NHL Draft 2020: Alexis Lafreniere, Tim Stuetzle top Central Scouting’s final rankings

first_img“Obviously, Alexis is quite the player when you look at every aspect of his game,” noted J-F Damphousse, regional scout for Quebec and the Maritimes on a video call with reporters. “I think you could consider every aspect as elite when you look at his skating, his puck skills, obviously it’s above average. He’s been excellent for his three years with Rimouski.”MORE: NHL Draft, Scouting Combine postponed due to coronavirus Following close behind him are two of his teammates from the gold-medal winning Canadian team at this year’s World Junior Championships: Quinton Byfield and Jamie Drysdale. Byfield is a 6-4, 215-pound center who has been playing with the Sudbury Wolves (OHL), putting up 82 points (32 goals, 50 assists) in just 45 games this season, while Drysdale is an offensively skilled defenseman with the Erie Otters (OHL). “They were on that gold medal team at such a young age and not just on it but able to contribute,” NHL Central Scouting’s senior manager David Gregory said. “Watching both these players develop over the year and get put into high-end situations and then be able to adapt and contribute just shows you how special they are.” The date of the 2020 NHL Draft might be uncertain but the talent of the players available is not.On Wednesday, the NHL Central Scouting Bureau released its final rankings, with Rimouski Océanic forward Alexis Lafreniere taking the top spot for North American skaters as expected. The Saint-Eustache, Que., native is projected to be the No. 1 overall pick.  The ranking also listed the top International skaters, North American goaltenders and International goaltenders. German forward Tim Stuetzle took the top spot in the ranking for international skaters, with Canada’s Nicolas Daws and Russia’s Iaroslav Askarov ranked first among North American goaltenders and International goaltenders, respectively. Below are the top 10 players in each category.NHL Central Scouting Bureau’s final draft rankingsNorth American SkatersRankingPlayerPos.NationalityTeam1Alexis LafreniereLWCANRimouski2Quinton ByfieldCCANSudbury3Jamie DrysdaleDCANErie4Jake SandersonDUSAU.S. U185Cole PerfettiCCANSaginaw6Marco RossiCAUTOttawa7Jack QuinnRWCANOttawa8Kaiden GuhleDCANPrince Albert9Braden SchneiderDCANBrandon10Dawson MercerCCANChicoutimiInternational SkatersRankingPlayerPos.NationalityTeam1Tim StuetzleLWGERMannheim2Alexander HoltzRWSWEDjurgarden3Anton LundellCFINHIFK4Lucas RaymondLWSWEFrolunda5Rodion AmirovLWRUSUfa6Helge GransDSWEMalmo Jr.7John-Jason PeterkaRWGERMunchen8Topi NiemelaDFINKarpat9Noel GunlerRWSWELulea10Roni HirvonenCFINAssatKOURNIANOS: Mock draft 2020 gives Lafreniere to DetroitNorth American goaltendersRankingPlayerNationalityTeam1Nicolas DawsCANGuelph2Drew CommessoUSAU.S. U183Samuel HlavajSVKSherbrooke4Will CranleyCANOttawa5Garin BjorklundCANMedicine Hat6Dylan GarandCANKamloops7Fabio IacoboCANVictoriaville8Devon LeviCANCarleton Place9Brock GouldUSAMoose Jaw10Nick MalikCZESault Ste. MarieInternational GoaltendersRankingPlayerNationalityTeam1Iaroslav AskarovRUSNeva. Saint Petersburg2Jan BednarCZESokolov3Joel BlomqvistFINKarpat Jr.4Calle ClangSWERogle Jr.5Amir MiftakhovRUSBars Kazan6Juho MarkkanenFINSaipa Jr.7Hugo OllasSWELinkoping Jr.8Jesper VikmanSWEAIK Jr.9Davide FadaniITALugano Jr.10Jakub MalekCZEVsetin Jr.last_img read more

