Anton Lundell: Skating

As the league continues only gets faster, we see a natural gravitation towards prospects who can skate at blazing speeds in the draft process. Last year’s first overall pick Jack Hughes is practically the defintion of dynamic. Offence generating players have already become the NHL’s norm and the general pace of play should only get faster as older players who debuted in different eras of hockey phase out and are … Read more

William Villeneuve could turn out to be one of the NHL Draft’s top blueliners

It is almost universally agreed upon in the NHL draft following that Jamie Drysdale is the top defenceman in the draft (and a candidate to go as high as third overall), but there’s more debate over which player will have the second best career. Jake Sanderson seems to have made himself the favourite with a push in quality of play over the second half of the season, and I would … Read more

The Race For 3rd Overall: Lucas Raymond or Tim Stützle?

I’ve seen a few lists with Tim Stützle or Lucas Raymond at second overall, but the consensus view of the draft— and how I expect NHL teams to see it— is Alexis Lafrenière and Quinton Byfield going first and second overall, respectively. Where things get muddier is the third selection: where there is no clear cut favorite but most agree will likely come down to one of Raymond or Stützle … Read more

Taking a deeper look at Marco Rossi’s OHL dominance this season

There isn’t a shortage of players that have taken huge steps forward in 2019-20, but Marco Rossi’s emergence as one of the most dominant offensive players in the OHL has been one of the most impressive developments in this draft class. Belonging to a group of players in this draft that were unfairly punished for not being at the Hlinka for reasons entirely out of their control, Rossi actually seemed … Read more

Diving into the game of Connor Zary, one of the 2020 NHL Draft’s most well-rounded players

The WHL 2020’s crop of draft eligible talent from the WHL doesn’t measure up to 2019’s extraordinarily deep class– headlined by the foursome of Bowen Byram (Colorado), Kirby Dach (Blackhawks), Dylan Cozens (Sabres), and Peyton Krebs (Golden Knights)– but that isn’t to say that this year’s draft won’t contain its share of future NHL talent from the West. Braden Schneider and Kaiden Guhle, a pair of defencemen featured at 15th … Read more

Puck Movers of the 2020 NHL Draft

What really is a puckmoving defenceman? Depends on who you ask. A lot of the time, puckmovers and offensive-leaning blueliners get lumped together. And while the top of the offensive leaderboards for defencemen is usually populated with players that can be classified as “puckmovers”– Brent Burns, Erik Karlsson, Mark Giordano, and Morgan Reilly are a few– the category is far from limited to those who put a lot of points … Read more

Don’t Sleep On Noel Gunler

  The annual Hlinka-Gretzky Cup has recently concluded, and like every year, the world of hockey prospects is up to the brim with recency bias. Players like Cole Perfetti and Hendrix Lapierre, who performed incredibly well, are flying up draft boards while those who struggled or didn’t attend are overshadowed. Noel Gunler, who was ineligible for the tournament, falls in the latter category. It’s assumed that Gunler would have been team … Read more

Breaking down Lucas Raymond’s multidimensional offensive game

  Alexis Lafrenière is currently the easy number one as the 2020 class gets a little more wide open afterwards. I can see a pair of prospect in the #2 spot at this point— Quinton Byfield— a 6’4” dual-threat centre for the Sudbury Wolves— and Lucas Raymond— a electrifying winger with an elite combination of skating ability and skill on the puck. The top pick in the 2018 OHL Draft, … Read more

How does Alexis Lafrenière stack up to other top prospects?

  I’m always cautious to bestow the term “generational” on a prospect. For my money, there are only two current NHL players who deserve the tag: Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid. Lafrenière isn’t on that level, but the Quebec-born winger isn’t far off. The list of Lafrenière’s career accomplishments is not short. The first overall pick in the 2017 QMJHL Entry Draft, Lafrenière quickly made an impact for the Rimouski … Read more

2019 NHL Mock Draft

For the first time ever, the St. Louis Blues are Stanley Cup Champions. Congratulations to the Blues organization on a fantastic season and a well-earned Cup. Now that hockey is finally over, we can finally direct our undivided and unwavering attention to what really matters— the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. The draft is now less than 10 days away, so I’d like to present my final mock draft for 2019. … Read more