Welcome to the 3rd edition of The Snapshot, as we continue to keep you updated with everything you need to know in the world of hockey prospects.
Loko Yaroslavl won the 2019 Sirius Junior World Cup for a second straight year, beating Team AJHL in the final by a score of 3-0. For a second straight year, they went undefeated to win the tournament. Arizona’s 4th-round pick this past June, Alexander Daryin, led the team in scoring with 7 points in 5 games.
Final standings of the event: 1- Loko Yaroslavl 2- AJHL 3- Kärpat Oulu 4- EC Red Bull Salzburg 5- NAHL 6- Modo 7- Ocelari Trinec 8- Davos
Tuukka Tieksola (the Carolina Hurricanes’ 4th-round pick in 2019) of Kärpät Oulu led the event in scoring with 11 points in 5 games.
The Champions Hockey League got underway on August 29th. To follow the tournament, you can visit their website: https://www.championshockeyleague.com/en . Lots of draft eligible prospects are taking part in this event this year, including the likes of Noah Gunler, Alexander Holtz, Lucas Raymond and Tim Stützle.
Veeti Mietinen, a forward eligible for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, has committed to play for St. Cloud State in the NCAA for the 2020-2021 season. This year, he will be back playing in Finland’s U20 league, where he racked up 61 points in 48 games last season. He would have to play in the U20 league if he intends on pursuing this path, as playing in Liiga would make him ineligible to play college hockey in the NCAA.
The Quebec Remparts announced the signing of James Malatesta to a QMJHL contract. Malatesta was a first round talent in the most recent QMJHL Draft, but fell to the 7th round due to his NCAA intention. After leaving the Remparts’ camp after 48 hours in order to keep his NCAA eligibility, Malatesta was expected to play for Kimball Union Academy this season, but changed his mind and elected to sign with the Remparts.
NTDP U-18 forward Thomas Bordeleau has committed to play for the University of Michigan starting in the 2020-2021 season. Bordeleau is a dual citizen and was a top prospect for the 2017 QMJHL Draft. He was eventually drafted by Blainville-Boisbriand in the 5th round due to his NCAA intention. Bordeleau is eligible for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.
The Guelph Storm announced the signing of their first pick in the CHL Import Draft this past June (38th overall), Andrei Bakanov. The Russia native is eligible for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft and played last season with Cedar Rapids in the USHL, where he had 5 goals and 9 points in 51 games.