2016 NHL Draft Prospects
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08-25-2013, 11:59 AM
Join Date: Jun 2007
I found on nice article regarding some 2016's play in various tournaments. I'll list of few of the players who have been mentioned on here.
World Selects Invitational Tournament (‘98s)
, D, ’98 (East Coast Selects-O) 6-2/195 — Day was recently granted ‘exceptional player’ status by Hockey Canada, meaning he, like Connor McDavid last year, Aaron Ekblad in 2011, and John Tavares in 2005, will be able to play in the OHL as a 15 year old. Day is touted as the top ’98-born player in North America and it is pretty easy to see why. He is big, his skating is flawless, and he plays with quite a bit of snarl — a tough kid, he can throw punishing open-ice hits. A Canadian citizen who played in the US this year for Compuware’s U16 team, Day has the potential to be a franchise defenseman at the NHL level. Selected #4 overall in the OHL draft earlier this month, Day will suit up for the Mississauga Steelheads in the fall.
, F, ’98 (New England Nordiques) 5-8/150 — We saw the Shattuck-St. Mary’s forward at Nationals a couple of weeks ago, and wrote that he reminded us of Zach Parise at the same age. We’ll stick with that. The Bellville, Ill. native is an effortless skater with a top-notch skill set. Makes plays every time he touches the puck. Is only going to get better when he begins to fill out. Our only knock on him is that we would like to see him add some more finish to his game — he’s definitely a ‘pass first’ player. Regardless, we’re convinced Keller is a young star in the making.
, F, ’98 (Finland Selects) 6-1/180 — Big, strong, powerful, and skilled. Plays the game an awful lot like Jaromir Jagr. While he appears to be exerting less than maximum effort, he is actually accomplishing a lot. Has excellent poise with the puck and is as strong as an ox when it comes to protecting it. Regarded as one of the top young prospects in Finland and plays with kids two years older. Was a notch above the other European players here. Needless to say, you can count on hearing Puljujarvi’s name a lot in the years to come.
, D, ’98 (Pro Hockey I) 5-9/160 — Offensive-minded defender is an excellent skater. Is small, but stocky and strong on his feet. Took the puck end-to-end on multiple occasions. Did not play on a particularly strong team here. Plays in the GTHL for the Toronto Jr. Canadiens.
, F, ’98 (East Coast Selects-Q) 5-11/170 — Was our #1 ranked forward at the U14 Nationals and deserved that billing. However, he did not play with the same sense of urgency here, finding himself on the perimeter a lot. Has a high-end skill level combined with excellent vision. Played for Honeybaked this season, though he lives in San Jose, California and is originally from Russia. We are not quite sure what his citizenship is, but if he is indeed an American he will likely be watched closely by the NTDP staff over the upcoming season.
U14 Nationals Review
, F, ’98 (Detroit Honeybaked) — The San Jose, California native plays on a deep, strong, and talented team – and he really stands out. Is dangerous at all times and is able to be both a formidable scorer and passer. Posted three goals in each of his first two games, and assisted on all three of his team’s goals in a 3-2 win over Shattuck in the championship game. If we were to hand out an MVP award it would go to Khodorenko who posted a 7-8-15 scoring line in just six games played. Our only knock on the lethal forward is that he does have some earmarks of an early developer as he stands about 5’10” and is stronger than most of his peers.
, F, ’98 (Shattuck-St. Mary’s) — Swansea, Ill. native is smart, skilled, and a lot of fun to watch. Keller is going to be a big-time player: he just makes plays every time he touches the puck and has the speed to take it to the net himself. Was by far the leading scorer on a very talented Shattuck U14 team, posting a 53-68-121 scoring line in just 54 games played. An elite talent who will have every option -- NTDP, NCAA, and OHL -- to choose from in the near future.
...Shattuck forward Clayton Keller has been consistently excellent. He’s very high-end, a young Zach Parise-type of player.
, F, ’98 (St. Louis Blues) — The top pro prospect in this age group. Has scouts salivating because his upside is through the roof. It is not every day you find forwards who are 6’4”, can skate, have vision, can score goals, and play in the tough ice. We are not saying he is going to be the next Eric Lindros, but he certainly has a chance to be.
...The best pro prospect at the ’98 level is St. Louis Blues forward Logan Brown, who’s huge -- 6’3”, maybe even 6’4”. While we think the three kids above are more polished and have actually played better here, Brown, the son of former NHL defenseman and current Indiana Ice (USHL) head coach Jeff Brown, is a great prospect, and one with all the earmarks of a pro. Naturally, he’s still growing into his body.
, D, ’98 (Shattuck-St. Mary’s) — The Lakeville, Minn. native was the top defender here at the U14 level. Impacts the game every shift both offensively and defensively. Lindgren is a big kid who can skate and be downright dominant at times. Posted a 21-59-80 scoring line in just 50 games played this season.
...Shattuck’s Ryan Lindgren has been excellent. From the blue line, he is his team’s leading overall scorer. And that’s saying something: there’s some serious talent up front for Shattuck
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