Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs: New Player Development Focus?

Kyle Dubas has often been viewed as an “outside the box” GM. This has changed how the Toronto Maple Leafs have adjusted their draft strategies. 

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In an interview following the 2019 NHL draft, John Lilley, the director of amateur scouting for the Toronto Maple Leafs divulged some information that’s pretty interesting, in regard to the Leafs draft focus. Lilley stated that the focus heading into the draft was on identifying two key traits in players, skill and intelligence. This is a shift far from what was the focus of the Leafs for many years. Right up to the 2016 and 2017 NHL drafts the Leafs prioritized size and physical acumen over intelligence. There seemed to be a focus on drafting the biggest and strongest athlete and developing the decision making later. This was most evident in players like Nicholas Mattinen, Keaton Middleton and even Yegor Korshkov. Whilst many of the picks certainly weren’t fantastic skaters there was a priority on strength, size and physical prowess.

The New Philosophy

Following the 2018 NHL Draft, the Leafs made a few picks that gave a glimpse of a new focus. Even the selection of Rasmus Sandin, whilst a player with the physical tools of Joe Veleno was available was a surprise to many. Joe Veleno boasted incredible speed and was considered by many a top 10 talent. However, the Leafs traded down and still selected Rasmus Sandin at number 29. Thus far, it looks a brilliant pick. Furthermore, to this we saw players like Sean Durzi, Mac Hollowell and Filip Kral selected in the later rounds. These, like Sandin, were prospects who were undersized and lacked a stand out attribute, yet were very intelligent hockey players according to most scouting reports.

Kyle Dubas and John Lilley both mentioned the focus on a player’s skill and intelligence as being the prime target for the scouts leading into this draft. The NHL has long leaned on drafting the best athlete or the best physical specimen and relying on their coaches to mould an NHL brain around the body. Dubas and Lilley look to be challenging this idea and instead focus on finding young players with an NHL head and letting their team develop the body. Considering the Leafs have people like Barb Underhill, Hayley Wickenheiser and Darryl Belfry it would be a waste not to use them.

Dubas’ Comments

Perhaps the most intriguing comment following the draft was what Dubas had to say about the focus following the draft. He specifically mentioned certain names, including Rich Rotenburg and Trevor St Agathe. These are names that many Leaf fans are likely unfamiliar with. However, if you watch the 2017-18 Calder Cup final win you will see Trevor St Agathe out on the ice lifting the cup with Dubas. Trevor has had a long career in the strength and conditioning field and spent time in the NBA and NHL in his field. Dubas climbing through the ranks has gifted him with the opportunity to truly see how player development works from its core. That has given him the insight into the value individuals such as Trevor, Rich, Barb and Darryl can bring to a young players developmental curve. Targeting the strength, nutrition and physical health side with Rich and Trevor, the skating with Barb and the skills work with Darryl offers a very complete player development system.

I personally am a huge fan of people like Mike Boyle and Matt Nichol, who are the premier S&C coaches when it comes to hockey. In a podcast a few years back Matt Nichol, who formerly worked with the Leafs as the first fulltime S&C coach in NHL history, brought up a number of concerns surrounding the game. He spoke on how he felt that NHL teams and those in power around them lacked consideration and understanding for the role of sports science. He spoke about studies he completed whilst working with the team and how even with evidence some coaches seemed resistant to make changes to training styles or focuses that were proven less optimal by science.

These latest comments by Dubas show a clear recognition of those in the sports science field he has on his team. His time with the Marlies and the Greyhounds has afforded him the opportunity to see first hand of the effect that his player development staff can have on his prospects. This should give great confidence to fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs that their GM is forward thinking and ready to place trust in his team to develop intelligent players into more complete athletes.

 

Sources: Hockey-reference.com, Eliteprospects.com

Featured Image Credit: Nikos Michal

Tampa Bay Lightning Draft Review

The Tampa Bay Lightning’s draft may have been solid for some, including myself, but not so much for other fans. I’m here to either push you one way, or pull you even further away from whichever side you are currently on. So let’s get into a full draft review.

