It has been awhile so I've done a prospect update so I thought I would change the format once again to get some interest sparked up.
This week, we'll be doing our HW Midterm 2013 Draft Rankings!
It is for all those draft junkies and maybe for those looking for the next Mikael Granlund and Jonas Brodin.
A few notes:
Nathan Mackinnon vs. Seth Jones
Comment: Both are talented prospects but I felt Mackinnon's ability to score goals outweighs Jone's unique athletic toolset. Plus, I do not think Jones is particularly creative. It isn't a prerequisite to be a talented NHL player, but it is when it comes to seperating oneself from a potential franchise player like Mackinnon.
Valeri Nichushkin at #15
Comment: I am not a particular fan of prospects based in Russia. Alot of question marks when it comes to contracts. In addition, while Nichushkin is extremely skilled, he needs alot more muscle to his frame, and that will require some work over the years.
|1||Nathan Mackinnon||D||Halifax||QMJHL||Goal-scoring machine, solid body and energetic game|
|2||Seth Jones||D||Portland||WHL||Big, athletic defenseman with all the tools|
|3||Aleksander Barkov||C||Tappara||Finland||Strong, reliable center presence that can score and create plays|
|4||Jonathan Drouin||LW||Halifax||QMJHL||Undersized electrifying offensive talent|
|5||Elias Lindholm||C||Brynas||Sweden||Smart and slick playmaking centerman with two-way acumen|
|6||Sean Monahan||C||Ottawa||OHL||Mature and smart centerman whose above average in every area.|
|7||Rasmus Ristolainen||D||TPS||Finland||Big, mobile defenseman, very well-rounded, can eat tons of minutes|
|8||Nikita Zadorov||D||London||OHL||Extremely well built, can be dominant physically, has a strong slapshot|
|9||Hunter Shinkaruk||C/LW||Medicine Hat||WHL||Strong skater, good offensive skillset, needs more muscle to reach upside|
|10||Frederik Gauthier||C||Rimouski||QMJHL||Large two-way centerman. Very strong, presence made in all zones|
|11||Darnell Nurse||D||Sault Ste Marie||OHL||Mobile, big, physical, and strong with the puck. Needs alot more muscle.|
|12||Ryan Pulock||D||Brandon||WHL||Smart d-man with a great shot. Questionable upside but just so reliable.|
|13||Josh Morrissey||D||Prince Albert||WHL||Mobile & great puck skills. Good two-way game. Needs more dynamic energy.|
|14||Adam Erne||LW||Quebec||QMJHL||Strong; great puck protection. Other offensive skills not as dynamic as others.|
|15||Valeri Nichushkin||C||Chelyabinsk||Russia||Great powerforward. Moves well. Needs to bulk up. Russian factor.|
|16||Alexander Wennberg||C||Djugarden||Swe-Jr||Speedy, offensive forward. Needs more muscle.|
|17||Zach Fucale||G||Halifax||QMJHL||Solid size, mobile, smart.|
|18||Andre Burakovsky||LW||Malmo U20||Swe-2||Fast, competitive, good offensive skills. Limited icetime in Sweden.|
|19||Max Domi||C/LW||London||OHL||Extremely skilled. Even though very built, 5-9 is hard bump to overcome|
|20||Anthony Mantha||RW||Val-D'Or||QMJHL||Talented goalscorer, big frame. Needs to fill out alot.|
|21||Curtis Lazar||C/RW||Edmonton||WHL||Electrifying forechecker. Good shot. Questionable offensive upside|
|22||Kerby Rychel||LW||Windsor||OHL||Strong, good near the net. Questionable offensive upside.|
|23||Jacob De La Rose||C/W||Leksand||Swe-2||Strong on the forecheck. Decent offense skills. Needs alot more muscle.|
|24||Valentin Zykov||LW||Baie-Comeau||QMJHL||Strong, competitive player. Inconsistent.|
|25||Shea Theodore||D||Seattle||WHL||Top draft offensive potential. Inconsistent. Needs to fill out more.|
|26||Morgan Klimchuk||LW||Regina||WHL||Smart offensive goalscorer. Quick skater. Inconsistent, non-factor physically.|
|27||Bo Horvat||C||London||OHL||Consistent two-way player, untapped offensive potential
|28||Jason Dickinson||C||Guelph||OHL||Good frame and skating, solid offensive skills. Inconsistent.|
|29||Ryan Hartman||RW||Plymouth||OHL||Aggressive, excellent forechecker and agitator. 5-10 not preferred size.|
|30||Madison Bowey||D||Kelowna||WHL||Mobile, great transition player. Inconsistent, bad defensive reads|
Now for the rest of the prospect report!
Canadian Junior Leagues