Can play a number of different roles on a hockey team and does a lot of things well, so his versatility may be his strongest asset. Is a very good skater. His mobility and edge work allow him to play on either side of the ice, which adds to his overall value to an NHL team. Is a hard-nosed player who is even willing to drop the gloves for the good of his team. Is good at joining the rush. Needs to improve his shot as well as his playmaking skills in order to maximize output at the highest level. Will also need to fill out his frame and get physically stronger.
He is the type of player whose value at the National Hockey League level continues to get greater and greater: a smooth-skating, puck-moving right-shooting defenseman. He does not do much to get fans out of their seats but he does get the job done most of the time from the back end. He is also not afraid to jump up into the play and join the rush, though he is better at moving the puck with his passing skills than lugging it himself. Needs to get stronger physically in order to thrive at the highest level. His offensive production should improve with experience. Solid, puck-moving defenseman with upside.
A defenseman who missed significant playing time in his draft year due to a skate cut on his forearm, he nevertheless saw his draft stock remain fairly high despite his injury woes (a testament to his overall talent). He displays excellent mobility, vision and passing skills. Cool under pressure, he is an excellent puck mover and a savvy, all-around blueliner who can log impressive amounts of ice time. Needs to shoot the puck more and improve the quality of his point shot in order to maximize his minutes on special teams at the highest level. There may be some lingering durability concerns here. Quality, puck-moving defenseman with upside.
A prolific goal-scoring winger, he tallied 25 times in 48 games with Tappara's junior squad (Jr. A SM-liiga) in his draft year. Not only does he own a deadly shot but he also understands that in order to score goals regularly one must pay the price and sacrifice the body. He owns a solid frame despite his lack of optimum height for the National Hockey League. Needs to become a more committed defensive winger--and a more mature athlete in general--to maximize output at the highest level. If he figures it all out, watch out! Inconsistent, sharpshooting winger with good upside.
Scouts love his combination of projectable size and puck-moving prowess. Was a dominant offensive performer in the high school ranks before his committment to Harvard University. A very raw defenseman, he displays all-around ability but will need a little extra time to fully develop his entire repertoire for the professional ranks. To that end, he needs to add significant bulk and get physically stronger in order to better deal with the challenges of the pros. Talented, unrefined all-around defenseman with upside.
What separates him from most defensemen is his outstanding skating ability (forward, backward and lateral). Excels at moving the puck up the ice, either with his speed and quickness or his deft passing skills. Can put up quality point totals and is a solid power-play quarterback candidate. Is rather diminutive, even at lower levels, so he needs to get stronger and prove he can continue to be an impact offensive defenseman over the long haul. Also needs to be able to defend against the NHL's biggest and most imposing forwards, which is no small order for a D-man of his size. Talented, extremely quick and mobile defenseman with upside.
Participated in the Spengler Cup at the tender age of 17 for TPS of the Liiga. Has outstanding skating qualities, which is clearly his best asset. Does a lot of things well on the ice, so he is the type of defenseman that can eat up large chunks of ice time. Owns a fairly projectable frame. Lacks dominant shutdown qualities and is also not a natural power-play quarterback, so he must find his niche in order to maximize ice time at the highest level. Needs to bulk up and get physically stronger. Solid, good-skating defenseman with upside.
An outstanding offensive defenseman, he is a natural with the puck and a great power-play quarterback option at any level. Loves to jump up into the play and act as a fourth forward on the ice. Also owns fairly projectable size. Needs a lot of work as a defender, including his coverage skills when he does not have the puck as well as his overall positioning. Could also stand to utilize his body more to deter opponents from setting up shop in the attacking zone. Is somewhat raw and unrefined as a defenseman but oozes talent and point production. Raw, talented offensive defenseman with good upside.
Has tremendous size for a right-handed defenseman, which adds a ton of value for the National Hockey League level. A defensive blueliner overall, he nevertheless loves to join the rush and get involved up the ice when the situation warrants. For him, it is not difficult to utilize his size and strength in order to win puck battles and defend his position. Is also good at getting point shots on net through traffic. Must prove he can defend against elite NHL forwards in order to maximize his minutes at the top level. Is not a natural power-play quarterback. His ability to use his size to defend and maintain order in his own end will be his NHL meal ticket. Big, strong defenseman with upside.
Is a great skater with a projectable frame and an outstanding work rate. Displays plenty of skill and loads of versatility in his game. Is more of a playmaker than a finisher, and there are questions about his hands and ability to score goals at the highest level. Will need to fill out his good frame and get physically stronger for the professional ranks. Can play either center or wing. Speedy, versatile forward with upside.
