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2018 NHL Draft – North American Junior

The NHL typically drafts 10 – 15 players in lower level Junior such as BCHL, AJHL, OJHL, CCHL & NAHL (United States)

Here are ten potential draft picks in this coming NHL entry draft.

  1. Jack McBain (C) – Late 1st – Mid. 2nd
    • McBain is a good sized player, with excellent offensive instincts and vision.  Skating is an area to improve in.  His dad, Andrew, was a top 10 pick and played over 600 games in the NHL.
    • OHL Writers:  He sees the ice extremely well and can read and react quickly. He has an uncanny ability to slow the pace down and the patience to let the play develop and then strike with either a crisp tape-to-tape pass or fire a deceptive, accurate and hard shot with a purpose. And he’s willing to drive the net with or without the puck.
  2. Jacob Bernard-Docker (D) – 2nd Round
    • Plays a smart solid two-way game.  He’s a strong skater and has a hard point shot.  He’s a little undersized but physically he’s strong.
    • Recrutes – Overall, it doesn’t take very long to see clearly that there’s a lot to like about Bernard-Docker. He’ll be a dream for future coaches, the type of workhorse defenceman that can gobble up a lot of minutes at both ends of the ice and consistently make a positive difference. He’d headed to a pretty good hockey program at the University of North Dakota, and could come out in a few years as a very polished defenseman who is more than ready for the pros.
  3. Jonny Tychonick (D) – 2nd – 3rd Round
    • Smart two-way defender with impressive skating skills.  Had a strong finish to the year with 17 points in 11 playoff games.  He’s a sma.ller defender 5’11
    • Hockey Now:  A strong skating puck rusher who can send pinpoint passes through traffic and then likes to join the rush and help out below the goal line in the offensive zone. Quick feet give him the ability to skate effectively east to west and impress in neutral zone. Good puck skills and good anticipation with the puck on his stick. In his own end, he is evasive and can lose forecheckers with one slick move to keep the puck alive and transitioning to offence. Not very strong physically and can be knocked off the puck easily.
  4. Stanislav Demin (D) – 2nd – 3rd Round
    • American born left-hand shot defender that skates well, responsible in his own zone and good size.
    • The Hockey Writers:  Capable of reading the ice and developing plays with ease, Demin executes calculated pinches in order to dismantle rushes devised by his opposition. Further, in his own zone, Demin utilizes a quick stick in order to jostle the puck loose before firing a crisp breakout pass to a nearby teammate.
  5. Seth Barton (D) – 4th – 7th
    • He’s a good sized playe and a smooth skating, smart defenseman that plays a physical game.
  6. Brendan Budy (F) – 4th – 7th *Sleeper*
    • Slightly undersized crafty forward and stands out as an offensive threat as a scorer and a playmaker.  Committed to U. of Denver.
  7. Sean Comrie (D) – 4th – 7th
    • He’s a smaller puck-moving defenseman.  He’s improved his defensive game, makes a good outlet pass.
  8. Angus Crookshank (F) – 4th – 7th
    • Awesome name, sounds like he could be an Austin Powers villain.  Excellent work ethic that is willing to play a physical game.  He is a speedy skater with some offensive upside.
  9. Austin Wong (C/RW) – 4th – 7th
    • Wong is a pest that pushes the edge toward dirty play.  He has enough speed and skill to play on a skill line.
  10. Matthew Kellenberger (D) – 4th – 7th
    • Second year draft eligible.  He has good sized right hand shot defenseman with offensive upside.  Committed to Princeton U.

