Prospect Profile: Logan Stankoven

Name: Logan Stankoven

Team: Thompson Blazers (BCMML)

Position: Center

Date of Birth: February 26th 2003

Height/Weight: 5’8 170lbs

Hand: Right

WHL Draft: 5th Overall in 2018 – Kamloops Blazers (Signed) 

 

*Eligible for the 2021 NHL Draft*


Areas of Strength

  • Offensive Production
  • Puck Possessive
  • Puck Skills

Areas of Weakness

  • Size
  • Defensive Awareness

 

Players Reports: Stankoven was our top ranked forward coming into the 2018 WHL Draft, ranked second overall, he was chosen with the 5th pick in the draft by his hometown team the Kamloops Blazers. He started his bantam career with the Kamloops Jr Blazers of the BC-T1 where he was dominant as a 13 year old, leading his team in scoring and being named the tournament MVP at the KIBHT tournament. Stankoven joined the Yale Lions of the CSSHL his second season, producing 57 goals and 90 points in 30 regular season games, leading his Bantam Prep team in scoring by 22 points. Stankoven’s line throughout the season consisted of two other players selected in the top 30 of the draft, Jake Chiasson (Brandon Wheat Kings First Round 2018) and Kobe Verbicky (Edmonton Oil Kings Second Round 2018) were often found on his wings. Logan also spent some time with the Midget Prep’s, producing three goals in three games with the older club. Stankoven finished third in Bantam Prep scoring, but led the league in goals. Dominant at the BC Cup in April, single handedly leading his team to the finals and being one of the most productive players at the showcase. 

Logan Stankoven is a dominant possessive forward whose game best emulates a WHL player like Trey Fix-Wolansky of the Edmonton Oil Kings. Stankoven is one of the most dynamic offensive prospects in the 2003 Western Canadian class. He exemplifies what a true offensive catalyst is. Logan is a naturally gifted skater, he’s evasive + heavy on his edges and dances around defenders with ease. He possesses a long smooth stride and relatively drives most of his power through his stride. Logan’s explosive first three steps and high end acceleration allow him to burn players in foot races as well as make him one of the elite puck transporters and transitioning forwards in the 2003 class. His skill set with the puck are elite for his age group, both shifty and crafty with the puck. Stankoven has a tonne of creativity in his hands and his versatile skill with the puck make him one of the hardest to contain forwards you will see. He attacks with an east-west style of game, quite cerebral with the puck in all three zones and exploits every soft gap that is given to him. Stankoven’s zone entries with the puck are some of the cleanest you will find, he’s consistently maintains full possession of the puck and his puck management abilities are above average. Stankoven is able to both create offensive opportunities and finish them with ease, blending slick playmaking abilities and deceptive shooting into a complete offensive package. His vision with the puck are exceptional, he always has his head up and he can locate passing lanes in motion. Shooting wise he may have been one of the most lethal shooters in the draft, equipping a sneaky release with a powerful and precise shot which was a huge reason for his 57 goals this past season. He has the capability to fluidly receive the puck and release it in one motion with precision, an NHL tool that is rare for a 14 year old kid. Stankoven’s poise and patience with the puck are an immediately outlier from others his age, he is confident in his abilities with the puck. Despite being diminutive in size, Stankoven is heavy on his feet, fending off checks with ease and being able to battle through physical play. He makes things happen offensively every time he steps on the ice and he makes players around him better. Stankoven’s hard to contain quickness is something that has impressed the common hockey fan, once he picks up the pick he attacks offensively. A proven leader off the ice, engaged in the game and humble when it comes to dealing with off ice things. Disciplined as well on the ice, he managed only six penalty minutes all year in both regular season games and playoffs. 

 

Stankoven has all the tools to be one of the top producers in the 2003 WHL draft class. He can do it all when it comes to getting on the score sheet and he does it on a consistent basic. Likely follows a similar pattern to a player like Trey Fix Tolansky who put up 89 points in his 18 year old season last year. Stankoven, unlike other high picks in his class, can likely step into the WHL immediately and produce at a veteran rate, id bet my money on him hitting 50+ in his rookie season and 60-80 in his second season before being a 100+ point guy. Expectations that he will lead the WHL in scoring some day was something a lot of scouts felt was a realistic possibility with his type of capabilities. He is likely to put up some points next season in the few games he is allowed to get into. Expect him to be one of the top prospects in the 2021 NHL Draft, and a potential WJC player some day, forget the size because this kid has everything else.

 

Past Seasons:

2017-2018 – Yale Lions Bantam Prep: 30GP-57G-33A-90PTS 6PIMS Playoffs: 3GP-6G-4A-10PTS PIMS

Yale Lions Midget Prep: 3GP-3G-0A-3PTS 0PIMS

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