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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 – 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.

NHL Draft: Defenseman

Here are my top rated defenseman for this years draft.

I have Fabbro rated first.  There has been no other draft eligible defenseman have the impact he did in the BCHL.  It might be a bit high but I feel his offense is better than Juolevi’s and his defense is better than Sergachyov.  The concern is skating, which I think he can work on.   In my opinion you can make a case for anyone of those four as the top defenseman, it just depends on preference.

Here is my previous lists with scouting reports from around the interweb.

Canadian Junior A Defense

USHL Defense

QMJHL Defense

WHL Defense

OHL Defense

Sweden Defense

Czech Defense

Russian Defense

Europe Defense

Here are my seven late round sleepers.

1. Yegor Rykov – Russian two-way defender.
2. Jake Ryczek – Right hand d-man had solid point totals.
3. Brinson Pasichnuk – Played in AJHL plays physical and had over 1.25 PPG.
4. Tarmo Reunanen – Injured early in the season.  Was projected to go in the first round.  Last year he was on par with Juoveli in the Finnish junior league.
5. Filip Berglund – Impressive point totals.
6. Kristaps Zile – Latvian defenseman is tall needs to fill out.
7. Scott Perunovich – Tiny defenseman (5’8 – 5’9) but averaged 2.72 PPG.

 

Rank Player Team League PPG
1 Dante Fabbro (D) Penticton Vees BCHL 1.49
2 Mikhail Sergachyov (D) Windsor Spitfires OHL 0.85
3 Olli Juolevi (D) London Knights OHL 0.74
4 Jakob Chychrun (D) Sarnia Sting OHL 0.79
5 Charlie McAvoy (D) Boston Univ. NCAA 0.68
6 Jake Bean (D) Calgary Hitmen WHL 0.94
7 Kale Clague (D) Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 0.61
8 Jacob Moverare (D) HV71 J20 SuperElit 0.51
9 Frédéric Allard (D) Chicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL 0.92
10 Adam Fox (D) U.S. National U18 Team USDP 0.92
11 Lucas Johansen (D) Kelowna Rockets WHL 0.71
12 Samuel Girard (D) Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 1.10
13 Cam Dineen (D) North Bay Battalion OHL 0.87
14 Dennis Cholowski (D) Chilliwack Chiefs BCHL 0.80
15 Filip Hronek (D) HK Hradec Kralove Czech 0.10
16 Luke Green (D) Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 0.57
17 Libor Hájek (D) Saskatoon Blades WHL 0.38
18 Andrew Peeke (D) Green Bay Gamblers USHL 0.54
19 Victor Mete (D) London Knights OHL 0.56
20 Filip Berglund (D) Skellefteå AIK J20 SuperElit 0.95
21 Ryan Lindgren (D) U.S. National U18 Team USDP 0.41
22 Markus Niemeläinen (D) Saginaw Spirit OHL 0.42
23 James Greenway (D) U.S. National U18 Team USDP 0.44
24 Yegor Rykov (D) SKA St. Petersburg KHL 0.10
25 Logan Stanley (D) Windsor Spitfires OHL 0.27
26 Jacob Cederholm (D) HV71 J20 SuperElit 0.14
27 Jake Ryczek (D) Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 1.11
28 Max Lajoie (D) Swift Current Broncos WHL 0.60
29 Sean Day (D) Mississauga Steelheads OHL 0.39
30 Tarmo Reunanen (D) TPS U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 0.55
31 Jordan Sambrook (D) Erie Otters OHL 0.40
32 David Quenneville (D) Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 0.86
33 Chad Krys (D) U.S. National U18 Team USDP 0.55
34 Cole Candella (D) Hamilton Bulldogs OHL 0.54
35 Lucas Carlsson (D) Brynäs IF SHL 0.26
36 Riley Stillman (D) Oshawa Generals OHL 0.34
37 David Bernhardt (D) Djurgårdens IF J20 SuperElit 0.84
38 Benjamin Gleason (D) Hamilton Bulldogs OHL 0.50
39 Dawson Davidson (D) Kamloops Blazers WHL 0.66
40 Brinson Pasichnuk (D) Bonnyville Pontiacs AJHL 1.25
41 Jacob Neveu (D) Rouyn-Noranda Huskies QMJHL 0.27
42 Josh Mahura (D) Red Deer Rebels WHL 0.50
43 Connor Hall (D) Kitchener Rangers OHL 0.23
44 Yegor Zaitsev (D) Dynamo Balashikha VHL 0.06
45 Sebastian Aho (D) Skellefteå AIK SHL 0.41
46 Dylan Coghlan (D) Tri-City Americans WHL 0.34
47 Lukas Doudera (D) HC Oceláři Trinec Czech 0.07
48 Vojtech Budik (D) Prince Albert Raiders WHL 0.23
49 Kristaps Zile (D) Dinamo Riga KHL 0.10
50 Griffin Luce (D) U.S. National U18 Team USDP 0.17
51 Casey Fitzgerald (D) Boston College NCAA 0.69
52 Stepan Falkovsky (D) Ottawa 67’s OHL 0.55
53 Matthew Cairns (D) Georgetown Raiders OJHL 0.72
54 Mitch Eliot (D) Muskegon Lumberjacks USHL 0.24
55 Oliver Felixson (D) Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 0.13
56 Gabriel Bilodeau (D) Gatineau Olympiques QMJHL 0.31
57 Nicolas Mattinen (D) London Knights OHL 0.26
58 Scott Perunovich (D) Hibbing/Chisholm High USHS 2.72
59 Chase Priskie (D) Quinnipiac Univ. NCAA 0.60
60 Linus Nässén (D) Luleå HF J20 SuperElit 0.50
61 Dmitri Alexeyev (D) Team Russia U18 MHL 0.33
62 Olivier Galipeau (D) Val-d’Or Foreurs QMJHL 0.66
63 Luke McInnis (D) Youngstown Phantoms USHL 0.48
64 Ondrej Vala (D) Kamloops Blazers WHL 0.29
65 Keaton Middleton (D) Saginaw Spirit OHL 0.11
66 Kristians Rubins (D) VIK Västerås HK J20 SuperElit 0.52
67 Dean Stewart (D) Portage Terriers MJHL 0.52
68 Joseph Masonius (D) Univ. of Connecticut NCAA 0.62
69 Josh Anderson (D) Prince George Cougars WHL 0.15
70 Ondrej Kachyna (D) Hamilton Bulldogs OHL 0.25
71 Marcus Ersson (D) Brynäs IF J20 SuperElit 0.71
72 Michal Roman (D) HC Trinec U20 Czech U20 0.76
73 Derek Topatigh (D) Orangeville Flyers OJHL 0.69
74 Tyler Nother (D) Windsor Spitfires OHL 0.16
75 Johannes Johannesen (D) Stavanger Oilers Norway 0.33

