Prospects

All about the young players preparing to enter the NHL.

KHL regular season comes to an end and, with Nikita Popugaev already having crossed the pond earlier this month (signed only an AHL deal though), you can say it's about time to take a look at top drafted prospects and RFAs under the age of 27, whose KHL (and, in some cases, VHL) deals are expiring. Tried to make that in a form of a Top20 ranking with players ranked by a combination of the current ability/talent and probability of moving to the NHL. Unfortunately I wasn't able to include...
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.
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.
Scouting evaluation; Skating speed, edge work, shooting, puck control, offensive IQ, competitiveness, physical play, defensive play. (Those evaluations are greatly impacting the statistical evaluation, both sources of data are tested again each other in different ways.)
Here are my top 100 skaters for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft complete with scouting reports.
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’ve decided to go for a different “theme” each month, and this month is gonna be the big one, my top 200 prospects eligible for the 2018 draft. There are some overagers and unheard of prospects to most included, but that’s what you get when making a list of 200. I’ve seen ALMOST every single player on this list at least once, with some just a highlight or good word put in. Thanks for the continued support on my monthly endeavour. If you have any ideas on what type of ranking I should do...
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...
Top 125 prospects for the 2018 NHL draft.
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.
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...
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...
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 --...
Here's my top 100 NHL affiliated prospects. No players aged 24 or above are included, and players that played 25 or more NHL games are not included either. 1. C Elias Pettersson 2. RW Eeli Tolvanen 3. D Miro Heiskanen 4. C Casey Mittelstadt 5. D Cale Makar 6. RW Kirill Kaprizov 7. LW Filip Chytil 8. C Martin Necas 9. C Gabriel Vilardi 10. C Cody Glass 11. C Henrik Borgstrom 12. C Lias Andersson 13. C Dylan Strome 14. RW Jordan Kyrou 15. C Aleksi Heponiemi 16. G Ilya Samsonov 17. C Robert...
New York Rangers Top Prospects as voted by HF Members.
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...
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...
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...
This draft is very talented...Charles Alexis Legault is a guy who could have went top 5 this year, he is hurt for the year and some are saying it could be career ending I personally do not know how bad the injury is right now but I put him 2nd round because some team is going to take him.
My top 31 picks for the 2018 NHL Draft with scouting reports for each player.
1. RW/C Kaapo Kakko - TPS, Liiga 2. C Jack Hughes - U18’s, USNTDP 3. LD Bowen Byram - Vancouver Giants, WHL 4. RW Vasili Podkolzin - SKA St. Petersburg, MHL 5. C Alex Turcotte - U18’s, USNTDP 6. C/RW Peyton Krebs - Kootenay Ice, WHL 7. C Kirby Dach - Saskatoon Blades, WHL 8. C/RW Dylan Cozens - Lethbridge Hurricanes, WHL 9. C Trevor Zegras - U18’s, USNTDP 10. C Connor McMichael - London Knights, OHL 11. LW/C Matthew Boldy - U18’s USNTDP 12. LW/RW Pavel Dorofeyev - Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk,...
Prospect rankings for the 2018 NHL Draft.
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.
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....
*Reminder: I do not include goaltenders* 1. C Jack Hughes 2. RW Kaapo Kakko 3. C Dylan Cozens 4. C Kirby Dach 5. RW Vasily Podkolzin 6. LHD Bowen Byram 7. C Alex Turcotte 8. C Trevor Zegras 9. LW Matthew Boldy 10. C Peyton Krebs 11. C Ryan Suzuki 12. RW Arthur Kaliyev 13. C Raphael Lavoie 14. LHD Cam York 15. RHD Victor Soderstrom 16. C Alex Newhook 17. RW Cole Caufield 18. LHD Philip Broberg 19. LHD Matthew Robertson 20. RHD Moritz Seider 21. LW Jakob Pelletier 22. LHD Thomas Harley 23. RW...
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