Putting The AJHL On The Map: Carter Savoie

  The recent upsurge of AJHL talent has been well noted among NHL draft pundits. With star players like Cale Makar hearing their name called early, draft hopefuls Carter Savoie and Michael Benning, as well as former Okotoks Oiler Dylan Holloway are all looking to follow in Makar’s foot steps. In what could go down as the most successful NHL draft in AJHL history, Savoie and Benning are two key … Read more

QMJHL Preview

  After a long summer of training and, for some, international tournament, these young guys are now ready to start their season in the QMJHL. Last year, only two players were drafted from this league in the first round. For 2020, I’m sure we can all expect a better outcome from the QMJHL in terms of 1st round talents. It is currently mid-September and the pre-season is soon taking an … Read more

WHL Draft Players to Watch

  A list has done annually for the past four years, DraftGeek’s players to watch list going into the season. This list consists of players that our scouts have previous recognition of going into the season. We think of this list as an identifier for this year’s class, to give a rough expectation on who some of the big name players might be and who might rise up the ranks … 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

2020 Prospect Profile: Hendrix Lapierre

Player: Hendrix Lapierre Position: C Shoots: Left Height: 5’11” Weight: 172 Team: Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL) Nationality: Canada Today we’ll be looking at Hendrix Lapierre, a centre who’s arguably the second best player in the QMJHL eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft behind Alexis Lafreniere. Lapierre, former first overall QMJHL draft pick, made a name for himself at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, where his 11 points in five games placed … Read more

Ivan Hlinka Tournament Report

The start of August marks the start of the new draft year for NHL scouts. Beginning there’s year long journey at the 2019 U-18 Ivan Hlinka Tournament which was once again held in the neighbouring countries of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. For five days it was home to the top under 18 talent in the world from eight power house hockey countries. From a scouting standpoint this tournament is … Read more

Canada U18 Camp Notes

Hockey Canada’s annual U18 Summer Camp took place on July 28th to July 30th. The summer camp contains 44 of the top under 18 talent in Canada and it is used to decide the Canadian Ivan Hlinka squad. We are starting to see a trend at these camps that players need to have a certain level of skill to get invited to them, it is no longer just required for … 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

NHL Draft: Dylan Cozens

Name: Dylan Cozens Team: Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL) Position: Center Height/Weight: 6’3 183lbs Hand: Right NHL Draft Ranking: 10th Western Prospects Ranking: 4th Estimated Draft Position: Sixth Overall to Thirteenth Overall   Areas of Strength Finishing Between the Dots Explosiveness Flexibility Puck Handling Areas of Weakness Awkward Mechanics Struggles Internationally Driving the Play Report: The face of Yukon hockey, Dylan Cozens is trailblazing the way for hockey players up in Northern … Read more