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Early 2019 Top 62 NHL Draft Rankings
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
Alexis Gravel (Halifax Moosheads)
Kevin Mandolese (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)
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)
Luka Burzan (Moose Jaw...
Separated into tiers:
1. Alexis Lafreniere
2. Quinton Byfield
3. Tim Stutzle
4. Marco Rossi
5. Jamie Drysdale
6. Lucas Raymond
7. Cole Perfetti
8. Alexander Holtz
9. Anton Lundell
10. Jack Quinn
11. Connor Zary
12. Yaroslav Askarov
13. Noel Gunler
14. Dawson Mercer
15. Jan Mysak
16. William Wallinder
17. Seth Jarvis
18. Rodion Amirov
19. Jake Sanderson
20. Dylan Holloway
21. Jacob Perrault
22. Helge Grans
23. Hendrix Lapierre
24. Zion Nybeck
25. Braeden Schneider
26. Kaiden Guhle
I was looking at the past two QMJHL drafts and something very interesting came up.
During the 2015-16 season four players were permitted to play in Midget AAA in Quebec even though they were still of Bantam age (14 yrs old); Xavier Parent, Samuel Poulin, Xavier Simoneau and Olivier Desroches. It is fun to compare them to their peers now a couple of years later.
Parent first caught attention when he killed Pee-Wee AAA posting 113 points in 30 regular season games and was even dubbed the...
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 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.
Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, it is that time of the year where the draft is getting closer which means you can partake on the festival of many draft and mock lists. Here is my annual triple threat consisting of MY 2019 draft list, what players I currently rank for the 2020 draft, and finally my mock draft which consists of the first two rounds. As most of you already know my type of scouting, I will still explain it to the ones who don't. I value hockey intelligence as one of my central...
Here’s a quick top 40. Everyone I listed I’ve seen multiple games of. There are some guys I like (Dorofeyev and some others) but I haven’t seen enough of them to properly rank them. This list is about the guys I’ve legit watched, so if I’m missing anyone that should be on this list, feel free to drop their name and I’ll check them out.
These are my top 217 rankings. They are my own. I watch a lot of hockey. I read a lot(and I have certain people's opinions that I take into account), but these rankings are from my own observations. This is the order I would draft these guys in without considering need, tendencies, etc. Please feel free to comment(I may not have seen every player - and I also don't get to watch every player multiple times, so if they have a poor game when I see them, it's unlikely they'll have a high...
For all you to enjoy, rage, and appreciate
NHL 2019 Winter List
1. Jack Hughes, C (USA) USNTDP, USHL
2. Kaapo Kakko, RW (FIN) TPS, Liiga
3. Vasili Podkolzin, RW (RUS) SKA St. Petersburgh, MHL
4. Alex Turcotte, C (USA) USNTDP, USHL
5. Dylan Cozens, C (CAN) Lethbridge Hurricanes, WHL
6. Kirby Dach, C (CAN) Saskatoon Blades, WHL
7. Cam York, D (USA) USNTDP, USHL
8. Bowen Byram, D (CAN) Vancouver Giants, WHL
9. Matthew Boldy, LW (USA) USNTDP, USHL
10. Philip Broberg, D (SWE) AIK,...
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.
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...
Nowadays we often hear people say they dont want to see their team draft a goalie high in the first round (or even in the first round, period). Because they are so hard to project, it's basically a wasted pick. Many goalies drafted in the first round end up busting hard, while a lot of goalies drafted later end up having NHL success (Rinne, Halak, Lundqvist, etc).
I find it weird because the only thing that matters for a goalie is: can he stop the puck? So all the scouts have to do is find...
Regular season has concluded in Russian leagues, so it might make sense to start looking at the prospects and RFAs, who might decide to move to NA this offseason. And by the offseason I mean mostly the time after the 30th of April, as the KHL has changed the rules regarding contract terminations that allowed Gavrikov and Gusev to go overseas early and burn down a year of the ELC. Although I should note that every rule has an exception, as Blackhawks' prospect Ivan Nalimov has already signed...
Here's my second to last draft rankings before the 2020 NHL draft. Skaters only. I'll keep it to the first 93 on the OP and if you have interest in checking out the rest check out my website for the rest; 2020 March Draft Rankings
LW Alexis Lafreniere - Rimouski Oceanic, QMJHL
C Quinton Byfield - Sudbury Wolves, OHL
C Anton Lundell - HIFK, Liiga
C/LW Tim Stutzle - Adler Mannheim, DEL
RW Lucas Raymond - Frolunda, SHL
LW Alexander Holtz - Djurgarden, SHL
C Marco Rossi - Ottawa 67’s, OHL
1. LW Alexis Lafrenière
Rimouski Océanic, QMJHL
[6’1”. 192lbs. Born on October 11, 2001.]
Strong and fast playmaker. Always creating chances whenever he’s on the ice. Lafrenière is a playmaking power forward that plays with grit. He’s not a runaway McDavid level talent, but still worthy of going 1st overall. He’s ready for the NHL. What more needs to be said about him? Lafrenière has been the consensus top pick for quite some time, and I see no reason to dispute...
1. Alexis Lafreniere - The easiest ranking in my list. His blend of smarts, skill, speed, shot, and work-ethic is very rare.
2. Tim Stutzle - The gap between the players in this tier are razor-thin. That said, Stutzle's skating and vision along with the fact that he's proven...
So here's our top 20. Who in your opinion is ranked too high? Too low? Overall comments?
1. Alexis Lafreniere - The easiest ranking in my list. His blend of smarts, skill, speed, shot, and work-ethic is very rare. I don't think his potential is that much higher than the players than those ranked from 2-6, but I think he's almost a guarantee to hit his upside.
2. Tim Stutzle - The gap between the players in this tier are razor-thin. That said, Stutzle's skating and vision...
I know I said it was final when I last posted my ranking a month-and-a-half ago, but I couldn't help but continue to watch these prospects. My rankings have changed a fair bit since then, and I also decided to try something new with this set of rankings: I gave each prospect a number grade and a letter grade. The number grade, 10 being the highest possible, is the prospect's ceiling, which I describe. The letter grade, A being the highest, is how likely they are to reach that ceiling....
1. Detroit Red Wings - Alexis Lafreniere | LW | Rimouski (QMJHL)
2. Los Angeles Kings - Quinton Byfield | C | Sudbury (OHL)
3. Ottawa Senators - Lucas Raymond | LW | Frolunda HC (SHL)
4. Ottawa Senators (via SJS) - Alexander Holtz | RW | Djurgardens IF (SHL)
5. Anaheim Ducks - Jamie Drysdale | RHD | Erie (OHL)
6. New Jersey Devils - Tim Stutzle | C/LW | Mannheim (DEL)
7. Chicago Blackhawks - Marco Rossi | C | Ottawa 67's (OHL)
8. Buffalo Sabres - Cole Perfetti | C/LW | Saginaw...
It's unusual to write the annual write-up on Russian draft-eligible prospects in the situation we all are in: a lot of uncertainties in the world of hockey (and not only hockey) and, obviously, in terms of the draft too, as we don't even know for sure when and how it will be held. No U18 WJC, no conclusion in league play-offs, no combine, no U20 NT camp — all of that makes it pretty complicated, as for me it's always been important to evaluate a prospect outside of his league and "comfort...
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