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NHL Draft: North America Junior & High School

This section is for lower level competition in North America.  Outside of the Canadian Major Junior and USHL in America.

Casey Mittelstadt (6 – 15)

  • DOB: DOB: 1998-11-22 / POS: C-LW / H: 6’1 / SH: L
  • Has a chance to be the highest drafted high school pick in NHL since Blake Wheeler.  Possibility he goes in top 5.  The Hockey Writers compared him to Tyler Seguin.  Skating and offensive ability are his strengths.
  • Elite Prospects: An electric offensive presence on the ice, Casey Mittelstadt brings the complete package of speed, skill, and hockey sense. He competes hard with every shift, and has the dynamic puck skills to keep up with his creativity, which is a hallmark of his game. His awareness is all-encompassing, and he never puts his teammates in positions where their time and space will be bottlenecked. Bigger players don’t phase him, as he thinks the game analytically and will find chinks in the opposition’s armor on the fly. As a result, Mittelstadt is often seen forcing more complicated plays that the opposition won’t be able to read in time. On top of all this, he can play a north-south game, and his transition game is already at an elite level. He’s a complete player with the predatory instincts necessary to succeed as a consistent and, perhaps, dominant point producer at the next level.

Cale Makar (6 – 15)

  • POS: D / DOB: 1998-10-30 / H: 5’11 / SH: R
  • Puckmoving defenseman.  Been compared to Erik Karlsson.  The major questions are going to be size and defense.  He might be selected inside the top 5.  Will be the highest drafted player drafted out of the AJHL.
  • Recrutes.ca: Terrific mobility and puck handling skills make NHL teams more likely to overlook size and defensive questions and make him a candidate to go as high as the top thee. Has the dynamic skill to run an NHL power play and produce like a top-two defenceman at that level. Tore up the AJHL this season as the only defenceman anywhere near the top ten in scoring. He’s a sure bet to be the highest drafted player in AJHL history.

2nd & 3rd Rounders

Ian Mitchell (D): DOB: 1999-01-18 / H: 5’10 / SH: R

  • Mobile, puck-moving defenseman.   He’s a smart player and skating is high end.  Size and level of competition will be a concern.  Played well at the Ivan Hlinka and will be going to Denver to play college hockey next year.  Likely a ceiling of a second pairing offensive defenseman similar to Tyson Barrie.

Dylan Samberg (D) DOB: 1999-01-24 / H: 6’3 / SH: L

  • Smart defender who’s responsible defensively.  He’s a good skater for his size and has good upside.  Plays in all situations but might be limited offensively at the NHL level.

Late Round Picks

  1. Nicholas Campoli (C) A skilled playmaking center, who is a good skater.  Will pay a gritty two-way game.
  2. Bryce Misley (C) – He has good size (6’2) an intelligent playmaking center can play a two-way game decent skater.
  3. Kale Howarth (C) played well in the CJHL Top Prospects game.  More than doubled his scoring this year, in his final year of draft eligibility.  He’s 6’5 center that scored 30 goals in 51 BCHL games.
  4. Noah Cates (W) – High-end offensive forward he’s 6’1 but will need to add some muscle.  He has excellent vision and playmaking ability.
  5. Jack Rathbone (D)  Rathbone is an excllent skater and is a power play QB.  Jeff Cox from SBNation compared to Jake Walman.
  6. Ryan Sandelin (F) He’s a coachable player with good instincts good speed and strong offensive numbers.
  7. Finn Evans (RW) he’s a hardworking two-way forward with good size (6’2
  8. Matthew Kellenberger (D) Has good size he’s a solid skating, puck moving defenseman.
  9. Bobby Dow (RW) – He’s gritty winger with good size and good two-way game.  He has decent vision and works hard.  Committed to Mercyhurst.
  10. Cameron Crotty (D) Good size right hand shot.  Plays a good physical defensive game
  11. Keaton Pehrson (D) smooth skating defender with good size.  He’s likely more of a defensive dman.  Committed to Michigan Tech.
  12. Benton Maass (D) Stay at home defender with good size.  Split the year between High School & the NAHL.  Committed to Univ of New Hampshire.
  13. Jesse Bjugstad (D) Good size (6’2) NHL bloodlines (father is Scott), he’s a defensive defender with a mean streak.
  14. Sam Huff (F) Good size this is his second draft year but he was a late birthday last year (Sept, 11, 98).  Solid offensive numbers and good size.
  15. Corey Andonovski (RW) small, smart two-way forward that played Canadian high school and is committed to Princeton.
  16. Philip Lagunov (C) average size he’s a good skater and plays a two-way game.
  17. Matt Anderson (D) A slightly below average puckmoving defenseman.  Committed to Univ of Minn-Duluth.
  18. Noah Ganske (D) A big right-hand shot defensive defenseman.











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


Sweden Forwards

Czech Forwards

Russian Forwards

European Forwards



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


NHL Draft – US High School

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

Here are there draft year points per game and birthday.

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


Quick Notes;

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


There are eight forwards that I have on my watch list

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


There are three groups in the above list;

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


Riley Tufte

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

Mitchell Mattson

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

The Rest (are all likely late round picks)

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


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