NHL Draft: North America Junior & High School

This section is for lower level competition in North America.  Outside of the Canadian Major Junior and USHL in America.

Casey Mittelstadt (6 – 15)

  • DOB: DOB: 1998-11-22 / POS: C-LW / H: 6’1 / SH: L
  • Has a chance to be the highest drafted high school pick in NHL since Blake Wheeler.  Possibility he goes in top 5.  The Hockey Writers compared him to Tyler Seguin.  Skating and offensive ability are his strengths.
  • Elite Prospects: An electric offensive presence on the ice, Casey Mittelstadt brings the complete package of speed, skill, and hockey sense. He competes hard with every shift, and has the dynamic puck skills to keep up with his creativity, which is a hallmark of his game. His awareness is all-encompassing, and he never puts his teammates in positions where their time and space will be bottlenecked. Bigger players don’t phase him, as he thinks the game analytically and will find chinks in the opposition’s armor on the fly. As a result, Mittelstadt is often seen forcing more complicated plays that the opposition won’t be able to read in time. On top of all this, he can play a north-south game, and his transition game is already at an elite level. He’s a complete player with the predatory instincts necessary to succeed as a consistent and, perhaps, dominant point producer at the next level.

Cale Makar (6 – 15)

  • POS: D / DOB: 1998-10-30 / H: 5’11 / SH: R
  • Puckmoving defenseman.  Been compared to Erik Karlsson.  The major questions are going to be size and defense.  He might be selected inside the top 5.  Will be the highest drafted player drafted out of the AJHL.
  • Recrutes.ca: Terrific mobility and puck handling skills make NHL teams more likely to overlook size and defensive questions and make him a candidate to go as high as the top thee. Has the dynamic skill to run an NHL power play and produce like a top-two defenceman at that level. Tore up the AJHL this season as the only defenceman anywhere near the top ten in scoring. He’s a sure bet to be the highest drafted player in AJHL history.

2nd & 3rd Rounders

Ian Mitchell (D): DOB: 1999-01-18 / H: 5’10 / SH: R

  • Mobile, puck-moving defenseman.   He’s a smart player and skating is high end.  Size and level of competition will be a concern.  Played well at the Ivan Hlinka and will be going to Denver to play college hockey next year.  Likely a ceiling of a second pairing offensive defenseman similar to Tyson Barrie.

Dylan Samberg (D) DOB: 1999-01-24 / H: 6’3 / SH: L

  • Smart defender who’s responsible defensively.  He’s a good skater for his size and has good upside.  Plays in all situations but might be limited offensively at the NHL level.

Late Round Picks

  1. Nicholas Campoli (C) A skilled playmaking center, who is a good skater.  Will pay a gritty two-way game.
  2. Bryce Misley (C) – He has good size (6’2) an intelligent playmaking center can play a two-way game decent skater.
  3. Kale Howarth (C) played well in the CJHL Top Prospects game.  More than doubled his scoring this year, in his final year of draft eligibility.  He’s 6’5 center that scored 30 goals in 51 BCHL games.
  4. Noah Cates (W) – High-end offensive forward he’s 6’1 but will need to add some muscle.  He has excellent vision and playmaking ability.
  5. Jack Rathbone (D)  Rathbone is an excllent skater and is a power play QB.  Jeff Cox from SBNation compared to Jake Walman.
  6. Ryan Sandelin (F) He’s a coachable player with good instincts good speed and strong offensive numbers.
  7. Finn Evans (RW) he’s a hardworking two-way forward with good size (6’2
  8. Matthew Kellenberger (D) Has good size he’s a solid skating, puck moving defenseman.
  9. Bobby Dow (RW) – He’s gritty winger with good size and good two-way game.  He has decent vision and works hard.  Committed to Mercyhurst.
  10. Cameron Crotty (D) Good size right hand shot.  Plays a good physical defensive game
  11. Keaton Pehrson (D) smooth skating defender with good size.  He’s likely more of a defensive dman.  Committed to Michigan Tech.
  12. Benton Maass (D) Stay at home defender with good size.  Split the year between High School & the NAHL.  Committed to Univ of New Hampshire.
  13. Jesse Bjugstad (D) Good size (6’2) NHL bloodlines (father is Scott), he’s a defensive defender with a mean streak.
  14. Sam Huff (F) Good size this is his second draft year but he was a late birthday last year (Sept, 11, 98).  Solid offensive numbers and good size.
  15. Corey Andonovski (RW) small, smart two-way forward that played Canadian high school and is committed to Princeton.
  16. Philip Lagunov (C) average size he’s a good skater and plays a two-way game.
  17. Matt Anderson (D) A slightly below average puckmoving defenseman.  Committed to Univ of Minn-Duluth.
  18. Noah Ganske (D) A big right-hand shot defensive defenseman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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