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Saint John wins the Memorial Cup, with help from a goaltender whom the Flyers walked away from last summer, and 30 NHL teams decided not to draft last June – Jacob De Serres. I gave my thoughts on him yesterday, but last night Goldman Tweeted some excellent observations during the game. Bottom line, we think he’ll latch on in an organization this summer. Then it’s just a matter of staying the course and getting the right guidance.


I chuckled when I was given examples of prior big CHL winners who turned into nothing. I’m not proclaiming De Serres king… I’m just saying he deserves to be a prospect within some NHL team’s system. Nothing more, nothing less. So no more Jeff Glass and Kelly Guard examples (although, those are cool hockey names). Basically, if you read something I write and it strikes you as incorrect or stupid, then you’re reading it wrong!


From a fantasy standpoint, I would rather own a goalie with a 1% shot at being a star starter in five years, then a goalie who is 100% going to be a weak starter in three years. Because the 1% guy I can cut loose in a year or two when it becomes clear he’s going nowhere. With the surefire guy, I have to hang onto him and wait and see what happens…


Jonathan Huberdeau was the Memorial Cup MVP and Jordan Binnington upped his Draft status by taking top goaltender. So while he goes second/third round, De Serres – if he gets drafted as a 21-year-old, could be like a seventh rounder flyer by someone.


The Oilers have signed Ryan Jones to a two-year contract. He strikes me as one of those solid players coming off the third line and chipping in 35 to 40 points… unless he auditions on a top line, clicks and Alex Burrows his way to 60-point highs. Bet on the former, as many players have the potential for the latter and few get there.


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Dobber said:

... Sentium - this one is a tough one. From what I can read in the CBA section 8.1, he is ineligible for the draft if he is 21 UNLESS he was drafted previously. But the wording is filled with so much lawyer-speak and double and triple negatives that my brain still has trouble trying to piece it out. But I'm 80% certain he needs to be drafted.
May 30, 2011
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sentium said:

... De Serres can't be drafted again, right? IIRC you're eligible for two drafts these days and then after that it's UFA, so he should be able to sign with whomever he wants... right? smilies/smiley.gif
May 30, 2011
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Austin said:

Agreed I think that someone will take a flier on him.

It could actually be the team with the most organizational depth, the Canucks. (Luongo, Schneider, Lack, Cannata. Schneider has a 80% chance ofstarting in the NHL, Lack has about a 70% and Cannata has a 50%)

They have a history of taking of taking project goalies late with MG as GM.

May 30, 2011
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Brayden said:

DeSerres If you take the time to look through goaltending depth charts across the NHL, there are a good number of teams who don't have a lot in the pipeline. Part of this can be attributed to the amount of young guys who have graduated to the league full-time since the lockout, but the best teams are constantly re-stocking the cupboard. I'm with Dobber on this one completely, the kid has played well enough at that level to deserve a shot somewhere. Considering the amount of teams lacking quality prospects, there should be a decent sized lineup to get his name on a contract.
May 29, 2011
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