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NHL Draft – USHL Defense


2nd – 3rd Round

Max Gildon:  DOB: 1999-05-17 / H: 6’3 / SH: L

  • Gildon is a defender good size and excellent tools.  He was compared to Seth Jones.  There are questions about his hockey intelligence, makes bad decisions with the puck.  Seems to be a draft slider, projected as a first rounder but wasn’t on McKenzie’s mid-term ranking.

Reilly Walsh:  DOB: 1999-04-21 / H: 6′ / SH: R

  • Skating and puck skills are his major strengths.  On the small side for defenseman.  Excellent vision, good puck movement.  Father Mike played a couple of games in the NHL and over 500 between Europe and AHL.

David Farrance (D) DOB: 1999-06-23 / H: 5’11 / SH: L

  • Small puckmoving defenseman.  Didn’t have elite offensive numbers.  Positionally sound but due to size has physical limitations.  High hockey IQ and skating is excellent.  Sometimes forces plays.


Tommy Miller: DOB: 1999-03-06 / H: 6’2 / SH: R  *

  • Miller has excellent frame and is a good skater for his size.  He can move the puck but he’s not a PP guy.

Ben Mirageas (D): DOB: 1999-05-08 / H: 6’1 / SH: L

  • Smart puck moving defenseman with good size.  Makes nice outlet passes.  Not a physical defenseman.


Mikey Anderson (D) DOB: 1999-05-25 / H: 5’11 / SH: L

  • Anderson is a steady defensive defenseman.  Doesn’t have great size but solidly built.  Competitive defenseman.


Late Round Picks

  1. Clayton Phillips:  Small defense with good offense.  Late birthday (Sept, 9th).  He’s an excellent puckmover and good defensively but lacks size.  Solid hockey IQ, converted forward.
  2. Nate Knoepke:  Knoepke is a big (6’3), calm , smart defensive defenseman with limited offensive upside.  His skating needs improvement.
  3. Tyler Inamoto:  Big physical defenseman (102 PIMs).  Good mobility, plays a shutdown defense role.  Doesn’t have elite puck handling skills and likely a defenseman d-man.  Committed to the University of Wisconsin.
  4. Phil Kemp:  Big (6’3) defenseman with good leadership qualities.  He’s a defensive d-man and plays a responsible game.
  5. Joshua Maniscalco:  Good size, defensive d-man.  Was a bottom pairing defenseman so he played limited minutes.
  6. Kasper Kotkansalo: Committed to Boston U.  Good size, defensively responsible can play a gritty game.  Needs to improve on his skating.
  7. John St. Ivany: Decent size (6’1) two-way defenseman comitted to Yale.  Doesn’t bring much offense.
  8. Jakub Sirota:  Good size, decent mobility limited offense but he has good vision.
  9. Eero Teräväinen: Smaller (5’10) puck moving defenseman.  His brother is Teuvo (Hurricanes).

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: USHL Defense Edition

Here’s a look at the USHL / US Development Program defenseman in this year’s draft. There doesn’t appear to be anyone that will be drafted in the first round unless people take a chance on Chad Krys.

There are roughly 4 – 5 defenseman that could be picked in the first 100 selections.

Then 8 – 10 defenseman that could potentially be taken in after the 4th round.

Player League PTS/G
Adam Fox (D) USDP 0.875
Chad Krys (D) USDP 0.55556
Andrew Peeke (D) USHL 0.51786
Luke McInnis (D) USHL 0.48276
Matt Kiersted (D) USHL 0.41071
Ryan Lindgren (D) USDP 0.37736
Christian Evers (D) USHL 0.36735
Mitch Eliot (D) USHL 0.23636
Matthew Hellickson (D) USDP 0.21429
Derek Daschke (D) USHL 0.2

Adam Fox

  • POS: D / Shoots: R / H: 5’10 / DOB: Feb, 17, 1998
  • He’s rated by most experts to go in the third round.  His offense suggests a second round.
  • Draft Site: Undersized defenseman who has excellent mobility and PP QB skills. Advances the puck very well because he sees the ice well. Good in transition. In the attack zone he passes the puck well towards the net. Pinches well. In his own end, he uses his feet to angle off attackers and close his gaps. The issue is his size, and whether he can advance and be successful in the higher levels of play.  –Bill Placzek

James Greenway

  • Shoots: L / H: 6’4 / DOB: Apr, 27, 1998
  • Before last season Button had Greenway rated 5th overall for the 2016 draft. ‘ A great athlete who has excellent skating ability and can move in any direction to support the offence or negate opponents. He makes good plays with the puck and has a physical element where he can be a challenge to get around, but also will eliminate opponents with strong physical play.’
  • Greenway has fallen a bit in this draft but he may be the best USHL/National Team pick in this years draft. His points per game (.35) are a little shy. I think that Greenway is a potential late 2nd – 3rd round pick.

