|Elvis Merzlikins||G||29||1 of 1||77 1B||The Blue Jackets aren't an easy team to tend net for on any given night, but Merzlikins has room for more consistent contribution.
Big body. Athletic. Good feet. Butterfly style. Active in the crease at times.
Rebound control ranges. He battles to make second, sometimes third stops, but pucks have been bounding off him into scoring areas.
Competes. Doesn't quit on pucks. Gets caught too deep in his crease when defending against a speed rush, which opens up too much room for shooters.
Through his first 10 starts this season he has a record of 4W - 6L - .899 save % and 3.28 GAA
Struggles with some inconsistency.||Nov. 22, 2023||Nov. 24, 2023|
|Spencer Martin||G||28||1 of 1||68 2B||Low end #2 / Leaning Minor League starter
Journeyman. Good size. Butterfly style. Nothing high end stands out about his game.
Competes to the best of his ability. Generally keeps his team in the game but rarely steals a win based off his own play.
His first 6 starts produced 1W - 5L - 3.37 GAA / .898 save %||Nov. 22, 2023||Nov. 24, 2023|
|Jake Bean||LD||25||1 of 1||70 P3||Bean has proven he can run a PP at the minor league level and produce offense.
On occasion he will surprise goalies with his release from the top of the circle / walking to middle of ice to direct pucks on net. Average plus distributor at the NHL level. Better timing required / needs to move puck quicker and not expose himself physically / turn over the play in key areas of the ice.
Generally light player. Not much in the way of physical push back. Average plus skater.
2-way 'D' - Averaging 15:19 TOI - 14:33 ES to start the year. Low end of average defensively.||Nov. 22, 2023||Nov. 24, 2023|
|David Jiricek||RD||19||5 of 5||76 P2||Being used in a somewhat sheltered role at the NHL level through the first 15GP this season
Big body. Right shot. Can be elusive on the offensive blue line. Shoots the puck a ton. Can beat goalies clean from distance.
Rangy. Not overly physical in NHL games. Picks his spots gapping up. Work in progress defensively.
Learning on the job. Averages 13:55 TOI - 13:48 ES - is not being used on PP or PK
Future PP QB / 2nd pairing 'D' on projection.||Nov. 22, 2023||Nov. 24, 2023|
|Patrik Laine||RW||25||3 of 3||73 L1||A first line scoring forward when he is competing to the best of his ability.
Elite shooter. Ability to beat NHL goalies from range. Needs to utilize his stature and reach as more of a weapon in high danger areas in the offensive zone.
When he isn't moving his feet / working to empty the tank / he becomes a stationary liability defensively.
Easily defined overall. Capable of scoring north of 30 goals.
Averaging 16:40 TOI - 13:20 ES - 3:20 PP - does not PK - Only produced 3G - 1A in first 10GP
Has battled injury the last couple seasons.||Nov. 22, 2023||Nov. 24, 2023|
|Alexandre Texier||C||24||1 of 1||75 L4||Texier skates as a 3F for CBJ. He is more likely a 4F on most NHL teams.
Averages 16:26 TOI - 13:14 ES - 0:47 PP - 2:25 PK
Fronts the play well on the PK. Active stick. Disrupts the flow for the opponent.
Contributes some secondary scoring. Surprisingly quick catch and release in the offensive zone.
Not a ton of bump to his game.
Unusual stride but he arrives on time.||Nov. 22, 2023||Nov. 24, 2023|
|Cole Sillinger||LW||20||1 of 1||71 L4||Sillinger is a young, still developing, forward for CBJ
His first year in the league was his most productive offensively
Since that time he has struggled to produce offense and his defensive detail has ranged.
Through his first 20GP he has averaged 13:42 TOI - 11:20 ES - 0:32 PP - 1:49 PK
When gets a chance to direct pucks on net he takes advantage.
His 'routes' defending opponents / containing / keeping them to perimeter in his zone has room to improve. Skating is average for the NHL. 1G - 7A / 19 hits - 20 shot blocks (43% in face-off circle||Nov. 22, 2023||Nov. 24, 2023|
|Johnny Gaudreau||LW||30||3 of 3||75 L1||To say Gaudreau has struggled to start the season is a gross understatement.
He's averaging 19:17 TOI - 15:39 ES - 3:38 PP but only scored 2G - 6A through his first 20GP
Gaudreau is obviously a better player than his stats suggest, but his compete and detail have not been to his standard. The team needs more out of him and he's capable of providing more.
