Discussion in 'NHL Draft - Prospects' started by canucksfan, Oct 16, 2003.
Could someone please give me some names of some defencemen that are rated high for the 2005 draft.
Vitaly Anikeenkoâ€”Defenseâ€”Lokomotive 6â€™03/193
Devereaux Heshmatpour--Def--Kitchener 6â€™04/225
Jakub Vojta--Defense--HC Sparta Praha 6â€™01/185
Jack Johnsonâ€”Defenseâ€”NTDP 17 6â€™00/197
Jean-Philippe Paquet--Defense--Shawinig 6â€™02/185
Jakub Kindl--Defenseâ€”HC Pardubice 6â€™02/170
Wes Oâ€™Neil--Defenseâ€”Green Bay (USHL) 6â€™03/197
Mike Gauthier--Defenseâ€”Prince Albert 6â€™03/180
VÃ¡clav VondrÃ¡čekâ€”Dâ€”HC Ceske Budej. 6â€™00/180
Mike Stuartâ€”Defenseâ€”NTDP 17
Wes Cunningham--Defâ€”Owen Sound 5â€™10/160
Dayln Flatt--Defenseâ€”Saskatoon 6â€™02/160
thing is about 99% of these guys have the talent to be 1st round picks in the NHL draft. To me this is one of the best years for defensemen in a draft. The only guys IMO who don't have 1st round status would be Flatt and Cunningham.
Just so I can actually but this in the right place.
I'd add Ray Macias to the Kamloops list otherwise I think you've everyone with a shot at the first round.
From what I hear Macias is a defenseman who plays the wing sometimes with good size and speed that's just come up from California. He's got something like 10 pts in 12 gms but it sounds like his defense needs some work. Right now he's a wild card but if he can keep it up for an entire season he's got top ten potential (I realize that it's a big if).
Staal is just going to keep moving up in the rankings in the next two years. All the natural talent in the world, playing great on a terrible Sudbury hockey club. And, as a 16 yr old he is not looking out of place in the Wolves top 4. Pretty impressive for a 16 yr old. Great offensive insticts. The points will come, he is learning the ropes.
This whole Staal familey is like the next Sutter familey. Eric Staal is a super prospect for the NHL...Marc Staal has the potential to go 1st round in the 2005 NHL draft...Jordan Staal is playing Midget AAA right now but he is ranked to possibly go in the top 5 in this years OHL draft and is suppose to be the best Staal of them all...plus they have one more brother playing like Peewee or something who knows about him????
Mike Gauthier from Prince Albert is the WHL's best 16 year old defenceman IMO. Not only is he HUGE, he's a smooth, solid skater that loves to hit people.
So you know your height and weight for Dalyn Flatt of Saskatoon is wrong. He is not 6'2 160... he is 6'3 215.
The Sarnia Sting also have a couple of solid 2005 defensemen in Trevor Soloman and Matt Pelech. Also Matt Lashoff of Kitchener should be a 1st rounder next yr
Mike is that you?
Actually Soloman is born November 4, 1987 which makes him 2006 ranked.
Must be something in their genes
How's Heshmatspour doing (if anybody knows). He's already filled in pretty good for a 16 year old. And what country is he going to play for? He has the option to play for 3 I believe (Canada, US, Russia).
If you check out the various OHL message boards, Kitchener fans seem to be split. Half of them love his upside and say he has shown flashes of brilliance, a couple of old-timers even comparing him to a young Larry Robinson (who played junior in Kitchener). They seem more than willing to give him time to develop. The other half say he has been a disappointment for not living up to expectations to step in right away and dominate.
Personally, I only saw him last year in Junior A. While is he rough around the edges in his own end, his tools and immense upside are undeniable.
Right now, he can only play for the U.S., the country of his birth.
He is not a Canadian citizen (only a resident), so he can not at this time play for them.
His family has no connection to Russia. His father was born in Azerbaijan, a former Soviet republic, which to my knowledge has no international hockey program.
EDIT: I was just told that Heshmatpour absolutely destroyed fellow 1987 prospect Bobby Ryan in a line brawl in the Kitchener/Owen Sound game last week. Apparently he was suspended for getting the instigator.
Don't cry for Ryan, though. He was suspended for the same thing two weeks ago.
Juan-what's your take on Bobby Ryan?
Owen SOunds Cunningham has started slowly offensively but has played well defensively so far for a rookie.
As he gains experience he should gain more playing time, he'll be counted on big time next year when Giordano is gone.
My take on Ryan as an unbiased Owen Sound fan is, he's huge for his age, something like 6.5, 220bls, 16 years old...he either needs to trim down to pick up speed or work on his skating, think that's the only real knock against him, I think scouts would overlook his skating once they see his shot and nice touch around the net.
He's been surprizingly tough for a rookie and could become a bit of a hot head too...
Keep an eye on Kevin Harvey in Owen Sound too..he lead the Toronto area in scoring last year and is just starting to rack up some points in the OHL.
I think you're talking about Kevin Baker, your other 1987 rookie, who was a top scorer in the GTHL. Kevin Harvey was a 3rd-4th liner in Junior A last year with under a point per game.
Richard DemÃ©n-Willaume, Frolunda Sweden, 6"3 203
Oscar Hedman, MODO Sweden, 6"0 210
Patrik Hersley Malmo Sweden 6"3 200
Good depth in Swedish D-draft this year. I will be surprised if these three arenÂ´t picked in the first round two rounds.