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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 (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.

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.

 

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: QMJHL Forwards

The Q typically produces between 20 – 25 NHL draft players a season. Here’s a list of the top first year QMJHL forwards.

Name Team Pts/G DOB H
Pierre-Luc Dubois (LW) Cape Breton 1.596774 6/24/1998 6’3
Julien Gauthier (RW) Val-D’or 1.055556 10/15/1997 6’4
Pascal Laberge (C/RW) Victoriaville 1.214286 4/9/1998 6’1
Vitali Abramov (LW/RW) Gatineau 1.47619 5/8/1998 5’9
Vladimir Kuznetsov (LW/RW) Acadie-Bathurst 0.852941 2/18/1998 6’1
Otto Somppi (C) Halifax 0.779661 1/12/1998 6’1
Brandon Gignac (C) Shawinigan 0.910448 11/7/1997 5’11
Maxime Fortier (RW/C) Halifax 1.132353 12/15/1997 5’10
Matthew Boucher (LW) Quebec 1.016949 12/17/1997 5’8

 

Pierre-Luc Dubois (Top 10 Pick)

  • Elite Prospects: A dexterous and driven competitor that has all the makings of a dynamic two-way winger. Not the most electric skater, but is shifty and plays to the extent of his physical capabilities; he knows his limits and plays within them, which facilitates a student-like approach to the growth of his game. Possesses high hockey-IQ and is consistent in his efforts. Not the most physical player, but is when he needs to be. All-in-all, Dubois is an invaluable all-around player who plays in all situations and exceeds expectations when the opportunity arises. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)
  • Craig Button: Dubois has the ability to play a multi-faceted game balancing all of the essential elements, and is equally adept finishing a play or setting one up. There is so much in his game that reminds me of Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn, including the versatility to play centre.

Pascal Laberge (C/RW) – (20 – 50)

  • Elite Propsect: Pascal Laberge is a tough and spirited two-way forward with a high level of hockey sense. Hunts for turnovers and causes havoc whenever he is on the ice. Uses his size well to shield the puck, exert physical force, and win board battles. Has a good set of goal-scorer’s hands, but tends to use them more to pass than anything. All-in-all, an efficient, yet exciting, two-way forward with potential to develop into a playmaking goal scorer. (Curtis Joe, EP 2014)

Vitali Abramov (LW/RW) – (20 – 50)

  • Dobber Prospects: While Abramov is small by pro standards, his high-end skill set and skating ability will allow him to be an effective player at higher levels.
  • Future Considerations: The Russian import is a constant threat offensively and makes some impressive plays due to his high skill level. An explosive, well-timed speed burst or change of pace and shifty agility in his feet as well as creative hands make him a slippery forward to check. A skilled playmaker making seeing-eye passes through the tightest of lanes and in perfect time to his teammates. Will shoot the puck when the opportunity presents itself and usually hits his mark when he does but is a natural playmaker first and foremost. Extremely dynamic top line NHL potential.

Julien Gauthier (RW) – (20-50)

  • Elite Prospects: An explosive power forward who boasts an elite-level skill package. Takes nothing for granted and plays with hard-nosed work ethic. Tremendous vision and outstanding hockey sense; thrives under pressure and doesn’t stray from the high-percentage play. Willingness to play physical and win battles in his own end makes him a vital asset, stepping up at the game’s key moments. Exceptional skating ability allows him to stay with, if not ahead, of each unfolding play. Refined puckhandling skills allow him to maintain puck control at breakneck speeds. All-in-all, a prolific scorer whose attitude and innate abilities will constantly propel him into dominance. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)

    Julien Gauthier has drawn well-deserved comparisons to current NHLer Rick Nash. He has an imposing frame, dazzling puck skills, and the drive to win. Learns from his past mistakes and implements new strategies to counteract them. [EliteProspects 2016]

  • Gauthier is a goal scorer (.79 Goals/G) and is a decent skater. “He’s a good team player. When a person is in the right position, he moves the puck to them. He sees the ice well and works hard off the ice,” says the NHL scout.

Vladimir Kuznetsov (LW/RW) – (50-75)

  • Sportsnet’s Damien Cox had this Kuznetsov rated as a first round prospect earlier in the year. The offense is a little shy for a first round pick. He’s a big player, has good offensive instincts, and responsible defensively. Death, Taxes & Jagr blog had a great scouting report on him, but mentions skating as an area of improvement.

Maxime Fortier (RW/C) – (75 – 100)

  • Hockey Now.ca: Lightning quick speedster is always playing at top speed and it’s difficult to slow him down. Shoots the puck a lot and is finding success following his shots up and going to the net. Not a very tall kid, has a good balance on his skates and can turn on a dime and leave defenders in the dust. Has a good release and skates the puck down the wing real well. Would like to see him play better away from the puck as he does get caught standing still too often.
  • Fortier was in on 39.9% of his teams goals this past year. To put that in perspective that’s the same number that Abramov (missed 5 games pro-rated for 68 games) factored into with the higher scoring Gatineau. He has been described as a smaller skilled, crafty scorer and smooth skater. Most teams have him as a 5th round pick or later.

