Kevin Musto's 2019 NHL Draft Ranking - Top 62

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    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 lethal shot, Hughes is a superb set-up man. His shot can develop as he strengthens over the years, but in the meantime he’ll be more of an assist machine. He may not be as physically able as Kaapo Kakko currently, but his upside is greater. Hughes is stylistically similar to Mitch Marner.
    2. RW/C Kaapo KakkoTPS, Liiga
    [6’2”. 190lbs. Born on February 13, 2001.]

    With a stellar rookie season in the top Finnish league, Kakko has drawn a lot of attention. He’s already got the big, NHL-ready frame and the tools to accompany it. One of Kakko’s best strengths is that he’s so hard to knock off the puck. He protects that thing at all costs and he can dangle his way out of any tight situation. Kakko’s style is very reminiscent of Brandon Saad, but with more finesse.
    3. LD Bowen ByramVancouver Giants, WHL
    [6’0”. 194lbs. Born on June 13, 2001.]

    The funny thing is that I was not a fan of Byram whatsoever to start the season. Now I’m beyond sold. That’s a testament to just how much Byram improved throughout this year. He became an almost entirely different player in the second half of the season. If he can go from a prospect that I considered to be overhyped to actually exceeding the hype and becoming the top defender in the draft, I can totally see Byram becoming a bonafide #1D in the NHL. He’s been absolutely dominant in his draft year and has displayed why he’s too good for the WHL. Fluid skating, perfect size, always composed, tight gap control, and a wicked shot to quarterback the power play. Byram has the potential to be a franchise, game-breaking defender. Don’t be surprised if he’s ready for the NHL in September.
    4. C Alex TurcotteU18’s, USNTDP
    [5’11”. 185lbs. Born on February 26, 2001.]

    This two-way dynamo center was out for a good portion of the year, but that didn’t stop him from coming back and playing at peak performance. Turcotte controls all 200ft of the ice. Although he won’t be ready for the NHL right away like Hughes and Kakko, the potential is there to eventually match them. If he develops his defensive game into a Selke-caliber player like Jonathan Toews, Patrice Bergeron, or Steve Yzerman, it's possible he ends up being the most all-around valuable forward in this draft. Yes, even more so than Hughes or Kakko.
    5. C Kirby DachSaskatoon Blades, WHL
    [6’4”. 198lbs. Born on January 21, 2001.]

    I see Dach as being like Dylan Strome in terms of his playmaking ability, and those who know me will know that I love Dylan Strome. Really high end vision, and hockey IQ. Has the force to crash the net like a power forward, but also the instincts to feed his teammates with perfect passes. Dach is actually a good shooter too, but his passing is his wow-factor. Easily a top playmaker in the draft. Likely number two, behind Hughes, in that category. His size and right handedness are other big pluses. Needs to be more consistent, but overall he’s a prototypical center. He's very projectable since he's got hands like Mitch Marner, a shot like Mark Scheifele, drive like Leon Draisaitl, playmaking like the aforementioned Dylan Strome, and overall similarities to prime Jason Spezza. Currently Alex Turcotte is more complete, but Dach may just have the higher ceiling.
    6. C Peyton KrebsKootenay Ice, WHL
    [5’11”. 181lbs. Born on January 26, 2001.]

    Possesses very high hockey IQ and is capable of producing on one of the worst teams in his league. Krebs is no passenger and never takes his foot off the gas. He can drive an entire line all by himself with his top end speed and shrewd decision making. The cherry on top is that Krebs is also a locker room leader and wears the “C” for a good reason. Definitely someone you want on your roster.
    7. LW Matthew BoldyU18’s, USNTDP
    [6’2”. 192lbs. Born on April 5, 2001.]

    Strong power winger with exquisite puck control. He gets very creative when it comes to manipulating the puck and can do it all in a bottom 6 role if needed. Boldy sometimes played away from Hughes, Turcotte, Zegras, and Caufield which makes his production so incredible. He doesn’t need to rely on elite level talent to create scoring chances for him. Boldy makes due with what he’s given and subsequently has the ability to elevate the play of his linemates. I don’t have a great comparison, perhaps Zach Parise, but personally I’d like to see him focus on his two way play so he can develop into a Mark Stone type. Boldy is a complete player.
    8. RW Cole CaufieldU18’s, USNTDP
    [5’7”. 163lbs. Born on January 2, 2001.]