Andrew Peeke

  • POS: D / Shoots: R / H: 6’3 / DOB: March, 17, 1998
  • Elite Prospects: Big, mobile defenceman with great vision and hockey sense. Possesses a hard, accurate shot, but needs to use it more. Smooth skater, but has room for improvement in his acceleration with the puck. Reads plays well in his own end and has a well-rounded understanding of the defensive game. Starting to play a gritty game, but that will take time to develop. Physical game is definitely ripening.
  • Peeke a self-described “die-hard Panthers fan” while growing up in Parkland, Fla has the chance to go in the top 50 picks in the NHL draft.       He’s got decent offense a nice shot & stands 6’3. Looks to be a really good development prospect.

Chad Krys

  • POS: D / Shoots: L / H: 5’11 / DOB: Apr, 10, 1998
  • The Hockey Writers: Krys lacks size (5’11”, 183 pounds) but makes up for it with a high hockey IQ and strong skating ability. His ability to run a power play was on full display at last year’s Under-18 World Championships, where he posted 4 assists and 5 points in 7 games in USA’s run to the gold medal.  Despite his ability to slow down the pace of the game and make positive plays in the offensive zone, Krys’ lack of high-end production paired with his small stature makes him a risky prospect. However, his defensive deficiencies aren’t enough to offset his offensive potential, and his skating and passing abilities scream first-rounder. Krys’ hit or miss potential makes him one of the most intriguing prospects in next year’s draft.


Ryan Lindgren

  • Shoots: L / H: 6’ / DOB: Feb, 11, 1998
  • The Hockey Writers: Lindgren has the potential to become a solid stay-at-home defender at NHL-level who plays a solid defensive minded game using his strong defensive awareness. He also has the potential to grow into a more offensive role with the time.
  • Lindgren is a strong skater and is projecting as a solid defensive defender. There are concerns about his upside. Chris Dilks from SBNation; The big concern is that he isn’t all that different as a player now than he was at 15 years old, which leads to some questions about his long-term upside. He won’t be a star at the next level, but good, dependable D are hard to find. I would project him to be a 3rd round pick.

Luke McInnis

  • POS: D / Shoots: L / H: 5’11 / DOB: July, 29, 1998
  • Luke is the son of former Islander and Mighty Duck, Marty McInnis.  Jeff Cox at SBNation: He is a terrific skater, always has his head up looking for an outlet pass. He makes smart plays and doesn’t try to do too much. He’s a good power play QB who needs to be a little more consistently strong in his own end.

Griffin Luce

  • Shoots: L / H: 6’3 / DOB: March, 10, 1998
  • Luce is a big defender that was highly thought of when he first joined the USDP, back in 2014.       Over the Boards, “Skates well and makes intricate plays at the offensive blue line. He’ll hold it, move off the boards, get it up there, he gives himself an extra couple feet, suspends the zone… makes a lot of good plays there which is a rare thing for a guy that looks like a stay at home defensive D.” His development has stalled looks to be a mid-late round pick. He averaged .16 Pts/G in this past season with the National team. If he slips to the 5th round it might be tough to pass on the 6’3 defender.

 Jake Ryczek

  • Shoots: R / H: 5’10 / DOB: March, 19, 1998
  • Ryczek is a strong skating, puck moving defenseman with good offensive instincts. He recorded over a point a game when after he was traded to Waterloo. Jeff Cox from SBNation: He did a real good job all week getting pucks on net from the point, but his defensive play impressed me more as the week went on. He’s strong and made some good body checks, but also had a tendency to get beat wide. Right now he’s projected to be a 5th round pick and committed to Providence.

Christian Evers

  • Shoots: L / H: 6’2 / DOB: May, 25, 1997
  • Evers is an overager that could be worth a shot later in the draft. He was part of last years US National Development team. Good size and decent offense. Draft Site’s Bill Placzek: Has size and physicality and is able to handle the puck effectively on both offensive and defense. Reads the ice well and is best when he keeps his game simple and doesn’t start overextending. Handles the puck well and looks like a good long term developmental defender.