Tarvaris Jackson, former Vikings, Seahawks quarterback, dead at 36

first_imgFormer #Seahawks QB Tarvaris Jackson died last night in a car accident in Alabama, a spokesperson for his employer Tennessee State tells me. Jackson, 36, was TSU’s QB coach. Along with Seattle, he also played for the #Vikings and #Bills.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 13, 2020After a strong senior season at Alabama State, Jackson was a second-round pick of the Vikings in 2006 — he was eyed by then-Vikings coach Brad Childress throughout the pre-draft process. After five seasons of injuries and mostly down success with the Vikings, Jackson was traded to the Bills for a conditional seventh-round pick.He would have two stints with the Seahawks, eventually finishing his career in Seattle as a backup to Russell Wilson. He retired in 2016 and eventually took up coaching at Tennessee State as the team’s quarterbacks coach.TJack… you will be missed. Praying for your family…Love you man. 💔— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) April 13, 2020Jackson also faced legal issues in 2016, facing charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after pulling a gun on his wife. The charges were later dropped. Tarvaris Jackson, a quarterback who split time between the Vikings, Bills and Seahawks in his NFL career died on Sunday. He was 36.Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Jackson was killed in a car accident in his home state of Alabama.last_img read more

Watford executive’s whining about Premier League return shows some in sport don’t embrace competition

first_imgIf you want to know the extent to which self-interest burns through competitive sport, overwhelming such elements as fairness, spectacle or public interest, consider the recent public declarations of the top team executive at Watford as England’s Premier League endeavors to complete its suspended 2019-20 season.Scott Duxbury, Watford FC chairman and chief executive, wrote an opinion piece in The Times of London whose headline lamented the “devastating effects” of a plan to play the season’s final nine games on neutral fields rather than at each team’s home grounds. He insisted Watford would lose the inherent advantage of playing in comfortable surroundings at Vicarage Road for five of its remaining games. It is unfortunate, especially in a tightly contested relegation battle that shows Watford ahead of Bournemouth only on goal differential, the season halted with Duxbury’s team having played one more on the road than at home.It’s more unfortunate for Aston Villa, though, that its team played one fewer game than the others in this battle. If Villa had played once more and won, it would stand ahead of both Watford and Bournemouth.There is a perfectly wonderful English word not commonly used on this side of the Atlantic: whinging. It is so unfamiliar here that my own Microsoft Word spell-check is flagging it. But it’s a word, honest. It means, according to Google’s dictionary, “to complain persistently and in a peevish or irritating way.” Scott Duxbury knows the word. For the moment, it defines his Watford FC. MORE: Premier League cleared to resume June 1He even, in the piece, discussed how Watford’s stunning 3-0 victory over runaway Premier League leader Liverpool was influenced by his squad playing that game at home.There were 21,634 in attendance for the Liverpool game.There will be zero when Watford plays again.Actually, that should say “if” Watford plays again.It is quite apparent that Duxbury would prefer there be no Premier League games contested at any venue to conclude the 2019-20 season, and don’t think that’s because of safety fears over the coronavirus pandemic. No, it’s the fear of relegation driving his concern.Watford stands in 17th place in the Premier League, one spot above the three positions designated for relegation to the second division. If he had any faith in his team, in the essence of sport, he would want the Hornets to earn their place in the 2020-21 Premier League on the field, wherever that field might be located.“How can the long-term future of clubs be determined under these fundamentally changed conditions?” Duxbury wrote. “How is there any semblance of fairness? To wave aside all the fears and concerns is too simplistic. Surely all 20 clubs must agree the fairest way forward to complete the season?”This is a disingenuous contention, because Duxbury knows well that any opportunity to complete the Premier League season will be under fundamentally changed conditions.What the 20 clubs must agree on first is — presuming it is prudent to proceed — the safest way forward to complete the season. As it is certain that the most important element of safety is to contest these games with no fans assembled in the stands, the only consequential aspect of home-field advantage will be muted for everyone. If the league’s stewards determine it is easier to control the safety of one neutral site than 20 home stadiums, that should be the primary concern.What is the advantage of playing at home absent the influence of a raucous crowd? The players know where the showers are? This argument should be beneath the dignity of someone holding such a prestigious position, especially in an endeavor where competition is the essence of the business.MORE: Having no fans is better than having no gamesWhat’s happening with the Premier League possibly could have some impact on U.S. sports trying to restart or launch their current seasons: the NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball, MLS or the NWSL. The Premier League needs 14 votes out of 20 on any proposal to make changes this profound; if Watford wins its petty argument, who is to say North American teams might not push for their own selfish concerns?last_img read more