NHL Draft: Top 130 Forwards

Here is my list of 130 Forwards for this seasons draft.  Each link has details on the scouting reports and numbers based on my rankings.

Canadian Junior A Forwards

USHL Forwards

US High School

QMJHL Forwards

WHL Forwards

OHL Forwards

OHL Overagers

Finland

Sweden Forwards

Czech Forwards

Russian Forwards

European Forwards

 

 

Rank Player League PPG
1 Auston Matthews (C) NLA 1.28
2 Patrik Laine (LW/RW) Liiga 0.72
3 Pierre-Luc Dubois (C/W) QMJHL 1.60
4 Jesse Puljujärvi (RW) Liiga 0.56
5 Clayton Keller (C) USDP 1.73
6 Matthew Tkachuk (LW) OHL 1.88
7 Tyson Jost (C/LW) BCHL 2.17
8 Logan Brown (C) OHL 1.25
9 Alexander Nylander (RW/LW) OHL 1.32
10 Michael McLeod (C) OHL 1.07
11 German Rubtsov (C) MHL 0.93
12 Luke Kunin (C) NCAA 0.94
13 Alex DeBrincat (C) OHL 1.68
14 Kieffer Bellows (C/LW) USDP 1.31
15 Max Jones (LW) OHL 0.83
16 Vitali Abramov (LW/RW) QMJHL 1.48
17 Pascal Laberge (C/RW) QMJHL 1.21
18 Riley Tufte (LW) USHS 3.12
19 William Bitten (C) OHL 0.97
20 Rasmus Asplund (C/LW) SHL 0.26
21 Taylor Raddysh (RW) OHL 1.09
22 Sam Steel (C) WHL 0.97
23 Julien Gauthier (RW) QMJHL 1.06
24 Adam Mascherin (C/LW) OHL 1.25
25 Tyler Benson (LW) WHL 0.93
26 Cameron Morrison (C/LW) USHL 1.10
27 Dillon Dubé (C) WHL 1.02
28 Brett Howden (C) WHL 0.94
29 Noah Gregor (C) WHL 1.01
30 Nathan Bastian (RW/C) OHL 0.92
31 Jonathan Dahlén (C/LW) Allsvenskan 0.57
32 Tage Thompson (C/RW) NCAA 0.89
33 Carl Grundström (LW) SHL 0.33
34 Mitchell Mattson (C) USHS 1.84
35 Boris Katchouk (LW) OHL 0.81
36 Jordan Kyrou (RW/C) OHL 0.78
37 Givani Smith (LW) OHL 0.65
38 Janne Kuokkanen (C/LW) Jr. A SM-liiga 1.13
39 Tim Gettinger (LW/RW) OHL 0.65
40 Dmitri Sokolov (C/W) OHL 0.76
41 Oskar Steen (C/RW) SuperElit 0.97
42 Kyle Maksimovich (LW) OHL 1.04
43 Jesper Bratt (LW/RW) Allsvenskan 0.35
44 Aapeli Räsänen (C) Jr. A SM-liiga 0.76
45 Vladimir Kuznetsov (LW/RW) QMJHL 0.85
46 Joey Anderson (RW) USDP 0.89
47 Wade Allison (RW) USHL 0.84
48 Matthew Phillips (C) WHL 1.06
49 Trent Frederic (C) USDP 0.66
50 Wade Allison (RW) USHL 0.84
51 Nicholas Caamano (RW) OHL 0.58
52 Igor Shvyryov (C) MHL 0.86
53 Cliff Pu (C/RW) OHL 0.49
54 Matthew Phillips (C) WHL 1.06
55 Dylan Gambrell (C) NCAA 1.15
56 Maxime Fortier (RW/C) QMJHL 1.13
57 Otto Mäkinen (C) Jr. A SM-liiga 0.64
58 Artur Kayumov (LW) MHL 0.79
59 Simon Stransky (LW) WHL 1.00
60 Linus Lindström (C) SuperElit 1.10
