Thursday, September 02, 2010

Last Post

There will be no more updates on this blog, as I've accepted a position with an NHL club.

Thanks and best wishes to Kyle Woodlief, Phil Colvin, and the rest of the Red Line Report crew for putting up with me for 13 wonderful seasons.

And best of luck to all the prospects for 2011...see you at the rink.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

2010 Ranking Index

Ranking index. Grades (in the reports) are on a 20-to-80 scale. Alphabetical index here.

1
Ryan JohansenC-R31-Jul-92
6-2.0/192
Portland WHL
2
Nino NiederreiterRW-L
08-Sep-92
6-1.5/201
Portland WHL
3
Dylan McIlrathD-R
20-Apr-92
6-4.25/212
Moose Jaw WHL
4
Brett ConnollyLW-R
02-May-92
6-2.0/181
Prince George WHL
5
Quinton HowdenLW-L
21-Jan-92
6-2.0/182
Moose Jaw WHL
6
Calvin PickardG-L
15-Apr-92
6-0.5/195
Seattle WHL
7
Matt MacKenzieD-R
15-Oct-91
6-1.0/191
Calgary WHL
8
Beau BennettRW/C-R
27-Nov-91
6-0.5/173
Penticton BCHL
9
Emerson EtemLW-L
16-Jun-92
6-0.25/190
Medicine Hat WHL
10
Brad RossLW-L
28-May-92
5-11.5/175
Portland WHL
11
Brett BulmerRW-R
26-Apr-92
6-2.25/175
Kelowna WHL
12
Alex PetrovicD-R
03-Mar-92
6-4.0/193
Red Deer WHL
13
Troy RutkowskiD-R
29-Apr-92
6-1.75/208
Portland WHL
14
Taylor Aronson
D-R
30-Dec-91
6-0.25/196
Portland WHL
15
Jordan WealC-R
15-Apr-92
5-9.5/162
Regina WHL
16
Kevin SundherC-L
18-Jan-92
5-11.75/192
Chilliwack WHL
17
Joey LeachD-L
29-Jan-92
6-3.0/187
Kootenay WHL
18
Mark PysykD-R
11-Jan-92
6-1.25/174
Edmonton WHL
19
Brendan Ranford
LW-L
03-May-92
5-9.5/182
Kamloops WHL
20
Alex Theriau
D-R
14-Feb-92
6-1.5/189
Everett WHL
21
Tyler Bunz
G-L
11-Feb-92
6-1.25/196
Medicine Hat WHL
22
Mark Stone
RW-R
13-May-92
6-2.25/188
Brandon WHL
23
Jordan DePape
RW-R
20-Jun-92
5-10.5/187
Kamloops WHL
24
Ryan Harrison
C-R
31-Mar-92
5-9.25/185
Prince Albert WHL
25
Austin Madaisky
D-R
30-Jan-92
6-1.75/185
Kamloops WHL
26
Brendan Shinnimin
C-L
07-Jan-91
5-9.75/179
Tri-City WHL
27
Curtis Hamilton
LW-L
04-Dec-91
6-2.25/209
Saskatoon WHL
28
Radko Gudas
D-R
05-Jun-90
5-11.0/192
Everett WHL
29
Riley Boychuk
LW-L
20-Feb-91
6-5/208
Portland WHL
30
Geordie Wudrick
LW-L
09-Apr-90
6-3/208
Kelowna WHL
31
Kent Simpson
G-L
26-Mar-92
6-2.5/182
Everett WHL
32
Max Reinhart
C-L
04-Feb-92
6-0.75/180
Kootenay WHL
33
Charles Inglis
C-L
07-May-92
5-11.0/187
Saskatoon WHL
34
Kendall McFaull
D-L
10-Apr-92
6-2.0/187
Moose Jaw WHL
35
Brandon Davidson
D-L
21-Aug-91
6-1.0/190
Regina WHL
36
Josh Nicholls
RW-R
27-Apr-92
6-1.5/174
Saskatoon WHL
37
Tyler Fiddler
LW-L
27-Jun-90
6-0/181
Calgary WHL
38
Sean Bonar
G-L
12-Feb-91
6-0.5/179
Penticton BCHL
39
Craig Cunningham
LW-R
13-Sep-90
5-9.75/180
Vancouver WHL
40
Jordan Messier
RW-R
04-Feb-92
6-2.0/192
Tri-City WHL
41
Brandon Herrod
RW-R
11-Sep-91
5-11.75/173
Prince Albert WHL
42
Dylen McKinlay
RW-L
20-Apr-92
5-11.0/162
Chilliwack WHL
43
Daniel Carr
LW-L
01-Nov-91
5-10.75/182
Powell River BCHL
44
Antonin Honejsek
LW-L
19-Dec-91
5-10.5/178
Moose Jaw WHL
45
Patrick Holland
RW-R
07-Jan-92
5-11.75/167
Tri-City WHL
46
Grayson Downing
C-L
18-Apr-92
6-0.5/167
Westside BCHL
47
Brooks Macek
C-R
15-May-92
5-10.75/180
Tri-City WHL
48
Shayne Taker
D-L
12-Feb-90
6-3/190
Cowichan Valley BCHL
49
Mark MacMillan
C-L
23-Jan-92
6-0/154
Alberni Valley BCHL
50
Nathan Lieuwen
G-L
08-Aug-91
6-5/192
Kootenay WHL
51
Sahir Gill
LW-L
21-Apr-92
5-10/180
Vernon BCHL
52
Brody Sutter
RW-R
26-Sep-91
6-4.0/190
Lethbridge WHL
53
Josh Caron
D-L
10-Feb-91
6-4/208
Kamloops WHL
54
Cody Sylvester
C-L
13-Apr-92
5-10/166
Calgary WHL
55
Brendan Gallagher
RW-R
05-Jun-92
5-8.5/163
Vancouver WHL
56
Isaac MacLeod
D/LW-L
22-Feb-92
6-4.0/205
Penticton BCHL
57
J.T. Barnett
LW-L
21-Aug-92
5-11.75/191
Vancouver WHL
58
Tim Daly
D-L
01-Feb-92
5-11.0/165
Langley BCHL
59
Justin Feser
LW-L
29-Jul-92
5-8.75/181
Tri-City WHL
nv
Sam Brittain
G-L
10-May-92
6-2.75/215Canmore AJHL
nv
Cam Lanigan
G-L
09-Jun-92
6-1.75/180
Edmonton WHL
nv
Peter Stoykewych
D-L
14-Jul-92
6-2.25/188
Winnipeg South MJHL

