Five overage players that should be drafted and 20 that might …
- Intelligent offensive player with decent size and high-end offensive ability. More of a playmaker than a pure goal-scorer. Decent speed and excellent puckhandling skills.
- Hard-working offensive player that is willing to go to the tough areas. Plays a two-way hockey game. Doesn’t excel in any one area but has good hockey IQ and high compete level.
- Scored 51 goals this past season. He’s a speedy goal-scoring forward. He is a smart hard-working player that plays with a little gritty.
- Speedy goal scoring winger. Plays on the PK, works hard. Has good offensive instincts. Uses his speed to pressure the dman on the fore-check.
- He has good size and plays a two-way game and plays in all situations. He has excellent vision, might need to improve skating and might be a winger at the next level.
Another 20 Draft Eligible Players that might get drafted …
- Alexander Polunin he’s a small, fast winger but he’s a got high-end offense and excellent hockey sense. It’s his final year of eligibility and he may not get drafted due to the Russian factor.
- Jayden Halbgewachs is another small, 97 born forward. An intelligent, hardworking offensive player. Scored 50 goals and 101 points in WHL.
- Ryan Moore: Small (5’8) creative offensive forward is a speedy skater and a hard-worker. The ’97 born had put up 1.32 PPG in the OHL.
- Pietrus Palmu he’s a small, skilled player with high-end offensive numbers, scoring 1.58 PPG this year in the OHL.
- Patrick Bajkov he’s a hardworking two-way forward. Was in on 35% of his teams scoring this past season.
- Kristian Reichel he’s a smart skilled center that’s playing in the Czech men’s league. He’s 6’1 but needs to fill out.
- Jack Adams a big player (6’5) entering his final draft season put up more than a point per game this year for Fargo in the USHL and will go to Union College in NCAA.
- Artur Tyanulin – The Russian is a smaller (5’10) playmaking forward with excellent speed. In his final year of eligibility.
- Nick Swaney – Right-hand shot center with excellent speed, hard-worker and good offensive numbers. Committed to Univ of Minn-Duluth.
- Jordan Topping – Hard-working winger with good size and speed. Battles hard in the corners and put up decent numbers in his final year of eligibility.
- Jordan Kawaguchi – He’s a small offensive forward in BCHL. He’s put up huge numbers the last two seasons. Heading to North Dakota. Cousin is Devin Setoguchi.
- Kohen Olischefski – Average size speedy winger with good offense heading to Univ of Denver.
- Alex Limoges – Strong forward with good size and is a leader. He’s put up decent offensive numbers.
- Brandon Saigeon. He has good size (6’2) he was a former top 5 OHL pick. He tripled his offense this year and he went from being a -25 player to a +26.
- Drake Rymsha plays a physical game, good faceoff, plays a two-way game. Decent size (6′) and is a right-hand shot. He was young for last years draft (August birthday).
- Justin Brazeau he’s a raw player, with excellent size (6’5) with good hands and a good work ethic.
- Alex Barre-Boulet excellent work ethic, smooth hands and good hockey sense. Needs to improve on his skating and strength.
- Vladimir Kuznetsov strong Russian power forward has good puck skills. Needs to improve his skating. plays in the QMJHL.
- Domenic Commisso skilled, smooth skating offensive forward works hard at the defensive side of the game as well.
- Brayden Burke smart offensive player that’s a good skater. Final year of draft eligibilty. Likely would need to get stronger.
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
- Nicholas Campoli (C) A skilled playmaking center, who is a good skater. Will pay a gritty two-way game.
- Bryce Misley (C) – He has good size (6’2) an intelligent playmaking center can play a two-way game decent skater.
- 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.
- Noah Cates – High-end offensive forward he’s 6’1 but will need to add some muscle. He has excellent vision and playmaking ability.
- Jack Rathbone (D) Rathbone is an excllent skater and is a power play QB. Jeff Cox from SBNation compared to Jake Walman.
- Ryan Sandelin (F) He’s a coachable player with good instincts good speed and strong offensive numbers.
- Finn Evans (RW) he’s a hardworking two-way forward with good size (6’2
- Matthew Kellenberger (D) Has good size he’s a solid skating, puck moving defenseman.
