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Auston Matthews is the clear cut favourite to be selected first overall in the 2016 NHL Draft. Previous drafts have offered either/or options: Taylor or Tyler in 2010. Nathan or Seth in 2013, and this year, Mac or Jack. No such scenario exists yet for 2016. If you don’t know the runaway frontrunner to go No. 1, here is a primer. For this weeks TSN Hockey List, check out the other ranked talents in the same draft class with Matthews - many of whom are playing this week at the 2014 World Under-17 Challenge in Sarnia, Ontario. -- 1. Auston Matthews Matthews is far and away the best 2016 prospect. He faced off against 2015 top uber-prospect Jack Eichel on Oct. 18 in a game vs. Boston University and the two played a game of “whatever you can do, I can do better.” Each finished with two goals and one assist. Team Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. Natl USA NTDP C Sept. 17, 1997 6-1 1/2 194 USA 2. Kale Clague Representing Team Canada (Black) at the World Under-17 Challenge, Clague is an exceptionally smart defenseman who combines vision and creativity to be dangerous anywhere on the ice. Outstanding puck skills and the puck moves to advantageous positions. Great anticipation and is a catalyst in transition. Team Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. Natl Brandon (WHL) D June 5, 1998 5-11 185 CAN 3. Jakub Chychrun An injury has prevented him from participating at this years World Under-17s. But Jakub is a player with smarts, skills and power. He can use any of them to impact the game depending on the requirements. Team Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. Natl Sarnia (OHL) D Mar. 31, 1998 6-2 195 CAN 4. Jesse Puljujarvi Has played 10 games in the Finnish Elite League. A big, rangy winger with the ability to score. Hes not a one-dimensional scorer and is capable of setting up goals as well as finishing them. Gets himself into dangerous spots and has a shot that can beat goalies. Team Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. Natl Karpat (SM Liiga) RW May 7, 1998 6-3 198 FIN 5. James Greenway A great athlete who has excellent skating ability and can move in any direction to support the offence or negate opponents. He makes good plays with the puck and has a physical element where he can be a challenge to get around, but also will eliminate opponents with strong physical play. Team Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. Natl USA NTDP D Apr. 27, 1998 6-4 1/4 204 USA 6. Tyson Jost A well-rounded centre whos playing at the World Under-17s and can play in every situation. Has the smarts, the skills and the competitiveness to make a difference through all areas of the game. Has a style of play that reminds me of how Hall-of-Famer Bryan Trottier performed. Team Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. Natl Penticton (BCHL) C Mar. 14, 1998 5-10 1/2 188 CAN 7. Dmitry Sokolov Big, strong, skilled and able to impact the game with all of those elements. A smart player with and without the puck and his impact is positive in any type of game. Very difficult to deter because he can skate past an opponent or power past one. Team Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. Natl Omskiye Yastreby Omsk (MHL) RW Apr. 14, 1998 6-2 203 RUS 8. Clayton Keller Excellent skater with speed, quickness and agility and he uses all of those elements to be constantly dangerous. He’s elusive and very hard to ’trap’ and with a sense, awareness and poise he’s able to be a consistent threat with the puck. Team Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. Natl USA NTDP C July 29, 1998 5-9 1/4 165 USA 9. Sam Steel Steel, whos playing for Team Canada (Black) at the World Under-17 Challenge, is an outstanding skater who uses well in so many ways. His speed is threatening and he knows how to use it to keep defenders off balance. He’s quick and able to get free in tight spots. Smart and makes good plays at high speed so a difficult player to keep in check. Team Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. Natl Regina (WHL) C Feb. 3, 1998 5-10 1/4 167 CAN 10. Dante Fabbro Great confidence playing and he initiates the play from a defensive aspect and in transition also. Given an opening, he will take it but is very adept at understanding what play is available to him and adjusting accordingly. An all situations player who wants to make a difference. Team Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. Natl Penticton (BCHL) D June 20, 1998 6-0 183 CAN 11. Max Jones Combining speed and power along with a very good skill level, he becomes a very challenging player to play against. He uses all of the elements to his advantage and has a determination in his game that forces opponents out of their comfort