Scout Quote

 explosive forward … at his best with puck on his stick … always wants the puck … plays with no fear … quick release … dangerous every shift

The Draft Analyst

Gifted offensive force with blinding speed, an advanced brain and phenomenal puck skills who was named the BCHL’s Rookie of the Year after notching 66 points in only 45 games. A Maritimer who chose to keep his NCAA eligibility rather than play major junior, Newhook is the prize of yet another outstanding recruiting class for Boston College’s Jerry York.

Newhook is a natural center who is quick, decisive and deadly in open ice. He always has played on a top line and top power-play unit, and watching him stickhandle around defenders with ease reveals an adversary opposing coaches are definitely fearful of. His 102 points were tops in the league and he was the youngest BCHL scoring champion since Scott Gomez did it in 1996-97.

Newhook is a fast, determined skater with exceptional balance and agility. He can beat you inside or out, and you can count on him causing at least one defenseman per game to blow a tire. His combination of speed and puck control makes him lethal off the rush, but he also makes the right reads and is able to exploit an overloaded side or confusion in coverage. Newhook has super-soft hands and is a threat to score from just about anywhere, and his shots off the pass are either labeled or deny the chance for the goalie to control the rebound. He can also play physical and doesn’t get intimidated by bigger, stronger players.

One area of Newhook’s game that sets him apart from most draft prospects is his ability to create instant offense off of faceoffs. Newhook has superstar potential thanks to off-the-charts hockey sense with the sublime skill to match it. The concerns about his marginal play in prospect showcases like the Hlinka camp, WJAC and CJHL Top Prospects Games raise legitimate concerns about his ability to elevate his play against superior competition.

AJ’s Thoughts

The skating and offensive tools really are obvious, especially in transition. The quality of competition is a question mark but Newhook separates so much from them that it’s obvious he needs a higher level of competition. He’s an electric offensive player but how that translates to the NHL will be a major question mark.

He was kind of blah at international competitions until the U-18s when he outplayed Cozens on the same line and showed well. That was a bit of a comfort and I’m really feeling Newhook as a mid-first round prospect. He’s going to have to learn an all-around game at college because right now he’s nearly apathetic when it comes to the defensive zone.

I love his offense. I hate his defense. He reminds me of Dylan Larkin in his draft year.


Avalanche Fit

The speed, hands, and transition dominance would make him an excellent fit at the 16th pick. He’d really fit Colorado’s emerging offensive identity with the way he plays the game at high speed and has a lethal scoring ability. Colorado would really struggle to find a better stylistic fit at 16 unless they were looking to get a little more well-rounded with a guy who isn’t more of the same. It would be awfully difficult for me to pick nits on a Newhook selection at 16.


Ranked #20 by TSN/McKenzie

Ranked #13 by NHL Central Scouting (NA Skaters)

Ranked #16 by


A.J. Haefele, was born in Aurora, Colorado, raised in Katy, Texas and is the Avalanche Editor and Editor-In-Chief of BSN Denver. Education: A.J. studied at Stephen F. Austin State University before moving back to Colorado in 2009. Career:  Before joining BSN Denver, A.J. had been writing for and briefly managed the popular Avalanche blog, Mile High Hockey. A.J. began contributing in 2010 with detailed practice reports, training camp coverage, and in-depth looks at Colorado’s divisional foes. He would expand his horizons with free agency analysis, draft coverage, and more day-to-day looks at the team before taking over the blog as Co-Managing Editor. It was a short-lived tenure atop before BSN Denver came calling. Most memorable sports moment: Ray Bourque lifting the Stanley Cup in 2001. John Elway winning his first Super Bowl is a very close second but Bourque winning the Cup and finishing “Mission 16W” is one of the greatest stories in all of sports. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Big fan of “Moneyball”. The implications on the sport and the inside look at how an organization changed its attitude to exploit a market inefficiency was fascinating. One sports movie that I can’t live without: There aren’t really any I dislike. Major League and Cool Runnings were my favorites growing up but Miracle and Goon have been my favorites as an adult. Also can’t live without the Rocky and now Creed movies. Most memorable experience as a reporter: Covering the 2017 NHL Draft was a dream come true for me. I’d always wanted to attend a draft and I got to do it while covering the team selecting fourth overall. Interviewing Cale Makar after he was selected is something I’ll never forget. The sport that started it all: Baseball! My dad was an enormous baseball fan and when the Rockies came into existence, it was an instant bond for the two of us and created sports fanaticism that has defined most of my life.

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