Lays top 170 for March-2019 draft rankings

By Lays · Mar 11, 2019 · Updated Mar 13, 2019
  1. Lays Registered User

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    Kakko has surpassed Hughes for me for the 2nd time this year. My list for this year seems to be settling, earlier this year I wasn’t confident of my 1st round and was always shuffling around players but lately it’s pretty compact. I don’t see much changing soon unless I’m blown away by a prospect. At this point I think I can give a good scouting report for any prospect in my top 100 and a few past that. Haven’t had as much time lately to watch games

    Anyways,

    1. Kaapo Kakko
    2. Jack Hughes
    3. Kirby Dach
    4. Alex Turcotte
    5. Vasili Podkolzin
    6. Bowen Byram
    7. Peyton Krebs
    8. Alex Newhook
    9. Dylan Cozens
    10. Pavel Dorofeyev
    11. Trevor Zegras
    12. Victor Soderstrom
    13. Matthew Boldy
    14. Cole Caufield
    15. Philipp Tomasino
    16. Jakob Pelletier
    17. Cam York
    18. Arthur Kaliyev
    19. Nils Hoglander
    20. Moritz Seider
    21. Ville Heinola
    22. Matthew Robertson
    23. Thomas Harley
    24. Raphael Lavoie
    25. Ryan Suzuki
    26. Jamieson Rees
    27. Philipp Broberg
    28. Samuel Fagemo
    29. Ilya Nikolayev
    30. Connor McMichael
    31. Yegor Afanasyev
    32. Samuel Bolduc
    33. Mikko Kokkonen
    34. Nicholas Robertson
    35. Samuel Poulin
    36. Albin Grewe
    37. Nathan Legare
    38. Bobby Brink
    39. Tobias Bjornfot
    40. Michal Teply
    41. Ryder Donovan
    42. Yegor Spiridonov
    43. Brett Leason
    44. Roman Bychkov
    45. Maxim Cajkovic
    46. Vladislav Kolyachonok
    47. Lassi Thomson
    48. John Beecher
    49. Matias Maccelli
    50. Alex Vlasic
    51. Robert Mastrosimone
    52. Artemi Knyazev
    53. Kim Nousiainen
    54. Ryan Johnson
    55. Nikola Pasic
    56. Nolan Foote
    57. Graeme Clarke
    58. Simon Holmstrom
    59. Anttoni Honka
    60. Kaedan Korczak
    61. Alex Beaucage
    62. Matvei Guskov
    63. Patrik Puistola
    64. Justin Bergeron
    65. Daniil Gutik
    66. Henri Thrun
    67. Simon Lundmark
    68. Dmitri Sheshin
    69. Cole Moberg
    70. Antti Tuomisto
    71. Michael Vukojevic
    72. Billy Constantinou
    73. Tuukka Tieksola
    74. Harrison Blaisdell
    75. Blake Murray
    76. Dillon Hamaliuk
    77. Cole Schwindt
    78. Sasha Mutala
    79. Henri Nikkanen
    80. Joe Carroll
    81. Lucas Feuk
    82. Marshall Warren
    83. Daniil Misyul
    84. Yegor Serdyuk
    85. Liam Ross
    86. Valeri Orekhov
    87. Kalle Loponen
    88. Alex Campbell
    89. Adam Beckman
    90. Luke Toporowski
    91. Brayden Tracey
    92. Oleg Zaitsev
    93. Martin Hugo Has
    94. Case McCarthy
    95. Ben Brinkman
    96. Leevi Aaltonen
    97. Petr Cajka
    98. Nikita Alexandrov
    99. Valentin Nussbaumer
    100. Vladislav Firstov
    101. Mathieu Bizier
    102. Shane Pinto
    103. John Farinacci
    104. Ethan Keppen
    105. Iaroslav Likhachev
    106. Drew Helleson
    107. Jake Lee
    108. Brady Meyer
    109. Mitchell Brewer
    110. Karl Henriksson
    111. Xavier Simoneau
    112. Nicholas Porco
    113. Marcus Kallionkieli
    114. Elmer Soderblom
    115. Keean Washkurak
    116. Gianni Fairbrother
    117. Trevor Janicke
    118. Kirill Slepets
    119. John Malone
    120. Georgiy Ivanov
    121. Carter Berger
    122. Ilya Mironov
    123. Josh Nodler
    124. Quinn Schmiemann
    125. Josh Williams
    126. Antti Saarela
    127. Mikhail Abramov
    128. Matthew Steinburg
    129. Rhett Pitlick
    130. Zac Jones
    131. Brett Budgell
    132. Jordan Spence
    133. Patrick Moynihan
    134. Martin Lang
    135. Bryce Brodzinski
    136. Logan Barlage
    137. Maxim Shabanov
    138. Judd Caulfield
    139. Anthony Romano
    140. Reece Newkirk
    141. Andrei Pribylskiy
    142. Matias Mantikivi
    143. Albin Sundsvik
    144. Christopher Merisier-Ortiz
    145. Grant Silianoff
    146. Kristian Tanus
    147. Layton Ahac
    148. Marcel Barinka
    149. Max Guenette
    150. Jacob LeGuerrier
    151. Daniel D’Amico
    152. Vojtech Strondala
    153. Alex Gordin
    154. Nikita Okhotyuk
    155. Albert Johansson
    156. Cole Mackay
    157. Vladimir Alistrov
    158. Max Wahlgren
    159. Brooklyn Kalmikov
    160. Semyon Chistyakov
    161. Alexei Protas
    162. Mason Primeau
    163. Massimo Rizzo
    164. Anthony Imbeault
    165. Artem Galimov
    166. Xavier Parent
    167. Jacob Winterton
    168. Wiljami Myllyla
    169. Jack York
    170. Arvid Costmar
    Thoughts?
     