    I’m not keeping the next Alex DeBrincat out of my top 10. Everyone slept on DeBrincat and now he’s a top 3 goal scorer from his draft class. Although Caufield can make some plays, it’s his goal scoring ability that makes him so special. This guy is a true sniper. He leads his team in goals by a very wide margin and this is a team that has Hughes, Turcotte, Boldy, and Zegras. You simply can’t ignore that kind of production. Nobody in this draft scores goals like Caufield.
    9. LW Jakob PelletierMoncton Wildcats, QMJHL
    [5’9”. 161lbs. Born on March 7, 2001.]

    It’s fair to say I’ve got Pelletier ranked higher than just about everyone. None of the major outlets have him in the top 15 and I can’t figure out why. Is it his size? That won’t be a problem for this Gallagher/Marchand hybrid. Pelletier is a brilliant playmaker and goal scorer with high hockey IQ who’s not afraid to go to the dirty areas of the ice. He scores lots of goals from in close. A lot of smaller guys like to circle around the perimeter, but not Pelletier. He likes to get in front of the net and grab rebounds, deflections, and one timers. That style will allow him to thrive at the next level since he won’t be kept to the outside by tougher opponents. He’s also developed more of a 2-way defensive edge and has been getting really good at stripping the puck from the opposition and making his opponents look silly. It’ll be a big mistake if too many teams pass on him like many mocks are suggesting.
    10. C Alex NewhookVictoria Grizzlies, BCHL
    [5’10”. 190lbs. Born on January 28, 2001.]

    One of the speediest players in the draft. Newhook plays a fully charged north-south style. It’s unfortunate that he hasn’t played against tougher competition because it makes his talent a tad harder to judge. Is he dangerous because he’s playing against weak competition or is he actually that good? I think regardless of strength of competition, Newhook is a good player. It’s just a matter of if he’s a middle 6 forward or a top 6 forward. Personally I think he’s got what it takes to be a top 6 forward. With the tools he has, I think the upside is evident. He’ll need maybe 2 years in the NCAA before making the jump.
    11. RW Bobby BrinkSioux City Musketeers, USHL
    [5’8”. 165lbs. Born on July 8, 2001.]

    Highly skilled, shifty winger that reminds me of Cam Atkinson. Brink’s point totals have been rock solid this year. His injury earlier in the season caused a massive dip in his team’s production, proving that he’s the backbone that they rely on. If you want to draft a surefire 20+ goal scorer, Bobby Brink looks to be exactly what you’re looking for.
    12. C Trevor ZegrasU18’s, USNTDP
    [6’0”. 174lbs. Born on March 20, 2001.]

    Zegras is a quick skating perimeter player with a muffin shot. He’s got a lot of puck skills and he’s an excellent playmaker, but he’s relatively easy to play against since you can keep him to the outside without much difficulty. The perimeter play and weak shot might cause problems for him at the next level. His skillset is similar to Mathew Barzal, but even Barzal is a good shooter. Of the highly regarded USNTDP forwards projected to go top 15, Zegras is the weakest. He’s got the talent to flourish, but his bust potential is higher than others. Boom or bust pick.
    13. RD Moritz SeiderAdler Mannheim, DEL
    [6’4”. 207lbs. Born on April 6, 2001.]

    Give a warm welcome to the best German prospect since Leon Draisaitl. Although Seider won’t be a top 3 pick like Draisaitl, he is still a very noteworthy prospect. Right off the bat Seider’s most eye catching trait is his size. He’s already playing in Germany’s top league and it’s because his big body has allowed him to be a threat against men. Right handed defenders are seen as a commodity so teams shouldn’t be sleeping on Seider. He’s a smart defender who plays a physical shutdown game. I think he could be in the NHL a lot sooner than the majority of this year’s 1st round selections even if it’s just in a bottom pairing role. I view Seider as a reliable Niklas Hjalmarsson-like player, but with more room for production and top-end speed.
    14. LD Cam YorkU18’s, USNTDP
    [5’11”. 172lbs. Born on January 5, 2001.]

    Really dynamic offensive defender that will be a power play weapon. His style of play is like Cam Fowler. Definitely not a guy who is overly physical, but it’s not a bad thing because many defenders in the NHL have thrived even when lacking this quality. York has good vision and is a crisp playmaker. I think he’s a useful type of player for any blueline. Good offensive upside. Consistently makes the right decisions.
    15. LW Arthur KaliyevHamilton Bulldogs, OHL
    [6’2”. 190lbs. Born on June 26, 2001.]

