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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.
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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.

OHL – Defense (2017)

Nicolas Hague (15 – 30)

  • DOB: 1998-12-05 / H: 6’6 / SH: L
  • Big physical defenseman with a nice power play shot …  Decent skater for his size … Excellent tools …  Plays in all situations … Solid defensively and has offensive upside …
  • NHL: “He brings an offensive dimension to his game,” Hockey Canada head scout Ryan Jankowski said. “He’s also effective in a shutdown role with that range, reach and the size he has. He’s growing into his body and growing into his ability. I feel he’s more than your typical huge physical defenseman; he’s a guy who moves the puck very well and brings an offensive component to his game.”

Conor Timmins (30 – 60)

  • DOB: 1998-09-18 / H: 6’1 / SH: R
  • Older draft eligible player … Excellent offensive numbers this season … Plays physical and aggressive hockey …  Worked hard on his skating in the off season …
  • Hockey Now:  Conor Timmins has grown into a leader on the ice for the Greyhounds with his confident play and effectiveness quarterbacking the power play and an effective penalty killer. Has good offensive skills and likes to shoot low, hard point shots that bounce out for rebounds and are good for deflections. Good first pass out of his zone keeps the breakout effective and puts his passes right on the tape. Great puck movement in all three zones. Plays a physical game and will throw a big hit, battle in the corners and clears his net in front. Doesn’t panic under pressure and is quick to the puck on dump-ins. Likes to jump into the rush and is a decent skater with good mobility in his own end. Needs to work on discipline and not get caught out of position in his own end.

Dmitri Samorukov (D) (30 – 60)

  • DOB: 1999- / H: 6’1 / SH: L
  • Average size … Willing to play physical …  Consistency Issues … Has a hard shot but not always accurate …
  • OHL Writers: Offensively, Samorukov has a bomb for a shot. He showed a knack for being able to get it through and on target. He would never ignore his defensive responsibilities and seemed to always make the right decision on when to pinch or when to go on the defense at the opposition blue line.  He has shown to have good hockey IQ, vision and decision making along with an ability to create time and space in order to make the right play.

Mid-Late Round Picks

  1. Eemeli Räsänen:  6’7 right hand shot Finnish defenseman with decent offense … Skating is an issue … Plays a physical style …  Has a hard shot … Solid in his own zone … He would likely be a project (60 – 100)
  2. Jacob Paquette: Good size at 6’3 … May, 26th birthday … Left hand shot … Not much offense … Smart physical player … Might project to be a shutdown defender … Decent skater (60 – 100)
    • Note:  One thing about Kingston whom Rasanen & Paquette play for, they are the lowest scoring team in the OHL.  The average OHL team scores 3.46 GPG, Kingston averaged 2.63.
  3. Noel Hoefenmayer: Little under-sized at 6′ and lacking strength…  Good offensive puck moving defenseman with good upside … Needs to work on his defensive game … Makes a good outlet pass and good when he has the puck on his stick … (60 – 100)
  4. Markus Phillips:  Not tall for a d-man but solidly built …  Solid defensively … Makes good decisions with the puck … Might not be an offensive defenseman but he put up 43 points in 66 games … (60 – 100)
  5. Brady Lyle:  6’1 RHD, born June, 6, 99 … Good speed, skating, mobility ….  Hockey sense and puck moving ability a plus …  Not overly strong and needs to improve defensive positional game … High upside (100 – 150)
  6. Adam Tilander:  6′ RHD, born, Sept, 18, 98 …  Smart defender … Does a lot of things really well but doesn’t excel at anything … Limited upside … (100 – 150)
  7. Reagan O’Grady:  Good size (6’2) right hand shot defender … Decent mobility … Two-way defender … (100 – 150)
  8. Hayden Davis … Big (6’20 right handed defenseman … With good mobility … Decent puck-moving skills … Lacks offensive numbers and needs improvement defensively … Has nice tools (150 – 200)
  9. Tom Hedberg:  5’11 Swedish d-man … Late birthday August, 10, 99 … Skating and puck moving a plus … Needs to gain strength … Needs to work on defensive game (150 – 200)
  10. Jacob Golden:  He’s a 6′ smooth skating defenseman … Doesn’t have much offensive numbers … He might play more next season with Vande Sompel & potentially Juolevi moving on (150 – 200)

OHL Forwards

Gabriel Vilardi  (Top 5)

  • DOB: 1999-08-16 / H: 6’2 / POS: C / SH: R
  • Smart player excellent offensive instincts, hockey IQ is excellent.  Good size, strong along the boards, one of the younger players in the draft and a right hand shot forward.  His forward says that he’s a Corsi monster.  The one thing that’s holding him back is his skating.  Most reports have skating as his major issue.
  • Fan Rag: He’s a natural goal-scorer with a great shot (particularly his wrister) and quick hands, which allow him to be a solid playmaker as well. He sets up teammates easily when the play calls for it, but also isn’t afraid to take the shot himself. Vilardi’s hockey sense is strong, allowing him to utilize his skills to be a dynamic offensive player.

