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NHL Draft 2017 – Overage Defense

Here’s a list of potential defenseman that are overage that may get drafted in this June’s draft.

Dylan Coghlan RHD 2/19/1998 6’2 WHL 0.75
Kristians Rubins LHD 12/11/1997 6’5 WHL 0.49
Thomas Grégoire RHD 7/15/1998 5’11 QMJHL 0.97
Matt Brassard RHD 8/8/1998 6’2 OHL 0.52
Matthew Timms LHD 5/12/1998 5’10 OHL 0.93

Dylan Coghlan

  • Coghlan has good size (6’3), he’s a right hand shot defenseman, plays a physical game, and good two-way game.  I had him as a potential late round pick last year and he improved his offensive game this past season.  I think he should be selected as  a mid-round pick.

Kristians Rubins

  • Big Latvian defender, he could play with a little more edge to his game.  He has good puck skills and willing to play a physical game.  He’s raw and will take time to develop.

Thomas Grégoire

  • Smooth skating right hand shot offensive defenseman with excellent vision.  There will be concerns about size and defensive awareness.  Brings enough offense to be considered with a late round pick.

Matt Brassard

  • Has good size and plays a heavy game.  Has good mobility, and put up decent offensive totals and was a late birthday for last years draft.

Matt Timms

  • Small, smart puckmoving defenseman with excellent offensive instincts & vision.  His major concerns will be size and he’s a below average skater.

 

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  1. Ilya Karpukhin (VHL)-  He’s a smart defender has good size and postitionally sound.
  2. Matthew Hellickson (USHL) – Smart mobile defenseman with solid puck moving ability.
  3. Benjamin Gleason (OHL) – Smooth skating puckmoving defenseman with excllent vision.  Has good size needs to improve defensive side of his game.
  4. Kevin Davis (WHL) Little undersized but excellent offense on an Everett team that doesn’t score much.  Most of his points came with the man advantage.
  5. Mark Yanchevsky  (MHL)  He’s a big defender (6’6) that’s put up solid point totals in the MHL this past season.
  6. Brandon Crawley (OHL)   He’s likely to be a shudown defender, loves to play physical style of game.  Works hard, not an offensive defender but can make smart decisions with the puck.
  7. Brennan Menell  (WHL)  Offensively he’s a guy that could make the jump to the next level. He was the 3rd most effective defenseman in his age group behind Ethan Bear & Connor Hobbs (both drafted in the NHL).   So, offensively he’s solid and he has excellent vision.  The concerns are going to be size and commitment.
  8. Kristaps Zile (KHL)    Split the year between KHL & MHL (14 points in 19 games).  He’s 6’1 but a thin frame.  Has good offensive instincts but needs to work on the defensive side of the game
  9. Justin Murray  (OHL) –   Smart defender plays positionally strong and a physical game.  Not a strong skater and won’t be a point producer.
  10. Tory Dello (NCAA – Hockey East)  He’s in his final year of eligibility.  He’s a good leader works hard, plays physical and is likely a defensive defender.
  11. Dmitri Alexeyev  (VHL)   He’s a smooth skating defenseman, two-way defender and excellent hockey IQ.
  12. Owen Headrick  (NCAA)  Small right hand shot, puck moving defenseman.  He’s plays a calm game and is solid positionally.
  13. Leonid Lavrinenko  (MHL)  There’s not much details on the player but those are excellent point totals for his age in the MHL.
  14. Luke McInnis    (NCAA) Son of former NHLer (Marty) he’s a smaller puck moving defenseman with good vision.
  15. Alex Stevens (USHL)   Defenseman with decent size, final year of draft eligibilty.  Heading to Penn State.
  16. Brendan De Jong (WHL)   Good size, solid mobility and he can move the puck.  Plays a two-way game, but you’d like to see him be more physically engaged.
  17. Scott Perunovich  (USHL) Small puck moving defenseman with excellent vision.  Compared to Joey Laleggia.
  18. Jacob Bryson (NCAA)   He’s a small mobile puck-moving defenseman that put up solid numbers for Providence.
  19. Dawson Davidson (WHL) – I was a big Dawson Davidson fan last year.  But he regressed this year.  He’s a smart puck moving defenseman that is undersized.
  20. Yegor Zaitsev – (VHL) – Split the year between VHL & KHL as a young 98 born player.  His numbers at the VHL level are impressive for his age.
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NHL Draft (2017): Defense Overagers

Here’s a list of potential defenseman that are overage that may get drafted in this June’s draft.  I think that the first 5 should be drafted this season.