    This is a player that has garnered just as much praise as he has criticism. Kaliyev is a one-dimensional player. If the other team has the puck in his end, he just floats around at the blueline hoping for a turnover. He doesn't backcheck or pressure the opponent. Just waits for his team to do all the work. His idle play is why I have him so low. Seldomly takes advantage of his size too. If it weren’t for his monstrous goal total, Kaliyev wouldn’t be ranked anywhere near the 1st round. But the points can’t be ignored. For a one-dimensional player I have to admit he plays that one dimension exceptionally well, much like Patrik Laine. His scoring is a sight to behold, but of course the question remains if it’ll translate.
    16. C/RW Philip TomasinoNiagara IceDogs, OHL
    [6’0”. 181lbs. Born on July 28, 2001.]

    Solid IQ, nifty hands, plenty of skill, and lots of speed to burn. Tomasino is an energetic forward that possesses one of the best shots in the draft. He got a bit buried by the amount of depth in Niagara, but should get the chance to really explode as their 1C next season.
    17. LW Nicholas RobertsonPeterborough Petes, OHL
    [5’9”. 161lbs. Born on September 11, 2001.]

    Possesses an absurd amount of skill and is so young that he’s almost eligible for next year’s draft. The upside and potential is high for Robertson. The Johnny Gaudreau comp is overused for undersized wingers, but it truly does apply in this case. He’s got the hands, speed, shiftiness, agility, and the IQ to match the tools. Robertson could be a dangerously good steal outside the first round.
    18. C Ryan SuzukiBarrie Colts, OHL
    [6’0”. 181lbs. Born on May 28, 2001.]

    Very intelligent and cerebral player who is often 2 steps ahead of the play. Suzuki has incredible vision which allows him to see every possible playmaking avenue. His passing is what makes him dangerous. Suzuki doesn’t play a physical game and tends to avoid contact. Aside from that he basically has what you would want in a top 15 pick. The reason I don’t have him that high is his work ethic is questionable. This makes Suzuki a frustrating prospect to watch because he has the ability to be a 100 point scorer in the OHL. It often seems like he doesn’t care and gets lazy. He’s rarely willing to take risks either. This could totally evaporate by the time he makes it to the NHL and prove to be a non-issue. If that’s the case I’d expect him to exceed this placement on my list. However in the meantime it’s worth keeping an eye on because there’s a chance it becomes a bigger problem later down the line. His own effort will dictate his success.
    19. RD Victor SoderstromBrynas IF, SHL
    [5’11”. 179lbs. Born on February 26, 2001.]

    Playing big minutes in the SHL is making Soderstrom a very experienced player at his age. There’s not much risk involved here since Soderstrom is responsible in his own end and he’s only going to get better. I’d say he’s a safe pick for being a top 4 two-way defender in the NHL. He doesn’t do anything that special or flashy, but he’s solid across the board. Soderstrom is simply a safe pick. Likely goes higher than where I have him ranked, which is fine, but if I’m drafting a defender high I’d like to see more offensive upside. Defensive minded defenders can typically be found later. That being said, you can probably bank on this guy making it.
    20. LW Nils HoglanderRogle BK, SHL
    [5’9”. 185lbs. Born on December 20, 2000.]

    An aggressive and intense winger that plays a high pressure game. He’s played the entire season in the SHL meaning he’s completely graduated from junior level already. Hoglander plays a far bigger game than his 5’9” frame may suggest. He’s strong on the puck and will out-muscle anyone that tries to knock him off. He’s like a pocket-sized tank.
    21. LD Matthew RobertsonEdmonton Oil Kings, WHL
    [6’4”. 201lbs. Born on March 9, 2001.]

    Big guy, yet incredibly mobile. I’m unsure of his offensive upside at the next level, but to me it doesn’t matter because Robertson is all instincts and IQ. He makes intelligent defensive plays that you rarely see from players his age. Robertson is poised and already plays like a pro. He has a good chance to thrive in the NHL as a shutdown defender. Marc-Edouard Vlasic is the comp for him.
    22. LW Pavel DorofeyevStalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk, MHL
    [6’0”. 163lbs. Born on October 26, 2000.]

