S N Y P E R S 7 Posted January 18, 2015 Share Posted January 18, 2015 Hi all, Ever since I got my position with EliteProspects and MyNHLDraft, I've been very active in my scouting (though very quiet on CDC), watching an immense amount of major junior hockey and weighing in on various multinational players for numerous professional sources. Here is a quick look at my Top 5 Defencemen for the 2015 Draft: 1.) Noah Hanifin - Size, creativity, and speed; Noah Hanifin possesses the pro qualities that NHL teams desire in a defenceman 2.) Ivan Provorov - Incredible speed and work ethic, Ivan Provorov is a dynamic defenceman involved in all three areas of the ice when the opposition is bearing down, or his team has the puck 3.) Jeremy Roy - Plays a pro-style game; doesn't take the risks that many defencemen do and plays high percentage hockey. Does exhibit a high level of intelligence and keen awareness on the ice, and can dominate using his smarts. A deft skater that uses his teammates well and possesses very acute individual skills. 4.) Brandon Carlo [seems like a very good Canuck fit] - Gigantic defenceman (@ 6'5, 185lbs) who needs to find his offensive game and fill out his frame; that being said, his potential is sky high: he skates very well, as his strides are deep and strong, and he possesses an NHL-level shot. His defensive game stands out as, probably, the best in this year's draft. Incredibly aware of everything that happens in the defensive zone and the neutral zone, and uses his size and skating ability to make high percentage, skilled plays in all three zones. As long as he sticks to his adaptive, defensive style, the offense will come. example: During the world juniors, Brandon Carlo was stuck between two Finnish shooters, Kapanen and Hintz, and his goalie, Thatcher Demko, on a two on one. Demko had lost his stick in an earlier happening. Backskating quickly, Carlo gave his stick to Demko so he could make the save if the pass was made. Upon seeing Kapanen wind up, Carlo got down to block the shot. In this play, Carlo makes two decisions: give his stick to Demko, as well as block the incoming shot. Many defencemen at this level would not be able to make these types of decisions as fast as Carlo did. 5.) Oliver Kylington - A very smooth skating offensive defenceman that has a very good mind for the game, and can quickly turn a defensive play into an offensive chance for his team. Possesses a very accurate shot and good skating ability. *Honorable Mention: Zach Werenski Free Agency (NCAA): The Canucks brass may want to take a look at Ahti Oksanen, an offensive defenceman that can also play the wing (6'3, 207lbs). Needs to work on his skating ability, but sees the ice very well and can absolutely rip the puck. Another quality player to take a look at would be Casey Nelson; strong two-way defender that sees opportunities as already-finished chances. Great finisher of plays and can be a catalyst for positive plays in all three zones. If there's any player you feel interested about, please post a topic on them and I'll weigh in on what I've observed. Tune in to the BMO Top Prospects Game this week! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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