61 Kasper Björkqvist (LW) Jr. A SM-liiga 1.47
62 Adam Brooks (C) WHL 1.67
63 Rem Pitlick (C) USHL 1.59
64 Matt Filipe (C/LW) USHL 0.64
65 Brandon Gignac (C) QMJHL 0.91
66 Jack Kopacka (LW) OHL 0.64
67 Jonathan Ang (C/RW) OHL 0.72
68 Nolan Stevens (C) NCAA 1.02
69 Jordy Stallard (C) WHL 0.72
70 Tanner Laczynski (C) USHL 1.21
71 Alan Lyszczarczyk (C) OHL 0.75
72 Otto Somppi (C) QMJHL 0.78
73 Brayden Burke (C/LW) WHL 1.51
74 Eetu Tuulola (RW) Jr. A SM-liiga 0.48
75 Otto Koivula (LW/RW) Jr. A SM-liiga 1.18
76 Pius Suter (C/LW) NLA 0.53
77 Markus Nurmi (RW/LW) Jr. A SM-liiga 0.73
78 Travis Barron (LW) OHL 0.62
79 Cameron Hebig (C) WHL 1.17
80 Brandon Hagel (LW) WHL 0.65
81 Matt Luff (RW) OHL 0.93
82 Tim Wahlgren (C) SuperElit 1.15
83 Matthew Boucher (LW) QMJHL 1.02
84 Tobias Eder (C) Germany3 0.85
85 Connor Bunnaman (C/LW) OHL 0.56
86 Logan DeNoble (C/LW) OHL 0.67
87 Dante Salituro (C) OHL 1.28
88 Yegor Korshkov (RW) KHL 0.29
89 Mikhail Maltsev (LW) MHL 0.79
90 Ty Ronning (RW) WHL 0.88
91 Filip Suchý (F) Czech U20 1.47
92 Tye Felhaber (C/LW) OHL 0.59
93 Jamie Armstrong (LW) USHS 1.89
94 Joona Koppanen (C) Jr. A SM-liiga 0.65
95 Domenic Commisso (C) OHL 0.64
96 Samuel Solenský (C/RW) Czech U20 1.19
97 Tyler Soy (C) WHL 1.18
98 Brett Murray (LW) CCHL 0.96
99 Kristian Reichel (C) Czech U20 0.86
100 Yevgeni Mityakin (F) KHL 0.00
101 Daniel Kurovský (LW) Czech U20 1.24
102 Grant Jozefek (RW) USHL 0.95
103 Alex Dostie (C) QMJHL 1.35
104 Hudson Elynuik (LW/C) WHL 0.79
105 Nathan Noel (C) QMJHL 0.93
106 Vasili Glotov (F) MHL 1.31
107 Max Zimmer (LW) USHL 0.67
108 Jakob Stukel (LW) WHL 0.98
109 Tyler Steenbergen (C) WHL 0.69
110 Walker Duehr (F) USHL 0.61
111 William Lockwood (RW) USDP 0.56
112 Garrett Pilon (C) WHL 0.66
113 Reid Gardiner (RW/C) WHL 1.30
114 Alexander Polunin (LW) KHL 0.48
115 Brett McKenzie  OHL 0.80
116 Carsen Twarynski (LW/D) WHL 0.67
117 Matt Gosiewski (C) USHL 0.33
118 James McEwan (C) OHL 0.76
119 Axel Jonsson Fjällby (LW) SuperElit 0.74
120 Jonathan Davidsson (RW) SuperElit 1.37
121 Tanner Kaspick (C/LW) WHL 0.58
122 Collin Adams (LW) USHL 1.03
123 William Knierim (RW) USHL 0.51
124 Alexis D’Aoust (RW) QMJHL 1.44
125 Hayden Verbeek (C) OHL 0.54
126 Dominik Lakatos (C/LW) Czech 0.31
127 Jordan Topping (LW) WHL 0.92
128 Mathias From (RW/LW) SuperElit 0.58
129 Trent Fox (LW/C) OHL 0.75
130 Cameron Askew (C) QMJHL 0.98