    Winger with a shoot first mentality and the ability to control the puck with ease. If you ask me, Dorofeyev is the top Russian player in the draft. He can score in a multitude of different ways whether it’s
    forehand, backhand, or slapshots. Pavel is also a great playmaker too so that shouldn’t get overlooked. He’s got some similarities to Vladimir Tarasenko although he’s significantly underweight in comparison so Dorofeyev has some catching up to do. I really like that he forechecks hard and always wants the puck. You might need to wait a bit before he hits the NHL, but I think the wait will be worth it.
    23. LW Samuel PoulinSherbrooke Phoenix, QMJHL
    [6’2”. 207lbs. Born on February 25, 2001.]

    Smart playmaker who gets creative every now and then. Does a good job anticipating the play and being where he needs to be. He leads his team in points by a fair margin as a first year draft eligible prospect. Needs to really embrace and take advantage of his power forward frame to reach the next level.
    24. LD Tobias BjornfotDjurgarden IF, SuperElit
    [6’0”. 203lbs. Born on April 6, 2001.]

    Great skating defender that plays a complete game and doesn’t hesitate to get physical and aggressive. Mature for his age and exhibits leadership. Reliable with breaking up oncoming rushes. Likes to put shots on net. He isn’t overly talented enough to blow you away like a Rasmus Dahlin type, but he has all of the traits you look for in a stable defender. Top 4 upside and should be able to run both the PP and PK.
    25. RW Samuel Fagemo (OA)Frolunda HC, SHL
    [5’11”. 194lbs. Born on March 14, 2000.]

    This year’s top overager. Somehow didn’t get drafted last year, but now Fagemo is back with a vengeance. This year Fagemo had a stronger season than Filip Hallander, Albin Eriksson, David Gustafsson, Jonatan Berggren. All of whom were second rounders in the 2018 draft. Oh, and he bested last year’s first rounder, Dominik Bokk. His rise is similar to Viktor Arvidsson who also got passed up. Fagemo could break out as a 40 point scorer in the SHL next year. With that kind of potential, he’s probably a better bet than some of the other players projected to go late in the first this year.
    26. RW Vasili PodkolzinSKA St. Petersburg, MHL
    [6’1”. 196lbs. Born on June 24, 2001.]

    Skilled player that is highly praised by many scouts. So why this low? Podkolzin is monstrously selfish. He tries to do everything himself and while it looks cool in highlight videos, that's not going to fly in the NHL. Point production isn't everything, but his low scoring proves he can't be an effective one man show. A lot of his goals come from him just charging the net and taking advantage of bad defending. There’s going to be less of an opportunity to do that at the next level. In fact it isn’t even working at his current level. Podkolzin failed to produce again at the U18 tournament and was significantly outplayed by his cohort. He has signed a deal to stay in Russia for at least a couple more years so there’s a delay until he hits the NHL. Podkolzin has all the tools to be a top 10 player in this draft however it seems that his problems will hold him back from putting it all together. I’d expect a big adjustment period will be necessary for him. Personally I wouldn’t want to take that gamble, but other scouts will salivate over his risk/reward potential. Good in all facets of the game, but not great in any.
    27. C/RW Dylan CozensLethbridge Hurricanes, WHL
    [6’3”. 183lbs. Born on February 9, 2001.]

    I’m not crazy about Cozens the way everyone else seems to be, and I wouldn’t hesitate to call him the most overrated player in the draft. His biggest issue is puck control or lack thereof. I don’t understand how a highly regarded prospect can be so sloppy at handling the puck. He constantly turns it over, making him a defensive liability. I find he’s also reliant on teammates to create opportunities for him. That’s not necessarily a problem if he ends up with good linemates in the NHL, but if I’m drafting high I want a guy who makes his linemates better as opposed to a guy who needs good linemates to make him better. I’m also not sure if he thinks the game quick enough to really thrive at the next level. There are times when his IQ looks questionable. Cozens’ saving grace is his shot which is very accurate and powerful. Although his poor decision making sometimes leads to him not using it when he should. Often he forces a pass when he has a clear shooting lane. The fact that he’s physically gifted may seem tantalizing, but there are many deficiencies in other areas that teams drafting should be wary of.
    28. G Spencer KnightU18's, USNTDP
    [6’3”. 198lbs. Born on April 19, 2001.]

    Probably the most hyped up goalie prospect since Carey Price. That’s saying a lot. If he really is that good, Knight is top 15 worthy. Franchise goalies don’t come around too often. However he’s not in my top 15 because at the end of the day goalies are tricky to predict. I do believe that he’s got a really good chance at making it, but picking a goalie that early in the draft is so risky when you have safer options. Any team with multiple firsts this year might want to consider using one on Knight.
    29. C/RW Raphael LavoieHalifax Mooseheads, QMJHL
    [6’4”. 198lbs. Born on September 25, 2000.]