zone. Team Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. Natl USA NTDP LW Feb. 17, 1998 6-1 3/4 189 USA 12. Luke Green Dynamic skating defenceman who will push the pace and jump into the attack. Good awareness and makes good plays from the defensive zone and in the offensive zone and plays with confidence. Team Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. Natl Saint John (QMJHL) D Jan. 12, 1998 5-11 174 CAN 13. Tarmo Reunanen Poised and smart, he may not ‘catch your eye’ with flash but he knows where his options are. He doesn’t panic under pressure and he can make plays that alleviate pressure defensively or apply it offensively. Team Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. Natl TPS Turku (Finland Jr.) D Mar. 1, 1998 5-11 166 FIN 14. Brett Howden A good skating center who can be a solid offensive contributor. Smart, good puck skills and very difficult to deter because he makes his size work to his advantage. Can make plays in tight or on the rush, and can start them or finish them. Team Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. Natl Moose Jaw (WHL) C Mar. 29, 1998 6-1 1/4 190 CAN 15. Tyler Benson Hes a very smart player who is capable of seeing opportunity and taking advantage. A rarity in that he can score goals off the wing or make plays off the wing. Gets involved physically and is a determined competitor who uses well in multiple areas. Team Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. Natl Vancouver (WHL) LW Mar. 15, 1998 5-11 1/2 198 CAN 16. Matthew Tkachuk At times you watch him score and you see glimpses of his 500-plus NHL goal scoring father, Keith. He cans score in multiple ways; from out with a good shot or in tight with quick hands. He gets to scoring position and reads play well and plays with an assertiveness to make a difference. Team Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. Natl USA NTDP LW Dec. 11, 1997 6-0 1/2 188 USA Asics Gel Lyte V Nere . Not to be outdone, Atletico Madrid bettered its title rivals by demolishing 10-man Getafe 7-0 with Diego Costa returning from injury to score with a brilliant bicycle kick. "It was an almost perfect night," Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. Bianche Gel-Lyte V Asics Sneakers Light Out Pack Uomo/Donna . A-Rod is also disqualified from any post-season play. So at the tender age of 38, he will miss all of next season. As a result of missing the coming season, hes also out $25 million (which coincidentally is my hourly rate). http://www.scarpeonitsukatiger.it/scarp ... anche.html. 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A WINDOW TURNS INTO A REVOLVING DOOR - Going into the transfer window Arsene Wenger let everyone know the red half of London was in for some serious spending this summer. Nearly two months in were still waiting. Those who barked Anglo Saxon-riddled expletives at the economics graduate following a feeble effort in Arsenals opener were left scratching their heads after the name Johan Cabaye was added to the ever-growing list of failed bids. As an encore yesterday, the club announced ‘No Mas in their pursuit of Liverpools Luis Suarez with all signs their immediate attention was now on signing ex-Gunner Mathieu Flamini. Let go by Milan at the end of last season Flamini walked out on Arsenal at the end of the 2007-08 season. I guess at this rate RVP will be back in an Arsenal shirt circa summer 2018. AWAY THE FANS - On the eve of the season Premier League CEO Richard Scudamore stated the BPLs desire to increase the attendance of travelling supporters. The campaign got off to an ideal start with the league announcing that over opening weekend eight of 10 visiting clubs completely sold out their ticket allocations. The affection from the terraces must be rubbing off on the pitch. Of those 10 matches fully half of them resulted in victory for the visitors. The most improbable had the 3,000 strong Aston Villa support suffer a collective case of 2012-13 campaign amnesia come the final whistle at the Emirates. DEJA VU? - When the blue half of Manchester claimed the most unlikely of BPL crowns on the final day of the season they started their 2011-12 campaign with a Monday night home fixture. Swansea was the opponent that day in a match that saw City run out as very convincing 4-0 winners. Fast forward to Manchester Citys 2013-14 opener and the destruction of Newcastle by a similar score Monday night. Adding further intrigue, David Silva and Sergio Aguero featured on the score sheet against Newcastle as they both did against Swansea on opening day 2011. GLT 1: CHELSEA 0 - It was Frank Lampards goal that wasnt versus Germany at the 2010 World Cup which swung the FIFA debate on goal line technology. With GLT making its introduction in the BPL this season how ironic it was that on opening weekend Hawkeye was put into full effect