Canada Rankings 2022 NHL Draft: Canada Prospects Projected Rounds: 1. Shane Wright, C, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL): Top 5 Pick, 2. Matthew Savoie, C, Winnipeg Ice (WHL): Top 10 Pick, 3. Kevin Korchinski, D, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL): Round 1,














2022 NHL Draft: Canadian Prospect Rankings





Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: July 7, 2022.



  1. Shane Wright, C, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) Projected Round Top 5 Pick

    2021 Season Recap The 6-1 187 lb Shane Wright had 32 goals, 62 assists, and 94 points during the regular season in 2021-2022 while posting 3 goals, 11 assists, and 14 points in 11 OHL playoff games during the 2022 OHL Playoffs. Shane Wright also had the only goal as the team captain for Team Red in the 2022 CHL Prospects Game after the best time for Weave Agility and Transition Agility with the puck during combine drills. Shane Wright finished in the top 5 in five of the ten Combine drills leading up to the 2022 CHL Propsects Game while also finishing fifth overall among every player competing in the individual drills at the 2022 CHL Prospects Game. He's the top ranked prospect for the 2022 NHL Entry Draft in all 15 different scouting services for the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.


    Shane Wright SWOT Report

    Strengths: Shane Wright has the speed, explosion, burst, agility, skating, foot speed, playmaking, passing, sniping, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, vision, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ to succeed in the NHL. I wrote this three years ago in my 2019 OHL Draft Results page after Shane Wright led the Don Mills Flyers to an OHL Cup prior to the 2019 OHL Priority Selection.


    Shane Wright still has those traits three years later. He also compares to the last four exceptional status centers that got drafted number one overall in their respective NHL Drafts


    Shane Wright has the best playmaking of a center since Connor McDavid the top pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the best shot from a center I've seen since Steven Stamkos the top pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, the best work ethic from a center since Nate MacKinnon the top pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, and the best leadership I've seen since John Tavares current team captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs as well as former team captain of the New York Islanders who was drafted by the New York Islanders with the first pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.


    Shane Wright has the best playmaking of a center since Connor McDavid the top pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the best shot from a center I've seen since Steven Stamkos the top pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, the best work ethic from a center since Nate MacKinnon the top pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, and the best leadership I've seen since John Tavares current team captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs as well as former team captain of the New York Islanders who was drafted by the New York Islanders with the first pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.


    Shane Wright has traits that McDavid, Stamkos, MacKinnon, and Tavares all possess, but the one player of those four that is the most similar to him in terms of playoff success entering their NHL Draft year is Steven Stamkos. He's confident in his skill set, but humble. He's also his own individual. Wright is the guy every rebuilding team is trying to land.


    Weaknesses: I don't see any weaknesses with Shane Wright on film. Some NHL Scouts will nitpick Shane Wright for not scoring enough goals or not winning enough face offs. It's just nitpicking though.


    Opportunities: 1. Montreal Canadiens, 2. New Jersey Devils, 3. Arizona Coyotes. Shane Wright is the undisputed front runner to go first overall. He will go either second or third overall if the Montreal Canadiens pass on him with the first pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.


    Threats: I don't see any threats with Shane Wright. Shane Wright is easily the safest prospect in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.


    Potential Grade: 97/99



    Before 2021

    The 6-1 187 lb Shane Wright had 39 goals, 27 assists, and 66 points as a 15-year-old rookie in 2019-2020 which was more than Connor McDavid in his rookie year with the Erie Otters after being the first touted rookie since McDavid to gain exceptional status. Even with no OHL season this year due to Covid-19, he still put together 9 goals, 5 assists, and 14 points in 5 games as captain for Team Canada at the 2021 Under-18 World Junior Championships. Shane Wright was a first line center on both the Kingston Frontenacs and Canada during the World Junior Championship, and a year later he captained Canada at the 2022 Under-18 World Junior Championships.



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  2. Matthew Savoie, C, Winnipeg Ice (WHL) Projected Round Top 10 Pick

    2021 Season Recap The 5-9 181 lb Matthew Savoie had 35 goals, 55 assists, 90 points, and a +54 +/- ratio in 2021-2022. Matthew Savoie had 6 goals, 6 assists, and 12 points in 10 games during the 2022 WHL Playoffs.


    Matthew Savoie may have been a line 2 center behind Shane Wright at the 2022 CHL Prospects Game, but you have to look past that since he had the best athletic performance in four of the ten drills in the 2022 CHL Prospects game including the Weave Agility Drill with the Puck, the Transition Agility Drill, the Reaction With the Puck drill, and the 30 meter forward skate with the puck drill. Matthew Savoie also finished in the top five in two more drills finishing in the top 5 in 6/10 drills during the 2022 CHL Prospects Game.


    Matthew Savoie SWOT Report

    Strengths:
    Matthew Savoie has the speed, explosion, burst, agility, skating, foot speed, playmaking, passing, sniping, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, vision, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ to succeed in the NHL. I wrote this three years ago in my 2019 WHL Draft Results page. My NHL comparision for Matthew Savoie is Matthew Barzal of the New York Islanders.


    Matthew Savoie spent most of his time on the Winnipeg Ice as a first line center before Winnipeg traded for Jack Finley. He got second line minutes after that trade.


    He displays good hands. A threat with and without the puck.


    Weaknesses: Matthew Savoie doesn't really have that many weaknesses on film if you can look past his height. He's got the skill set to be a first line center just like Shane Wright and Logan Cooley. He tested better athletically then those two as well.


    Opportunities: 3. Arizona Coyotes, 6. Columbus Blue Jackets, 7. Chicago Blackhawks, 8. Detroit Red Wings, and 9. Buffalo Sabres. Matthew Savoie is a top 10 talent. The only question is where does he end up.