BCHL 2010 Eligibles

Beau Bennett / RW / Penticton: Full profile

Sean Bonar / G /Penticton ('91): Average size, but plays big, confident and consistently good. Excellent play reading, good leg quickness, and capable of big saves. Very good sleeper if you can get him in the late rounds.

Daniel Carr / LW / Powell River:
Very good hands and some scoring touch, but I don't much care for his size/style combination. Smallish sized but plays a power forward style - which might be hard to carry off at the next level. Good quickness and agility allows him to be elusive down low and has really good hands in close. But the fact he requested a trade from the AJHL is a concern about his character. Maybe worth a late pick.

Grayson Downing / C / Westside:
Good overall hockey sense, good defensively, and has decent puck skill. But seems to play the game on cruise all the time. Doesn't do anything to bring you out of your seat. I like his hockey sense, but lack of high end skill means he's a late pick at best.

Shayne Taker / D / Cowichan Valley ('90):
Lanky, late-blooming d-man has really quick feet, but an odd stride - but overall his mobility is a plus. Has some good hands and is versatile - can pass the puck well or take it himself. Had this guy in mind as a serious sleeper, but he looked so bad down the stretch and in the playoffs, that I've dialed my expectations back on him a bit. I'd still extend a camp invite, however.

Mark MacMillan / C / Alberni Valley:
Lots of offensive skill and smarts, but very slight build makes it hard for him to fight through checks or do much in traffic. Besides all the creativity with the puck, does well without it, playing defense, winning faceoffs, etc. Should be a really good college player, but is a longshot pro prospect.

Sahir Gill / LW / Vernon:
Didn't quite pick up where he left off when he returned to the Vipers, but did get back to his scoring ways in the playoffs. Has really soft hands and nice passing touch, but plays very soft. Has a bit of a choppy stride. Not sure I'd spend a pick.

Isaac MacLeod / D/LW / Penticton:
Has some interesting natural offensive instincts for such a big guy, but stride isn't good and has slow feet.

Tim Daly / D / Langley:
Has a lot of power play skill and plays bigger than his size. A bit under the radar this season and might be a worthy camp invite.

Joey Laleggia / D / Penticton: Little rearguard is a nice skater and has a knack for getting the rush started. Very small and ends up losing a lot of physical battles - easy to knock off the puck isn't good in 1-on-1 situations. Not sure there's a lot of pro potential, but should be a fantastic college player.

Luke Curadi / D /Penticton ('91): Huge guy proved he could play up a level after moving over from the Atlantic Jr league. Actually has a decent stride for size and plays with some passion. But his game is extremely raw. Could get a look as a 2nd year eligible, especially since you could control his rights for the next 4 years.

Dylan Walchuk / C / Vernon: Little guy can skate really well and has some hands, but he's tiny. Should be a good college player.

Spokane Chiefs 2010 Eligibles

Blake Gal / C: Is the closest thing to a draft prospect from the Chiefs this year, but misses my list. Has some offensive smarts, but not real elite skill level. Skating is a bit of a concern. Might go late, but a camp invite is more likely.

Brenden Kichton / D: Decent skater, decent hands, and should be a good offensive d-man for the Chiefs in the next couple of years. Not much of a pro prospect at this point.

Steve Kuhn / C: Little guy works hard and is a strong penalty killer, but I haven't seen much in the way of hands yet.

Other 2010s: T.C. Cratsenberg

2011 Outlook: Anthony Bardaro, Brady Brassart, Dominic Uher, Mitch Holmberg, Tanner Mort. A decent group of good young junior players, but no one stands out with a lot of pro protential yet. Bardaro's speed and quickness is impressive, but is small. Mort has some good raw ingredients.

Swift Current Broncos 2010 Eligibles

Justin Dowling / C (late '90): Thought this guy was worth a late pick last year, and he still might be this year. If he did better in traffic and had some grit, he'd be a pretty good prospect. But since teams would have only one year to sign him, he might be passed over again. Should get a camp invite, however.

Taylor Vause / C: Good speed and good hands, and competed a bit more regularly this season. If he hadn't slumped so badly late he might have got a late look. Still might be worth a camp invite.

Kyle Verdino / D: Injuries from serious car accident last summer hurt his development. There is some good puck skill here, but has always been a slow, lumbering skater.

Jordan Evans / D:
Improved skating quite a bit and is turning into a decent junior d-man. But he's a bit soft and doesn't do enough with the puck to be terribly interesting.

Andrew Sullivan / RW:
Huge, good strength, likes to drop the gloves. But I don't see much in the way of hand skill at all.

Other 2010s: Michael Hay, Andy Blanke, Brody Luhning

2011 Outlook: Reece Scarlett, Adam Lowry, Graeme Craig. NHL scouts might not have had much to get excited about on the Broncos this year, but that will change next year. Scarlett wowed the scouts in attendance at the U-17 tournament over Christmas, and has tremendous offensive ability from the blue line. He's in the top ten overall on our 2011 list. Lowry brings a great blue collar, grinding style and has the hands to be effective. Skating is his only negative, but is a solid 2nd rounder right now. Craig also has intriguing size and some puck moving ability.

Seattle Thunderbirds 2010 Eligibles

Calvin Pickard / G: Full profile

Ryan Aasman / D: Just hasn't developed. Has good feet and nice mobility, but seems to have trouble thinking the game. I don't see much chance of even a camp invite here.