Dynamic, undersize, play maker when he's going.
Had a decent first year in Columbus last year. Capable of more.||Nov. 22, 2023||Nov. 24, 2023|
|Erik Gudbranson||RD||31||2 of 2||77 P3||A big body 'D' who plays with an edge
Averages 19:32 TOI - 16:22 ES - 0:02 PP - 3:08 PK -
Matches up against middle six opponents at home and top six opponents on the road
Average distributor. When gets time and space he has a heavy shot from distance in the offensive zone.
Rangy. Long. Closes on opponents. Never backs down from a challenge.
Credited with 15 hits and 51 shot blocks through the first 20GP scored 2G - 6A in the segment||Nov. 22, 2023||Nov. 24, 2023|
|Jack Roslovic||C||26||1 of 1||82 L2||Through his first 14GP he scored 2G - 6A before going down with a fractured ankle
Averaged 16:30 TOI - 14:03 ES - 1:37 PP - 0:49 PK
Credited with 5 hits and 12 shot blocks
Stocky. Strong. Good pace off the rush. Ability to get the edge and take the play to the net.
Crafty decision maker in tight quarters. Creative offensively.
Room for more detail and commitment defensively - on and off the puck.
Lands somewhere in between 2F and 3F. Provides better than secondary scoring.||Nov. 22, 2023||Nov. 24, 2023|
|Damon Severson||RD||29||1 of 1||86 P2||One of the more consistent players for CBJ over his first 19GP
Averages 20:54 TOI - 18:22 ES - 1:09 - PP - 1:22 PK
Not overly physical. Credited with 6 hits and 35 shot blocks
Shoots the puck a ton. Can beat NHL goalies from range. Outlets are generally crisp and on time. Solid skater on straight lines. Quick out of the gate. Edges are sound. Crossovers are a bit delayed but not an issue overall.
2-way 'D' who has played to his identity so far this season.||Nov. 22, 2023||Nov. 24, 2023|
|Justin Danforth||C||30||1 of 1||80 L4||A mostly career minor league player who has arrived at the NHL level the past two seasons.
Undersize. Stocky. Quick to space. Competes. Doesn't shy away from battle areas and getting open in high danger areas in the slot and around the crease.
Better than average on the PK. Jumps to get into shooting lanes and disrupt the play.
Provides secondary layer / depth scoring. Through his first 20GP he's averaged 13:26 TOI - 11:36 ES - 0:41 PP - 1:06 PK - scoring 5G - 3A - credited with 35 hits and 14 shot blocks||Nov. 22, 2023||Nov. 24, 2023|
|Sean Kuraly||C||30||1 of 1||77 L4||Kuraly has played to his identity for CBJ
He splits time as a 3F and 4F - averaging 13:45 TOI - 11:16 ES - 0:03 PP - 2:25 PK
Big body. High end compete. Finishes his checks. Shields pucks along the wall to extend plays.
Not the most fluid skater, but he gets all he can out of his stride.
Competes the full 200 ft.
Character team mate. Part of the leadership group. Wears an 'A'
Credited with 35 hits and 14 shot blocks in first 20GP||Nov. 22, 2023||Nov. 24, 2023|
|Dmitri Voronkov||LW||23||2 of 2||73 L3||After a solid training camp he earned a recall from the AHL
Through his first 14 GP he scored 3G- 6A - Averaged 12:35 TOI - 10:30 ES - 2:04 PP
Huge frame. Hard to move off the play around the crease. Battles along the wall to extend plays.
Skating will need to continue to evolve and should improve with more volume of games / NHL experience.
Provides secondary layer of offense. Credited with 12 hits and 7 shot blocks. Does not PK||Nov. 22, 2023||Nov. 24, 2023|
|Adam Fantilli||C||19||7 of 7||88 FP||First 20 game segment of his NHL career has produced 4G - 6A
Averages 15:41 TOI - 12:50 ES - 2:50 PP
Has not been deployed on the PK, despite being capable in the role.
Playing to his strengths overall.
Competes. Pushes the pace. Quick to space. A threat off the rush.
The team around him has struggled but he has been showing up and pushing himself on a nightly basis. More offense in time as support around him improves.||Nov. 22, 2023||Nov. 24, 2023|
|Kirill Marchenko||RW||23||1 of 1||81 L2||Marchenko's game is on the rise overall.
