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...
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,...
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.
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,...
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...
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...
Added my top 20 goaltenders due to popular request. Skaters: 1. RW/C Kaapo Kakko - TPS, Liiga 2. C Jack Hughes - U18’s, USNTDP 3. C Trevor Zegras - U18’s, USNTDP 4. RW Vasili Podkolzin - SKA St. Petersburg, MHL 5. LD Bowen Byram - Vancouver Giants, WHL 6. C Kirby Dach - Saskatoon Blades, WHL 7. C/RW Dylan Cozens - Lethbridge Hurricanes, WHL 8. C Connor McMichael - London Knights, OHL 9. RD Victor Soderstrom - Brynas IF, SuperElit 10. C Alex Turcotte - U18’s, USNTDP 11. C Ryan Suzuki -...
Merry Christmas all, will be back after WJC with updated and potentially very different rankings! 1. RW/C Kaapo Kakko - TPS, Liiga 2. C Jack Hughes - U18’s, USNTDP 3. C Kirby Dach - Saskatoon Blades, WHL 4. LD Bowen Byram - Vancouver Giants, WHL 5. C/RW Dylan Cozens - Lethbridge Hurricanes, WHL 6. RW Vasili Podkolzin - SKA St. Petersburg, MHL 7. C Trevor Zegras - U18’s, USNTDP 8. RD Victor Soderstrom - Brynas IF, SuperElit 9. LW/C Alex Newhook - Victoria Grizzlies, BCHL 10. C Ryan Suzuki -...
2019 NHL Draft Rankings 1.0 My first rankings of the 2019 NHL Draft Class, and I try to do 3 each year. If you wanna see some of my mock drafts that I have made you can go to my website right -> here <- I really like a lot of the prospects in this years class, and I hope I helped to let you know about some of my favorites. Sorry if my descriptions aren't great, I'm not very good at them, but I continue to try to do them lol. 1. Jack Hughes C U.S National U18 Team (USDP) Although I see some...
Was initially going to wait until after WJC to post my next list but I feel there’s been so much movement for me that I should update it Here’s my last list *Goalies are not ranked Some recent notes 1. If Dach had more hustle/effort he’d really push Kakko for my 2 spot. The top 3 are all very close, Dach is closer to Hughes than he is to Cozens imo 2. Yes I still have Honka and Newhook that high. I can understand people’s reasoning for dropping Honka but I think he’ll turn it around, kid...
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 -...
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 -...
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...
Jack Hughes Kaapo Kakko Kirby Dach Alex Newhook Anttoni Honka Dylan Cozens Vasili Podkolzin Victor Soderstrom Alex Turcotte Raphael Lavoie Matthew Boldy Trevor Zegras Cole Caufield Bowen Byram Ryan Suzuki Moritz Seider Arthur Kaliyev Pavel Dorofeyev Peyton Krebs Matthew Robertson Daniil Gutik Philipp Broberg Simon Holmstrom Cam York Connor McMichael John Beecher Kaeden Korczak Yegor Spiridonov Nils Hoglander Lassi Thomson Blake Murray Thomas Harley Case McCarthy Nicholas Porco Yegor...
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...
Been working on this a while and I think this is the first list I’ve posted that I’m 100% sure about atm This draft is stacked and aside from Dahlin, I like this draft’s 1st round better than 2018’s. Not a fan of the depth in the 2019 class though, 2018’s 2nd-4th round was very good and I even said that I think 2018’s 2nd round will be one of the best in a long time. Can’t say the same about 2019’s 2nd round though time will tell Jack Hughes Alex Newhook Kaapo Kakko Kirby Dach Philipp...
Early 2019 Top 62 NHL Draft Rankings
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...
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...
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....
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 --...
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 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...
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. Jack Hughes Kaapo Kakko Alex Newhook Kirby Dach Vasili Podkolzin Alex Turcotte Dylan Cozens Bowen Byram Matthew Robertson Trevor Zegras Anttoni Honka Peyton...
So here's our top 20. Who in your opinion is ranked too high? Too low? Overall comments?
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