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HFNHL Wild Prospect Update

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07-09-2012, 08:40 AM
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HFNHL Wild Prospect Update

Here is the summary of my top 20 prospects:

#PosNameMy Grade
1CMikael Granlund9.0C
2DJonas Brodin8.5B
3GMatt Hackett8.0B
4DJohn Moore8.0C
5DJacob Trouba8.0C
6DJamie Oleksiak7.0B
7CDrew Shore7.0C
8GAnders Nilsson7.0C
9DZach Yuen7.0C
10RWLinden Vey7.5D
11LWTanner Richard7.0C
12CConnor Brickley6.5C
13DMatt Clark6.0B
14CDaniel O'Regan7.0D
15LWErik Haula6.5C
16RWDmitri Jaskins6.5C
17RWAdam Gilmour6.0C
18LWNic Deschamps6.0C
19DTim Heed6.5D
20DJoakim Ryan6.0C

  • Plenty of skilled defensive defensemen
  • Quality and depth at center
  • Solid goaltending

  • Bluechip talent on wings

1 C Mikael Granlund 9.0C
Projection: 1st line playmaking forward

Some consider Granlund the best youngster not in North America after his exceptional play against men in the SM-Liiga and several international tournaments against both boys and men. He is a bit undersized but he is able to overcome problems with the combination of muscle and great balance. He possesses great vision, slick hands, and isn't afraid to go into the dirty areas.

2 D Jonas Brodin 8.5B
Projection: 1-2 two-way defenseman

Like Granlund, Brodin has proven that he can play against the best, by playing regular minutes in the SEL and performing well against boys and men in international tournaments. His extreme agility and smooth skating separates him from many youngsters, as well as his ability to read and anticipate the play. His offensive hockey sense is still in question, but he can move the puck and has very nifty hands.

3 G Matt Hackett 8.0B
Projection: 1A goaltender

Hackett has won at every single level he has played at, including the NHL. He is an athletic goaltender who is smart positionally and moves very quick. He will be heading back to the AHL where he will refine his rebound control like many young goaltenders, but Hackett has a bright future.

4 D John Moore 8.0C
Projection: Top four puckmoving defenseman

Moore is possibly the most NHL ready prospect that the Wild have as he has played 67 games in the NHL. He is a two-way puckmoving defenseman that has had a few ups-and-downs last season, but he has the size, the mobility, and the skill in all zones to become a very solid defenseman.

5 D Jacob Trouba 8.0C
Projection: Top four physical two-way defenseman

Surprised that Trouba continued to fall in the 2012 HFNHL Draft, GM Chan traded up to select the physical, two-way defenseman. Trouba has the size, mobility, and physicality to become a very good defenseman. While there are still some questions about his offensive side, Trouba possesses a solid shot and will have tons of time to develop that side of his game when he heads to Michigan (although there are some reports that the OHL Kitchener Rangers are trying to snag him).

6 D Jamie Oleksiak 7.0B
Projection: Top four defensive defenseman

Considered one of the best defensive defenseman in the OHL, Oleksiak has all the tools to become a key shutdown player: reach, size, and mobility. His offensive side is questionable but with the ability to cover a large portion of the defensive zone, Oleksiak will find a place in the NHL, even if he does not develop an offensive game.

7 C Drew Shore 7.0C
Projection: Top nine two-way gritty centerman

Shore has had a quietly successful career in Denver and will now head to the AHL to continue his development. He is a competitive, gritty forward that plays a simple but effective game. He has a good touch, but is still a raw prospect. Hopefully, he will continue putting his tools together and develop into a hardworking, two-way centerman that the Wild desperately need.

8 G Anders Nilsson 7.0C
Projection: 1B goaltender

Acquired recently in a trade, Nilsson impressed many with his short playing time. However, he has only played 29 games total and that may have skewed his stats to the brighter side. It'll be interesting to see how he adapts to more playing time, and more pucks. Nilsson is a very large goaltender that moves quickly, and those tools well serve him well.

9 D Zach Yuen 7.0C
Projection: 2nd pairing defensive defenseman

A very quiet but effective player, Yuen has been a key defender for his Tri-City team. He is very reliable, very mobile, and very smart. He plays a simple game and eats many important minutes, but doesn't possesses much skill to accomplish the flashy. Still, his ability to play is all situations and play many minutes is an asset.

10 RW Linden Vey 7.0D
Projection: Top six offensive winger, or nothing

Vey has only average size but plays hard and has a large amount of offensive potential. In his rookie professional year, he was 3rd on a very offensively talented AHL team. He has alot of skill and plays hard to compliment, but will need to continue getting stronger and more playing experience if he wants to convince many that his size is not a problem.

11 LW Tanner Richard 7.0C
Projection: Top nine character powerforward

12 C Connor Brickley 6.5C
Projection: Top nine gritty, two-way centerman

13 D Matt Clark 6.0B
Projection: Bottom pairing physical defensive defenseman

14 C Daniel O'Regan 7.0D
Projection: Top six offensive forward, or nothing

15 LW Erik Haula 6.5C
Projection: Top six offensive forward, or nothing

16 RW Dmitiri Jaskins 6.5C
Projection: 2nd-4th line powerforward

17 RW Adam Gilmour 6.0C
Projection: Top nine two-way forward

18 LW Nic Deschamps 6.0C
Projection: Top six offensive forward, or nothing

19 D Tim Heed 6.5D
Projection: Offensive PP specialist

20 D Joakim Ryan 6.0C
Projection: Bottom pairing two-way defenseman

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