Prospects

All about the young players preparing to enter the NHL.

As a bit of a goal this year, I've decided to throw up some early write-ups based on my notes so far throughout the year. Here they are, so let me know what ya think. 1. C Jack Hughes - U18’s, USNTDP A dynamic offensive player with electrifying skill who plays a smart and deceptive game, using his shifty skill to fool defenders and push the pace with strong vision and a good shot. 2. RW Kaapo Kakko - TPS, Liiga Speedy Finnish winger whos dazzles off the wing with a skillful offensive...
These are the results of the 2018 mock draft done by the team boards of HF. Every fan base selected the player they would want to draft based on who was still available.
My annual preview of draft-eligible Russian prospects has arrived. At the beginning of the season I made a statement that this is a "boom or bust" year and actually I think I rarely have been as precise as that time.
This year is a strong year for the Americans overall. I can see anywhere from 6-8 players taken in the first round (4 possibly top 10-12) and a strong second round as well that should add another 8-10 names possibly getting their names called in June.
10. Timothy Liljegren 9. Casey Mittelstadt 8. Eeli Tolvanen 7. Jesse Puljujarvi 6.
So here's our top 20. Who in your opinion is ranked too high? Too low? Overall comments?
2018 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Rosters – Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game 16 from the OHL, 15 from the QMJHL and 9 from the WHL Team 1: Goaltenders: Alexis Gravel (Halifax Moosheads) Kevin Mandolese (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles) Defencemen: Calen Addison (Lethbridge Hurricanes) Kevin Bahl (Ottawa 67’s) Noah Dobson (Acadie-Bathurst Titan) Jared McIsaac (Halifax Mooseheads) Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs) Jett Woo (Moose Jaw Warriors) Forwards: Luka Burzan (Moose Jaw...
Grading the first round draft choices of each NHL team.
In my day job we have a tool called a pre-mortem. We discuss what could go wrong before making a significant change to a strategy or process. I am using a similar idea here. Basically, this is a prediction of what a "re-draft" in 2023 might say. The list is of players outside the consensus top 15--because it is hard to define a sleeper that everyone thinks is among the elite. 1. Martin Kaut. He is just now making a few lists as a late first-rounder. Given his size, success in international...
1. Rasmus Dahlin 2. Andrei Svechnikov 3. Filip Zadina 4. Noah Dobson 5. Brady Tkachuk 6. Dominik Bokk 7. Adam Boqvist 8. Oliver Wahlstrom 9. Joe Veleno 10. Jacob Olofsson 11. Quinn Hughes 12. Joel Farabee 13. Evan Bouchard 14. Ryan Merkley 15. Jonny Tychonick 16. Vitali Kravtsov 17. Cam Hillis 18. Rasmus Kupari 19. Akil Thomas 20. Barrett Hayton 21. Calan Addison 22. Ruslan Iskhakov 23. Jesperi Kotkaniemi 24. Martin Kaut 25. Grigori Denisenko 26. Rasmus Sandin 27. Mathias Samuelson 28. Bode...
Early 2019 Top 62 NHL Draft Rankings
Here are the top ten drafted prospects as voted on by members. 1. Elias Pettersson - Vancouver Canucks He's just a natural. Great smarts on both ends, awesome hand-eye and passing ability, controls the puck so well. No real electrifying weapons, just so very smart and so gifted, just natural instincts and knack for reading the game and creating chances. I dunno if John Tavares is a reasonable style comparison, but someone like that who hasn't got elite skating or a rocket of a shot but...
After Rasmus Dahlin went all season last year as the consensus first-overall 2018 NHL Draft choice, it is quite obvious that sometimes players are too far ahead of their peers to be caught. For a while, it seemed that Jack Hughes would be a similarly advanced player whose status as his year's first-overall pick would be unchallenged. However, having studied many of the forwards touted as current first-round selections, I have come to the conclusion that Jack Hughes isn't that far ahead of...
Here’s a quick top 40. Everyone I listed I’ve seen multiple games of. There are some guys I like (Dorofeyev and some others) but I haven’t seen enough of them to properly rank them. This list is about the guys I’ve legit watched, so if I’m missing anyone that should be on this list, feel free to drop their name and I’ll check them out. Jack Hughes Kaapo Kakko Alex Newhook Kirby Dach Vasili Podkolzin Alex Turcotte Dylan Cozens Bowen Byram Matthew Robertson Trevor Zegras Anttoni Honka Peyton...
NHL Affiliated Prospects Ranked.
Been working on this a while and I think this is the first list I’ve posted that I’m 100% sure about atm This draft is stacked and aside from Dahlin, I like this draft’s 1st round better than 2018’s. Not a fan of the depth in the 2019 class though, 2018’s 2nd-4th round was very good and I even said that I think 2018’s 2nd round will be one of the best in a long time. Can’t say the same about 2019’s 2nd round though time will tell Jack Hughes Alex Newhook Kaapo Kakko Kirby Dach Philipp...
Let me start off by saying I don’t think this is a good draft like a lot of people seem to think. I think it’s about average but I’m not a huge fan so far. The 2018 draft was stacked and I can’t see how some like this draft better. Another thing, it’s hard to find video on some euro guys so far like always so my bad if I’m missing some worthy guys. This is only from what I’ve seen so far from the guys I’ve watched or seen quite a bit of Jack Hughes Kaapo Kakko Alex Newhook Alex Turcotte...
Free downloadable 2018 NHL Draft Guide. I spent the year watching hundreds of hours of these prospects in actual games. At the very least, I’m just trying to give my take. I operated on the simple idea: set up a board as I see it for who I think projects as the best NHL players. I have a few international blind spots that I did my best with, but this isn't a true "draft ranking" so much as my personal board.
Last year I wrote a similar but shorter Hlinka write-up for the Flyers board. Thought I’d share this year's version with you (mostly) fine people. It's in the attached PDF, so you don't have to scroll for 40 days and 40 nights! Been writing this and mulling over the rankings for the last month; obviously prospect watching for longer. I feel reasonably comfortable with where I'm at in my evaluating; maybe the most comfortable in August/September since I've been doing this. If you know me --...
A small extract of the weighted rankings for the 1st round (higher weight put on ISS and McKenzie).
1-Rasmus Dahlin, Buffalo, 1st overall in 2018 Rasmus is a defender with franchise level impact, he should fit in right away on the Sabres top pair, may need to be eased in on the PP time and defensively as he is still very thin and will need to fill out before being able to match up with every forward, should have a comparable impact to Auston Matthews in his first year. He will not be on this list for long, essentially already a NHL player. 2-Andrei Svechnikov Carolina, 2nd overall in 2018...
This is really a strong strong draft, each team will have a very different list from the next, from pick 6 on is pretty much going to be totally different for every team with guys in the 2nd round being able to fill in for 1st round.
Nowadays we often hear people say they dont want to see their team draft a goalie high in the first round (or even in the first round, period). Because they are so hard to project, it's basically a wasted pick. Many goalies drafted in the first round end up busting hard, while a lot of goalies drafted later end up having NHL success (Rinne, Halak, Lundqvist, etc). I find it weird because the only thing that matters for a goalie is: can he stop the puck? So all the scouts have to do is find...
10. Dylan Strome - Arizona, 9. Henrik Borgstrom - Florida, 8. Lias Andersson - New York Rangers, 7. Martin Necas - Carolina, 6. Kirill Kaprizov - Minnesota ...
Scouting evaluation; Skating speed, edge work, shooting, puck control, offensive IQ, competitiveness, physical play, defensive play. (Those evaluations are greatly impacting the statistical evaluation, both sources of data are tested again each other in different ways.)
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