Grades are laid out on a scale between 20 and 80, with 50 being average. This takes into account a player’s current state, not their potential ceiling:

20 = Terrible
25 = Very Poor
30 = Poor
35 = Bad
40 = Well-Below Average
45 = Below Average
50 = Average
55 = Above Average
60 = High-end
65 = Elite
70 = World Class
75 = Special
80 = Generational

1. Jack Hughes, C, USA U-18 (USDP)
5’10” | 170 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 75
Puck Skills: 70
Physicality: 40
Hockey Sense: 70
Shot Grade: 55
Compete Level: 60

The hallmark of Hughes’ game is world class skating ability, skill, and creativity. Jack is one of the best skaters that has come through the Draft in the past decade, and he uses his skating ability to gain an edge on defenders with regularity. Though his top speed isn’t quite at the level of McDavid or MacKinnon, I’d argue Jack could be the quickest player on his edges in the NHL as early as the 2019-20 season, as it’s his edgework and quick cuts that allow Jack to bring a level of explosiveness and elusiveness to his game. Hughes also owns world-class hands that allow him to handle the puck as quick as his feet can move, as he’s consistently able to change angles on both defenders and goalies in order to create opportunities. Remarkable vision and among the best passers in the draft, which makes him a major threat on the powerplay.

2. Kaapo Kakko, RW, TPS (LIIGA)
6’2″ | 190 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 55
Puck Skills: 65
Physicality: 65
Hockey Sense: 70
Shot Grade: 60
Compete Level: 60

What makes Kakko so impressive for a player his age is the amount of maturity in his game, in terms of both physicality and decision making. During his time with TPS and at the World Championships with Finland, he proved he can not only hold his own against men, but dominate in terms of physicality and puck protection as he’s consistently able to impose his will on opposing defenders in order to create offense for both himself and his teammates. In addition to a dominant physical game, Kakko possesses elite skill and hands as he’s able to finish plays in tight and think creatively, though he has the awareness and smarts to not force plays and is able to prolong offensive-zone possessions for extended periods of time. Though he can be an excellent playmaker with gifted passing ability, Kakko fancies himself a goal scorer and will make his living terrorizing netminders and defenders down low and in front of the net with slick stickhandling ability and a dominant physical presence.

3. Vasili Podkolzin, RW, Neva St. Petersburg (VHL)
6’1″ | 196 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 55
Puck Skills: 70
Physicality: 50
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 60
Compete Level: 65

What makes Podkolzin so special is a high-end blend of elite skill and competitiveness. Podkolzin is a gifted puck handler, as he’s regularly able to make flashy plays with hands in full stride in order to beat defenders and create scoring opportunities. His skating stride is a little choppy, but in spite of that Podkolzin is still able to gain good speed. With a motor that never seems to stop running, Podkolzin loves to drive in on defenders and drive the net, as he’s entirely unafraid to get his nose dirty in order to create and finish scoring opportunities. Podkolzin’s skill set and demeanor results in a player that’s able to be a scoring threat at all times, as in addition to a potent rush game and a willingness to drive the net, Podkolzin possesses a great wrist shot and can regularly beat goaltenders from far out with a well-placed shot.

4. Bowen Byram, D, Vancouver (WHL)
6’1″ | 195 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 60
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 55
Hockey Sense: 65
Shot Grade: 60
Compete Level: 50

What sets Byram apart from his peers is his combination of skill, offensive awareness, and mobility on the blue line that allows him to control the game, one shift at a time. He defends well as he’s able to effectively close gaps with his skating ability, and upon retrieving the puck he’s always looking to transition to offense as soon as possible. Byram is a gifted passer and puck handler, but also owns a great first step and is able to skate the puck out of trouble on his own and join the rush with ease. Occasionally he’s guilty of flying the zone too early or showing lackadaisical effort in his own zone, but it’s his abilities on the offensive side of the puck that makes him an elite prospect. Byram is very creative with the puck on his stick and has the ability to make skilled plays in order to generate offense for both himself and his teammates. Always a scoring threat, as he owns both a heavy and accurate shot from the point while also showing the willingness to drive in deep for scoring opportunities.

5. Alex Turcotte, C, USA U-18 (USDP)
5’11” | 194 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 65
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 50
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 55
Compete Level: 70

Turcotte is a versatile forward whose offensive game revolves around relentless pressure. Turcotte is among the best skaters in this draft class, as his acceleration, agility, and top speed are all top notch, which in combination with his world-class compete level makes him a handful on the forecheck for opposing defenders. An intelligent two-way player and can strip puck carriers with ease, which allows him and his unit to transition quickly from defense to offense. Turcotte can attack in the offensive zone in multiple ways, as he possesses high-end skill and has the ability to make flashy plays on defenders or make quick plays with his hands in tight on netminders, while also having the willingness and ability to drive in on defenders and play a gritty grinding style of play. Turcotte’s shot is roughly above average, as he has the ability to occasionally pick corners on netminders and score from outside, however, he’ll make his living scoring below the dots and in front of the net in bushels.

6. Trevor Zegras, C/LW, USA U-18 (USDP)
6’0″ | 173 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 55
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 50
Hockey Sense: 70
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 55

Zegras is a dominant playmaker in large part due to his world-class brain, as his ability to process the play in the offensive zone is nearly unparalleled in this draft class. His vision is top notch; Zegras can regularly find players through the seam or in the slot while operating on the half-wall on the powerplay, and occasionally he has the ability to make the high-end flashy plays to find teammates. Zegras’ skill level isn’t elite, but it is very good as he has the ability to dangle on defenders, and at the U18’s I sensed more of a willingness to try to create with his hands than in the past. Not a blazer, though I sense his tendency to slow the game down is more of a stylistic preference in order to allow more time to find seams with his vision, as he seems more than capable of pushing the pace of play when it suits him. A little light for his 6’0” frame, but is willing to engage physically at times.