    Threats: Some scouts wish he was slightly taller. This is the only threat or concern with Matthew Savoie.


    Potential Grade: 93/99



    Before 2021

    The 5-9 181 lb Matthew Savoie had 7 assists in 22 games in 2019-2020 as a rookie on the second line at center behind Peyton Krebs who was the Vegas Golden Knights 2019 first round pick. Savoie did much better as a first line forward when being loaned to the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the USHL last year where he had 21 goals, 17 assists, 38 points, and a +11 +/- ratio in 34 games in the 2020-2021 Season.



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  3. Kevin Korchinski, D, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) Projected Round 1st Round

    2021 Season Recap The 6-2 185 lb Kevin Korchinski had 4 goals, 61 assists, 65 points, and +36 +/- ratio in 67 WHL regular season games. Kevin Korchinski had 6 goals, 13 assists, and 19 points in 25 WHL Playoff games. Korchinski got the Seattle Thunderbirds to the 2022 WHL Championship as a first line defenseman where he compliments team captain Tyrel Bauer, Winnipeg's 2020 sixth round pick.


    Kevin Korchinski SWOT Report

    Strengths: Kevin Korchinski has the skating, foot speed, playmaking, passing, sniping, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, vision, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ to succeed in the NHL. He was the first WHL defenseman with 60+ assists since Dallas Stars defenseman Darryl Sydor.


    Weaknesses: You'd like to see Korchinski showcase more explosion. He didn't anchor the blue line as frequently as you'd like, but you can't knock him for that since he played on the first line.


    Opportunities: 7. Chicago Blackhawks, 8. Detroit Red Wings, 11. San Jose Sharks, 12. Columbus Blue Jackets, and 13. New York Islanders. Kevin Korchinski was going to go in the top half of the draft. The only question was would he go in the top 10 or the top 15.


    Threats: Kevin Korchinski has no threats. He's a pretty safe prospect. You could argue he needs to add 5-10 lbs of muscle, but I'm not overly concerned with that at this point.


    Potential Grade: 90/99



    Before 2021

    Kevin Korchinski was drafted tenth overall by the Seattle Thunderbirds in the 2019 WHL Draft. The 6-2 185 lb Kevin Korchinski had 10 assists in 2020-2021.



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  4. Mason McTavish, C, Peterborough Petes (OHL) Projected Round 1st Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-2 207 Mason McTavish had 9 goals, 2 assists, 11 points, and a +4 +/- ratio overseas along with 2 goals, 5 assists, and 7 points in playoff games overseas with EHC Olten on a loan with a Swiss team with Covid-19 cancelling the OHL this season. He got a hat trick overseas outside of North America and was team captain for Canada's Under 18-team at the World Junior Championships. This tells me that McTavish is a top 20 player. NHL Central Scouting ranked him the second best North American skater behind Owen Power which is huge praise for McTavish.


    Mason McTavish SWOT Report

    Strengths: Mason McTavish is versatile enough to play anywhere at forward whether its at left wing, center, or right wing just like our top prospect Dylan Guenther. He has the playmaking, sniping, passing, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, hockey IQ, speed, skating, agility, stick handling, and ability to win faceoffs. Mason McTavish is a natural at creating odd man rushes. He dominated in the face off department at the World Junior Championships this year.


    He displays good hands. A threat with and without the puck.


    He's a playmaker that knows how to pass the puck in short, medium, or deep distances. He will use his hockey IQ and awareness to create scoring chances on offense and prevent them on defense.


    Weaknesses: Mason McTavish needs to develop his slap shot. McTavish had a -4 +/- ratio meaning his line gave up more goals than they scored.


    Dylan Guenther and Brandt Clarke were first line skaters while Sebastian Cossa checked off the boxes you want a goalie to have. That's the biggest reason why Mason McTavish came in at 4 on our rankings because he doesn't check off all the boxes on tape despite the fact that NHL Central Scouting ranked him as the second best North American skater which I strongly disagree with if I have three Canadian players ahead of McTavish.


    Mason McTavish has the floor of a fourth line winger in the AHL. He's also got the upside of a first line center in the NHL. He didn't have a consistent role in the Peterborough Petes lineup playing in all four lines and when he was on the first line it was at left wing not center. Many NHL scouts project the two-way forward to be an NHL center.


    Opportunities: 6. Detroit Red Wings, 10. Ottawa Senators, 11. Chicago Blackhawks, 12. Calgary Flames, and 15. New York Rangers are all landing spots for Mason McTavish. I mocked McTavish around pick 16 back in February, but with all the hype he's generated he should go in the top 15.


    The one team among the teams I've listed that may have some interest in Mason McTavish is the Detroit Red Wings. There's a report Detroit loves him. That's what people thought with Cole Perfetti around this time a year ago before Steve Yzerman took Lucas Raymond at 4.


    Threats: There were reports that Mason McTavish didn't want to play for the Peterborugh Petes prior to the 2019 OHL Priority Selection, yet McTavish played for the Petes during his rookie season. Also he's got good top end speed for a skater, but will never have that elite burst from a top end skater that someone like Connor McDavid or Nate MacKinnon posseses.


    McTavish played left wing on the first two lines. As far as center goes, he was never anything more than a third line center. This concerns me and has me under the impression that he's a second line center at best. If McTavish made the move to left wing, I could see him having similar success to Kyle Conner, but I don't think McTavish has the upside that Conner possessed coming out of the Youngstown Phantoms in the USHL.


