The extraordinary Alexis Lafreniere commands most of the attention-- for good reason-- but it's a very solid QMJHL draft class behind him this year. Dawson Mercer is typically seen as the next best, and then a wider group behind him includes players like Mavrik Bourque, Hendrix Lapierre, and Jeremie Poirier. Bourque is by far my … Continue reading Mavrik Bourque is one of the draft’s top dual-threat options beyond the top ten
Braden Schneider RHD, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) 6'2"/209 lbs, 17.98 years old Strengths Fluid, powerful stride: Schneider is reasonably mobile, able to take advantage of open ice in front of him and skate the puck forwards on occasion. Long stride, generates plenty of power. Not the quickest feet, but he can reach a pretty impressive … Continue reading 2020 NHL Draft Profile: Braden Schneider
It’s almost as if everyone has forgotten about Xavier Simoneau. Last season, by some, he was considered one of the better prospects in the 2019 NHL Draft, including me who had him ranked at 43 and even toyed around with putting him in the first round at parts in the season. To see him go … Continue reading Why Xavier Simoneau Is One of the Most Underrated Prospects in the NHL Draft (Again)
An elite playmaker offers a versatility in lineup construction like no other archetype of player— it sometimes seems as though Sidney Crosby has a new no-name brand winger making only a million or two a year riding the coattails of his elite vision every year. You could pick a stranger out of the free skate … Continue reading How Alexis Lafrenière exemplifies everything you want in a playmaker
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.