Round 1, Pick 27: Tampa Bay Lightning select Nolan Foote, F, Kelowna Rockets

This is the pick that was cause for debate, as Foote was expected to go in the middle to late stages of the second round, and potentially even the third round. However, the Lightning reached for the brother of their top defensive prospect, Cal Foote, with this pick. I did a scouting report on Foote shortly after day 1 of the draft was completed, but I’ll give you a quick run down. He isn’t a very good skater, but outside of that, possesses a well-balanced, two-way skill-set. If he can hone in on his skating skills, I could easily see him as a second line winger in the future. But again, this was a reach at 27th overall, and there were better options (as it stands today) at that spot.

Draft Pick Grade: C+. Would be a B if he wasn’t such a big reach however.

Round 3, Pick 71: Tampa Bay Lightning select Hugo Alnefelt, G, HV71 J20

The Lightning acquired the 71st overall selection as a part of the JT Miller trade with the Vancouver Canucks at the draft. I also did a scouting report on Alnefelt a few days ago, and I was very impressed with his skills. In short, he is very fluid with his movements in all directions, and is very, very poised in net. He can make clutch saves when needed, and he tracks the puck with such precision, it’s like he’s a programmed machine made to stop a puck. He also has advanced rebound control for his age, and I genuinely believe he could cross over to the AHL as soon as next season to play for the Syracuse Crunch in a backup role. I’m very happy with this pick.

Draft Pick Grade: B+. Would be an A- but we have Andrei Vasilevskiy for the foreseeable future.

Round 3, Pick 89: Tampa Bay Lightning select Maxim Cajkovic, F, St John Sea Dogs

This is my favorite pick, hands down. I did a scouting report on him as well, but this is the last player I scouted, at least for the Lightning’s picks. He’s a Marchand type of player, who plays with an edge and a bit dirty too. He does have a good offensive touch and plays well in the defensive zone. In short, he’s a great pick, but needs to be more disciplined at the next level. I can see him as a middle 6 forward in the future.

Draft Pick Grade: A

Round 4, Pick 120: Tampa Bay Lightning select Maxwell Crozier, D, Sioux Falls

Crozier is an overager at 19 years old, but is coming off of a solid season with Sioux, posting 43 points in 60 games. 20 of those 43 points were primary (goal, primary assists), which is solid, especially for a defenseman. These are his statistics, according to prospect-stats.

As shown above, he ranks on the higher end of the scale in almost every stat, except for expected goals per 60 minutes (eG/60). He has good size, standing at 6’2, 190 pounds, and that’s a pattern you’ll see. Taller or heavier players were coming off the board when Tampa had to make their pick. I do like this selection from an analytical standpoint, but I had no film and can’t make a true assessment on him.

Draft Pick Grade: B-

Round 6, Pick 182: Tampa Bay Lightning select Quinn Schmeimann, D, Kamloops Blazers

Another tall, stocky defenseman, Schmeimann played in the Western Hockey League for Kamloops and did alright. At 17 years old, nearly 18, he scored 5 goals and assisted on 23 more for 28 total points, with 14 points being primary. Here’s more from prospect-shifts.

Again, Schmeimann does well analytically, outside of two metrics: eA1/60 (expected primary assists in 60 minutes) and eG/60 (expected goals in 60 minutes). I like the selection, but there was no film on him, and I cannot give him the good ol’ eye test. I will be keeping a close eye on his development into next season.

Draft Pick Grade: C+

Round 7, Pick 198: Tampa Bay Lightning select Mikhail Shalagin, F, Spartak Moskva

Shalagin is a tall kid, standing at 6’4, but is an unhealthy 168 pounds. However, despite his very lanky stature, he managed to dominate the MHL (second tier Russian league). The Russian hockey player is 19, turning 20 in September of this year, which makes him 2 years older than some of the other prospects in this draft. However, he scored 48 goals and 27 assists (75 points) in 45 games played. 45 games played is not a typo, he was just that good. Sure, there’s the Russia factor, and sure, he is an overager, but I still feel very happy with this selection. There’s no Prospect-Stats page for him, and also no film, but he looks like a very intriguing prospect to keep an eye on. Potential late bloomer, similar to that of Nikita Gusev.

Draft Pick Grade: B

Round 7, Pick 213: Tampa Bay Lightning select McKade Webster, F, Green Bay Gamblers

The Lightning’s final selection was an undersized left winger in Webster (5’10, 159 pounds), who posted 11 goals and 19 assists for 30 points in 58 games played in the season prior. However, he only played 6 games this past season, with 2 assists. He is committed to the University of Denver next season, and if he can remain healthy and produce at a good level in college, than this could be another solid selection.

