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(Let us know how you like this new audio format in the comments) When Erik Karlsson surprised many around the league and re-signed with the San Jose Sharks this morning, it sent shockwaves across the NHL. Not only had the free agent market lost by far its best defenseman, but a cap-strapped Sharks team made a massive financial commitment to…...

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(Let us know how you liked this new audio format in the comment section) Every NHL draft season, one player finds himself as the X-factor of the first round. Teams picking in the top 10 are all weighing the pros and cons of drafting a player they see with outsized talent but enough risk to give them pause. In 2017,…...

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Statistics  Scout Quotes Last Word On Hockey Anttoni Honka will need time to develop. His offensive game projects well and he could become a second pairing defenceman with a significant power play role in the NHL if he develops to his potential. He needs to work on his defensive game. While he will likely never be a shutdown defender,…

Statistics  Scout Quote Last Word on Hockey Lassi Thomson could become a top defenceman at the next level, however, it is more likely that with his defensive issues, he is more of a second pair player. He can be a real threat on the power play though and should be able to put up points if he properly develops.…

Statistics  Scout Quotes Last Word on Hockey Bjornfot could develop into a two-way defenceman with a top-four role at the NHL level. Like most young defenders, he still has some things to learn in his own zone. That said, he is already highly advanced for a draft-eligible player. The question here is the offence. It is rarely seen in…

Statistics  Scout Quotes Last Word on Hockey Johnson will need time to develop. He needs to add muscle to his frame in order to play at the pro level. Heading the NCAA route is an advantage here as the college schedule is lighter than junior leagues and will give him plenty of time in the weight room. He will…

Statistics  Scout Quotes The Draft Analyst A quick and agile puck mover who can play either side and jumpstarts the attack from as far back as his own goal line, Heinola is a polished defender who immediately earned the trust of his coaches to play a significant role. At first glance, Heinola looks like a purely offensive defenseman, mostly…

This is the second video in the Avalanche Prospect Video Series. AJ Haefele and Jesse Montano break down today’s subject, Saskatoon Blades center Kirby Dach. He is one of the main targets for the Avalanche with the fourth overall pick and the guys look at his pros and cons. Be sure you’re following all of our draft content at the…...

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Statistics  Scout Quotes Eliteprospects.com Philip Broberg is a smart two-way defenceman with undeniable skill. His fluid skating ability allows him to punish over-extension immediately with how quickly he can start plays from his own end. What his impressive mobility tends to overshadow, though, is his positional play. While he doesn’t always make the high percentage play, he is very…

Statistics  Scout Quotes Eliteprospects.com An uber competitive two-way defenceman that thinks the game at the highest level, Victor Söderström is the complete package. A naturally gifted skater, his ability to traverse all three zones is best described as smooth and effortless. He never looks disinterested and it’s always apparent just how badly he wants to win. His vision and…

Statistics  Scout Quotes The Draft Analyst A big, smooth-skating German blueliner with physicality, sound instincts and leadership qualities, Seider, when given the opportunity, has handled a top-four role against adult-age competition with aplomb. His dominant play in all three zones at the IIHF’s first division under-20 world juniors not only led Germany to the title that vaulted them into…

Today is the debut edition of the Avalanche Prospect Video Series! AJ Haefele and Jesse Montano sat down to break down a little video and talk about the USNTDP’s Alex Turcotte and what would make him such an intriguing selection for the Avalanche with the fourth overall pick. Be sure you’re following all of our draft content at the BSN…...

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