Owen Tippett (Top 5)

  • DOB: 1999-02-16 / H: 6’2 / POS: RW / SH: R
  • High-end skating, elite shot, excellent hockey IQ and outside of Patrick he might be the most NHL ready.
  • Last Word on Sports:  Tippett is extremely dangerous off the rush. He has excellent speed and acceleration. His ability to change speeds allows him to take defenders wide and drive to the front of the net, where he has the soft hands to finish in tight. If defenders back off to respect his speed, he can use his excellent wrist shot or snap shot and beat goalies with a quick release. Tippett’s shot is amongst the very best of anyone in this draft class. He is a pure sniper who is dangerous anytime he finds open space to get a shot off.

Nick Suzuki (10 – 25)

  • DOB: 1999-08-10 / POS: C / H: 5’11 / SH: R
  • Smaller player but he’s quick, creative offensive player with good vision and hig-end hockey IQ.  He’s a hard-worker and will likely fall to the second half of the first round because of size
  • Elite Prospects:  A smart offensive center that thinks the game at a fast pace and makes very good decisions on a consistent basis. Though he may not be the biggest player on the ice, Suzuki plays a thick, sturdy game and is hard to knock off the puck, especially when he has his feet moving. He’s an excellent skater that knows his own game well. Skilled with the puck and has a high level of hockey sense. This blend of talent and work ethic is hard to come by, invaluable in the long run. [EP]

Robert Thomas (20 – 30)

  • DOB: 1999-07-02 / H: 5’11 / POS: C / SH: R
  • Thomas has risen in the draft rankings … He might be in consideration for 1st round draft pick …  High end speed … Plays in all situations … Smart hockey player …
    Being coached by Hunter is also a plus he’s developed Horvat (who he’s been compared too), Tierney & Pu into good two-way players  …
  • Last Word on Sports: Thomas is a decent but not great skater. He has good agility, a quick first step and good acceleration, however his top end speed is merely a slight bit above average. He is an extremely smart player though, making the right plays both with and without the puck. A strong two-way centre, Thomas even plays shorthanded minutes on a strong Knights club. Offensively, he has soft hands and good stickhandling ability. He also has the vision to find teammates with smart passes, and to set up plays.

Isaac Ratcliffe (20 – 30)

  • DOB: 1999-02-15 / POS: LW / H: 6’5 / SH: L
  • Ratcliffe’s major plus is his size … He finished second on the team in points … He’s a good two-way player …  Good hockey sense ..
  • USA Today – Redline Report: Huge winger has started putting together all the pieces, and his game is taking off rapidly.  Has size, skill, and grit.  Ratcliffe has the size that makes every NHL team drool at 6-6, 195 pounds.  He’s showing some edge to go along with that size, and his +10 mark is testament to the improvement in his two-way game.

Matthew Strome: (25 – 45)

  • DOB: 1999-01-06 / POS: LW / H: 6’3 / SH: L
  • Strome doesn’t have the high end skill as his two brothers, but he still has good offensive instincts.  Willing to engage physically.  Could be a potential power forward.  There is major questions about his skating ability which is likely pushing him to the second round.
  • Bloggers Tribune: He does his best work with the puck on his stick. He’s creative in a way that you only see from a handful of players and in a way that helps to overcome his lack of strength. He has great stickhandling and one of the most accurate passes you’ll see.

Morgan Frost (30 – 60)

  • DOB: 1999-05-14 / POS: C / H: 6′ / SH: L
  • Patterns his game after Mikael Granlund …  Hard worker/competitor … Does a lot of the little things the right way …
    OHL Prospects: In a lot of ways, he’s a similar player to Robert Thomas in London. Average sized, but skilled, smart, and contributing in a multitude of ways for a team right up near the top of the OHL standings. I really like the way Frost operates on the powerplay for the Soo. He opens up a lot of ice due to his patience with the puck and his aggressiveness in attacking lanes, when the time comes for it. Overall decision making is top notch. Seems like he’s really gaining confidence in attacking off the rush lately too. Could just be seeing the tip of the iceberg here.

Jason Robertson (30 – 60)

  • DOB: 1999-7-22 / POS: LW / 6’2 / SH: L
  • Robertson plays a good north-south game … He’s has good size, decent offense and works hard … He won’t turn 18 til a month after the draft … Likely a second or third round pick but he could be a good middle-six forward … Skating needs a little work …  Jason scored 23.4% of Kingston’s goals and was in on 45.2% of their goals.
  • Hockey Now:  Jason Robertson is an explosive power forward who has all the tools including tremendous strength and speed. Has a powerful stride with balance and a strong first step which helps him accelerate and change gears. Uses his strong lower body to keep control of the puck and skate wide on defenders and drive the puck to the net. Not afraid to do go hard into the corners and dig pucks loose. Real disciplined player on the ice and stays out of the box. Has a real good wrist shot and likes to shoot from between the circles. Good vision and always gives his defencemen a big target to pass to. Had a strong rookie season posting 18 goals and 32 points in 54 games. Always finishes what he starts.

