Friday, 12 June 2015

2015 Mock Draft 1st Round

1. Edmonton - Connor McDavid (C)
The best prospect since a long time, who will play for the Edmonton Oilers. An absolute generational talent with franchise  player potential.

2. Buffalo - Jack Eichel (C)
Center with outstanding hockey IQ, great work ethic and a powerful stride. Has all tools to become a franchise player with the Sabres.

3. Arizona -  Noah Hanifin (D)
Big bodied two-way defender with good vision and hockey IQ. Potential to be the best US defender in years.

4. Toronto - Dylan Strome (C)
Center with good size and long reach and good speed. Good puckhandler and smart vision.

5. Carolina - Mitch Marner (C)
Quick smallish forward with good hands. Hardworking and unselfish center with good hockey sense.

6. New Jersey - Lawson Crouse (LW)
Big power forward playing a physical game. Possesses a good shot and uses his body to make space for team mates.

7. Philadelphia - Mikko Rantanen (RW)
Big bodied playmaking forward with good vision and accurate pass. Has smooth hands and played in 56 games in the highest Finnish pro league.

8. Columbus – Zachary Werenski (D)     
Puck-moving defenceman with good vision and high end mobility. Can quaterback a Power Play.

9. San Jose - Mathew Barzal (C)
Smart center with a good two-way game and great vision. Good puckhandler and uses his stick well in his own zone.

10. Colorado - Ivan Provorov (D)
Agile and quick offensive minded defender. Very creative defenceman who likes to get involved offensively.

11. Florida - Pavel Zacha (C)
Big center with dangerous offensive skills. Can play physical and has good size.

12. Dallas - Travis Konecny (C)
Smart, dynamic, passionate skater with good work ethic who does all for the win. Good puckhandler and shot.

13. Los Angeles - Kyle Connor (C)
Smart two-way center with good hands and vision. Pass first player who possesses a good play away from the puck.

14. Boston - Jakub Zboril (D)
Two-way defenceman who shows good maturity and understanding of the game. Not afraid to play physical,

15. Calgary - Timo Meier (RW)
Offensive threat with a tremendous shot and lightning quick release. Has a physical edge. Exploded this season.

16. Edmonton - Oliver Kylington (D)
Two-way defenceman and one of the best skaters in this draft. Very matured player and good understanding of the game

17. Winnipeg - Nick Merkley (C)
A smallish playmaker with great vision and good sense to create offence. Is a great passer and shows good work ethic.

18. Ottawa - Thomas Chabot (D)
A two-way defenceman who likes to get involved offensively. Shows good puckhandling skills.

19. Detroit - Joel Eriksson Ek (C)
Hard working Center who plays with a physical edge and does all for the win. Good shooting skills and two-way game.

20. Minnesota - Paul Bittner (LW)
Power Forward with good size and physical play. Hard to knock off the puck and good positioning game in front of net. 

21. Buffalo - Jeremy Bracco (RW)
Undersized but very agile and quick player. Great vision and outstanding in setting up plays. Very good passer

22. Washington - .Evgeni Svechnikov (LW)
Big skilled offensive forward who is hard to knock off the puck. Possesses a good shot and high-level offensive skills.

23. Vancouver - Daniel Sprong (RW)
Outstanding puckhandler and very agile skater. Very effective in the offensive zone and when creating scoring chances.

24. Toronto - Colin White (C)
Hard working two-way center with effective play in all three zones. Good work ethic and making players around him better.

25. Winnipeg - Jeremy Roy (D)
An intelligent two-way defender with a good positioning game. Uses his stick well in defensive plays.

26. Montreal - Anthony Beauvillier (C)
A very agile and quick skater with good top speed. A good puckhandler with good hands.

27. Arizona - Brock Boeser (RW)
Strong forward with a good scoring touch. Protects the puck well and possesses good offensive positioning.

28. Philadelphia - Ilya Samsonov (G)
Big goalie with good athleticism and movement. Challenges shooters well and has the ability to make big saves.

29. Anaheim - Jake DeBrusk (LW)
A winger with high-end speed and good offensive instincts. Shows good understanding of the game.

30. Tampa Bay - Denis Guryanov (RW)
Russian power forward with a booming shot and quick release. Can play physical and is strong in board battles.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Veeti Vainio

Team: Espoo Blues u20
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League: Jr. A SM-liiga
Position: D
Born: 16th June 1997
Height: 6.2       
Weight: 170
Draft eligible for NHL Draft 2015

Size/StrengthBelow Average
Physical Play
Below Average
Offensive Play
Defensive PlayAverage
Hockey Sense
 Report Card – Excellent, Good, Average, Below Average, Poor

1. Puckhandling
2. Offensive Involvement
3. Pass

Area’s For Improvement
1. Physical Game 
2. Risky 1vs1 
3. Defensive Responsibility

Scouting Report:
An offensive Defender who loves to get involved offensively and joins rushes. He is an agile skater and has good speed. Possesses a hard, accurate pass which he uses for a good 1st initiating pass. A good puck carrier who has good movement with the puck and a decent vision. Often enters the zone with a lot of speed, though he tends to go into risky 1vs1 situations which could ending in leaving him in bad positions in a breakaway. Needs to improve his physical game and eliminate risky plays from his game. A defender with lots of ups and downs but if he can get rid of his flaws, he is a matured offensive defender who can initiate plays and setup good rushes.               

NHL Potential: Offensive Defenseman, who loves to get involved offensively and good skater.  

Style compares to: Christian Ehrhoff

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Christian Fischer

Team: U.S. National U18 Team
photo by Tom Sorensen/

Position: RW
Born: 15th April 1997
Height: 6.1       
Weight: 212
Draft eligible for NHL Draft 2015

Physical Play
Offensive Play
Defensive PlayGood
Hockey Sense
 Report Card – Excellent, Good, Average, Below Average, Poor

1. Protecting the Puck
2. Size/Strength
3. Powerful Skating

Area’s For Improvement
1. No high-end offensive skills
2. Scoring
3. Foot-Speed

Scouting Report:
A very powerful two-way forward who works very hard in both ends of the ice and possesses an over average skating balance. Listed at 6'1 and 212 lbs, he uses all of his big frame to protect the puck very well and to play effectively along the boards in battles. One of the more NHL ready players in this years draft in terms of strength and hard to knock off the puck. Is a very agile skater and has extremely powerful strides plus good top speed but could improve his foot-speed. His shot power is decent, he could work on his accuracy though. Might not posses high end offensive skills but his tremendous work ethic and willingness to do whatever is needed to win is making him the player all coaches want to have.                       

NHL Potential: Two-way power forward with good work ethic and powerful skating.  

Style compares to: Brandon Dubinsky