2021 NHL Draft: Preliminary Top 32

Welcome to the draft of the defenceman!  Good Gord, you can’t promise much for a draft a year out.  A good draft can go bad, a bad draft can actually turn out pretty solid, it’s rare you can find something that is a lock.  But I’m calling it right now, that it is a LOCK that this draft is a terrific draft to grab a D-man in.  14 of my top 25 are D-men.  FOURTEEN.

Actually, in regards to how good this draft could be…nobody knows.  People don’t seem too hyped about it, but doing my list, I can make a case for a lot of these guys to go 1st.  I get down around my 12th ranked guy and I’m going “I could make the case for him going 1st right now”.  So no tiering this time around.  The fact that I rank them is frankly flat out wrong, but it makes for a more entertaining read.  2003 is the best draft of all-time, and there was never that one stud at the top.  The top four picks, each of those teams had the guy they got ranked 1st.  By no means am I suggesting this draft is like 03, I’m just saying don’t sleep on it just because there might not be that clear cut guy at the top.

I’m cautiously optimistic about this class though.  It’s my kind of draft.  I could see the internet/Twitter scouts HATING this, because you have a ton of D-men, a lot of cerebral centres with pro games, there won’t be anywhere near the flash of 2020’s class.  2020’s class was easy for them.  “Look at the points!  The highlight goals!  Look how dynamic these kids are!”  This is one reason I believe we’re seeing all the drama and childish bull shit going on amongst them.  I’m not a big fan of the 2020 draft beyond my top 10 because I believe you win with complete players who can be put in any situation which the 2020 class really lacks.  2021 is loaded with them though.

A couple things before I get going.  1) you’ll notice I just list wingers as wingers (W).  I’m done with saying a winger is lining up on the left or right side as we’re finding out it really doesn’t matter for wingers which side they play.  Defencemen, it matters a lot.  Wingers, it just doesn’t.  In fact, we’re seeing more and more wingers playing their off wings these days.  2) even though this one is more like the write-ups I’ve done in the past, this season I’m going to try hard to simply leave the write-ups to 1-3 sentences.  It just takes way too damn long, and most of what I have to say is going off what the pros have to say.  That’s a fine line for me because the last thing I want to do is steal anyone’s work.  If anything, I want to promote it.  So I’ll attempt to just say why I rank a player where I do, maybe what I love or don’t love about his game, and move on.

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1. Owen Power

Team: Michigan  League: NCAA

Pos: LD  Ht: 6’5  Wt: 214  Shot: L

Comparison: Victor Hedman

The complete package.  Incredibly smooth skater and when you factor in his size it’s even better, the IQ is off the charts, and the composure he plays with can make him look lethargic.  He’s just effortless.  Craig Button recently compared him to Chris Pronger.  I don’t use that for my comp because he doesn’t have the nasty edge Pronger had, but everything else is spot on.  He missed the 2020 draft by about 10 weeks (not close, but he’s a late 02).  If he had been draft-eligible for 2020, I’d have a tough time figuring out the order of Power, Byfield, and Stützle for my 2/3/4 spots.  Off to Michigan this season and all eyes will be on the Wolverines.  In fact, it’s possible we see teammates going head to head with each other to see who’ll go 1st overall.

 

2. Carson Lambos

Team: Winnipeg  League: WHL

Pos: LD  Ht: 6’1  Wt: 201  Shot: L

Comparison: Ryan Suter

First and foremost, this Winnipeg Ice team is going to be DAMN GOOD very soon.  I’d guess they’re competing for a Memorial Cup in the 21-22 season should Lambos be back for it, but that is questionable with how good this kid is.  Probably the most complete defenceman to come along since Aaron Ekblad.  He just does absolutely everything exceptionally well.  IQ, skating, puck-moving, shot, physicality, positioning, it is insane for a 16 year old.

 

3. Kent Johnson

Team: Michigan  League: NCAA

Pos: C  Ht: 6’1  Wt: 165  Shot: L

Comparison: John Tavares

Owen Power’s teammate on what’ll be a pretty damn entertaining Wolverines team in 20-21 if the season is a go.  He was 5’6, 120lbs when he was taken in the 10th round of the WHL draft.  And while he’s likely topping out at 6’1, he still has another 20-30lbs to put on that frame.  Which really makes me wonder about the skating, because that’s the thing you can point to for a flaw in Johnson’s game, but it is highly likely that growing that much in such a short time has hindered it.  Anyway, even if it is what it is, it’s passable, which is where the John Tavares comp comes from.  Incredible vision and IQ.

