11. Anton Lundell – C
Lundell uses his strong Hockey IQ to put himself in key positions to either defend of score. Furthermore, he has very good hands, almost underrated I would say, in tight and could be a very good option for any team below the circle on the PP. He plays a strong overall game and controls the puck like almost no other in this class. Truly a unique prospect in his own right, he is quickly proving his doubters wrong by displaying elite-level skill, while playing against men in what many consider to be a defense-first league.
12. Jack Quinn – LW
Jack Quinn can honestly go anywhere from 5th overall to 15th overall, depending on the order of the draft. He is seen by many as the best goal-scorer in this draft due to his 52 goals this season. That’s because Quinn’s shot has the velocity and power to be deadly at the next level. One thing that is different this year, and has afforded him much more success, is the release of his shot. He is able to let his shot go at a much faster rate and that makes him extremely deadly in the slot with time and space
13. Yaroslav Askarov – G
From a professional perspective, Askarov has been quite good in the VHL (Russian minor league), posting a .922 Save Percentage and a Goals Against Average of 2.32. This earned him a call-up to the KHL’s SKA for one game this season, where the young net-minder put on a show, allowing only two goals against and making some highlight-reel saves. Askarov has the speed, size, competitiveness, mobility, and flexibility to be one of the best goaltenders in the NHL within the next 3-5 years.
14. Rodion Amirov – LW
Amirov possesses a very good set of hands to go with very strong skating. He can beat you 1-on-1 along the boards or in the middle of the offensive zone and deke goaltenders out of their pants if given the space. One thing to like about Amirov’s game is how he creates space for himself using solid puck-protection skills and his great hands. He can fit anywhere in a top-6 and has the upside to really excel as the games get tighter.
15. Noel Gunler – RW
Gunler possess great speed and a sweet set of hands. He is able to create space for zone entries and unleash a monster wrist shot that always seems to go bar-down these days. He also has a good positional awareness in the offensive zone, finding holes in defensive coverage, freeing him up to release his devastating one-timer that many have compared to Vancouver’s Elias Pettersson.
16. Jan Mysak – LW
Jan Mysak has been a revelation this year and is easily the prospect that has the most potential to rise even more in future draft rankings going forward. He is a speedy and talented forward that creates scoring chances off the rush when entering the offensive zone with speed. He possesses good vision and very soft hands, which make him very slippery and hard to predict. However, above all, Mysak possesses a very hard and accurate wrist shot, capable of popping water bottles for days.
17. Kaiden Guhle – LD
Guhle is a very quiet yet effective defender for the Prince Albert Raiders who is known for his solid two-way play and his reliable three-zone coverage. The first thing that strikes you when it comes to Guhle is how much ground he covers on the ice, due to his long reach and good skating. Out of all the defensemen ranked in the first round, Guhle’s total, yet unspectacular package, could make him rise on the lists of other scouts, possibly into the top-15. Ultimately, he projects as a safe and fluid top-4 D, and that’s a solid value at this point in a draft.
18. Connor Zary – C
Connor Zary is another one of those clutch scorers who displays great leadership and strong offense prowess. He plays a very powerful game, which is evidenced in his skating stride, as it allows him to fly at top-speed after only 2-3 strides. He doesn’t possess dynamic, game-breaking skill, but he is an extremely effective player at putting the puck exactly where he wants to with a nice saucer pass or a precise wrist-shot.Zary has a very fluid game that many believe will translate well at the NHL level because of his mix of physicality, smarts and speed
19. Dawson Mercer – C/RW
Dawson Mercer has been an offensive force over the last two season in the QMJHL. He has decent speed, awesome hands and provides clutch performances when his team most needs him. Mercer is one of those forwards coaches love to have on their roster when they’re down a goal, as he plays a high-tempo, speed and skill game, while also not shying away from the dirty areas or the front of the net.
20. Dylan Holloway – C
Dylan Holloway is an intriguing prospect to say the least. Coming into the NCAA as a true freshman this season for the Wisconsin Badgers, Holloway has impressed many scouts right out of the gate with his powerful strides and his strength. Although he’s only billed at 6′, he can play some of the most aggressive and intimidating hockey along the boards and in the neutral zone. Capable of playing both Left Wing and Center, the young freshman is always very noticeable on the ice, as he plays a good 200-ft game already and controls the puck quite well due to his frame. reach and surprisingly good skating.