Prospects

All about the young players preparing to enter the NHL.

Im sure most of you noticed this is the polls board the past few months. Would like to discuss the rankings. Who is too high/low, whos missing, etc? 22 and under, 50 NHL GP or less, no goalies 1. Jack Hughes - C:devils18. Vasili Podkolzin - W:nucks35. Peyton Krebs - C:vegas 2. Kaapo Kakko - W:rangers19. Ty Smith - D:devils36. Aleksi Heponiemi - W:panthers 3. Cale Makar - D:avs20. Dylan Cozens - C:sabres37. Ryan Poehling - C:habs 4. Bowen Byram - D:avs21. Drake Batherson - W:sens38. Joe...
I know its early and this will change and get longer and longer as the season goes on but for now these are my top 55 guys I've watched and read up on of about 75. The other 20 I didn't like enough to put in this ranking yet as I don't see them going in the first three rounds come draft day. It is OHL heavy as a) it's a very strong OHL class and b) I have watched the OHL the most. In my opinion this will be one of the deepest classes in recent memory, especially at the top. 1Alexis...
Let's start discussing the rankings for 2021. IMO Stankoven has all the tools to be the 1st overall pick ; Logan is a very fast skater, strong edges, quick hands, heavy wrist shot, and an extremely hard worker. Stankoven is comparable to Nathan MacKinnon with his amazing puck skills at high speed. Let's dissect this you animals.:popcorn: 1. Logan Stankoven, C (WHL) 2. Aatu Raty, LW (Finland) 3. Matthew Beniers, C (NTDP) 4. Luke Hughes, D (NTDP) 5. Zach L'Heureux, F (QMJHL) 6. Carson...
Criteria: -Under 27 years old -Maximum 25 NHL GP 2018 Top 150 NHL Affiliated Prospects: [URL="https://hfboards.mandatory.com/threads/tryamkins-pre-season-top-150-nhl-affiliated-prospects.2537947/"]Tryamkin's Pre-Season Top 150 NHL Affiliated Prospects[/URL] Off of my own viewings, here's my long awaited top 250 NHL affiliated prospect rankings. Before commenting, you could say for example; hey why is Pavel Dorofeyev ahead of my favorite prospect from my favorite team? He was drafted in the 3rd round! My 2019 draft prospect rankings are also linked with...
I told myself it would be unfair to criticize others in their attempts to make a top 50 NHL prospect list if I did not try to do it myself, so there it is! It is based, like for most people here, on my limited viewings of the players online and my incredible ability to statwatch on the interwebs… Enjoy! 1. Jack Hughes (NJ) 2. Kaapo Kakko (NYR) 3. Cale Makar (COL) 4. Alex Turcotte (LA) 5. Vitali Kravtsov (NYR) 6. Bowen Byram (COL) 7. Quinton Hughes (VAN) 8. Cody Glass (VEG) 9. Erik...
Here are the top-100 NHL prospects today. Top-25 by position below Criteria: Each player had to be under-25, selected in an NHL draft (or signed by NHL club) and played less than 1/2 season at NHL level. Positions: Keep in mind that some of the positions change (ie, C to wing, RW to LW). I had to pick one for the positional lists, so don't kill me on that. Methodology: I use a 0-100 scale to rate players. It is largely based on combination of factors, mostly on (a) highest peak...
After a long year, it's finally time for my annual draft rankings. In order to avoid a nearly 10,000 word OP, I've included scouting reports for my top 31 on this post and the rest I've done can be viewed at my website at 2019 NHL Draft Final Rankings I've had at least one viewing of each of the players on this list throughout the year. Thanks for the continued support, here's my previous annual rankings for laughs - 2018 Final Rankings:...
These are my top 217 rankings. They are my own. I watch a lot of hockey. I read a lot(and I have certain people's opinions that I take into account), but these rankings are from my own observations. This is the order I would draft these guys in without considering need, tendencies, etc. Please feel free to comment(I may not have seen every player - and I also don't get to watch every player multiple times, so if they have a poor game when I see them, it's unlikely they'll have a high...
Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, it is that time of the year where the draft is getting closer which means you can partake on the festival of many draft and mock lists. Here is my annual triple threat consisting of MY 2019 draft list, what players I currently rank for the 2020 draft, and finally my mock draft which consists of the first two rounds. As most of you already know my type of scouting, I will still explain it to the ones who don't. I value hockey intelligence as one of my central...
