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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Update...Holidays Over, Las Vegas and Brick Tournament

Edmonton Area Super Novice Hockey Club - Brick Invitational
After a week away from "life", we are back from a much needed break from hockey and our other careers!  With that said, it is now time to start setting up for the 2012-2013 hockey season which is still a while away but during the summer, we'll profile some of the top 98's and 99's to watch for the coming season and we'll 4also go league by league and preview the teams.

During this past week, there were a couple big tournaments taking place.  For those of you who follow WEHP on twitter, you'll know that our final two stay stop on our trip through the mountains was in Edmonton  - on the way home.  While the "MRS." was out shopping, I had a chance to watch some of  The Brick Invitational Super Novice Hockey Tournament.  There was absolutely no ranking or scouting involved, just watched out of pure enjoyment.  It was funny, the director of PPL of the Spokane Chiefs sent me a message while watching the tournament asking if I was actually scouting this age group and the answer was a resounding NO!  With that said, it is interesting to look through the number of players in the first 14 year history of the event who made it to the NHL or who have played NCAA or made it to major junior or junior A.

Toronto will play Detroit in The Brick final today.  Toronto defeated Vancouver in a semi-final yesterday and Detroit beat Winnipeg.  The leading scorer in the tournament was Toronto's Logan Morrison, who had 9 goals and 5 assists in 6 games.

The Brick Breakdown
Major Junior/Junior "A" or NCAA = 534
- Works out to an average of 38.14 per year of The Brick Tournament who have played at a Junior, Junior "A" or NCAA level.

NHL Players = 63
- The Brick Tournament has seen 63 players make it to the NHL in the 14 years.  That works out to 4.5 each year on average.  So there was a good chance that those who watched this years tournament that you viewed 4 or 5 future NHL players.

NHL Draft Picks = 154
- With 154 NHL draft picks during the 14 years, that works out to an average of 11 NHL picks per year of The Brick Tournament.

NHL Draft Picks By Team
Alaska - 1
Boston  - 9 (Ryan Shannon, Mike Brown and Ben Lovejoy all made the NHL)
Toronto Bulldogs - 11 (Ethan Werek made NHL)
Calgary - 6 (Krys Kolanos, Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi made NHL)
California - 13 
Connecticut - 6 (Max Pacioretty made NHL)
Detroit - 7 (TJ Hensick, David Booth, Erik Condra, Nate Gerbe, Tim Gleason, Steve Kampfer made NHL)
Edmonton - 16 (Jay Bouwmeester, Mike Comrie, Tyler Ennis, Ryan Garbutt, Brendan Mikkelson,  Dion Phaneuf, David Schlemko, Jared Spurgeon made NHL)
Kamloops - 1
Minnesota - 15 ( Jack Hillen, Erik Johnson, Jamie McBain, Peter Mueller, Jim O'Brien, Blake Wheeler all made NHL)
Montreal - 4 ( Matthew Lombardi made NHL)
Northwest - 5 ( Colin Fraser, Brandon Dubinsky and Dustin Byfuglien made NHL)
Pro Hockey - 15 (Logan Couture, Alex Pietrangelo, Tyler Seguin, Steve Stamkos, PK Subban all made NHL)
Red Deer - 1
Saskatchewan - 1 (Jaden Schwartz made NHL)
Saskatoon - 8 (Carter Ashton, Warren Peters, Darroll Powe, Brayden Schenn, Luke Schenn all made the NHL)
Toronto - 5 (Matt Halischuk, Kyle Quincey, Wojtek Wolski made NHL)
Vancouver - 24 (Karl Alzer, Troy Brouwer, Gilbert Brule, Jordan Eberle, Colton Gillies, Travis Hamonic, Andrew Ladd, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Brent Seabrook, Kyle Turris all made NHL)
Winnipeg - 23 (Cam Barker, Darren Helm, Alex Steen, Jonathan Toews, Ian White and Travis Zajac all made NHL)

Las Vegas NAAACC
A small tournament was taking place in Las Vegas over the past week as well.  The Edmonton Mercurys won a a 5 team tournament that featured the Vancouver Selects, Sask-Can, Alberta Ice and Spartan PFO.  Several players didn't make the trip on all the teams.  Just a fun way to end summer hockey for those who chose to play this year!

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