He's a tall, rangy, skilled forward who skates well in open ice and has quick burst to loose pucks in open space. Overall he leans shooter more than distributor. Not overly physical, but involved enough to extend plays and chip pucks from his defensive zone.
Averaging 16:01 TOI - 12:52 ES - 3:08 PP - Does not PK
In his first 18GP he scored 5G - 6A
Credited with 6 hits and 12 shot blocks||Nov. 22, 2023||Nov. 24, 2023|
|Ivan Provorov||LD||26||3 of 3||85 P1||Provorov has been one of the positive stories to start the season in CBJ
Averages 23:15 TOI - 17:41 ES - 2:21 PP - 3:12 PK
Engaged. Picks his spots physically but plenty strong along the wall and out front his net.
Strong skater. Doesn't look like he's moving exceptionally fast but he has the legs to separate at times and escape pressure in his zone.
Credited with 13 hits and 42 shot blocks over the 20 game segment.
A big part of the reason why CBJ has one of the top PK units in the NHL.||Nov. 22, 2023||Nov. 24, 2023|
|Boone Jenner||LW||30||1 of 1||85 L2||Pure pro. Plays the game the right way. Prepares. Competes.
Through the first 20 game segment to start the year he has already scored 10 goals - and chipped in with 3 assists - On pace for, potentially his biggest goal scoring year of his career
Averages 19:40 TOI - 14:58 ES - 3:28 PP - 1:13 PK
Credited with 25 hits and 25 shot blocks
Wins over 58% of his draws.
Has never been a burner in open ice. Efficient skater. Never backs down from a challenge.
Leads by example. Solid second line center who isn't an elite scorer but produces better than secondary offense.||Nov. 22, 2023||Nov. 24, 2023|
|Zachary Werenski||RD||26||1 of 1||89 P1||Bouncing back from injury and off to a great start in 23/24
One of the bright spots for CBJ.
Leading scorer through first 18GP - 1G - 14A
Averages 23:23 TOI - 18:39 ES - 3:18 PP - 1:25 PK
Excellent skater. Closes on opponents effectively. Not overly physical. Blocks shots.
Credited with 4 hits and 25 block shots in segment.
Top pairing D who can be used in all situations.||Nov. 22, 2023||Nov. 24, 2023|
|Johnny Gaudreau||LW||30||2 of 3||75 L1||The Blue Jackets are struggling to find a 'team identity' and Gaudreau is struggling to find the back of the net offensively.
Through the first 17GP he has averaged 19:08 TOI - 15:43 ES - 3:24 PP. Much has been made about his recent third period benching, but the fact of the matter is he has been given ample opportunity to get his game in gear. He simply hasn't played to his identity.
Making matters worse is the fact he hasn't been involved extending plays, battling, or pushing the play the way he is capable. He's scored (1G -5A). He's a (-7). In his last 5GP he only has 1assist - 4 shots on goal - 0 hits - 1 shot block
Monitor how he reacts to recent benching and if he competes in the trenches, even if he isn't scoring.||Nov. 16, 2023||Nov. 18, 2023|
|Luca Pinelli||C||18||3 of 3||77 RL||Playing to his identity to start the OHL season in Ottawa.
Continues to score the majority of his goals on the PP.
In and out overall.
More quick than fast. At the OHL level he gets most places, at least, on time / ahead of opponents.
Defensive commitment / detail ranges.
Element is offense / goal scoring.
Leans power-play specialist / depth prospect who could provide offense at the pro level is he adds more strength and open ice speed. ||Oct. 27, 2023||Oct. 31, 2023|
|Tyler Peddle||LW||18||1 of 1||69 RL||Has an offensive element but lacks consistent impact shift to shift
Impact is significant on the PP
Has good size
Average plus skater
At this stage of his development he has not shown the willingness to elevate his game when games / situations get hard
Defensive commitment is erratic||Sep. 17, 2023||Sep. 19, 2023|
|Mikael Pyyhtiä||LW||21||1 of 1||62 DF||Moves fine
Doesn't have an element that projects an NHL player at this time.||Sep. 17, 2023||Sep. 19, 2023|
|Stanislav Svozil||LD||20||1 of 1||79 P3||2-way/Transitional 'D' who can be deployed at ES and PP
Leans distributor more than shooter
Good feet. Tracks well. Not a physical defender. Relies on closing on plays ahead of opponents with his skating ability
A proven scorer at the WHL level (Regina). Has also produced on the world stage at the WJC
Not likely to PK at the NHL level. ||Sep. 17, 2023||Sep. 19, 2023|
|Corson Ceulemans||RD||20||2 of 2||76 P2||Entering his first full year of pro hockey.