Mitch Eliot

  • Shoots: R / H: 6’ / DOB: Feb, 6, 1998
  • Elite Prospects: A physical two-way defenceman that plays a structured competitive game. Smooth skating compliments his ability to control the puck at higher speeds. Displays a pretty hard shot and crisp tape-to-tape passing ability, but is actually relied on more in the defensive zone. Battles very hard for puck possession and sees the game in lanes. Very strong positionally and is poised in his own end. As he continues to grow, he will become a more well-rounded defenceman with each game, as he recognizes and learns from his mistakes. Can play long shifts. [EP]
  • Eliot is rated as a 4th round pick, projects as a defensive defenseman and will be headed to Michigan State.

Derek Daschke

  • Shoots: L / H: 6’2 / DOB: Jan, 6, 1998
  • Based on reports he may not get drafted, but he looks like a good risk/reward player that you could take in the 6th or 7th round. He’s between 6’2 and 6’3 and based off reports he has enough skill to get drafted, but he appears to be his disinterested at times. Chris Dilks stated, ‘there’s some rough edges to his game, but he’s a legit 6’3″ and a tremendous athlete.’ Jeff Cox from SB Nation had the following writeup; “His hands and ability in the offensive zone was second to no one here among defensemen. However, he made some lazy passes and didn’t always make the right decisions in the defensive zone. Two of his goals were absolute highlight reel variety and he turned heads with his skating ability and silky smooth mits.”

Samuel Rossini

  • Shoots: L / H: 6’3 / DOB: June, 19, 1998
  • Rossini played for the Waterloo Blackhawks in the USHL and averaged .17 Pts/G. Is projected to either go late in the draft or undrafted.       Over the Boards; ‘Has some skill with the puck but a lot of athletic power to his game, grounded in strength and an ability to both deny opposing forwards as well as carry the rush up ice.’ Roussini is likely to project as a defensive defenseman based on this scouting report, size and offensive production from this past season.

Matt Hellickson

  • Shoots: L / H: 5’10’ / DOB: Mar, 21, 1998
  • Hellickson is likely to be either undrafted or a 7th round pick. I really like Chris Dilks for USHL or college players and he had some nice things to say about Hellickson. Chris Dilks @ SBNation: “Hellickson is listed at 5’10” 160 lbs., and is an incredibly poised puck-moving defenseman. His vision and passing ability is among the best in his age group.” Based on that verbiage I wouldn’t be upset if my team took a chance on Hellickson.

US National Development

These are additional USND program forwards that are on the draft radar.

  1. Michael Campoli – Shoots: L / H: 6’2 / DOB: Jan, 21, 1998 / PTS/G: .02

Smaller Defenseman

Players that are on the smaller side (6’ and under) with good but not great offensive production, are likely not worth a draft pick. This player type can most likely be signed as a free agent after four years of college than an NHL draft pick. You can sign players like these every March/April. So perhaps they are worth a 7th round pick but more often than note they go undrafted.

  1. Matt Kiersted – Shoots: L / H: 5’11 / DOB: Apr, 14, 1998 / PTS/G: .41

NHL Draft: USHL Forward

Here are the top point producing forwards from the USHL / US national development program.

Player League PTS/G
Clayton Keller (C) USDP 1.68519
Rem Pitlick (C) USHL 1.58929
Kieffer Bellows (C/LW) USDP 1.33333
Cameron Morrison (C/LW) USHL 1.1
Collin Adams (LW) USHL 1.0339
Grant Jozefek (RW) USHL 0.94643
Hugh McGing (C) USHL 0.85
Wade Allison (RW) USHL 0.83929
Joey Anderson (RW) USDP 0.82143
Matt Filipe (C/LW) USHL 0.64286
Max Zimmer (LW) USHL 0.62963
Trent Frederic (C) USDP 0.62264
Walker Duehr (F) USHL 0.60526
David Keefer (RW) USHL 0.56897
William Knierim (RW) USHL 0.50943

I listed out my top

Clayton Keller (Projection Top 15 Pick)

  • POS: C / Shoots: Left / H: 5’10’’ / DOB: 1998-07-29
  • Last Word on Sports: Clayton Keller has the skill to be a top notch forward, if he can overcome his size issues. Those make him a bit of a risky pick, but with more and small players succeeding in the NHL, we don’t see this as a huge issue. He will need some time to gain the weight necessary to stand up to the rigors of the pro game though. Keller’s style is reminiscent of Doug Gilmour, though this is a stylistic comparison only and not one based on talent.
  • Draft Site: Smaller with a high skill set. A high speed player who acquires pucks and can generate chances for linemates almost instantaneously. Has seen time of the PK besides the PP. he is agile and the high level at which he can control the puck at top speed is a joy to watch. On his carries, he can go from the perimeter to the greasy areas and see his options and make plays. Has an excellent release and shot. Both confident and patient with the biscuit.
    Fours S’s apply to this St. Louis area-Illinois born prospect: Speed, smarts, skill and small. There is no question that playing along side Kieffer Bellows (and Joey Anderson) has given him more room to improve as a player. Needs to get much stronger in his climb up the ladder rungs. Committed to Boston University. —Bill Placzek—
  • Clayton Keller is a high end offensive player with a late birthday. Keller’s closets comparision from the last 10 years are Milano (1.56), Roslovic (1.52) from the US National Development team & USHL offensive stars Jaden Schwartz (1.38) & Kyle Connor (1.42).


