In our continuing look at this year’s first round, this is ‘moving week’ on my list. Typically, I try to slot players in a range, reading here and there and finding out as much as I can about each of them. Once Pronman unloads, then Red Line, I kind of tweak things and move people up and down based on how things look from my pov.
I value NHLE, range of skills and potential. There are three players still in contention for No. 1 overall, so you can imagine how much movement there will be deeper into the top 30. The biggest mover this week: Brendan Perlini.
- (1)C Sam Bennett—His EV totals (57GP, 25-34) and June birthday are the edge in a close race.
- (2)C Sam Reinhart—His EV totals (60GP, 22-41) and PP totals (60GP, 12-28) are outstanding.
- (3)D Aaron Ekblad—I’m tempted every week to put him at No. 1, if he was Seth Jones I’d do it.
- (4)C Leon Draisaitl—His EV totals (64GP, 25-37) and PP totals (64GP 12-28) are just shy.
- (6)L Nikolaj Ehlers—EV totals (64GP, 28-31) and skill set have him knocking down Dal Colle’s door.
- (5)L Michael Dal Colle—EV totals (67GP, 23-29) can’t match the C trio, but he’s a fine prospect.
- (7)L William Nylander—There’s just too much to keep him down.
- (10)C Robby Fabbri—EV totals (58GP, 30-28) and Memorial Cup have him here.
- (9)R Kevin Fiala—That damn Pronman appeared to have it right.
- (8)L Jake Virtanen—EV totals (71GP, 32-19) not far from Dal Colle’s.
- (12)L Nick Ritchie—EV totals (61GP, 22-26) suggest less offense than many others around him.
- (14)L Nikita Scherbak—EV totals (65GP, 20-28) tower over rest of team.
- (11)R Kasperi Kapanen—Solid two-way player, I wonder about the offense.
- (20)D Haydn Fleury—Consensus 2nd best D in this year’s draft.
- (15)L Jakub Vrana—Has a nice offensive tool kit, a little under the radar.
- (16)R Alex Tuch—Power forward, question is how much offense.
- (24)D Julius Honka—To hell with it, I love the guy.
- (18)C Ivan Barbasehev—EV totals (48GP, 15-21) shy of the top names, but impressive.
- (19)R David Pastrnak—Fun player to watch, very skilled.
- (27)R Josh Ho-Sang—EV totals (67GP, 23-38) are impressive.
- (17)C Jared McCann—EV totals (64GP, 17-16) average, but a nice range of skills.
- (13)L Brendan Perlini—EV totals (58GP, 15-17) are not impressive. I just don’t see it.
- (25)C Dylan Larkin—Power winger, one of these USHL kids.
- (26)C Vladislav Kamenev—Creative, skilled, has size.
- (21)L Adrian Kempe—Like his resume, can succeed in a couple ways.
- (22)C Conner Bleackley—EV totals (71GP, 18-25) fairly strong. Colby Armstrong 2.0.
- (23)L Sonny Milano—Skill winger with some defensive issues.
- (28)D Roland McKeown—Fast train with skill.
- (30)R Nikolai Goldobin—EV totals (67GP, 27-37) quality, one dimensional.
- (NR) C Jayce Hawrluk—Exceptional young prospect delivers offense (EV: 59GP, 15-29).
So that’s the way it is, we’re pretty close to how it will look next Monday. I have to figure out why Josh Ho-Sang is so far from Michael Dal Colle and if there’s a good reason for it, and wonder about the college goalie and that crazy good defenseman in the OHL. Once we figure out Demko and DeAngelo, we’re home.
There is no Lowdown today, TSN 1260 continues World Cup coverage and that will impact the show this and next week. Pretty cool listen though, I recommend it. I’m back tomorrow with the draft and trades being front and center.