2-way 'D' who can be used in a variety of roles. Defensive detail ranges. Has proven he can play RD or LD.
Leans distributor more than shooter when deployed on the PP.
When time and space allows he has the ability to lead the rush on his own.
Good size. Not punishing but also not shy about engaging.||Sep. 17, 2023||Sep. 19, 2023|
|Jordan Dumais||RW||19||1 of 1||79 L3||Pure offense.
At the 2023 rookie tournament, in Traverse City, he scored 4G-4A in 2GP.
When a play driver establishes zone entries - he has the hockey IQ to find open space. When the puck ends up on his stick he goes to work - playing to his strengths -
Extra gear required for NHL game. He will be tested physically as he graduates to the pro game. Has established himself at the QMJHL level. Ready for a new challenge but required to go back to junior for one more season.||Sep. 17, 2023||Sep. 19, 2023|
|Martin Rysavy||RW||20||1 of 1||67 DF||Depth NHL prospect
Good size. Not punishing. Not shy. He ventures into traffic to try to win pucks. Average skater. Average skill.
Competes. At the rookie tournament in Traverse City, to start the 23/24 season he worked the full 200ft. Didn't cut corners. Needs time at the AHL level to define if he has NHL upside.||Sep. 17, 2023||Sep. 19, 2023|
|James Malatesta||LW||20||1 of 1||75 RL||Compact frame.
Quick to space in small areas.
Better than average battle along the boards in the offensive zone. Doesn't require a lot of time or space to get pucks to the net. Leans shooter. Has historically produced at a high level in the QMJHL. Potential to be used on the PP and skate in a top six role in the AHL as he trends towards developing into an NHL player.||Sep. 17, 2023||Sep. 19, 2023|
|Luca Del Bel Belluz||C||19||2 of 2||77 L3||Evolving.
A lean looking prospect who moves well, sees the ice, and has offensive upside.
Lacks physical presence. Plays a relatively light game overall.
Craves the puck in the offensive zone. Leans shooter more than distributor.
Defensive detail will need to improve as he matures.
Has time to round out his game. Already a 40 goal scorer at the OHL level.||Sep. 17, 2023||Sep. 19, 2023|
|Samuel Knazko||LD||21||1 of 1||75 ML||a 2-way 'D' who moves well and has decent size and strength.
Not a punishing player physically. A 'bumper' at most.
Good stick. Outlets well. Leans passer more than shooter. Has the skill set to be used on the second PP unit if required.
Defensive detail, body positioning, and overall commitment defensively has room to improve.||Sep. 17, 2023||Sep. 19, 2023|
|David Jiricek||RD||19||4 of 5||83 P2||Continues to project as a middle pairing 'D' who has a chance to reach first pairing in time.
Has the hockey IQ to be deployed in all situations.
Big body. Long reach. Competes. Shoots the puck hard and accurately from range.
At times his posture has him leaning over his toes too much, impeding his ability to defend against transition rush via neutral zone turnovers.
Projects to be a player who can log a ton of minutes, in time, at the NHL level.||Sep. 17, 2023||Sep. 19, 2023|
|Luca Pinelli||C||18||2 of 3||76 RL||A young prospect who has time on his side to continue to develop.
Top six / Top line scorer at the OHL level.
Excellent mitts. Skating will need to go to another level before he turns pro.
Has historically scored almost half his goals on the power-play.
Defensive detail will have to improve as he matures. ||Sep. 17, 2023||Sep. 19, 2023|
|Hunter McKown||C||21||1 of 1||77 RL||Moves well. Has above average puck touch. Leans shooter more than distributor.
Sneaky 1vs1 skill set. When he gets a sniff in the offensive zone his first instinct is to direct pucks on net.
Decent size. Capable battle.
