Noel GunlerRW, Lulea HF (SHL)6'2"/174 lbs, 17.94 yearsStrengths:40 goal upside, extremely talented scorer:Gunler could be the best scorer out of this draft. He has a devastating shot, with a quick release and explosive weight transfer. His shot is very powerful with pinpoint accuracy-- a challenging weapon for goalies to go up against.I've seen his shooting … Continue reading 2020 NHL Draft: Noel Gunler
Rodion Amirov LW, Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL) 6'0" // 168lbs Strengths: Skilled Scoring Winger Crafty scorer—has the ability to score goals himself in a variety of ways while also setting his teammates up with some very nice chances.Does a great job finding teammates. Scans the ice and reads the game very well. “Problem solver” is … Continue reading 2020 NHL Draft Profile: Rodion Amirov
With the possibility of an early June draft looking more and more likely, it's time for teams and their fans to begin their focus on who they might take at the draft this year. The general approach to the draft that most teams publicly take, as well as the one I personally champion, is to … Continue reading The best fits for every lottery team at the draft
Quinton Byfield and Tim Stützle are the consensus top two players after Alexis Lafreniere. Who is the better prospect?
The son of former NHLer Yanic Perreault, center Jacob Perreault was having himself quite a campaign with the Ontario Hockey League's Sarnia Sting up until this season's conclusion in early March. Starting the season as an "A" rated prospect by NHL Central Scouting, Perreault established himself firmly in the conversation to be a top 20 … Continue reading 2020 NHL Draft Profile: Jacob Perreault
Last year I decided it would be super interesting and pretty informative to take a deep dive into some micro-stats with a focus on transitional play for some top players, specifically European defenseman. I thought at the time that this was one of the more under-utilized means of finding talent. It proved to have great … Continue reading Tracking Project: Standouts and Letdowns.
On December 28, the Kingston Frontenacs announced that they had received a commitment from Martin Chromiak, whom they had drafted second overall in the CHL Import Draft the summer before. Five days later, the Slovakian winger scored his first Ontario Hockey League goal just under nine minutes into his debut against the OHL-best Ottawa 67's. … Continue reading Martin Chromiak’s versatile offensive game should make him an attractive option at the 2020 NHL Draft
About a month ago I set out to try to explain why a disproportionate amount of goalies end up being busts. I started by looking at every bust in a ten year span to see if they had anything in common. I had already long believed, and still believe, that teams just don’t know enough … Continue reading The Two Reasons Why So Many Goalies End Up As Busts
Jack Quinn RW, Ottawa 67's (OHL) 5'11"/176 lbs, 17.99 years old Strengths Elite-level goalscorer with a terrifying release: Quinn has a rocket of shot with one of the quickest releases in the draft. His snapshot is his primary weapon: he likes to pull the puck back into his wheelhouse before snapping it forwards, disguising his … Continue reading 2020 NHL Draft Profile: Jack Quinn
Even with the vast scouting networks employed by today's NHL teams, there is always plenty of value to be had outside of the top 31 picks at the NHL Entry Draft. In fact, three of the NHL's ten top scorers this season were drafted outside of the first round: Artemi Panarin (undrafted), Brad Marchand (71st … Continue reading 2020 NHL Draft: Top Sleepers