following a corner from the Chelsea midfielder. Hulls Allan McGregor did just enough to prevent the ball from fully going over the line after Lampards corner was headed goal-bound by Branislav Ivanovic. If it had been a goal, referee Jon Moss would have been alerted within a second by a buzzer triggering on his watch. I wonder if Wenger has a similar watch for when Arsenal finally manage to land a player during the transfer window. GNASHER LUIS HEARTS LIVERPOOL - Having made the mandatory apology to his teammates on the eve of Liverpool opening their campaign, how comforting it must have been for some of the Kop faithful to bump into Suarez as he emerged from a car outside Anfield ahead of kick off against Stoke last Saturday. Agitating for a move all summer long only a complete cynic would suggest Suarez decided to take his daughter with him to prevent opportunity for any of the Liverpool fans to vent their true feelings on their star striker. Suarez who is halfway through a 10-match ban for biting Ivanovic towards the tail end of last season will only be available to play for Liverpool or [insert Champions League club here] at the end of September.dddddddddddd. No confirmation if Suarez bit a team mate in training Thursday after news leaked out Arsenal had finally abandoned their £40,000,001 pursuit of the man with the most infamous teeth in all of world football. HARDLY A “PITCHURE BOOK” STORY - Confined to the bench as Manchester United took to the Swansea pitch, “Want-away Wayne” cut a pitiful self as he watched the champions take the 2-0 lead. Even though the £250,000-a-week striker featured in both of Uniteds later goals Rooneys mood didnt improve after he was introduced just after the hour mark. Wayne opted not to join in the goal celebrations, preferring a shoulder shrugging trudge back to the halfway line instead of joining in with his team mates as they performed a touch line love in with David Moyes after RVP had claimed his second goal of the day. Rooney also stayed well away from the team celebration after Danny Welbeck scored Uniteds fourth. No prizes for guessing what action shots from the Liberty Stadium made the back pages of the tabloids last Sunday. HOME BUT NOT ALONE - Such was the “Jose Effect” Sunday as this most venerable part of West London awoke much earlier than usual. The ground filled up a good hour ahead of kick off as no one in the 41,000 capacity crowd wanted to miss out on the Happy Ones return to the Stamford Bridge bench. Even Roman Abramovich couldnt resist the Mourinho lure as the owner paid a pre-match visit to the Chelsea dressing room. Abramovich even featured in the match day programme, a first as the club celebrate a decade of Roman Rule. It was Mourinho, though, who held the fans breathless as they waited for him to emerge from the tunnel. The teenage-type adulation which followed, as he took his place on the bench, was in marked contrast to the wholly divisive Stamford Bridge scenes from last season. START AS YOU MEAN TO GO ON THEN - The BPLs very own walking and talking stick of dynamite just cant help himself. One game in and Ian Holloway is already on an FA misconduct charge following incendiary words directed at the referee after his Crystal Palace opened their campaign with defeat at home to Spurs. Holloway was back to his emotional self in mid-week with ill-judged comments about Chelsea not conceding a late penalty against Aston Villa - Holloway outwardly questioning if the refs had it on for the less glamorous sides. The Crystal Palace manager freely admits hes not at his best when he doesnt get what he wants, advising the media if they didnt believe him then all they had to do was ask his Mum. VALUE FOR MONEY – The last word has to go to the man who was so instrumental in ensuring Sir Alex Ferguson received the perfect retirement gift. Robin Van Persies contribution last season made a complete mockery of the widely-held adage players need a season or two to bed in and get used to their new surroundings. Scoring in his Old Trafford debut, the Dutchman potted goals from near and far all season long and with them secured a 13th BPL title for Ferguson. After scoring in Fergies final game in charge, last seasons top scorer needed all of 33 minutes to get off the mark this season. If Gareth Bale is worth upwards of €100m to Real Madrid what mathematical model do you use to calculate Robin Van Persies value to Manchester United? Anyone got Einsteins phone number. TSN & TEAM Radio is your BPL home this season. Double Header Saturday Kicks Off with Everton vs. West Bromwich Albion at 10am et/7:00am pt followed by Aston Villa vs Liverpool at 12:30pm et/9:30am pt. You can reach and follow Noel Butler at: Noel.Butler@BellMedia.ca @TheSoccerNoel on Twitter ' ' '
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