Steelheads Ink Ingham

Jacob Ingham n2On Friday, August 19th the Mississauga Steelheads announced the signing of 2016, second New Steelround pick Jacob Ingham. Ingham was the 26th overall selection in the most recent draft, hailing from the Barrie Jr. Colts Minor Midget “AAA” club.

A highly decorated and sought after goaltender, Ingham has posted elite numbers between the pipes over the past two seasons. During his Bantam “AAA” season with the Barrie Jr. Colts, the 6’2, 168 pound netminder appeared in 40 games, finishing the season with an impressive 32-2-4 record, along with a sparkling 1.07 goals against average and a 0.924 save %. Last season with the Barrie Minor Midget squad, Ingham led his club to a 3rd place regular season finish and a berth in the OMHA Championships. While the Colts would fail to capture Gold at the OMHA’s, they did come away with a Bronze, defeating the Southern Tier Admirals 1-0. Ingham’s Colts would also go on to appear at the year end OHL Cup tournament, and while the Colts failed to advance past the round robin stage, Ingham showed well, posting a 1-1 record.

Through 50 appearances last season, the Barrie, Ontario native racked up a 28-11-7 record with an outstanding 1.00 GAA, along with a 0.937 goals against average and 12 shutouts. Ingham’s play throughout the minor midget campaign earned him a call-up on two occasions with the OJHL’s Orangeville Flyers. While Ingham came in relief in his Jacob InghamProvincial Jr. A debut against the Toronto Patriots, he did get the start against the Cobourg Cougars on December 12th. In that start the 15 year old netminder turned aside 45 of 49 shots to earn an overtime victory. Ingham also recently was invited to participate in Team Canada’s Summer Under 17 orientation camp, where he suited up for Team Black.

Jacob Ingham is an athletic, poised, hybrid style netminder who possesses an excellent compete level. Arguably the top netminder in his age group, Ingham possesses strong physical attributes that when combined with his exceptional skill allow him to thrive. Ingham is fundamentally sound, showing excellent lower body reflexes, battling through screens to field pucks cleanly and impressive rebound control. A goaltender who consistently challenges shooters, Ingham plays his angles well, using his physical attributes to take up large amounts of the net. Ingham moves cleanly from post to post, remaining in control while effectively squaring up shooters. A goaltender who battles hard in the crease, Ingham consistently showed a penchant for making desperation saves. Ingham exudes confidence and plays as though hes a veteran netminder. With a quick glove had, intriguing size, skill and athleticism, Jacob Ingham has all the makings of a future number one netminder.

With the Steelheads 2015-2016 starting netminder Jack Flinn graduating to overage, the Steelheads will now look to the tandem of eighteen year old Joseph Murdaca and Ingham to lead them through the 2016-2017 campaign. The Ingham signing is the Steelheads first of the off-season, however it is expected that 2016 third round pick Michael Little will sign on with the club in the next few days.

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Spitfires Add Overager Addison

Addison 2On Tuesday afternoon the Windsor Spitfires announced the acquisition of nineteen year Windsor Spitfires Logoold left winger Jeremiah Addison from the Ottawa 67’s. Heading to the 67’s in the deal are two conditional draft picks and Windsor’s 15th round selection in the 2018 OHL draft. Windsor also adds Ottawa’s 2018 15th round pick as part of the deal. Should Addison return to the Ontario Hockey League for his overage season, it’s been reported that the two conditional picks in the deal will be second round selections.

Addison, who is set to turn twenty on October 21st will embark on his fifth and final season of junior hockey should he return to the OHL for the 2016-2017 season. Originally selected by the Saginaw Spirit, Addison was the 12th overall selection of the 2012 OHL Draft, spending his minor midget campaign with the OHL Cup winning Toronto Marlboros. As part of a star studded Marlies “AAA” squad that featured the likes of Connor McDavid, Sam Bennett, Dylan Strome, Josh Ho-Sang, Mitchell Stephens, Roland McKeown, Kyle Capobianco, Jared Walsh, Darren Raddysh, Jaden Lindo and Michael Cramarossa, Addison finished fourth in team scoring with 46 points on 28 goals and 18 assists. Addison went on to add another six goals and one assist in seven games at the 2011-2012 OHL Cup Tournament.