    I gave McTavish an 85 potential grade the lowest grade I give a borderline starter, but it's entirely possible that McTavish ends up becoming a first line center down the road if he can continue to develop in the OHL until he's 20-years-old before going to the AHL for a year or two before making the jump to the NHL.


    Potential Grade: 85/99



    Before 2020

    Mason McTavish was drafted fifth overall in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection one pick after the Barrie Colts took Brandt Clarke. The 6-1 196 lb Mason McTavish had 29 goals, 13 assists, 42 points, and a -4 +/- ratio in 2019-2020.



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  5. Cole Sillinger, LW, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) Projected Round 1st Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-0 201 Cole Silligner is versatile enough to play left wing, center, or right wing. Cole Sillinger began his career with the Medicine Hat Tigers in the WHL. He played on a loan with the Sioux Falls Stampede in the USHL thanks to Covid-19. Cole Sillinger had 24 goals, 22 assists, 46 points, and a +5 +/- ratio in 2020-2021 with the Sioux Falls Stampede. He chose to remain in the USHL rather than return to Medicine Hat after the WHL returned.


    Cole Sillinger SWOT Report

    Strengths: Cole Sillinger is versatile enough to play anywhere at forward whether its at left wing, center, or right wing just like Dylan Guenther and Mason McTavish. He has the playmaking, sniping, passing, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, and a really good snap shot too. He's got the offensive awareness you want too. Possesses elite vision. Offensively, he's gifted, so gifted that he's been described as a magician. He may have the best shot of any Canadian prospect in this years draft. He played on the first line at both left wing and center with the Medicine Hat Tigers as a rookie which is one reason why Sillinger stood out to me in a big way at first.


    Weaknesses: Cole Sillinger needs to improve his skating and defensive skills. Sillinger is a huge liability in these areas despite being gifted offensively. He may need two more years in the WHL before he goes to the AHL or NHL.


    Opportunities: 12. Calgary Flames, 13. Philadelphia Flyers, 14. Dallas Stars, 15. New York Rangers, and 16. St. Louis Blues could all be options for Cole Sillinger. Sillinger has first line ability on offense, but the rest of his game needs to be worked on so it will come down to what team is willing to be patient with him.


    Threats: There are no threats with Cole Sillinger. He's got to improve his skating and defense, but I see a pretty safe prospect overall.


    Potential Grade: 85/99



    Before 2020

    Cole Sillinger was drafted in the same year as Dylan Guenther in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft picked eleventh overall by the Medicine Hat Tigers. The 6-0 187 lb Cole Sillinger had 22 goals, 31 assists, 53 points, and a +19 +/- ratio in 2019-2020.



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  6. Benjamin Gaudreau, G, Sarnia Sting (OHL) Projected Round 1st Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-2 174 Benjamin Gaudreau is a third goalie that could creep into the first round. He's a second round prospect on most boards since he didn't play overseas during Covid-19. Gaudreau started 5 games at goalie for Canada during the World Junior Championships. In those games he went 5-0-0 with a 2.20 goals against average and a .919 save percentage.


    Benjamin Gaudreau SWOT Report

    Strengths: Benjamin Gaudreau's goaltending style is similar to Carey Price. He's also good with post integration. He's got one of the best gloves and blocker pads in this draft. He's great at reading the puck by trakcking plays. His quickness, footwork, and puckhandling as a goalie is exceptional. He checks eight of the ten boxes you want a starting goalie to have.


    Weaknesses: Benjamin Gaudreau needs more playing time before you bring him up. He needs to improve his rebound control and post save recovery. Once he fixes these two areas of his game in the next two years he can start in the AHL for a year and earn his way on an NHL roster.


    Opportunities: 11. Chicago Blackhawks, 13. Philadelphia Flyers, 19. Edmonton Oilers, 20. Boston Bruins, and 21. Minnesota Wild. I have a first round grade on Benjamin Gaudreau because I love what he can become down the road if he fixes his rebound control and post save recovery. Some have him going in the second or third round so he could slide despite being pretty high on my rankings being a big time steal on day 2 of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.


    Threats: Benjamin Gaudreau has no threats. Taking a goalie in the first round is always a risk. The top two goalies in this draft check all ten boxes like Spencer Knight and Yaroslav Askarov. Gaudreau only checks eight boxes right now so he will need more time in Sarnia to clean up those two areas of his game.


    I gave Gaudreau an 85 potential grade the lowest grade I give a borderline starter. The upside to be a good starter is there. I don't see an All Star goalie with Gaudreau even though he could become a solid starter down the road.


    Potential Grade: 85/99



    Before 2020

    The 6-2 165 lb Benjamin Gaudreau already has a better GAA and save percentage then Mackenzie Blackwood when the Barrie Colts drafted him. His 1.13 GAA was unreal. If Gaudreau is that good in the OHL he may be a first round pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft assuming he increases his height and adds some weight to fill out his frame. There's a reason the Sarnia Sting spent a first round pick on Gaudreau in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection.


    Benjamin Gaudreau added 9 lbs of muscle to get up to 174 lbs. His rookie season in Sarnia was a rough one with a 4.34 goals against average and a .787 save percentage as a rookie. Gaudreau will probably be in the OHL until he's 20-years-old because he's got to improve those numbers whenever the OHL decides to resume after Covid-19.



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  7. Brennan Othmann, LW, Flint Firebirds (OHL) Projected Round 1st Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-0 174 Brennan Othmann had 7 goals, 9 assists, 16 points, and a -2 +/- ratio overseas along with 1 goal, 1 assist, and 2 points in playoff games overseas with EHC Olten on a loan with a Swiss team with Covid-19 cancelling the OHL this season. Othmann complimented Mason McTavish another OHL prospect on EHC Olten overseas.