 

4. Aatu Räty

Team: Kärpät U20  League: U20 SM-sarja

Pos: C  Ht: 6’1  Wt: 181  Shot: L

Comparison: Aleksander Barkov

I hate the stereotypical comps, but I found this one tough to avoid.  So he is getting the most hype at this point as the top prospect in this draft, but I believe a lot of that is based off people not knowing exactly who should be the top prospect for it.  I really like Raty’s game, but I’m not sure the offensive upside is elite.  Still, the comp I use is Barkov, and if he can be that, then he’s in the discussion.  He’s definitely not head and shoulders above the class though as some have made him out to be.

 

5. Matthew Beniers

Team: Harvard  League: NCAA

Pos: C  Ht: 6’0  Wt: 168  Shot: L

Comparison: Logan Couture

I love this kids game.  Big fan of the comp to Couture also, I feel it’s spot on.  The one I believe you’ll see a lot of is Jonathan Toews (which is one I and others use a ton, tough to avoid though when he has been the favourite of so many for this generation).  For you Oilers fans, another one that crossed my mind was Shawn Horcoff, but Horc’s prime wasn’t really that long so it doesn’t do Beniers justice.  Anyway, just a complete centre who does it all, and just like Johnson, at 168lbs has 20-30lbs to still put on his frame.

***UPDATE***

 

6. Dylan Guenther

Team: Edmonton  League: WHL

Pos: W  Ht: 6’1  Wt: 170  Shot: R

Comparison: Markus Naslund

I don’t like one-dimensional snipers anywhere near as much as most do, but Guenther is a shoot first kid who can create, and that’s rare.  Most will have him in their top five, but a lot will have him in their top three, and I’m sure there will be a few who have him as the top guy on their board if not to start the season, not far into it.  I have him 6th simply because I value the D and centres more, but the combination of shot, skill, speed and size is going to have people drooling and it’s understandable.

 

7. Simon Edvinsson

Team: Frölunda HC J20  League: SuperElit

Pos: LD  Ht: 6’4  Wt: 185  Shot: L

Comparison: P.K. Subban

Ignore the size here, because while it’s an asset, he would still be getting big notice if he were 5’10, 175lbs thanks to his offensive abilities.  The intrigue is if he can begin to utilize that size.  Being 6’4 and still being so thin, it could be just a case of him being easier to push around at this point.  Once he fills out, there could be no stopping him.

 

8. Corson Ceulemans

Team: Brooks  League: AJHL

Pos: RD  Ht: 6’2  Wt: 190  Shot: R

Comparison: Alex Pietrangelo

This kid is big and can move.  Got to watch him live back in January, and he was perhaps the best player on the ice as a 16 year old.  I know some people will roll their eyes at that and say “it’s just the AJHL”, but the AJHL is still a TOUGH league for a 16 year old kid to be a number one defenceman as he was.  By my count (because the AJHL doesn’t keep the stats for PPA’s) only 10 of his 35 points (a goal and 9 assists) were with the man advantage.  In a game late in the season vs Camrose (very good AJHL franchise), the Bandits won 10-3, Ceulemans had 5 assists in the game, 4 of which were primary at ES.  He didn’t often play on their top PP unit, as Bandits head coach Ryan Papinou mostly fed him the toughest minutes.  The guy who’ll always be brought up (especially with Ceulemans) from now on will be Cale Makar, but Jacob Bernard-Docker is a much more fair defenceman to look at when talking about Ceulemans.  JBD was on a great Okotoks team in his 16 and 17 year old seasons, known as a mobile defensive defenceman.  26th pick in a pretty deep draft, especially for D-men!  JBD wasn’t anywhere close to Ceulemans when comparing their 16 year old seasons.  In fact, Ceulemans might have been better this season than JBD was in his 17 year old season.

 

9. Luke Hughes

Team: USNTDP  League: USHL

Pos: LD  Ht: 6’0  Wt: 161  Shot: L

Comparison: Keith Yandle

The youngest of the Hughes brothers, and the youngest in his draft year as well as Luke will be one of the youngest kids selected in the 2021 draft (Sep. 9th, 03).  Luke got the size in the family from the looks of it!  It’ll be easy for people to look at Luke and compare him to Quinn.  He actually has a chance to be better than Quinn in my opinion though because of that extra size, he’ll be able to handle tougher minutes, though might not be the stand out offensively that Quinn is.  And before you say it…yes, he is an amazing skater too.  Did you think a Hughes kid wouldn’t be?