7. Kirby Dach, C, Saskatoon (WHL)
6’4″ | 198 | Shoots: Right

Skating: 60
Puck Skills: 65
Physicality: 60
Hockey Sense: 65
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 55

What has always made Dach such a tantalizing prospect is his blend of high-end puck skills, vision, size, and strength, which gives him a lot of tools and options to make an offensive impact on a game. Dach skates very well for a player his size, as his smooth skating stride is not reminiscent of someone who is 6’4” and this allows him to move around the ice with remarkable ease. He’s strong on the puck and is hard to win board battles against on the cycle, which allows him to prolong offensive zone possessions for his team with regularity. However, the true selling point of Dach’s game is his vision and puck skills. Dach is among the draft’s premier playmakers, as his ability to see the play and deliver the puck into precise areas is excellent. Dach has the ability to make high-end skill plays, as he can be flashy and beat defenders with quick dekes in tight or protect the puck to beat defenders wide, which is a rare attribute to find in a player his size. Some have referred to Dach’s shot as weak or below average, however, I find his shot to be a non-issue.

8. Dylan Cozens, C, Lethbridge (WHL)
6’3″ | 183 | Shoots: Right

Skating: 65
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 60
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 60
Compete Level: 65

Cozens game is defined by a diverse skill set in combination with incredible skating ability. Standing at 6’3”, 185 lbs, it’s rare to see a player with both the skating ability and size Cozens has, which makes him a nightmare for opposing defenders to contain. In full stride, Cozens is like a locomotive as he barrels down the wing or picks up speed through the neutral zone, as he can either blaze around defenders on the outside or go through them in order to gain zone entries and offensive opportunities. Offensively, Cozens skill set favors that of a goal scorer, as his shot receives high-end marks due to his ability to beat goaltenders with hard and well-placed shots. While scoring is Cozens’ designated forté, his playmaking ability is well-rounded as well, as he possesses both good vision and crisp passing ability. A competitive two-way player who works hard for loose pucks and plays tenaciously on both the forecheck and backcheck.

9. Cole Caufield, RW, USA U-18 (USDP)
5’7″ | 163 | Shoots: Right

Skating: 55
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 20
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 75
Compete Level: 60

Caufield possesses arguably the best shot of any player that’s come through the draft in the past decade. The way he can get the puck off his stick with a triple threat of accuracy, strength, and quickness of release is truly special and unparalleled in this draft class and will make him a constant scoring threat at the University of Wisconsin next year and eventually at the pro level. Beyond his shot, Caufield excels as a goal scorer due to his ability to find open ice and soft spots in coverage, which speaks to his intelligence as an attacker and how well he’s able to read the play. He’s not a burner, which is a drawback to his game due to his size, however, he can move around the ice freely and easily and was consistently able to keep up on a line with the best skater in the draft in Jack Hughes. A slick puck handler and can corral passes with ease, while occasionally making flashy plays.

10. Matthew Boldy, RW/LW, USA U-18 (USDP)
6’2″ | 196 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 50
Puck Skills: 65
Physicality: 50
Hockey Sense: 65
Shot Grade: 55
Compete Level: 60

Skating is the one weakness of Boldy’s game, if you could call it that. He skates fine and generally has no problem getting up the ice, but his pace is nothing special and overall average. Boldy is a gifted puck handler, however, and creates offense using his hands and brain. He possesses the skill with the puck to make flashy plays and beat defenders with slick moves to generate scoring opportunities. He can receive difficult passes in stride with ease, and when he gets the puck he’s always looking to make a play. Boldy’s vision is excellent; when the puck is on his stick he always has his head up looking for an outlet and can regularly find the open man in the offensive zone. Very smart attacker, and rarely works himself into bad turnovers or costly mistakes. Owns a good frame and should only get stronger on the puck with time.

11. Peyton Krebs, C/LW, Kootenay (WHL)
5’11” | 183 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 60
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 45
Hockey Sense: 65
Shot Grade: 55
Compete Level: 65

Krebs offensively can be defined as a playmaker. He’s a gifted passer with great vision with the puck on his stick, and can regularly find teammates in the slot or through the seam on the powerplay for scoring opportunities. Not the fastest player, but can play the game with a lot of pace and make plays at top speed through the neutral zone. Always has his feet moving and plays with a competitive and tenacious edge, as he’s a relentless forechecker and conscientious defensive player, regularly causing turnovers and maintaining possession for his team. Can be counted on in all key situations for his team, and wants to be a contributor on each shift he takes. Prefers to pass rather than shoot, but owns a capable wrist shot with good accuracy and release.

12. Alex Newhook, C, Victoria (BCHL)
5’11” | 183 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 65
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 40
Hockey Sense: 65
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 60

What makes Newhook such a high-end prospect is his elite level speed, and how he uses his brain and smarts to control that speed. Newhook plays the game with a lot of pace; he always has his feet moving and is able to use his feet to his advantage on both sides of the puck. His straight-line speed is high-end, and it allows him to close gaps on puck carriers on the backcheck while being able to quickly turn and put pressure on defenders; is able to make quick cuts to gain the advantage while carrying the puck with regularity as well. Often you see players with elite feet run themselves out of race track and into turnovers, however, that is not the case with Newhook, as he’s smart enough to find holes in the defense with his feet and attack through them. Newhook’s skill level is good, as he’s able to make the occasional flashy play, although I wouldn’t characterize his overall creativity as elite.

13. Philip Tomasino, C, Niagara (OHL)
6’0″ | 181 | Shoots: Right

Skating: 65
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 40
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 55
Compete Level: 55

Tomasino is defined by the pace at which he plays the game. His skating ability is excellent, with a top speed that can beat defenders wide and open up space through the neutral zone, while also being able to shift up and down with quick, agile cuts with ease. Always keeps his feet moving and dares defenders to keep up with him, as he’s not afraid to cut in off the rush in order to put defenders in uncomfortable positions. Tomasino’s hands are high-end and he has a creative mind to match; he’s more than capable of making flashy plays on defenders to open up space or make smooth, slick moves to beat netminders. Dual-threat as a playmaker and goal scorer, as his vision is very good while also owning a good shot with a lightning quick release. He’s a little light for his current 6’0” frame and in turn, can lose board battles at times to larger opponents, so gaining strength will be a priority for him.