    Brennan Othmann SWOT Report

    Strengths: Brennan Othmann has the sniping, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, vision, offensive awareness to succeed in the NHL. His shot isn't as good as Dylan Guenther, Mason McTavish, or Cole Sillinger, but it's still one of the best shots in this draft class. There are some areas in his game that he needs to improve, but he should be a first or second line winger in the NHL with the versatility to play both left wing and right wing. Finds open ice to exploit. Displays top end speed on offense.


    Weaknesses: Brennan Othmann puts too much wind up into his passes. Needs to improve puck control and stick handling. Outside of his inconsistent passing this is the biggest part of his offensive game that he needs to improve. He's effective defensively, but slow in transition when skating without the puck. Othmann has a higher ceiling than Ty Dellandria who went thirteenth overall back in 2018, but you could also say he's rawer than Dellandria was.


    Opportunities: 12. Calgary Flames, 13. Philadelphia Flyers, 14. Dallas Stars, 16. St. Louis Blues, and 17. Winnipeg Jets could all be options for Brennan Othmann. I believe Othmann is a top 20 talent as I have him currently eighteenth on my big board. Only one other scouting outlet out of fourteen has him in the top 20 with many believing he could fall to the twenties or even the second round.


    Threats: Brennan Othmann has the upside to be a future All Star player if he puts everything together like he did when he was teammates with Shane Wright on the Don Mills Flyers prior to being picked by the Flint Firebirds in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection. The drawback to that is that he has just as many weaknesses as he does strengths.


    Potential Grade: 85/99



    Before 2020

    Brennan Othmann was the line 1 left winger on the Don Mills Flyers. Othmann shares the same birthday with line 1 center Shane Wright as both Othmann and Wright were born on January 5 with Othmann being a year older born in 2003 compared to Wright who was born in 2004.


    The 5-11 161 lb Brennan Othmann had 66 goals, 80 assists, and 146 points in the GTMMHL. Othmann also had 8 goals, 6 assists, and 14 points in the OHL Cup with Shane Wright on the top line with him.


    Despite being only 16, Othmann has the speed, explosion, burst, agility, skating, foot speed, playmaking, passing, sniping, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, vision, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ to succeed in the OHL. Brennan Othmann is someone who will push for the top selection in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.


    Brennan Othmann has the talent to be a line 1 left winger next to line 1 center Ty Dellandrea who is the returning captain on the Flint Firebirds. OHL teams will have problems stopping both Othmann and Dellandrea this upcoming season.


    He only had 17 goals, 16 assists, and 33 points in 2019-2020 in the OHL after dominating his midget team with 66 goals, 80 assists, and 146 points on the Don Mills Flyers which is what led to Othmann being the second overall pick in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection. Othmann can be the steal of this draft if he plays with that same passion and intensity that he brought to midget hockey in the NHL.



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  8. Carson Lambos, D, Winnipeg Ice (WHL) Projected Round 1st Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-1 201 lb Carson Lambos has added 15 lbs of muscle since the Ice took him in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft with the second overall pick one spot behind Dylan Guenther. Also he only played 2 games in Winnipeg where he had 0 points. He also only played 2 games against grown men for JYP in Finland after a dominant rookie season where he showed the leadership and skill set to anchor a first line.


    Carson Lambos SWOT Report

    Strengths: Carson Lambos has the skating, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, vision, and hockey IQ to be a big success. Outside of his decision making his best offensive attributes are his slap shot power and his passing which is why he could be so lethal if you can fix his shooting accuracy as well as his wrist shot. He played on the Winnipeg Ice first line as a rookie which tells you how talented he is.


    He's very polished for a defensive defender. He skates exceptionally well, hits hard, and does a great job positioning himself on defense. He's a threat to limit scoring chances for opposing offenses. His superb decision making gives him potential to be a guy who could anchor a blue line.


    Carson Lambos is the best special teams player in this draft outside of Dylan Guenther and Brandt Clarke. That's one huge thing working in his favor. He can do well on the power play as well as penalty kill.


    Weaknesses: Carson Lambos went from having 32 points and a +20 +/- ratio to having 0 points on both the Winnipeg Ice in the WHL and JYP in the SHL formerly known as Elitserien. He looked overwhelmed against professional players in Finland.


    Carson Lambos has to improve his shooting accuracy on both slap shots and wrist shots. Needs to generate more power on slap shots. I would like to see him continue to become more consistent as a passer. Has the big time potential to be a quarterback on the power play. You just don't see that from Lambos consistently yet.


    That's why some scouts believe Lambos comes with the risk of being a bust despite his massive ceiling. I'm willing to look past that if you have a good core of veterans in place on your first line in the NHL because those veterans could bring Lambos along and show him the ropes.


    Opportunities: 13. Philadelphia Flyers, 14. Dallas Stars, 16. St. Louis Blues, 17. Winnipeg Jets, and 18. Nashville Predators. Carson Lambos was ranked in my top ten back in the preseason. At one point in February, I had a higher grade on him than top 5 prospect Simon Edvinsson. Lambos probably will not be a top 10 pick now. However, Carson Lambos should be taken in the top twenty. There are 14 scouting outlets for the NHL Draft including Draft Utopia. As many as 13/14 scouting services have a first round grade on Carson Lambos with only one of those outlets McKeen's Hockey having a second round grade on Lambos.


    There are so many teams that could use this guy in the right role and get the most out of him in the middle of the first round which is why I cannot see Lambos escaping the top 20. Dallas and St. Louis are the two best fits for Lambos out of those five teams.