Chance Lund / LW: Good amount of (very) raw talent to go along with the size, but is a long ways from putting it together. Decent speed for his size and willing to compete.

Other 2010s: Erik Fleming, Chance Lund, Mikhail Sentyurin, Brendan Rouse, Michael Salmon

2011 Outlook: Colin Jacobs, Tanner Muth, Tyler Alos, Luke Lockhart, Mitch Elliot. Jacobs is a top 75 talent, and would be higher but for sub-par skating. Muth should turn into a very good junior d-man, but I will have to wait to see if there's a pro prospect there. I like the energy and defensive smarts Alos offers, but he's going to have to put some points up next year. Lockhart is fun to watch with his speed and reckless style, but will have to produce points at his size.

Red Deer Rebels 2010 Eligibles

Alex Petrovic / D: Full profile

Simon Witt / D: Big frame draws your notice, but the skating needs quite a bit of improvement.

Other 2010s: Turner Elson, Lane Scheidl, John Persson, Adam Kambeitz

2011 Outlook: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Colten Mayor, Cam Gorchynski. RNH is the early favorite to be the top prospect from the WHL, and is a top five overall talent. Daulton Siwak is 2012.

Medicine Hat Tigers 2010 Eligibles

Emerson Etem / C: Full profile

Tyler Bunz / G: Full profile

Other 2010s: Not much else to get excited about here. Scott MacKay, Tanner Sohn.

2011 Outlook: Kale Kessy, Dylan Busenius, Reid Petryk, Dylan Bredo. Kessy plays a style that scouts love and looks like a 2nd rounder right now.

Edmonton Oil Kings 2010 Eligibles

Mark Pysyk / D: Full profile

Cam Lanigan / G: Did not see, but after a roller coaster season, he could be a late-rounder.

T.J. Foster / C: Smallish, but has a lot of speed and can create a bit. But probably not much more than just a good junior player.

Cameron Maclise / RW: Big frame, not a bad skater, but very raw and doesn't use his size at all.

Other 2010s: Braeden Laroque, Devin Balness, Cameron Maclise.

2011 Outlook: Laurent Brossoit, Michael St. Croix, Keegan Lowe, Klarc Wilson, Dylan Wruck, Travis Ewanyk. The Oil Kings should be a frequent target for NHL scouts next year. Brossoit looked like a big time talent from the times I saw him on the Island, and could be a top 75 player. St. Croix might also be in that range, he's got a lot of two-way talent and hockey sense. Lowe and Wilson will also be watched closely.

Lethbridge Hurricanes 2010 Eligibles

Brody Sutter / C/RW: The best of a bleak draft crop for the Hurricanes, and even he might be lucky to go at all. Was a bit excited the first time I saw this guy two seasons ago, with what looked like decent hockey sense and a desire to crash and bang. But the hands just have not come around at all despite this guy getting a ton of playing time. Probably not much more than a camp invite.

Brennan Yadlowski / D ('91): Liked this guy last season, but was very surprised he didn't go in the last draft. Improved some this season, but probably not enough that I'd pound the table for this guy again for anything more than a camp invite.

Derek Ryckman / D: Had pretty high expectations that this guy could at least be a middle-rounder coming into this season, but an early shoulder injury pretty much robbed him of a year of development. Will be a guy I'll still keep a close eye on next season.

Jacob Berglund / LW: This guy is quite the shootout ace, but that doesn't seem to translate to the rest of the game. Good defensively and has some hidden raw talent, but probably not enough to be a pick.

Other 2010s: Ryon Moser, Graham Hood, Landon Oslanski, Brandon Anderson, Ville Kolppanen.

2011 Outlook: Daniel Johnston, Mark Reners, Reid Jackson, Neil Tarnasky. Johnston was the big prize in the Sbisa trade and has a lot of puck moving ability. He's on my list as a mid- to late-rounder right now. Reners is very talented, but will have to produce at his size. Phil Tot is a 2012.

Chilliwack Bruins 2010 Eligibles

Kevin Sundher / C: Full profile

Dylen McKinlay / RW: Pretty decent sleeper for the late sounds. Smallish, but has speed, shiftyness, and nice shooting touch. Good all around offensive game and sticks his nose into traffic. Good late round value.

Tyler Stahl / D: I just don't see it with this guy, but some are talking about this guy as a mid-rounder. All I see is a rugged guy with average size who isn't much of a skater and doesn't do much with the puck. If he were 6-4, okay I could see taking a flyer here, but at 6-1, that seems like manufacturing a player.

Jamie Crooks / LW: Good bit of offensive talent and an accurate shot, but wow, does his skating need lots of work.

Zach Habscheid / D: Plays angry and sticks up for his teammates. But skating stride is not good and hurts his overall game.

Chris Collins / C: Competes a bit and has some offensive ability, should be a decent junior player.

Other 2010s: Blair Wentworth

2011 Outlook: Mitch Topping, Tim Traber. Topping has some decent size and can rush the puck with speed, he's at least a middle round interest as of now.

Vancouver Giants 2010 Eligibles

Craig Cunningham / LW ('90): Has become shifty and dangerous enough that he's turned into a real pro prospect. Seems to me like he's grown a little bit (maybe an inch or so) in the last two years, so that also helps. And he was one of the youngest players in the 2008 draft, so he's closer to being a part of last year's group. I'll be shocked if someone doesn't grab him at least late in the draft - could even go in the middle rounds. If somehow he doesn't go, he'll have a lot of calls from teams for a camp invite.

Brendan Gallagher / RW: This guy's a legitimate talent, but he's so, so small. Very good skater, but doesn't have the elite speed he really needs to be a real good pro prospect. But he does it all at this level - fearless and plays with a ton of energy. If he doesn't go in the late rounds, he'll also probably have several camp invites to choose from.