14. Philip Broberg, D, AIK (Allsvenskan)
6’3″ | 203 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 70
Puck Skills: 55
Physicality: 60
Hockey Sense: 65
Shot Grade: 55
Compete Level: 60

Broberg is a 6’3”, 203 lb bull of a defenseman, who also happens to be one of the best skaters in the draft. It’s rare to find not only a player his size that can move the way he can but a defenseman that can move the puck with the speed and power that Broberg can. He’s fast, smooth, and has an excellent first step that allows him to get going off a standstill in a hurry. The transition game is where Broberg excels, and his ability to move the puck is the biggest selling point of his game. Consistency is the biggest glaring issue for Broberg; some nights he’s pushing the pace of play with his skating and making clean breakups in his zone, while others he seems tentative and makes poor reads and decisions. When Broberg is on, he’s a game changer, and it’s a matter of getting him to that level of play on a consistent night-by-night basis.

15. Arthur Kaliyev, LW, Hamilton (OHL)
6’2″ | 190 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 50
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 50
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 65
Compete Level: 45

For my money, Kaliyev is the 2nd best goal scorer in this draft only behind Cole Caufield, which isn’t a hot take considering his 51 goals this season. Kaliyev’s shot is elite and among the best amongst his peers; the velocity he can get off a standstill is impressive and makes him a perfect trigger man on the powerplay. His accuracy isn’t on par with Caufield, but his shot is just as heavy if not more. His pace is just average, and in turn, you won’t often see him go coast-to-coast on a team, but that isn’t to say he isn’t skilled. His skill level is very good, as he’s capable of making flashy plays from a standstill and uses his hands to change angles on goaltenders before releasing his shot. His shot draws a lot of attention from defenders, and in turn, he has the vision to burn defenses for cheating by finding a teammate with a tape-to-tape pass.

16. Victor Söderström, D, Brynäs (SHL)
6’0″ | 182 | Shoots: Right

Skating: 55
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 45
Hockey Sense: 65
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 55

Highly intelligent and mobile Swedish defenseman with good two-way acumen, Söderström is a smooth skating blueliner who excels at gaining controlled zone exits and transitioning the puck out of his own zone. Doesn’t own dynamic skill, but handles the puck well and can occasionally chip in on offense.

17. Nils Höglander, LW, Rögle (SHL)
5’9″ | 1850| Shoots: Left

Skating: 55
Puck Skills: 70
Physicality: 35
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 60

Skilled winger with some of the best hands in the draft, Höglander is a small forward that can regularly create offense with his lightning quick hands and offensive smarts. A good playmaker and can find teammates with creative feeds; not a dynamic skater but owns good agility and can shake defenders.

18. Moritz Seider, D, Mannheim (DEL)
6’3″ | 208 | Shoots: Right

Skating: 55
Puck Skills: 55
Physicality: 65
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 55
Compete Level: 60

Two-way defender with technically sound and mature defensive ability, Seider is a physically mature blueliner at 6’3” with good, albeit, not great, skating ability and mobility. Lacks the high-end skill to be a consistent point contributor, but is a rock on the backend with a combo of size, strength, and smarts.

19. Pavel Dorofeyev, LW/RW, Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL)
6’0″ | 163 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 55
Puck Skills: 65
Physicality: 45
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 60
Compete Level: 40

Skilled, offensive-minded Russian winger, Dorofeyev is a slick puck handler that can create space with his high-end hands and creativity. Shows composure with the puck and is often able to wait out defenders, however, he sometimes plays too passively and needs to learn to bring his best every shift.

20. Cam York, D, USA U-18 (USDP)
5’11” | 172 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 60
Puck Skills: 55
Physicality: 40
Hockey Sense: 65
Shot Grade: 40
Compete Level: 55

Intelligent defenseman with remarkable offensive smarts and vision, what York lacks in size and dynamic skill he makes up for with elite offensive zone vision. A natural powerplay quarterback, as he’s able to survey the offensive zone with ease and find teammates with crisp, tape-to-tape passes.

21. Thomas Harley, D, Mississauga (OHL)
6’3″ | 193 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 60
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 50
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 55
Compete Level: 55

Big and mobile defenseman with a blossoming offensive touch, Harley can move freely about the ice and cover ice quickly with a combination of good speed and length of stride. Needs to mature physically and defensively, but makes top notch decisions on the offensive side of the puck and can finish.

22. Ville Heinola, D, Lukko (LIIGA)
5’11” | 178 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 60
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 45
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 50

Smooth-skating defenseman that plays the game with poise and intelligence, Heinola is a calming and consistent presence on the backend as he consistently is able to make good reads and rarely makes ill-advised decisions in his own zone. Offensive ceiling may be limited but is an excellent puck mover.

23. Ryan Suzuki, C, Barrie (OHL)
6’0″ | 172 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 55
Puck Skills: 55
Physicality: 45
Hockey Sense: 65
Shot Grade: 45
Compete Level: 50

Pure playmaking forward with some of the best offensive zone vision in the draft, what Suzuki lacks in dynamic skill or speed he makes up for in elite poise and passing ability. Has the patience to wait out defenders and find passing lanes, lacks strength, however, and can sometimes lose 1-on-1 puck battles.

24. Patrik Puistola, LW, Tappara (LIIGA)
6’0″ | 175 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 50
Puck Skills: 65
Physicality: 50
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 55
Compete Level: 50

Highly skilled Finnish winger with the room to grow into a dynamic player, Puistola owns a good goal scorer’s tool kit that’s highlighted by elite puck handling ability. Can open up space in a hurry with his hands and has the shot to capitalize; good top speed but overall acceleration and agility are choppy.

25. Bobby Brink, RW, Sioux City (USHL)
5’8″ | 165 | Shoots: Right

Skating: 55
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 30
Hockey Sense: 65
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 50

Quick thinking winger with elite vision, Brink is a small forward with excellent playmaking abilities. A smooth puck handler and an even quicker thinker, and is able to make up for his lack of high-end foot speed as he’s able to process and see the play as it develops at an elite level; not physically fast, but thinks fast.