    Dallas will have Miro Heiskanen and Esa Lindell on the top line in 2022 if John Klingberg leaves via Free Agency after Lambos spends another year in the WHL in 2021-2022. Lambos is someone who could beat out Julius Honka or Thomas Hartley two other first round picks that Dallas drafted on defense in 2014 and 2019.


    St. Louis has Justin Faulk, Torey Krug, Colton Paryko, and Marco Scandella. Vegas signed Alex Pietrangelo, but the St. Louis Blues can only protect three of these defenders. St. Louis is the best fit for Lambos and that's coming from a Dallas Stars fan whose dealt with heartbreaking game 7 losses at the hands of the Blues. St. Louis can put him on the second line where he'd compliment a veteran and could contribue without being overwhelmed.


    Threats: Carson Lambos has the ceiling to anchor a blue line if he becomes more consistent as a passer, develops his wrist shot, and improves his shooting accuracy. These are three big ifs though. He's expected to be either a fourth defenseman complimenting a second line, a third defenseman anchoring a second line, or a second defenseman complimenting a first line. He's got the potential to become a defender that anchors a blue line, but realistically he'd probably have more success anchoring or complimetning a defender on a second line.


    Potential Grade: 85/99



    Before 2020

    Carson Lambos was drafted second overall by the Kootenay Ice in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft one pick behind Dylan Guenther. He was the final draft pick in Kootenay Ice history before the team relocated to Winnipeg to become the Winnipeg Ice. Carson Lambos was born in Winnipeg so he got to play for his hometown after Kootenay relocated.


    The 6-1 185 lb Carson Lambos had 8 goals, 24 assists, 32 points, and a +20 +/- ratio in 2019-2020. Carson Lambos did well enough to work his way up to the first line as a rookie. He showed me he could anchor a blue line in the WHL on the Winnipeg Ice which is why you cannot convince me he doesn't belong in the first round. If he tops his rookie season he could go in the top 10.



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  9. Corson Ceulemans, D, Brooks Bandits (AJHL) Projected Round 1st Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-2 201 lb Corson Cuelmans only played in eight games for the Brooks Bandits during the 2020-2021 AJHL Season. When he playyed in those games he anchored the blue line as the top defenseman on the Brooks Bandits. Cale Makar put the Brooks Bandits on the map after being picked fourth overall back in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Now four years later Brooks has another Bandit who could be a first round pick on the blue line in Corson Ceulmans.


    Corson Ceulemans SWOT Report

    Strengths: Corson Ceulemans is a good passer. He's also someone who had a good amount of success anchoring a first line in the AJHL.


    He's very polished for a defensive defender. He skates exceptionally well, hits hard, and does a great job positioning himself on defense. He's a threat to limit scoring chances for opposing offenses.


    Weaknesses: Corson Ceulemans is not the offensive dynamo that Cale Makar was when playing with the Brooks Bandits prior to enrolling at UMass. Ceulmans does have ability to anchor a blue line as a first line defender, but he's incredibly raw both offensively and defensively. His decision making needs to improve as well. He's gonna have to clean up his game at Wisconsin after getting drafted by an NHL team because his offensive game needs a lot of work.


    Opportunities: 16. St. Louis Blues, 17. Winnipeg Jets, 18. Nashville Predators, 19. Edmonton Oilers, and 20. Boston Bruins. Corson Ceulemans is ranked twenty fourth on my big board. He's got the upside to be a first line defenseman that anchors a blue line down the road if a team remains patient with him for two or three years while he develops at Wisconsin.


    Threats: Cale Makar needed two years in the NCAA before making the jump to the NHL. Corson Ceulemans will need three years in the NCAA if a team wants to get the most out of him hoping he reaches his ceiling as a first line defenseman. You could argue he's a better fit as a second line defenseman like Carson Lambos.


    Potential Grade: 85/99



    Before 2020

    Corson Ceulmans had 5 goals, 30 assists, and 35 points in 2019-2020. He's not quite what Cale Makar was posting 55 and 75 points as a defender, but he's the best defender the Bandits have had since Makar. He's also enrolling in Wisconsin for an NCAA scholarship so he can develop there after his AJHL season is over.



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  10. Xavier Bourgault, C, Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL) Projected Round 1st Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-0 172 Xavier Bourgault had 20 goals, 20 assists, 40 points, and a +7 +/- ratio during the regular season. Bourgault also had 4 assists in the 2021 QMJHL Playoffs. In 2019-2020, Mavrik Bourque and Vasili Ponomaryov rotated minutes in the line 1 center role before Bourque outperformed him to earn team captain. One other center who tied Bourque with 71 points in 2019-2020 was Xavier Bourgault, who posted video game numbers as a rookie before having a second consecutive season with 20 goals and 20 assists.


    Xavier Bourgault SWOT Report

    Strengths: Xavier Bourgault has similar production to team captain Mavrik Bourque. He also has he versatility to play left wing, center, or right wing like Vasili Ponomaryov who split first line time with Bourque during Bourgault's rookie season. Bourgault took Bourque's production and Ponomaryov's versatility and applied it to his game. I may have Bourque ranked too low on this list.


    He has the playmaking, sniping, passing, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, hockey IQ, speed, skating, agility, stick handling, and ability to win faceoffs. Xavier Bourgault is a natural at creating odd man rushes.


    He displays good hands. A threat with and without the puck.


    He's a playmaker that knows how to pass the puck in short, medium, or deep distances. He will use his hockey IQ and awareness to create scoring chances on offense and prevent them on defense.


    Weaknesses: I was worried that Xavier Bourgault's production came against weaker defenders. I know Mavrik Bourque and Vasili Ponomaryov played on the first line during Bourgault's rookie season splitting time at center. Xavier Bourgault lined up as a first line right winger this season putting this concern to rest. I don't have any other objections with Xavier Bourgault so let's move on.