Not a prospect who will PK at the NHL level. Could end up topping out as a 3F/4F who can slide into PP #2 if required.||Sep. 17, 2023||Sep. 19, 2023|
|Cameron Butler||RW||21||1 of 1||76 RL||Big body. Power forward frame. Competes. Finishes his checks as F1 on the forecheck. Not shy about battling for space around the crease. Tracks back the full 200ft. Not elite in any one category. A worker with above average finish and the size to disrupt the play. Involved. Noticeable. Potential minor league recall.||Sep. 17, 2023||Sep. 19, 2023|
|Adam Fantilli||C||18||6 of 7||93 FP||In his first taste of pro hockey Fantilli was outstanding at the Traverse City rookie tournament.
He scored 3G-4A in 2GP.
A massive threat off the rush. He backs opponents off in transition, opening up space for his line mates arriving late in support. Extends plays along the boards with his quickness and zone reads. Hockey IQ to be used in all situations. Top line / franchise player on projections. Empties the tank every shift.||Sep. 17, 2023||Sep. 19, 2023|
|Dmitri Voronkov||LW||23||1 of 2||76 L3||A consistent competitor who has played both center and the wing while developing in the KHL.
Huge frame. Average plus skater. Not the kind of forward who will be a threat off the rush.
Extends plays along the wall. Sets up screens / net front on the PP.
An honest 2-way power forward on projection. Potential 3F at even strength. Slides into one of the PP units as a distraction.||Sep. 17, 2023||Sep. 19, 2023|
|Denton Mateychuk||LD||19||2 of 2||81 P2||Mateychuk continues to play to his identity as a 2-way / Transitional defenceman.
He has the ability to escape pressure with the puck on his stick and either outlet or skate pucks out of his zone on his own. Fantastic vision. Sees the ice exceptionally well in the offensive zone. Finds passing lanes that other prospects fail to identify. Speaks to his hockey sense.
Defensively his detail can range at times when defending against pro level players. Has room to improve containing opponents and bumping the play to the perimeter. Projects as a middle pairing 'D' who can QB a PP unit. Needs to be paired with a 'safe' D partner.||Sep. 17, 2023||Sep. 19, 2023|
|Nolan Lalonde||G||19||1 of 1||64 #3||At the preseason rookie tournament in Traverse City, before the start of the 23/24 season, he struggled to get comfortable and never found a confident groove.
His lateral tracking needs to improve. Nolan requires more lateral push and his reads need to be better overall.
A butterfly goalie who has decent size. His foundation is average plus overall. Average gloves, rebound control, positioning (etc) at this stage of his development.
Needs time. Needs more quickness overall.||Sep. 17, 2023||Sep. 19, 2023|
|Andrew Strathmann||LD||18||1 of 1||67 D7||Leans 2-way Transitional 'D' on projection
Used in all situations at the USHL level - produced offense
Some bump to his game defensively. Not tall. Compact. Strong.
Aggressive making quick decisions with the puck in the offensive zone. Distributes and directs pucks towards goal equally.
Skating has another level to go too. Average plus at this stage of his development.
On the PK he jumps out to front the play and is willing to block shots. Needs 3 years college.||May 13, 2023||Jun. 27, 2023|
|William Whitelaw||RW||18||1 of 1||57 L4||Undersize skill forward who leans shooter more than distributor
Has the ability to come off the flank and rip pucks from tight angles - quick release - shoots the puck hard and accurately
Relishes the opportunity to go on offense - his defensive zone commitment and detail ranges
Not the kind of player who a coach can utilize in key d-zone scenarios or on the PK
Best work comes at ES and on the PP
More quick than fast in open ice - element is offense||May 19, 2023||Jun. 14, 2023|
|Luca Pinelli||C||17||1 of 3||60 RL||Skill forward who does his best work on the power-play
Excellent hands - quick catch and release - sets up on his weak side flank / opening up the ice in front of him to either direct pucks on net or distribute
Skating is average plus for his stature and will need to go to another level for the NHL game
He lurks in all three zones - waiting to pounce on pucks and opportunities
10 of his 29 goals came on the PP -
He cuts some corners but produces offense||Apr. 2, 2023||Jun. 13, 2023|
|Adam Fantilli||C||18||5 of 7||84 T3||Top scorer in NCAA hockey in freshman season.
Play driver. Used in all situations. Plays quick, fast, skilled game. Relentless compete. Wants to make a difference. Not shy about playing physical and extending plays in the trenches. Natural center who can also play the wing.
