2018 NHL Entry Draft: Scouting report 20-11

Updated: May 28, 2018 at 1:04 pm by Johan Gartner

We’re getting closer and closer to the highlight of the summer: The NHL Entry Draft. The Flyers have two first round picks this year: Pick 14 and pick 19.

We started the scouting report on the top 31 prospects in the upcoming draft last week and today we’ll continue by going from the 20th ranked prospect all the way to rank 10.

 

20.

Lundeström is a two-way forward who can do it all. He is a good skater, very strong on the puck and knows how to score. He isnt very flashy but he does have smooth hands, and good vision. Very smart player that works hard in all three zones. Has a good wrist shot.

NHL comparison: Ondrej Palat

Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElWeVf83l4I

 

19.

Nils Lundqvist is a puck moving defenseman who plays with alot of confidence and poise. Is an excellent passer who can quarterback your powerplay. Great skater. Is good defensively but could use some improvement still in that department.

NHL comparison: Jared Spurgeon

Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXXAgmAYhPo

 

18.

The Czech winger Martin Kaut is a very strong skater with high top speed. He is a pure goalscorer who doesnt shy away from the greasy areas. Kaut is a smart player; he reads the play well and anticipated where he needs to be for his great shot. Kaut is a goalscorer first and foremost but he is an underrated passer. Good defensively.

NHL comparison: Max Pacioretty

Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWwgPOQEn1A

 

17.

Samuelsson is a big two-way defenseman who reads the play extremely well in the defensive zone. Has a very good wrist shot thats hard and accurate but could use some work on his slapshot. More defensive than offensive but still has some offensive tools. Is a good passer. Excellent penalty killer.

NHL comparison: Christopher Tanev

Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vklIBCfmwk

 

16.

Miller is a terrific skater that reaches top speed very quickly. Great passer who enjoys to join the rush when the opportunity presents itself. Miller is a big guy but is very agile and can quarterback your powerplay. Needs to work on his slapshot but his wristshot is hard and accurrate. His skating helps him in the defensive zone aswell, helps him recover if he gets caught.

NHL comparison: Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CicnZP5RLaA

 

15.

Bouchard is a decent skater but needs to get just a little bit quicker for the next level. Bouchard has one of the best shots in the entire draft, his slapshot is lethal. Has a very accurate wristshot aswell. Bouchard plays with alot of poise and is also a great passer. Is decent in the defensive zone but needs to get better at anticipating plays and positioning.

NHL comparison: Brent Burns

Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIWe14n3SVg

 

14.

Ty Smith is an excellent skater with high end skill. Has top end acceleration and is very agile. Smith is a very good stickhandler and extremely confident on the blueline. Likes to set up his teammates but also has a very good shot. Smart defensively.

NHL comparison: Shayne Gostisbehere

Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDSso8dug6Y

 

13.

Wilde is a two-way defenseman who can do it all. He is good defensively and with some continued work he can be great. Is very good offensively, especially his bomb of a slapshot that he uses as often as he possibly can. Wilde is a good passer. Strong skater who can skate out of trouble if needed. Can play physical if needed.

NHL comparison: Dustin Byfuglien

Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9fqw0mcqMI

 

12.

The finnish center Kupari is another of the many great prospects coming out of Finland in the last 5 years or so. Kupari is a highly skilled forward with excellent skating ability and top speed. Can beat defenders one-on-one with his high end stick handling. Terrific passer and possesses a good shot. High hockey IQ. Good defensively already but with some work he could become a complete player for the next level.

NHL comparison: Sebastian Aho

Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qW6TE4UU70

 

11.

The small russian forward Denisenko is extremely dangerous in the offensive zone, especially on the rush where he likes to use his speed and skill to beat defenders. Incredible stick handler who can dangle at high speed. Is a great shooter and passer. Needs to work on his defensive game.

NHL comparison: Artemi Panarin

Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PEKXeJAYhU

 

Keep in mind that the NHL comparisons are only similarities. It doesn’t mean that  prospect will become as good as his NHL comparison.

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