26. Nicholas Robertson, LW, Peterborough (OHL)
5’9″ | 168 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 50
Puck Skills: 65
Physicality: 30
Hockey Sense: 55
Shot Grade: 60
Compete Level: 50

Diminutive forward with elite puck skills, Robertson is among the best danglers in the draft with lightning quick hands and a creative mind to match. Excels as a goal scorer and possesses an accurate and hard wrist shot that can beat netminders from outside. Could stand to be faster and quicker for his size.

27. Raphaël Lavoie, C/RW, Halifax (QMJHL)
6’4″ | 199 | Shoots: Right

Skating: 50
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 55
Hockey Sense: 55
Shot Grade: 60
Compete Level: 55

Big man with natural offensive ability, Lavoie handles the puck very well for a player his size, as he’s capable of the occasional flashy play and owns great puck protection skills. Owns a hard shot that can beat goaltenders off the rush; skates well for a big man but overall mobility compared to his peers is average.

28. Spencer Knight, G, USA U-18 (USDP)
6’3″ | 198 | Catches: Left

Athleticism: 60
High: 50
Low: 60
Hockey Sense: 65
Positioning: 65
Size: 60

Even-keeled and intelligent goaltender that’s the full package in net, Knight is among the best goaltender prospects to come through the draft in recent years with a perfect mix of size, smarts, puck tracking ability, and athleticism. Rarely caught out of position and gives himself a chance to stop every shot.

29. Jakob Pelletier, LW, Moncton (QMJHL)
5’9″ | 161 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 55
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 40
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 60

Undersized but skilled forward that plays with smarts and determination; Pelletier owns good skill and can handle the puck in tight which lends well to his willingness to drive the net and play below the hash marks. Not a dynamic skater, but is light on his edges and can make quick, agile cuts to avoid checkers.

30. Connor McMichael, C, London (OHL)
6’0″ | 170 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 55
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 50
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 55
Compete Level: 55

Well-rounded, jack of all trades center with room to grow, McMichael has few holes in his game and excels offensively due to his high-end smarts. Sees the play very well and is able to get himself into the areas of the ice to find scoring opportunities; great two-way ability and could be a great penalty killer.

31. Nathan Légaré, RW, Baie-Comeau (QMJHL)
6’0″ | 206 | Shoots: Right

Skating: 50
Puck Skills: 55
Physicality: 55
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 65
Compete Level: 55

Power winger with high-end goal-scoring ability, Légaré is a stocky but powerful forward with a high-end shot and goal-scorers brain. Very strong on his skates, despite a lack of high-end speed or agility, and can shrug off defenders to get himself in position to unleash his heavy and accurate shot.

32. John Beecher, C, USA U-18 (USDP)
6’3″ | 212 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 60
Puck Skills: 55
Physicality: 65
Hockey Sense: 55
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 55

Power center with surprising speed and skating ability, Beecher is a versatile player that can play up and down a lineup with ease. Has the speed and offensive touch to hang with top players, while also excelling in a checking role.

33. Lassi Thomson, D, Kelowna (WHL)
6’0″ | 187 | Shoots: Right

Skating: 55
Puck Skills: 55
Physicality: 50
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 60
Compete Level: 50

Well-rounded two-way defenseman with growing offensive abilities, Thomson is a versatile blueliner whose greatest asset is his superb hockey sense. Sees the offensive zone well and possesses a heavy and accurate point shot.

34. Egor Afanasyev, RW, Muskegon (USHL)
6’3″ | 203 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 45
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 60
Hockey Sense: 55
Shot Grade: 60
Compete Level: 50

Big bodied winger with great puck skills, Afanasyev is a natural goal scorer and is able to generate offense using his hands and size to shake defenders and find open ice; owns a heavy shot and can beat netminders from range.

35. Samuel Poulin, LW, Sherbrooke (QMJHL)
6’1″ | 212 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 55
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 55
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 55
Compete Level: 60

Jack of all trades forward with high intelligence, Poulin is a well-rounded forward that shows flashes of high-end skill and vision. Competes hard and has the ability to score in tight with soft hands; skates well, but nothing special.

36. Samuel Fägemo, LW/RW, Frölunda (SHL)
6’0″ | 194 | Shoots: Right

Skating: 55
Puck Skills: 55
Physicality: 50
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 60
Compete Level: 50

Intelligent goal-scoring winger with good puck skills, Fagemo sees the ice well and is able to find soft spots in coverage in order to finish off scoring opportunities. Owns good vision and can make the occasional flashy play.

37. Dmitri Sheshin, RW, Stalnye Magnitogorsk (MHL)
5’7″ | 143 | Shoots: Right

Skating: 50
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 40
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 55
Compete Level: 60

Undersized forward that can play anywhere in a lineup, Sheshin is an overall crafty winger that plays with a lot of tenacity. Competes hard to make up for his lack of size, and can handle the puck in tight with ease to finish off chances.

38. Brett Leason, C/RW, Prince Albert (WHL)
6’5″ | 198 | Shoots: Right

Skating: 50
Puck Skills: 50
Physicality: 65
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 60
Compete Level: 55

Massive forward with developing offensive touch, Leason is a bull of a player that can be a handful for defenders below the dots. Protects the puck extremely well and has the scoring touch to finish off plays in front of the net.

39. Robert Mastrosimone, LW, Chicago (USHL)
5’10” | 170 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 45
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 40
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 60
Compete Level: 55

Goal-scoring forward with great puck skills, Mastrosimone is a small forward with below average feet, but makes up for it with excellent hands and a high-end shot. Very crafty with the puck and can make defenders miss with his hands.

40. Nolan Foote, LW, Kelowna (WHL)
6’3″ | 187 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 50
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 60
Hockey Sense: 50
Shot Grade: 60
Compete Level: 55

Big bodied winger with good puck skills and scoring touch, Foote will make his living by scoring goals within 5-10 feet of the net. Strong on pucks and has the puck skills to handle in tight, with a very capable and heavy shot to match.