His brother Liam is a similar player: incredibly speedy with great work ethic, skill and tenacity. He may have slightly better playmaking skills than his older sibling. Lacks ideal size for the National Hockey League so he will need to bulk up and get physically stronger in order to maximize output at the highest level. Also, he plays at such a frenetic pace that sometimes he has trouble distributing the puck (something he needs to work on so as to not lose any of his game-changing speed when making plays in the pros). Lightning-fast playmaking center with upside.
A product of the CSKA Moscow program in Russia, he spent his final two pre-draft eligible seasons with the USHL's Muskegon Lumberjacks (he led the team in scoring in his second season there). An extremely dynamic offensive winger, he simply oozes flair and sniping ability. He is also very creative with the puck and can set up teammates with aplomb. Is rather undersized for the pro ranks so he needs to add significant bulk and get physically stronger for the North American pro game. Also needs to improve his work ethic and game-to-game consistency so as to thrive as a scoring winger in the NHL. Diminutive, dynamic scoring winger with good upside.
Owns a very projectable (6'2") frame for the National Hockey League. Displays sound fundamentals as well as the crease agility required for the netminding position. Is still somewhat raw, however. Will need to refine the technical elements of goaltending. Furthermore, he must improve his game-to-game consistency and become stronger between the ears (at times, he can appear to be mentally fragile, which cannot be shown at any point in order to succeed as a goalkeeper in the NHL). Covers a lot of net and is usually in proper position to make a save. Big, raw goaltender with upside.
This Kaiser's chief asset is an ability to skate that is much further advanced than his peers. In fact, he looked like a National Hockey League skater in high school. He simply overmatched opponents at that level and produced great numbers. It is a much bigger task to provide consistent quality offense in the pros, so he needs to continue to hone his other skills at the University of Minnesota-Duluth before embarking on a professional hockey career. Will need to add significant bulk and also develop greater ability when he does not have the puck on his stick in order to maximize output at the highest level. Elite skater and offensive defenseman with good upside.
There is a lot to like here, as he has the projectable size for the National Hockey League (plus the mobility and offensive skills to match). He outgrew the junior leagues in Finland a lot earlier than most. Still needs to prove he can thrive while playing his all-around game against stiffer competition, though his physical traits practically ensure him a role at the highest level (as long as he continues to develop normally). Big, talented all-around defenseman with good upside.
Committed to attend Harvard University, he worked his way up the minor hockey ranks in the state of New Jersey before landing in the United States Hockey League with the Des Moines Buccaneers. Is a good playmaker from the wing position with plenty of hockey sense and offensive instincts that work well at any level. Lacks optimum size for the National Hockey League and also needs some work on his skating (his stride is a bit awkward and he also lacks quickness). Point production will always be his raison d'Ítre as a professional hockey player, so he needs to prove himself offensively as he climbs the ladder. Savvy playmaking winger with upside.
Snubbed in the 2019 NHL Draft, he seemed to take it personally judging from his 2019-20 numbers with the OHL's Guelph Storm (he led the league in save percentage and placed third in goals-against average). Owns great size and the mobility to go with it, so he displays the attributes of today's prototypical NHL goaltender. His style in the crease area is very relaxed and fundamental, although at times he can be guilty of overcommitting on a play (especially when the game becomes a bit scrambly). His prospect status rose dramatically after he lost weight and became a more dedicated athlete. Big, solid goaltender with upside.
By the age of 17, he was already physically ready for the pro stylings of the Kontinental Hockey League, thanks to a solid frame, good skating ability and decent relative strength. As a result, he appeared for both the Russian under-18 and WJC tournament squads. His game translates well to the National Hockey League because he knows how to utilize his physical gifts in order to win puck battles and maintain possession. However, he must prove capable of producing quality numbers in the professional ranks to maximize his NHL prospects. Big, mobile winger with upside.
Owns the physical traits NHL scouts love from the center position, including height, reach and a very projectable frame. Came through the United States National Team Development Program before enrolling at Boston University. While his physical package is impressive, he lacks the offensive instincts and hockey sense usually associated with a No. 1 center at the highest level. Therefore, he may have to settle for two-way (or shutdown) center duties in the professional ranks. He can also shoot the puck well, so a move to the wing is also possible. His size/speed combination should get him to the NHL, especially since he does not cut corners and works hard on the ice. Physically talented forward with upside.
After producing 46 points in 64 games as a rookie with the WHL's Vancouver Giants, a lot was expected of him entering his draft year. However, he did not take a major leap forward in his age-17 campaign. Owns tremendous hands and great puck skills, overall. Shoots the puck with aplomb and can dominate offensively at times. Is also versatile enough to play either center or right wing. Lacks consistency in a major way (not only game to game, but at times shift by shift). He must work on that aspect of his game and eliminate the moments when he tends to disappear on the ice. Physically, he possesses all the tools for success, though he is not large and does need to get stronger. Inconsistent but immensely talented forward with upside.
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