Jonah Gadjovich (30 – 60)

  • DOB: 1998 / POS: LW / H: 6’2 / SH:
  • Skating is one thing holding him back …  He’s got good size plays a physical game … North/South game …
  • Sturdy power winger with average speed but a willingness to take a beating while traversing direct routes to the net. Gadjovich’s stick is always in the right position and he makes a habit out of getting to the spot he wants and looking to tip shots home. His hands are quick enough to corral shots off the end boards and bring the puck on his stick for stuff-in attempts, and he’s quite difficult to move off the puck in one-on-one situations. His lack of speed makes him an easy target for a double team effort, but most of these attempts are futile.

Adam Ruzicka (30 – 60)

  • DOB: 1999-05-11 / POS: C-W / H: 6’4 / SH: L
  • Boom or bust prospect … He’s 6’4 with smooth skills … You’d like a little more offense … Ruzicka has played well in International tournaments for Slovakia
  • OHL Writers: Combined, he’s hard to knock off the puck and allows him to keep possession. He needs to become more proficient at using those strengths along the walls. He’s also a very good skater with very good puck handling skills who can take the disc to scoring areas and release a very good shot.

Mid-Late Round Gems

  1. Jack Studnicka (C) – 6’1 right-hand shot center … Excellent defensively … Strong on the faceoffs … Brock Otten compares him to Jarrett Stoll … Might not be high-end offense but he does everything good in the offensive zone, he’s just not elite … (60 – 100)
  2. Ivan Lodnia (RW) – Positionally strong …  Does not have elite size (5’11), skating is average and offense isn’t high end … Excellent vision and hockey sense … Will play physical and is a two way defender … (60 – 100)
  3. Alexander Chmelevski (C) – High-end hockey sense … He’s been ranked as a borderline 1st round pick … He’s a smooth skater and good offensive instincts … There’s concerns about his play without the puck … Also, I’d like to see more offense from him … (60 – 100)
  4. Nathan Schnarr (C) – 6’3 RHS center for Guelph Storm …  .67 PPG offense … June, 15th birthday … Shoulder injury caused him to miss some time … High potential player … Good size and reach (60 – 100)
  5. Alex Formenton (LW) – Young player born 9/13/1999, a couple of days later he would have been in the 2018 draft … Formenton is a high end skater … He had a growth sprut and grew 7 inches in the last two years, he’ll need to add some muscle to the frame …  Smart player, hard-working player … (60 – 100)
  6. MacKenzie Entwistle (C/RW) – Impressive size 6’3 and skating might push him inside the first two rounds … Plays in all situations, he’s been a solid PK’er … July, 7th, 99 birthday … Like to see more offense .46 PPG … (60 – 100)
  7. Austen Keating (C) – Smart hockey player … Average to below average in size (6′) and will likely need to add more muscle … Skating is a potential concern … Solid offensive instincts … Can play wing or center ..  (60 – 100)
  8. Zachary Gallant (C) – Solid faceoff player … Needs to improve skating …  Hard working physical player, willing to go to the dirty areas … Team player … (100 – 150)
  9. Greg Meireles (C) – Small energy player with speed and plays with an edge … Smart player … Good work ethic … Concerns will be size and offensive upside (100 – 150)
  10. MacAuley Carson (LW) -Coaches player … Physical do-anything type player … Played wing and center this year, but is likely a winger at the next level … Might not have the skills to be a top six forward (100 – 150)
  11. Benjamin Jones (C) – Two-way center with average-below average size (6′) … Skating is a plus … Redline Report likes him and says he might be an agitator … (100 – 150)
  12. Liam Hawel (C) – Huge 6’5 right hand shot center … Smart player with good vision … Offense increased after  trade …  More of a playmaker than a goal-scorer … Like to see a little more assertiveness from him …  Good upside, he has a good skill-set and of course he has the size …(150 – 200)
  13. Linus Nyman (F) – Small Fin (5’9) but good offensive instincts … Despite size he’s not afraid to go into the dirty areas …  Solid skater, smart with excellent puck skills … (150 – 200)
  14. Ryan McGregor (C) – Average size … Speedy, energy type player … He’s a little shy on offense (150 – 200)
  15. Albert Michnac (F) – Smaller player (5’10) … Oct. 18, 98 … Good skater … Energy type player … (150 – 200)
  16. Joseph Garreffa (C/LW) – Small player (5’7) … Born August, 9, 99 … Dynamic player, good offense and excellent skater … Size will cause him to drop in the draft and possibly get passed over, but there’s enough offense here to make me ask is he worth a draft choice (150 – 200)
  17. Brady Gilmour (C) – Smaller player (5’10) decent skater but not elite … High hockey IQ … Good playmaker (200 – 250)
  18. Maksim Sushko (Lw) – Belarus born winger … Average .57 PPG … Decent offensive skill set … Average size (6′) … Plays in all situations (200 – 250)
  19. Cole Coskey (LW) – Coskey is a 6′ RHS LW … Averaged under  .5 PPG … More of a playmaker than a goal scorer (200 – 250)
  20. Daniil Vertiy (LW) – Late ’98 birthday … Disappointing season had better point totals the previous season … He’s short (5’10) but solidly built … Good speed, skill but questionable work ethic (200 – 250)

