His brother (Matt), father (Brian) and uncle (Jim) all play(ed) in the National Hockey League, while his grandfather (Elmer) was a scout for the Montreal Canadiens. So, his lineage and pedigree are outstanding. Can control the game from the back end with high-end offensive awareness and a tremendous feel for the offensive aspects of the sport. Is a natural at quarterbacking the power play and producing points. Lacks size and strength, so he needs to add bulk and get physically stronger. Also, he must become a better defenseman when he does not have the puck on his blade in order to maximize his NHL output. Otherwise, he could be cast as a specialist with the man advantage at the highest level. Top-shelf offensive defenseman with upside.
Unlike most players, he already boasted an NHL body before draft day. He is not only stronger than a lot of his peers, he is also willing to take punishment in order to make plays. That, coupled with the soft hands required to score goals and make deft passes to his teammates, are his best attributes for the pro ranks. May not have the elite playmaking ability required to play a leading role on offense at the highest level, but he does have the skills to be a top-six forward. Big, complementary scoring forward with upside.
A prolific sniper in the Alberta Junior A ranks, he has the type of offensive ability that cannot be taught. Owns a powerful and quick shot that can produce a lot of goals at any level. Can also be a playmaker because he loves having the puck on his stick when he is on the ice. Needs more work on his game whenever he does NOT have the biscuit, as he can be accused of being somewhat lazy (especially in the defensive zone). Is also undersized so he needs time to bulk up and get a lot stronger. Has drawn comparisons to NHL star wingers Patrick Kane and Johnny Gaudreau, though it may be unrealistic to expect him to meet those lofty expectations. Stylish, sniping winger with good upside.
As a 17-year-old goalkeeper, he broke out with a strong junior campaign for the WHL's Kamloops Blazers. That led to his participation in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Has a projectable frame but he must add bulk and learn how to cover more net (at times he looks too small in the crease area). Displays a very good glove hand. Is a battler who reads plays well and is always willing to do whatever is necessary in order to make the save. Needs a lot of time to fully hone his puck-stopping skills but the talent is there. Talented, combative goaltender with upside.
The Austrian defender with an excellent, projectable frame decided to play for the QMJHL's Drummondville Voltigeurs in his draft year (after spending all of his prior formative seasons in his native country). As a CHL rookie, he placed second on the Volts in both goals and points among team defensemen. Plays an all-around style but his offensive game (especially his point shot) are more advanced than his ability to defend in his own end. Therefore, his NHL prospects will likely be determined by his progress in terms of adding more muscle and physicality to his overall game and his ability to shut down key forwards. Big, raw all-round defenseman with upside.
After spending a couple of seasons in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (Junior A), he was passed over completely in the NHL draft before enrolling at Merrimack College. A strong freshman campaign helped him greatly improve his prospect status. Skates well (with and without the puck) and displays a strong hockey IQ. Can produce points as well as play a physical brand of hockey, although he does need to fill out his solid frame completely for the pro game. Is a bit of a late-blooming defender. Solid, all-around defenseman with some upside.
A lot of hockey players dominate lesser leagues in their draft year, making them a little harder to evaluate moving forward. He is such a case, after posting 37 goals and 76 points in just 25 games at the Minnesota high school hockey level. Owns obvious offensive ability and a tremendous work rate but he will need to consistently showcase both attributes against better opponents in order to maximize his prospect status. Owns a projectable frame and the ability to play center but he must become more of a two-way pivot (he was not needed to defend in high school hockey). His commitment to the University of Minnesota-Duluth should help in measuring his overall NHL prospects. Raw, talented scoring forward with upside.
He lines up nicely as a right-shooting defenseman and puck mover, which has become increasingly valuable over time (mostly because coaches prefer same-sided players these days). Skates well and sees the ice with aplomb, so he has enough creativity and skill to be a factor with the man advantage. Prior to his University of North Dakota commitment, he honed his craft in the USHL with two different squads. In order to maximize output at the highest level, he will need to improve his point shot (especially in order to become a power-play fixture in the National Hockey League). Mobile, puck-moving defenseman with upside.
He may not come with as much fanfare as basketball's Zion (Williamson) but he does flash immense potential in his own right. Small but determined, he is a tremendous forechecker who can create offense and finish plays equally well. Skates with aplomb and knows how to use his undersized frame to his advantage along the wall and in high-traffic areas overall. Is not easy to defend and needs to be accounted for at all times. In order to maximize production at the highest level, he will need to bulk up and prove he can create and finish against the world's elite. Diminutive but talented and energetic winger with good upside.
The Boston College recruit is a diminutive, shifty and extremely feisty forward who is fearless when driving the net. He also possesses a quality shot, so he has drawn comparisons to former Golden Eagles superstar Brian Gionta. The latter played right wing in the National Hockey League, which is the likely position for Ambrosio moving forward as well (he plays center but is far better at scoring goals than setting up his teammates). He will also need to prove that he can produce in the pro ranks without ideal size for the highest level, although he does own a strong lower base. Diminutive, aggressive goal-scoring forward with some upside.
Nowadays, when a defenseman can skate as incredibly well as he can, NHL teams usually find a way to get him into the lineup. Not only is he incredibly mobile but he also plays with bravado and is constantly in opponents' way. He likes the physical aspect of the game of hockey, despite his lack of optimum size and strength. He also displays a high ceiling in terms of puck movement and offensive production, though he will need to prove himself against higher competition as he climbs the developmental ladder. He must also add bulk and become a lot stronger to maximize his impact with the way he plays. Feisty, talented defenseman and outstanding skater with upside.
In his second season as a member of the QMJHL's Saint John Sea Dogs, he elevated his game and production level at the right time (his draft year). That raised his prospect status exponentially. Owns a projectable frame and plenty of hockey sense, so he generally makes good decisions with the puck on his blade. Also displays a physical element to his game, which adds to his overall value as an all-around defenseman. Needs to add bulk and get physically stronger in order to maximize output at the highest level. Also, there are questions about his skating style that may hinder him as he climbs the developmental ladder. Savvy, all-around defenseman with upside.
A dynamic, creative and explosive offensive talent, he makes things happen on the ice almost every time he steps on it. A unique skater, he is a challenge for defenders because he changes directions with aplomb and thinks the game from an offensive perspective all the time. Also boasts awesome hands and finishing skills. Is a great playmaker but may not have the defensive chops to play center in the National Hockey League. Even as a winger, he needs to improve his defensive-zone coverage and overall play when he does not have the puck. Multiskilled, one-way offensive forward with good upside.
A playmaker who can line up either at center or wing, he is capable of seeing plays develop before they occur. That is largely due to superior vision and hockey sense. While he lacks size, he is quite adept at hounding the puck and gaining possession in the corners thanks to a strong lower base. In order to become a quality National Hockey League center, he will need to become even more dedicated to the defensive side of the ice. Otherwise, he still has loads of value as a playmaking winger (though he could stand to shoot the puck more often). He should become even stronger with time and experience. Quality, versatile playmaking forward with upside.
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