Mikael Granlund appears to be a clear top 5 option for this year’s Entry Draft. Redline Report is now ranking their top 10 forwards, defensemen and goaltenders and the forwards were published this week.
The OHL (5) and WHL (3) dominate the top 10, although there are 4 European prospects in the group.
Redline’s scouting reports have brevity and clarity. Woodlief on Granlund: Mikael Granlund is supremely skilled with the puck and likely the smartest player in the entire draft at any position. This brilliantly imaginative center makes sublime set-ups with touch off both sides of the blade, can create and finish his own chances around net, and plays just as hard in the defensive end as he does on offence. And despite his diminutive size at 5-10, 178, he excels playing in traffic and is a feisty and physical competitor who gives as good as he gets in the one-on-one puck battles.