J.T. Barnett / LW: Decent hockey sense and can shoot the puck from the slot pretty well. But was invisible for long stretches of games whenever I saw him. Could go late.

Neil Manning / D ('91): Thought he was worth at least some consideration last year, and that's still probably true. Good offensive instincts, but is smallish and soft. I know he boosted his numbers by quite a bit, by my eyes tell me he's not much better this year than he was last.

Connor Redmond / LW: Looked like nothing in Red Deer, but did catch my eye a bit after the trade. Plays with an edge and has size. Always on the lookout for guys who were big Bantam scorers but then had a big late growth spurt - often that hand-eye coordination takes a while to come back. Very, very raw, but this might be one of those guys. I'd at least make a case for a camp invite.

Derek Tendler / G: Looked great in the one game I saw him, but I don't know if anyone else got much of a read on this guy. But there are a lot of Vancouver area based NHL scouts, so it wouldn't surprise me if some team saw quite a bit of him and think it's worth spending a late pick on him.

Other 2010s: Greg Lamoureux

2011 Outlook: David Musil, Luke Fenske, Nathan Burns, Brandon Scholten, Zach Hodder, Brendan Jensen. Musil is a pretty exciting talent and is a possible top ten guy next year in my book. Fenske and Hodder also have a lot of talent, and I'll be interested to see what they look like over a full season.

Prince George Cougars 2010 Eligibles

Brett Connolly / LW: Full profile

Brock Hirsche / C: Good two-way ability, excellent PKer and shot blocker. On his way to becoming a good junior player, but not a pro prospect at this point.

Taylor Makin / LW: Decent skater and good amount of skill. Competes. Long ways from putting it all together.

Daniel Gibb / D: Logged a lot of minutes and is becoming a decent junior stay-at-home, but doesn't offer much to project to the next level.

Spencer Asuchak / LW:
Huge frame, gets himself to the net and can pick up the garbage goals. But otherwise not a lot to get excited about.

Other 2010s: Jasoslav, Vlach, Nick Buonassisi, Clarke Breitkreuz, Greg Fraser, Bruin McDonald, Kyzen Loo, Daniel Medland-Marchen

2011 Outlook: Jesse Forsberg is one of the best young d-men in the league and is in the late first round on my list right now.

Regina Pats 2010 Eligibles

Jordan Weal / C: Full profile

Brandon Davidson / D: I usually like late bloomers who come out of nowhere, but this guy's skating bothers me too much. Has big trouble with pivots. But he's got really good hockey sense and is a very good puck mover. Probably goes way higher than I like, but if somehow he lasted until the 5th round, I might be interested.

Jason Gardiner / C: Guess Bob Tory got tired of waiting for this guy to figure it out, now it's Regina's turn. Remember being very intrigued by this guy when I first saw him at 15, but the one quality had then (good straight line speed) is still about the only thing he offers.

Tyler Parker / LW: If baseball has quadruple-A players, what do we call a guy too good for the NAHL but not quite good enough for major junior? That's what this guy is so far. But there's still time and enough natural skill here to turn into a decent junior player.

Other 2010s: Dominick Favreau, Andrew Rieder, Mitch Spooner.

2011 Outlook: Myles Bell, Tyler Borstmayer, Dawson Guhle. Bell is at least a 3rd/4th rounder right now, with good mobility and some skill. Borstmayer and Guhle are also worth watching.

Moose Jaw Warriors 2010 Eligibles

Dylan McIlrath / D: Full profile

Quinton Howden / LW: Full profile

Kendall McFaull / D: I see decent mobility in a big package, but I wonder if I'm manufacturing a player here. Just doesn't do much to stand out, but is at least okay in the d-zone. But if there's much puck moving or offensive ability here, it's pure projection. A bit of wildcard, I'm not sure I'd spend anything more than a 6th on him, but I know there are some scouts who think there's a lot of hidden talent here.

Tony Honejsek / LW: Shifty and and dangerous at the offensive end, but is a bit of a perimeter guy and a power play specialist. I like the hands, he can really stickhandle and shoot, but he clearly doesn't like to get hit. That's a big red flag. If he's available after the 5th, I might think about him.

Connor Cox / D: Should turn into a decent junior player, but I see too much tentativeness right now to be a pro prospect. Can carry the puck a bit, but needs to improve first pass ability.

Dallas Ehrhardt / D: Absolutely huge d-man, but after seeing him a couple of times I wasn't sure he even belonged in the Dub right now. Skating is a bit of a problem right now. So is puck skill. And d-zone smarts. Yeah, pretty much everything is a problem.

Brandon Glover / G: Big, but I didn't really see a whole lot of natural quickness. Not sure any team drafts him just on the size alone.

Danny Gayle / LW: Had the scouts scrambling to see him after his first 7 games, but he sure fizzled out quickly.

Other 2010s: Nathan MacMaster, Jakub Herman

2011 Outlook: Joey Kornelsen was the only underage on the roster, but I didn't see much to get excited about yet with him.

Kootenay Ice 2010 Eligibles

Joey Leach / D: Full profile

Max Reinhart / C: Lots of natural talent and offensive smarts, but effort level isn't always there. Has a quick stick, can create a bit and an accurate shot. But isn't always willing to pay the price to score. Despite the lack of passion, has the sort of skill that's worth spending a mid- to late-round pick on.

Nathan Lieuwen / G: I'm still on this guy's bandwagon, but it seems everyone else has jumped off. Hard to believe he didn't even get a camp invite last summer. The concussion troubles are obviously the big red flag, but there's so much natural talent here. Spend a cheap (7th round) pick and see if he can turn in a healthy season next year.

Brock Montgomery / RW: Decent sized, plays with enthusiasm, and always willing to drop the gloves. But doesn't offer much skill. Not on my list, but some team could like the toughness enough to spend a late pick.

Christian Magnus / RW: Plenty of raw talent, but we're still waiting for him to put it together. Still can be a good junior player, but isn't a draft prospect at this point.