As a first round pick, Addison cracked the Spirit lineup as a sixteen year old rookie, appearing in all 68 games for Saginaw during the 2012-2013 season. Addison produced well throughout his freshmen campaign tallying 6 goals and 10 assists, along with 42 penalty minutes. The following season (2013-2014), Addison saw a minor increase in his offensive production, picking up 17 points on 7 goals and 10 assists, however he did appear in seven less games.

Prior to the 2014-2015 season, Addison was dealt to the Ottawa 67’s in exchange for forward Connor Brown and 2015 third and fourth round draft picks. The move seemed to spark the Brampton, Ontario native as he exploded offensively for the 67’s, picking up career highs in goals (19), assists (28), points (47) and plus/minus (+3). Addison also tasted playoff success, on a personal level for the first time, excelling through the 67″s first round playoff series. With 10 points on six goals and four assists, Addison was undoubtedly Ottawa’s top playoff performer, despite their first round exit. Addison’s breakout campaign caught the eye of NHL onlookers as he was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the seventh round, 207th overall.

Last season with the 67’s Addison yet again improved his offensive output, scoring career Addisonhighs in goals (27), assists (29), points (56) and penalty minutes (74). However despite the individual success, Addison’s 67’s yet again fell in the first round of the OHL playoffs, bowing out to the eventual Eastern Conference Champion Niagara IceDogs. Following the 67’s playoff exit, Addison joined Montreal’s American Hockey League Affiliate in St. John’s, appearing in four of the IceCaps remaining regular season games, where he tallied one assist.

While Addison is eligible to begin his pro career in the Montreal Canadiens system, it is expected that the soon to be twenty year old will return for his overage campaign. A sentiment that will only gain more traction now that he has been dealt to the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup Host Team in Windsor.

The addition of Addison gives the Spitfires four potential overage candidates as Jalen Chatfield, Patrick Sanvido and Cristiano DiGiacinto are all expected to return to the club, while Brendan Lemieux who is also eligible to return is expected to begin his pro career. Addison is the third addition the Spitfires have made this season, having already acquired forward Mike Baird from the North Bay Battalion and import Julius Nattinen from the Barrie Colts.

From a 67’s perspective the move likely signals Ottawa’s intention to build a contender for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 seasons where their rosters project to be strong. Rumors have also swirled that the 67’s intend to bid to host the 2018 Memorial Cup Championship and this move will only fuel that speculation. After acquiring overage forward Patrick White from the Sarnia Sting yesterday and today’s dealing of Addison to Windsor the 67’s currently sit with Trent Mallette, Connor Graham, Jacob Middleton and White as overage skaters heading into the 2016-2017 season, meaning one of Mallette, Graham or Middleton will need to go.

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Ottawa Acquires White from Sarnia

PatrickWhite-730x486On Monday, August 15th the Sarnia Sting announced a trade that sent overage forward Patrick White to the Ottawa 67’s, in exchange for Guelph’s 2017 fourth round pick.Ottawa 67's

An Orleans, Ontario native, White was originally selected by the Sarnia Sting in the fifth round of the 2012 OHL Priority Selection, 89th overall out of the Ottawa Jr. 67’s program. A standout with the Jr. 67’s during his minor midget season, White tallied an impressive 23 goals and 28 assists, for 51 points in just 29 games. White’s strong 2011-2012 campaign continued through the season ending OHL Cup Tournament where he added another 5 goals and 3 assists in 6 games.

White’s first season of Junior eligibility was spent with the local Gloucester Rangers of the CCHL. The 5’11, 194 pound left winger showed well as a sixteen year old in the tier two Junior A ranks, appearing in 58 games, while racking up 21 goals and 16 assists for 37 points. The 2013-2014 season was White’s first in the OHL, as he cracked the Sting lineup as a seventeen year old. While White found it tough to consistently stay in the lineup, he did show well in limited action, picking up 4 goals and 12 penalty minutes in 37 appearances.

In 2014-2015 White would appear in 43 games, increasing his offensive production to 11 goals and 6 assists, despite still playing in a bottom six role for the Sting. Last season was a breakout year for the Ottawa Area native, as White set career highs in Games Played, 522588336Goals, Assists, Points and Plus/Minus, finishing the 2015-2016 regular season with 16 goals and 15 assists, along with 12 penalty minutes and a plus 18 rating.