Dylan Coghlan RHD 2/19/1998 6’2 WHL 0.75
Kristians Rubins LHD 12/11/1997 6’5 WHL 0.49
Thomas Grégoire RHD 7/15/1998 5’11 QMJHL 0.97
Matt Brassard RHD 8/8/1998 6’2 OHL 0.52
Matthew Timms LHD 5/12/1998 5’10 OHL 0.93

Dylan Coghlan

  • Coghlan has good size (6’3), he’s a right hand shot defenseman, plays a physical game, and good two-way game.  I had him as a potential late round pick last year and he improved his offensive game this past season.  I think he should be selected as  a mid-round pick.

Kristians Rubins

  • Big Latvian defender, he could play with a little more edge to his game.  He has good puck skills and willing to play a physical game.  He’s raw and will take time to develop.

Thomas Grégoire

  • Smooth skating right hand shot offensive defenseman with excellent vision.  There will be concerns about size and defensive awareness.  Brings enough offense to be considered with a late round pick.

Matt Brassard

  • Has good size and plays a heavy game.  Has good mobility, and put up decent offensive totals and was a late birthday for last years draft.

Matt Timms

  • Small, smart puckmoving defenseman with excellent offensive instincts & vision.  His major concerns will be size and he’s a below average skater.

Here is another 20 defenseman that should be considered for the NHL entry draft.

  1. Ilya Karpukhin (VHL)-  He’s a smart defender has good size and postitionally sound.
  2. Matthew Hellickson (USHL) – Smart mobile defenseman with solid puck moving ability.
  3. Benjamin Gleason (OHL) – Smooth skating puckmoving defenseman with excllent vision.  Has good size needs to improve defensive side of his game.
  4. Kevin Davis (WHL) Little undersized but excellent offense on an Everett team that doesn’t score much.  Most of his points came with the man advantage.
  5. Mark Yanchevsky  (MHL)  He’s a big defender (6’6) that’s put up solid point totals in the MHL this past season.
  6. Brandon Crawley (OHL)   He’s likely to be a shudown defender, loves to play physical style of game.  Works hard, not an offensive defender but can make smart decisions with the puck.
  7. Brennan Menell  (WHL)  Offensively he’s a guy that could make the jump to the next level. He was the 3rd most effective defenseman in his age group behind Ethan Bear & Connor Hobbs (both drafted in the NHL).   So, offensively he’s solid and he has excellent vision.  The concerns are going to be size and commitment.
  8. Kristaps Zile (KHL)    Split the year between KHL & MHL (14 points in 19 games).  He’s 6’1 but a thin frame.  Has good offensive instincts but needs to work on the defensive side of the game
  9. Justin Murray  (OHL) –   Smart defender plays positionally strong and a physical game.  Not a strong skater and won’t be a point producer.
  10. Tory Dello (NCAA – Hockey East)  He’s in his final year of eligibility.  He’s a good leader works hard, plays physical and is likely a defensive defender.
  11. Dmitri Alexeyev  (VHL)   He’s a smooth skating defenseman, two-way defender and excellent hockey IQ.
  12. Owen Headrick  (NCAA)  Small right hand shot, puck moving defenseman.  He’s plays a calm game and is solid positionally.
  13. Leonid Lavrinenko  (MHL)  There’s not much details on the player but those are excellent point totals for his age in the MHL.
  14. Luke McInnis    (NCAA) Son of former NHLer (Marty) he’s a smaller puck moving defenseman with good vision.
  15. Alex Stevens (USHL)   Defenseman with decent size, final year of draft eligibilty.  Heading to Penn State.
  16. Brendan De Jong (WHL)   Good size, solid mobility and he can move the puck.  Plays a two-way game, but you’d like to see him be more physically engaged.
  17. Scott Perunovich  (USHL) Small puck moving defenseman with excellent vision.  Compared to Joey Laleggia.
  18. Jacob Bryson (NCAA)   He’s a small mobile puck-moving defenseman that put up solid numbers for Providence.
  19. Dawson Davidson (WHL) – I was a big Dawson Davidson fan last year.  But he regressed this year.  He’s a smart puck moving defenseman that is undersized.
  20. Yegor Zaitsev – (VHL) – Split the year between VHL & KHL as a young 98 born player.  His numbers at the VHL level are impressive for his age.