    Large power forward that definitely takes advantage of his size. Lavoie has physically matured quite quickly and already has an NHL sized frame. He’s not always as engaged as I’d like him to be, but teams fear him when he turns on. Needs to work on consistency.
    30. C/RW Jamieson ReesSarnia Sting, OHL
    [5’10”. 172lbs. Born on February 26, 2001.]

    This buzzsaw forward is a non-stop raging bull. He plays a gritty and intimidating game despite his lack of size much like Andrew Shaw. Rees is the kind of player that everyone wants on their roster. He never gives up and always plays every shift like it’s his last. Plays like a pro.
    31. C Nikita AlexandrovCharlottetown Islanders, QMJHL
    [6’0”. 179lbs. Born on September 16, 2000.]

    To me Alexandrov is one of the most underrated players in the draft. He just does everything well across the board like a jack of all trades type. He scores his goals and gets his shots off from in close which is generally what you want to see. He may not have first line upside, but I just don’t see many flaws in the way he plays the game. Alexandrov should have a fairly seamless transition to the NHL.
    32. Ville Heinola
    33. Connor McMichael
    34. Philip Broberg
    35. Ethan Keppen
    36. Yegor Spiridonov
    37. Albin Grewe
    38. Lassi Thomson
    39. Yegor Afanasyev
    40. John Beecher
    41. Dmitri Sheshin
    42. Ryan Johnson
    43. Anttoni Honka
    44. Patrik Puistola
    45. Shane Pinto
    46. Vladislav Kolyachonok
    47. Artemi Knyazev
    48. Yegor Serdyuk
    49. Adam Beckman
    50. Daniil Misyul
    51. Mikko Kokkonen
    52. Dillon Hamaliuk
    53. Robert Mastrosimone
    54. Brayden Tracey
    55. Vladislav Firstov
    56. Jordan Spence
    57. Nolan Foote
    58. Pyotr Kochetkov (OA)
    59. Brett Leason (OA)
    60. Thomas Harley
    61. Reece Newkirk
    62. Vojtech Strondala

    Honourable mentions:
    Marshall Warren, Henry Rybinski, Nikola Pasic, Valentin Nussbaumer, Simon Holmstrom, Dominick Fensore, Marcus Kallionkelli, Martin Lang, Yevgeni Oksentyuk, Kaedan Korczak,
    Henri Nikkanen, Keighan Gerrie, Rhett Pitlick, Grant Silianoff, John Farinacci, Colten Ellis, Tuukka Tieksola, Ben Brinkman, Ilya Nikolayev, Lukas Parik, Cody Morgan, Alex Beaucage,
    Zac Jones, Henry Thrun, Ryan Siedem, Simon Lundmark, Xavier Simoneau

    Nick Abruzzese (OA), Tyce Thompson (OA), Justin Bergeron (OA), Kristian Tanus (OA)
     
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    Any way we can work a multi-team trade where Detroit trades #6 for #26, #27, and #28? :laugh:
     
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    I like a lot of your takes on our Hawks board, but Pod at 26, Cozens at 27, and Broberg outside the first round I just can't get behind.

    I also am not a big fan of Dach; I think he is very meh.

    I am low on Zegras and high on York and Tomasino like you.

    I am assuming this list is how good you think they will be and not where they will be taken... correct?
     
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    I get what he’s trying to say though. Every year there’s guys ranked in the top 10 who either bust or disappoint badly.

    Kevin is just trying to get ahead of it by ranking the players he has identified as not great lower. If there’s one thing I can appreciate, it’s deviating from nhl central scouting, which far too many people lean on including NHL organizations.
     
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    I really like your rankings, you're not afraid to differ from the consensus. I too find Cozens and Podkolzin overrated.

    Only thing I really disagree with you about is Trevor Zegras. If he can improve his shot, I can see him becoming an Elias Petterson type player.

    Check out my list, it's not far off from yours: McMullet's Final Draft Rankings - Top 100 - Thoughts?
     
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    If his shot improves him to an EP level, f*** it. Let Detroit draft him and he can train with Larkin.

    Went from being one of the primary critiques of his game to a strength.
     
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    Why do you have a hack like Zegras ahead of elite top line forwards Tomasino and Robertson? :sarcasm:

    On a more serious note, I like that you have no problem going against the grain. It's very refreshing to see lists like this, where the author don't care about the "consensus" at all.
     