OHL Forwards – 2017

Watch List for the OHL season.  There is no current rankings just notes.

Gabriel Vilardi (C)    Windsor Spitfires   – DOB: 1999-08-16 – H: 6’2

  • As of Sept 14th he was ranked 3rd by Hockey Prospect, Future Considerations & Craig Button
  • Last Word on Sports:  He uses his size to shield the puck and maintain possession in the cycle game, and uses his powerful stride to fight through checks and drive the net. Vilardi has a very long reach and excellent puck handling ability. He uses these assets to extend plays and wait for teammates to get open, before hitting them with a pass. Vilardi is constantly moving and getting involved in the play. He is extremely gritty and involved in battles along the boards, and in front of the net. The power forward prospect also has a very good wrist shot.

Owen Tippett (RW)    Mississauga Steelheads  – DOB: 1999-02-16 – H: 6’1

  • Tippett is goal-scorer with good size and patterns his game after Stamkos.
  • Dobber Prospects: Tippett is a speedster with an explosive first step and a high-end top gear that allows him to fly up the ice. His shot is equally quick in both his release and its velocity.

Matthew Strome (LW)    Hamilton Bulldogs    – DOB: 1999-01-06 – H: 6’3

  • The Hockey Writers:  He uses his size, strength, and speed to drive the net and create scoring chances. He is also active in board battles, playing a more physical game. The elite hockey IQ of his brothers is also in his game, playing a smart, 200-foot game.

Nicholas Suzuki (C)    Owen Sound Attack   – DOB: 1999-08-10 – H: 5’10

  • McKeen’s Brandon Ross:  Nice to see this highly intelligent center have an outstanding final tournament …. lifted them to victory showing elite defensive skills to force a turnover and elite offensive skills to capitalize the other way.

Austen Keating (C)    Ottawa 67’s    DOB: 1999-03-07 – H: 5’11

  • “He sees the ice really well and has a great shot, He’s definitely ready for the next level and has what it takes,” Guelph Gryphons Minor Midget AAA coach Ryan Black

Ivan Lodnia (RW)    Erie Otters  – DOB: 1999-08-31 – H: 5’10

  • US Hockey Report – A highly-talented two-way forward who has great speed, hands, and creativity.

Alexander Chmelevski (C)    Sarnia Sting    – DOB: 1999-06-09 – H: 5’11

  • OHL Prospect: Chmelevski is a dynamic offensive player who has blazing speed and dazzling puck skill. He put that well on display at the Hlinka, where he led the US to silver, capturing the tournament’s leading scorer award.

Isaac Ratcliffe (LW)    Guelph Storm    OHL – DOB: 1999-02-15 – H: 6’4

  •  “Ratcliffe is an exciting player. He’s almost six-five but skates like someone five-five. He’s got a beautiful stride on him,” Storm head scout Chris McCleary said.

Robert Thomas (C)    London Knights – DOB:  1999-07-02 H: 5’10

  • Played a regular shift on a deep Knights team last year.  Per London Free Press:  Hunter likes Thomas’ vision, speed, hockey sense and ability to pass the puck. Thomas also fulfills a real need the Knights have had since Bo Horvat graduated to the Vancouver Canucks.

Ben Jones (C) Niagra Ice Dogs – DOB: 1999-02-26 H: 6′

  • OntarioHockeyLeague – Ben is a big centreman who can score goals. He’s a good skater that handles the puck well. He has good vision and uses his teammates well. Ben has a good hard shot that he can get off quickly and accurately. He becomes a very dangerous player when he’s within 15 feet of the net. He’s not an overly physical player but will go into the dirty areas to get the puck. He will also take out his man and work hard for pucks in the corners. Ben uses his points well when he has the puck in the corner.

Greg Meireles (C) – Kitchener Rangers – DOB: 1999-01-01 H: 5’10

  • Penaltyboxradio.com – An elite skater that can set the pace with just one stride, Meireles has fantastic vision that allows him to make a play way before any opposing defensemen have a chance to counteract his actions. His release from his wrist shot is absolutely mesmerizing, and in no matter what capacity he attempts, he always seems to find a way to get the puck into the back of the net.