Drew Czerwonka / LW: Good size, likes to play physical. Threw a lot of huge hits this season. Hands didn't seem to come around this season, needs to go back to planting himself in front of the net.

Other 2010s: Elgin Pearce

2011 Outlook: Brendan Hurley, Jagger Dirk, Luke Paulsen. Liked Robert Dirk's kid a lot when he was in Salmon Arm earlier in the year, but he'll need to get more comfortable in major junior next season. He offers a lot of offense from the blueline, and would be somewhere in the middle rounds on my list right now. Hurley plays a big game, but he's going to need to produce next year - he'll be watched closely.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Calgary Hitmen 2010 Eligibles

Matt MacKenzie / D: Full profile

Tyler Fiddler / LW ('90): Last chance to grab this late bloomer before he's a free agent. All he does is help teams win wherever he goes. Excellent hockey sense and is a coaches kind of player. I'd argue a bit to grab this guy with a late pick, there's still some decent upside here. If he gets passed over (again), he'll probably have several camp invites.

Cody Sylvester / C: Grew a bit this year and has some good two-way skill. Competes despite his smallish size. Really turned it on in the playoffs, and that always counts for a lot. Someone could grab him late.

Cody Beach / RW: I could see someone grabbing this huge framed bruiser late. He's just a fighter, and not even a very good one at that. I might invite him to camp to drop the gloves with the other prospects a few times, but that's all he's going to do at rookie camp. I haven't seen any indication of anything remotely close to the sort of hands his brother has.

Other 2010s: John Lawrence, Justin Kirsch.

2011 Outlook: Mackenzie Royer, Peter Kosterman are eligible. Kosterman is very interesting, but very raw. Jaynen Rissling is a 2012.

Kelowna Rockets 2010 Eligibles

Brett Bulmer / LW: Full profile

Geordie Wudrick / LW ('90, Re-entry): I can't blame LA for not signing him, as he hasn't developed quite as expected. But I think there will be some other team willing to give a 6-3 guy who can score in close a chance. Probably doesn't go as high as he did two years ago, but maybe somewhere after the 4th/5th round.

Antoine Corbin / D: Has decent size, okay skater, and can move the puck okay. But he's a little too polite in his own end and just doesn't offer enough offense to be a finesse d-man. Central's probably not the only one to have him on a list, but then again, it won't surprise me if he doesn't get picked.

Adam Brown / G: Quite a disappointment for scouts this season after making a bit of a name for himself at the 2009 Memorial Cup. There's some good raw quickness here, but is a technical mess. Way too scrambly and bad footwork. If he were bigger, you'd accept that and try to teach some technique, but he's a small 5-10. Not on my list, but it's possible some team likes the raw athleticism with a late pick or camp invite.

Spencer Main / C: Showed some flashes of some decent talent, but I think it's too sporadic to draw much interest as even a late draft pick. Still, his size and raw skill might be worth a camp invite.

Colton Jobke / D: Plays a pretty solid all-around game, and is on his way to becoming a pretty good shut-down defender at this level. But he's got tweener size and playing style, so it's hard to get very excited about the pro prospects here.

Mitchell Chapman / D: Sort of liked this guy in Salmon Arm last year, but just didn't really improve much this year. Has decent mobility for guy his size, but seemed to struggle getting the puck out of trouble. Maybe a camp invite for someone.

Max Adolph / C: Good defensive ability and decent penalty killer, but that's about it.

Cody Chikie / C: Should be a pretty good junior player, but is tiny.

Codey Ito / C: Smallish guy has some nice speed, but hasn't done much in major junior so far.

2011 Outlook: Shane McColgan, Sean Aschim, Jessey Astles. McColgan is a mid- to late-first round talent on my list already. Mackenzie Johnston is a 2012.

Portland Winterhawks 2010 Eligibles

Ryan Johansen / C: Full profile

Nino Niederreiter / RW: Full profile

Troy Rutkowski / D: Full profile

Taylor Aronson / D: Full profile

Riley Boychuk / LW('91): He's a second year eligible, but having missed almost his entire 16 year old season with dual hip surgery, you have to give this guy some slack. Huge winger plays a rugged game and has some decent hands in close. Excellent fighter also. Skating needs work, but it did improve some this season. I'd really argue hard for grabbing this guy with a 6th/7th round pick and seeing where he is in two years.

Mac Carruth / G: There's a lot of raw talent and quickness here, but he really struggled to adjust to major junior and didn't play with much confidence. Technically raw. Doesn't have great footwork or angles. Wouldn't be a draft for me, but I could see some team liking the size and raw quickness enough to extend a camp invite.

Other 2010s: Gasper Kopitar, Taylor Peters

2011 Outlook: Ty Rattie, Joe Morrow, Seth Swenson, Tyler Wotherspoon. Rattie's offensive wizardry started to come around in the second half and is a top 50 talent as of now. Morrow isn't far behind (2nd or 3rd round) and brings a huge point shot and some puck moving ability.

Saskatoon Blades 2010 Eligibles

Curtis Hamilton / LW: If they still had the opt-in rule, his agent might tell him to wait until next year. Two broken collarbones adds some uncertainty. I was hoping he'd answer the questions this year I had about his somewhat soft style of play, but that didn't really happen this year. Has good hockey sense and some hands, but I can't decide if this guy could be a steal outside of the top 100 picks or too much of a risk. I think I'd just let some team with extra 3rd/4th round picks grab him.

Charles Inglis / C: I liked the scrappy, yappy agitator from last year, but he toned that down too much for like this year. Has nice speed, good forechecker, but the compete level seemed to be down a bit this season. Hands don't project to top two lines in the pros at all, but he could be a decent defensive/energy guy. Has some mid-round value.

Josh Nicholls / RW: Big framed and raw, but there could be some hidden upside here. Average skater, but the projectable size and hands are interesting. Might get some late round interest.

