Monday, November 05, 2007

Tavares watch

Major junior scoring leaders:

Player Team League GP G A PTS Draft
1 John Tavares Oshawa OHL 17 18 23 41 2009
2 Justin Azevedo Kitchener OHL 16 11 24 35
3 Shawn Matthias Belleville OHL 15 11 23 34 Det 2006
4 Mark Santorelli Chilliwack WHL 18 4 29 33 Nas 2007
5 Ouellet, Dean Cape Breton QMJHL 23 15 18 33
6 Matt Halischuk Kitchener OHL 17 8 23 31 NJ 2007
7 Claude Giroux Gatineau QMJHL 19 14 17 31 Phi 2006
8 Mathieu Perreault
Acadie-Bath. QMJHL 16 11 19 30 Was 2006
9 Chris Terry Plymouth OHL 17 10 20 30 Car 2007
10 Brett MacLean Oshawa OHL 13 15 14 29 Phx 2007
11 Patrick Maroon London OHL 17 12 17 29 Phi 2007
12 Oscar Moller Chilliwack WHL 18 18 11 29 LA 2007
13 Brett Morrison PEI QMJHL 20 10 19 29 Ana 2007
14 Jon Laberge Cape Breton QMJHL 23 12 17 29
15 Jakub Voracek Halifax QMJHL 12 4 24 28 Cmb 2007

It always amazes me how some kids that are prolific scorers in junior can go undrafted, yet here we have three of the top 15 producing CHL players who went unpicked. Kitchener's Azevedo, from what I've heard, is quite a player, but you only have to look under 'height' and 'weight' on his bio to see why he wasn't selected.

A good guy to invite to next year's training camp, no doubt.

Tavares? After putting up
13 goals and 22 points in his first eight games, he only managed five goals and 19 points in his next nine.

I think he'll be okay.



At 6:56 p.m., November 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't Matthias traded by Detroit last spring for Bertuzzi?

At 9:42 p.m., November 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tavares will be ok as long as his agents stop "helping" him too much.

There's no need to challenge the NHL. It's pressure that is not needed. Just ask Lindros.

What Tavares should do is work on his physique for another 20 months so he'll be ready when it's time to step on NHL ice.

Sidney Crosby's leg strenght is totally another level than Tavares'. Same with Ovechkin.

Score 120 goals if you want but make sure you improve your leg strenght.

Europe shouldn't be even an idea. Those pro leagues could eat Tavares alive.

At 9:39 a.m., November 06, 2007, Blogger Gare Joyce said...

I saw Giroux and Ouellet on the weekend. The difference between them in points is small. The difference between them in skating and all-around game is vast. Giroux can be Simon Gagne redux. A great skater, great instincts, constant effort.

At 11:10 a.m., November 06, 2007, Blogger Cameron said...

The kid on that list who surprises me is Oscar Moller. Scoring at a goal-a-game pace in the Dub? Not bad for a Swede 2nd rounder. The Kings brass should be doing back-flips.

At 2:00 p.m., November 06, 2007, Anonymous Bob.C said...

I saw Azevedo when he played Jr. B in Chatham when he was 15. I never thought much of him then, but I don't think I realized how young he was. I just remember a small kid getting muscled off the puck all the time. Somehow he managed to score 20 goals.

I'll have to go check out a Rangers game sometime to see what he's like now.


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