WHL – Defense

Juuso Välimäki (6 – 15)

  • DOB: 1998-10-06 / H: 6’2 / SH: L
  • Excellent two-way defenseman … Calm, smart defender … Has had an excellent offensive season … Smooth skater … Solid puckmoving ability … He could play with a little more of a physical edge …
  • Hockey Prospect scout Andy Levangie:  “I appreciate a lot of things about Juuso. He’s got fluid feet and I find him mobile, and a smart player as well. He’s a strong communicator. He’s a guy that’s always pointing, kind of looking around. He’s vocal on the ice. He’s intelligent, but he’s a safe player as well. He’s quite often the last guy up the ice, he wants to be the last line of defense.”

Callan Foote (6 – 15)

  • DOB: 1998-12-13 / H: 6’3 / SH: R
  • Son of former NHLer Adam Foote … Plays a physical brand of hockey … Decent mobility for his size .. Good offensive instincts, solid shot and can move the puck …
  • Elite Prospects: An assertive two-way defenceman that reads plays quickly and understands both the offensive and defensive sides of the roles he is put into. He plays a consistent game, and can be trusted to create chances from the back end on special teams. He uses his size to gain leverage against other players, though he isn’t an overly physical force. His hockey sense is outstanding, and his ability to not just read but start and, on the odd occasion, finish plays is overtly indicative of his high talent level. (Curtis Joe, EP 2017)

Henri Jokiharju (16 – 30)

  • DOB: 1999-06-17 / H: 6′ / SH: R
  • Solid defensive dman … Has offensive upside … Late birthday he’s over six months younger than Foote & Välimäki … Skating is a plus … Size might be a concern …  Like a late first or early second round pick …
  • Finnish Junior Hockey: Jokiharju uses his strong skating and gap control to keep plays alive in the offensive zone. He might not always be very aggressive in the defensive zone, but he’s assertive with his positioning and has an active stick. He gets to loose pucks effectively because of his quick reactions and first steps. However, physically there’s some work to be done, since he can lose some battles due to lack of strength. He thinks the game very well, though. Once he adds more muscle, I think he’ll be able to play even more effectively in his own zone.

2nd – 3rd Round

  1. Artyom Minulin: DOB: 1998-10-01 / H: 6’2 / SH: R
    • Smart two-way defenseman … Willing to block shots … Makes a good outlet pass … Good size and a right hand shot is also a plus … Questionable decision making …
  2. Josh Brook: DOB: 1999-06-17 / H: 6’2 / SH: R
    •  Solid offensive numbers … Smart defender with good speed … Good vision a two-way defender will play physical …
  3. Jarret Tyszka: DOB: 1999-03-15 / H: 6’3 / SH: L
    • Good size and skating ability … Sound defender  … Makes good decision plays a calm game … Right now he’s projecting as more of defensive defender but can make good pass …
  4. Cale Fleury: 1998-11-19 / H: 6’1 / SH: 6’1
    • He was his +/- was -61 this past season … Good skater … Plays a physical game … Nice shot … Brother Haydn was a first round pick ….

Late Round Picks

  1. Scott Walford:  Good size (6’2) and decent offensive numbers.  Plays a simple game
  2. Will Warm:  Smart hardworking defenseman that plays with a physical edge.  Smooth skater, improved throughout the season and has offensive upside.
  3. defensively, will play physical.  Solid vision and puck moving ability.
  4. Brayden Gorda:  Good size (6’2), solid skating two-way defender.  Plays a physical brand of hockey.  Did not deliver much offense this past season.
  5. Mark Rubinchik – Solid defenseman will engage physically very tough … He’s below average size (6′).  Like to see more offense.
  6. Jonathan Smart – Solid defensive d-man, hardworking player. Size and skating are concerns.
  7. Dylan Plouffe:  Smaller (6′) smooth skating defenseman.  Has questionable decision making.  Good in a lot areas but not elite in any one.
  8.  Zack Hayes:  Big (6’3) physical shutdown defender.  Likely will need to improve his skating and he’s limited offensively.