41. Albin Grewe, C/RW, Djurgårdens J20 (SWE-JR)
5’11” | 190 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 55
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 60
Hockey Sense: 55
Shot Grade: 55
Compete Level: 65

Gritty and skilled forward that loves playing the role of pest, Grewe plays with reckless abandon and constantly has his feet moving. Puck handling and overall skill are high-end; unafraid to drive to the net and agitate opponents.

42. Anttoni Honka, D, JYP (LIIGA)
5’10” | 176 | Shoots: Right

Skating: 60
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 30
Hockey Sense: 55
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 50

Undersized and offensive-minded defenseman with high-end raw tools; needs to work on his decision making with the puck and defensive zone reads, but Honka possesses great mobility, puck skills, vision, and offensive instincts.

43. Tuukka Tieksola, RW, Kärpät U20 (FIN-JR)
5’10” | 157 | Shoots: Right

Skating: 60
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 35
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 40
Compete Level: 50

Tieksola is a playmaking winger that has the ability to play the game at a dynamic pace at times, as he’s an excellent skater with good top speed and quick edges. Great offensive zone vision and can find seams; physically underwhelming.

44. Yegor Spiridonov, C/LW, Stalnye Magnitogorsk (MHL)
6’2″ | 192 | Shoots: Right

Skating: 45
Puck Skills: 55
Physicality: 55
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 55
Compete Level: 60

Intelligent and competitive center with a versatile skill set, Spiridonov drives play and creates offense with his smarts, as he sees the play well and competes hard for pucks and open ice. Vision is high-end and can finish plays as well.

45. Mikko Kokkonen, D, Jukurit (LIIGA)
5’11” | 190 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 55
Puck Skills: 55
Physicality: 50
Hockey Sense: 65
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 50

Shot-generating defenseman with elite intelligence, Kokkonen is a steady blueliner who handles the puck with poise and patience. Lacks high-end skill and skating, but consistently makes smart, reliable plays with the puck.

46. Tobias Björnfot, D, Djurgårdens J20 (SWE-JR)
6’0″ | 193 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 60
Puck Skills: 55
Physicality: 45
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 50

Mobile and poised blueliner with good two-way acumen, Björnfot is a gifted skater that can transition the puck with ease using his feet. Lacks high-end puck skills but can make offensive plays with his vision and passing ability.

47. Jamieson Rees, C, Sarnia (OHL)
5’10” | 168 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 55
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 40
Hockey Sense: 55
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 60

High-energy forward that plays with pace and determination, Rees plays hard in spite of his size and has the puck skills to make plays and generate offense off the rush for both himself and linemates with his hands; needs to bulk up.

48. Matthew Robertson, D, Edmonton (WHL)
6’4″ | 201 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 55
Puck Skills: 50
Physicality: 60
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 55
Compete Level: 60

Big and physical blueliner with above average mobility, Robertson defends well and closes gaps well with a mix of good lateral movement and long reach. Doesn’t offer much offensive zone vision, but owns a heavy shot.

49. Matvei Guskov, C, London (OHL)
6’1″ | 172 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 50
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 45
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 50

Skilled Russian center with good vision and playmaking ability, Guskov is a boom-or-bust type project that can show high-end flashes of skill and beat defenders one-on-one. Sees the ice well and owns good passing ability.

50. Brayden Tracey, LW, Moose Jaw (WHL)
6’0″ | 170 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 45
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 50
Hockey Sense: 55
Shot Grade: 55
Compete Level: 60

Creative forward that excels as a goal scorer, Tracey is a crafty player who uses his hands to create and finish opportunities. Sometimes forces plays, but doesn’t just rely on flash and is willing to drive to the net to score goals.

51. Domenick Fensore, D, USA U-18 (USDP)
5’7″ | 154 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 65
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 25
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 55

Diminutive blueliner with superb offensive abilities, Fensore has elite mobility and can skate with the top burners in his age group. High-end puck skills and can regularly generate offense from the backend; prone to losing puck battles.

52. Matias Maccelli, LW, Dubuque (USHL)
5’11” | 168 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 50
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 45
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 55
Compete Level: 50

Skilled winger with high-end creativity and smarts, Maccelli’s greatest asset is his high-end puck skills. Can regularly create space in the offensive zone with his hands; lacks a top gear in terms of dynamic speed, however.

53. Semyon Chistyakov, D, Tolpar Ufa (MHL)
5’10” | 168 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 60
Puck Skills: 55
Physicality: 50
Hockey Sense: 55
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 60

Mobile blueliner with a high compete level and tenacity, Chistyakov possesses good two-way acumen and shows good ability as a puck mover. Competes hard to compensate
for his sub-6’0” frame, and can close gaps on attackers well.

54. Mikhail Abramov, C/RW, Victoriaville (QMJHL)
5’10” | 152 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 55
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 35
Hockey Sense: 55
Shot Grade: 55
Compete Level: 55

Abramov is a crafty forward that can create offense with his hands and above average speed, can pull off creative dekes and has shown good playmaking ability and vision. At times prone to forcing plays and playing too much on the perimeter.

55. Yegor Serdyuk, RW, Victoriaville (QMJHL)
5’11” | 159 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 50
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 40
Hockey Sense: 55
Shot Grade: 65
Compete Level: 50

Serdyuk is a creative winger with good puck skills and goal scorer’s brain; owns an excellent shot and can snipe on goalies from distance. Slick hands and can beat netminders one-on-one; can often lose puck battles to larger opponents.

56. Simon Holmström, RW, HV-71 J20 (SWE-JR)
6’1″ | 185 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 50
Puck Skills: 55
Physicality: 50
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 55

Holmström is an intelligent playmaking winger whose greatest asset is his offensive zone vision and passing ability; Owns above average skill and can occasionally make crafty plays, however, he doesn’t have a dynamic gear to his game.

57. Ilya Nikolaev, C, Loko Yaroslavl (MHL)
6’0″ | 190 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 50
Puck Skills: 55
Physicality: 50
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 55
Compete Level: 60

Nikolaev is a center with high smarts and a high compete level, owns above average skill and can set up scoring opportunities for his linemates. Plays a patient and poised game with few real holes, however, lacks a dynamic ceiling.

