Not really. In motion he is clearly NHL level. In fact, in motion he is most comparable to EJ. You look at him being so big and expect him to be more awkward, but he's very impressive skating when he's going. He'll need just to improve his first step or two, which is not a "huge challenge." A huge challenge would be more like Schmaltz learning how to play defense or be physical in any way. Those are both huge challenges. A young guy working on improving his initial step is a fairly small challenge.
I agree people are looking to much at draft positions and not at the current players.
Veilleux should be added to your poll. I've watched him dozens of times in the past couple of seasons and he is a very underrated prospect. He is a good skater that sees the ice well. Sound defensively and finishes his checks. He dosn't shy away from corners and dosn't lose many battles along the boards. He's going to get 1st line playing time with the Saulnier twins in Moncton this season and I'm sure he's going to surpass expectations. He's alot better than he looks on paper. He is a game changer at both ends of the ice and is better than other names on your poll. Moncton chose Dimitri Jaskin in the CHL euro draft last month , I'm looking forward to see what he can do in the league. I think he too will benefit getting lots of ice time in Moncton compared to a 4th line role in Euro pro league.
Here's to hoping that he comes across the pond. On paper and in reports, he sounds like a great prospect. Hopefully not another Juha Matti Aaltohnen (I know I butchered the spelling) Tempted to go with Fairchild with him being closer and more realistically a blue, but Hakanpaa is too hard to pass up even considering that he is still in Finland.