A veteran of 142 OHL Regular Season Games and 9 OHL Playoff games, White will provide excellent veteran leadership for an Ottawa 67’s club that looks to be on the younger side of things. A player who should see his offensive totals increase yet again through the 2016-2017 season, a strong campaign from White could allow him to find a pro contract at seasons end.

The pick up is a low-key but effective one for the 67’s who will likely have to deal with the loss of three of their top four point producers from the 2015-2016 season. With Jeremiah Addison and Dante Salituro eligible to return, but expected to being their pro careers, the addition of White certainly softens the blow of the two key loses offensively. From a Sarnia perspective, the Sting had some decisions to make regarding overager’s as they where on the verge of entering the 2016-2017 season with as many as six overage skaters. Moving White, for a fourth round pick is quality value for a team somewhat handcuffed in their overage situation.

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The Jimmy Vesey “Sweepstakes”

Men's Hockey vs. St. LawrenceWith less then 24 hours before highly sought after college free agent Jimmy Vesey becomes an unrestricted free agent, the hockey world is a buzz. While there are plenty of rumors circulating as to where Vesey will ink his first pro contract, it seems as though know final decision has been made by the Vesey camp.

Through the summer months numerous teams have been mentioned in regards to Jimmy Vesey. With the clock winding down until the 2016 Hobey Baker Award Winner can official sign with the team of his choosing, it seems as though all thirty NHL clubs have expressed some interest in the North Reading, Massachusetts native. While Vesey has drawn interest around the league, many consider his unofficially “list” has been narrowed down to around six or seven clubs.

With that being said, its now time to take a look at those clubs that are apparently on Vesey’s short list.

Philadelphia Flyers

PhiladelphiaA team that has come up on regards to Vesey a lot lately, you have to consider the Flyers as a long shot to sign the four year college sensation. While the Flyers are certainly an intriguing club, with an opening within their top six for Vesey to fill, Philadelphia has limited cap space as we near the 2016-2017 season. According to the Flyers have $72,586,666 committed to 24 players, leaving them just $413,334 under the salary cap. With Vesey expected to sign a maximum two-year entry level deal, that comes with an annual cap hit of $3.775 million, it seems unlikely that the Flyers can make a deal work, unless they shed some cap over the next 24 hours.

New York Rangers

2000px-New_York_Rangers.svgAs an American, who wouldn’t want to play for the New York Rangers. One of the most prominent American franchises in the NHL, the Rangers not only have the cap space to sign Vesey, but a roster that could yet again challenge for a Stanley Cup next season. While Rick Nash and Henrik Lundqvist are aging, the Rangers possess one of the strongest blue lines in the NHL along with a young and skilled forward core. The Rangers also have a few connections to Vesey as the Massachusetts native skates with Kevin Hayes over the summer, is close with Chris Kreider and played with centre J.T Miller at the 2012-2013 World Junior Championships, where the Americans captured Gold. Now those are modest connections that may or may not play a role in the Rangers ability to lure Vesey to New York, however they are noteworthy footnotes. While this all sounds good and well, the biggest issue the Rangers possess is their depth chart. Where does Vesey slot in? With Derek Stepan and Mika Zibanejad down the middle, Rick Nash, Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes occupying top six wing slots, the Rangers top six looks complete. With top six roles being presented by other suitors, does Vesey want to come to New York and play a depth role?

New Jersey Devils

New JerseySomewhat surprisingly the New Jersey Devils have become a very prominent team to watch in regards to Vesey’s services. The Devils certainly haven’t been quiet this off-season, acquiring high end forward Taylor Hall from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for defensemen Adam Larsson in an attempt to increase their offensive output. The Devils have a number of things going for them as the can offer Vesey a top six role, a max salary and the intrigue of playing on what looks to be a very promising Devils squad. Things would need to shuffle around some for Vesey to play in that top six as Mike Cammalleri and Taylor Hall look to be the Devils 1-2, Left Winger’s. However Cammalleri and Hall can both play the opposite wing, while Cammalleri has also played down the middle in the past, seemingly making it an easy shift if Vesey were to sign. There isn’t anything significant standing in the way of the Devils signing Vesey, however with 2015 first round Pavel Zacha likely turning pro and the likes of promising youngsters Joseph Blandisi and Reid Boucher proving their worth as NHL forwards last season, the Devils pursuit of Vesey may not be as strong as we are being led to believe.