 

10. Sean Behrens

Team: USNTDP  League: USHL

Pos: LD  Ht: 5’9  Wt: 174  Shot: L

Comparison: Quinn Hughes

Ironic that Luke will get the comp to his oldest brother, yet it’s his teammate Behrens who plays the most like him.  I have him higher than others I’ve seen, but can only imagine how much the Twitter scouts are going to completely lose their skull over this kid.  He’s a 5’8 D-man, so there is little doubt in my mind that he’ll be getting ranked 1st by mid-season and anyone who has him 2nd or lower will have him there because they hate undersized players.  My favourite thing these days is for guys to still play that card.  Overrating an undersized player is the internet scout version of being woke.  Cole Caufield has skating issues, zero playmaking ability, isn’t good away from the puck, but it was because he’s 5’7 that he fell to 15th in the draft…sure…anyway (man I bring him up a ton, it really does bother me).  For me, the size is no issue with Behrens because he is a terrific skater, terrific puck-mover, and has terrific skill.  Two years ago, I was down on Quinn Hughes more than most, and not really because of his size but because I just prefer D-men who can do it at both ends of the ice.  Give me Alex Pietrangelo or Ryan Suter all day over Erik Karlsson is my logic.  But having said that, it’s tough to not get excited over someone who drives offence and is going to make everyone on the ice better like Quinn Hughes can and Behrens projects to be.

 

11. Daniil Lazutin

Team: MHK Dynamo Moskva  League: MHL

Pos: C  Ht: 6’2  Wt: 174  Shot: L

Comparison: Sean Couturier

So I’m usually the first one to tell you how it’s “buyer beware” with Russian forwards.  It’s “buy now!!!” when it comes to Russian netminders, and even though there hasn’t been one since Sergachev in 2016, Russian defenceman in the 1st round the last decade or so have a great track record too.  The forwards though…it’s a pretty high bust rate.  Lazutin is tough for me not to love though because this kid has the type of game I adore, as do coaches.  A very complete game, good skater, good vision, good skill, and as you can read the size is going to be a very nice bonus as well which he uses tremendously well.  It’s a little like Jack Finley for me.  Huge forwards like Finley have an extremely high bust rate, but if you just look at his game you see how he can thrive, and that’s Lazutin.  He doesn’t play like the stereotypical Russian forward.  Lots of filling out still to do too which I’m sure by now you’ve noticed, that is basically a bonus for me as I’m concerned kids who are already filled out have limited upside because of that.  Not in all cases, but the majority.

 

12. Cole Sillinger

Team: Medicine Hat  League: WHL

Pos: C  Ht: 6’0  Wt: 187  Shot: L

Comparison: Sean Monahan

It’s crazy how similar Johnson, Raty and Sillinger are as prospects.  None of them currently have the skating ability we’d prefer, but all three have incredibly high IQ’s.  So Sillinger doesn’t have the skating I’d like to see at the moment, the other knock I have is that nearly half his production came on the PP, and it was the 3rd best PP in the league.  But still, to put up over a PPG in the WHL in your 16 year old season is pretty special.

 

13. William Eklund

Team: Djurgårdens IF  League: SHL

Pos: W  Ht: 5’10  Wt: 172  Shot: L

Comparison: Travis Konecny

E5: This kid is good.  Hope some of you get that joke…I love Eklund’s game.  He’s got an awesome motor and specifically when he was promoted to the SHL this season, he showed he is willing to play in any role and play it any way he has to in order to best help his team win.  Captain material, but that’s not at all to suggest he’s not talented, as he showcased tremendous skill playing in the SuperElit league this season.  It seems like I’m suggesting this more and more lately, but I might like him better as a centre (which he has played) given his motor, vision, and willingness to play such a complete game.  Safely you take him and love him on the wing, but it’s possible you get that bonus with him.

 

14. Zachary L’Heureux

Team: Halifax  League: QMJHL

Pos: W  Ht: 5’11  Wt: 194  Shot: L

Comparison: Brendan Morrow

Very similar to Eklund.  Traded in a blockbuster deal from Moncton to Halifax, I really wonder if the Moosheads will try him at centre?  I have his comp as Morrow, but someone else that actually comes to mind is Mike Richards.  Everything in his game suggests to me that he would thrive in the middle, but should he stay on the wing that’s quite alright too.  First thing that caught my attention with L’Hereux was the numbers.  46 ES points in 55 games last season for the Wildcats, that’s pretty absurd ES production for a 16 year old in the CHL!  But his motor, aggressiveness, and IQ are what really has me intrigued.