Webster didn’t place too well in the games he did wind up playing last season. Currently, it was just a casual 7th round selection, nothing very special and likely won’t play an NHL game. However, that could all change with a good NCAA season or two.

Draft Pick Grade: C

In Conclusion

The Lightning drafted well, in my opinion. Nolan Foote may have been a reach, but he’s still a good prospect. Maxim Cajkovic and Hugo Alnefelt were fantastic third round selections. Outside of the first three picks, they took fliers on some potentially solid bottom 6 forwards. All in all, I’d give their draft a B- grade. It wasn’t anything great, but it wasn’t awful either. Only time will tell which way this draft leans towards more: Good or Bad.

All stats via Prospect-Stats and eliteprospects

Detroit Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings Draft Analysis

The Detroit Red Wings turned the draft on its head with the sixth pick. Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman provided the first “Hold my Beer” moment of the draft by taking the high rising, high-upside, right-handed defender Mortiz Seider from the DEL. The “Yzerplan” was fully underway.

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The Picks

Moritz Seider, RHD, Alder Mannheim (DEL), Round 1, 6th overall

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The big right-handed blue liner has been rising on draft boards over the last three months. Seider was often ranked as the second or third best defender in the draft come June, usually in the top-15. Taking the German born and trained Seider at sixth overall may have been a bit of reach at the draft time but in a few years we may realize Wings general manager Steve Yzerman’s genius. He’s a mobile, 6’4″ right shot defender who excelled in latter half of the year playing against men in the DEL (top German league). Seider possesses the ability to defend with efficiency. He uses his long reach and stick to disrupt plays and isn’t afraid to close out and engage physically. Offensively, he showed promise at the junior level and on the international stage, including during his men’s World Championship with the German national team. Although this may seem like a reach at the time of the draft, even Moritz Seider looked surprised to hear his name so early, but could end up being looked back upon in a much more positive light. Grade C+

Antti Tuomisto, RHD, Ässät U20 (Jr A SM-Liiga), Round 2, 35th overall

Another big, right-handed rearguard for Detroit. Another pick that may have been slightly higher than anticipated but a good player nonetheless. An interesting fact about Antti Tuomisto is that he was set to be promoted to the Liiga but declined the promotion because he wanted to preserve his NCAA eligibility. This led to his stock not being as high as it could have been. He has a big shot from the blue line and makes a good first pass in transition. More of a passer to transport the puck than a puck carrier but he’s a strong skater at 6’5″, 198lbs. Defensively he is solid and creates separation with his large frame. He doesn’t seek out big hits, rather he engages physically with purpose. He does have a bit of an edge to his game, being suspended for crossing the line at the U18s with a knee-on-knee. With the likelihood that he fills his large frame out and his advanced hockey IQ, his defensive positioning is likely to improve over time. Grade B-

Robert Mastrosimone, LW, Chicago Steel (USHL), Round 2, 54th overall

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The first forward taken by the Red Wings was a smaller winger (5’10”, 170lbs) who was a goal scorer at the USHL. He is a decent skater but not could work on it. Robert Mastrosimone has a good first step but his top speed isn’t anything to ride home about. He has a good shot and excellent hands. He will need to learn when and when not to use his go-to move, the toe drag, to get around players. He uses the toe drag on shots as well which is an excellent skill to have as it changes the angle on the shot and deceives goalies with the shot. He will need to get stronger but the skill is there. Defensively, he’s inconsistent but shows a good ability to get his stick on passing lanes. He isn’t going to be a physical presence in the defensive zone but his stick work helps make up for it. Grade B+

Albert Johansson, LHD, Färjestad BK (SHL), Round 2, 60th Overall

A 6’0″ defender who skates well, see the ice and makes good crisp passes. Albert Johansson has a good first step, accelerates quickly and has good top-speed. He carries the puck well and has good hands as a blue liner. He has a good hard shot thats accurate from the point. Seems to get the puck through traffic more often than not. He isn’t afraid to shoot the puck and may need to hone in when to shoot it and when to pass it off. He’s very poised in his own end and does a decent job defending but could definitely work on his positioning when the opposition gains the zone and sustains pressure. He has very high hockey sense and the poise allows him to make good passes under pressure. He has a strong overall game but doesn’t “wow” anyone. Grade B

Albin Grewe, RW, Djurgårdens IF (SHL), Round 3, 66th Overall

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Graded by most as a late-first/early-second round pick, Detroit getting Albin Grewe (pronounces Gre-vah) in the third round is a steal. The Swedish winger plays like a bulldog. He is built like a truck at just 6’0″ tall, 195lbs. He is a combination of grit and skill. Grewe has the ability to turn the momentum of a game on its head. He can get a big hit on he defensive end, get the puck through the neutral zone before dangling a defender and putting the puck top shelf. He’s often been compared to Brad Marchand and Tyler Bertuzzi stylistically and if he falls anywhere on that spectrum this third round pick will be a steal. Grade A

The Lottery Tickets: Round 4 and Beyond

Ethan Phillips, C, Sioux Falls (USHL), Round 4, 97th Overall

Good two-way center who is quite undersized. At just 5’9″ and 146lbs, Phillips will be a project. He excels defensively and could be a good penalty kill player at the next level. He was a big factor in the Sioux Falls’ USHL title this past year. He will be attending Boston University in the fall.

Cooper Moore, LHD, Brunswick High School (USHS-Prep), Round 5, 128th Overall

High school players are hard to project because the level of competition is generally low. This is a home run swing late in the draft. In a game where his team was down 6-3 with three minutes left in the third period, he put the team on his back and scored three goals, as a defenceman, to tie the game. He almost scored again in overtime which would have been his SIXTH goal of the game. This was a late round flyer that could pay off big time later. Moore is going to play in the BCHL next year and then at the University of North Dakota in 2020-21.

Elmer Söderblom, RW/LW, Frölunda HC J20 (SuperElit), Round 6, 159th Overall

The massive winger is an excellent stick handler. Although intimidating at 6’7″ and 220lbs, there seems to be more skill than grit in his game. Plays on the perimeter for the most part but likes to take the puck to the net with his stick handling prowess. Taking a flyer on a forward of this size and skill set is the perfect 6th round pick.

Gustav Berglund, RHD, Frölunda HC J20 (SuperElit), Round 6, 177th Overall

A right-handed defender who progressed through the junior ranks in Sweden through the year. Good size and talent but had a rough start to the year. He was living on his own and had a hard time adjusting initially but once he was sorted out by his team and coaches in Sweden he began to excel.

Kirill Tyutyayev, RW/LW, Avto Yekaterinburg (MHL), Round 7, 190th Overall

Tyutyayev dominated the MHL, the Russian junior league, this year. He was his teams leading scoring in the regular season and playoffs. A long-term project, he possesses good puck skills, a decent offensive game and potential to get better with time. A good 7th round swing for the fences.

Carter Gylander, G, Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL), Round 7, 191st Overall

A goalie in the seventh round. He’s big, 6’5″, but needs to fill out his frame as he sits at 172lbs. Good numbers in a second tier Canadian junior league. He will return to Sherwood Park next season before he attends Colgate University in 2020-21.

Draft Summary

The Detroit Red Wings draft was a bit controversial. Taking Seider with players such as Trevor Zegras and Dylan Cozens still available. Seider is a good blue liner who could be a solid 2/3 defenceman who could be a strong defender and underrated offensive contributor. Based on public lists and rankings, it was a bit of a reach with the sixth overall pick.

The value that the Red Wings got in round two and three was good. Tuomisto, much like Seider, is a good player and excellent addition to the defensive pipeline for the Wings but may have been take slightly ahead of where he should have been. Mastrosimone and Johansson were high-upside picks who need to work on areas of their game but if they can harness the obvious skills they have and build on their weaknesses, they could be solid contributors with some time. Grewe may have been the steal of the draft. With many rankings and talent evaluators putting a late first round grade on him, getting the high-motor Swedish pinball could pay huge dividends within a few seasons.

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Overall, Steve Yzerman began the “Yzerplan” with a high-risk, high-reward 2019 NHL Entry Draft. He took the guys that he, along with his scouting team in Detroit, seems the best player available in Seider and then continued to stock pile defenders who play a good two-way game and highly competitive forwards who have never ending motors. Yzerman had a directive of the type of players that he felt the Detroit organization needed and he did an excellent job sticking to his guns and filling them when he say fit.

 

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All statistics and information courtesy of Hockey Reference, the NHL, Elite Prospects and Prospect Stats.

Featured Image Photo Credit – Nikos Michals

Florida Panthers: Evaluating Their 2019 Draft

The Florida Panthers went into the 2019 National Hockey League Entry Draft in Vancouver with the 13th overall pick and came out with nine new names in their depth chart. 

 

Overall, the best word to describe the Panthers’ performance in Vancouver is: okay. Just okay.  Nothing phenomenal, nothing crippling.  Just… okay.  Personally, I am a big proponent of drafting the best available talent, but General Manager Dale Tallon and co. clearly went into the draft with team needs on their minds.  A team that struggled defensively and in net invested heavily in their own end with this draft; the Panthers only used one of their first five picks on a forward but tried to stock the cabinets in the later rounds.  So how did they do with each pick?

 

Round 1, Pick 13: Spencer Knight, G (US National U18 Team)

 

Spencer Knight was not just the top goalie prospect in this year’s draft, but one of the best goalie prospects the NHL has seen in a long time.  That said, drafting goalies is a very tricky business, as goalies are much harder to evaluate and generally take longer to develop. 

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The Panthers clearly wanted a defenseman with their first-round pick, but by the time they stepped up to the podium, Victor Soderstrom, Philip Broberg, and Moritz Seider were all off the board.  Tallon allegedly had some discussions with other GMs about trading down, but they proved fruitless and the Panthers ultimately used their given pick on Knight.  With the big-three defensemen off the board, I understand and am generally okay with the Panthers reaching a little bit for Knight.  Hopefully, he turns into every bit the franchise goalie that the analysts are projecting and the Panthers don’t regret passing on the likes of Cole Caufield and Peyton Krebs.

 

Pick feel: fine, given the circumstances

I would’ve picked: Cole Caufield

 

Round 2, Pick 52: Vladislav Kolyachonok, D (Flint Firebirds, OHL)

 

Drafted by the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League and traded to the Flint Firebirds, Kolyachonok had 30 points in 54 games as a rookie defenseman in the OHL, in addition to scoring five points in five games as Belarus’ captian at the World U18 Championship.  The Panthers may have lost out on Broberg, Seider, and Soderstrom, but Kolyachonok, described as a responsible, two-way defenseman who excels at moving the puck and moving himself, immediately becomes the best defensive prospect in their system.

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Pick feel: great

I would’ve picked: Mikko Kokkonen

 

Round 3, Pick 69: John Ludvig, D (Portland Winterhawks, WHL)

 

Undrafted in 2018, John Ludvig’s second Western Hockey League season, while an improvement on his first, still left much to be desired.  The 6’1” defenseman is known more for fighting than scoring, having recorded more penalty minutes than points in each of his seasons with Portland so far.  Many mocks had him going in the seventh round, if at all, and nothing I have seen in any stat sheet or highlight reel justifies this pick to me either.  This was easily the worst pick the Panthers made in Vancouver and possibly one of the worst overall picks of the entire draft.

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Pick feel: not nice

I would’ve picked: nearly anyone else, but especially Mikko Kokkonen, who was STILL on the board.

 

Round 3, Pick 81: Cole Schwindt, W (Mississauga Steelheads, OHL)

 

The Panthers followed up their worst pick in the draft by making one of their better picks in the draft. The 17-year-old 6’2” forward Schwindt might not have lit the OHL up himself, but he is a very effective play driver at five-on-five.  In significant minutes, Schwindt had a massively positive impact on his teammates’ (including fellow Panthers prospect Owen Tippett) possession stats, which is a very good sign moving forward.

 

Pick feel: much better than the last one

I would’ve picked: STILL MIKKO KOKKONEN

 

Round 4, Pick 106: Carter Berger, D (Victoria Grizzlies, BCHL)

 

The last of the defensemen with whom Florida left Vancouver, Berger is a skilled, though over-aged, defenseman.  He notched 27 goals and 36 assists (63 points) in his second draft-eligible season and is set to move up to the NCAA and play for UCONN this coming season.