Kiefer Bellows (Projected Top 30)

  • POS: C/LW / Shoots: Left / H: 6’1’’ / W: 194 lbs /DOB: June, 10, 1998
  • Elite Prospects: Kieffer Bellows is a skilled power forward that can dominate games. Possesses high end puckhandling ability as well as a crisp, accurate release on his shot. Proficient forechecker and loves to win puck battles, which stands out as a consistent part of his game. Strong skater that can bull through the opposition or go around them. Drives the net hard and is a decisive finisher. All-in-all, a competitor that punishes the opposition physically, as well as on the scoreboard. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)
  • Scouting Post: Fine skater with ability to separate in the open ice with rapid acceleration. Wicked shot and high-level hockey sense combine to make him a danger to score on every shift. He drifts into open seams in the offensive zone and puts himself into prime scoring areas.
  • The Hockey Writers: Bellows possesses a rocket of a shot, very powerful and accurate. His elite shot was the best of the (5 Nations) tournament, his net presence too. He had a nose for the net, was very hard to move away and defenders didn’t manage to prevent him from executing rebounds. He is a strong skater, showed good balance on the skates and played with drive to the net.

Cameron Morrison (2nd Round)

  • POS: LW / Shoots: Left / H: 6’2 / DOB: Aug, 27, 1998
  • Redline Report: Big winger Cameron Morrison first caught our attention in early August at Team Canada’s U-18 evaluation camp. We loved the way he moved so fluidly and his shot … move(d) to Youngstown in the United States Hockey League, and has been lighting up the scoresheet.
  • Youngstown Phantoms: Assistant General Manager Jason Koehler Says: “Morrison is the top goal scorer I saw this season while scouting. He has the ability to be a standout top-six scoring line winger, and has outstanding size, sense, and goal scoring ability. In my opinion, he has the chance to be a top-three round NHL Draft selection in the 2016 draft.”
  • Cameron Morrison is likely to be chosen in the middle of the second round pick. He’s one of the youngest players in the draft and has put up point per game totals similar too Brock Boesner (1.19), Zemgus Girgensons (1.12) & Jordan Greenway (.91).

Joey Anderson (2nd Round)

  • POS: RW / Shoots: Right / 5’11 / DOB: June, 19, 1998
  • Chris Dilks from SB Nation: The thing I love about Anderson though is that he plays with such a high motor. He competes really hard, and has some nice skill to back that up. He’s not a guy that drives possession, but is very good in the right role.
  • I worry about Anderson’s offense given that he’s not a big player and has spent time with Keller and. I think high-end he’s likely a 2nd line complementary player with a more realistic shot at being a 3rd line player. His scouting reports looks like a player in the mold of Ryan Callahan.

Trent Frederic (2nd – 3rd Round)

  • POS: C / Shoots: L / H: 6’2 / DOB: Feb, 11, 1998
  • Draft Site: Centre with good size who plays strong on the puck and good puckhandling skills. More of a North-South straight line skater with little lateral mobility. Displays a very good shot, with nice release. He might project as a future left wing, but he really needs to add to his offensive game and add more creativeness to his attacking skills.
  • Frederic is rated as a second round pick or early third round. He’s has good size with high upside and drawn comparison to James Van Riemsdyk.

Matt Filipe (3rd Round)

  • POS: C-LW / Shoots: L / H: 6’2 / DOB: Dec, 31, 1997
  • Filipe is rated as a 3rd round pick by NHL scouting. He has good size, but the offense is a little shy. He was compared to Erik Foley (drafted 2015), but Foley put up nearly a point per game in his draft year. Add to that that Filipe is a late birthday, I’d caution taking him inside the top 100 picks. If he was in the 4th – 5th round I would take a chance on him.   USHL.com: “He’s a good player,” one Western Conference scout said. “His game has started to come on. I like his skating and probably his whole skill set. He’s starting to put up some good numbers.”

Wade Allison  (5 – 6th round)

  • POS: RW / Shoots: Right / H: 6’2 / DOB: Oct, 14, 1997
  • Allison is rated as a 6th or 7th round pick right now. “Wade is a prototypical power forward that is big, physical and skates well,” said head coach Bill Muckalt. “Those are all important attributes.”

