NL Hockey Tidbits / Greene, Dean WJC / Butler
Posted on June 18, 2022
June is clipping by, but the hockey news is just heating up. We are going to attempt to cover some of these tidbits in this article. Budda boom budda bing!
Greene, Dean Make National Junior Team Main Camp
Green Bay Gamblers forward Ryan Greene has been named to Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Selection Camp (click here for article) ! The 2022-23 instalment of the WJC will be extra special for players born in Atlantic Canada, as the tournament is being joint-hosted by Moncton, NB and Halifax, NS. Greene will also look to hear his name called at the 2022 NHL Draft, taking place on July 7-8 in the belle province of Quebec! Click here for the order of the first 28 picks in the NHL Draft (Dean was the 30th pick overall in the 2021 Draft). Greene has a wide range of outcomes at the draft table – here’s an article that projects Greene to go late in the 2nd round . I think that is a reasonable landing spot for Greene, but if someone stuck their nose out and selected the 6’1, 174 LB forward from Paradise earlier than that, they would be getting a tremendously gifted player. My player comp on Greene has been Teddy Purcell (they even look alike at that age). I would even go as far as saying that Greene will be a better skater than Purcell (sorry Ted). Here’s a little video of Greene’s skating and offensive ability off the rush – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEriEUUD7BI
Both Dean and Greene are dynamic players who have played together in the past. Could one imagine them playing together for Team Canada at the WJC? Can one imagine how many Newfies would be on the Marine Atlantic midnight crossing to catch those 2 wearing the maple leaf? Neither are outside the realm of possibility. Both players have beautiful skating strides, and have more than enough talent to make some noise at Summer Camp and beyond.
For Dean, this is his second kick at the cat for Team Canada as the Mount Pearl native attended last years camp. In Dean’s defence, injuries derailed his first attempt at Team Canada; I’m really hoping that Dean’s injury woes are behind him. The Gatineau Olympiques stud had a solid season in the QMJHL, and will look to build on that in July.
Matty Butler Continues to Prove People Wrong
After his strong rookie camp with the Chicago Steel, QMJHL Draft eligible forward Matty Butler is continuing to silence his critics. The St. John’s, NL native is ranked 79th on the QMJHL’s final CSR list (list here); if someone has the chance to pull the trigger on Butler that late in the draft, they should not think twice. Butler cracked the Steel’s Rookie Camp All-Star Team, and was seen scoring goals like the one below:
The precursor of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Scouts cannot continue to say ‘he’s too small’ and expect the shoe to drop on Butler, because he produces everywhere he goes. Q Cup – produced. U18 Atlantic’s? Produced. Just watch the player specifically and pick up on the things that he does away from the puck that show exceptional levels hockey IQ. Former CSR rep Craig Eagles likes Butler also – it’s not just me who’s drinking the Kool-Aid. Click here for Craig’s article . If someone took Butler in the round 3-4 range, I would not be surprised as the young man will be a good QMJHL player in his 18-19 year old years.
Ryan Greene-themed blog – https://vhghockey.ca/vhg-boys-stick-taps-an-all-too-familiar-place/
QMJHL Cup Notebook; talking Matty Butler and many more – https://vhghockey.ca/qmjhl-cup-notebook/
Video on Greene’s brother Kyle + QMJHL Draft Eligible 06’s who played off island in 2021-22 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8S65BAT464&t=8s