Well last year was heavily defensemen filled prospects, and this year it's the opposite. So let me ask who do you think are the top defensemen of this year's crop? We already know the best potentials seems to be on the shoulders on Jones.
In the second tier would guys like Pulock, Nurse, and Ristolainen.
However are there others who aren't getting much talk due to this forward filled year? Examples who are the best prospects with a boom shot?? Would it be pulock or is someone close to him?
Ristolainen is probably the best besides Jones (IMO), but Morrissey doesn't get talked a lot on this site and he has a great skill set with a decent shot.
Robert Hagg is another defenseman who is rising.
Theodore has great offensive skill and has raw defensive game and size, which could turn into a solid TWD.
Ones to watch are Arnesson, Santini, and Zadorov as other potential risers. But the biggest darkhorses' are Eliot Antonietti and Mirco Mueller. Antonietti is a overrager shutdown guy with fantastic size and Mueller plays a safe, but effective two-way game. This year the talent between the first five and rest drops off considerable and then the talent of the 2nd/3rd rounds drop off after that again for defensemen.
Bowey has been a pretty disappointing player this year. Has great flashes of Drew Doughty in him, but way too inconsistent and watches the puck too much in the defensive zone.
Arnesson and Heatherington both play very solid games in transition. I've watched a lot of Heatherington so far and his overall game really impresses me. Whoever takes that kid is getting a steal. Bowey hasn't always impressed me in transition, but he has solid defensive play and I really like his shot when in the offensive zone.
I've only seen Arnesson twice, so I have to blend in what I've read about him as well, but I like the overall package he presents. I'd say he has the highest offensive upside of the three. Although if Bowey can become better at passing on the rush or skating the puck himself, he may be the better offensive player.
Bowey is the bottom of the three IMO, but I really like his upside. If he can improve on some decision making when moving the puck up ice and skating he could become a real gem.
Overall I'd say they're all very strong in their positional game, which is something I always look for in defenseman. They make good decisions in their own end, while having good gap control and they also take good angles.
As for the other higher mentioned players:
Nurse is good, but I'm not sold on him developing very far. I'm definitely not as high on him as others are.
Pulock is excellent, he's great defensively and sometimes I think his offensive game outshines that. Such a complete package with that kid.
Didn't get to see Ristolainen much before, but he's really blowing me away in these WJC. I'm definitely going to have to catch a few games outside of the WJC to round out my thoughts on him.
Everytime I tune in to watch Sproul, I come away very impressed with Nurse. He isn't in that top 3 discussion, but I do think he is going to be a heck of a player. Great raw tools to go with that massive frame.
Not really he plays a much simpler game and is more physical, not much unlike an Oscar Klefbom.
His physicality is also one of his downsides. A lot of penalties in this tournament for the physical play he uses. Although I have to admit some of them were a bit weak calls. Solid board play solid hits that end up as penalties (charging or what not in this particular tournament).
Ristolainen was surprizingly good with the puck in these games too. I haven't seen much of his FEL games so that's about as much as I can say about Ristolainen. The best D of team Finland (although Maatta propably could have competed for that title if he had stayed healthy)