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Pick feel: no strong feelings one way or the other

I would’ve picked: Antti Saarela

 

Round 5, Pick 136: Henrik Rybinski, W (Seattle Thunderbirds, WHL)

 

If any of the Panthers’ draft picks is eventually described as a diamond in the rough, it will be Hank Rybinski.  Rybinski began this season very slowly with the Medicine Hat Tigers, but exploded onto the scene after a trade to the Seattle Thunderbirds.  The 17-year-old finished his WHL season with 40 points in 47 games, but was a point-per-game player for Seattle.  Rybinski is strong on the puck, but is certainly more of a playmaker than a goal-scorer himself.  If Seattle continues to use him in more significant ice time, his development could be a pleasant surprise.

 

Pick feel: unreasonably excited for a fifth-rounder

I would’ve picked: Henrik Rybinski too.  Good job, team.

 

Round 5, Pick 137: Owen Lindmark, C (US National U18 Team)

 

The second American-born player that the Panthers drafted over the weekend will follow up a 14-point USHL and 25-point USDP campaign by playing at the University of Wisconsin this coming season. A reasonably sound winger, Lindmark did not particularly wow anybody in any facet of the game, but he didn’t cause much disruption either.

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Pick feel: good enough, he just seems happy to be involved

I would’ve picked: Mason Primeau if you really twisted my arm about it.

 

Round 6, Pick 168: Greg Meireles, C (Kitchener Rangers, OHL)/Round 7, Pick 199: Matthew Wedman, C (Seattle Thunderbirds, WHL)

 

I am going to lump Meireles and Wedman in with each other because the things I have to say about both are strikingly similar.  Both Meireles and Wedman are 20 years old and just completed their third season of draft eligibility.  Both outperformed their previous career highs by significant margins.  Meireles finished 10th in points in the OHL and Wedman 20th in the WHL, but that should be expected, given their age, development, and experience.  I certainly don’t hate taking a flyer on a pair of potential late-bloomers in the sixth/seventh round.

 

Pick feel: *shrug emoji*

I would’ve picked: Michael Gildon both times

Statistics provided by hockey-reference

Featured Image Photo Credit: Nikos Michals

 

Nashville Predators: Draft Analysis

In the past few drafts, the Nashville Predators have selected with defence in mind. This year they had a very good draft where they took some much needed forward prospects.

Picks

Philip Tomasino, 24th overall, Round 1

Egor Afanasyev, 45th overall, Round 2

Alexander Campbell, 65th overall, Round 3

Marc Del Gaizo, 109th overall, Round 4

Semyon Chystyakov, 117th overall, Round 4

Ethan Haider, 148th overall, Round 5

Isak Walther, 179th overall, Round 6

Juuso Parssinen, 210th overall, Round 7

Analyzing the draft

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Philip Tomasino, C, Niagara Ice Dogs (OHL)

Tomasino excites me as a Predators fan as he is a fast, skillful skater who can both shoot and pass the puck exceptionally well. Tomasino is very similar to Kyle Turris with his pucks skill and shot but can skate and defend much better than Turris. He finished the year with 34 goals and 38 assists for a total of 72 points. He also tripled his point total this year compared to last year. Learn more about Tomasino with Spencer Loane’s article about him: puck77.com. This was a great pick by the Predators.

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Egor Afanasyev, LW, Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)

Afanasyev was a bit of a surprise for me as I haven’t heard much about him, but after looking him up and seeing his stats I believe he can end up being a great second or third liner. He broke out on to the scene this year with 27 goals and 37 assists for a total of 72 points. He said in an interview on NHL.com that he compares himself to Blake Wheeler and plays a 200-ft game. The Predators, I believe, reached a little here but I do believe he will be a good player nonetheless.

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Alexander Campbell, C, Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL)

Campbell played with Los Angeles Kings prospect Alex Newhook, who went number five overall in the draft, and they both played very well this past year. Campbell had 21 goals and 46 assists for a total of 67 points. He is a great skater with even better hands who can slip through the smallest of holes given to him by defensemen and when he has the opportunity to shoot he doesn’t back down and takes his chances. This was one of the best picks made by Nashville and could even end up being one of the best steals in the draft, as I believe Campbell’s ceiling is very high.

Overview of the Draft.

This was a great draft compared to last year’s draft where we didn’t have many picks at all. Poile made some great picks and trades that are going to help in the future. The team was definitely looking into the future with these picks, as some won’t be ready until 2-4 years from now. But the few who will be ready soon are some great players who fit the Predators’ needs perfectly.

 

Stats from eliteprospects.com and prospect-stats.com

Featured Image Photo Credit: Nikos Michals