- 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.
- Cameron Crotty (D) Good size right hand shot. Plays a good physical defensive game
- Keaton Pehrson (D) smooth skating defender with good size. He’s likely more of a defensive dman. Committed to Michigan Tech.
- Benton Maass (D) Stay at home defender with good size. Split the year between High School & the NAHL. Committed to Univ of New Hampshire.
- Jesse Bjugstad (D) Good size (6’2) NHL bloodlines (father is Scott), he’s a defensive defender with a mean streak.
- 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.
- Corey Andonovski (RW) small, smart two-way forward that played Canadian high school and is committed to Princeton.
- Philip Lagunov (C) average size he’s a good skater and plays a two-way game.
- Matt Anderson (D) A slightly below average puckmoving defenseman. Committed to Univ of Minn-Duluth.
- Noah Ganske (D) A big right-hand shot defensive defenseman.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Josh Wilkins (RW) Smarts speedy player. He was listed as Chris Dilks 95th prospect in NCAA this past season.
- Colt Conrad (C) Strong lower body strength. He’s a good stickhandler. Second year draft eligible, nearly doubled his point total from previous year.
- Julius Mattila (C) Good two-way center had a good freshman year with Boston College. Second draft eligible year.
- 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.
- 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.
2nd – 3rd Round
Max Gildon: DOB: 1999-05-17 / H: 6’3 / SH: L
- Gildon is a defender good size and excellent tools. He was compared to Seth Jones. There are questions about his hockey intelligence, makes bad decisions with the puck. Seems to be a draft slider, projected as a first rounder but wasn’t on McKenzie’s mid-term ranking.
Reilly Walsh: DOB: 1999-04-21 / H: 6′ / SH: R
- Skating and puck skills are his major strengths. On the small side for defenseman. Excellent vision, good puck movement. Father Mike played a couple of games in the NHL and over 500 between Europe and AHL.
David Farrance (D) DOB: 1999-06-23 / H: 5’11 / SH: L
- Small puckmoving defenseman. Didn’t have elite offensive numbers. Positionally sound but due to size has physical limitations. High hockey IQ and skating is excellent. Sometimes forces plays.
Tommy Miller: DOB: 1999-03-06 / H: 6’2 / SH: R *
- Miller has excellent frame and is a good skater for his size. He can move the puck but he’s not a PP guy.
Ben Mirageas (D): DOB: 1999-05-08 / H: 6’1 / SH: L
- Smart puck moving defenseman with good size. Makes nice outlet passes. Not a physical defenseman.
Mikey Anderson (D) DOB: 1999-05-25 / H: 5’11 / SH: L
- Anderson is a steady defensive defenseman. Doesn’t have great size but solidly built. Competitive defenseman.
Late Round Picks
- Clayton Phillips: Small defense with good offense. Late birthday (Sept, 9th). He’s an excellent puckmover and good defensively but lacks size. Solid hockey IQ, converted forward.
- Nate Knoepke: Knoepke is a big (6’3), calm , smart defensive defenseman with limited offensive upside. His skating needs improvement.
- Tyler Inamoto: Big physical defenseman (102 PIMs). Good mobility, plays a shutdown defense role. Doesn’t have elite puck handling skills and likely a defenseman d-man. Committed to the University of Wisconsin.
- Phil Kemp: Big (6’3) defenseman with good leadership qualities. He’s a defensive d-man and plays a responsible game.
- Joshua Maniscalco: Good size, defensive d-man. Was a bottom pairing defenseman so he played limited minutes.
- Kasper Kotkansalo: Committed to Boston U. Good size, defensively responsible can play a gritty game. Needs to improve on his skating.
- John St. Ivany: Decent size (6’1) two-way defenseman comitted to Yale. Doesn’t bring much offense.
- Jakub Sirota: Good size, decent mobility limited offense but he has good vision.
- Eero Teräväinen: Smaller (5’10) puck moving defenseman. His brother is Teuvo (Hurricanes).
Eeli Tolvanen (LW) (6 – 15)
- DOB: 1999-04-22 / H: 5’11 / SH: L
- Tolvanen might be the top goal scorer in this years draft … Excellent acceleration and quick release … Needs to improve in the defensive end … Willing to engage physically ….