Final 2019 NHL Mock Draft 1. New Jersey Devils: Jack Hughes Although Kakko put on quite a show at the worlds, and played remarkable against men this season, the Devils still prefer Hughes to Kakko. Personally, Kakko is my choice and I could very well see Kakko going #1, but New Jersey has been dropping major hints with their social media and management. 2. New York Rangers: Kaapo Kakko Rangers make the easiest pick of the draft, even more so than #1, Kakko will fit in very nicely and come...
I was hoping to get this posted a month ago before the swarm of rankings and mock drafts, but couldn't find the time to finish it. 1) Jack Hughes: Difficult decision at #1 this year. I've had Hughes in #1 for longer periods this year, so I've kept him there for the rankings. His competitiveness reminds me of Sidney Crosby, while a lot of other elements of his game trigger memories of Patrick Kane. 2) Kaapo Kakko: Kakko is #2 because 1 of the 2 had to be. But I've flip-flopped Kakko and...
PROSPECT RANKING WRITE-UP 1. C Jack HughesU18’s, USNTDP [5’10”. 170lbs. Born on May 14, 2001.] He’s the superstar of this year’s draft. No, it’s not Kakko despite what some may tell you. Hughes is still number one. His top end skating ability and smaller frame coupled with his high IQ and playmaking ability makes him reminiscent of Patrick Kane, though they play at a different pace. Kane deliberately slows down the game whereas Hughes is a constant motor on a high tempo. Although he lacks a...
Let's face it, Podkolzin is a tier of his own here. Everything has been already said and done about him, not sure if I should repeat it. In short: while it is possible to question his offensive upside due to some flaws (possibly fixable ones though), he is a winner.
5 Underrated Prospects Eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft by Puck’s Prospects In no particular order... 1. Cole Caufield Cole Caufield is the most risky pick in this draft. His numbers and stats scream “top 5 pick” but his 5’7, 163 lbs frame scream “don’t take him.” At the U18s he scored 14 goals in 7 games for 18 points which broke Alexander Ovechkin’s record. This season playing beside Hughes he scored 72 goals in 64 games. Caufield is clearly the most pure goal scorer in the draft....
I realized posting new rankings nearly every month was pointless. I’ve pretty much seen all I’ve needed to see and this list took a while to complete. I may add scouting reports for the top 62 and/or a mock draft later on and I’ll bump the thread if I do. Any questions/thoughts/feedback feel free comment Kaapo Kakko Jack Hughes Bowen Byram Alex Turcotte Kirby Dach Philipp Broberg Matthew Boldy Cole Caufield Trevor Zegras Vasili Podkolzin Philipp Tomasino Alex Newhook Peyton Krebs Thomas...
1. NJD Jack Hughes | The HH duo is the best the franchise has ever had. 2. NYR Kaapo Kakko | Their run on European's continue. I think he'll be a Center in the league. 3. CHI Alex Turcotte | Strome and Turcotte is the 1-2 punch down the middle for the next decade. 4. COL via OTT Dylan Cozens | MacKinnon-Cozens is the 1-2 punch they've needed since Sakic-Forsberg. 5. LA Kirby Dach | Dach-Vilardi-Kupari is a trio you can build around. 6. DET Bowen Byram | The Wings get their #1 dman...
2019 NHL Mock Draft 1. New Jersey Devils - Jack Hughes This is a no-brainer. With New Jersey, the are holes everywhere and for them it is about taking the best player available. Hughes is a 5’10, 168 lbs centre who could play on the wing as well. He is a crafty playmaker with an elite skating ability, elite hockey sense and elite puck handling ability. With the US U18 National Team he put up 86 points in just 41 games. NHL Comparison: Mitch Marner 2. New York Rangers - Kaapo Kakko Another...
First rankings for top couple of rounds...Let me know what you think. 1. Jack Hughes (C) USA — 98 2. Kaapo Kakko (RW) Finland — 92 3. Bowen Byram (LHD) Canada — 91 4. Alex Turcotte (C) USA — 90 5. Matthew Boldy (LW) USA — 89 6. Trevor Zegras (C/W) USA — 88 7. Vasili Podkolzin (RW) Russia — 88 8. Cole Caufield (RW) USA — 87 9. Cam York (LHD) USA — 87 10. Alex Newhook (C) Canada — 87 11. Victor Soderstrom (RHD) Sweden — 87 12. Peyton Krebs (C/W) Canada — 87 13. Dylan Cozens (RW) Canada — 87...