Tiger Woods will find PGA Tour return ‘a little weird,’ says Rory McIlroy

first_imgTiger Woods is likely to find returning to the PGA Tour and playing behind closed doors “a little weird,” according to world No. 1 player Rory McIlroy.Woods will play at the Memorial Tournament this week, his first appearance since the Genesis Invitational in February, which was before the coronavirus pandemic took hold. “There’s a lot to be focused on this week. Memorial Tournament is one of the biggest events we play all year, and looking forward it is definitely the start of a big run [of tournaments].”I’m excited. It was nice to take a couple weeks off. I had planned to play the Workday [Open], but I just needed to do a little bit of work on my game, so I got my coach, Michael Bannon, over last week.”It was the first time I’d seen him since the start of February, so it was nice to spend some time with him, get some good work done and feel a bit better about my game and my swing looking ahead to the next couple of months.” He will start the event in a star-studded feature group alongside Brooks Koepka and McIlroy, who feels the 15-time major champion may need some time to adapt to playing without spectators present.MEMORIAL: Tee times | Leaderboard”The first three weeks that I played, Colonial, Hilton Head, Travelers, looking back on them, they were really good just to see and get a feel for what it was going to be like,” McIlroy said of no fans being in the gallery.”Now someone like Tiger has not experienced that yet, and maybe he is going to find it a little weird going out there [on Thursday] and not having anyone, especially with the amount of crowds that he has to deal with all the time when he plays. “I felt the first three weeks my mind was wandering a little bit. Sort of easy to lose focus, easy to lose concentration. I think some of the mistakes I was making were because of that.”I’ve realized personally that it’s very hard for me to keep focus out here. I feel like when there’s fans and there’s that energy and the atmosphere, it’s easy to get into that mindset that you need to get into. That [having fans] is what we’re used to, that’s what we do.”It was just a good look at what we we’re all going to expect going forward, and as I just alluded to there about losing concentration and losing focus, you just have to work really hard to keep your mind on the task at hand.”[Try] not let your mind wander because there’s so many opportunities for it to wander because we’re in big, open spaces and you’re looking around – you don’t have that sort of tunnel of people to keep your focus.”pic.twitter.com/LBKJWu40x8— TravelersChamp (@TravelersChamp) June 28, 2020McIlroy finished in ties for 32nd and 41st at the Charles Schwab Challenge and RBC Heritage, respectively, before improving to claim a share of 11th at the Travelers Championship.Having taken two weeks off and put in work with his coach Michael Bannon, the Northern Irishman feels more optimistic about his game coming into a tournament where he has claimed two top 10s in the last thee years.”Look, this is a huge event,” he said. “I saw a stat that this field is stronger than the last eight Masters tournaments in terms of strength of field, so there’s a lot of obviously World Ranking points.last_img read more

Minneapolis man arrested, two officers injured after Floyd County high speed chase

first_imgCHARLES CITY — A Minneapolis man is under arrest after a high-speed chase that started in Floyd County results in two law enforcement officers being injured.The Floyd County Sheriff’s Department says they received a report at about 10:51 Tuesday night of a reckless driver traveling eastbound toward Floyd County on the Avenue of the Saints near the 190 mile marker in Cerro Gordo County. A deputy located the vehicle near the 208 mile marker and clocked the vehicle at 100 miles per hour, with speeds even higher recorded during a pursuit.The suspect vehicle attempted to make a turn on to Waterbury Road, lost control and went through a ditch, coming to a stop in a farm field before a foot chase ensued.20-year-old Leonard Lewis of Minneapolis was arrested and faces charges including felony eluding and two counts of interference with official acts.About an hour later, a resident in the 1800 block of Cedar View Road called, saying a suspicious person was knocking on their door.Deputies responded and located a male juvenile who was confirmed to be a passenger in the vehicle.last_img read more

