Great to see such an active group of readers. Here are a couple of FanPosts for your Friday afternoon reading enjoyment with today’s theme being youth, youth and more youth. Paul LeMay (B. Leaf) takes an in-depth look at the team’s organizational prospect depth while Chuck Johnson compares Nazem Kadri’s chances of making the NHL as a 2nd year player with those of previous high draft picks.
Seeming lost in all the hype and fervor over the Olympics was the recent return to action of one Chris Didomenico. A surprise selection for the 2009 World Junior Championships, Didomenico suffered a badly broken leg in the QMJHL Finals, an injury which had many questioning his ability to return.
As the updates came in, Didomenico continued to show excellent progress in his rehabilitation.Â His efforts were finally rewarded last Wednesday when, in his first game back with Drummondville of the QMJHL, he scored a goal and added three assists. As of this writing, Didomenico has recorded 2 goals and 4 assists in 3 games.
Breathe easy, Leafs’ fans.Â It looks as though “Dido” is back on track.
Weight: 183 lbs
Scouting service, McKeen’s Hockey Prospects released their 2009 Final Rankings, in conjunction with their 2009 Draft Guide which includes exclusive content and scouting reports on the top 90 draft eligible players. Patrick King, of Sportsnet familiarity talked about the draft in a Q and A session.
Following suit with the likes of the Redline Report and ISS, John Tavares was not listed at number one. NHL Central Scouting doesn’t release a consolidated rankings, ranks are broken down by North American and International, with Goaltenders ranked independant from Skaters.
Maple Leaf forward prospect Christopher Didomenico from the Drummondville Voltigueurs of the QMJHL suffered a broken thigh bone in his left leg and is expected to be out at least 4-6 months after crashing hard into the boards during last night’s playoff game against Shawinigan. Similar to the injury to Minnesota Wild defenseman Kurtis Foster last season, the incident occurred as a result of two players chasing the puck during a potential icing call.
Even though the Maple Leafs season is officially over, it doesn’t mean that there’s no playoff hockey here in Toronto. The Marlies just started their Round 1 series of the AHL playoffs last night against the #1 ranked Manitoba Moose.
Be sure to forward your questions for Gus, Alex and myself below in Alex’s post…
Original post: http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Alec-Brownscombe/Prospect-Tracker—Volume-1/48/17321
I will be posting these informational prospect updates every month. This one is a little shorter than you can expect, as the NCAA season is barely underway and the Maple Leafs have an array of collegiate prospects that I will be tracking throughout the ’08/’09 season.