    Opportunities: 14. Dallas Stars, 15. New York Rangers, 16. St. Louis Blues, 17. Winnipeg Jets, and 18. Nashville Predators. I went on Sportscast and one of the co-hosts wants the Minnesota Wild to get this guy. That will only happen if the Wild want to deal 21 and 25 to move up ahead of Dallas because I do not see Bourgault escaping the top twenty. Xavier Bourgault is too talented to slip past Nashville at 18.


    Threats: Any concerns I may have had about Xavier Bourgault can now officially be put to bed for good. The only prospect besides Guenther from Canada who may have fewer weaknesses on tape is goaltender Sebastian Cossa. I gave Bourque an 85 potential grade, but he's one guy I can see being an NHL All Star at some point down the road.


    Xavier Bourgault has the potential to be a first line center down the road if you keep him in the QMJHL and let him develop once Bourque and Ponomaryov get promoted to the AHL or NHL. Two of his teammates lined up as a first line center so you are looking at a center who has the floor of a third line center and the ceiling of a first line center. That most likely translates to second line center in the NHL because he's got great production regardless of which line you put him on.


    Potential Grade: 85/99



    Before 2020

    The Shawinigan Cataractes took Xavier Bourgault with their second round pick in the 2018 QMJHL Draft. Xavier Bourgault had 33 goals, 38 assists, 71 points, and a +8 +/- ratio despite spending most of his rookie season as a third line center behind Mavrik Bourque and Vasili Ponomaryov. I want to see what else Bourgault does moving forward becase if he shows he can play on a top line you could be looking at getting a star in the teens like what Montreal got with Cole Caufield two years ago.



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  11. Zachary Bolduc, C, Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL) Projected Round 1st Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-1 174 Zachary Bolduc was so dominant as a rookie in 2019-2020 as a second line center that he got promoted to the first line this season. His production declined against stronger opponents with only 10 goals, 19 assists, 29 points, and a -1 +/- ratio in 27 QMJHL on the first line. He played 9 games as a first line left winger, 9 games as a first line center, and 9 games as a first line right winger before a season ending injury cut his season short. I love that Bolduc showed NHL scouts he's versatile to be a center or a winger in the NHL.


    Zachary Bolduc SWOT Report

    Strengths: He's a very fast flashy skater with great speed, explosiveness, and athleticism. He has the passing, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, offensive awareness, vision, and hockey IQ that you want a player to have.


    Back in February, I said Zachary Bolduc is the most complete player that I've seen in this draft outside of Dylan Guenther. I still believe Zachary Bolduc could develop into a first line center in the QMJHL before getting a chance to show to earn the right to play in the NHL.


    He displays good hands. A threat with and without the puck.


    He's a playmaker that knows how to pass the puck in short, medium, or deep distances. He will use his hockey IQ and awareness to create scoring chances on offense and prevent them on defense.


    Weaknesses: Zachary Bolduc's production declined significantly after he got promoted from the second line where he dominated as a rookie to the first line where his point total dropped. I'll explain more about the decline in Bolduc's production when we get to the threats.


    Opportunities: 15. New York Rangers, 16. St. Louis Blues, 17. Winnipeg Jets, 18. Nashville Predators, and 19. Edmonton Oilers. Zachary Bolduc has consensus first round grade. As many as 10/14 NHL Draft scouting services including Draft Utopia have a first round grade on Bolduc.


    Threats: He missed multiple games with injuries back in November when the season started. A lower body injury ended his season. He's a first line winger or a second line center. He hasn't shown enough to convince me he can be a first line center in the NHL, but he can work as a second line center.


    Only three players in Rimouski Oceanic history had 30 goals as rookies. Two of those rookies were Sidney Crosby and Alexis Lafreniere. The other rookie who did this for Rimouski was Zachary Bolduc. The problem is his durability concerns may be just as severe as the durability concerns Hendrix Lapierre had a year ago. This is a much weaker draft class compared to last year which is why Bolduc still has a shot to go in the top twenty.


    Potential Grade: 85/99



    Before 2020

    The Rimouski Oceanic took Zachary Bolduc fourteenth overall in the 2019 QMJHL Draft. The only reason he fell so far was due to the fact that there were rumors that Zachary Bolduc would turn down both the QMJHL and the USHL to remain in High School so he could prepare for College. Zachary Bolduc signed his QMJHL contract and that's how Bolduc became a member of the Oceanic.


    The Rimouski Oceanic had Alexis Lafrenierre at left wing, Cedric Pare at center, and Dmitry Zavgorodniy at right wing on their first line in 2019-2020. Zachary Bolduc came in as a rookie and was able to secure the second line center job.


    The 6-1 174 lb Zachary Bolduc had 30 goals, 22 assists, and 52 points in 2019-2020. He became only the seventh player in Rimouski Oceanic player to score 30 goals as a rookie en route to winning the QMJHL rookie of the year award in 2019-2020. He was the third player on the Rimouski Oceanic to score 30 goals as a rookie joining top draft picks Sidney Crosby and Alexis Lafrenierre in this category.



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  12. Francesco Pinelli, C, Kitchener Rangers (OHL) Projected Round 1st Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-1 185 Francisco Pinelli had 5 goals, 6 assists, and 11 points overseas. He didn't get to play his second year in Kitchener due to Covid-19.


    Francesco Pinelli SWOT Report

    Strengths: He has the passing, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, offensive awareness, vision, and hockey IQ that you want a player to have. He's effective defensively as well and extremely aggressive with his forecheck.