 

NHL Draft – US High School

Before we get to this seasons prospects let’s take a look at previous high school forwards that made the jump to the NHL.

Here are there draft year points per game and birthday.

Player POS School PPG Birthday
Chris Kreider L Andover H.S. (Mass.) 2.15 Apr, 30
Nick Bjugstad C Blaine H.S. [Minn.] 2.4 July, 17
Brock Nelson C Warroad H.S. [Minn.] 2.92 Oct, 15
Kevin Hayes R Nobles School [Mass.] 2.33 May, 8
Derek Stepan C Shattuck St. Mary’s (Minn) 1.85 June, 18
Alexander Killorn C Deerfield Academy [Mass H.S.] 1.28 Sept, 14
Nick Bonino C Avon Old Farms H.S. (Conn.) 2.53 Apr, 20
Cam Atkinson R Avon Old Farms H.S. (Conn.) 2.25 June, 5
Anders Lee C Edina H.S. (Minn.) 2.64 July, 3
Erik Haula C Shattuck St. Mary’s (Minn) 1.58 March, 23

 

Quick Notes;

  • There were four first rounders and all were bigger players.
  • Alex Killorn missed the draft year by one day.    The next season he averaged 2.29 pts/g.
  • Three players were drafted as over-agers; Bonino (2.15 Pts/G previous year), Atkinson (1.93) & Lee (1.72).
  • There is roughly 10 – 15 High School players drafted every year.
  • Here is a must read article by Chris Dilks that goes over High School hockey versus Junior Hockey (USHL)

 

There are eight forwards that I have on my watch list

Player School PPG DOB H
Tufte, Riley Blaine (Minn) 3.12 4/10/1998 6’5
Mattson, Mitchell Grand Rapids (Minn) 1.84 1/2/1998 6’4
Armstrong, Jamie Avon Farms (CONN) 1.89 8/7/1998 6’2
Graham, Michael Eden Prairie (MINN) 1.97 11/27/1997 6’2
Printz, Gregory SOUTH KENT SCHOOL (CONN) 1.92 5/4/1998 6’2
MacNab, Jackson Culver Academy (IND) 1.67 7/3/1998 6’5
Harper, Patrick Avon Farms (CONN) 2.19 7/29/1998 5’8
O’Neil, Kevin Albany (NY) 1.97 2/23/1998 5’10