Top line NHL upside. Elite prospect. Ready for NHL in 2024 if he chooses.||Apr. 6, 2023||May 3, 2023|
|Gavin Brindley||RW||18||3 of 3||74 M6||Elevated his game in the back half of 2023. Massive step forward in point production. Scored at ES and PP. Used in all situations at Michigan.
Undersize. Quick. Fast. Energetic. Relentless competitor. Never goes away.
Despite his stature he has the ability to leverage around the crease, get under checks, and slip down the boards when contested. Has the ability to be a play driver. Willing to sacrifice his body on the penalty kill. Team first player. Infectious. When not producing offense he contributes in other areas of the game that benefit his team. - defensively - energy - detail - etc.||Apr. 6, 2023||May 3, 2023|
|David Jiricek||RD||19||3 of 5||71 P2||Projects as a middle pairing 'D' at the NHL level - but one who could possibly take shifts in top pairing in time
Used in all situations at AHL Cleveland. Straight line skating is sound. Small areas quickness and agility is NHL worthy - although he is a bit chopping looking at times and his posture has room to improve when skating backwards and defending against speed rush
Front the play defensively, competes, willing to block shots - huge asset on the PP as distributor and shooter - has a heavy/hard/accurate shot from distance - 2-way D / All situations in NHL||Apr. 2, 2023||Apr. 3, 2023|
|Adam Fantilli||C||18||4 of 7||84 T3||Continues to impress in his freshman year at Michigan
Persevered at the WJC playing for Canada - being used in a variety of roles out of position -
In a recent ten game segment upon returning to Michigan he scored 7g-13a while averaging 18 minutes TOI per game. Has shown he can be used in all situations.
Continues to play quick - fast - skilled - and physical when required
Elite talent - top line NHL upside||Feb. 3, 2023||Feb. 7, 2023|
|Gavin Brindley||RW||18||2 of 3||74 M6||After a strong showing at the WJC representing Team USA - Brindley has taken his game to another level offensively upon returning to Michigan
In a recent 10 game segment he scored 5g-7a while being used in all situations
A threat off the rush - he has been driving play and directing more pucks on net
Hard to contain in small areas - high end compete - quick and fast - undersize energizer - infectious player||Feb. 3, 2023||Feb. 7, 2023|
|Gavin Brindley||RW||18||1 of 3||67 M6||Playing to his identity at the WJC for Team USA
Middle of the lineup energy provider who is very competitive
Jumps to space quickly when he doesn't have the puck / creates turnovers
Off the rush he's willing to take puck to the net
Ability to slip under checks along the boards
A versatile player who can be used in a variety of roles up and down the lineup||Dec. 26, 2022||-|
|David Jiricek||RD||18||2 of 5||71 P2||Good size. Right Shot. Sound IQ in all three zones. Shoots the puck very well and can score goals from range. Although he is very long he has the ability to make puck plays in tight quarters. Rotates well to open space in the offensive zone.
Skating needs to come another 15% for the NHL game. He can get by now but his agility will be tested on a nightly basis. Cup of coffee, early in the season with CBJ showed he is somewhere between AHL / NHL at this stage. Producing offense / his identity in AHL||Nov. 18, 2022||Nov. 20, 2022|
|Adam Fantilli||C||18||3 of 7||82 T3||His skill has been on full display early on in his freshman year at Michigan
On pace for over 70 points. Element is offense but he is capable of being used in a variety of roles.
Continues to play quick and fast. He's very competitive and wants to be a difference maker.
Pressures the play / creates turnovers with his speed and determination. Equal parts goal scorer / playmaker. Top 3 forward at NHL level on projection. Elite talent overall.||Oct. 29, 2022||Oct. 31, 2022|
|Adam Fantilli||C||17||2 of 7||78 T3||Skilled forward who plays quick and fast. Could be the fastest skater in the 2023 draft class.
Good size. Plenty strong. High end compete. Wants to make a difference every shift.
Has the ability to be used in all situations. Up ice, pressuring the play without the puck. he creates turnovers with his speed and determination.
Equal parts goal scorer / playmaker. At times he could slow his approach down and allow more time for plays to develop. Top line NHL upside.||Oct. 1, 2022||Oct. 4, 2022|
|Kent Johnson||C||19||3 of 3||69 T6||Thinks the game at an elite level offensively
Hard to defend against in tight quarters. Makes plays in small areas.