    Francesco Pinelli is great on special teams too. He can dominate on the power play or be effective as a penalty killer.


    He displays good hands. A threat with and without the puck.


    Weaknesses: Stick handling and decision making needs to improve. Pinelli also needs to adjust his technique when skating.


    Opportunities: 17. Winnipeg Jets, 18. Nashville Predators, 19. Edmonton Oilers, 20. Boston Bruins, and 21. Minnesota Wild. There are a lot of teams that would like to add a center for depth. Francesco Pinelli would help a lot of these teams out.


    Threats: There aren't any threats with Francesco Pinelli. He is projected as a top six forward in the NHL. He's versatile enough to play left wing or right wing even though his main position is center. He should be a first or second line center with the right development.


    Potential Grade: 85/99



    Before 2020

    The 6-0 176 lb Francesco Pinelli was the line 1 center on the Toronto Red Wings. He was also the team captain for the Toronto Red Wings in the GTMMHL. This amazing season led to the Kitchner Rangers picking Francesco Pinelli thirteenth overall in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection.


    Pinelli carried the Toronto Red Wings to the 2019 OHL Cup Championship game where they lost to an undefeated Don Mills Flyers team 6-5 in overtime. Pinelli had 49 goals, 65 assists, and 114 points in 71 GTMMHL games. He also had 7 goals, 7 assists, 14 points, and a +7 +/- ratio in the 7 game run he had during the 2019 OHL Cup.


    Francesco Pienlli has the leadership, work ethic, size, hands, stick handling, passing, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, vision, offensive awareness, and hockey IQ. You'd like to see him get faster and showcase more explosion while improving his defensive awareness, but he's a great skater who checks off most of if not all of the boxes on tape.


    Francesco Pinelli had 18 goals, 23 assists, and 41 points in his rookie season with the Kitchener Rangers. He could surge up draft boards if he gets an opportunity to improve that this season.



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  13. Zach Dean, C, Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL) Projected Round 1st Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-0 176 Zach Dean got promoted to alternate captain after a strong rookie season. He only had 10 goals, 10 assists, and 20 points in the regular season. Zach Dean got first line minutes at right wing facing tough a tough first line defense in the first round of the 2021 QMJHL Playoffs.


    Zach Dean SWOT Report

    Strengths: The versatility to play left wing, center, or right wing is there. He has the passing, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, offensive awareness, vision, and hockey IQ that you want a player to have.


    Weaknesses: Zach Dean needs to improve his defensive awareness. Zach Dean had a -4 +/- ratio in 2020-2021. Another thing you'd like to see Dean improve is his ability to finish plays.


    Opportunities: 18. Nashville Predators, 19. Edmonton Oilers, 20. Boston Bruins, 21. Minnesota Wild, and 22. Detroit Red Wings if he goes in the first round. There are a lot of teams that would like to add a center for depth. Zach Dean would help a lot of these teams out.


    Threats: There aren't any threats with Zach Dean. He's a second line center and a first line right winger. He's pretty talented and it wouldn't surprise me if he went earlier than where many are projecting him to go.


    Potential Grade: 85/99



    Before 2020

    The 6-0 161 lb Zach Dean was a line 1 center on the Toronto Nationals Minor Midget AAA Team. Dean had 36 goals, 53 assists, and 89 points in 2018-2019. Dean will have a chance to really show off his work ethic with the Gatineau Olympiques.


    Despite being only 16, Dean has the speed, explosion, burst, agility, skating, foot speed, playmaking, passing, sniping, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, vision, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ to succeed in the QMJHL.


    Zach Dean had 18 goals, 28 assists, 46 points, and a -18 +/- ratio in 2019-2020. He's gifted offensively, but needs to improve defensively.



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  14. Logan Stankoven, C, Kamploops Blazers (WHL) Projected Round 2nd Round

    2020 Season Recap The 5-8 170 Logan Stankoven got promoted to alternate captain after a strong rookie season. He had 7 goals, 3 assists, and 10 points in the regular season. Logan Stankoven is versatile enough to play left wing, center, or right wing in the NHL.


    Logan Stankoven SWOT Report

    Strengths: The versatility to play left wing, center, or right wing is there. He has the wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy that you want a forward to have. After Dylan Guenther, Mason McTavish, Cole Sillinger, and Brennan Othmann, he's got the best shot of any of the Canadian prospects in this draft.


    Weaknesses: Playmaking as a passer and decision making needs to improve. His offensive and defensive awareness is a work in progress despite a promising hockey IQ.


    Opportunities: He's the final first round prospect on my big board at 32. He should be the first player off the board in the second round.


    Threats: There aren't any threats with Logan Stankovec. I'm just curious if he gets stronger and improves defensively as a result.


    Potential Grade: 85/99



    Before 2020

    Logan Stankovec was drafted fifth overall by the Kamloops Blazers in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft. The 5-8 170 Logan Stankoven had 29 goals, 19 assists, 48 points, and a +25 +/- ratio in 59 games as a rookie losing out rookie of the year to Dylan Guenther.



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  15. Zachary L'Heureux, LW, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) Projected Round 2nd Round

    2020 Season Recap The 5-11 196 lb Zachary L'Heureux made the transition from center on the Montcon Wildcats to left winger on the Halifax Mooseheads. Having the versatility to play left wing, center, or right wing will help him out.


    Zachary L'Heureux did enough to earn a first line role with the Halifax Mooseheads in his draft year just like Justin Barron did a season ago before the Colorado Avalanche took him the eventual Halifax Mooseheads team captain with their first round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.


    Zachary L'Heureux had 19 goals, 20 assists, and 39 points in 33 games with the Halifax Mooseheads this season. He did miss some games due to an injury, but he was a first line player on Halifax when healthy.


