The 2015 NHL Entry Draft is 2 days away and the Wild are looking to find that next NHL star to raise their franchise to the next level. Hockey Wilderness is counting down the days with a daily mock draft. We are at pick number 27 today.
About Anaheim's Prospect Pool
It's really hard to find any faults with the Ducks organistation right now and that includes their prospect system. They've got quality and depth at all positions despite a spate of recent graduations and the NHL club being highly competitive for the last few years.
With Frederik Andersen already establishing himself as a young starting goalie in the NHL, the Ducks have the luxury of top goalie prospect John Gibson behind him in the pipeline. On the blueline, they have names like Shea Theodore, Marcus Pettersson, Brandon Montour and Andy Welinski.
On the wings they have the likes of Nick Ritchie, Nicolas Kerdiles, Max Friberg, Kevin Roy, Stefan Noesen, Louis LeBlanc and Nick Sorensen all developing into different levels of NHLers.
The one position that could maybe do with some improvement in their centre depth. While they have good players like Chris Wagner and Michael Sgarbossa in development, all 5 of their listed centre prospects are already playing at pro level. They could do with re-stocking the cupboard and getting a high ceiling project in the 1st round would be ideal.
About Jansen Harkins
Son of former NHLer Todd Harkins, Jansen currently ranks 15th among NA skaters by NHL Central Scouting (though several other sources have him in the 25th-30th range overall). He is a Canadian centre who just turned 18 and is listed at 6'1", 182 lbs.
Here are some reports on him:
A blue collar type two-way center. Heads-up player who makes high-percentage plays in all three zones; efficient in all situations. Smooth skater. Out-working the opposition and being hard to play against are leadership traits that Jansen Harkins most definitely embodies.
- Joe Curtis, Elieprospects
Has been getting many comparisons, due to his high-end playmaking ability and all-around game, to the player David Krejci. Comparable adaptive game and ability to shoot as well as pass the puck.
My hockey IQ is something I try to use to my advantage. I'm more of a playmaker than a shooter. Pretty good defensive forward. I try to play a well-rounded game and a complete game.
-Harkins (on himself)
Total team player who does all the little things to help his team win. An unselfish centre
-Bill Placzek, Draftsite.com
Harkins just finished his 2nd season for Prince George in the WHL, scoring 79 (20+59) points in 70 games.
How He'd Fit With The Wild
Ew, no. The last thing the Wild need is players who aren't particularly gifted offensively but work hard. Avoid, avoid, avoid.