 

There are three groups in the above list;

  • Riley Tufte and Mitchell Mattson will be selected in the NHL draft. Both likely within the first 60 picks.
  • Potential power forwards; Armstrong, Graham, Printz & MacNab
  • Two smaller skill players: Harper & O’Neil

 

Riley Tufte

  • I believe based on his size and skill Riley Tufte will be drafted in the first round.       He’s not a typical power forward in the Milan Lucic mold. His scouting report reads like Rick Nash, his size, skating, stickhandling, acceleration make him a dynamic prospect. There is going to be worries about the quality of competition he didn’t play in the USHL and when he did he didn’t dominate only 14 points in 27 games, but 10 of those points were goals. Tufe just turned 18, he is offensively ahead of Kreider, Bjudstad & Hayes during their draft season. Tufte, like those propsects, will need years of development time and he’s a risk/reward prospect but the reward could be elite.
  • NHL.com: “I think when you have a player that big that has the mobility and the stick skills that Riley has, it makes him a tough combination to hold back and I think that will happen at every level as he adjusts to the level of play; he has that upside,” NHL Central Scouting’s David Gregory said. “He gets his shot off so quickly, he can move in traffic and get clear to make a pass or shoot the puck, and those are things that when a guy has the size that he does it’s a great combination.”

Mitchell Mattson

  • I am kind of on the fence about Mattson. He’s a big center but the numbers aren’t elite. He is projected to go in the second round right now. Button has him as a late first round pick and central scouting has him project as a late 3rd rounder. NHL Draft Site: ‘Big and really can skate well, and advances the puck well. Displays a strong stride, nice passing skills, and is committed to playing a 200 foot game. Needs to build his underdeveloped frame. Looks like he might project as the big center teams look for.’ Will he bring enough offense? Or is he more likely to be a 3rd line center?

The Rest (are all likely late round picks)

  • Jamie Armstrong is a grinder good work ethic and likely to project to be a bottom six. His father is part of the Blues organization. Jeff Cox wrote up an excellent scouting report.
  • Michael Graham late birthday, not a great skater but he’s got good size, will go in the tough areas and can score.
  • Greg Printz looks like your typical bottom six winger. He’s big physical, good work ethic and he can put up points. Jeff Cox again wrote an awesome scouting report.
  • Jackson MacNab honestly I could not find anything out about this guy, but a 6’5 forward that can score at a decent enough rate, rated 169 by Central Scouting and a July birthday would be on my radar.
  • Patrick Harper regarded as an “elite playmaker” with a high hockey IQ. He’s going to an excellent hockey program at Boston U and that just graduated a smaller skill late round pick Danny O’Regan. The following BU blog Terrierhockey.blogspot.ca has an excellent write-up about Patrick.
  • Kevin O’Neil rated 122nd among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting. He put up good numbers. Jeff Cox from SBnation had this to say last season, ‘his skating won’t blow anyone away, but he’s not a bad skater, and he has good hands and footwork.’

Defenseman

Player School PPG DOB H
Scott Perunovich Hibbing/Chisholm (MINN) 2.72 8/18/1998 5’9
Kenny Johnson Shattuck St. Mary’s 0.75 5/28/1998 6’3
Carter Long  Selects Hockey Academy (CT) 1.27 2/13/1998 6’4
Marshall Rifai  Hotchkiss School (CT) 1 3/16/1998 5’11
  • Scott Perunovich is a small defenseman, if he was 2 inches taller he would be a top 100 pick. Over the Boards said, “One of the best skating defensemen out of the Minnesota 98’s, sees the ice well, thinks it quick and possesses terrific speed.” Drawn comparison to Nick Leddy.
  • Kenny Johnson is the brother of Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson. Doesn’t have the skill-set his brother has. Known as a physical defender with a less offensive upside.
  • Carter Long is a 6’4, right-hand shot defenseman with decent offense that’s committed to U of Vermont next year. That’s about all I was able to find on the big guy.
  • Marshal Rifai is a small elite skating defenseman that’s rated 123rd by Central Scouting. He is a decent passer but you’d like a little more offense.