Monday February 4th Local Sports

first_imgTONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com, KGLO mobile app — Mason City vs. Dowling West Des Moines — girls 6:15, boys follow BRITT — Newman qualified four wrestlers while Central Springs and Lake Mills qualified seven wrestlers to the district tournament from the Class 1A sectional at Britt. Champions for Newman were Jacob McBride at 132 and Kameron Black at 152, with runners-up from Cael Wollner at 106 and Chase McCleish at 195. Lake Mills won the sectional team title with 213 points, with Central Springs finishing second with 212 points. See the full results here MASON CITY – Freshman Deundra Roberson scored 32 points to lead No. 14 NIACC to a 96-83 victory over Southwestern in an Iowa Community College Athletic Conference contest Saturday in the NIACC gym.Roberson was 11 of 22 from the field, including four of nine from 3-point range. Roberson was also six of nine from the free-throw line.Also for the Trojans, Quentin Hardrict scored 17 points, Chandler Dean scored 12 points, Wendell Matthews scored 11 points and James Harris scored 10 points.Mathews paced the Trojans with 13 rebounds.NIACC returns to action Wednesday in a conference game at Iowa Central. Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m. AMES — A quick turnaround for the Iowa State Cyclones as they visit Oklahoma tonight in the Big 12. The Cyclones are coming off a hard fought win at home against Texas that moved their league record to 6-3.That’s ISU coach Steve Prohm who likes the way the chemistry is coming around.Prohm says a key for the Cyclones as of late has been the play of senior point guard Nick Weiler-Babb.The Sooners are 3-6 in the league race. IOWA CITY — The Iowa Hawkeyes return to action Thursday with a visit to Indiana. The Hawkeyes are 6-5 in the Big Ten after a 74-59 win over fifth ranked Michigan on Friday night.That’s Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. The Hoosiers got a shot of confidence by halting a seven game losing skid with a stunning victory at sixth ranked Michigan State.Thursday’s game on AM-1300 KGLO can be heard after Newman girls tournament basketball. STATE COLLEGE, PA — The 13th ranked Iowa Hawkeye women never trailed in an 81-61 win at Penn State. Megan Gustafson poured in 30 points as the Hawkeyes improve to 8-3 in the Big Ten.That is Iowa coach Lisa Bluder who says transition defense was a key.Next up for Iowa is a home game against Michigan State on Thursday. MASON CITY – Freshman Kelcie Hale scored 25 points to lead the No. 7 NIACC women’s basketball team to a 107-72 victory over Southwestern Community College in an Iowa Community College Athletic Conference contest Saturday afternoon in the NIACC gym.Also for the Lady Trojans, Mandy Willems scored 24 points, Jada Buford scored 15 points and Alexa Loftus scored 12 points. Autam Mendez and Tahya Campbell both reached double figures with 10 points each.Willems made 2 3-point goals in Saturday’s game giving her 103 for the season, which ties her for second on the school’s single-season 3-point list with Trudy Peterson (2015-16). Jennifer Currier is the all-time single-season leader with 107 in the 1987-88 season.NIACC’s Ty’neecia Longs grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds.NIACC (17-5 overall, 8-1 in the ICCAC) returns to action Wednesday in an Iowa Community College Athletic Conference contest at Iowa Central. Game time in Fort Dodge is slated for 5:30 p.m. OSAGE — Clear Lake qualified seven wrestlers while Osage and Hampton-Dumont each qualified six to the district tournament from the Class 2A sectional wrestling tournament held in Osage on Saturday. Champions for Clear Lake were Sam Nelson at 113, Eric Faught at 132, Bryan Hillyer at 138, Dylan Kruckenberg at 182 and Kade Hambly at 220, while also qualifying as runners-up were Braxton Doebel at 152 and Thomas Gansen at 160. Osage edged Hampton-Dumont for the team title, 217 ½ points to 217, with Clear Lake finishing third. See the full results here CLARKSVILLE — North Butler-Clarksville finished second to Nashua-Plainfield in the Class 1A sectional held in Clarksville on Saturday. North Butler-Clarksville qualified six wrestlers to the district tournament, with Nashua-Plainfield qualifying four. Nashua-Plainfield had 203 points, North Butler-Clarksville had 192. See the full results herelast_img read more