MacAuley Carson (LW) – Sudbury Wolves – DOB: 1999-03-12 H: 6’1

  •  Sudbury Star: “I think Macauley Carson plays a pro-style game, a physical, boisterous game, hard on the forecheck,” Mark Seidel, (North American Central Scouting) said. “There’s a bit of an issue with his skating, but I think with the way he plays and how much energy he shows I think there’s a spot for him and I think by the end of the year, he will be an NHL draft pick.

MacKenzie Entwistle (C/RW) DOB: 1999-07-14 – H: 6’3

  • Rick Zamperin:  Mackenzie is a big forward who contributes at both ends of the rink. He competes hard every shift and uses his size to his advantage to play a physical game. He has all the tools to become a strong player in the OHL. He’s a good skater for his size that gets up to speed quickly. He is aggressive on the puck and is a good forechecker. He has good hands and can find the back of the net. He can score goals with a good, hard shot or by banging around in the dirty areas.

Jack Studnicka (C)    Oshawa Generals   – DOB: 1999-02-18 – H: 6′

  • McKeens:  Jack is a power pivot who displays a methodical stick handling attack, using subtle puck placement over dangling options…very good at exiting traffic and unleashing a quick accurate shot…strong two-way player with good possession tools…

Brady Gilmour (C)    Saginaw Spirit    OHL – DOB: 1999-04-18 – H: 5’10

  • Hockey Now: He’s a complete player. He’s a two-way guy that works hard in both ends and is a true leader, the guy just has leadership qualities well beyond his years –

On The Radar

  • Morgan Frost (C)    Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds   DOB – 1999-05-14 H: 5’11: Smart two-way player that despite size isn’t afraid to play a physical game.
  • Jason Robertson (LW)    Kingston Frontenacs    DOB: 1999-07-22 – H: 6’1:  Good size, speed, skill combination.

Stock is Falling
Jonah Gadjovich (LW)    Owen Sound Attack  – DOB: 1998-10-12 – H: 6’2 – Big Power Forward with a late birthday, so he’ll be older than most first year draft eligible players this season.
Kirill Maximov (LW)    Saginaw Spirit – DOB: 1999-06-01 – H: 6’1 – Smooth stick-handling Russian with good size.
Liam Hawel (C)    Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds – DOB:  1999-04-18 H: 6’4 – A big, smart right-hand shot center will need to bring more offense and get a little stronger.

Russian D-Man (Draft Year)

In the past 10 years 25 defenseman from Russia were selected in the NHL Entry Draft.  I am going to look at how the players drd during their 1st draft eligible year.  That does not mean that they were selected in their first year players such as Yegor Rykov who was drafted this past year was in his second year of eligibility.

# Team Player H DOB
7 Philadelphia Flyers  Ivan Provorov (D) 6’1 1/13/1997
9 Montréal Canadiens  Mikhail Sergachyov (D) 6’4 6/25/1998
14 Florida Panthers  Dmitri Kulikov (D) 6′ 10/29/1990
16 Buffalo Sabres  Nikita Zadorov (D) 6’5 4/16/1995
32 Los Angeles Kings  Vyacheslav Voynov (D) 6′ 1/15/1990
55 Washington Capitals  Dmitri Orlov (D) 5’11 7/23/1991
63 New York Islanders  Andrey Pedan (D) 6’5 7/3/1993
66 Vancouver Canucks  Nikita Tryamkin (D) 6’8 8/30/1994
68 Toronto Maple Leafs  Rinat Valiyev (D) 6’2 5/11/1995
79 New York Rangers  Sergei Zborovsky (D) 6’5 2/21/1997
101 Colorado Avalanche  Andrei Mironov (D) 6’2 7/29/1994
122 New York Islanders  Anton Klementyev (D) 6′ 3/25/1990
132 New Jersey Devils  Yegor Rykov (D) 6’2 4/14/1997
148 Tampa Bay Lightning  Nikita Nesterov (D) 5’11 3/28/1993
159 Columbus Blue Jackets  Vladislav Gavrikov (D) 6’3 11/21/1995
161 Colorado Avalanche  Sergei Boikov (D) 6’2 1/24/1996
178 Tampa Bay Lightning  Oleg Sosunov (D) 6’8 4/13/1998
183 Dallas Stars  Dmitri Sinitsyn (D) 6’2 6/17/1994
187 Calgary Flames  Rushan Rafikov (D) 6’2 5/15/1995
195 Boston Bruins  Maxim Chudinov (D) 5’11 3/25/1990
200 New York Rangers  Mikhail Pashnin (D) 6’1 5/11/1989
201 Philadelphia Flyers  Valeri Vasilyev (D) 6’1 5/31/1994
205 Detroit Red Wings  Alexei Marchenko (D) 6’2 1/2/1992
207 Washington Capitals  Dmitri Zaitsev (D) 6’1 1/18/1998
209 Edmonton Oilers  Ziyat Paigin (D) 6’6 2/8/1995

Canadian Major Junior

  • CHL is consisted of QMJHL, OHL & WHL.
  • Seven players played their 17 year-old draft season in Canadian Major Junior hockey.
  • Six of the seven players were selected inside the first 80 selections.  In fact seven of the first 10 Russian players selected played in the CHL.