 

Player League GP PTS PPG H S DOB
Jack McBain
 OJHL
48 58 1.21 6’3 L 2000-01-06
Jacob Bernard-Docker (D) AJHL 49 41 0.84 6’1 R 2000-06-30
Jonny Tychonick (D) BCHL 48 47 0.98 5’11 L
Stanislav Demin (D) BCHL 57 45 0.79 6’1 L 2000-04-04
Seth Barton BCHL 49 33 0.67 6’2 R 2000-08-18
Brendan Budy (F) BCHL 49 56 1.14 5’10 L 2000-06-06
Sean Comrie (D) AJHL 54 34 0.63 6′ R 2000-01-30
Angus Crookshank (F) BCHL 42 45 1.07 5’11 L 1999-10-02
Austin Wong (C/RW) AJHL 55 54 0.98 5’11 R 2000-08-26
Matthew Kellenberger OJHL 49 51 1.04 6′ R 1999-01-11
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2018 NHL Draft – High School

The NHL Draft by the numbers from 2012 – 2017 the NHL

  •  Total number of High School players drafted:  71 position players;
    • 29 defense
    • 42 forwards.
  • Total Number of High School players By Round:
    • 1st – 2
    • 2nd – 8
    • 3rd – 5
    • 4th – 9
    • 5th – 21
    • 6th – 13
    • 7th – 13
  • Total Number of Players that played in the NHL
    • 6 (8%)
  • Average Number of High School players selected in an NHL draft.
    • 12

Here are 10 potential NHL draft picks from US High School.

  1. Jay O’Brien (C) – 2nd Round
    • He is playing at Thayer’s Academy and his Goals/Game are on par with former Alumni Tony Amonte & Jeremey Roenick.  His offensive numbers are ahead of recent alumni Charlie Coyle & Adam Gaudette (who just signed with the Vancouver Canucks).
    • O’Brien is a skill center and a dynamic player that creates scoring opportunities and a quick release.  He’s willing to put in the effort.   There’s a chance he could sneak into the first round but right now he’s projected as a mid-2nd to possible a third rounder.
  2. Jack Perbix (F) – 4th – 7th
    • He’s projected as a 5th or 6th round pick.  But with his size and offense I think he could have 3rd round value.
    • Perbix is a smart offensive forward with good size and vision.  He plays a physical game and is more of a playmaker than a natural scorer.
  3. Jordan Harris (D) – 4th – 7th
    • Harris is projected to go near the end of round three or the top of round four.
    • He’s a smooth skating, puck moving defenseman.  Has a solid breakout pass & a nice shot from the point.  He’s a little small so won’t win the puck battles.
  4. Michael Kesselring (D) – 4th – 7th
    • He is a toolsy-type player; big defenseman, he’s a plus skater, play a physical game and some offensive upside.  That said he’s a draft and follow type player, still learning the game positionally.  He’s a player that’s worth the risk after the 4th round.
  5. Aidan McDonough (LW) – 4th – 7th
    • He has good size, plays a physical game and has solid offensive instincts.  Needs to improve his skating.
  6. Jack Jensen (LW) – 4th – 7th
    • Jensen has average size, he engages physically and a solid goal scorer.  Projects as a middle-six forward and likely to be selected in the mid-late rounds.
  7. Jack Lagerstrom (D) – 4th – 7th
    • Big right-hand shot defenseman out of St. Mary’s.  He’s solid defensively and has been working on his offensive game.  Heading to BCHL next year and committed to Cornell in 2019-20.
  8. Colin Schmidt (C) 4th – 7th
    • Schmidt is a big physical forward that might not be the prettiest player but he’s put up solid point totals.  He’s projected to go undrafted.
  9. Demetrios Koumontzis (F)
    • Great name, he’s another small forward with excellent speed and good offensive instincts.  He’s committed to Arizona.
  10. Jack Gorniak (F)
    • Gorniak is a small speedy goal scoring winger.  He’s committed to University of Wisconsin.
Player Team League GP PTS PPG H DOB
Jay O’Brien (C) Thayer Academy USHS-Prep 30 80 2.67 6′ 36468
Jack Perbix (F) Elk River High USHS-MN 25 61 2.44 6’1 2000-09-13
Aidan McDonough (LW) Thayer Academy USHS-Prep 30 49 1.63 6’1 1999-11-06
Jack Gorniak (F) West Salem High “C” USHS-WI 24 56 2.33 5’11  1999-09-15
Colin Schmidt (C) Wayzata High USHS-MN 25 39 1.56 6’5  2000-01-06
Demetrios Koumontzis (F) Edina High USHS-MN 24 41 1.71 5’11 2000-03-24
Jack Jensen (LW) Eden Prairie High USHS-MN 25 38 1.52 6′ 36769
Jordan Harris (D)  Kimball Union Academy “C” USHS-Prep 37 35 0.95 5’11 2000-07-07
Michael Kesselring (D) New Hampton School USHS-Prep 38 34 0.89 6’4 2000-01-13
Jack Lagerstrom (D) Shattuck St. Mary’s Midget Prep USHS-Prep 50 44 0.88 6’2 2000-03-30

