Has been in the spotlight ever since winning Canadian Hockey League Rookie of the Year honors as a 16-year-old. Possesses tremendous offensive acumen, both as a goal-scorer and playmaker. Plays well in his own end and displays an industrious attitude on the ice. Is never shy when it comes to physical contact and dishes it out as much as he receives. Steps up in big-game situations and owns leadership qualities. Handles the everyday demands of a top player (and the pressure that comes with it) with aplomb. Offensive superstar and franchise player with big upside.
In many ways, he is a prototype for the center position: big, strong, fast and talented with the ability to play at both ends of the ice. Makes his teammates around him better by his overall play. Can score goals as well as set up his linemates. Is a very good skater for his size. Owns an NHL body. May not become an elite scorer at the highest level but he does everything well and contributes greatly to his team's success. Big, all-around center with upside.
The best skater of his draft class, he can make terrific plays at top speed. Is both fast and quick. Owns a projectable frame and the competitive drive and desire to be the best player on the ice. Has game-changing offensive talent but is also responsible when he does not have the puck. Can play both wing and center. His shot is also a major weapon, so he is both a goal scorer and playmaker. Needs to add more weight in order to thrive in the National Hockey League. Expectations are high, since there have never been a lot of players with his talent level hailing from Germany. Electric, talented and game-changing forward with huge upside.
Is an excellent skater and a very good goal scorer thanks to great hands and an aggressive approach to his game. His speed and tenacity work well on the forecheck as well as backchecking duties, and he is a sound defender overall. Can be used in any game situation at lower levels. Needs to fill out his frame and add more bulk for the National Hockey League. Plus, like all Europeans, he needs to adjust to the North American game and lifestyle to maximize output. Talented, two-way winger with upside.
The son of former NHL speedster and scoring winger Geoff Sanderson, he comes complete with tremendous pedigree and family genes. While not as top-end fast as his father, he is a very smooth skater with excellent mobility from the back end. He also features great hockey IQ and a low-maintenance approach to the game. Can be used in all game situations and is a true minute muncher. While he does have some ability to produce points, he is not a game-breaking offensive talent from the back end. Still a bit raw, he has a very projectable frame but will need to add more bulk and get stronger physically for the NHL. Quality, big-minute defenseman with upside.
Can do it all on the ice: defend against top offensive talents, skate up the ice with the puck, pass the puck out of danger in his own end, produce offense and be an asset on the power play. His hockey sense is also off the charts. Some have compared him to Drew Doughty for his skating ability and propensity to make an impact at both ends of the ice. As a result, he can log huge minutes. In order to maximize his vast talent at the National Hockey League level, he will need to fill out and become stronger to better handle big forwards. Is somewhat of a high-risk, high-reward defenseman. All-round, big-minute defenseman with good upside.
Has a classic hockey player's body, complete with thick legs and a very strong lower base. That helps him maneuver around defenders as well as control the puck in traffic. Has excellent quickness and tremendous lateral movement, which helps him create offense from the wing. Like most players that go through the Swedish hockey system, he is adept at playing without the puck and sound defensively. Knows where to go in order to score goals and is also an underrated passer. Needs to prove he can continue to be prolific scoring goals in North America over the long haul. Talented scoring winger with upside.
A 50-goal man in the Canadian Hockey League, he is the very definition of a prototypical scoring winger. He does not only score goals though, as he is also more than capable of setting up linemates thanks to an excellent sense of anticipation and deft passing skills. Can unleash his shot from either wing position. Owns a projectable frame but needs to bulk up and get physically stronger in order to maximize output at the highest level. Talented scoring winger with good upside.
Is quite undersized for the National Hockey League but he makes up for it with supreme anticipation, instincts and hockey sense. Is a tremendous playmaker who also understands his defensive responsibilities from the center position. Coaches trust him and he is used in all game situations as a result. Is quick and agile but lacks elite burst. While size can be an issue, his strong lower base helps him win puck battles. Can finish off plays himself, too. Diminutive but talented, two-way center with good upside.
Is incredibly shifty and displays great vision on the ice. Can make plays at top speed with relative ease. Is somewhat undersized for the center position at the National Hockey League level, so he needs to bulk up and become stronger in order to maximize output against the best defenders in the world. Also needs more work on his defensive game in order to stick at the center position in the pros, although he is pretty good at creating turnovers. Talented, offensive-oriented forward with good upside.
