Ron Hextall is heading into his most important summer as the General Manager of the Philadelphia Flyers and in last weeks article I dug deeper into the possible scenarios he could decide to go at the draft in late June.
In the upcoming weeks I will be posting a scouting report on the top 31 ranked prospects for the summers draft starting at 31 and working our way down to the number one spot. (Hockeyprospect.com March ranking)
Jay O’Brien is an excellent skater with great edge work and high top speed. He is a goalscorer first and foremost that likes to beat defenders one-on-one. Uses his speed to open up space for his teammates. He is a decent stickhandler. O’Brien works hard at both ends of the ice but will need to get stronger and work on his defensive game at Providence College where he will be playing next season.
NHL Comparison: Nathan MacKinnon
Jett Woo is a two-way defenseman who is more defensive than offensive but still has some upside offensively. Woo is a strong skater who has a good first pass. Plays with alot of poise. Overall a smart, reliable defenseman you can play in any situation. Likes to throw big hits.
NHL comparison: Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Tychonick is an offensive minded defenseman with excellent skating ability. He has decent stickhandling skills but a big part of his game is his ability to use his skating and passing to start up an attack. Can quarterback the powerplay with ease. Needs to work on his defensive game and get stronger but all in all he is a modern day under-sized offensive minded defenseman
NHL comparison: Shayne Gostisbehere
Noel is a big man who possesses impressive strength for such a young man. Noel is a goalscorer with one of the better wrist shots in the draft. He is responsible in the defensive zone. Noels biggest flaw is his skating. He has taken steps in the right direction but it still needs improvement.
NHL comparison: Blake Wheeler
Barrett Hayton is a very smart two-way forward. He has fast release on his wrist shot, is a decent skater and overall a 200 ft player. He is not a very flashy player, he likes to take the shortest route to the goal. Makes quick decisions with and without the puck. High hockey IQ.
NHL comparison: Sean Couturier
Rasmus Sandin plays with alot of poise and patience with the puck, he reads the ice extremely well. A very smart defenseman that relies on his smarts more than anything else. Very good passer. He isnt the biggest guy but he plays a physical game.
NHL comparison: Niklas Hjalmarsson
The Russian born defenseman Alexander Alexeyev is a very good skater who reaches top speed in just a few strides. He is very good in his defensive zone, uses his size well to win board battles. Has a strong first pass. Needs to improve his shot accuracy but he has a heavy release.
NHL comparison: Brady Skjei
Kravtsov is a highly skilled winger with great skating ability. He can slow down or speed up the game to his choosing and plays with alot of poise. Kravtsov is a big guy but has great agility and balance on his skates. Elite stickhandling ability. Has a quick and hard wrist shot. Is a shot first kind of guy but is a good passer aswell. Needs to learn to pick his moments to try and dangle the opponents.
NHL comparison: Evgeny Kuznetsov
Veleno is a hard working two way center. .His work ethic paired with his high end speed and acceleration makes him a threat on the ice. Veleno is a good passer with great vision and poise. Reliable defensively. Needs to get stronger and improve his shot for the next level.
NHL comparison: Andrew Cogliano
The canadian born defenseman Jared McIsaac biggest tool is his skating. He possesses excellent mobility and speed which he uses both offensively and defensively. Can quarterback the powerplay with his good passing and accurate shot. He is smart defensively but needs to be more consistent all around.
NHL comparison: Drew Doughty
Dominik Bokk is highly skilled and a great stick handler. Bokk is also a good skater with impressive acceleration. Possesses a heavy shot, both his wrist shot and slapshot are hard and accurate. Very smart player. Needs to work on his defensive game.
NHL comparison: David Pastrnak
Keep in mind that the NHL comparisons are only similarities. It doesn’t mean that prospect will become as good as his NHL comparison.
The scouting report continues next week with the 20th to the 10th ranked prospects in the upcoming draft.