 

15. Daniil Chayka

Team: Guelph  League: OHL

Pos: LD  Ht: 6’2  Wt: 187  Shot: L

Comparison: Shea Theodore

All the tools are here to be in that group I have in the top 10.  Hell, Chayka ending up as the top pick in this draft wouldn’t surprise me.  All the tools are here.  But two things concern me: 1) he can be prone to some bad decisions.  Better this year than his 16 year old season, but he still has them.  2) while I’m not “all about stats”, I still prefer to see them.  I’m a tough grader on kids with late birthdates in their draft years, so I’m putting his 34 points in 56 games this past season up against other D-men from the OHL who are draft eligible this season like Ryan O’Rourke in which the numbers are very similar and O’Rourke is POSSIBLY a late 1st rounder, more likely a 2nd round pick in this draft.  Different players, but it’s a concern for me.   If you want to go glass half full on that, Chayka had similar numbers to Evan Bouchard in his 17 year old season, and then Bouchard exploded in his 18 year old season.  And again, the talent is enormous with Chayka, so it might be only a matter of time before he puts it all together.

 

16. Brandt Clarke

Team: Barrie  League: OHL

Pos: RD  Ht: 6’1  Wt: 181  Shot: R

Comparison: Mike Green

I might be on a bit of an island here as several people are talking about Clarke being in the running for the top pick in this draft.  The numbers are very much so here, but his skating ability and defensive game scare me.  If you look at the top scoring D-men in the NHL the last several seasons, you can’t find a guy who doesn’t at least skate well, and I’m not sure I’d say that Clarke skates well at this point.  Having said that, he has a year to clean that all up, and if he does, he should be in the mix with the top guys.

 

17. Logan Mailloux

Team: London  League: OHL

Pos: RD  Ht: 6’3  Wt: 214  Shot: R

Comparison: Colton Parayko

Spent last season with London, but only four games with the Knights as the rest was with the Nationals of the GOJHL, but he will be full time with the Knights this coming season.  All the tools, but extremely raw at this point.  My favourite comps are the ones that I don’t need to explain, and this is one of them.  Think Parayko when he entered the league and that’s pretty much Mailloux.

 

18. Dylan Duke

Team: USNTDP  League: USHL

Pos: W  Ht: 5’9  Wt: 168  Shot: L

Comparison: Tyler Bertuzzi

I am a BIG fan of Duke’s game.  This is not your typical 5’9 winger, this kid is COMPLETE!  Solid in all three zones at this point.  The skating is solid, maybe the one concern I have at this point.  But like all kids sub 170lbs, I wonder how much of that is a lack of lower body strength?  But this kid is at worse a top-nine winger who might end up being a first-line guy just thanks to his willingness to do anything he has to do.

 

19. Chaz Lucius

Team: USNTDP  League: USHL

Pos: W  Ht: 6’0  Wt: 172  Shot: R

Comparison: Max Pacioretty

Interesting player.  He’s actually playing centre, I like him better as a winger given his tremendous shot and his high shot volume, so basically I’m saying I believe he translates to be a sniper in the NHL.  But his play away from the puck is very solid too and is committed to play a complete game, so maybe he will translate as a centre?  I should add, I’m not a big fan of my comp here, but that was the best I could come up with.  Hopefully I can come up with a better one in the months ahead.

 

20. Mason McTavish

Team: Peterborough  League: OHL

Pos: W  Ht: 6’1  Wt: 196  Shot: L

Comparison: Tanner Pearson

24 goals and 38 points at ES as a 16 year old this season is damn impressive!  I’m really worried about the skating though and that he is possibly a kid who has just developed much sooner than the rest of his peer group.  Most have him much higher than I do at this point.  Frankly, I thought about having him much lower than this, but THAT kind of production is pretty rare for a 16 year old.

 

21. Aidan Hreschuk

Team: USNTDP  League: USHL

Pos: LD  Ht: 5’11  Wt: 181  Shot: L

Comparison: Josh Morrissey

He’s overshadowed right now by Hughes and Behrans, but I’m going out on a bit of a limb here thinking that he will slowly get notice as next season goes on.  He is going to get all the tough minutes for the DP and he is more than capable of handling those duties.  Very mobile as you’d expect, great in his own end, brings some physicality to the table, and while he isn’t likely to get much of an offensive role next season there is some pretty good offensive ability here.