2018 NHL Draft – NCAA

In the past seven NHL entries drafts there have been 51 selected out of the NCAA.

  • 8 in the 1st Round (1.14 Players / Round)
  • 6 in the 2nd Round
  • 3 in the 3rd Round
  • 7 in the 4th Round
  • 5 in the 5th Round
  • 12 in the 6th Round
  • 7 in the 7th Round

Player eligibility

  • There were 16 players selected in their first year of eligibility 31%
  • There were 11 players selected in their second year of eligibility 22%
  • There were 24 players selected in their third year of eligibility 47%

Here are 10 NCAA draft eligible players that could be selected for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Player GP PTS PPG H S DOB
Brady Tkachuk (C/LW) 40 31 0.78 6’3 L 36419
Quinn Hughes (D) 37 29 0.78 5’10 L 1999-10-14
Scott Perunovich (D) 42 36 0.86 5’9 L 1998-08-18
Logan Hutsko (C) 37 31 0.84 5’11 R 1999-02-11
Patrick Khodorenko (C) 36 32 0.89 6′ L 1998-10-13
Brandon Biro (LW) 37 31 0.84 5’11 L 1998-03-11
Tommy Miller (D) 36 10 0.28 6’2 R 1999-03-06
Alexis Binner (D) 36 9 0.25 6’3 L 1998-12-03
Cameron Wright (LW) 36 25 0.69 6’1 R 1998-08-11
Mitchell Lewandowski (F) 36 34 0.94 5’9 L 1998-04-17
  1. Brady Tkachuk (C/LW) – Top 5
    • The likable thing about Tkachuk is that he’s not likable to play against.  He’s similar to his older brother and father in that regard.  Smart player, that can play the power forward game and get under people skins.  He can impact the game in so many ways.
    • Future Considerations:  Tkachuk is a gritty, powerforward with offensive skills…is a powerful, balanced, skater who generates solid straight-line speed but lacks initial footspeed and overall fluidity…tenacious physically and will lay the body when he has chances, although there is some youthfulness there as he gets drawn into making the big open ice hit…relentless on the cycle…effective below the face-off circles…always competing and playing with healthy intensity…
  2. Quinn Hughes (D) – Top 10
    • Hughes is a smooth skating, calm defenseman that gets the puck moving in the right direction.  Size is a concern but he’s a smart player that is in the right position.
    • The Hockey News:  “He’s a dynamic player,” said one NHL executive. “You gotta use him in the right situation and put him with a guy that plays defense, but I’d pay to watch him play and there aren’t many players I’d say that about. He makes plays when there’s nothing there. It’s his ability to go one way when you expected him to go the other way that opens things up. His upside is incredible.”
  3. Scott Perunovich (D) – 4th – 6th Round
    • Offensive puck moving defenseman with excellent vision and good speed.  He’s extremely smart but his size is concern.
  4. Logan Hutsko (C) – 4th – 6th – Sleeper
    • Missed the majority of his first draft eligible year due to a neck injury.  Slightly smaller player, but he is willing to engage physically.  Good vision and offensive upside.
  5. Patrick Khodorenko (C) – 4th – 6th
    • Good size and a physically strong player, that’s willing to engage physically.  He has put up solid point totals and increased his point totals by over 70% from last season.  Needs to improve his skating.
  6. Brandon Biro (LW) – 4th – 6th
    • Biro is a physical player and has a solid work ethic.  Likely projects as an energy player and can play a complementary role on a scoring line.
  7. Tommy Miller (D)
    • Big physical right-hand defenseman likely projects as a shutdown defender.  He’s a smooth skater and can make a solid outlet pass.
  8. Alexis Binner (D)
    • He’s a big player and can skate well.  Makes a solid first pass out of the zone.
  9. Cameron Wright (LW)
    • Good sized player in final year of draft eligibility.  Been able to put up decent point totals this past year.
  10. Mitchell Lewandowski (F)
    • Smaller player but he plays an aggressive style and put up solid point totals last season.

