This weekend sees the 2012 NHL Entry draft in Pittsburgh so we at hockeyfights.com figured it was about time we'd give you a run down on what physical, tough players are available out of the OHL, QMJHL and WHL.
Dumba is a devastating hitter, an excellent skater, and possesses great offensive instincts. Due to his aggressive offensive game he can sometimes be a liability defensively. Dumba didn't receive a fighting major in the WHL in 2011-12 but he did drop his gloves in the Top Prospects game. In the past he's shown a willingness to fight and is pretty good at it. The biggest question mark regarding Dumba is whether or not his physical game can translate to the professional level. While Dumba does play a high risk high reward type of game he certainly has huge upside.
Gaunce is a hard working player that always shows up. He has great instincts and a nose for the net. He has a big shot as well and knows how to find the net. He plays gritty and will stick up for his team-mates. He is the total package and should go early in the first round.
Congratulations to the Los Angeles Kings, the 2011-12 Stanley Cup champions.
This is the first Cup for the Kings in their 45-year history.
Some immediate coverage:
The New Jersey Devils refuse to give in.
Zach Parise and Bryce Salvador scored to give them a 2-1 victory at Prudential Center to take the Stanley Cup finals back to Los Angeles for a Game Six. It was the first loss on the road for the Kings this playoff season.
Future Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur came up big for the Devils, turning away 25 shots including a Jarrett Stoll breakaway when the score was tied at 1-1.
Salvador has now scored four goals in the postseason after going scoreless through 82 games of the regular season and New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer said: "That's something that he's really kind of mastered here over the last month of the playoffs. He's had great composure back there for us, getting shots through. We wouldn't be here without him."
There's a long road ahead for the New Jersey Devils if they're to win the Stanley Cup, but the word sweep has been eliminated from the record books as the series heads back to New Jersey for game 5.
The game was scoreless going into the third period. Patrick Elias gave the Devils their first lead of the series 7:56 into the period. Just one minute later, after an iffy call on David Clarkson, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty scored a power play goal to tie it.
As the clock continued and another overtime seemed imminent Adam Henrique scored high on Jonathan Quick off of a great pass from Clarkson. That would be the game-winner and Ilya Kovalchuk capped off the Devils first win with an empty-net goal.
The Los Angeles Kings are just one win away from their first Stanley Cup.
But it was penalty killing that was key to the victory according to Kings coach Darryl Sutter.
Carter and Williams scored on the powerplay as the Kings converted two of their three opportunities, while killing off five New Jersey man-advantage chances.
Jonathan Quick continued his stellar postseason performance, turning away all 22 shots he faced for his third shutout of the playoffs.
The New Jersey Devils have a lot of work to do.
But the most remarkable statistic is that the Kings tied an NHL record with a 10th victory on the road. Los Angeles are perfect on the road in the postseason and gives them the chance to close out the series on home ice at Staples Center.
Carter picked the puck up behind New Jersey's net before cycling round and rifling a shot past Martin Brodeur's blocker.