Buffalo Sabres

BuffaloThe Buffalo Sabres jumped the gun in their attempt to sign Vesey, trading a third round pick to the Nashville Predators in exchange for essentially the ability to negotiate with Vesey two months prior to the rest of the NHL. While it was a bold move by Sabres general manager Tim Murray, the move seemingly failed as Vesey still remains un-signed less then 24 hours before he can become an unrestricted free agent. Kudos has to go to Murray for the bold attempt, as landing the 6’1 winger would have certainly helped the Sabres “rebuild”. So what does Buffalo have going for them? Well to start, Buffalo has three elite center’s for Vesey to play with, in Jack Eichel, Ryan O’Reilly and Sam Reinhart. They have the cap space to offer him a max contract and are more then willing to do so. An lastly they can offer him a role within their top six. When you mix in Terry Pegula’s commitment financially to bringing a winner to Buffalo, Vesey can rest easy knowing he’ll be compensated fairly in future contract talks. There’s know denying the Sabres interest in Vesey. They made the bold move of trading a pick for his right’s. They’ve been wooing him since obtaining those rights and are said to have made a last minute pitch earlier today. However with that all being said, one has to think if Vesey was going to ink a deal with the Sabres, he would have done so already.

Boston Bruins

A native of North Reading, Massachusetts, Boston is home for Vesey. The skilled winger Bostonnot only calls Boston home, but grew up a huge Bruins fan and is close with current Bruins forward Jimmy Hayes. It seems as though the writing is on the wall for the Massachusetts native to stay local and help the Bruins capture another Stanley Cup. However home isn’t always the ideal situation for a hockey player. Most recently we saw All-Star Steven Stamkos choose to stay in Tampa over returning home to Toronto. Now that’s a more recent example of a player choosing to stay away from home, and it was one that got a lot of coverage, but make no mistake this happens more often then not. That’s not to say Vesey will choose to do the same, however playing close to home brings a lot of pressure for a young hockey player. Pressure that Vesey will undoubtedly get know matter where he signs, however it will only be amplified if he signs with his home town club. Financially the Bruins are in a place where they can offer Vesey a max entry level contract with $6,731,666 in cap space, however where he falls in the depth chart remains to be scene. Brad Marchand and Matt Belesky are expected to be the Bruins 1-2 punch down the left side, while youngster David Pastrnak has also played the left wing in his brief NHL career. Sure you could move Belesky down to the third line or Pastrnak to the right side, however it would seemingly be poor asset management playing a near four million dollar player in Matt Belesky to skate on your fourth line. With that being said, I can’ honestly say I don’t expect the Bruins to be a strong favorite to sign the Harvard Alum. Boston is a perennial contender with an impressive amount of talent and provide a lot of what Vesey seemingly wants in a team.

Toronto Maple Leafs

LogoLots has been made about the Leaf setting themselves up a year in advance to sign the 2016 Hobey Baker Award winner. Toronto hired Vesey’s dad, who is also named Jim (Jimmy) prior to the beginning of last season as part of their staff overhaul. Throw in the fact Vesey’s brother, Nolan is a 2014, sixth round pick of the Leafs and you quickly realize there are some significant ties to the club. Now the Leafs aren’t a perennial powerhouse or even playoff club, at least at this time. However they have put themselves in a position where their future looks incredibly bright. With arguably the best coach in the world behind the Leafs bench, Vesey has the opportunity to learn from the best and play a prominent role for him right away. With a number of highly touted forward prospects the Leafs would love to add Jimmy Vesey to the mix, and they haven’t hid that fact. With the allure of playing with 2016 first overall pick Auston Matthews, along with playing under Mike Babcock and the evident family ties, you have to assume the Leafs are among the favorites to sign Vesey. Mix in general manager Lou Lamoriello and his ties to Eastern NCAA hockey, along with playing and living in one of the most intriguing metropolitan communities in North America and you see why the Leafs would be appealing, despite their lack of recent on-ice success. The Leafs are up tight against the cap, with just $435,000 to spend, however that includes Nathan Horton’s $5.3 million dollar contact that will go on Long Term IR and Jared Cowen’s $3.1 Million dollar contract that should be coming off the books shortly.