Here is a list of NCAA forwards that were drafted from 2011 – 2017 and selected in the 4th round or later, two have played 40+ games thus far in the NHL.  Listed is their draft age, the NCAA division, their Height and Points Per Game for reference.  Players listed in bold have played 40+ games in the NHL.

Player Age Drafted League GP G A PTS PPG H
Rhett Gardner 20 NCHC 41 11 7 18 0.44 6’3
Austin Wuthrich 19 CCHA 36 7 10 17 0.47 6’1
Andrew Copp 19 CCHA 38 11 10 21 0.55 6’1
Brendan Woods 20 WCHA 34 5 5 10 0.29 6’4
Jonny Brodzinski 20 WCHA 42 22 11 33 0.79 6’1
Michael Eyssimont 20 NCHC 40 14 19 33 0.83 6′
Nolan Stevens 20 H-East 41 20 22 42 1.02 6’3
Cameron Hughes 18 Big Ten 34 3 10 13 0.38 6′
Frederik Tiffels 20 NCHC 32 11 10 21 0.66 6’1
Brett Seney 19 H-East 34 11 15 26 0.76 5’9
Tyler Moy 20 ECAC 37 12 15 27 0.73 6’1
Quentin Shore 19 WCHA 39 10 9 19 0.49 6’3
Denis Smirnov 20 Big Ten 39 19 28 47 1.21 5’8
Kyle Schempp 20 WCHA 41 9 16 25 0.61 6′
Carson Meyer 20 NCHC 32 10 16 26 0.81 5’11
John McCarron 20 ECAC 35 6 13 19 0.54 6’3
Matt Roy 20 WCHA 36 0 9 9 0.25 6’1

 

2018 NHL Draft – European Defenseman

In the past seven draft there were 118 European defenseman chosen. On average it was 5 in the first three rounds and 12 in the later rounds.

Here is a list of defenseman that played in Europe last year that could potentially be drafted inside the first three rounds.

Rasmus Dahlin (D) – Prediction 1st

  • The best defensive prospect since Hedman and arguably since a young Denis Potvin patrolled the blueline of the Ottawa 67’s.  Dahlin is the complete package a smart, smooth skating defenseman that can play both ends of the ice extremely well.  He’s been compared to fellow Swed’s Karlsson and & Lidstrom.
  • HockeysVerige.se – Nic Lidstrom on a Dahlin comparision, “one I’m thinking about is Brian Leetch and his skating especially when he was with the Rangers. He dared to go up with the puck and take advantage of his speed and take ice when there.”

Adam Boqvist (D) – Prediction 5 – 10

  • Boqvist has been compared to Karlsson (7 minute mark) and his PPG are similar (.96) to what Karlsson (.97) had in his draft year in the same league.  His numbers are a little behind to Erik Brännström’s numbers last year.
  • Craig Button had him rated 2nd in his January rankings.  “Boqvist’s resemblance to Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson is marked. The high skill, brilliant creativity and daring that allow Karlsson to command a game and capture the attention of his audience are present in Boqvist’s game.”

Danila Zhuravlyo (D) – 2nd – 3rd

  • Could be a steal in the draft.  He’s a defenseman with good size, he has excellent mobility.  Is a solid puck-moving defenseman and plays well in his own end.  Only he and Boqvist averaged 1 PPG at the U18.

MHL Defense in their first eligible draft year.  For example Yegor Rykov was drafted as a +1, he was eligible in 2015 but drafted in 2016 where he put up (.5 PPG in the MHL).