 

 

WHL – Forwards

Nolan Patrick (1st)

  • DOB: 1998-09-19 / H: 6’3 / SH: R / POS: C
  • Hasn’t played a full season, he had mono.  Older player in the draft has less than a week away from being eligible for last years draft.  Not an elite talent level like (Matthews, Laine or McDavid) if he was drafted in last years draft he likely would have been drafted between 3 – 5th.  He’s above average in almost all categories but not elite in anyone.  Comparable to Ryan Getzlaf from a stylistic game, he plays a complete game and has excellent hockey IQ.
  • Toronto Star – Mark Seidel, chief scout for North American Independent Central Scouting Service:  “He’s a great solid 200-foot guy who can score, who can skate, he’s strong,” said Seidel. “He checks all the boxes. But I don’t think he’s got that extra ‘sells-tickets’ skill. He’s not going to go through guys. I don’t think he’s going to rack up 110 points. He’s one of those guys coaches want, a big centre down the middle who can make plays, be good defensively.  At the NHL level I see him as being a real good player, but not at the superstar level.”

Michael Rasmussen – C – (6 – 15)

  • DOB: 1999-04-17 / H: 6’5 / SH: L
  • McKenzie said his range was a top 4 pick to top 12 …  Plays a physical game … Two-way center … Offensively he’s a little shy but he’s within range or ahead of Pavel Zacha, Radek Faksa & Lawson Crouse and he’s bigger than all of the forementioned playes …
  • McKeens Hockey: Rasmussen was another youngster that caught scouts’ attention last season with his smarts and skills, but he has taken his game to a whole new level, leading all WHL players with 20 goals one-third of the way into the season. The 6-6 center possesses a strong skating stride, smooth hands and a pro release and shot that will allow him to score plenty of goals at the next level. There are now whispers that he may end up being the first player chosen in the draft. A 6-6 center with his goal-scoring abilities are a rare breed indeed. On top of that, he plays a solid two-way game and has superior vision and passing skills as well. Comparisons to Keith Primeau are far from overblown.

Cody Glass  (6 – 15)

  • DOB: 1999-04-01 / H: 6’2 / SH: R / POS: C
  • Glass checks off a lot of boxes; size, production, skating, right hand shot and his birthday is in April.  His production this season was similar ot Nolan Patrick’s last year.  Good hockey IQ and plays a two-way game.  Last Word on Sports compared to Patrice Bergeron.   Concerns might top out as a second line center and his production tripled this year instead of a gradual increase.  Not overly physical and would need to add some strength.  I think there could be a case that he’s a top 10 pick perhaps even inside the top 5.
  • Elite Prospects: A dangerous two-way center that thinks the game at a high level, never making the same mistake twice. He is analytical and patient in the development of his strengths. He transitions up-ice quickly and is able to create and dictate offensive chances on the rush. He attacks hard and fast and consistently displays excellent puck control. His decision making is very good, indicative of his high level of hockey sense. He plays a complete game and elevates his play as energy levels rise. At the next level, he will need to be even faster and more physically assertive to make his presence felt. All-in-all, an intense, quick-thinking competitor that can elicit a crowd’s excitement when he’s on the ice. (Curtis Joe, EP 2017)

Kailer Yamamoto – C/LW – (20 – 30)

  • DOB:     1998-09-29 / H: 5’8 / SH: R
  • High end skill and hockey intelligence … Speedster with good lower body strength … Size is a concern … He’s also a late birthday … Excellent hands and stickhandling … Playmaker …
  • TSN: High end talent with equally high end smarts and competitive spirit. Excellent skater with speed to break free but also has excellent change of pace and an explosive step that makes him extremely difficult to deter. Recognizes quickly where and when he can take advantage of a situations. He doesn’t get caught in traffic and gets under opponents to gain his advantages.

