Here’s a list of potential defenseman that are overage that may get drafted in this June’s draft. I think that the first 5 should be drafted this season.
- Coghlan has good size (6’3), he’s a right hand shot defenseman, plays a physical game, and good two-way game. I had him as a potential late round pick last year and he improved his offensive game this past season. I think he should be selected as a mid-round pick.
- Big Latvian defender, he could play with a little more edge to his game. He has good puck skills and willing to play a physical game. He’s raw and will take time to develop.
- Smooth skating right hand shot offensive defenseman with excellent vision. There will be concerns about size and defensive awareness. Brings enough offense to be considered with a late round pick.
- Has good size and plays a heavy game. Has good mobility, and put up decent offensive totals and was a late birthday for last years draft.
- Small, smart puckmoving defenseman with excellent offensive instincts & vision. His major concerns will be size and he’s a below average skater.
Here is another 20 defenseman that should be considered for the NHL entry draft.
- Ilya Karpukhin (VHL)- He’s a smart defender has good size and postitionally sound.
- Matthew Hellickson (USHL) – Smart mobile defenseman with solid puck moving ability.
- Benjamin Gleason (OHL) – Smooth skating puckmoving defenseman with excllent vision. Has good size needs to improve defensive side of his game.
- Kevin Davis (WHL) Little undersized but excellent offense on an Everett team that doesn’t score much. Most of his points came with the man advantage.
- Mark Yanchevsky (MHL) He’s a big defender (6’6) that’s put up solid point totals in the MHL this past season.
- Brandon Crawley (OHL) He’s likely to be a shudown defender, loves to play physical style of game. Works hard, not an offensive defender but can make smart decisions with the puck.
- Brennan Menell (WHL) Offensively he’s a guy that could make the jump to the next level. He was the 3rd most effective defenseman in his age group behind Ethan Bear & Connor Hobbs (both drafted in the NHL). So, offensively he’s solid and he has excellent vision. The concerns are going to be size and commitment.
- Kristaps Zile (KHL) Split the year between KHL & MHL (14 points in 19 games). He’s 6’1 but a thin frame. Has good offensive instincts but needs to work on the defensive side of the game
- Justin Murray (OHL) – Smart defender plays positionally strong and a physical game. Not a strong skater and won’t be a point producer.
- Tory Dello (NCAA – Hockey East) He’s in his final year of eligibility. He’s a good leader works hard, plays physical and is likely a defensive defender.
- Dmitri Alexeyev (VHL) He’s a smooth skating defenseman, two-way defender and excellent hockey IQ.
- Owen Headrick (NCAA) Small right hand shot, puck moving defenseman. He’s plays a calm game and is solid positionally.
- Leonid Lavrinenko (MHL) There’s not much details on the player but those are excellent point totals for his age in the MHL.
- Luke McInnis (NCAA) Son of former NHLer (Marty) he’s a smaller puck moving defenseman with good vision.
- Alex Stevens (USHL) Defenseman with decent size, final year of draft eligibilty. Heading to Penn State.
- Brendan De Jong (WHL) Good size, solid mobility and he can move the puck. Plays a two-way game, but you’d like to see him be more physically engaged.
- Scott Perunovich (USHL) Small puck moving defenseman with excellent vision. Compared to Joey Laleggia.
- Jacob Bryson (NCAA) He’s a small mobile puck-moving defenseman that put up solid numbers for Providence.
- Dawson Davidson (WHL) – I was a big Dawson Davidson fan last year. But he regressed this year. He’s a smart puck moving defenseman that is undersized.
- Yegor Zaitsev – (VHL) – Split the year between VHL & KHL as a young 98 born player. His numbers at the VHL level are impressive for his age.