17 Year-Old Season

Player PPG League
 Ivan Provorov (D) 1.02 WHL
 Mikhail Sergachyov (D) 0.85 OHL
 Dmitri Kulikov (D) 1.09 QMJHL
 Nikita Zadorov (D) 0.24 OHL
 Andrey Pedan (D) 0.24 OHL
 Sergei Zborovsky (D) 0.27 WHL
Sergei Boikov 0.18 QMJHL
  • The average PPG is .56
  • There will be more context after I have a chance to look at CHL numbers but Provorov, Sergachyov & Kulikov produced good-to-excellent offensive numbers.
  • Zadorov, Pedan and Zborovsky are big players both over 6’5 and produced low offensive numbers.
  • Boikov was drafted as an overage player.

 

Russia – KHL & Russia SuperLeague

Player League Pts/G GP PTS
 Vyacheslav Voynov (D) Russia-SL 0.11 36 4
 Dmitri Orlov (D) KHL 0.07 15 1
 Maxim Chudinov (D) Russia 0.00 18 0

 

There were only three players selected in the NHL that played the majority of their first draft eligible season in the KHL/Russian SuperLeague.  The Russian SuperLeague was the KHL before the KHL.

If a prospect is playing at this level they should strongly be considered a draft prospect.  Both Orlov and Voynov were early selections (both second round picks), whereas Chudinov was a 7th round pick.

  • Voynov, legal issues aside, was a legit top four defenseman.
  • Orlov has 60 points in 200 NHL games.  He plays predominately 3rd pairing minutes with the Capitals.
  • Chudinov likely has enough talent to play in the NHL.  He is one of the top defenseman in the KHL and, I believe, he is signed for two more seasons.

There’s very little data to make any judgement on.  Other than to say that if a 17 year-old is playing in the KHL, regardless of their PPG, there is a good chance that he will have a shot in the NHL.  Draft the kid.

MHL

Player League Pts/G GP PTS
 Alexei Marchenko (D) MHL 0.79 43 34
 Yegor Rykov (D) MHL 0.50 42 21
 Nikita Nesterov (D) MHL 0.41 46 19
 Vladislav Gavrikov (D) MHL 0.27 45 12
 Anton Klementyev (D) Russia-3 0.26 68 18
 Nikita Tryamkin (D) MHL 0.20 60 12
 Rushan Rafikov (D) MHL 0.19 53 10
 Andrei Mironov (D) MHL 0.15 59 9
 Valeri Vasilyev (D) MHL 0.11 18 2
  • MHL is the top Junior league within Russia.  Unlike the CHL the teams may have an affiliation with a KHL team.  Here is a HF boards thread which discusses the MHL.
  • The average Pts/G is .32
  • Both Marchenko, Nesterov & the colossal (6’8) Trymakin have played in the NHL.
  • Outside of  Nikita Tryamkin all the players that averaged under .4 PPG do not appear to be on target to be NHL players.  All of the > .4 PPG prospects, with the exception of Tryamkin, are between 6′ – 6’3 and were born in 1990 – 1991.
  • So by quick glance, if you are  drafting out of the MHL they should be above .25 PPG.

MHL B

Player League Pts/G GP PTS
 Ziyat Paigin (D) MHL B 0.51 35 18
 Oleg Sosunov (D) MHL B 0.31 39 12
 Dmitri Sinitsyn (D) MHL B 0.00 7 0
  • There were only three players selected in the MHL-B division.  Each player has his own story.
  • Ziyat Piagin is a big defender that went undrafted in his first two years of eligibility.
  • Oleg Sosunov was drafted this past season, he is another giant defender (6’8), with a nasty side (66 PIMs in 39 games) and was ranked 25th by NHL Central Scouting amongst European skaters.
  • Dmitry Sinitsyn took a weird detour in his hockey career.  His 16 year old season he played with the Dallas Stars U18 midget team.  He was drafted to play with Green Bay in the USHL.  Had a visa issue where he then returned home to play 7 games in the MHL.  He then returned to North America in December and practiced with U of Mass-Lowell but was redshirted, meaning – didn’t play in any games so that he could keep his four years of NCAA eligibility.  Also, he was drafted by the Dallas Stars so with him playing his 15 & 16 year old seasons they likely had some inside information.

Randomness

Player League Pts/G GP PTS
 Rinat Valiyev (D) USHL 0.36 36 13
 Dmitri Zaitsev (D) NAHL 0.42 53 22
 Mikhail Pashnin (D) Russia2 0.05 42 2
  • Three players were drafted in three separate leagues.
  • Valiyev was drafted as an overager.  He had a decent season in the USHL and could have been considered a late round pick.
  • Zaitsev was drafted out of the NAHL, which is a United States junior league.
  • Pashnin was drafted out of Russia2 which is a Russia (minor league) similar to the VHL.

