Saint John walked away with the Memorial Cup last night after beating Mississauga 3-1. Jonathan Huberdeau set up the eventual winner by Zack Phillips and then vice versa on a late insurance goal. Huberdeau was named tournament MVP with his 3+3=6 in four games. It was a great showcase for him but don't fall in love with him just because of this four game stretch, some NHL GM certainly will and will likely grab him in the top 5, and maybe ahead of Sean Couturier, but I think Couturier is still the better prospect (for real and for fantasy). More on this shortly when we release our top 500 Fantasy Prospect Rankings.
The aforementioned Zack Phillips had a solid Memorial Cup with 1+4=5 in four games, I said before the tournament that the trick for scouts will be to determine how much of his success comes from playing with Huberdeau... I'm not sure but I can tell you that I've been impressed with him, especially since he came into the tournament pretty banged up with a bad shoulder. Tomas Jurco also looked good as he had 4+1=5 in four games but part of me thinks that he's all style and no substance whereas another part thinks that he's had to take a lesser role on a loaded team and could really explode if given more opportunities.
The CHL handed our their awards this weekend and there were some names that fantasy GMs should be all over... freshly signed Wild prospect Darcy Kuemper was named the top goaltender, likely top 2012 pick Nail Yakupov was named the top rookie and Ryan Ellis capped off a magical junior career by being named the CHL's top player. I love the upside with Ellis but I'm not sure he's ready to step into the Nashville lineup immediately next season and he's with an organization & coach that are very patient, so he could see some time in the AHL and then brought along slowly... so fantasy GMs will need to be patient as well.
The Oilers re-signed Ryan Jones to a two-year extension, he had a relatively surprising season with 18+7=25, finishing tied for 2nd on the team in goals. He's still pretty young at 26, he's a hard worker and a player that I'm pulling for as he seems like a honest and genuine guy from interviews I've seen but I don't see a ton of skill there. When the Oilers are healthy he won't be seeing any time on the top two lines or on the PP. So draft with your head, not your heart and give Jones a pass.