- Last Word On Sports: Tolvanen has the ability to be a top six winger in the NHL. He will need to improve his strength and continue to work on becoming more well-rounded, but his ability to score goals is something that can not be taught. In terms of a stylistic, but not talent based, comparison Tolvanen plays the game like Phil Kessel of the Pittsburgh Penguins, at least at the offensive end of the ice.
2nd & 3rd Rounders
Joshua Norris (C) DOB: 1999-05-05 / H: 6’1 / SH: L
- Good work ethic & consistent performer … A strong two-way player, nice shot & has high end vision and playmaing ability … Excellent hockey intelligence, coaches player … May sneak into the first round
Shane Bowers (C) DOB: 1999-07-30 / H: 6′ / SH: L
- Speedy two-way forward committed to BU next year … Powerful lower body … Plays physical … Projected to go in the first round …. Redline Scouting Report
Evan Barratt (C) DOB: 1999-02-18 / H: 5’11 / SH: L
- Excellent hockey IQ and instincts … Plays a two-way game is out at the end in any situation … Skating is above average … More of a playmaker than a goal-scorer … He can play a physical game …
Grant Mismash (C) DOB: 1999-02-19 / H: 6′ / SH: L
- Gritty forward with good offensive upside … Skill & physical game is what most scouting reports mention … He’s an average to above average skater … Skilled stickhandler and excellent playmaker … Consistency could be an issue
Scott Reedy (C/RW) DOB: 1999-04-04 / H: 6’1 / SH: R
- Plays an agressive game and has a strong work ethic … Can play in all situations … Good speed …
Late Round Picks
- Zach Solow (RW) – High-end offensive player (1.23 PPG) excellent hands. Good work ethic and high hockey IQ. Two-way forward and plays a strong defensive game as well. He’s on the smaller end for size (5’9 or 5’11 depending upon website) Committed to Northeastern.
- Cole Guttman (C) – High-end speed, hard worker. Good offensive instincts, he can score and setup goals. Responsible defensively.
- Jacob Tortora (LW) – Small (5’8) creative, speedy winger that plays a gritty game. Committed to Boston College.
- Isaac Johnson (C) Johnson is a 6’2 RHS center. Rated 97th by Central Scouting NA Skaters. Good skater, nice hands plays a heavy game. Consistency is an issue and he needs to improve defensively.
- Michael Pastujov (LW) – Speedy creative forward comitted to U of Michigan. He missed most of the year with a shoulder injury and had a down year this year. Has good upside, could be a good risk/reward pick.
- Graham Slaggert (F) – Below average size (5’11), Slaggert is likely to be projected as a bottom six player as he’s an excellent defensive forward. Low-end upside.
- Paul Washe (C) – Physical power forward. Good skater. He likely projects as a bottom six player due to offensive upside. Committed to Western Michigan.
- Mick Messner (LW) – Smart hard-nosed forward, appears to have limited offensive upside.
- Randy Hernandez (RW) – Has excellent speed, would like to see more offense. He is very raw, good upside. He’s Cuban born so relatively new to hockey and has questionable hockey IQ. He hit three straight water bottle flips.
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The Draft Analyst – USHL Top Prospects Game
There are no defense that are projected in the first round.
2nd – 3rd Round
Pierre-Olivier Joseph (D) DOB: 1999-07-01 / H: 6′ / SH: L
- Smart, smooth skating defenseman … Size is below average for a defender will have trouble against bigger forwards … Good puck moving defenseman, but might not have a quality shot to run a PP.
Late Round Picks
- Jocktan Chainey (LD) – Two-way defender with good size. He’s got good size (6’1) and a late birthday (Sept, 8, 99) … Positionally sound and good mobility …
- Leon Gawanke (D) – RHS offensive defensman, makes good outlet passes … Average size (6’1) … Needs to work on the defensive side …
- Matteo Pietroniro (D) – Gritty two-way defender with offensive upside …
- David Noel (D) – Good puckmoving defenseman is has played well to finish the season 7 points in 8 games in the playoffs thus far.
