Prior to the conclusion of the Memorial Cup, the CHL announced their end-of-season award winners with several NHL prospects taking home hardware. Those include Stars forward Logan Stankoven who was named Player of the Year after putting up 45 goals and 59 assists in just 59 games with WHL Kamloops. The 47th pick from the 2021 draft also averaged a goal per game in 17 playoff contests. Still just 19, Stankoven won’t be eligible to play in the AHL next season. Meanwhile, Rangers prospect Dylan Garand was named as Goalie of the Year following a strong showing with Kamloops that saw him post a 32-9-3 record in 45 games with a 2.16 GAA and a .925 SV%. The 20-year-old will turn pro next season.
Meanwhile, with the Memorial Cup now completed, a very narrow trade window opened up on Thursday. A few moves of note were made before the window closes later today following the annual Import Draft. Here’s a rundown of those transactions:
- Coyotes goaltender prospect Anson Thornton was traded from OHL Sarnia to Barrie. Arizona signed the 19-year-old as an undrafted free agent in October following a strong showing in rookie camp but he struggled, posting a 4.06 GAA along with an .883 SV% in 26 games with the Sting. Thornton is a year away from being eligible to play in the AHL and his three-year, entry-level contract will slide again next season.
- Blues goalie prospect Will Cranley was dealt from OHL Ottawa to Flint. The 20-year-old had a tough season, his first as a starter, as he had a 3.81 GAA along with an .873 SV% in 41 games with the 67s. Cranley is eligible to turn pro next season and is already signed. He can be returned to junior to play for the Firebirds but will still burn the first year of his contract in that scenario.
- One player that isn’t an NHL prospect just yet (but will be next week) was also on the move as the CHL rights to Brad Lambert were moved from WHL Saskatoon to Seattle. The projected first-round pick isn’t under contract in Finland next season and the fact the Thunderbirds moved four draft picks (only two conditional) to secure his rights suggests that they think they can get him to North America next season. He’d likely secure a significant role there compared to playing in Finland which could be appealing to teams considering drafting him.
Perhaps no player in Dallas’ system excites me more than Stankoven. Kid’s a thriller, can’t wait to see him in victory green.
Also, as a curious question, does the CHL not have regulations against players playing professionally before joining? Lambert was pro in Finland, right?
And the Rangers keep bringing in young talent. The answer to Georgiev.
Would love to see NYR package Georgie with Nils Lundqvist for a high draft pick