Brandon Gignac (C) – (100 – 150)

  • Redline Report: We’ve been impressed with his progression.  Slick playmaker has a knack for finding open ice and open teammates.  Not flashy, but has good hockey sense.
  • Gignac was impressive when teammate Anthony Beauvillier left for the World Juniors, when he posted 14 points in 8 games. He isn’t an overly big player and is a late birthday (Nov 97), but is a two-way player.

Otto Somppi (C) – (100 – 150)

  • Hockey Now: A very high-tempo offensive threat who will create turnovers with his aggressive forecheck and turn them into legit scoring opportunities. Head always on a swivel looking for the best play to set up. Good hands around the net with a quick release. Quick in pursuit of the puck and is not afraid to backcheck and take care in his own end. At times, he may try to do too much himself.
  • Somppi has good size and plays a solid two-way game but he is being projected as a late 2nd – 3rd round pick. I would have liked to have seen more offense from him this year and based on his stats I would anticipate a 3rd line player is the high end projection.

Matthew Boucher (C-LW) – (150-200)

  • Boucher wasn’t on the NHL Central Scouting list, but he’s a first year draft eligible forward who averaged over a point per game. He’s a hard working player, plays PK & PP with a nice shot and is willing to play a physical game (93 PIMS), the major knock on him is his size. Boucher could be a solid late round pick.

To get a look at comparisons I took a look at top 40 selections out of the QMJHL between 2007 and 2013. Please note; I excluded Crosby, Ehlers & Drouin – as there are no players within this draft that are similar comps.

Drafted Player Pts/G H DOB
7 Jakub Voracek 1.46 6’2 15-Aug-89
8 Sean Couturier 1.65 6’3 7-Dec-92
12 Mikhail Grigorenko 1.44 6’3 16-May-94
20 Anthony Mantha 1.32 6’5 16-Sep-94
21 Frederick Gauthier 0.97 6’5 26-Apr-95
22 Emile Poirier 1.08 6’1 14-Dec-94
25 Jordan Caron 1.2 6’3 2-Nov-90
26 Phil Danault 1.05 6′ 24-Feb-93
33 Ivan Barbashev 1.42 6′ 14-Dec-95
35 Tomas Jurco 0.93 6’1 28-Dec-92

 

The next tier of players I had listed, were players drafted outside 49+

Drafted Player Pts/G H DOB
49 Martin Frk 0.85 6′ 5-Oct-93
71 Michael Bournival 1.07 5’11 31-May-92
76 Logan Shaw 0.68 6’3 5-Oct-92
80 Anthony Duclair 0.91 5’11 26-Aug-95
75 Andrej Nestrasil 0.86 6’3 22-Feb-91
84 Nicolas Deslauriers 0.44 6’1 22-Feb-91
89 Michael Chaput 0.81 6’2 9-Apr-92
96 Jean-Gabriel Pageau 1.18 5’10 11-Nov-92
101 Cedric Paquette 0.76 6’1 13-Aug-93
179 Paul Byron 0.65 5’8 27-Apr-89

 

Overagers

There are five additional overagers that might be worth a late round (150 – 200) selection.

Name Pts/G DOB H
Alex Barre-Boulet 1.369231 5/21/1997 5’9
Alex Dostie (C) 1.351852 4/23/1997 5’10
Alexis D’Aoust (RW) 1.441176 4/3/1996 6′
Cameron Askew (C) 0.984848 5/13/1997 6’4
Nathan Noel (C) 0.934426 6/21/1997 6′

 

Overagers should be able to bring good to elite offense in the major junior level or have an additional skill set. Recent overage QMJHL picks; Mike Hoffman (1.51), Ondrej Palat (1.57), Sven Andrighetto (1.85) & Tye McGinn (1.24) all brought above a point per game.

Alex Barre-Boulet

  • The Sports Daily: Very good production for a rookie in the QMJHL. Was a top six player for the Voltigeurs, playing the point on the power play. He’s a good puck rusher who shows good creativity and vision. He is an above average skater who likes to have the puck on his stick.

Alex Dostie

  • QMJHL – He’s a player who brings speed and skill. Everyone thinks he’s small, but he isn’t really that small. He’s now up to 5-foot-10. He uses his speed to get to the net and get onto loose pucks. The day he will gain complete confidence in his abilities, he will become a real difference-maker on the ice.”

Alex D’Aoust

  • I know, D’Aoust played on a line with Anthony Beauvillier which likely helped out his offensive numbers. He finished 4th in both goals (44) and points (98), he’s not near Connor Garland’s numbers from last year but he should be worth a late round selection.

Cameron Askew

  • ESPN: He’s really big, with good, soft hands. Since he’s gone to the ‘Q’, I can’t say the numbers have been great, but he moves pretty well for a big man. He’s kind of a dark horse to me, I think somebody might take him late. My question is just his skating, the way the game is today, you have to be able to bring it

Nathan Noel

  • Elite Prospects: A hard-working offensive forward that seems to compliment his linemates, whoever they may be. Good hockey sense and creativity in the offensive end. Very good puck possession skills; good hands to stay slippery, and a non-stopping motor that bodes nicely with his skating agility. Keen awareness on the ice lets him slip into good scoring positions where he can either pass the puck or tap home a goal. All-in-all, a guy who has a high level of skill and can be relied upon in situations where you need to strike quickly or run down the clock with a lead. (Curtis Joe, EP 2015)