Prospects

All about the young players preparing to enter the NHL.

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...
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.
Prospect rankings for the 2018 NHL Draft.
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...
3 months away from draft time! This is when it starts to get exciting folks. The next edition should be May, and should also come with a mock draft post lottery! As always, let me know what you think, and who you think should be higher, after all, we’re all different people and therefore see different things. 1. D Rasmus Dahlin 2. LW/RW Andrei Svechnikov 3. LW/RW Filip Zadina 4. RW Oliver Wahlstrom 5. D Adam Boqvist 6. D Quinn Hughes 7. D Noah Dobson 8. D Evan Bouchard 9. LW Brady...
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.)
As my 2nd last ranking, I can say that this is one of my favorite classes ever. I love some of the plays and think there are some real dark horse players in here. Next month for my final ranking, it will include and in depth write up on all 217 of my projected draft picks. Enjoy, and as always feel free to ask any questions. 1. D Rasmus Dahlin 2. LW/RW Andrei Svechnikov 3. LW/RW Filip Zadina 4. D Quinn Hughes 5. RW Oliver Wahlstrom 6. D Evan Bouchard 7. D Adam Boqvist 8. D Noah Dobson 9. C...
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.
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.
Here are my top 100 skaters for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft complete with scouting reports.
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.
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...
New York Rangers Top Prospects as voted by HF Members.
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....
Early 2019 Top 62 NHL Draft Rankings
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...
At this point last year, my rankings were only 100 players long, so the progression in terms of evening out my viewings has been good. As always, open to any questions or comments. If you think I'm missing someone, let me know and I'll try to focus on them next month. 1. RW Kaapo Kakko - TPS, Liiga 2. C Jack Hughes - U18’s, USNTDP 3. C Kirby Dach - Saskatoon Blades, WHL 4. C/RW Dylan Cozens - Lethbridge Hurricanes, WHL 5. LW Alex Newhook - Victoria Grizzlies, BCHL 6. RW Vasili Podkolzin -...
Hello everyone. Been a member for almost two years now and I really enjoy the HF community. I'd like to show you my post-WJC January ranking for the 2019 eligible hockey prospects. Here's what I look in a prospect: 1- Personal scouting (a whole game or shift by shift) 2- Pro scouting (read report) 3- League played 4- Stats 5- Context (Position, playing time, teammate, environment, coach, etc) 6- Progression 7- HF members scouting 8- NHL position/role projection (ex: 1st line center, stay...
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,...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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