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    Outstanding list! I really like the composition of your first round. I was going to comment that I’d have Cozens higher, but honestly 1-2 and your 3-9 are really getting to be freely interchangeable, although Byram has solidified his claim to the third slot for me.

    I’ve seen people suggesting that this draft class has bad depth, but I don’t get it. Maybe not all-time great but as stated above, there’s a solid 10-strong group (add Dorofeyev or Soderstrom into the 9 mentioned above) that I think are truly elite prospects, and being able to pick a guy like McMichael at the end of the first round is pretty incredible to me.
     
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    Wondering what you see in Graeme Clarke. Central Scouting has him at 56 for NA, which equates to 75-80. Most other rankings I have seen have him 90 or lower. From the clips I have seen he has flashy puck skills, but seem really inconsistent.
     
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    I like your list a lot and like some of the players you have going later in the draft. My only question is: what has moved the needle on kakko for you? I know he’s having a great season, but I haven’t seen a single credible analyst list him over Hughes. I’m not saying that’s right, I’m just intrigued.
     
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    I really like this list. Only thing that stands out to me is McMichael seems pretty low.
     
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    He’s tapered off a bit since his long hot stretch that had me certain he would break into the top-10, but I agree that he should be in the 15-20 range.

    Who to bump down, though? It’s getting to the time of year where that question is a lot harder to answer. For me, the easy answer is to slide him in front of Kaliyev. McMichael’s a pretty great goal scorer in his own right, and not so reliant on a single spot on the powerplay. He’s also good to great in all of the areas that are concerns with Kaliyev. I know if I’m picking in that spot, as a team that just stayed afloat the playoff race, I’m taking the sure-fire middle-6er with considerable top-6 upside over wildly swinging at a potential home run.
     
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    Once again, I don't know how Poulin isn't ranked in the top 15, he's on par with Boldy and Krebs, much better player than Kaliyev. He's wearing an A for his team in his 2nd year, that already tells you everything about the kids character and work ethic. Pelletier is a fair ranking, but seeing Poulin almost 20 picks away is just wrong.

    Harley is 2nd best dman in the draft.

    Newkirk, Keppen, Fairbrother should also be higher. Skill players with a lot of heart and grit are rare breeds nowadays.
     
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    Just talking about what I know, here. Brink is pretty low on your list, compared to others. What he is doing as a 17yo in the USHL is pretty crazy. Leads in PPG, USNDP guys aside.