Curt Gogol / LW/D: I still like this guy a bit despite all the drama this season. Plays angry, and that's appealing, even though there doesn't seem to be much skill. Maybe not worth a pick, but invite him to your camp to throw some big hits and drop the gloves a few times.

Other 2010s: Braeden Johnson, Tyler Kizuik.

2011 Outlook: Brent Benson, Duncan Siemens. Both Benson and Siemens could be early rounders. Siemens and his rugged, but skilled style are the best bet for now, and could end up being a first rounder. Benson is a good two-way forward now, but will need to produce some offense next year. Dalton Thrower is a 2012.

Tri-City Americans 2010 Eligibles

Brendan Shinnimin / C: Wow, what a difference from last year. Everything improved in his game. Excellent speed and offensive hockey sense. Not afraid to stick his nose in traffic despite his smallish size. Only negative (other than the size) that I see is that he slows down a bit when handling the puck, but with his playmaking ability, that works okay for him. I'm stunned Central left this guy off their list - are there really 400 better prospects out there than this guy? I think he's a good value in the 4th round or so.

Jordan Messier / RW: Big guy has some very nice hands and a knack for getting to the net. He'd be higher if he skated better. Late round interest for me.

Patrick Holland / RW: Very raw, but he can really shoot the puck. Doesn't seem to like phyiscal contact much. Shooting touch alone should be enough to get a camp invite.

Brooks Macek / C
: Smallish, smart playmaker. Good agility but skating isn't a huge plus. This is an excellent junior player, but there just isn't enough here to get very excited about the pro prospects.

Justin Feser / LW: Another good junior player, but too small and spends way too much time on the perimeter to be much of a pro prospect. Surprising how invisible he could be at times this season despite being on the scoresheet so much.

Other 2010s: Cody Castro, Tanner Olstad

2011 Outlook: Nils Moser, Dyrdn Dow, Zach Yuen. Yuen looks like he has some puck skill, but he hasn't produced much yet.

Prince Albert Raiders 2010 Eligibles

Ryan Harrison / C: Gritty little guy oozes leadership and does whatever it takes to win. But his size and skill combination is underwhelming. One of those guys who you want to succeed. Decent speed and so-so offensive ability, but I hoped he'd put the puck in the net a lot more. Even if he doesn't make an impact in the NHL, he's the sort of player who can be a leader on your AHL squad. Worth a middle round pick.

Brandon Herrod / RW ('91): Second year eligible was one of the youngest players in last year's draft. Gets the most out of what he's got and has good work ethic. But that's not to say he doesn't have skill - has decent playmaking ability and shooting touch. Improvement I was looking for last season finally showed up this year. Thought he was worth at least a camp invite last year, and still think the same.

Jonathan Parker / RW: Quick hands and a good shot, but I'd like to see him go into traffic some more. Has some nice top speed, but takes him a few steps to wind it up. Looks a little too much of a perimeter player to me to be of much interest. Should be a good junior player, but really slumped after the trade from Seattle.

Emerson Hrynyk / D: Decent size and some okay two-way ability, should be a solid top four d-man for the Raiders over the next couple years, but not much of a pro prospect.

Tyler Yaworski / D: Has a big, lanky frame, but nothing to indicate he's much of a pro prospect as of yet.

Other 2010s: G Jacob Edwards.

2011 Outlook: Mark McNeill, Harrison Ruopp. McNeill has the kind of hands and instincts that seems like an early round talent.

Kamloops Blazers 2010 Eligibles

Brendan Ranford / LW: Full profile

Jordan DePape / RW:
Full profile

Austin Madaisky / D:
Disagree a bit with my boss on this guy, as he's buried in the late rounds on the Red Line list. I see a decent skater with some puck skills and a big time shot. Decent size and some willingness to use it too. But he's bad in his own end, which I don't worry too much about when you're looking at a big mobile guy in the 3rd round or later.

Josh Caron / D: Big fighter didn't interest me too much until that playoff series against the Giants - where he showed he actually can play a little bit. Got a lot of top 4 ice time in that series and showed he can think alright in his own end. Doesn't do anything with the puck, but he's big and plays very, very tough, and that's worth something. But not worth spending anything more than a 6th/7th.

Chase Schaber / C ('91): We always knew this guy had some pretty good skill level, and he finally started to show it off after the trade from Calgary. Still has that speed and fearless style, too. Was on our list late last year and as a sleeper that we like, and maybe some team finally saw it. Probably gets passed over again, but deserves a camp invite.

Brandon Underwood / D: Thought this guy looked like something the first time I saw him as a 16-year old rookie, but the game just hasn't come along. Good size and a decent skater, but does not seem to have much hockey sense. Physical play and size might get him a camp invite.

Dalibor Bortnak / LW ('91): Second year eligible was on our list last year, and he's still got intriguing size and work ethic. But still has no hands.

Matej Bene / LW: Pretty forgettable as a pro prospect, but still could be a decent junior player.

Ryan Hanes / LW:
Expected a lot more production from this guy this season. Seems to have good energy and hockey sense, but I'm pretty shocked this guy only had 6 points. I saw some flashes of skill from this guy, but there's zero chance any scout is going to convince their boss to spend any round pick on a 5-10 guy with 6 points.

2011 Outlook: Tyler Hansen, Colin Smith, Dylan Willick, Rhyse Dieno, J.C. Lipon. Wow, what a young team with some good talent. Smith already looks like a possible top 100 candidate with his hands and speed. Willick is shifty and talented, but is going to have to prove he's willing to get involved physically. Hansen and Lipon will also be worth watching.

Brandon Wheat Kings 2010 Eligibles

Mark Stone / RW: Good shooting touch. Big frame. Stride improved a bit this season, but still has heavy feet and will need to improve skating. Is on my list as a mid- to late-rounder, but he might go earlier.

Michael Ferland / LW: Good fighter, can contribute a little on offense. But if I'm picking a guy just as a fighter, ideally he'd have more size than this guy does. He's got a decent shot at going late, but he just misses the cut on my list.

