Photo by James Coller/MGoBlog Introduction Owen Power, a 6’5” defenceman with a combination of raw size and smooth mobility so rare that you can already hear the Victor Hedman comparisons, already seems like a sure-bet top-five pick and possible contender for first overall-- and he’s only played a handful of games this season. A headlining … Continue reading What would Owen Power have brought to Team Canada’s blueline?
Kent Johnson might be the best player the British Columbia Hockey League has ever produced. How will his dominance translate to the NCAA for his draft year?
Brandt Clarke, an Ontario-born defenceman, put up record-setting numbers for the Don Mills Flyers in the GTHL back in 2018-19. He absolutely blew by the point per game mark, tallying 113 points in only 73 games from the blueline. Clarke’s OHL transition wasn’t flawless-- the since fired Warren Rychel didn’t always give him the minutes he deserved in Barrie-- but his 38 points in 57 games for the Colts was more than solid for an OHL rookie
The 2020 Calder race is generally presented as a two-horse competition, featuring 2017 fourth overall pick and Colorado Avalanche defenceman Cale Makar and Canucks' blueliner Quinn Hughes, who went 7th overall in 2018 (for what it's worth, he was 3rd overall on my board). It's very much the year of the defenceman; there's no argument … Continue reading Adam Fox missed Calder recognition, but the blueliner is already one of the best young defenders in the game
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
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 Gunler RW, Lulea HF (SHL) 6'2"/174 lbs, 17.94 years Strengths: 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 … Continue reading 2020 NHL Draft: Noel Gunler
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
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