Leans distributor more than shooter. A playmaker who can pick apart opponents on the PP.
Sneaky quick. Added strength will bring more open ice separation.
Will need to increase his three zone detail and consistent 200ft energy for the NHL game.
Not likely to be used in key defensive zone scenarios or on the PK.||Aug. 17, 2022||Sep. 10, 2022|
|Erik Gudbranson||RD||30||1 of 2||62 P3||Had a nice bounce back year in Calgary in 21/22
Middle pairing / Bottom pairing 'D' who plays physical.
Finishes his checks. Gaps up with enthusiasm. Willing to drop the gloves when required.
Average puck skill. Doesn't possess 'soft touch' with the puck. Has the legs to escape pressure and get pucks deep in offensive zone. At his best when he keeps his game simple.
Used mostly ES and PK||Mar. 3, 2022||Jul. 12, 2022|
|Johnny Gaudreau||LW||28||1 of 3||82 FP||Took his game to another level in 2021-2022 scoring a career high 40g-75a-115pts
Earned the trust of his coaches to be used in all situations when required
Much improved off the puck detail and back tracking effort
Elite offensive talent who is a threat off the rush and in small areas
Equal parts distributor and finisher||Mar. 3, 2022||Jul. 12, 2022|
|Patrik Laine||RW||23||1 of 3||55 T6||A perplexing player who has elite scoring ability and produces when fully engaged and competing. The issue, year over year, has been the fact he is wildly inconsistent
Shooter more than distributor. Despite stature he is not overly physical.
He has the skill set to surprise 1/1 in transition but cannot be described as an open ice burner
His three zone detail is erratic
Cannot be trusted in key defensive scenarios.||Jan. 30, 2022||Jul. 12, 2022|
|Kirill Dolzhenkov||RW||18||1 of 1||61 M6||A massive forward who plays his off-wing. Kirill has sound skating mechanics. He will need to improve his first 3 steps out of the gate and get more explosive as he develops. In open ice he is efficient on straight lines and moving east west off the attack. Plays the back door flank on the PP and goes to the net looking for tips and rebounds. He's difficult to defend along the wall and around the crease. Hard to knock off pucks. He extends plays with his reach. Intriguing prospect. Has a good stick and offensive tools. Defensive detail (NI||Apr. 23, 2022||Jul. 4, 2022|
|Luca Del Bel Belluz||C||18||1 of 2||69 T6||Luca is a good size prospect with room for much more strength.
He's quick out of the gate and has separation in open ice. Up ice on the PK he has the speed to create turnovers. He can also lead the PP breakout with zone entries. He has a good feel for the game and sees the ice. Luca scored 12 of his 30 goals on the PP. When he adds more weight he will have more impact in the hard areas. He's not shy about getting involved and plays with some crafty push back. Provides more than just offense||Feb. 2, 2022||Jul. 2, 2022|
|David Jiricek||RD||18||1 of 5||71 P2||A tall, lean, right shot 'D' who has sound IQ in all three zones and very good vision with the puck on his stick. He has the ability to elude pressure and skate pucks up ice. Makes accurate outlets to his forwards in motion. Small area game is also strong. For a big body with a long reach he makes pocket plays naturally.. On the PP Jiriicek is equal parts distributor and shooter. He's a reliable defender who can PK. Skating stride is a bit upright. His balance / backward pivots have room to improve. Recovered from in season injuries. Trending up.||May 8, 2022||Jun. 23, 2022|
|Adam Fantilli||C||17||1 of 7||71 T3||Skilled forward who is arguably the quickest and fastest in his draft class for 2023
Good size. Competes. Want to be a difference maker every shift.
At times less would be more in terms of his overall detail. He tries to make the 'hard' play instead of taking the easy alternative ... which does lead to some questionable detail and turnovers at times.
Has potential to challenge for top 5 draft slot after next season||Apr. 23, 2022||May 2, 2022|
|Ivan Provorov||LD||25||2 of 3||67 P1||It has been a tough year in Philly and he has been part of the problem more than the solution this season. Having said that he is only 25 and likely to put this season behind him.
AVG TOI (24:44) is on par with what he has historically logged. Used in all situations. Moves fine. Can play a heavy style.. His offensive stats, this year, aren't far off what they were last season. The biggest issue has been his overall detail, execution, and at times body language. Outlets, decisions in all three zones, defending detail, everything has been off this year.||Apr. 9, 2022||Apr. 12, 2022|
|Kent Johnson||C||19||2 of 3||64 T6||Element is his scoring upside. Sees the ice. Thinks the game very well in the offensive zone.
He makes plays. So far he has been more of a distributor than shooter. Ability to pick opponents apart on the (PP). Sneaky quick and fast but doesn't play at top speed at all tines. In fact, he does disappear for stretches at (5vs5). More consistency required at the next level. Also room to add strength to his frame. A gifted prospect who has chance to contribute in a top 6 role at the NHL level.||Mar. 19, 2022||Apr. 11, 2022|
|Denton Mateychuk||LD||17||1 of 2||73 P2||Leader. Takes charge. Competes. Involved. Active. Always around the play.
This player contributes in all areas of the game.
Battles opponents in his zone. Wins pucks. Doesn't back down.
Jumps to open space as an extra layer offensively.
Moves well. No holes in his game. Size is not an issue. Coaches love these kinds of players. Reliable. Trustworthy.||Feb. 2, 2022||Mar. 25, 2022|
|Ivan Provorov||LD||25||1 of 3||68 P1||AVG TOI (25:00)
His season has fallen short of expectation. He's a much better player than his body of work this year.
An absolute horse who is used in all situations. Battles. Competes. Heavy in the trenches. Can shoot / score from range. He is literally used at ES, PK, PP, 4/4, 3/3.
This year is a mulligan. Only 25 years old.||Mar. 13, 2022||Mar. 17, 2022|
|Patrik Laine||RW||23||2 of 3||60 T3||His game has been trending positively for several weeks. Playing to his identity / element. Elite shooter who is feeling confident and producing.
His AVG TOI for the year is (18:33) but he has had games recently that have hit the (23:00) mark. All of his ice comes at ES, 4/4, OT, and on the PP. He doesn't PK.
There are going to be nights that coaches want more from his game. He, at times, won't provide the three zone effort the team is looking for ... but ... average on the defensive side is good enough when he is producing offensively||Mar. 7, 2022||Mar. 8, 2022|
|Nick Blankenburg||RD||23||1 of 1||64 RL||Undersize defender who is used in all situations at the college level
Transitions pucks effectively
Outlets and decision making is sound
A capable defender despite his stature
A threat to create and score on the PP
Leans transitional 'D' with PP upside. His PK contribution is average.||Dec. 10, 2021||Jan. 4, 2022|
|Kent Johnson||C||19||1 of 3||61 T6||Highly skilled player who flies under the radar for stretches when playing 5/5
Room for much more strength which should add more explosiveness
Elite thinker in the offensive zone
Sees the ice and makes plays
His IQ offensively cannot be taught. He is naturally gifted.
Play away from the puck and in his zone could use more compete and detail at times.
Element is clearly offensive upside.||Nov. 27, 2021||Jan. 2, 2022|
|Corson Ceulemans||RD||18||1 of 2||62 P2||Playing significant minutes at Wisconsin. Plays a 2-way / Transitional game.
Primarily used RS and on the PP. He has the IQ to kill penalties if required.
Retrieves pucks and isn't shy about leading the rush when he sees open ice in front of him.
Appears equally comfortable playing RD or on his weak side LD
Opens up as LD on the PP where he can be a threat to direct pucks to the net but leans more of a distributor / playmaker on the PP
Defensive detail is slightly above average but not a red flag. Solid NHL prospect.||Nov. 27, 2021||Jan. 2, 2022|
|Aidan Hreschuk||LD||18||1 of 1||54 D7||Mostly bottom pairing role to start his college career.
Moves well. Straight lines and agility are solid.
Low risk approach. Capable of more as he settles in.
Used mostly RS and PK.
Competes. Gets involved. A bumper physically but he does play with energy.
Nothing stands out positive or negatively at this stage of his development.||Oct. 30, 2021||Jan. 1, 2022|
|Guillaume Richard||LD||18||1 of 1||51 RL||Off to a nice start at Providence in his Freshman season
Good size prospect who is a better than average skater
Competes / plays consistently hard
At times his game gets a bit hectic / he needs to slow down and take stock of his surrounding with and without the puck
Has struggled at times identifying proper coverage responsibility down low in his zone
Overall he is earning his ice time and should improve his detail as he matures||Oct. 24, 2021||Jan. 1, 2022|