Chicago Blackhawks

ChicagoBlackhawksLogo.svgWith all the success the Chicago Blackhawks have had in recent years, the club really doesn’t need to sell any hockey player on why Chicago is the place to play. Winners of three Stanley Cup Championships since the 2009-2010 season, the Chicago Blackhawks have been perennial cup contenders since the 2008-2009 season. The boast arguably the most electrifying offensive player in the NHL in Patrick Kane along with proven winner and perennial All-Star Jonathan Toews, among others. The United Centre is sold out and rocking every night, players come into Chicago and find immediate success and how can you forget the rich tradition of the Blackhawks organization. Playing under Joel Quenneville allows Vesey to learn from one of the very best the game has to offer. Vesey should also be afford an opportunity to play in the Blackhawks top six, as they have a glaring hole to fill at left wing, within that top six. The club can offer Vesey a max entry level contract after moving out some salary over the off-season. However about a million more dollars cap room would need to be created to accommodate a Vesey signing, but that shouldn’t be to tough to make work. To me Chicago is the front runner. They provide everything Vesey is seeking, playing for a perennial winner, a top six roster spot and max entry level deal. Playing behind Toews, Kane, Hossa and Panarin also takes the pressure and spotlight off the soon to be rookie, which will play a small factor.

Now that we’ve touched on what seem to be the seven front runners for Vesey’s services, here are some ‘Need to Know’s” on Jimmy Vesey.

Vesey is a 6’1, 194 pound left shooting, left winger, who was originally selected by the Nashville Predators in the third round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft 66th overall. Vesey’s rise to prominence dates back to the 2009-2010 season when he caught the high of scouts will suiting up for Belmont Hill High. In two seasons at Belmont Hill, Vesey appeared in 62 games, tallying 36 goals and 29 assist, for 65 points.

The following season Vesey joined the South Shore Kings of the EJHL, where he dominated, racking up 48 goals and 43 assists on route to being named the EJHL’s MVP. After just one season in the EJHL, Vesey joined Harvard University for the 2012-2013 image.0.0season, beginning what was a four year stay at the University. Amidst his freshmen campaign at Harvard, Vesey was selected to represent Team USA at the World Junior Championships. In seven games, Vesey recorded five points, as Team USA went on to capture the Gold Medal. Over Vesey’s four year collegiate career, the 6’1 left winger racked up a total of 144 points in 128 games. Highly decorated over those four seasons, Vesey’s biggest accomplishment came this past season when he won the Hobey Baker Award as College Hockey’s Top Player.

As the hours tick down on “Vesey Watch 2016” many wonder what the contract parameters for Jimmy Vesey are. Well with Vesey being 23 years of age, NHL clubs can offer him a max contract length of two years. If Vesey is to receive the max salary in said deal, which he is expected to, here are some of the parameters. Vesey’s base salary would be $832,500 with a $92,500 signing bonus. Vesey would also have the ability to earn up to $2.85 million in performance bonuses and would carry a $3.775 AAV. Meanwhile Vesey would carry a $925,000 cap hit for any team that signs him.

Here’s how performance bonuses work. They are split into two categories, “A” and “B”. Vesey can earn a maximum of $850,000 from his “A” bonuses. Some of the achievements in “A” bonuses are things such as Goals, Assists, Points, PPG, +/-, Average Ice Time and All-Star Game Participant to name a few. No achievement can pay no more then $212,500. Essentially any team signing Vesey can pick the four easiest performance based achievements for Vesey and have them all worth $212,500 which would total $850,000. Then the “B” category, which is more geared toward post season awards. “B” category bonuses are to be paid by the league and would be triggered if Vesey finished in the top five in voting for any of the leagues Major awards, including the Calder, which would be the one trophy Vesey would likely be in contention for. Essentially these bonuses will allow Vesey to be compensated more then fairly should he produce as the top six forward many expect him to be.

While we have filled you in on the front runners Vesey’s services, his potential contract status and some history on the highly sought after forward, we still have know idea when way the Massachusetts native is leaning in regards to him home for the next two or more seasons. One thing is for sure, the Hockey world is enamored with the Harvard alum and his final decision.

