All week leading up to the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh, we’ll be profiling top prospects who may hear their names called Friday in the first round. Nothing too in-depth. Just enough so you know who they are and what they’re about.
Oscar Dansk (G)
Height: 6’2 Weight: 186 Catches: Left
Team: Brynas Jr. (Swe-Jr)
NHL Central Scouting ranking: No. 2 among European goaltenders
What kind of player is he?
A promising young goaltender who already has some experience on the international stage.
He probably won’t be the first goaltender selected in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, but he is likely to get scooped up within the first two rounds. As is typically the case with a netminder, he shouldn’t be counted on to compete for a job at the NHL level immediately following the draft. However, he does have enough upside to eventually become a starting goaltender at the NHL level.
“Dansk exploded on the draft scene with a strong World Jr. A Challenge as he backstopped Team Sweden to a 1-0, 44 save performance against the defending champions; Team USA. Dansk is arguably the best stick handler in the draft. He plays a hybrid style that is both calm and collected and has solid net coverage thanks to his 6’2 frame. Dansk had a strong regular season but faltered in the playoffs, however his performance to conclude the season at the World U18 Championships led to a silver medal despite being pulled in the gold medal game. Dansk is a composed goalie with solid fundamentals.” — David Burstyn, McKeen’s Hockey
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger