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Prospects Information & Rumors: Cormier, Byfield & Weissbach
April 7, 2021
Vegas Golden Knights prospect Lukas Cormier sits atop the Quebec Main Junior Hockey League scoring chart amongst defensemen. Los Angeles Kings prospect Quinton Byfield has adjusted to life within the American Hockey League and leads the Ontario Reign in scoring. The Buffalo Sabres have signed a former seventh-round decide to an entry-level contract after a powerful season within the NCAA.
Cormier Paces QMJHL Defenseman in Scoring
Golden Knights prospect Lukas Cormier continues to tempo all QMJHL defensemen in scoring by a large margin. The Charlottetown Islanders d-man is having an amazing begin to his third season within the league. Via 33 video games, he has 14 objectives and 33 assists for 47 factors, which leads the league in each assists and factors by a defenseman. He additionally ranks third in objectives, trailing Nathan Larose, who has 17. He has factors in 11 of his final 12 video games, and in that span, has amassed a powerful three objectives and 12 assists for 15 factors.
In October I took a take a look at how Cormier would match into the Golden Knights‘ group after being chosen within the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.
After shedding prime prospect Erik Brannstrom within the commerce that introduced Mark Stone to Vegas, the Golden Knights wanted to replenish their defensive prospect pool. Including QMJHL defenseman Lukas Cormier is strictly the kind of transfer they should make. He slid a bit, seemingly because of his measurement, however he’s a supremely gifted skater and can look very good on a blue line with Shea Theodore. There have been some scouts that had him of their first or second spherical, so this can be a super worth for the Golden Knights within the third spherical. They grabbed a sniper in Brendan Brisson within the first spherical, and including a cell puck-moving defenseman enhances that completely right here in day two.
Drafted 68th total within the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, Cormier spent the 2019-20 season with the Islanders within the QMJHL, the place he recorded six objectives and 30 assists in 44 video games performed. He was named to the CHL High Prospects Sport and received a Hlinka Gretzky Cup silver medal with Canada.
Byfield Continues Spectacular AHL Type
Kings prospect Quinton Byfield is having fun with life with the Reign within the AHL. He has factors in 9 of his final ten video games with six objectives and 5 assists. It’s a giant shift in manufacturing from the one objective and 6 assists he had in his first 14 video games this season. He co-leads the Reign in scoring with fellow rookie Arthur Kaliyev, and he’s one in every of a number of rookies taking part in a key function within the lineup, together with Kaliyev, Samuel Fagemo, Akil Thomas, Aidan Dudas, Alex Turcotte, and Tyler Madden, amongst others.
THW’s Zackary Weiner broke down why Byfield was the proper match for the Kings’ group after he was drafted final October.
Though the Kings don’t want one other middle, Byfield shouldn’t be thought-about a waste of a decide positionally. There isn’t a doubt that Kopitar goes to maneuver on from Los Angeles ultimately, so the staff goes to wish a real primary middle to take his place. Though the Kings have a number of middle prospects, none have the skills that Byfield does. In different phrases, the Kings have a number of fairly good, however nobody that might be capable to seamlessly take over for Kopitar. Byfield may very well be that man. That is actually necessary for LA’s transition from the rebuilding Kings to the Stanley Cup playoff Kings. The staff revolves round Kopitar, and he’s the clear chief of the squad. The transition to being a extra aggressive staff will go that rather more easily with Byfield having the ability to take the reins.
Chosen second total within the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, he spent the 2019-20 season within the Ontario Hockey League with the Sudbury Wolves, the place he amassed a powerful 32 objectives and 50 assists in 45 video games to steer the staff. He additionally completed fifth within the league in points-per-game common with 1.82. He represented Canada at each the 2020 and 2021 World Junior Championships profitable a gold and silver medal, respectively.
Sabres Signal Linus Weissbach
The Sabres have introduced that they’ve agreed to a typical three-year, entry-level contract with ahead Linus Weissbach. Drafted 192nd total within the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, he spent the 2019-20 season as a junior on the College of Wisconsin, the place he amassed 4 objectives and 18 assists in 35 video games performed. Throughout his senior season, he posted career-highs in objectives, assists and factors with 12 objectives, 29 assists and 41 factors in 31 video games. He was named to the NCAA B1G Ten Second All-Star Group and was a B1G Ten regular-season champion with Wisconsin.
The 22-year outdated Swedish ahead will seemingly begin with the Rochester People within the AHL, however with the Sabres determined for scoring expertise and Taylor Corridor seemingly on his manner out, we may see Weissbach get a shot at NHL motion sooner fairly than later.
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