An offensive defenseman with great size, he is also a tremendous skater with an effortless stride. Can join the rush with aplomb and is a scoring threat from the point due to his great shot. His mobility and length serve him well in the defensive zone as well, though he is very much a raw work in progress as a defender. Displays some physicality to his game, which should increase as he fills out his huge frame. Needs to learn how to tighten things up defensively and iron out the kinks in his overall game. Big, mobile offensive defenseman with good upside.
By the age of 17, he was already playing regularly in the DEL for his hometown team (EHC Munchen) in Munich. Has the "it" factor in spades when it comes to scoring goals, mostly because he knows where to go in order to light the lamp and possesses a tremendous release. Has a flair for the dramatic. Needs to add bulk and get physically stronger in order to maximize output at the highest level. Skates well and is willing to dig in the corners to fetch the puck. Needs to work on his passing ability because defenses tend to try to take away his big shot. Talented, confident goal-scoring winger with good upside.
Has National Hockey League size and his right-handed shot is added value at the highest level. Moves the puck reasonably well and is a solid defender who uses his long stick effectively against attacking forwards. Skates very well for his size. Can log a ton of minutes at any level. While he is rather adept at joining the rush, he needs to learn how to pick his spots better; he often gets caught up ice due to bad pinches. Also lacks a bit of hockey sense, which prevents him from becoming a true No. 1 defenseman in the NHL. Big, smooth minute-munching defenseman with upside.
Prior to honoring his commitment to attend Northeastern University, he tied for third in USHL scoring with 58 points in 44 games with the Chicago Steel (he was two points off the league lead). A big body who can skate well, he displays deft scoring touch and a wicked shot. Owns the instincts of a natural goal-scorer. Despite his size, he lacks a dominant physical element to his game. Therefore, he needs to become more aggressive and powerful when driving to the net in order to maximize output at the highest level. Also needs to work on his quickness and overall play in tight spaces. Big, goal-scoring winger with upside.
In his draft year, he broke out in the Russian junior ranks with 38 points in 44 games for SKA-1946 St. Petersburg of the MHL. A quality two-way center, he uses his excellent skating ability to both create offense and defend his own end of the ice. He is a creative playmaker when he does have puck possession but lacks the goal-scoring prowess of a natural sharpshooter. Also lacks ideal size for the National Hockey League game, so he will need to get physically stronger in order to thrive at the highest level. His high IQ level makes up for his weaknesses to a large extent. Smart, quick two-way center with upside.
Has impeccable bloodlines for a hockey player: his father Sebastien and grandfather Paulin both played in the National Hockey League. Owns outstanding playmaking skills and is a first-rate passer. Also possesses a good shot, so he can keep defenses honest because they often do not know what he is about to do with the puck (pass or shoot). Is quick and a quality skater who uses his feet to dart in and out of traffic on the ice. Lacks optimum size, so he needs to add more bulk for the highest level. Also lacks elite straight-line speed. Talented playmaking center with good upside.
Has everything required to play huge minutes (in every game situation) at the highest level: a very projectable frame, solid skating ability (which keeps improving), offensive skills, toughness and the ability to utilize his big frame effectively, confidence and defensive acumen. He is the type of defenseman coaches use on the shutdown pairing. He also displays a huge shot from the point, so he is a solid option on the power play. In order to maximize output in the NHL, he will need to bulk up and get a little stronger. He also needs some polish when defending one on one, but that should come with experience. Quality, all-around defenseman with upside.
Can line up on either side of center and is a rather versatile winger overall. Owns impressive size, which he used to dominate Sweden's SuperElit junior league (under-20) in his draft year. Skates very well for his size and is rather adept at beating defensemen one on one. Also, he drives to the net with aplomb to score goals and is unafraid of getting into the dirty areas of the ice to produce offense. Needs to prove himself against stiffer competition in order to maximize his NHL prospects. Big, industrious and versatile winger with upside.
Has the size NHL scouts look for in scoring wingers and should get over 200 pounds when he finishes filling out his 6'2" frame. Is at his best with the puck on his stick, as he is very creative and a natural playmaker with good vision and passing acumen. In order to keep defenders honest, he also shoots the puck quite well (though shooting seems to come secondary to passing in his mindset). Needs to become a lot stronger in order to maximize his scoring output at the highest level. Can play either wing position. Can be a good asset on the power play. Big, talented playmaking winger with good upside.
His second cousin is Brendan Shanahan but he plays a much different game than the former NHL power forward. Like Mitchell Marner, Johnny Gaudreau et al, he generates many of his points by distributing the puck and with deft passing skills. Is also improving as a finisher, although more work is required in that department. He also needs to add more bulk and get physically stronger in order to maximize output at the National Hockey League level. Point production seems to come quite naturally to him, but he needs to prove himself in the professional ranks. Talented, playmaking winger with upside.