58. Nikita Alexandrov, C, Charlottetown (QMJHL)
6’0″ | 183 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 50
Puck Skills: 55
Physicality: 50
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 60
Compete Level: 55

Alexandrov is a two-way center with a good goal scorer’s touch, possesses a great shot that has both accuracy and velocity and works to get himself into areas to use it. Can make plays but isn’t explosive in terms of speed or skill.

59. Karl Henriksson, C, Frölunda J20 (SWE-JR)
5’9″ | 165 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 50
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 30
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 45
Compete Level: 50

Playmaking forward with high-end vision, Henriksson is an excellent playmaker with good hands and passing ability and can regularly find teammates in the slot. Struggles physically and could stand to get a little faster for his size.

60. Ryan Johnson, D, Sioux Falls (USHL)
6’0″ | 170 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 60
Puck Skills: 50
Physicality: 50
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 50

Johnson is a smooth skating two-way defenseman that plays with a lot of smarts and poise, lacks a high-end ceiling to his offensive game but is an excellent transition player and defends well due to his great lateral movement.

61. Pyotr Kochetkov, G, HK Ryazan (VHL)
6’3″ | 205 | Catches: Left

Athleticism: 55
High: 55
Low: 65
Hockey Sense: 60
Positioning: 60
Size: 60

Kochetkov is a overage Russian netminder with NHL ready size and steady technique, reads the play well and relies on his superb positioning and anticipation to stop pucks. Reserved in his movements and doesn’t often over-challenge.

62. Vladislav Firstov, LW, Waterloo (USHL)
6’0″ | 181 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 50
Puck Skills: 55
Physicality: 50
Hockey Sense: 55
Shot Grade: 60
Compete Level: 50

Firstov is a goal-scoring winger that shows occasional flashes of high-end skill, owns a heavy shot that he can blow by netminders from the dots. Dangerous player on the powerplay and has good enough vision to set up teammates.

63. Dustin Wolf, G, Everett (WHL)
6’0″ | 161 | Catches: Left

Athleticism: 60
High: 60
Low: 55
Hockey Sense: 65
Positioning: 60
Size: 45

Wolf is an undersized netminder that makes up for his size with elite ability to read the play, tracks the puck extremely well and is very athletic; can move laterally from post to post very well and in turn is rarely caught out of position.

64. Zachary Jones, D, Tri-City (USHL)
5’10” | 176 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 55
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 40
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 50

Jones is an offensive-minded defenseman that loves to transition the puck and join the rush. Has very good puck skills and vision in the offensive zone, however, skating is just above average, which is a concern for a d-man his size.

65. Maxim Cajkovic, RW/LW, Saint John (QMJHL)
5’11” | 187 | Shoots: Right

Skating: 55
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 40
Hockey Sense: 55
Shot Grade: 60
Compete Level: 50

Cajkovic is a nifty winger with a good mix of puck skills and scoring ability, Cajkovic is a volume shooter and owns a strong, accurate shot to boot. Slick puck skills and can make plays to teammates; at times guilty of forcing plays.

66. Graeme Clarke, RW, Ottawa (OHL)
6’0″ | 174 | Shoots: Right

Skating: 45
Puck Skills: 65
Physicality: 45
Hockey Sense: 50
Shot Grade: 55
Compete Level: 50

Clarke is a goal-scoring winger with the puck handling ability to score highlight-reel goals, very nifty and creative in tight and can often dangle around defenders. Below average skater, but you’re betting on Clarke’s puck skills.

67. Alex Vlasic, D, USA U-18 (USDP)
6’6″ | 198 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 50
Puck Skills: 45
Physicality: 70
Hockey Sense: 55
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 50

Vlasic is a massive shutdown defenseman with a dominant physical edge, can physically dominate opposing attackers with his 6’6” frame and break up zone entries with his gap control and reach. Average mobility; low offensive upside.

68. Albert Johansson, D, Färjestad J20 (SWE-JR)
6’0″ | 165 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 55
Puck Skills: 55
Physicality: 50
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 50

Johansson is an intelligent blueliner with good mobility and puck handling ability, few holes in his game and makes good decisions with the puck by making poised, high percentage plays. Needs to add strength and win more puck battles.

69. Alex Beaucage, RW, Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL)
6’2″ | 192 | Shoots: Right

Skating: 45
Puck Skills: 55
Physicality: 50
Hockey Sense: 65
Shot Grade: 55
Compete Level: 50

Beaucage is a playmaking forward that makes up for his lack of foot speed with excellent hockey sense and vision, sees the offensive zone very well and can make effortless tape-to-tape passes through the seam; skill is above average.

70. Daniil Misyul, D, Loko Yaroslavl (MHL)
6’3″ | 176 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 50
Puck Skills: 50
Physicality: 65
Hockey Sense: 55
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 50

Misyul is a big bodied defenseman with a good amount of bite to his game, tenacious and physical player that lays the body on puck carriers in order to separate them from the puck. Makes good reads, but offensive upside is limited.

71. Antti Saarela, C/W, Lukko (LIIGA)
6’0″ | 190 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 60
Puck Skills: 55
Physicality: 45
Hockey Sense: 55
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 50

Saarela is a fleet-footed two-way forward with good smarts and defensive ability, his greatest asset is his skating ability and top end speed. Is able to carry the puck through the neutral zone with speed and get in quick on the forecheck.

72. Arseni Gritsyuk, LW/RW, Omskie Yastreby (MHL)
5’10” | 168 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 55
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 40
Hockey Sense: 55
Shot Grade: 55
Compete Level: 50

Gritsyuk is a quick and slick Russian winger whose best use is as a goal scorer, lacks physical strength but can get inside to attack using his hands and quick edge work. Has a quick release on his accurate shot that can fool goaltenders.

73. Leevi Aaltonen, LW, KalPa U20 (FIN-JR)
5’9″ | 154 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 65
Puck Skills: 50
Physicality: 25
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 50

Aaltonen is a smaller speedster who can generate chances with just his speed alone, reads the play well and is able to expose defenders by burning them along the boards. Skill level is just average but can create odd-man rushes with his speed.