Thoughts

  • I think that the Russian factor hasn’t had an effect on impact Canadian junior prospects (Zadorov, Kulikov, Provorov)
  • If a 17 year-old defenseman is playing in the KHL there’s a good chance he’s a quality prospect.
  • The MHL has been a mixed bag but players that are putting up decent offensive totals (.4+ PPG) are worth a mid-round pick.
  • The NHL like’s drafting big defenseman and the Russian’s have produced some big men.  Six of the twenty-five defenseman were between 6’5 – 6’8 in height!  The average Russian defenseman that was drafted was over 6’2 (74.4 inches).
  • Continuing with height 13 defensemen were between 6’1 – 6’4 and six defenseman were between 5’11 – 6′
  • My fav picks are Chudinov & Marchenko both performed excellent comparably to tother prospects and were chosen in the 7th round.

NHL Draft: North American Goalies

In Goal Magazine

Yahoo Sports!  Scouts Preview Goalies

ESPN Insider:  Top Goalie Prospects

Penalty Box Radio:  Change in Top Goalie Rankings

Player League SV% DOB H
Carter Hart (G) WHL 0.918 8/13/1998 6’1
Tyler Parsons (G) OHL 0.921 9/18/1997 6’1
Joseph Woll (G) USDP 0.918 7/12/1998 6’3
Evan Fitzpatrick (G) QMJHL 0.896 1/28/1998 6’2
Jeremy Helvig (G) OHL 0.929 5/25/1997 6’2
Jack LaFontaine (G) NAHL 0.921 1/6/1998 6’2
Colton Point (G) CCHL 0.915 3/4/1998 6’4
Zach Sawchenko (G) WHL 0.916 12/30/1997 6’1
Evan Cormier (G) OHL 0.89 11/6/1997 6’3
Connor Ingram (G) WHL 0.922 3/31/1997 6’1
Antoine Samuel (G) QMJHL 0.887 9/17/1997 6’2
Joseph Raaymakers (G) OHL 0.891 3/17/1998 6’1
Evan Sarthou (G) WHL 0.888 9/24/1997 6’1
Tyler Wall (G) GOJHL 0.94 1/14/1998 6’2
Brody Willms (G) WHL 0.906 7/21/1998 6’3

Carter Hart (G)

  • Last Word on Sports: Carter Hart is extremely athletic in the crease.  While his technique is solid, and he is almost always square to the shooter, whether it be on a first shot or rebound, when he does get beaten he can make some incredible recoveries and reflex based stops. While most young goalies struggle with rebound control this is a strength of Hart’s game, as he often swallows up pucks or directs them into the corners, minimizing the number of second chance opportunities that he will face. Hart keeps a cool and calm demeanour in the net. If he does give up a soft goal, which is rare, he does not get rattled and comes back ready to make the next stop.
  • WHL: “He’s a very consistent performer and has exceptional focus,” said Silvertips general manager Gerry Davidson when describing Hart’s on ice abilities. “That’s the biggest attribute that he has, being his ability to play a whole 60 minutes from start to finish. The scouts have noticed that as a tremendous attribute.

Tyler Parsons (G)

  • Too Many Men on the Site:  London Knights goalie Tyler Parsons is exceptional with his angles and making himself big. His athleticism is top-notch, and he proves that with great lateral movement and flexibility to make jaw dropping saves.
  • The Hockey Writers:  While Parsons doesn’t have the prototypical size for an NHL goalie, standing just 6’1” and weighing in under 190 pounds, Parsons more than makes up for it with what is among the best athleticism in this draft class. Parsons specializes in making spectacular saves, as he is ultra-quick when moving laterally and has strong legs to push across the crease. His impressive progression has caught the eyes of many, as shown by his invite to Team USA’s World Junior evaluation camp (although missing out on the final roster), a rarity for a pre-draft goalie. Stickhandling is a strength of Parsons’, as he can act as a third defenseman with long stretch passes and icing the puck in penalty kill situations.

Joseph Woll (G)

  • Draft Site:  Missouri-born goaltender with long arms and legs, but is still in the early stages of his development in terms of movement, instincts. Committed to Boston College.
  • Hockey’s Future:  Joseph Woll of the USA Under-18 has been steadily proving that he has the ability to become a solid NHL goalie,” said ISS Hockey Head U.S. Scout Phil Myre of Woll. “Woll has developed patience in the net that adds to his high skill level and consistency game after game.”