Kole Lind – RW – (20 – 30)

  • DOB: 1998-10-16 / H: 6’1 / SH: R
  • Decent size, willing to play physical but needs to get stronger … Goal scorer with great shot … Likely a late first round pick … Top scorer on the team that includes Nick Merkley & Dillon Dube …
  • Draft Site: Sleeper pick in the first. He is one of the best goal scorers in the class, but at this juncture is a lightweight who is tall but thin. Has a frame to carry more girth and may grow an inch or two. Has an excellent wrist snapper he gets off quickly and a booming slapper. He is a really strong skater with good balance and displays good edging that helps him turn abruptly to elude defenders and isn’t afraid to protect himself when he plants himself near the blue paint. Strong skater and very good with his zoen entries on the carry in. Really has a good hockey sense and quickly advances the biscuit to create good looks. Seems to capitalize whenever he is able to get loose and get open. He is also a good playmaker and stays involved on the attack. He is at his best when he plays with grit and edge, and his play is trending that way. Has really progressed in his WHL career, but still hasn’t reached the 45 goals/79 points in 44 games totals he had in Saskatoon midget, but as he gets bigger and stronger, he may just develop into an NHL power scorer. –Bill Placzek–

Nikita Popugayev: RW – (20 – 30)

  • DOB: 1998-11-20 / H: 6’6 / SH: R
  • Excellent puck controll … Size is obviously a plus but he could play more physical … Nice hands, decent shot … Consistancy is an issue …  Needs to improve defensively …
  • The Hockey Writers:  Popugaev is first-round material, not only because of his size but also because he has great skills and an excellent knack for the opposition’s crease. His ability to score is an asset and will help his NHL Entry Draft ranking. Paired with his frame, he is one of those players any NHL team would love to draft. However, despite his size, he is not a power forward, but he can create space for other players and use his size along the boards.

Second or Third Rounds

  1. Jaret Anderson-Dolan DOB: 1999-09-12 / H: 5’11 / POS: C
    • Size is a bit of a concern … Excellent a goal scorer with a lethal shot he has 39 goals in 72 games … Hard worker has worked on his defensive game … Not afraid to play physical …
  2. Mason Shaw: DOB: 1998-11-03 / POS: C / H: 5’9
    • Offensively gifted player 94 points in 71 games … Smart player, slick hands and strong playmaking skills …  Size is biggest drawback but willing to go to the drity areas … Willing to play the agitator role … Needs to get stronger …
  3. Aleksi Heponiemi: DOB: 1999-01-09 / H: 5’10 / POS: C
    • High end skater … Size will be questioned he is a small player with a slender frame (150 lbs)  … High-end vision and playmaking …
  4. Nick Henry: 1999-07-04 / H: 6′ POS: RW
    1. Offensive winger with good work ethic … Decent skater … Works on defensive end … How much offensive is due to Sam Steel? …
  5. Jake Leschyshyn DOB: 1999-03-10 / H: 5’11 / POS: C
    • NHL bloodlines his father Curtis played in the NHL … Good work ethic, smart player … Player that the coach can trust, will play at the end of games … Can play offensive or defensive role, but his numbers aren’t strong …
  6. Stelio Mattheos DOB: 1999-06-14 / H: 6’1 / POS: C
    • Projects as an offensive forward … Excellent skater, good shot … Good size willing to go to the dirty areas …  Effective two-way player ..

Mid – Late Round Picks

  1.  Jordy Bellerive – He’s a small (5’10) but plays a buzzsaw type game. Plays a complete two-way game and has some offensive upside … 0.81 PPG
  2. Kyle Olson – On the small size (5’10) right winger with decent offense (0.82 PPG) … Responsible hard-working two-way player  …
  3. Lane Zablocki – Good size (6′) right hand shot center … 0.76 PPG …. Will engage physically … Can play up and down the line-up … Does a lot of things right, but doesn’t excel in any area …
  4. Josh Paterson: Is a smart 6’1 right hand shot center … Was fourth in points (.51 PPG) for the low scoring Blades
  5. Ryan Bowen – 6’2 RW Dec, 98 born … Big kid with good stickhandling … He is more of a playmaker than a goal scorer …
  6. Matthew Wedman – Big (6’3) left winger who played a checking role this season … Late birthday (May, 99) … Responsible in his own end …
  7. AJ Pratt – Good size (6’3) … He was a late birthday July, 30th 99 … He’s a power forward with decent speed and plays a two-way game …. Doesn’t have high end offense .51 PPG …
  8. Mark Kastelic is an interesting prospect 6’3 right hand shot center.  Father played for the Hartford Whalers he’s a hard nosed type player.
  9. Sami Moilanen – Small (5’9) chippy Finn with good speed … Good offensive skills, engaged in the play …
  10. Connor Dewar – 5’10 RHS center good skill and hockey sense … Offense is a little low …

 

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