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