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    Podkolzin and Cozens way down there? Bold play.
    Good write up!
     
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    Correct. This is a ranking, not a mock. I'm fully expecting guys like Podkolzin and Cozens to go way higher than where I have them.
     
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    Anything can happen! At the end of the day, they're all just guesses. I mention in my write up of Zegras that I see him as a boom or bust kind of pick so maybe he does swing in the direction of Elias Petterson or Mathew Barzal. I just don't see it as a sure thing so that's why I've got 11 guys I'd pick ahead of him.
     
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    From everything I have seen or heard, Podkolzin is far from a selfish player, quite the contrary. Everybody who coached him speaks about how he is a leader and a mature player, a future captain in the NHL etc.

    I disagree about your point about exploiting bad defense to score too. From what I have seen, the players who have trouble producing in the NHL are the ones who take their time to make fancy dekes and play peripheral hockey, not the ones who "crash the net" like Pod does.

    While I appreciate that you took the time to do a writeup and not follow consensus, I think your take on Podkolzin is just plain bad, in all due respect.
     
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    Just to clairfy, by "selfish" I'm not referring to his personality. This isn't a commentary on his maturity or ability to lead. But what I see with Podkolzin is that he often overestimates what he can do. He'll take the puck in all alone and often fails to convert. It's nice seeing the effort, but unless you're a McDavid level player I think you should make use of your teammates and better judge how to execute the play.

    I don't take issue with the crash the net style play, but it's not getting him points in the MHL which is a league that has a huge discrepancy in talent between the top teams and the bottom teams. So if that style isn't working for him against bottom feeders with poor defending, I'm not sure how that's going to work for him against NHL caliber players.
     
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    Why is Zegras so boom/bust but Hughes isn’t? You’ve criticized Zegras playing too much on the perimeter and his shot. Zegras is bigger, plays no more on the perimeter, doesn’t have a worse shot and is better defensively than Hughes.
     
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    I think it’s a hockey IQ issue with Podkolzin. Some say he has a high hockey IQ and I could see why it might seem that way. He’s very gritty and often times grit and hockey IQ is paired together in a skill set, but I don’t think that’s the case with Podkolzin. I think he plays a gritty style, but not a high hockey IQ style.
     
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    Zegras just doesn't have the talent that Hughes has. Despite stylistic similarities, they're not at the same level.

    It'd be like asking why Wennberg isn't as good as MacKinnon. Both skilled centers, but MacKinnon is tiers above.

    Also Zegras isn't really any bigger than Hughes. He's a bit taller, but they're about equal in strength and Hughes has superior athletic ability. Zegras is pretty soft and easy to push around so he certainly doesn't play any bigger than Hughes.
     
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    Zegras plays bigger. He plays a lot on the perimeter, but not because he’s has to. Zegras shows a good amount of grit at certain times, especially when he plays center. Hughes doesn’t do that. I also think Zegras has the higher hockey IQ.
     
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    For some reason Bjornfot's write-up was missing so I've added it in.
     
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    I fully agree on Zegras. The guy scares me. Big time bust potential.
     
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    Seem to have Holmstrom a lot lower than a lot of people.

    Any particular reason? Is it the injuries?
     
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    Just didn't watch enough of him. Part of it was the injury. I don't have anything against the guy. Just didn't feel comfortable blindly placing him over someone else just based on a small sample size. My "honorable mentions" section isn't in any particular order btw. Could definitely end up being a guy that I underrated.

    Right now I'd take him in the 3rd round, but if a team confidently takes him higher than that it's probably because I missed something. Not a case of me seeing something I disliked in his game.
     
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    I will likely report back here tomorrow and Saturday to give my thoughts on the outcome of the draft. I'm sure there will be at least one Filip Johansson-like pick that we can all laugh at.

    Expecting Chicago to draft Dach...
     
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    When you see a certain flaw in a player, you take it to an extreme that isn't quite accurate. Podkolzin is definitely not a selfish hockey player and I think you are exaggerating Cozens, and Brobergs ability. I guess I can see how someone can rank Broberg that low, but I think ranking Cozens and Podkolzin that low is just unnecessary. Like do you really think Hoglander and M. Robertson have a higher chance to become more impact nhlers than them?
     
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    I don't like red flags. Robertson and Hoglander don't have any glaring ones like Podkolzin or Cozens.
     
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    My guess is Alex Vlasic.
     
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    Him in the 1st round would be a massive mistake and I can totally see it happening lol
     
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