Brenden Walker / RW: Didn't take much notice of this guy until the playoffs, but he showed some grit and energy when it counted most. Has some smarts and skill. Could get a late round look or at least a camp invite.

2011 Outlook: Klarc Wilson, Jesse Sinatynski, Jordan Fransoo, Liam Liston, Ryler Miller are eligible. No one really excites me yet, but Miller's a decent skater and his toughness is interesting. Sinatynski seems to have some hands. Wilson has a lot of raw ability and will be worth watching in his first full season in the WHL.

Everett Silvertips 2010 Eligibles

Alex Theriau / D: There's a lot of raw talent here and quite a bit of upside. Very good skater and a lot of puck ability. But I expected a bit more regular offensive production. Okay size, but struggles to be effective physically - but I give him credit for consistently throwing the body around. I probably wouldn't consider him until the 3rd/4th round, and there's a chance he could sneak into the top 75 picks.

Kent Simpson / G: Everyone likes this goaltender better than I do. I saw him a lot this season, but he wasn't very good every time. I see huge holes up high and don't like his angles or play reading. Those are major red flags. But he does have some size and decent feet. He'll go quite a bit higher than I'd slot him, possibly in the late-2nd to early-4th round range.

Radko Gudas / D ('90): Was on the Red Line list two years ago, and he was amazing in his first season in North America. Just outstanding d-zone smarts and tough to play against. But does it translate to the pro ranks? The next level is a much faster game, so even as good as he is in the WHL he'll have a lot of adjustments to make. Problem is, he's a tweener - stay-at-home style but not the size to play it in the NHL. Still, his hockey sense is so good that he's worth a middle round pick.

Scott MacDonald / LW: Some speed and good offensive sense, but plays way too polite a game. Should be a good junior player but not a pro prospect at this point.

Markus McCrea / LW: Big guy looks even bigger than his listed 6-3 and has some hands, but he can't skate.

D. Jay McGrath / C: Little guy really competes, but I haven't seen any hands yet.

Gabe Minville / D: Don't know if anyone saw this guy. I know I didn't, and I saw Everett a ton of times this season.

2011 Outlook: Campbell Elynuik, Josh Winquist. And 2012-eligible Ryan Murray already is creating quite a buzz among NHL scouts with all his end-to-end rushes and strong playoff performance. He might be the early favorite for top Dub prospect in 2012.

2010 Alphabetical Index

Alphabetical index. Grades (in the reports) are on the 20-to-80 scale.

This table will be updated as I add reports.


Taylor Aronson
D-R
30-Dec-91
6-0.25/196
Portland WHL

Beau Bennett
RW/C-R
27-Nov-91
6-0.5/173
Penticton BCHL

Brett Bulmer
RW-R
26-Apr-92
6-2.25/175
Kelowna WHL

Tyler Bunz
G-L
11-Feb-92
6-1.25/196
Medicine Hat WHL

Brett Connolly
RW-R
02-May-92
6-2.0/181
Prince George WHL

Jordan DePape
RW-R
20-Jun-92
5-10.5/187
Kamloops WHL

Emerson Etem
LW-L
16-Jun-92
6-0.25/190
Medicine Hat WHL

Ryan Harrison
C-R
31-Mar-92
5-9.25/185
Prince Albert WHL

Quinton Howden
LW-L
21-Jan-92
6-2.0/182
Moose Jaw WHL

Ryan Johansen
C-R
31-Jul-92
6-2.0/192
Portland WHL

Joey Leach
D-L
29-Jan-92
6-3.0/187
Kootenay WHL

Matt MacKenzie
D-R
15-Oct-91
6-1.0/191
Calgary WHL

Austin Madaisky
D-R
30-Jan-92
6-1.75/185
Kamloops WHL

Dylan McIlrath
D-R
20-Apr-92
6-4.25/212
Moose Jaw WHL

Nino Niederreiter
RW-L
08-Sep-92
6-1.5/201
Portland WHL

Alex Petrovic
D-R
03-Mar-92
6-4.0/193
Red Deer WHL

Calvin Pickard
G-L
15-Apr-92
6-0.5/195
Seattle WHL

Mark Pysyk
D-R
11-Jan-92
6-1.25/174
Edmonton WHL

Brendan Ranford
LW-L 03-May-92 5-9.5/182 Kamloops WHL

Brad Ross
LW-L
28-May-92
5-11.5/175
Portland WHL

Troy Rutkowski
D-R
29-Apr-92
6-1.75/208
Portland WHL

Brendan Shinnimin
C-L
07-Jan-91
5-9.75/179
Tri-City WHL

Mark Stone
RW-R
13-May-92
6-2.25/188
Brandon WHL

Kevin Sundher
C-L
18-Jan-92
5-11.75/192
Chilliwack WHL

Alex Theriau
D-R
14-Feb-92
6-1.5/189
Everett WHL

Jordan Weal
C-R
15-Apr-92
5-9.5/162
Regina WHL

Brendan Ranford / LW / Kamloops WHL

Brendan Ranford / Kamloops Blazers WHL

LW-L / 5-9.5, 182 / 03-May-92

Skating: 60 / Skill: 70 / Sense: 65 / Compete: 55 / Toughness: 55

Strengths: Good hockey sense. Good hands and has a nice shooting touch.

Weaknesses: Size and skating combination is underwhelming.

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Underrated skill level. Shoots the puck pretty well. Can do a lot of things on offense. Has good two-way hockey sense. Competes and isn't afraid of doing battle despite his smallish size.

Skating is decent, but you hold 5-10 guys to a higher standard. He's going to need to find a way to be more elusive at the next level if he wants to score. But has such good hockey sense, that I think he can contribute as a 3rd/4th liner.

Summary: I'd really like this guy if he skated better, but at his size he needs to be quicker. Even so, he's got 2nd round offense and hockey sense. So I wouldn't let him slide too far. I think he's great value anywhere in the 4th round.