    Not a big deal, but Brodzinski and Pitlick should be flipped, at the very least. Pitlick has great skill and speed, but Brodzinski has speed, a shot, skill, and is already 6'1", 200lb. He also played a harder schedule, outpointed Pitlick by a good bit, and won "Mr. Hockey" for best MN player.

    I don't know what to make of Brinkman. NCAA is a better league than the USHL, which is better than MNHS. I know Brinkman didn't produce much with the Gophers, but he looked solid, and I can't help but feel that he would've destroyed MNHS if he had stayed this year. I'll be curious to see how he pans out next year. I don't know that I can argue with your ranking of him...but him being the youngest player in college has to count for something.
     
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    Who's Ryan Donovan?!?
     
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    I agree with you on Brinkman... I think he'd be among the point leaders for defenseman in the USHL this year and probably would have won Mr. Hockey had he played High School.

    I disagree on Brodzinski, he can't skate good enough for me, he has a shot but I think he's a bottom 6 forward if he ends up making it to the NHL at all.... i'm sure some team will grab him but i don't think it will be very high....
     
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    I was impressed by BB's speed. Edgework I didn't pay too much attention to. Isn't Koster (same team as Pitlick) a 2019, or is he an overager? If the former, he might be worth noting.

    This is kind of obscure stuff, I know, and probably of little interest to most out there.
     
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    He looks fast in High School, not so much in USHL, I think he will be a good college player for Minneosota tho.... pitlick and koster are both 2019's, not overagers... I'm not sure koster has the brain but he has some physical tools that are eye catching...
     
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    I know a lot won’t agree with this but I think Clark is a smart player. Always knows where to be and where to pass to. Great stick handler and a wicked shot. He has a lot to work on such as skating and consistency but if he can put it together his tools suggest a complimentary top winger. He’s not a safe pick but an enticing one
    Can’t really explain it but I see Kakko translating a bit better. I do think Hughes will translate just fine but he turns the puck over a lot and I think he’ll have to simplify his game a bit. It’s not a specific thing that happened to make me move Kakko to 1 it’s just it was a feeling I’ve had for a while, Kakko has seriously impressed me as of late while Hughes hasn’t elevated his game
    Poulin doesn’t have the offensive upside to be top 15. He’s definitely not close to Boldy or Krebs right now. I don’t agree that Harley is the 2nd best either, I’ve said it before but his defensive effort and his lack of dynamic offensive ability scare me a bit. He’s a great puck mover but his IQ has been lacking in my viewings. He does have good tools though
    Brodzinski and Pitlick are newer additions to my list so that may explain their ranking. I’ve only seen one game of each and I’m basing that ranking over what I’ve seen and read of those two. I don’t think Brodzinski has Pitlick’s offensive upside though. I’m looking to catch more games of them though and hopefully will soon
    Meant to put Ryder Donovan, must be auto correct. Got his name right on my other lists lol
     
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    Haven’t seen Fagemo > Leason too often... don’t necessarily disagree though. In your opinion, who arrives in the NHL sooner between those two?
     
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    No Leufvenius?
     
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    I think I like him better than most but nope
    I think they have the same arrival date, after next year. I don’t recall Fagemo’s plans for next season but if he goes the AHL him and Leason have chances to get callups for a few games
     
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    I was surprised to see Bolduc at 32, what's the rationale behind him being that high? I don't disagree that he's in the B-level prospect range, just a little surprised to see him be the very first pick of the 2nd round
     
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    We see different players. I don't think Boldy and Krebs are anything special with their hands and dynamic offensive ability. They just make a lot of super smart plays with the puck and are strong skaters. Poulin has better hands than Boldy and Krebs IMO, he can be more dangerous if he reaches his ceiling. I don't see how he lacks the offensive upside those players do, production and pedigree is all there. Leads his team in scoring by over 10 points.
     
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    I like Poulin. I think he should sit in the last third of the first round for everyone right now, and he has potential going forward.

    That said, he and Boldy have pretty similar tools - maybe a couple edges one way, and another few the other. But Poulin’s higher level of aggression doesn’t overcome the IQ/vision gap that has Boldy in the 10-15 tier. Krebs is a completely different animal but is just the significantly superior player in such a vast number of areas. He’s in the 5-10 tier.

    The gaps between Poulin and these guys aren’t monumental, but they are very clearly present.
     

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