I’ve decided to post the second round, but want to caution there’s likely much change ahead in this area. I expect a few players to jump into the first round, and a few will slide out as well. Thanks to OHL Prospects, Elite Prospects and the Hockey Writers for their exceptional work, they are outstanding sources for any draft fanatic.
I think I’ve got the CHL covered, am a little unsure of the Swedes, and I don’t know what’s going on with the papayas.
- #31 C Vladislav Kamenev—Impressive skill player with size, lit U-18′s on fire.
- #32 L Michael Bunting—This is a very nice player, I like him a lot. Skilled, fast, room to grow.
- #33 D Roland McKeown—Big, mobile defender with a terrific shot. A lot to like.
- #34 D Josh Jacobs—Smooth two-way defenseman with size.
- #35 D Jacob Middleton—A nice range of skills, tough season but lots of potential.
- #36 C Nicolas Aube-Kubel—Two-way center, he’s aggressive and is a good skater.
- #37 C Chase De Leo—Small, fast, makes things happen. Famous because Portland Winterhawks.
- #38 D Anthony DeAngelo—Phenomenal skater, outstanding offense. A rover, major defensive issues.
- #39 C John Quenneville—Skill player blossomed in the postseason. Impressive finish.
- #40 L Brett Pollock—Skill winger can cash, didn’t help his case in playoffs.
- #41 D Brycen Martin—Big defender skates well and moves the puck smartly. A safe pick.
- #42 C Eric Cornell—A quality playmaker, he also has size. A trending player.
- #43 D Jack Glover—Mobile two-way defender with size and passing ability.
- #44 L Brendan Lemieux—A chippy bugger, he’ll play as high on the depth chart as his skill allows.
- #45 L Vladimir Tkachyov—Small, skilled Russian with a ridiculous Q run.
- #46 C Alexandre Goulet—Impressive offense at even strength.
- #47 G Alex Nedeljkovic—Had a .925 SP in the OHL this season. Solid resume.
- #48 D Dysin Mayo—A mobile, creative defenseman who can make plays.
- #49 R Anton Karlsson—Big, strong forward with speed and skill. Enigma. 1st rder on talent alone.
- #50 L Ryan MacInnis—Lanky winger isn’t strong or fast, but he has talent.
- #51 R Vaclav Karabacek—Gritty two-way winger with skill.
- #52 C Ryan Donato—Ted’s boy, intelligent skill F. Luedeke likes him.
- #53 D Travis Sanheim—Big defender with nice skills. Good passer, nothing special but reliable.
- #54 C Daniel Audette—Undersized skill player who will find a way. Underrated.
- #55 D Marcus Pettersson—Tall, rail thin blueliner shows two-way ability. Needs a burger.
- #56 C Jayce Hawryluk—Gritty skill forward delivered solid offense. Trending.
- #57 R Ondrej Kase—Speedy winger with all kinds of skill.
- #58 C Nick Magyar—Big forward with across the board skills, a little shy offensively.
- #59 C Brayden Point—Outstanding playmaker, gritty undersized F. NHLE: 82, 12-19-31 on fast gun.
- #60 D Alexis Vanier—Big, strong defender with skating issues. Mammoth shot.
A question from the previous thread about ‘range of skills’ suggests I should go over that again. This list (and the original 30) are basically my way of getting familiar with all of the top prospects (well, not really, the top 100 is about all my brain can carry). These lists are like having someone over for coffee, getting to know them a little better. Some of you know these names better, and may wonder why I have Goulet ahead of Vanier (as a for instance). I’d say that give it time, I’ll get to know these guys and the final list will reflect that learning process.
I do prefer guys with a range of skills. If a center has size, speed, skill and a reputation similar to the Nuge, well I love that guy. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has such a range of skills it’s incredible, he’s my ideal player although there’s room to grow. When I hear Stu MacGregor talk about Michael Dal Colle as possibly playing center as an NHLer (as he did with Jason Gregor at 2:30 today on TSN 1260), that’s a factor.
Take Nick Ritchie as an example. He’s being touted as a guy who can score goals, plus he’s a mountain. I run his NHLE and get 16-14-30, and now my brain is at Ethan Moreau. Can’t help it, that’s where it is. I’m instantly wondering if this guy can check, or is slow, because his shot may cut through steel in junior but that doesn’t mean doodley squat in the NHL.
So, I say to myself, Ritchie scored 39 goals in 61 on a team that scored 230 in a league that averaged 242 goals per team (and 3.55 per game). How does this compare to Moreau? Ethan scored 44 goals in 59 games on a team that scored 277 in a league that averaged 299 goals per team (and 4.36 per game). And I feel a little better about Ritchie. But it takes time to mull all of this, and it certainly takes time to do it 30 times.
At this point, I’m pretty comfortable that the top four players are Bennett, Reinhard, Ekblad, Draisaitl. McKenzie’s got me wondering about Dal Colle, and that’s fun. I imagine if we had access to all 30 NHL teams draft list, we’d find the 5-10 group (compiled) contains 10 names or more. Dal Colle, Nylander, Ritchie, Ehlers, Kapanen, Fabbri, Virtanen, Fleury, Perlini, Fiala, maybe more. Anyway, that’s what I’m doing this month.
Have done for years, even before this blog. I don’t do it because I have to, I do it because I dig it. Completely. I know. Nerd. Don’t care. The really crazy thing is my wife hasn’t left me. Anyway, that’s the end of the draft coverage for a few days, thanks for reading.