Evan Fitzpatrick (G)

  • ISS “Sherbrooke Phoenix goalkeeper Evan Fitzpatrick has tremendous upside,” says ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “A butterfly goalie with good size and athleticism. He is calm, relaxed and controlled between the pipes, which has helped him gain the #1 rank of the top eligible goaltenders in the 2016 NHL Draft.”
  • Last Word on Sports:  Fitzpatrick has extremely good athleticism. Even if out of position, Fitzpatrick never gives up on a play, and makes some highlight reel saves as a result. In addition to good technique, he has extremely fast reflexes, and the competitiveness to never give up on a play. Fitzpatrick shows a good demeanor. He stays calm in his net, and his coolness in the face of heavy pressure shows good leadership, and is something his teammates lean on. If he does give up a bad goal, he has the ability to quickly forget about it and be ready to make the next big save.

Jeremy Helvig (G)

  • OHL Prospects: At 6’4, Helvig possesses the size that NHL team’s covet in the position. And he’s worked hard to become more athletic, improving his agility in the crease. He squares up to shooters well and really uses his size to cut down angles.

Jack LaFontaine (G)

  • The Hockey News: LaFontaine prides himself on his work ethic, flexibility and intelligence and still wants to calm his game down more. Scouts are very enthusiastic about him thanks to his size and smoothness in net and in a year where the North American goalie field is wide open, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see LaFontaine plucked early in the draft.

Colton Point (G)

  • Overtime Sports Nation:  His regular season saw him lead the league with a 2.16 GAA while placing second in Shutouts (7) and fourth in SV% at .915.  Through 11 playoff starts, Point has yet to lose in regulation as he is 10-0-1 with an eye-popping 1.36 GAA, .949 SV% and 4 shutouts.  He makes saves look easy as he is well positioned, shows focus and is poised beyond his years.
  • Hockey Prospectus:  A massive netminder, Point’s stock rose significantly with a monster postseason with Carleton Place, where he was practically unbeatable, helping scouts move past a disappointing WJAC.

Zach Sawchenko (G)

  • WHL from Above:  Sawchenko has decent size, displays excellent positioning and an extremely sharp glove hand.
  • Hockey Now:  A real minutes-eating goaltender who has seen a lot of rubber over his two plus seasons in the WHL. Stays calm and plays consistently each time between the pipes. Lets pucks hit him and clears rebounds away with quickness. Good glove hand and keeps it up when shot is coming rather than dropping it to make the difficult save. Always seems to know where puck is going and reacts to it. He does a good job of closing off the five hole and stays low to close the bottom corners of the net.

Evan Cormier (G)

  • OHL Prospects: He’s a big guy and fairly athletic despite his size (6’3, 200lbs). He’s definitely capable of making those highlight reel saves and a lot of the time he’s better than his stat line would indicate. That said, he tends to have some trouble finding pucks through traffic and he needs to do a better job of shaking off weak goals.

Connor Ingram (G)

  • ISS Hockey: He is playing very composed and focused. His positioning and angles are his strengths. He has earned a star in 11 straight games both home and away.

Antoine Samuel (G)

  • The Draft Analyst: Tall, athletic butterfly-style goalie who had the misfortune of playing for a bad team which tilted the ice towards his crease for what must have seemed like an eternity. Samuel seems to do better, however, when he’s involved in the game and facing a ton of rubber. He’s got the prototypical build (6’2, 190 pounds) NHL teams looks for in a goalie, and he’s actually quite sound from a technical standpoint. Samuel’s biggest problem is an inability to maintain an even keel and not let a bad bounce or two get to him. He’s got the quickness and reset ability to limit the amount of net to shoot at, and he doesn’t get beat down low as often as others in his class. Any goalie will tell you how important the mental aspect of netminding is, so figuring out how to stay calm and composed for 60 minutes should be Samuel’s offseason priority.

Joseph Raaymakers (G)

  • OHL Writers: Raaymakers is agile in his crease. He moves extremely well and is quick to move out and cut down angles. He is good at stopping second chances and when he gets better at his rebound control he will negate many of those second chances. He’s also above average with his puck handling skills.Raaymakers biggest need is to work on his consistency.

 

Evan Sarthou (G)

  • Hockey Now:  He has the tools to carry the team on his back and come up with the big save and shift the momentum. Has good lateral footwork in the crease and covers up the net pretty well by standing tall. Will come out and play the puck but needs to trust his defenceman more than he currently does. Quick glove and has seen a ton of rubber this season.

 

Tyler Wall (G)

  • Windsor Star:  “As a junior B player, it’s rare (to be rated), but he’s a young goalie, a big goalie and he’s going to a good school, so he’s intriguing,” said former NHLer Al Jensen, who is the head goaltending scout for NHL Central Scouting.“I like his instincts and he’s one of those goalies, I think, that has a chance to get picked in the later rounds. He’s a project guy that has to develop down the road, but he has a good upside.”

Dylan Wells (G)

  • OHL Prospects: He’s got size and athleticism and he shows flashes of brilliance. Let me remind you that Matt Murray had a save percentage of .876 in his NHL draft year. Look at him now. I could see Wells turning the corner in similar fashion and that’s why I think he’ll still be a fairly high NHL draft pick.