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Troops Ink Import Thilander

Thilander 2On Wednesday, August 10th the North Bay Battalion announced the signing of 2016 CHL Import Pick Adam Thilander to an OHL Standard Player and Education package. North Bay BattalionThilander was selected in the first round, 38th overall out of the Skelleftea AIK J20 program in Sweden.

Thilander joins the North Bay Battalion after an impressive 2015-2016 campaign spent playing the Swedish SuperElit. In 38 games with Skelleftea AIK, Thilander tallied 3 goals and 12 assists, along with 16 penalty minutes and a plus 6 ratings. The 6’0, 190 pound defensemen has also been a consistent member of Swedish National teams over the past two seasons, having represented Sweden at the 2014-2015 World Under 17 Championships, where he was named an assistant captain, along with the 2015-2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and World Under 18 Championships. The native of Skovde, Sweden medaled on all three occasions while donning the Swedish National Jersey, claiming a bronze medal at the U-17’s and Silver medals at the Hlinka and Under 18 Championships.

Adam Thilander a toolsy defender with developing two-way skills. A player who possesses strong physical attributes, Thilander plays a sweet and simple game. A strong straight line Thilander 3skater with above average speed, Thilander transitions up ice well and shows an ability to carry the puck into the offensive zone. While Thilander boasts a fairly strong straight line stride and good overall speed, he does need to become more agile as he can get turned around in transition. In possession Thilander see’s the ice well and has the ability to make a clean and crisp first pass, while also displaying some deceptive puck skills that have continued to develop. In the offensive zone Thilander does a good job a creating shooting lanes and knowing when to inject himself into the attack. A player who can effectively quarterback a power play, Thilander boasts a heavy point shot, although he often chooses to simply get pucks on net through traffic. In his own zone Thilander plays a heavy game, displays an active stick and shows good overall awareness. With improved lateral quickness Thilander would improve his contain ability, although he is fairly sound defensively.

With six defensemen eligible to return to North Bay for the 2016-2017 season, the Battalion look to be in excellent shape along the back end with the addition of Thilander. When you factor in the likes of Battalion prospects Eric Allair, Mason Snell and Travis Mailhot, North Bay should be set along the blue line for years to come. The addition of Thilander adds another intriguing defensive prospect who should attract serious NHL Draft attention alongside 2015 1st round pick Brady Lyle and 2015 3rd round pick Jacob Ball.

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Moverare Commits to Mississauga

MoverareOn Tuesday, August 9th the Mississauga Steelheads announced the signing of 2016 CHL Import Pick, Jacob Moverare to and OHL Standard Player Agreement. Moverare was selected by the Steelheads in the first round of the most recent CHL Imrt Draft, 20thNew Steel overall.

A 6’2, 198 pound left shooting defensemen, Moverare joins the Steelheads after spending the 2015-2016 season with HV71 J20 of the Swedish SuperElit. In 41 games with HV71, the native of Ostersund, Sweden racked up 5 goals and 16 assists, along with 22 penalty minutes and a +3 rating. Moverare would go on to add 1 assist in three playoff games with HV71. The highly touted defensemen played a ton of hockey throughout the 2015-2016 campaign, as Moverare also saw 4 games of action with HV71’s Swedish Elite League entry. While he did not record a point in those four appearances, he took a regular shift and did not look out of place.

Moverare comes to Mississauga as a decorated International defensemen, having represented his native Sweden at IIHF International events on multiple occasions. The 2015-2016 season opened for Moverare as he skated with Sweden alongside former Steelhead forward Alex Nylander in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament. Moverare would appear in 3 games, finishing with a +1 rating, on route to a Silver Medal performance, as Sweden ultimately fell to Canada in the Gold Medal Game. Just as Moverare’s 2015-2016 opened, it also closed on the international stage, as the defensemen suited up for Sweden at the World Under 18 Championships. In seven games of action, Moverare tallied a goal and three assists along with an even rating. Sweden would go on to Moverare 2claim a Silver Medal, while Moverare was named on Sweden’s top 3 players during the tournament.

The newest member of the Mississauga Steelheads 2015-2016 season was capped off in late July when the Los Angeles Kings selected Moverare in the fourth round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, 112th overall. Moverare also recently suited up with Team Sweden at the World Junior Showcase Tournament in Plymouth, Michigan, where he showed well and is now expected be a strong candidate to represent Team Sweden at the 2017 World Junior Championship.