MY TOP 31 DRAFT 2019 I did this last season too. My main purpose is to watch these kids play, form my own opinion -- stick my neck out if you want -- and carefully create my own ranking, so that I can look back at it in 2-3 years, 5 years and even 10 years and see what I got right and what I got wrong and learn from it. A few comments to start with: * Players not ranked have not been considered, basically. I have mostly viewed the international tournaments, the Hlinka, 5 nations and the...
*Reminder: I do not include goaltenders* 1. C Jack Hughes 2. RW Kaapo Kakko 3. C Dylan Cozens 4. C Kirby Dach 5. RW Vasily Podkolzin 6. LHD Bowen Byram 7. C Alex Turcotte 8. C Trevor Zegras 9. LW Matthew Boldy 10. C Peyton Krebs 11. C Ryan Suzuki 12. RW Arthur Kaliyev 13. C Raphael Lavoie 14. LHD Cam York 15. RHD Victor Soderstrom 16. C Alex Newhook 17. RW Cole Caufield 18. LHD Philip Broberg 19. LHD Matthew Robertson 20. RHD Moritz Seider 21. LW Jakob Pelletier 22. LHD Thomas Harley 23. RW...
:devils 1. Jack Hughes :rangers 2. Kaapo Kakko :hawks 3. Bowen Byram :avs 4. Alex Turcotte :kings 5. Kirby Dach :wings 6. Vasili Podkolzin :sabres 7. Dylan Cozens :edmonton 8. Matthew Boldy :ducks2 9. Trevor Zegras :nucks 10. Victor Soderstrom :flyers 11. Peyton Krebs :wild 12. Cam York :panthers 13. Spencer Knight :coyotes 14. Arthur Kaliyev :habs 15. Philip Broberg
March 2019 Draft Rankings 1. Kakko 2. Hughes 3. Turcotte 4. Dach 5. Byram 6. Krebs 7. Zegras 8. Cozens 9. Podkolzin 10. Boldy 11. York 12. McMichael 13. Lavoie 14. Dorofeyev 15. Kaliyev 16. Newhook 17. Pelletier 18. Soderstrom 19. Tomasino 20.Heinola 21. Broberg 22. Suzuki 23. Caufield 24. Hoglander 25. Sieder 26. N. Robertson 27. M. Robertson 28. Leason 29. Harley 30. Brink 31. Foote Thoughts?
Kakko has surpassed Hughes for me for the 2nd time this year. My list for this year seems to be settling, earlier this year I wasn’t confident of my 1st round and was always shuffling around players but lately it’s pretty compact. I don’t see much changing soon unless I’m blown away by a prospect. At this point I think I can give a good scouting report for any prospect in my top 100 and a few past that. Haven’t had as much time lately to watch games Anyways, Kaapo Kakko Jack Hughes Kirby...
KHL regular season comes to an end and, with Nikita Popugaev already having crossed the pond earlier this month (signed only an AHL deal though), you can say it's about time to take a look at top drafted prospects and RFAs under the age of 27, whose KHL (and, in some cases, VHL) deals are expiring. Tried to make that in a form of a Top20 ranking with players ranked by a combination of the current ability/talent and probability of moving to the NHL. Unfortunately I wasn't able to include...
1. RW/C Kaapo Kakko - TPS, Liiga 2. C Jack Hughes - U18’s, USNTDP 3. LD Bowen Byram - Vancouver Giants, WHL 4. RW Vasili Podkolzin - SKA St. Petersburg, MHL 5. C Alex Turcotte - U18’s, USNTDP 6. C/RW Peyton Krebs - Kootenay Ice, WHL 7. C Kirby Dach - Saskatoon Blades, WHL 8. C/RW Dylan Cozens - Lethbridge Hurricanes, WHL 9. C Trevor Zegras - U18’s, USNTDP 10. C Connor McMichael - London Knights, OHL 11. LW/C Matthew Boldy - U18’s USNTDP 12. LW/RW Pavel Dorofeyev - Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk,...
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