Max Zimmer (5 – 6th round)

  • POS: LW / H: 5’11 / DOB: Oct. 29, 1997
  • Zimmer is rated as a 3rd – 4th round pick. Zimmer had a strong World Junior A Challenge with 8 points in 5 games. In league play he was a little shy offensively but has been projected a little better. “I like how he projects,” one NHL Western Conference scout “He’s a smart player with a real good skill set. He can really skate.”

Walker Duehr

  • POS: RW / H: 6’2’’ / DOB:
  • Considering Duehr had knee surgery in July he’s had a fairly good impact this season. He looks like a strong buy low candidate with a good work ethic. Prior to his injury OTB on HFboards stated; His skating mechanics are strong and will only improve with added strength, Duehr plays with frenetic intensity at times and can be the definition of disruptive.

William Knierim (6th – 7th Round)

  • POS: RW / Shoots: Right / H: 6’3 / DOB: Jan, 22, 1998
  • com: Knierim is a big guy that has some real upside. “He possesses real good size,” an opposing GM said. “He gets up and down the ice well for a big man. He has a physical element to his game.” “Knierim isn’t afraid to play physical. “He plays hard and likes traffic,” one scout said.

Rem Pitlick (6th – 7th Round)

  • POS: Center / Shoots: Left / H: 5’9’’ / W: 190 lbs /DOB: Apr, 2, 1997
  • USA Hockey: “The returns he’s getting on his work ethic; he’s understanding that the harder he works, the more returns he’s going to get,” Todd Krygier (Head Coach) said. “Other guys will be gone, and an hour after practice he’s still shooting pucks at our shooting station. … He does a lot of extra work that people don’t see or know. … This stuff just doesn’t happen by mistake.”
  • Rem Pitlick, son of former NHLer Lance Pitlick, had bulked up putting on 20+ pounds of muscle and a move to center helped with his sudden spike in point production this past season., A point comparison would be Kevin Roy who was also drafted as an overager (like Pitlick) and scored 1.76 Pts/G. Roy, the former 4th round pick of Anahiem, just signed a two-year deal with the Ducks.


Matt Gosiewski (6th – 7th Round)

  • POS: C / Shoots: Left / H: 6’4 / DOB: May, 10, 1998.
  • Over the Boards: Gosiewski’s size and ability to make plays are impressive for a skater any age in prep school – it becomes unignorable once you note his age. Vision, puck patience and deceptive plays in the zone highlight his offensive faculties, but his stride is smooth, he gets to a nice speed and can be a force surging up the ice.
  • Gosiewski is likely a 7th round pick if he get selected at all.       Although he doesn’t deliver high end offense (.33 Pts/G) he has excellent size and the ablity to play center. He will spend next season in USHL and then is committed to Harvard. He would be a good draft and follow player with a late round pick.

US National Development

These are additional USND program forwards that are on the draft radar.

  1. William Lockwood – POS: RW / H: 5’10 / DOB: June, 20, 1998 / PTS/G: .5
  2. Keenan Suthers – POS: LW / H: 6’7 / DOB: Apr, 27, 1998 / PTS/G: .22
  3. Graham McPhee – POS: LW / H: 5’11 / DOB: July, 24, 1998 / PTS/G: .25
  4. Nick Pastujov – POS: LW / H: 6’ / DOB: Jan, 21, 1998 / PTS/G: .32
  5. James Sanchez – POS: LW / H: 6’2 / DOB: Feb, 25, 1998 / PTS/G: .28
  6. Zach Zalker – POS: F / H: 6’ / DOB: Aug, 2, 1998 / PTS: .16

Smaller Forwards

Players that are on the smaller side (6’ and under) with good but not great offensive production, are likely not worth a draft pick. This player type can most likely be signed as a free agent after four years of college than an NHL draft pick. You can sign players like these every March/April. So perhaps they are worth a 7th round pick but more often than note they go undrafted.

  1. Tanner Laczynski – POS: RW / Shoots: R / H: 6’ / DOB: June, 1, 1997: PTS: 1.21
  2. Collin Adams (POS: C / Shoots: L / H: 5’9 / DOB: Apr, 24, 1998): PTS/G 1.03
  3. Grant Jozefek (POS: RW / Shoots: L / H: 5’10 / DOB: Oct., 25, 1997): PTS/G .94
  4. Hugh McGing (POS: C Shoots: L / H: 5’8 DOB: July, 7, 1998): PTS/G – .85
  5. David Keefer (POS: RW / H: 5’9 / DOB: Oct, 21, 1997