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.
Let's face it, Podkolzin is a tier of his own here. Everything has been already said and done about him, not sure if I should repeat it. In short: while it is possible to question his offensive upside due to some flaws (possibly fixable ones though), he is a winner.
A bit late to the party this time, but let's start the yearly thread, just because. A bit of an input from me: Top 20 + 18 other interesting names + 12 overagers, that's 50 total, looks fine for a start. 1. RW/LW Vasiliy Podkolzin (6'1", 190 lbs; SKA-1946 St. Petersburg, MHL) Not sure if I need to comment a lot here — Podkolzin has been showing some great things for quite some time now. And not just some flashy highlight reel stuff, but also quite an impressive 200ft game. 2. LHD Artemiy...
5 Underrated Prospects Eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft by Puck’s Prospects In no particular order... 1. Cole Caufield Cole Caufield is the most risky pick in this draft. His numbers and stats scream “top 5 pick” but his 5’7, 163 lbs frame scream “don’t take him.” At the U18s he scored 14 goals in 7 games for 18 points which broke Alexander Ovechkin’s record. This season playing beside Hughes he scored 72 goals in 64 games. Caufield is clearly the most pure goal scorer in the draft....
I was hoping to get this posted a month ago before the swarm of rankings and mock drafts, but couldn't find the time to finish it. 1) Jack Hughes: Difficult decision at #1 this year. I've had Hughes in #1 for longer periods this year, so I've kept him there for the rankings. His competitiveness reminds me of Sidney Crosby, while a lot of other elements of his game trigger memories of Patrick Kane. 2) Kaapo Kakko: Kakko is #2 because 1 of the 2 had to be. But I've flip-flopped Kakko and...
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.
I humbly post my list every January since three year ago of my favorite prospect in the world , not in the NHL . Because of my y lack of knowledge of the Goaltender , i excluded of the list . I don't think i have a crystal ball but i watch a lot of junior hockey and i love to make my personal list . Keep in mind that i'm very far to being a bilingual guy , i usually speak french so it's normal that my sentence is not always good , so sorry for that . I appreciate question/comment . I...
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...
Here's my top 31 for November. 1. Jack Hughes - US18, NTDP - LC - 5'10 - 168 2. Kappo Kaako - TPS, Liiga - RW - 6'2 - 181 3. Kirby Dach - Saskatoon, WHL - RC - 6'4 - 198 4. Dylan Cozens - Lethbridge, WHL - RW/RC - 6'3 - 185 5. Alex Turcotte - US18, NTDP - LC - 5'11 - 194 6. Bowen Byram - Vancouver, WHL - LD - 6'1 - 192 7. Trevor Zegras - US18, USDP - LC - 6'0 - 168 8. Vasili Podkolzin - St. Petersberg, VHL - RW - 6'1 - 190 9. Peyton Krebs - Kootenay, WHL - LC - 5'11 - 181 10. Ryan Suzuki -...
Here are the top-100 NHL prospects today. Top-25 by position below Criteria: Each player had to be under-25, selected in an NHL draft (or signed by NHL club) and played less than 1/2 season at NHL level. Positions: Keep in mind that some of the positions change (ie, C to wing, RW to LW). I had to pick one for the positional lists, so don't kill me on that. Methodology: I use a 0-100 scale to rate players. It is largely based on combination of factors, mostly on (a) highest peak...
First rankings for top couple of rounds...Let me know what you think. 1. Jack Hughes (C) USA — 98 2. Kaapo Kakko (RW) Finland — 92 3. Bowen Byram (LHD) Canada — 91 4. Alex Turcotte (C) USA — 90 5. Matthew Boldy (LW) USA — 89 6. Trevor Zegras (C/W) USA — 88 7. Vasili Podkolzin (RW) Russia — 88 8. Cole Caufield (RW) USA — 87 9. Cam York (LHD) USA — 87 10. Alex Newhook (C) Canada — 87 11. Victor Soderstrom (RHD) Sweden — 87 12. Peyton Krebs (C/W) Canada — 87 13. Dylan Cozens (RW) Canada — 87...
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...
Im sure most of you noticed this is the polls board the past few months. Would like to discuss the rankings. Who is too high/low, whos missing, etc? 22 and under, 50 NHL GP or less, no goalies 1. Jack Hughes - C:devils18. Vasili Podkolzin - W:nucks35. Peyton Krebs - C:vegas 2. Kaapo Kakko - W:rangers19. Ty Smith - D:devils36. Aleksi Heponiemi - W:panthers 3. Cale Makar - D:avs20. Dylan Cozens - C:sabres37. Ryan Poehling - C:habs 4. Bowen Byram - D:avs21. Drake Batherson - W:sens38. Joe...
I know its early and this will change and get longer and longer as the season goes on but for now these are my top 55 guys I've watched and read up on of about 75. The other 20 I didn't like enough to put in this ranking yet as I don't see them going in the first three rounds come draft day. It is OHL heavy as a) it's a very strong OHL class and b) I have watched the OHL the most. In my opinion this will be one of the deepest classes in recent memory, especially at the top. 1Alexis...
Let's start discussing the rankings for 2021. IMO Stankoven has all the tools to be the 1st overall pick ; Logan is a very fast skater, strong edges, quick hands, heavy wrist shot, and an extremely hard worker. Stankoven is comparable to Nathan MacKinnon with his amazing puck skills at high speed. Let's dissect this you animals.:popcorn: 1. Logan Stankoven, C (WHL) 2. Aatu Raty, LW (Finland) 3. Matthew Beniers, C (NTDP) 4. Luke Hughes, D (NTDP) 5. Zach L'Heureux, F (QMJHL) 6. Carson...
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...
PROSPECT RANKING WRITE-UP 1. C Jack HughesU18’s, USNTDP [5’10”. 170lbs. Born on May 14, 2001.] He’s the superstar of this year’s draft. No, it’s not Kakko despite what some may tell you. Hughes is still number one. His top end skating ability and smaller frame coupled with his high IQ and playmaking ability makes him reminiscent of Patrick Kane, though they play at a different pace. Kane deliberately slows down the game whereas Hughes is a constant motor on a high tempo. Although he lacks a...
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