 

22. Anton Olsson

Team: Malmö Redhawks J20  League: SuperElit

Pos: LD  Ht: 6’1  Wt: 183  Shot: L

Comparison: Oscar Klefbom

The offensive talent appears to be there with Olsson as he put up impressive numbers for a 16 year old D-man in the SuperElit this season (highest scoring 16 year old D-man in the league), but he plays a much safer game than that would suggest and is terrific at this point in his development in his own zone.  This is the type of D-man that has been a late riser for most in the 2020 rankings (Jake Sanderson) because they don’t entice the twitter/internet scouts like they do the professionals.

 

23. Evan Nause

Team: Québec  League: QMJHL

Pos: LD  Ht: 6’1  Wt: 174  Shot: L

Comparison: Damon Severson

Got to broadcast his brother Ryan’s home games all last season with the Lloydminster Bobcats in the AJHL.  Evan is going to play for the Remparts next season in the Q, after initially balking at going the CHL route (originally drafted by Val-d’Or in 2019, taken by the Remparts in the 2020 draft) and spending last season in Sioux Falls of the USHL.  He is a tremendous skater and also rock-solid in his own zone.  The offensive potential is there, the question is whether or not he’ll be able to tap into it.  Ironically, I felt that way about his brother all season long in that I felt Ryan perhaps didn’t know just how good he could be.

 

24. Oscar Plandowski

Team: Charlottetown  League: QMJHL

Pos: RD  Ht: 5’11  Wt: 170  Shot: R

Comparison: Anton Stralman

As is the case in this group of defencemen (the three above and the one following Plandowski), high-end mobility, great puck mover, and we’ll see if the offensive numbers start to come for him.  If they don’t, Plandowski is advanced at his age with his play in the defensive zone.  Good stick, good gap control, angling, positioning, he’s a very intelligent defender.

 

25. Jack Peart

Team: Fargo  League: USHL

Pos: LD  Ht: 5’11  Wt: 174  Shot: L

Comparison: Alex Goligoski

I am probably just going to repeat myself as I’m really not sure how to separate this group of terrific skating D-men, but the difference here is that Peart was playing high school hockey this past season, only had a few games in the USHL.  So he’s much more of a mystery at this point, but he sure looks like he has the skating and skill to shoot up draft boards.

 

26. Sebastian Cossa

Team: Edmonton  League: WHL

Pos: G  Ht: 6’4  Wt: 212  Glove: L

Comparison: Robin Lehner

Maybe being a homer here for someone who grew up in Alberta (Fort Mac) and plays for the Oil Kings, but I love the size and athleticism with Cossa.  Maybe putting him in the 1st round is a reach.  I said all season with Askarov, I’m not the guy who believes in taking a goaltender in the 1st round, but there are always exceptions to the rule.  But I can see the enormous upside with Cossa’s game.  For a goaltender, you can learn better positioning, angles, rebound control, playing a more relaxed game, etc.  You can’t learn size and athleticism and Cossa has that, not to mention some terrific 17 year old numbers this season.

 

27. Justin Robidas

Team: Val-d’Or  League: QMJHL

Pos: C  Ht: 5’7  Wt: 172  Shot: R

Comparison: J.G. Pageau

Nice to see he didn’t end up stuck on that island with his dad…Am I ACTUALLY doing this?!  So, go back and read pretty much anything I’ve written on the draft in the last eight years.  I guarantee you that you won’t find me once suggesting that someone this undersized should be listed as a centre, let alone suggesting that he can make it as a centre in the NHL.  Yet…here we are.  And it’s not because I’ve changed my tune on it in any way, but Robidas just plays such a complete and determined game combined with some really high-end skill that I can’t help but love him and believe he might have a chance to work there.  It’s not unheard of.  It was pretty common in the 80’s for really undersized guys like this to play the middle and thrive (Steve Kasper, Theo Fleury came up playing the middle, Rick Meagher), and more recently David Desharnais etched out a nice career as a 5’7 centre and he wasn’t nearly as well rounded as Robidas projects to be.  Let’s say Robidas can’t work in the middle though, he still has the tools to thrive on the wing.  Skating is very good, but at 5’7 he needs to max out with his speed and quickness to thrive.

