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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 2017 – USHL Forwards

Eeli Tolvanen (LW)  (6 – 15)

  • DOB: 1999-04-22 / H: 5’11 / SH: L
  • Tolvanen might be the top goal scorer in this years draft …  Excellent acceleration and quick release …  Needs to improve in the defensive end …  Willing to engage physically ….
  • Last Word On Sports: Tolvanen has the ability to be a top six winger in the NHL. He will need to improve his strength and continue to work on becoming more well-rounded, but his ability to score goals is something that can not be taught. In terms of a stylistic, but not talent based, comparison Tolvanen plays the game like Phil Kessel of the Pittsburgh Penguins, at least at the offensive end of the ice.

2nd & 3rd Rounders

Joshua Norris (C) DOB: 1999-05-05 / H: 6’1 / SH: L

  • Good work ethic & consistent performer … A strong two-way player, nice shot & has high end vision and playmaing ability … Excellent hockey intelligence, coaches player …  May sneak into the first round

Shane Bowers (C) DOB: 1999-07-30 / H: 6′ / SH: L

  • Speedy two-way forward committed to BU next year … Powerful lower body … Plays physical …  Projected to go in the first round ….  Redline Scouting Report

Evan Barratt (C) DOB: 1999-02-18 / H: 5’11 / SH: L

  • Excellent hockey IQ and instincts …  Plays a two-way game is out at the end in any situation …  Skating is above average … More of a playmaker than a goal-scorer … He can play a physical game …

Grant Mismash (C) DOB: 1999-02-19 / H: 6′ / SH: L

  • Gritty forward with good offensive upside …  Skill & physical game is what most scouting reports mention … He’s an average to above average skater …  Skilled stickhandler and excellent playmaker …  Consistency could be an issue

Scott Reedy (C/RW) DOB: 1999-04-04 / H: 6’1 / SH: R

  • Plays an agressive game and has a strong work ethic …  Can play in all situations …  Good speed …

Late Round Picks

  1. Zach Solow (RW) – High-end offensive player (1.23 PPG) excellent hands.  Good work ethic and high hockey IQ.  Two-way forward and plays a strong defensive game as well.  He’s on the smaller end for size (5’9 or 5’11 depending upon website) Committed to Northeastern.
  2. Cole Guttman (C)  – High-end speed, hard worker.   Good offensive instincts, he can score and setup goals.  Responsible defensively.
  3. Jacob Tortora (LW)  – Small (5’8) creative, speedy winger that plays a gritty game.  Committed to Boston College.
  4. Isaac Johnson (C) Johnson is a 6’2 RHS center.  Rated 97th by Central Scouting NA Skaters.  Good skater, nice hands plays a heavy game.  Consistency is an issue and he needs to improve defensively.
  5. Michael Pastujov (LW) – Speedy creative forward comitted to U of Michigan.  He missed most of the year with a shoulder injury and had a down year this year.  Has good upside, could be a good risk/reward pick.
  6. Graham Slaggert (F) – Below average size (5’11), Slaggert is likely to be projected as a bottom six player as he’s an excellent defensive forward.  Low-end upside.
  7. Paul Washe (C) – Physical power forward.  Good skater.  He likely projects as a bottom six player due to offensive upside.  Committed to Western Michigan.
  8. Mick Messner (LW) – Smart hard-nosed forward, appears to have limited offensive upside.
  9. Randy Hernandez (RW) – Has excellent speed, would like to see more offense.  He is very raw, good upside.  He’s Cuban born so relatively new to hockey and has questionable hockey IQ.  He hit three straight water bottle flips.

Additional Links

SBNation College Hockey

The Draft Analyst – USHL Top Prospects Game





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


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