First round or seventh. It makes no difference to Spruce Grove Saints defenseman Ian Mitchell.
Werner is that big puck stopper who fills the net well and who has all NHL scouts salivating for what he could develop into. He has a great balance and is calm in net. He is a strong skater, showing the ability to quickly get into position and set himself up. Werner uses his size to cut down angles, is … Read More
Erne is a swift skating power winger that has some lateral agility but plays a primarily north- south game. The praise for his skating isn’t for blazing breakaway speed but for his ability to twist and turn his way out of a corner. His quick movement allows him to shake off defenders easily and crash the goal unobstructed. He plays … Read More
For an undersized forward playing on a young and rebuilding WHL team, ‘the bigger they are, the harder they fall’ is a pretty good mantra to live by.
Every season, scouts from Future Considerations spend countless hours in rinks across the world in an effort to gather information on the next wave of NHL talent coming down the pipe. Future Considerations’ Western-based scout Logan Fossum is no different.
Nizhnikov is a skilled, flashy forward with good size…he moves well with a smooth stride that generates healthy speeds…has impressive elusiveness for a guy his size…agile and balanced on his feet…creates offensive chances by making moves to get to prime scoring areas before unleashing a dangerous shot and isn’t shy to get to the areas he needs to on the … Read More
Svechnikov is an electrifying, dangerous, offensive winger…confident shoot-first mentality…explosive skater with plenty of horsepower underneath the hood to explode…smooth and powerful stride as a larger player, but has the quickness and footspeed of a much smaller player…solid offensive smarts and understanding of position…possesses edge-of-your-seat puck skills…unpredictable…can dangle around or power through opponents on his way to the net…uses his size … Read More
A speedy two-way threat. His feet are his best asset as he flies around the ice and is involved because of his ability to get there. Really impresses with his foot-speed and his ability to get through traffic at high speed. Has explosive acceleration and that extra gear to get back or gain separation on the attack. He uses his … Read More
A smart playmaking winger. Big kid, with a little bit of lumbering to his skating. He has solid technique but isn’t explosive or fast enough to beat defenders wide. A very details-oriented player who plays hard both ways. Has some nice hands which allows him to stickhandle, but can be reluctant to shoot the puck. Passes up prime chances to … Read More
A power winger with some impressive offensive upside. He skates well with a strong stride that generates good speed and allows him to power the puck to the net. His feet are quick and agile, which also allows him to get in hard on the forecheck. He protects the puck well, works the boards hard and usually wins the puck. … Read More
A slippery offensively creative playmaker. Skates well but lacks that extra gear, in- stead uses quick darting moments, change of pace and lateral shifts to keep defenders on their heels. Has some of the best hands in the draft as he can make plays and stickhandle in a shoe box. Very creative with the puck and can really burn defenders … Read More
A hard working competitor who will go through the wall to make a play on both sides of the puck. Has a sloppy stride but gets to where he is going. Smarts and hockey sense are off the charts which makes him dangerous offensively and disruptive defensively. Has the vision and playmaking abilities to make those around him better. Keeps … Read More
Possesses the same intensity and drive that his father displayed for eighteen NHL seasons…plays a high energy run and gun style…always moving his feet and has good speed…has wizard like hands and protects the puck despite his smaller stature…is creative with the puck and creates loads of offensive opportunities…has a deceptive wrist shot with a quick release…possesses good hockey sense and knows … Read More
Athletic butterfly style keeper has shown great poise and mental strength in the crease…outstanding technique and angles play help him to dominate games even without prototypical size…awesome lateral mobility and reflexive save ability…goes down into his butterfly and pops back up quickly…footwork is excellent and he is able to pick up the puck effectively in traffic…makes himself bigger ad covers more net … Read More
Dea is a skilled centre that generates chances off his quickness, skill and smarts. He gets around the ice very well with good darting quickness and agility. Strong, tight turns, impressive change of direction and lateral jump all bene t his skating. He keeps his feet moving. In saying that though, he is extremely light and can easily be knocked off … Read More
Kujawinski is a strong, physical winger with upside. He skates well as he gets to his top speed within just a few quick strides. He has a good top speed and strong balance making him hard to contain and knock off the puck. He’s competitive and battles hard most shifts, using his size to his advantage in board battles and … Read More
Gabe Vilardi doesn’t need the reminder. He knows he’s entering his draft year. But the 17-year-old isn’t concerned. He’s embracing the experience, one day at a time. “You have to enjoy it,” said Vilardi, who sustained a knee injury at Canada’s selection camp for the Ivan Hlinka, but is expected to resume full-time duty with the Windsor Spitfires, his junior team, … Read More
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