 

28. Simon Robertsson

Team: Skellefteå AIK J20  League: SuperElit

Pos: W  Ht: 6’0  Wt: 181  Shot: L

Comparison: Clayton Keller

An electrifying winger with terrific speed and terrific hands.  He’s an equally good playmaker and finisher.  Great vision and a great release with his shot.  There is a lot to like here, but scouts are going to want to see his play away from the puck improve.

 

29. Kyle Kukkonen

Team: Maple Grove High  League: USHS

Pos: W  Ht: 5’10  Wt: 165  Shot: R

Comparison: Cam Atkinson

I can’t find anything anywhere as of writing this, but I’m guessing that Kukkonen will play in the USHL this season as he’s a late 02 so I assume he’s done high school (never know, maybe not).  He’s the type of goal scorer I like.  Most kids that are snipers, all you hear about is their shot.  Kukkonen can rip it, but he also has great hands and is willing to pay the price either going to the net, or staying in front.  But the big question is how he’ll do at higher level’s of hockey.  Not overly difficult to play that game in high school hockey.  Different story in the USHL, NCAA, and eventually the pros.

 

30. Jesper Wallstedt

Team: Luleå HF  League: SHL

Pos: G  Ht: 6’3  Wt: 214  Glove: L

Comparison: Cam Talbot

Most, if not all, have Wallstedt ahead of Cossa.  Perhaps it’s a Western bias on my part, but Wallstedt is a puck blocker, where Cossa seems much more athletic of the two.  Combine that with a tiny bit more size, and to me, Cossa feels like a much better prospect.  Wallstedt sneaks into my top 32 mostly due to his accomplishments to this point more than me being too excited about him as a prospect.  Having said this, I remind you yet again that we’re a year out and I have a lot to learn on all these kids.  It’s just how I feel a year out.

 

31. Oskar Olausson

Team: HV71 J20  League: SuperElit

Pos: W  Ht: 6’2  Wt: 181  Shot: L

Comparison: Jacob Silfverberg

Terrific skater and has a very complete game.  He’s actually very similar at this point to 2020 draft eligibles from Sweden Daniel Torgersson and Emil Heineman, but at this point looks as though he has more offensive upside.  I believe Olausson is going to be a very safe pick though like those two are.

 

32. Wyatt Johnston

Team: Windsor  League: OHL

Pos: C  Ht: 5’11  Wt: 161  Shot: R

Comparison: Scott Laughton

Another kid who I believe will be viewed at worse as a very safe pick come June 2021.  The skill isn’t off the charts, but the skating, motor, and willingness to drive the net and go to the dirty areas are going to make him a point producer in the OHL this coming season.

 

Honourable Mention

Tim Delay

Team: St. Sebastian’s   League: USHS

Pos: W  Ht: 6’0  Wt: 152  Shot: L

Awesome wheels and plays a power game, but obviously needs to fill out his frame…A LOT.

 

Fabian Lysell

Team: Frölunda HC J20  League: SuperElit

Pos: W  Ht: 5’10  Wt: 176  Shot: L

Highly skilled winger, taken in the CHL import draft by Vancouver.  Still listed as playing for Frölunda next season at this point, but really hoping he comes over and we get to see him up close.

 

Brennan Othmann

Team: Flint  League: OHL

Pos: W  Ht: 5’11  Wt: 165  Shot: L

Intangibles kid.  Impossible not to love, but the skating isn’t great so is he maxing out his talent already?

 

Alexei Prokopenko

Team: Gatineau  League: QMJHL

Pos: C  Ht: 5’11  Wt: 168  Shot: L

Recently picked in the CHL import draft.  Very solid two-way centre, intrigued to see what he can do in the Q.

 

Sasha Pastujov

Team: USNTDP  League: USHL

Pos: W  Ht: 6’0  Wt: 181  Shot: L

Pretty good across the board with his skating, size, and skill.  He’s a playmaker and you know that’s a big plus in my books.

 

James Malatesta

Team: Québec  League: QMJHL

Pos: W  Ht: 5’9  Wt: 172  Shot: L

This draft seems to have a lot of wingers who aren’t your typical undersized/skilled wingers.  They play a complete game.  Malatesta is another one of those kids.

 

Logan Stankoven

Team: Kamloops Blazers

Pos: W  Ht: 5’8  Wt: 170  Shot: R

Skilled winger who plays a hard game, the big question is how his skating will develop.  If it can improve, he’ll be getting 1st round hype.

 

Cameron Whynot

Team: Halifax  League: QMJHL

Pos: LD  Ht: 6’2  Wt: 181  Shot: L

The tools are top 10.  The decision making is very suspect at this point though.

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