Considered by far the best goaltending prospect of his draft class, he was also thought of by some as the top netminding prospect to come along since Carey Price. Even before getting drafted into the NHL, he appeared in a KHL game for SKA St. Petersburg. Has prototypical NHL size for the goalkeeping position, plus outstanding athleticism and tremendous poise in the crease area. He does not give up on plays even when down and out, plus he sees plays developing and tracks the puck with excellent vision. Is as good as it gets when it comes to his lateral movement. Will need to tack on a few more pounds for the National Hockey League but everything about him screams "franchise goaltender." Mega-talented, ultra competitive franchise goaltender.
Has the type of two-way game that National Hockey League coaches love and trust. Owns a projectable frame. Plays in all situations and can be a factor on both special teams. Can play either center or wing, which adds to his value. Is perhaps not an elite-level goal scorer but he does have very good playmaking chops. Needs to fill out his frame and add significant bulk to his frame in order to maximize output at the highest level. Must also prove that he can avoid injuries over the long haul. Quality, two-way forward with upside.
Is a natural playmaker who can play both wing and center (though he projects to play mostly right wing at the National Hockey League level). Displays all-around ability and quality playmaking skills. Is also adept at trailing the play to knock in rebound goals. Despite a lack of optimum size, he is never afraid to take the puck to the net and hang out in high-traffic areas. Will need to get physically stronger in order to thrive at the highest level. Lacks breakaway speed but makes up for it with his hockey IQ. Quality, versatile forward with upside.
Is an extremely versatile player who can serve virtually any role on a hockey team, which adds to his overall value at the National Hockey League level. Has very good size and will become even more impactful once he fills out his big frame. Can be used at both wing and center. Is adept at playing the power forward role but can also be used as a shutdown center or playmaking forward. Is a true jack-of-all-trades type that all winning teams need. Might not have the elite scoring skills to play a prominent offensive role at the highest level. Big, versatile two-way power forward with upside.
Plays a solid two-way game from either wing position. Can be rather elusive in the offensive zone and is not easy to defend against because of his shiftiness and overall skating ability. Displays a strong hockey IQ and great offensive instincts. In order to maximize his scoring output at the highest level, he will need to add more bulk and get physically stronger. Also, he needs to adjust to the North American game (he tends to play a very east-west style, while most coaches in the NHL these days preach north-south hockey). Slick, versatile two-way winger with upside.
Similar to his older brother (NHL defenseman Brendan Guhle), he has a very projectable frame and tremendous skating ability. Can do a little bit of everything on the ice and can be used in all game situations. Is not a natural power-play quarterback but he can be an asset on the offensive side of the ice. Needs to round out all aspects of his game and fill out his big frame in order to maximize his minutes in the National Hockey League. He plays a style eerily similar to his older brother. Big, raw all-around defenseman with upside.
His father Martin was a longtime performer in the DEL, while uncle Robert made a name for himself at the NHL level. He has his uncle's finishing ability but is even more adept at getting to the prime scoring areas due to a superior skating stride. Was already a DEL regular at age 17, which bodes well for his future. Is not much of a playmaker but he defends his wing well and is prolific in the goal-scoring department. Needs to become stronger to maximize production in the National Hockey League. Talented sniper with good upside.
A jack-of-all-trades type, he can play a wide variety of roles on a hockey team. Skates well and owns both goal-scoring and playmaking acumen. Is willing to do whatever it takes to win hockey games. Can kill penalties and play either wing or center. Does not own elite offensive talent, so he may be better suited to a bottom-six forward role at the National Hockey League level. Does not have ideal size for the highest level, though he makes up for it in work ethic and grit. Versatile, all-around forward with some upside.
Has the size, skating ability, right-handed shot, poise and defensive chops to play big minutes at the National Hockey League level (for a very long time). Does not have high-end offensive acumen but that does not prevent him from logging a ton of ice time in all game situations. Also displays a physical side to his game that helps his team win hockey games. He may not be the prototypical "modern-day" defenseman but NHL teams cannot win Stanley Cups without his type. Big, solid and mobile defenseman with some upside.
Somewhat of a raw talent, he owns a towering frame to go along with terrific skating ability. Displays the type of all-around acumen that NHL scouts drool over (especially with his length). Is somewhat unrefined in all aspects of the game of hockey and needs to start showcasing his vast talents against stronger opposition in order to maximize his pro prospects. Needs to learn how to better utilize his size in all three zones. He is very much a hit-or-miss defenseman; he could go either way in terms of his overall development. Big, talented project defenseman with good upside.