Player League PPG
Nikita Nesterov MHL 0.413043
Alexei Marchenko MHL 0.790698
Yegor Rykov MHL 0.5
Yegor Zaitsev MHL 0.545455
Andrei Mironov MHL 0.152542
Karlis Cukste MHL 0.267857
Vladislav Gavrikov MHL 0.266667
Ziyat Paigin MHL 0.26087
Valeri Vasiliev MHL 0.111111
Rushan Rafikov MHL 0.188679

 

Axel Anderson – 2nd – 3rd

  • He’s a smart right-hand shot puck moving defenseman that from Sweden.  He put up solid offensive totals this past season in the SuperElit league.

Nils Lundkvist (D) – 2nd – 3rd

  • Speedy, undersized right-hand shot puck moving defenseman defenseman.  He split the year beteween the SuperElit (.55 PPG) and the SHL.

Filip Johansson (D) – 2nd – 3rd

  • Johansson is a really solid skater and he’s really improved his defensive game.  Makes a solid outlook pass.  Projected to be a mid-2nd round pick.  There’s some concern over his offensive numbers this past season.

Adam Ginning (D) – 2nd – 3rd

  • Has good size and projects as a shutdown defenseman.  He played more than half the season in SHL.  He doesn’t project to have high-end offense.  Scored .35 PPG in SuperElit.

Martin Fehérváry (D) – 2nd – 3rd

  • Good size mobile defender that plays a physical game and has good leadership qualities.  Likely projects as a defensive defender.
  1. Jacob Ragnarsson (D) – He’s a late birthday, was a week away from being eligible last year.  Smart player, solid in his own zone and put up decent numbers in the Allsvenskan league.  Son of Magnus Ragnarsson.
  2. Danila Galenyuk – He’s a bigger defenseman that can skate and play a physical game.  Not much of a puck moving defenseman.  He’s a defender you would put out on the ice to protect a lead.
  3. Toni Utunen (D) –   He’s an undersized puck moving defenseman with solid hockey IQ.  Skating has gotten mixed reviews.
  4. Santeri Salmela – He’s playing in the top Finnish league against men.   He’s a smart defensive zone player, that can make a good first pass.  He’s never had offense, projects as a defensive dman.
  5. Juuso Ketola – He’s a RHS defenseman with a solid offensive skill-set.  He’s only 5’11 but engages physically.  He’s an average skater.
  6. Jan Dluhos – Small mobile offensive defenseman with a nice shot.  He needs to improve in his own end and decision making.
  7. Dmitri Semykin – Big (6’3) RHS defenseman plays a physical game.  Development pick as he was Central Scouting has him as a potential late round pick.
  8. Ondrej Buchtela – Smooth skating right hand shot defenseman with a puck moving skillset, he was a late 99 birthday and played in the Czech2 league this past year.
  9. Fredrik Granberg – Big, left hand shot Swedish defenseman that plays a physical game.  Doesn’t have much offense to his game.
  10. Bogdan Zhilyakov – Smooth skater, that makes smart plays in his own zone.  Good first pass and a nice shot from the point.
  11. Daniel Kowalczyk – He’s a big defenseman (6’3) that played in the Czech-U20 league.  His stock dropped this year, but he has good range of skills.
  12. Henrik Malmström – A big overage defenseman from Sweden who played in the Allsvenskan league this season and put up 9 pints in 47 games played.
  13. Simon Johansson – He’s an overage big right hand shot defenseman from Sweden.  Put up 34 points in 42 games in SuperElit league.
  14. Vladislav Syomin – Second year draft eligible played in the VHL this past year.  He has good size, plays a physical game but skating is a bit of a concern.
  15. Peetro Seppala – He’s a good sized defensive d-man from Finland.  He’s got good size a young birthday

 

NHL Draft 2017 – Overage Defense

Here’s a list of potential defenseman that are overage that may get drafted in this June’s draft.

Dylan Coghlan RHD 2/19/1998 6’2 WHL 0.75
Kristians Rubins LHD 12/11/1997 6’5 WHL 0.49
Thomas Grégoire RHD 7/15/1998 5’11 QMJHL 0.97
Matt Brassard RHD 8/8/1998 6’2 OHL 0.52
Matthew Timms LHD 5/12/1998 5’10 OHL 0.93

Dylan Coghlan

  • 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.

