Prospects

All about the young players preparing to enter the NHL.

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...
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...
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 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...
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 RD...
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 27....
First Round 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...
Hey guys ! Finally posting it after receiving couple of PM . Here my annual top prospect list . Few thing to know before reading it : - No goalie because I have zero knowledge of the position - I'm a skills coach/scout in the Q so no player from the Q included for no bia . Lot of player could en up here - I'm a French Canadian with , so my first language is french that why my bad English . I'm open to question/comment and i will respond Few take on the list : - Bowen Byram is my less good...
Tiers are separated with lines. 1. Alexis Lafreniere _____________________ 2. Quinton Byfield 3. Tim Stutzle 4. Marco Rossi 5. Jamie Drysdale 6. Lucas Raymond 7. Alexander Holtz 8. Cole Perfetti _____________________ 9. Anton Lundell 10. Noel Gunler 11. Connor Zary 12. Yaroslav Askarov 13. Dylan Holloway 14. Dawson Mercer _____________________ 15. Jacob Perrault 16. Jeremie Poirier 17. Hendrix Lapierre 18. Rodion Amirov 19. Jack Quinn 20. Brendan Schneider 21. Kaiden Guhle 22. Helge...
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...
Criteria: -Under 27 years old -Maximum 25 NHL GP 2018 Top 150 NHL Affiliated Prospects: [URL="https://hfboards.mandatory.com/threads/tryamkins-pre-season-top-150-nhl-affiliated-prospects.2537947/"]Tryamkin's Pre-Season Top 150 NHL Affiliated Prospects[/URL] Off of my own viewings, here's my long awaited top 250 NHL affiliated prospect rankings. Before commenting, you could say for example; hey why is Pavel Dorofeyev ahead of my favorite prospect from my favorite team? He was drafted in the 3rd round! My 2019 draft prospect rankings are also linked with...
I told myself it would be unfair to criticize others in their attempts to make a top 50 NHL prospect list if I did not try to do it myself, so there it is! It is based, like for most people here, on my limited viewings of the players online and my incredible ability to statwatch on the interwebs… Enjoy! 1. Jack Hughes (NJ) 2. Kaapo Kakko (NYR) 3. Cale Makar (COL) 4. Alex Turcotte (LA) 5. Vitali Kravtsov (NYR) 6. Bowen Byram (COL) 7. Quinton Hughes (VAN) 8. Cody Glass (VEG) 9. Erik...
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...
After a long year, it's finally time for my annual draft rankings. In order to avoid a nearly 10,000 word OP, I've included scouting reports for my top 31 on this post and the rest I've done can be viewed at my website at 2019 NHL Draft Final Rankings I've had at least one viewing of each of the players on this list throughout the year. Thanks for the continued support, here's my previous annual rankings for laughs - 2018 Final Rankings:...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Final 2019 NHL Mock Draft 1. New Jersey Devils: Jack Hughes Although Kakko put on quite a show at the worlds, and played remarkable against men this season, the Devils still prefer Hughes to Kakko. Personally, Kakko is my choice and I could very well see Kakko going #1, but New Jersey has been dropping major hints with their social media and management. 2. New York Rangers: Kaapo Kakko Rangers make the easiest pick of the draft, even more so than #1, Kakko will fit in very nicely and come...
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.
I realized posting new rankings nearly every month was pointless. I’ve pretty much seen all I’ve needed to see and this list took a while to complete. I may add scouting reports for the top 62 and/or a mock draft later on and I’ll bump the thread if I do. Any questions/thoughts/feedback feel free comment Kaapo Kakko Jack Hughes Bowen Byram Alex Turcotte Kirby Dach Philipp Broberg Matthew Boldy Cole Caufield Trevor Zegras Vasili Podkolzin Philipp Tomasino Alex Newhook Peyton Krebs Thomas...
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....
1. NJD Jack Hughes | The HH duo is the best the franchise has ever had. 2. NYR Kaapo Kakko | Their run on European's continue. I think he'll be a Center in the league. 3. CHI Alex Turcotte | Strome and Turcotte is the 1-2 punch down the middle for the next decade. 4. COL via OTT Dylan Cozens | MacKinnon-Cozens is the 1-2 punch they've needed since Sakic-Forsberg. 5. LA Kirby Dach | Dach-Vilardi-Kupari is a trio you can build around. 6. DET Bowen Byram | The Wings get their #1 dman...
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