Acclaimed folk singer/guitarist Gregory Alan Isakov announced on Tuesday that he will return to Red Rocks Amphitheatre this summer for a headlining performance on August 4th. The Colorado native has performed at the famous outdoor amphitheater over the last few years, and this time around he’ll take the stage with support from indie-folk trio, Mountain Man, which includes Sylvan Esso singer, Amelia Meath.The August 4th show will be Isakov’s third time headlining a show at Red Rocks, located near his current home base of Boulder, Colorado. He’s returned to the venue the past few years since making his Red Rocks debut back in 2016, with the most recent coming last fall with a show alongside Patty Griffin in September. He’ll return to his hometown venue in August with a new book of songs, as the softly-spoken musician released his seventh studio album, Evening Machines, back in October.Isakov was included in the recent lineup announcement for the 2019 installment Telluride Bluegrass Festival scheduled for this June. He’ll have plenty of time to get warmed up for his appearance at the Colorado festival with a run of his own headlining tour dates scheduled to take place throughout January and February. His 2019 winter tour is actually scheduled to begin tomorrow (Wednesday) night with a sold-out show at The Ready Room in St. Louis.Mountain Man has also built a solid reputation within the Americana and folk scene since beginning their run together back in 2010, although they’ve taken the last few years off to clear room for Meath’s busy schedule as part of synth-pop duo Sylvan Esso. The trio performs most of their material a-cappella, although they often include acoustic guitar to balance the organic sounds of their natural vocals. The trio returned in 2018 to release their first new album since 2010 with Magic Ship.Tickets for the August 4th performance begin general on-sale starting this Friday, January 11th, and can be purchased here.
“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.