What stands out about him is his innate ability to produce points. Is somewhat of an old-school, classic playmaking center with tremendous vision and excellent passing skills. Owns very good hockey sense and is able to play a responsible, two-way game. Lacks bulk and strength, which he will need in order to maximize output at the highest level. Also, he already registers a lengthy injury history (including several concussions). Therefore, he needs to prove he can stay healthy over an extended period. Smart, productive playmaking center with upside (when healthy).
Is the type of player who can simply produce points at any level. Shoots the puck with aplomb and goes to the net with gumption. Is a natural finisher with the added benefit of solid playmaking acumen to complement his goal-scoring tendencies. Lacks elite skating ability. Needs to play with distributors to maximize output. Owns a projectable frame but needs to get stronger for the pro game. Is more of an offensive threat than an all-around performer, so point production will be vital for him throughout his career. Talented scoring winger with upside.
A great skater, he can score goals and play a solid two-way game. However, it is his ability to find teammates with his crisp passes and excellent vision that are his strongest attributes. Owns a projectable frame. Can rack up plenty of assists and play in all game situations due to his hockey sense, grit and fearlessness. Is not a very dynamic offensive talent but he simply puts points on the board. Excels whenever he has the puck. Speedy, savvy scoring center with upside.
Could be considered a prototype for what National Hockey League teams look for in a defenseman in the modern era: an imposing, projectable frame, outstanding skating skills (especially for his frame), the ability to make a strong first pass out of the defensive zone and two-way acumen. It also helps to be a right-shooting defender, which adds to his overall value. Plays the game smoothly and does not force too many things on offense, which also somewhat limits his overall scoring potential. Is fairly safe and reliable. During his junior career, he suffered a blood clot that stalled his development a little, so he needs to overcome that setback in order to maximize output in the NHL in the long run. Big, mobile two-way defenseman with upside.
A solid, all-around winger, he is responsible without the puck and a strong playmaker with it. He is notoriously hard-working and a total puck hound, which can rub off on his teammates over the course of a contest. Has good strength in his legs, so he is adept at puck protection and winning board battles. Is more of a disher than finisher in the offensive zone, so he could stand to shoot the puck more. Lacks elite scoring instincts and hands. Skates well. Solid, versatile winger with upside.
It should not come as a surprise that he is a talented sniper, since his father Yanic was one of the most prolific marksmen in CHL history. So, scoring goals runs in the family. Has a strong lower base, so he is not easy to bump off the puck. Can play both center and wing, though his goal-scoring prowess and lack of elite playmaking skills could make him a permanent winger at the highest level. Skates a bit better than his father did, so his transition to the pro game should be slightly more seamless. Displays good hockey sense and always seems to be in the right place at the right time. His pedigree should help him in the pros. Talented, versatile goal-scoring forward with upside.
A versatile forward, he can play both center and wing, score goals, set up linemates as a main playmaker and also display a mean streak when the situation warrants. His skating ability is also top-notch, ensuring his place in the professional ranks regardless of his role. He will need to fill out his frame in order to maximize his ability to utilize his brawn at the highest level. Must also find his NHL niche. He has good bloodlines since his father Mark was a first-round draft pick in the NHL. Versatile, ornery forward with upside.
The son of player agent and former QMJHL star Pat Brisson, he plays a very heady game with the puck on his blade. Can find his teammates with precise passes and also boasts an excellent shot when he decides to finish plays himself. His hockey IQ plus his skill set make him a legitimate playmaker for the highest level. Will need to add more bulk and get physically stronger in order to maximize production in the National Hockey League. Also, he does not own elite skating speed. Savvy playmaking center with upside.
Speedy, he plays with tremendous energy and passion. Can light up the scoreboard at lower levels, both as a finisher (mostly due to his deadly wrist shot) and with his vision and passing skills. Lacks ideal size for the National Hockey League and will need to add significant bulk and get physically stronger for the highest level. His intensity level can at times play against him, so he could stand to play a slightly more controlled game (without losing his feisty attitude and zest for making plays). Fast, aggressive and talented center with upside.
Plays bigger than his size, and he is still growing, which bodes well for his ability to translate the physical elements of his game to the pro level. Skates well and is also a prolific playmaking winger with a lot of dynamic qualities. Can also score goals, though he is a better passer than a shooter. Could play any role on a pro hockey team, which adds to his overall value to NHL scouts. Enjoyed a lot of success in the junior ranks, both individually and with his Western Hockey League team. Quality offensive winger with upside.
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