- Antoine Crête-Belzile (D) – He’s a defenseman with good speed and is positionally sound … Had some injury concerns …
- Saku Vesterinen (D) – Solid defensive defenseman (right hand shot) … Limited offensive upside and he’s on the small side (5’11) …
- Darien Kielb (D) – He’s a 6’1 LHS defense … Doesn’t bring much offense …
Juuso Välimäki (6 – 15)
- DOB: 1998-10-06 / H: 6’2 / SH: L
- Excellent two-way defenseman … Calm, smart defender … Has had an excellent offensive season … Smooth skater … Solid puckmoving ability … He could play with a little more of a physical edge …
- Hockey Prospect scout Andy Levangie: “I appreciate a lot of things about Juuso. He’s got fluid feet and I find him mobile, and a smart player as well. He’s a strong communicator. He’s a guy that’s always pointing, kind of looking around. He’s vocal on the ice. He’s intelligent, but he’s a safe player as well. He’s quite often the last guy up the ice, he wants to be the last line of defense.”
Callan Foote (6 – 15)
- DOB: 1998-12-13 / H: 6’3 / SH: R
- Son of former NHLer Adam Foote … Plays a physical brand of hockey … Decent mobility for his size .. Good offensive instincts, solid shot and can move the puck …
- Elite Prospects: An assertive two-way defenceman that reads plays quickly and understands both the offensive and defensive sides of the roles he is put into. He plays a consistent game, and can be trusted to create chances from the back end on special teams. He uses his size to gain leverage against other players, though he isn’t an overly physical force. His hockey sense is outstanding, and his ability to not just read but start and, on the odd occasion, finish plays is overtly indicative of his high talent level. (Curtis Joe, EP 2017)
Henri Jokiharju (16 – 30)
- DOB: 1999-06-17 / H: 6′ / SH: R
- Solid defensive dman … Has offensive upside … Late birthday he’s over six months younger than Foote & Välimäki … Skating is a plus … Size might be a concern … Like a late first or early second round pick …
- Finnish Junior Hockey: Jokiharju uses his strong skating and gap control to keep plays alive in the offensive zone. He might not always be very aggressive in the defensive zone, but he’s assertive with his positioning and has an active stick. He gets to loose pucks effectively because of his quick reactions and first steps. However, physically there’s some work to be done, since he can lose some battles due to lack of strength. He thinks the game very well, though. Once he adds more muscle, I think he’ll be able to play even more effectively in his own zone.
2nd – 3rd Round
- Artyom Minulin: DOB: 1998-10-01 / H: 6’2 / SH: R
- Smart two-way defenseman … Willing to block shots … Makes a good outlet pass … Good size and a right hand shot is also a plus … Questionable decision making …
- Josh Brook: DOB: 1999-06-17 / H: 6’2 / SH: R
- Solid offensive numbers … Smart defender with good speed … Good vision a two-way defender will play physical …
- Jarret Tyszka: DOB: 1999-03-15 / H: 6’3 / SH: L
- Good size and skating ability … Sound defender … Makes good decision plays a calm game … Right now he’s projecting as more of defensive defender but can make good pass …
- Cale Fleury: 1998-11-19 / H: 6’1 / SH: 6’1
- He was his +/- was -61 this past season … Good skater … Plays a physical game … Nice shot … Brother Haydn was a first round pick ….
Late Round Picks
- Scott Walford: Good size (6’2) and decent offensive numbers. Plays a simple game
- Will Warm: Smart hardworking defenseman that plays with a physical edge. Smooth skater, improved throughout the season and has offensive upside.
- defensively, will play physical. Solid vision and puck moving ability.
- Brayden Gorda: Good size (6’2), solid skating two-way defender. Plays a physical brand of hockey. Did not deliver much offense this past season.
- Mark Rubinchik – Solid defenseman will engage physically very tough … He’s below average size (6′). Like to see more offense.
- Jonathan Smart – Solid defensive d-man, hardworking player. Size and skating are concerns.
- Dylan Plouffe: Smaller (6′) smooth skating defenseman. Has questionable decision making. Good in a lot areas but not elite in any one.
- Zack Hayes: Big (6’3) physical shutdown defender. Likely will need to improve his skating and he’s limited offensively.