Matthews, Laine, Marner Headline 2017 Draft

In News, Transactions on September 9, 2017 at 3:04 pm

The rookie pool was one for the ages — consensus among GMs seemed to be that the 2017 GWMHL Rookie Draft was the deepest group of young players available in some seasons.

Parry Sound kicked things off with the selection of Auston Matthews, who joins Connor McDavid in what will hands-down be one of the league’s most feared duos for years to come. West Virginia took Patrik Laine second overall while San Jose added Mitch Marner¬†at third. Zach Werenski was the first defenseman chosen, by Adirondack at #4.

As rich as the rookie crop was, it was unusually weak in goaltenders. The first goalie chosen didn’t go until #56 (Jon Gillies to Ice Harbor) and only three netminders were drafted in 80 picks.

See the complete list of 2017 draftees here


Big Names Change Teams on Draft Day Trades

In News, Transactions on September 9, 2017 at 2:59 pm

Rookie Draft day is always a chance for GMs to come together and make some big moves. This year featured the usual assortment of pick-for-pick trades, mostly teams going all in on the 2017 draft at the expense of ’18. But several big-name players (and some less big) changed teams, too.

The biggest of the day was undoubtedly star defenseman Erik Karlsson, whose tenure with South Side proved to be short-lived. He headed to Denver, along with centre Mike Fisher and a 4th round pick for defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, young forward Curtis Lazar, and Denver’s 1st and 2nd round picks in 2018.

Salem and Portland made a swap to solve specific depth problems, with the Sabercats sending centre David Krejci and a 3rd in 2017 to the Winterhawks for winger Ondrej Palat and a 3rd and 4th in 2018. With Portland, Krejci can expect to line up next to newly acquired Phil Kessel and one of the team’s high-flying left wingers.

Meanwhile, Charleston got a little younger when it shipped winger Justin Williams off to Boston in exchange for Marcus Foligno and a 4th in 2018. And Parry Sound continued to shore up its once-shaky D with the acquisition of Andy Greene, who became redundant on Pittsburgh when young Ivan Provorov surprisingly fell to the Hornets’ pick. In return, Pittsburgh gets a 2nd rounder in 2018.

Flurry of Trades Interrupts Summer Doldrums

In News, Transactions on July 11, 2017 at 10:45 am

The slow, hazy days of summer got a shot of icewater this week with a sudden series of trades featuring some marquee names.

First, the Denver Spurs made a big play for goaltender Braden Holtby, but it came at a steep price: forwards Zach Parise, Max Domi, and Joel Armia, defenseman Olli Maatta, goaltender Al Montoya, and a first round pick all went to the Boston Banshees. The Spurs also picked up ageless Jaromir Jagr (the all-time GWMHL scoring leader) and defender Zach Bogosian. The Spurs and Banshees followed that up with another, more minor trade, which saw winger Colin Wilson and Boston’s first round Free Agent pick head to Denver for a third round rookie pick.