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...
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...
Early 2019 Top 62 NHL Draft Rankings
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...
So before reading this, there's a few things I'd like to say just to clear confusion and FAQ's. -There are no goalies in this ranking, I'm not a goalie scout, and I'm not very good at evaluating them! -The MAX number of games played in the NHL to be included is 25. I could have missed out on a few guys but I tried. -This is purely my opinion using my own scouting, sorry if your team's player isn't high enough. This includes 2018 drafted prospects. Thanks for reading; comments, questions and...
September sees the start of leagues and the start of hockey again! Thankfully I've gotten my list in better order to start the season than the last few years. Defensemen have had their handedness added for convenience. 1. C Jack Hughes 2. RW Kaapo Kakko 3. C Alex Turcotte 4. LW Alex Newhook 5. C Dylan Cozens 6. C Kirby Dach 7. LD Bowen Byram 8. C Trevor Zegras 9. RW Vasili Podkolzin 10. LD Phillip Broberg 11. LW Peyton Krebs 12. C Raphae Lavoie 13. LW Danil Gutik 14. LD Matthew Robertson 15....
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 --...
During the summer, we've been running Organizational Prospect Ranking polls to see where HFBoards ranks each team's prospect pool. Along with HFBoards, I've also included some other media sources often cited around this site, and have added some tables to show analysis on the rankings. HFBoards Ranking: 1. Buffalo - 66% 2. Vancouver - 41% 3. Carolina - 76% 4. New York Islanders - 37% 5. New York Rangers - 35% 6. Philadelphia - 39% 7. St. Louis - 37% 8. Colorado - 31% 9. Detroit - 33% 10....
I was looking at the past two QMJHL drafts and something very interesting came up. During the 2015-16 season four players were permitted to play in Midget AAA in Quebec even though they were still of Bantam age (14 yrs old); Xavier Parent, Samuel Poulin, Xavier Simoneau and Olivier Desroches. It is fun to compare them to their peers now a couple of years later. Parent first caught attention when he killed Pee-Wee AAA posting 113 points in 30 regular season games and was even dubbed the...
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...
So here's our top 20. Who in your opinion is ranked too high? Too low? Overall comments?
As I start to watch more games and evaluate more prospects, the lists will grow in size, much like previous years. This list will not be pinpoint accurate as I'm only in the beginning stages, so suggest some players you think I should watch more of! 1. C Jack Hughes 2. RW Kaapo Kakko 3. C Alex Turcotte 4. LW Alex Newhook 5. C Kirby Dach 6. C Dylan Cozens 7. D Bowen Byram 8. C Raphael Lavoie 9. D Matthew Robertson 10. C Ryan Suzuki 11. D Victor Soderstrom 12. LW Maxim Cajkovic 13. C Trevor...
NHL Affiliated Prospects Ranked.
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...
New York Rangers Top Prospects as voted by HF Members.
Over the past 20 days, I've conducted a set of daily polls to roughly determine who HFBoards thought were the top 20 goaltending prospects in the NHL. The requirements to be included were the goalie had to be under 25 years of age at the starting date of the first poll, and the goalie must have fewer than a total of 20 NHL games of experience. In conclusion, these are the results: #1: Carter Hart (PHI) [27.4%] #2: Ilya Samsonov (WSH) [47.7%] #3: Igor Shestyorkin (NYR) [34.7%] #4: Ilya...
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...
Top 100 NHL Affiliated Prospects 6. RW Eeli Tolvanen...5. C Casey Mittlestadt...4. D Miro Heiskanen
Grading the first round draft choices of each NHL team.
These are my top 217 rankings. They are my own. I watch a lot of hockey. I read a lot(and I have certain people's opinions that I take into account), but these rankings are from my own observations. This is the order I would draft these guys in without considering need, tendencies, etc. Please feel free to comment(I may not have seen every player - and I also don't get to watch every player multiple times, so if they have a poor game when I see them, it's unlikely they'll have a high...
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.
Here are my top 100 skaters for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft complete with scouting reports.
Rankings for the 2018 NHL Draft: 10. LD K’Andre Miller 9. RD Noah Dobson 8. RW Vitali Kravtsov ...
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.
I firmly believe that this software can be a useful tool to support the evaluation of prospects, in fact, I would even go as far as to say that it has the potential to give better results than the standard way of evaluating players.
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