Huberdeau's stock continues to rise
May, 24, 2011
By Gare Joyce | ESPN.com
Claus Andersen/Getty ImagesJonathan Huberdeau has solidified his high draft standing in the eyes of scouts.As the Memorial Cup continues, here's a look at whose draft stock is on the rise and who's slipping back during the CHL action.
Huberdeau solidified his high draft status Monday night with a nice finish on a goal 17 minutes into overtime against Owen Sound. That goal sends Huberdeau and his Saint John Sea Dogs into the Memorial Cup final and reinforces his status as a player who delivers biggest when he's needed the most.
My guess is that he has passed Kitchener's Gabriel Landeskog in most scouts' books (and probably already had before the start of the Memorial Cup). Has he closed on lead prospects Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Adam Larsson? Well, maybe. (I recently overheard some discouraging words about Larsson and that his season ranked as a disappointment.)
Stockwatch: Perhaps pushing into the elite
Four games into the Memorial Cup in Mississauga this week, Huberdeau's story is the most consequential but certainly not the only one. Defenseman Beaulieu was dynamite in Saint John's opening-game win over the host Ice Dogs Friday night, and only took a step back from that against Owen Sound. Said one scout with a team in the lottery: "He doesn't always make the safe play, but the best possible play, and his winning percentage on risky plays is really high. He makes things happen and he's shown he can do it not just in the Q but here as well."
Stockwatch: Playing his way into the top 12, maybe top 10