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
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
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?
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
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
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The crop of Americans in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft is an interesting group.
They are sandwiched in between what was a great class in 2019, and what appears to be a great class in 2021.
After we released our January draft rankings just over a week ago, we asked for some questions on the rankings or about the draft in general. Thanks to everyone who submitted a question.
After a strong 2019 draft, the American crop coming in 2020 has been a disappointment to many. The top American, Antonio Stranges, is playing in Canada, and the first NTDP player isn’t expected to be picked until the late stages of the first round. While this is unfortunate for USA Hockey, the current NTDP U17 … Continue reading A Deep Dive into the NTDP U17 Team