Five AJHLers Ranked in the NHL Central Scouting Rankings

Since the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, the Alberta Junior Hockey league has had five players selected including two first round picks in back-to-back years in Cale Makar (4th overall Colorado Avalanche) and Jacob Bernard-Docker (23rd overall Ottawa Senators). Ian Mitchell (Chicago Blackhawks) Parker Foo (Chicago Blackhawks), and Austin Wong (Winnipeg Jets) are the other three players selected. For this upcoming draft, it seems unlikely that anybody will go in the … Read more

Blending power and finesse, Dylan Cozens will be a popular target at the 2019 NHL Draft

The stylistic focus at the NHL Draft tends to mirror the style of play that is leading to success at that particular time— when the Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings were winning Stanley Cups, it was the “power forward” mold that NHL teams were searching for at the draft; now that the league has shifted to a faster paced, more skilled style of game, the focus at the draft … Read more

Second Half Players to Watch

In the past we have done these sort of lists at the beginning of the season, a huge chunk of players that are highly touted and are expected to have success in their season. This list will be a little bit different however. This list focuses on players who our scouting staff believe could make a major jump from now to the end of the year. Five players/goalies from each … Read more

Mackenzie Harden moves to AJHL Champs

The Spruce Grove Saints announced via Twitter that Mackenzie Harden (99) had joined the organization from the Whitecourt Wolverines in exchange for a Player Development Fee and future considerations. Harden, now on his third AJHL club after joining the Wolverines from the Drayton Valley Thunder back in October 2017, was having a fantastic year in Whitecourt before being moved. In 38 games this season, the Leduc native scored 30 points … Read more

Mid Season WHL Mock Draft

We have reached the midway point of the season with the Winter break finishing just a few days ago for the WHL and Bantam action getting back into the swing of things. There is a lot that can change from today to early May with the WHL draft and things likely will change… a lot. As of right now this is what my mock draft would look like. There are … Read more

WHL Draft Q + A: Denton Mateychuk

Name: Denton Mateychuk Team: Eastman Selects (WBAAA) Position: Defense Height/Weight: 5’10 155lbs Hand: Left 1) Introduce yourself, describe yourself as a player and person Hello, my name is denton Mateychuk. I play hockey for the Eastman Selects bantam AAA.  I am from Dominion City Manitoba and I have been playing hockey since I was 3. I play the game as a very offensive defence. I have a good defensive zone and … Read more

Max Burkholder Q+A and Prospect Profile

Name: Max Burkholder Team: Chaska-Chanhassen Bantam AA Position: Defense Date of Birth: 8/8/2003 Hometown: Chaska, Minnesota Height/Weight: 5’7” 160 pounds Hand: Right 2018-2019 Stats as of 12/30/2018: 30 Games played, 11 Goals, 49 Assists, 60 Points Eligible for 2021 NHL Draft Scout’s Perspective: Max Burkholder is a smooth skating two-way defenseman, who despite his smaller size, is not afraid to play the body. The 15-year-old Chaska, Minnesota native is currently … Read more

How does Kaapo Kakko stack up to Jack Hughes?

Every year the talks between the consensus first and second overall ranked players heat up after the WJC. That is no different this year, as scouts have started to weigh in on the Jack Hughes vs Kaapo Kakko comparisons. The gap between Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko is tighter than it has ever been– as Jack Hughes has underwhelming slightly for the USNTDP in a year where he was expected … Read more

A pair of undervalued OHLers could offer surprising value at the 2019 NHL Draft

The group of OHLers eligible for the NHL Draft this year is typically regarded as a below-average class, with only Arthur Kaliyev and Ryan Suzuki usually thought of as true high-end prospects. But nestled behind those two players lies an undervalued collection of very talented players. This year’s OHL class could end up providing a lot more value to NHL teams than expected. Players like Jamieson Rees, Cole Mackey, and … Read more

Breaking Down Bobby Brink’s Game

One of the fastest rising prospects available in the 2019 NHL Draft, Brink has gone from virtually unknown to a potential first round pick in just a few months. Playing for the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL, Brink has tallied 33 points through 19 games. After missing time to represent Team USA at the World Junior A Challenge, he no longer holds the USHL scoring lead, but he’s comfortably … Read more