74. Artemi Knyazev, D, Chicoutimi (QMJHL)
5’11” | 176 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 55
Puck Skills: 55
Physicality: 45
Hockey Sense: 55
Shot Grade: 55
Compete Level: 50

Knyazev is a mobile defenseman with good two-way ability, needs to add strength against bigger forwards but maintains gaps well and break up plays. Likes to join the offensive zone and gets himself in position to contribute on the score sheet.

75. Vladislav Kolyachonok, D, Flint (OHL)
6’2″ | 181 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 55
Puck Skills: 50
Physicality: 50
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 50

Kolyachonok is a two-way defender with good mobility and defensive awareness, closes and maintains gaps well on attackers and is able to break up zone entries regularly. Lacks high offensive upside, but a natural penalty killer.

76. Marshall Warren, D, USA U-18 (USDP)
5’11” | 168 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 60
Puck Skills: 50
Physicality: 50
Hockey Sense: 55
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 55

Warren is a smooth skating and mobile two-way defender that can move the puck with ease. Competes hard to secure entry breakups and can transition the puck into the hands of his forwards quickly; skill and senses are nothing special.

77. Kaedan Korczak, D, Kelowna (WHL)
6’3″ | 194 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 55
Puck Skills: 50
Physicality: 65
Hockey Sense: 50
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 55

Korczak is a mobile and physical blueliner that plays with competitiveness and tenacity, denies zone entries by using his smooth lateral movement and separates puck carriers using his physicality; offensive upside is questionable.

78. Henri Nikkanen, C, Jukurit (LIIGA)
6’4″ | 185 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 50
Puck Skills: 50
Physicality: 60
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 55

Nikkanen is a big bodied center with good vision and hockey sense, moves well for a player his size and can get to the hard areas of the ice to be effective. Vision is his best offensive tool, as he can find teammates with passes very well.

79. Mattias Norlinder, D, MODO (Allsvenskan)
6’0″ | 172 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 60
Puck Skills: 55
Physicality: 35
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 50

Norlinder is an agile and smooth skating defenseman with good offensive vision and instincts. An overager in his 2nd year of eligibility, he can skate the puck well with smooth edge work and surveys the zone well for passing lanes.

80. Ilya Konovalov, G, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL)
6’0″ | 194 | Catches: Left

Athleticism: 60
High: 55
Low: 55
Hockey Sense: 65
Positioning: 60
Size: 45

Konovalov is a fourth-year overage netminder from Russia whose best selling point is his hockey sense and ability to read the play. Rarely fooled on passing plays and always puts himself in position to stop pucks with his high-end mobility.

81. Henry Thrun, D, USA U-18 (USDP)
6’2″ | 190 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 50
Puck Skills: 50
Physicality: 55
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 50

Thrun is an intelligent two-way defenseman that plays with poise, an excellent passer and can make outlet passes with great aplomb. An average skater, but prefers to slow the game down and survey options for outlet passes.

82. John Farinacci, C, Dexter School (USHS)
6’0″ | 185 | Shoots: Right

Skating: 45
Puck Skills: 55
Physicality: 45
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 50

Playmaking center with above-average puck skills that shows flashes of high-end creativity, Farinacci’s offensive zone vision is his best asset as he can survey the zone and
find options with ease; struggles playing with pace at times.

83. Nikola Pasic, C, Linköping J20 (SWE-JR)
5’10” | 181 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 55
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 40
Hockey Sense: 55
Shot Grade: 55
Compete Level: 50

Pasic is an offensive-minded forward with a well-rounded set of offensive tools; skates well with good acceleration and has the ability to make flashy plays. Sees the ice relatively well, but can force plays at times and turnover the puck.

84. Jordan Spence, D, Moncton (QMJHL)
5’10” | 165 | Shoots: Right

Skating: 50
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 40
Hockey Sense: 55
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 50

Spence is an offensive defenseman with good skill and smarts, plays with poise and patience with the puck on his stick and possesses excellent puck skills. Weak physically and can lose puck and board battles, will need to bulk up.

85. Kirill Slepets, RW, Loko Yaroslavl (MHL)
5’10” | 146 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 60
Puck Skills: 55
Physicality: 35
Hockey Sense: 55
Shot Grade: 55
Compete Level: 60

Slepets is a skilled and quick winger in his 3rd year of eligibility, an excellent forechecker and can regularly cause turnovers to create offensive chances using his speed. Good two-way player, but struggles physically at times.

86. Billy Constantinou, D, Kingston (OHL)
5’11” | 179 | Shoots: Right

Skating: 60
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 40
Hockey Sense: 45
Shot Grade: 55
Compete Level: 50

Constantinou is an offensive defenseman with a high-end raw skill set, can skate and explode off his edges with the puck on his stick and has high-end skill. Puck decisions and defensive awareness are poor, will need to play smarter.

87. Sasha Mutala, RW, Tri-City (WHL)
6’0″ | 190 | Shoots: Right

Skating: 50
Puck Skills: 55
Physicality: 50
Hockey Sense: 55
Shot Grade: 55
Compete Level: 55

Mutala is a jack of all trades, master of none type player, a good two-way player with enough speed, skill, and offensive awareness to occasionally make skilled plays. Shot is very capable and can bury chances fairly regularly.

88. Michal Teplý, LW, Bili Tygri Liberec (CZE)
6’3″ | 176 | Shoots: Right

Skating: 45
Puck Skills: 55
Physicality: 60
Hockey Sense: 55
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 50

Teplý is a big bodied winger that shows flashes of high-end skill and offensive traits, vision is fairly good and can find teammates well enough through the seam. Game lacks pace and struggles to beat defenders with his skating.

89. Ronnie Attard, D, Tri-City (USHL)
6’3″ | 207 | Shoots: Right

Skating: 50
Puck Skills: 55
Physicality: 60
Hockey Sense: 55
Shot Grade: 60
Compete Level: 55

Attard is a third-year eligible prospect with a big frame and surprising offensive tools, owns a cannon of a shot that can beat goalies from outside with regularity and has good skill as well. Skates fine, but stride is a little sluggish.

