Under 18's against the U.S.A and didn't return (same one Hunter Shinkaruk participated in) Was projected to go in the middle rounds of the NHL draft, but fell to the 7th. It is a little hard to believe he fell so late in the import draft, as I just saw a report from Phoenix after thier draft that said they expected him to play in the CHL this year.

- Article

2nd Round 77th Overall
(Traded Up With Lethbridge for a late round bantam draft pick)
- Daniel Hanson - Denmark -  Defenseman - 5'10 150 lbs - Sonderjyske '95
Next season Will be his 17 Yr Old Season.

- Elite Prospects Page
- Article
 I'll try to dig up some more info on this kid.
This makes the battle for the Starters job more intense. It's never a bad thing to have more competition in camp.  They also have a bit of variety with thier age group. You gotta think that a drafted goalie has a good chance to stick but he still has to prove he belongs. Cameron won the backup role last season, so he has some slight experience over MacAuley. Its incredibly tough to break into the league as a 16 yr old goaltender. It will be a good battle during camp.

- Langhamer (18)
- Cameron (19)
- MacAuley(17)
- Robidoux(16)

The WHL Released the full schedule today. Tigers start with a Home and Home against Lethbridge.
The Tigers start on the road in Lethbridge on Friday September 21st
Then come back to the Hat Saturday September 22nd for the Home Opener.

Tigers have a bundle of road games right off the bat as they take a 3 week trip into B.C/Central Alberta at the beggining of October.

MH News Article on the Tigers Import Draft

Thursday, June 21, 2012

WHL Release Exhibition Schedule (Edit:Friday)

It has been pretty quiet around here lately. I'm taking a good portion of the summer off from this blog, but I will try to post something If any major news comes out like the CHL Import Draft next Wednesday. I still want to try and post my Annual Arm-Chair GM scouting report before the NHL Draft Tomorow (which is not going to happen, this weekend sometimes.)

Tigers Exhibition Games
Saturday - 01/09/2012 - Medicine Hat vs Calgary - 3:00 (Edm Tourney)
Sunday -  02/09/2012 -  P.G vs Medicine Hat -  11:00 (Edm Tourney)
Sunday - 09/09/2012 - Lethbridge @ Medicine Hat - 6:00 HOME GAME
Wednesday - 12/09/2012 - Medicine Hat @ Lethbridge - 7:00
Saturday - 15/09/2012 - Medicine Hat vs Red Deer - 7:30 (stettler)

Slightly Old News
Alex Theriau was not signed by the Dallas Stars so he will be eligible to go back into the draft on Friday.

Edit:Didn't get selected in the draft Alex Theriau is now a free agent. His chances of coming back to the Tigers just went up.

Willie Desjardins was moved to the Stars AHL Affiliate the Texas Stars as thier Head Coach.

Hunter Shinkaruk was selected for the 2012 Russia/Canada Challange. This event replaced the Team Canada Summer Development Camp for the world junoirs.

Darren Helm re-signed with Detroit (4 year 8.5 million dollar deal) I think 90% of the hockey world would consider that a steal.

Their have been a few comments that have been getting stuck in the spam filter, including a pretty newsworthy comment about Parkkonen.

Patrik Parkkonen
I completely missed this but Patrik Parkkonen has Signed with Porin Assat of the Finnish elite league. He signed a 2 year contract in early June. The Tigers blueline depth is now looking a little inexperienced with Parkkonen going overseas and Mckay heading off to school.

Defensive Depth Chart
Alex Theriau(20??)  Busenius(19)
Becker(18)  Lewington(18)
Jenson(17) xxx 

This means the Tigers will be able to draft 2 new euros through the Euro Draft.