A huge physical specimen, he should eventually play at well over 200 pounds in the pros. Is a fast straight-line skater with the ability to defend his position with aplomb. Has plenty of shutdown qualities but he is also an offensive threat thanks to a big shot from the point. Is very much a work in progress and needs to refine his skills in order to maximize his physical gifts. Needs more work on his quickness, lateral mobility and decision-making process (with and without the puck). Raw, physically gifted defenseman with upside.
The younger brother of NHL winger Alex Tuch, he projects as a solid role player at the highest level due to his excellent size, strength and willingness to do battle in the corners and in front of the opposing goal. Unfortunately, he lacks his older sibling's offensive ability, which limits his overall potential in the National Hockey League. As a bottom-six winger, however, he gets the job done and is always difficult to line up against. What you see is what you get here, with few surprises or disappointments. Big, strapping winger with some upside.
After spending most of his formative training with HC Litvinov in his native Czech Republic, he moved to the Ontario Hockey League's Hamilton Bulldogs to better prepare for life in the National Hockey League. Has a knack for getting open in prime scoring areas and he knows what to do with the biscuit once it is on his blade. Also displays outstanding speed, which helps him to both create offense and to forecheck the opposition. Lacks optimum size for the NHL game so he needs to get stronger in order to maximize production. Can play both center and wing, which adds to his overall value at the highest level. Talented, speedy scorer with good upside.
What stands out above all with him is his great skating ability combined with NHL size and bulk. Defends his position well and is rather difficult to beat due to his size/speed package. Is still quite raw and unrefined; he needs to work on better utilizing his physical gifts (specifically in terms of his aggressiveness) as well as showing more ability in the offensive zone. He is not a candidate to quarterback a power play but has the chops to serve a shutdown/defensive role at the highest level. Big, mobile but raw defenseman with upside.
A classic playmaking center in the Henrik Sedin/Nicklas Backstrom mold, he has tremendous vision and passing skills. Sees the ice very well and is not afraid of going into high-traffic areas in order to make plays. Is not a natural finisher but he can also score goals. Lacks ideal size for the NHL so he will need to bulk up and get physically stronger to better handle the North American game. Has the type of quickness and change-of-direction shiftiness that can drive defenders crazy. Has hockey smarts, so he knows how to take advantage of goaltenders with his shot when they think he is going to pass the puck. Savvy, talented playmaker with good upside.
Very slick and creative with the puck, he oozes playmaking acumen from the center position. He also displays a very heavy shot, which could play well as a winger in the pro game. He is not overly big but is sturdy with a strong lower base. Also displays the competitive fire to succeed, which all coaches love to see. Needs to improve his defensive game and bulk up in order to maximize output at the highest level. Is not an elite skater but makes up for it with his offensive instincts. Quality, versatile offensive forward with upside.
What distinguishes him as a defenseman is how creative and smart he is both with and without the puck on his stick. He is cool under pressure, so he moves the puck very well with crisp passes but is also very good at jumping up into the play to join the attack (or lug the puck up ice himself with smooth skating ability). Is adept at quarterbacking the power play and can also score goals himself from the point thanks to a hard shot. Despite ideal size for a blueliner, he defends his position with aplomb and may even develop shutdown ability as he matures and gets physically stronger. He can play on either side of the ice. Talented, savvy all-around defenseman with good upside.
A skilled offensive-minded pivot, he skates very well and sees everything that is happening on the ice. Therefore, his playmaking skills and hockey IQ are first-rate. He also displays a grittiness and work ethic that NHL coaches love, despite the fact he is somewhat undersized (especially for the center position at the highest level). Is similar to fellow Finn Saku Koivu in his overall approach to the game, though he needs to improve his two-way acumen in order to match Koivu's exploits in the NHL. Talented, feisty but diminutive offensive center with upside.
A raw, long-range power forward, he burst onto the scene with a great CHL campaign (63 GP, 26-15-41, 50 PIM) as a 16-year-old winger for the Ontario Hockey League's Windsor Spitfires. Has the ability to drive the net and create havoc for opposing defensemen and goaltenders. Can be a major scoring weapon around the opposing crease area due to his combination of great size and a wicked shot. Lacks consistency in all facets of the game. Knows how to utilize his frame to his advantage. Is also willing to drop the gloves. Can play a responsible brand of hockey, too. Needs some work to put it all together. Big, all-around power forward with upside.
Has tremendous size for the National Hockey League game, but was nevertheless passed over twice in the NHL draft. Displays a nose for the net and he knows where to go in order to score goals. His hands are also rather surgical. Needs to become a better player in the defensive zone in order to maximize output at the highest level. Must also become more consistent on a game-to-game basis for the NHL (he can disappear for stretches). Big, talented scoring winger with upside.
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