Draft Day: Could be a nice steal in the middle rounds, I don't see him going much earlier than the late 3rd.

Jordan DePape / RW / Kamloops WHL

Jordan DePape / Kamloops Blazers WHL

RW-R / 5-10.5, 187 / 20-Jun-92

Skating: 50 / Skill: 60 / Sense: 60 / Compete: 50 / Toughness: 40

Strengths: Excellent hands and offensive instincts. Can stickhandle in tight areas. Good shot. Quick feet and good agility.

Weaknesses: Smallish. Stride is a little short and doesn't have great speed. Behind in the development curve.

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Almost a forgotten prospect, but the surge after the trade to Kamloops brought him back on the radar. Has good smarts in the offensive zone and can shoot the puck pretty well. The wasted year in the MJHL means he's a bit behind the other prospects in this draft class.

Summary: This guy caught the attention of scouts at the U-17 two seasons ago, but had trouble getting going as a 17 year old rookie for Brandon. But after the trade and the more I saw this guy in the second half, the more I started to think of this guy as a good middle round sleeper. He's got the sort of hands you usually don't find outside of the first 100 picks.

Draft Day: Should get consideration in the 5th/6th rounds.

Tyler Bunz / G / Medicine Hat WHL

Tyler Bunz / Medicine Hat Tigers WHL

G-L / 6-1.25, 196 / 11-Feb-92

Strengths: Good overall quickness. Decent size. Good footwork.

Weaknesses: Can get a little scrambly at times. Tends to go down too early. Might not have #1 upside.

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Has looked very good every time I've seen him the last two seasons, but the numbers never quite seemed to match the talent. But the numbers started to come around late this season and during the playoffs.

Looks to me like he bulked up quite a bit this season, and I wonder if that's hurt his quickness a bit. Seemed much quicker last season, but still has pretty quick legs and gets around the crease smoothly. There's a good mix of technicals and raw athleticism here, and I don't see any real serious flaws.

Summary: I like this guy much better than Kent Simpson, but I probably still wouldn't spend anything more than a 4th on him. I think the consensus opinion has him a bit underrated.

Draft Day: Should go in the middle rounds.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Joey Leach / LD / Kootenay WHL

Joey Leach / Kootenay Ice WHL

D-L / 6-3.0, 187 / 29-Jan-92

Skating: 40 / Skill: 40 / Sense: 55 / Compete: 55 / Toughness: 70

Strengths: Big frame. Plays rugged style. Good d-zone smarts. Raw, but greatly improved offensive ability.

Weaknesses: Skating isn't great. Limited offensive upside.

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One of the most interesting mid-round guys available. Huge and plays big. Loves to use the body and is a punishing hitter. But still very responsible defensively. Loves to throw big hits and defends the crease area with enthusiasm. Can fight pretty well.

Isn't a great skater, but I saw quite a bit of improvement in his stride and pivots this season, so I'll gamble on this guy in the hopes he can get his skating to where it needs to be in a couple of years.

Greatly improved puck ability over the last season and a half. A lot more confident making a first pass and started to contribute on Kootenay's power play in the 2nd half. But as of now he projects as pretty much a pure stay-at-home guy in the pros. And that might be enough anyway - with his size and toughness, if he can provide anything more than just getting the puck out safely, that will be gravy at the next level.

Has grown at least an inch in the last year. And the second half surge in offense indicates this guy's development is just getting started. There is some slight chance this guy could surprise everyone with some decent offensive upside, which is why I really like this player.

Summary: This would be one of my favorite guys to try and sneak away with in the late 3rd or 4th round. I think we've only just begun to see the improvement, but this is a pure projection guy. If you can get him with a middle-round pick, you aren't risking much to get some decent upside.

Draft Day: Is a bit of a wildcard. I have a feeling there will be a team or two worried about missing out on him and spending an early 3rd on him. But I think he's more likely to last until the 4th. He's a steal in the 5th or later.

Alex Petrovic / RD / Red Deer WHL

Alex Petrovic / Red Deer Rebels WHL

D-R / 6-4.0, 193 / 03-Mar-92

Skating: 60 / Skill: 55 / Sense: 45 / Compete: 70 / Toughness: 65

Strengths: Nice combination of size and skating. Decent puck skill. Good character.

Weaknesses: Doesn't seem to think the game well in d-zone. Needs to be more effective using his size.

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Has more to offer at the offensive end than he gets credit for. Has good passing touch and a hard shot, but he's got to show a little more desire to get involved offensively. Makes a pretty good first pass. Skating is a big plus here. Has good feet and a smooth, long stride. Overall mobility is pretty good.

Consistently physical, but is never really punishing. But for all the size and strength he has, he loses a lot of battles for the puck that he should win. But has a huge frame and should be a very strong 220-230 pounds by the time he hits his prime. Good character, sticks up for his teammates, and is willing to drop the gloves.

Now the bad news. This guy's reactions in the d-zone just flat out confuse me. I just can't understand how a guy with this kind of agility gets beat so often in his own end. Usually you tend to think you can teach a guy positioning and gap control, but I have to wonder a bit on this one. And it's not really gap control - usually he seems to take a good angle, but then just doesn't react as the forward makes a move. Other times he tends to run around a bit and chase the puck carrier. I see the need for a lot of remedial work on his d-zone play.

Summary: Everyone thinks this is a safe pick. I think the opposite - he's one of the riskier picks in this draft. Maybe it's that Rebels jersey, but he looks a lot like Jeff Woywitka to me. I'll put up with mistakes a d-man makes that come from aggressiveness, but this guy's mistakes are not of that nature. That said, there's more offensive upside here than people are giving him credit for, that that plus the size/skating combination makes him a worthwhile 2nd round roll of the dice.

Draft Day: Probably goes either very late in the 1st or with the first few picks of the 2nd. A bit ahead of where I'd consider him.