Kristians Rubins

  • 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.

Thomas Grégoire

  • 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.

Matt Brassard

  • 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.

Matt Timms

  • Small, smart puckmoving defenseman with excellent offensive instincts & vision.  His major concerns will be size and he’s a below average skater.

 

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  1. Ilya Karpukhin (VHL)-  He’s a smart defender has good size and postitionally sound.
  2. Matthew Hellickson (USHL) – Smart mobile defenseman with solid puck moving ability.
  3. Benjamin Gleason (OHL) – Smooth skating puckmoving defenseman with excllent vision.  Has good size needs to improve defensive side of his game.
  4. 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.
  5. Mark Yanchevsky  (MHL)  He’s a big defender (6’6) that’s put up solid point totals in the MHL this past season.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. Justin Murray  (OHL) –   Smart defender plays positionally strong and a physical game.  Not a strong skater and won’t be a point producer.
  10. 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.
  11. Dmitri Alexeyev  (VHL)   He’s a smooth skating defenseman, two-way defender and excellent hockey IQ.
  12. Owen Headrick  (NCAA)  Small right hand shot, puck moving defenseman.  He’s plays a calm game and is solid positionally.
  13. Leonid Lavrinenko  (MHL)  There’s not much details on the player but those are excellent point totals for his age in the MHL.
  14. Luke McInnis    (NCAA) Son of former NHLer (Marty) he’s a smaller puck moving defenseman with good vision.
  15. Alex Stevens (USHL)   Defenseman with decent size, final year of draft eligibilty.  Heading to Penn State.
  16. 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.
  17. Scott Perunovich  (USHL) Small puck moving defenseman with excellent vision.  Compared to Joey Laleggia.
  18. Jacob Bryson (NCAA)   He’s a small mobile puck-moving defenseman that put up solid numbers for Providence.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.

NHL Draft (2017): Defense Overagers

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.

Dylan Coghlan RHD 2/19/1998 6’2 WHL 0.75
Kristians Rubins LHD 12/11/1997 6’5 WHL 0.49
Thomas Grégoire RHD 7/15/1998 5’11 QMJHL 0.97
Matt Brassard RHD 8/8/1998 6’2 OHL 0.52
Matthew Timms LHD 5/12/1998 5’10 OHL 0.93

Dylan Coghlan

  • 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.

Kristians Rubins

  • 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.

Thomas Grégoire

  • 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.

Matt Brassard

  • 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.

Matt Timms

  • 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.

  1. Ilya Karpukhin (VHL)-  He’s a smart defender has good size and postitionally sound.
  2. Matthew Hellickson (USHL) – Smart mobile defenseman with solid puck moving ability.
  3. Benjamin Gleason (OHL) – Smooth skating puckmoving defenseman with excllent vision.  Has good size needs to improve defensive side of his game.
  4. 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.
  5. Mark Yanchevsky  (MHL)  He’s a big defender (6’6) that’s put up solid point totals in the MHL this past season.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. Justin Murray  (OHL) –   Smart defender plays positionally strong and a physical game.  Not a strong skater and won’t be a point producer.
  10. 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.
  11. Dmitri Alexeyev  (VHL)   He’s a smooth skating defenseman, two-way defender and excellent hockey IQ.
  12. Owen Headrick  (NCAA)  Small right hand shot, puck moving defenseman.  He’s plays a calm game and is solid positionally.
  13. Leonid Lavrinenko  (MHL)  There’s not much details on the player but those are excellent point totals for his age in the MHL.
  14. Luke McInnis    (NCAA) Son of former NHLer (Marty) he’s a smaller puck moving defenseman with good vision.
  15. Alex Stevens (USHL)   Defenseman with decent size, final year of draft eligibilty.  Heading to Penn State.
  16. 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.
  17. Scott Perunovich  (USHL) Small puck moving defenseman with excellent vision.  Compared to Joey Laleggia.
  18. Jacob Bryson (NCAA)   He’s a small mobile puck-moving defenseman that put up solid numbers for Providence.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.

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.