Mason City man involved in standoff with police pleads guilty

first_imgMASON CITY — A Mason City man accused of being involved with a standoff with police as part of a domestic disturbance earlier this year has now pleaded guilty.Mason City police were called shortly after 6 o’clock on the evening of April 11th to the City Center building at 5 North Federal, where on arrival they were met by a female victim. 44-year-old Mark Torres remained in an apartment and refused to exit, allegedly telling police he had a firearm and that he threatened to use it. After about three hours, officers were able to negotiate a peaceful surrender and took Torres into custody.Torres was charged with domestic abuse assault with the intent to inflict serious injury, an aggravated misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in jail and a $6250 fine.His trial was scheduled to start today in Cerro Gordo County District Court, but online court records show his attorney filed a written plea of guilty on Monday. No sentencing date has been scheduled.last_img read more

Dry areas of the state expand a bit

first_imgDES MOINES — June, July and August were all drier than normal months for the state — after we saw a wet spring.The DNR’s Tim Hall tracks the groundwater and stream flows across the state. “That three inches of deficit has sort of made up for in a way some of the really wet weather that occurred prior to that,” Hall says.Cities that get their drinking water from underground sources are always watching the levels. “The only area where our Geological Survey folks have a little bit of concern is way along the eastern border of the state along the Mississippi River. The counties running in the southeast corner of the state along the river,” according the Hall. “We’ve got a slight concern over groundwater availability, and that’s back away from the Mississippi River.”He says part of the issue is the time of year. “It’s really just a product of the growing season where you have all of the row crops pulling moisture out of the ground for their development — combined with a shortage of rainfall. It’s just dried up some of the soil moisture,” Hall says.The three dry months are also showing up on a wider scale. “We’re up to over 50% of the state is now showing as abnormally dry. And about 12% of the state is in moderate drought — just some patchy areas across the state — and it’s just really crept up on us since August,” Hall says. He says fall is the time of year when a lot of rainfall is not needed as the growing season comes to an end.“We’re getting into that time of the year when rainfall starts to decline. We want to get enough rainfall to keep the subsoil moisture replenished before the ground freezes, there’s plenty of time for that to happen,” Hall says. “There are no indicators or trends that are getting anybody really alarmed. It’s just really interesting to see how the state has flipped from being just excessively wet — to starting to dry up in some places.”Hall says the nationwide picture also looks pretty good and there are not big concerns that about drought that might creep into Iowa.last_img read more

Mason City police investigate shot being fired into car

first_imgMASON CITY — Mason City police are continuing their investigation into a shot being fired into a car late Saturday night. The Mason City Police Department says shortly after 11:30 PM, a subject drove to police headquarters and reported an unknown person or persons discharged a firearm into the car he was driving while he stopped near 1st and North Madison to talk to those subjects. Police confirmed that there was at least one round fired into the car, but they are not able to confirm if the person reporting the incident was driving the car when the incident occurred, as well as where and when it took place. A search warrant was obtained for a residence at 16 North Madison, with the North Iowa Special Operations Group serving the search warrant. Nobody was located inside that residence. Police say the case remains under investigation, and they are asking anybody who may have witnessed anything related to this report to contact the Mason City Police Department at 421-3636.last_img read more