Welcome to the November edition of On the Rush. There is definitely a bit of variety in this month’s outing. We have a burgeoning mobile defenseman from the Philadelphia Flyers, a collegiate standout at Harvard, a pair of struggling first round selections from Dallas, two league-leading scorers, and even a Latvian winger out of the lesser known Norwegian league. From the Ivy League to Norway, it is quite an assortment. That happens to be right up our alley here at On the Rush. So let’s get down to the nitty gritty, and take a look at last month’s leaders and trailers from around the prospect world. Read more»
The Winnipeg Jets have effectively erased the memories of ineffective drafting that plagued the franchise’s Atlanta incarnation. Mark Scheifele and Adam Lowry, taken in 2011, are already NHL players capable of tough minutes. 2012 picks Jacob Trouba and Connor Hellebuyck are developing well as pros – albeit at different stages. While players picked in 2013 and onward remain to be judged, the early returns are excellent. Scouting is only one part of the equation that leads to a successful NHL franchise, but it is a crucial aspect for a frugal team like Winnipeg.
The recent promotion of Mark Hillier to Director of Amateur Scouting from Head Amateur Scout seems like a small change in terms of title. Under Marcel Comeau’s direction since 2003, the Atlanta Thrashers amassed a mixed record – as all teams do. Since relocation however, the team had begun to separate from the pack. How much is due to Hillier’s input versus Comeau or others is unclear, but the Winnipeg Jets now find themselves with one of the deepest collections of young talent in the NHL.