A few years later, Brandt Clarke boasted that Auston Matthews made his way to the NHL, playing in Europe during his conscription year.
“He kind of volunteered,” Clark said. “I was in despair.”
Clark և The prospects for another 2021 project had no choice but to deviate this season when their leagues were unable to organize a season due to the epidemic. He was due to play in Barrie Ontario Hockey League, which on Tuesday rejected plans to play this season, a move that has left countless young players in a state of uncertainty for a year, disrupting the hockey development system.
“There are a lot of friends in my age group who haven’t played this season, և yes, it sucks,” said Clark. “Some of them have grown a lot as players; they could have made huge strides during their conscription years. No, it’s hard to set up your project outside of the 16-year-old season; now that ‘s what many of them are. is off. “
While players in Europe’s college system in Europe spent most of the season, and the Western Hockey League and the Quebec Adult Hockey League were back on the ice, Ontario could never do anything about it. Although OHL Commissioner David Branch believes his league is the best in the world in producing professional players, provincial restrictions have forced many to go the other way.
6-footer 1 defender Clark, who was expected to enter the top five, played 26 games in Slovakia. Francesco Pinelli has joined the Alpine Hockey League in Central Europe. They և first-round pick Corson Seulemans are set to play in front of the Scouts at the Under-18 World Cup in Texas later this month, but that showcase will remain for many eligible players.
“It’s just the cream of the crop,” said Yarmo Kekalainen, CEO of Blue Jackets. “There will be a few players, if this year they had the opportunity to show us how it could develop, they could probably go up. Now people will rely on their juvenile reports, the knowledge you have. before. “
Players know that. The grandmasters and scout directors know that. And under-18s will have only one chance to see (some) players before conscription, in which more than 200 will be selected.
“You will have a missed opportunity for a year to see where they are, how they have progressed, you are going to make your assessments a year ago,” said Capital GM Brian McLellan. “We have tried to do as much as we can with the videos, so there is probably a sense of disappointment. “The players are probably frustrated that they can’t show where they are.”
The Ceulemans are grateful for the 11 games Alberta Junior Hockey League has played against Brooks this season, which started before the three-month break վել resumed. During the break, the 17-year-old defender fired on his garage, worked if possible and tried not to check his shares too much.
“It’s hard not to look,” he said. “But just not reading too much about it, because it’s just such a weird year, not everyone would have a chance to play.”
In Europe ԱՄՆ US college players in other Canadian junior leagues, including Michigan-based No. 1 Owen Power, got more chances than in Ontario. As early as mid-March, there was hope that OG would play more than 20 games, but that never materialized because of regional health regulations that differed from those in Canada and the rest of the world.
“I’m not sure we can justify that for our players,” said Branch. “Ontario has all the strictest powers. Quebec և The local health leagues of the Western Leagues helped them get back into the game և they were able to do so. That should not be the case in Ontario. “
The NHL scouts will check the video and do their best to find out how some of the players have progressed this season. Most of the teams were lucky enough to find places for their best prospects, be it in Europe or the American Hockey League.
But that does not make this year’s project easier.
“It is very similar to last year’s conscription. You do not have a combine, you do not have many different things, it’s different, but this whole world is different, “said Sharks GM Doug Wilson. “The whole world of hockey, the business of our society, is different. You can’t worry about things you can’t control. You just have to say. “I am not going to make excuses. I have to go to find the answer and the solution. “
Here’s how Clark, Ule Ulemans, Mason McTavish and other key prospects are coping. In a sport that preaches to control only what you can, they try.
“Change your fists,” Clark said. “I wish I could play Barry, be with my friends, be on my Barry Colts team, but I’m still really happy to play hockey in a cool environment this year. “I think I got the best out of my situation.”
With that in mind, professional leaders never lose their pity, as they could not personally scout the players or get a complete picture of what they could do on the ice as normal.
“Mostly I think of these kids as it’s their year of conscription, they didn’t get a chance to put their best foot forward,” said Stanley Cup Blitz Grandmaster Jul Julien Bryce Boise. “They have not had the opportunity to perform at such a high point in their careers. In the big picture of reality, this does not or does not disrupt their careers, but I know it means a lot to those kids emotionally, so I feel mostly for them. ”
The price has gone out
Goalkeeper Carrie Price is probably the best bet for the Canadians to take them far in the playoffs. But he will be out at least next week, Monday night due to a concussion record after a clash with Alex Chiason of Edmonton.
As the price goes up, Montreal relies on ake yak Allen between the pipes, trying to keep what is still strong in the fourth place in the North.
East Division first place will be in jeopardy when the capitals of Washington visit the New York Islands for the games on Long Island on Thursday և Saturday, և they will meet again on Tuesday in the District of Columbia.
Goals: Oston Matthews (Toronto), 33; Assistants: Conor McDavid (Edmonton), 50; Points. McDavid, 74; Ice time. Drew Duthy (Los Angeles), 26:56; Wins. Andrei Vasilsky (Tampa Bay), 27; Goals against the average goal. Peter Mrazek (Carolina), 1.66; Save interest. Philip Gustavson (Ottawa), .946.
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