Moverare is a poised, two-way defender with impressive hockey sense and a strong compete level. A mobile defender who gets around the ice well, Moverare shows strong lateral movements and an ability to pivot without losing speed, however he does lack explosiveness in his first step which can hinder his separation abilities. With that being said the quick thinking, strong decision maker is a very complete two-way talent. In his own zone Moverare shows strong positional awareness, clogs shooting lanes effectively, engages physically and has shut down capabilities. While not overly flashy, Moverare uses his strong positional play an active stick to contain well and effectively limit offensive opportunities. A player who transitions up ice well and displays impressive puck carrying capabilities, Moverare shields the puck well on zone exits and through the neutral zone. In possession, Moverare is a quality decision maker and see’s the ice very well which allows him to excel as a puck moving defender. A competitive defender with a strong work ethic Moverare also possesses deceptive/developing offensive upside. With strong puck skills and a powerful point shot, Moverare effectively creates shooting lanes and can subtlety create offensive from the back end. Poised under pressure with impressive size and two-way capabilities, Moverare has the ability to step into the OHL and be a top pairing defensemen.

While the addition of Import Jacob Moverare is a substantial signing for the Steelheads, it effectively ends the Alex Nylander days in Mississauga. With the off-season addition of Import defensemen Vili Saarijarvi from the Flint Firebirds, Mississauga has now filled both Import slots for the upcoming season. However the addition of Moverare only adds to what looks to be the strongest defense core in the Eastern Conference, if not the entire OHL.

The Steelheads can return all seven defensemen from last seasons squad and have added Moverare and Saarijarvi to a core that is headlined by NHL prospects Austin Osmanski, Sean Day and 2017 consensus first round pick Nicolas Hague. With nine defensemen on the roster, expect movement from the Steelheads leading up to the start of the 2016-2017 campaign as Mississauga looks to add depth offensively and will likely look to secure a veteran netminder as 2015-2016 starter Jack Flinn has graduated to overage.

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Torchia Joins Generals

Oshawa Generals Red vs White game April 24, 2016On Monday, August 8th the Oshawa Generals announced that 2016 fourth round pick, Nathan Torchia had committed to the club for the upcoming season. Torchia was the 66thOshawa Generals Logo overall pick in the most recent OHL priority selection after spending his minor midget campaign with the Waterloo Wolves.

Torchia joins the Generals as a highly touted netminder, who was widely considered as the top goaltender available in the 2016 OHL Draft. The native of Waterloo, Ontario would go on to be the third netminder selected in the most recent draft, as Jacob Ingham went 26th to Mississauga, while Cameron Lamour would go 53rd to Saginaw. In 50 games with the Waterloo Wolves, Torchia posted a 25-16-10 record with a sparkling 1.85 goals against average and six shutouts. The 5’10 netminder was a key contributor to the Wolves second place Alliance regular season finish, while his playoff performance was even better as he led Waterloo to an Alliance Championship, defeating the London Jr. Knights in the league final. While the 2016 OHL Cup didn’t go as Waterloo would have liked, it capped an outstanding 2015-2016 campaign from Torchia who looks poised to embark on a promising OHL career.

A technically sound netminder, Torchia boasts a highly intriguing skill set between theNathan Torchia pipes. Extremely calm and composed in all situations, Torchia possesses excellent reflexes, a lightning quick gloves and impressive reaction time. A competitive netminder who battles hard, Torchia routinely challenges shooters while playing his angles extremely well. A goalie who effectively controls his rebounds and battles through screens, Torchia shows strong anticipation abilities which allow him to come up with highlight reel saves on a nightly bases. A netminder who moves well from post to post and effectively takes away the lower half of the net, Torchia more then makes up for less than ideal height with his technically sound play and competitive nature.

The Generals have now locked up four of their top five picks from the 2016 OHL priority selection. With 2015-2016 starting goaltender Jeremy Brodeur expected to return and the likes of Barrett Mundell, Logan Gauthier and now Nathan Torchia signed, the Generals boast excellent depth between the pipes. Generals training camp which kicks off in late August will certainly be an entertaining one as there will be several players competing for a limited number of roster spots. With that being said the battle for the back up job may be the most intriguing one as Gauthier, Mundell and Torchia all possess intriguing pedigrees between the pipes.

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