90. Antti Tuomisto, D, Ässät U20 (FIN-JR)
6’4″ | 193 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 40
Puck Skills: 50
Physicality: 65
Hockey Sense: 55
Shot Grade: 55
Compete Level: 50

Tuomisto is a big bodied and physical blueliner with good hockey sense; can separate attackers from the puck with a big hit and win puck battles both in the corners and in front of the net. Has a clunky stride and struggles with pace.

91. Cole Moberg, D, Prince George (WHL)
6’3″ | 198 | Shoots: Right

Skating: 50
Puck Skills: 50
Physicality: 60
Hockey Sense: 55
Shot Grade: 55
Compete Level: 50

Moberg is a big two-way defenseman with some good offensive traits in his game, not a dynamic player but skates well for his size and owns a good point shot. Shoots a lot and can sometimes force plays; can win battles well.

92. Dillon Hamaliuk, LW, Seattle (WHL)
6’3″ | 203 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 50
Puck Skills: 55
Physicality: 60
Hockey Sense: 55
Shot Grade: 55
Compete Level: 55

Hamaliuk is a power forward with above average offensive smarts and puck skills, strong on pucks and can win battles down low and is very effective on the cycle. Skates fine, but lacks a true dynamic gear in terms of speed and skill.

93. Ethan Keppen, LW, Flint (OHL)
6’2″ | 214 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 50
Puck Skills: 50
Physicality: 60
Hockey Sense: 55
Shot Grade: 55
Compete Level: 55

Keppen is a power winger with good smarts and competitive spirit, can show occasional flashes of skill but hands are about average. Not a dynamic player in terms of skill or speed, but a reliable two-way, physical force.

94. Patrick Moynihan, C, USA U-18 (USDP)
5’10” | 174 | Shoots: Right

Skating: 50
Puck Skills: 50
Physicality: 45
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 55

Moynihan is a smart center with good two-way and checking ability, sees the ice well and can find soft spots on the ice to set up plays or bury them himself. Competes and works hard to make up for his lack of skill and speed.

95. Mads Søgaard, G, Medicine Hat (WHL)
6’7″ | 196 | Catches: Left

Athleticism: 55
High: 50
Low: 60
Hockey Sense: 50
Positioning: 60
Size: 70

Søgaard is a massive netminder with good technique, seals the ice well and allows his 6’7” frame to do the work with very good positioning. Awareness is just okay, as he can sometimes make poor reads and be fooled by passing plays.

96. Mike Koster, D, Chaska High (USHS)
5’10” | 170 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 50
Puck Skills: 60
Physicality: 35
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 50

Koster is an offensive-minded defenseman with good puck skills and vision, quarterbacks powerplays with ease as he can make skilled dishes and survey the zone well. Skating is average and needs to prove his defensive play in college.

97. Jackson LaCombe, D, Shattuck St. Mary’s (USHS)
6’1″ | 174 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 55
Puck Skills: 55
Physicality: 50
Hockey Sense: 55
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 50

LaCombe is a smooth skating, mobile defenseman with well-rounded offensive abilities; patient with the puck on his stick and plays with his head up while carrying the puck. Not dynamic, but a reliable puck moving blueliner.

98. Hugo Alnefelt, G, HV-71 J20 (SWE-JR)
6’3″ | 183 | Catches: Left

Athleticism: 55
High: 55
Low: 60
Hockey Sense: 55
Positioning: 60
Size: 55

Alnefelt is a Swedish netminder with an NHL frame and good technique, lateral movement and awareness are good and can make difficult saves thanks to his reads and
mobility. Not spectacular at any one thing, but very solid.

99. Valentin Nussbaumer, C, Shawinigan (QMJHL)
6’0″ | 168 | Shoots: Left

Skating: 50
Puck Skills: 55
Physicality: 45
Hockey Sense: 60
Shot Grade: 45
Compete Level: 50

Swiss center with excellent vision, Nussbaumer is a natural playmaker with above-average puck skills and good passing ability in the offensive zone. Skating is just average and isn’t very dynamic; quite light and loses puck battles.

100. Daniil Gutik, LW, Loko Yaroslavl (MHL)
6’3″ | 179 | Shoots: Right

Skating: 40
Puck Skills: 65
Physicality: 55
Hockey Sense: 55
Shot Grade: 50
Compete Level: 50

Gutik is a big man winger with excellent puck skills, can dangle from a standstill and protects pucks well with his 6’3” frame. Skating is a major concern, as his speed and
acceleration are both a hindrance to his upside at this time.

Final Cuts (Sorted by League, Alphabetically):

Luke Bast, D, Brooks (AJHL)
Harrison Blaisdell, C, Chilliwack (BCHL)
Massimo Rizzo, C/LW, Penticton (BCHL)
Adam Liska, LW, Slovan Bratislava (KHL)
Kristian Tanus, C/W, LeKi (Mestis)
Kalle Loponen, D, Hermes (Mestis)
Alexei Tsyplakov, C, 1946 St. Petersburg (MHL)
Marc Del Gaizo, D, U-Mass Amherst (NCAA)
Filip Lindberg, G, U-Mass Amherst (NCAA)
Michael Vukojevic, D, Kitchener (OHL)
Arvid Costmar, C, Linköping J20 (SWE-JR)
Lucas Feuk, C/W, Södertälje J20 (SWE-JR)
Simon Lundmark, D, Linköping J20 (SWE-JR)
Michael Gildon, C/LW, USA U-18 (USDP)
Drew Helleson, D, USA U-18 (USDP)
Owen Lindmark, C, USA U-18 (USDP)
Case McCarthy, D, USA U-18 (USDP)
Shane Pinto, C, Tri-City (USHL)
Isaiah Saville, G, Tri-City (USHL)
Aaron Huglen, C, Roseau High (USHS)
Jayden Struble, D, St. Sebastian’s (USHS)
Adam Beckman, C, Spokane (WHL)
Gianni Fairbrother, D, Everett (WHL)
Trent Miner, G, Vancouver (WHL)
Alexei Protas, C, Prince Albert (WHL)

 

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