Category «NHL Draft»

Prospect Profile: Anttoni Honka

Name: Anttoni Honka Team: JYP (Liiga) Position: Defense Date Of Birth: October 5th, 2000 Hometown: Jyväskylä, Finland Height/Weight: 5’10”, 170 lbs Hand: Right   *Eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft* Areas of Strength Transitional play Skating abilities Passing and vision Areas of Weakness Size Defensive play Physicality Scouting Report: Currently ranked 3rd by DraftGeek, Honka …

Anttoni Honka Is Built For The Modern NHL

The list of defencemen that have suited up in 20+ games in the Liiga in their draft-minus-one season is a short one— intact it is only four players long. One half of that group are/were 40 point NHL defencemen; the other half is made up of Anttoni Honka and Urho Vaakanainen, a top prospect for …

12 NHL Re-Entries to Watch

The NHL Draft is nearly a summer past and many names we were talking about leading up to it failed to hear their name called on June 22-23. That doesn’t mean it’s the end of the line for these kids however. Every year there are several +1 players taken in the draft who built on …

Looking Further Into Philip Broberg’s Game

  Philip Broberg’s excellence at the recent Hlinka-Gretzky Cup has him flying up draft boards, proven by his placement of 3rd overall in Craig Button’s Top 5. The left-shot defenceman totaled three goals and one assist through five games, and went on numerous end-to-end rushes. Broberg was one of the top defencemen at the tournament, …

Ivan Hlinka Gretzky Top 31 Performers

  1. Alexis Lafreniere, Stats: 11PTS 5G 6A – Canada   Despite being one of the youngest players at the tournament, Lafreniere was the top scorer and evidently Canada’s most valuable player. While he only a late ’01, it is believed that Lafreniere could have legitimately competed against Jack Hughes for the first overall spot …

Ivan Hlinka Gretzky Preview: Canada

Canada has been well known for years to dominate this tournament, they won it 12 times in the past 14 years and even went on an eight year gold medal run between 2008-2015. In the last couple of years however you have seen more teams really getting out and competing against Canada, they no longer …

Ivan Hlinka Gretzky Preview: Switzerland

A team that hasn’t had much success at the tournament in terms of standings, having next won more than two games in the tournament or getting past the placement game, but have had many successful players come through. The Swiss have done an excellent job bringing in high class NHL talent to this tournament. Bringing …

Ivan Hlinka Gretzky Preview: Czech Republic

Potentially the underdog team at this year’s tournament, the Czech aren’t a team that gaze your eyes on paper but very much should be taken seriously. They stopped Canada’as eight year gold medal run in 2016 and they beat the Canadians 4-3 in pre-tournament play. This year’s team seems hungry to prove themselves, they are …