NHL Draft – NCAA

Ryan Poehling (16 – 30)

  • DOB: 1999-01-03 / H: 6’3 / POS: C / SH: L
  • Poehling has decent speed, but it could be improved. He has good size plays a physical game.  Offensively he’s a decent playmaker, nice shot and is able to use his size to control the puck.  Likely to be selected in the second half of the first round.
  • NHL.com: “I think he has great range,” David Gregory of Central Scouting said. “He’s got a nice long, strong stride. Uses good puck protection, long reach. He can be effective in traffic, out of traffic. I like his vision and where he creates. .. You can see growth. When he plays with better people he gets better. Really nice upside with this player.”

2nd or 3rd Rounders

Luke Martin (D) DOB: 1998-09-20 / H: 6’2 / SH: R

  • He’s a big solid, steady defensive defenseman.  He has good positioning and uses his stick effectively. Offensive side of the game is still developing.  Older propsect, was less than a week from being eligible for last years draft.

Patrick Khodorenko (C) DOB: 1998-10-13 / H: 6′ / SH: L

  • Khodorenko is a two-way center with good hands and vision.  He skates well and has good hockey IQ.  Consistency has been a concern and could play a little more aggressive style of game.

Late Round

  1. Denis Smirnov (LW) he’s a 5’10 winger with good offensive instincts his 45 points led all freshmen.  He is in his final year of draft eligibility.
  2. Johnny Kovacevic (D):  A big (6’3) defenseman with good mobility, he had a good freshman year.  He is in his final year of draft eligibility.
  3. Carson Meyer (RW):  Smart player good instincts and a great hockey sense.  Finished third on team in scoring as a freshman.  He is in final year of eligibility.
  4. Josh Wilkins (RW) Smarts speedy player.  He was listed as Chris Dilks 95th prospect in NCAA this past season.
  5. Colt Conrad (C) Strong lower body strength.  He’s a good stickhandler.  Second year draft eligible, nearly doubled his point total from previous year.
  6. Julius Mattila (C) Good two-way center had a good freshman year with Boston College.  Second draft eligible year.
  7. Jack Ahcan (D) He’s a small (5’8) puck moving defenseman.  Will struggle with bigger forwards, but high hockey IQ and excellent offensive instincts.
  8. Brinson Pasichnuk (D)  Pasichnuk was a guy that I was high on last year.  He had a good freshman year for Arizona (not a major NCAA school).  He’s a hard-hitting, defenseman with good offense.

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