    Zachary L'Heureux SWOT Report

    Strengths: The versatility to play left wing, center, or right wing is there. He has the wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy that you want a forward to have. Intangibles are sound as his offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ checks out on tape. He's also very effective as a defender. He will dominate on special teams whether it's on the power play or whether it's by penalty killing.


    Weaknesses: He needs to improve his speed. His +/- ratio went down after being traded from the Montcon Wildcats to the Halifax Mooseheads.


    Opportunities: Zachary L'Heureux is the top player outside of my top 32. Him and teammate Cameron Whynot both look like early second round picks that have a chance to sneak into the first round.


    Threats: I don't see any threats. He just needs a year or two to continue to develop with the Halifax Mooseheads before being brought up to the NHL. The player he's been compared to is Boston Bruins first line left winger Brad Marchand.


    He's also got two years of experience on the first line joining Owen Power, Dylan Guenther, Brandt Clarke, and Luke Hughes as the only other players who fit this criteria so he may go a lot earlier than we're projecting him. He's going to be a top six forward on a first or second line at the very worst.


    Potential Grade: 85/99



    Before 2020

    The 5-11 187 lb Zachary L'Heureux had 21 goals, 31 assists, and 52 points in QMAAA with the Chateauguay Grenadiers. L'Heureux has a strong work ethic. That's what led to the Moncton Wildcats drafting him third overall in the 2019 QMJHL Draft.


    Zachary L'Heureux ended up playing as the first line center on the Montcon Wildcats right away as a rookie. He had 20 goals, 33 assists, and 53 points in 55 games. He got traded to the Halifax Mooseheads prior to the 2020 QMJHL Draft.



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  16. Cameron Whynot, D, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) Projected Round 2nd Round
    2020 Season Recap The 6-1 181 lb Cameron Whynot improved his +/- ratio in year two with the Halifax Mooseheads. Cameron Whynot had 6 goals, 17 assists, 23 points, and a +13 +/- ratio in his second season with Halifax after having a negative +/- ratio as a rookie. He also got promoted from the third to first line and is now complimenting Justin Barron.


    Cameron Whynot SWOT Report

    Strengths: Cameron Whynot has the offensive awareness, defensive awareness, hockey IQ, playmaking, passing, wrist shot power, and slap shot power, you want a defender to have. He improved his +/- ratio. Has a strong work ethic. When fully healthy he complimented Justin Barron, the Colorado Avalanche's 2020 first round pick on the blue line complimenting Barron on the Mooseheads first line.


    Weaknesses: He's not an accurate passer on a consistent basis. Half of his passes are inacurrate. He's going to have to work on this moving forward. His shooting accuracy on his wrist shot and slap shot needs improvement too. Just becoming more precise as both a passer and shooter will be paramount for Cameron Whynot.


    Opportunities: Cameron Whynot is a second round prospect on my board. Back in Feburary, I had him graded ahead of Zachary L'Heureux before doing more research on both members of the Halifax Mooseheads that Halifax got through trades.


    Threats: Right now Cameron Whynot has the floor of a third line AHL defenseman. He has the ceiling of a first line defenseman in the NHL that can be a solid number four or three defenseman on a second line in the NHL once he finishes.


    Potential Grade: 85/99



    Before 2020

    The Sherbrooke Phoenix drafted Cameron Whynot with their first round pick in the 2019 QMJHL Draft. They traded his rights to Halifax moments after drafting him.


    Cameron Whynot had a rough rookie season. He only had 2 goals, 7 assists, 9 points, and a -41 +/- ratio. He's gonna have to make a huge improvement in year two.



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  17. Evan Nause, D, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) Projected Round 2nd Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-2 185 lb Evan Nause signed with the Quebec Remparts following the 2020 QMJHL Draft fifth overall after turning down the Val-d'Or Foreurs who took Nause sixth overall in the 2019 QMJHL Draft. He spent a year in the USHL with the Sioux Falls Stampede prior to re-entering the QMJHL Draft and signing with the Quebec Remparts. This makes Evan Nause eligible for the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.


    Evan Nause had 4 goals, 18 assists, and 22 points with the Quebec Remparts. The downside is his +/- ratio got worse. He had a +16 +/- ratio in the USHL and a -10 +/- ratio in the QMJHL.


    Evan Nause SWOT Report

    Strengths: Evan Nause has the offensive awareness, defensive awareness, hockey IQ, playmaking, and passing. He improved his point total from 17 to 22 points.


    Weaknesses: He's a more accurate passer than Cameron Whynot. He lacks the shooting power on his shot that Whynot has. Like Whynot he's the fourth best defender complimenting the defenseman anchoring the second line on his team.


    Opportunities: Evan Nause is a consensus second round prospect. He's going to be an interesting prospect to follow.


    Threats: Right now Evan Nause has the floor of a third line AHL defenseman. He has the ceiling of a second line defenseman in the NHL that can be a solid number four defenseman moving forward.


    Potential Grade: 84/99



    Before 2020

    Evan Nause got drafted in the top six of the 2019 QMJHL Draft before turning down the QMJHL to play with the Sioux Falls Stampede for a year. Evan Nause had 3 goals, 14 assists, 17 points, and a +16 +/- ratio in 44 games before Covid-19 cancelled the 2019-2020 USHL season.


    He got drafted by the Quebec Remparts fifth overall in the 2020 QMJHL Draft. He signed with the Remparts after turning down the Val-d'Or Foreurs. I wonder if we'll see future CHL prosects apply the strategy Evan Nause executed so he can end up on a big market CHL team rather than a small one.



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  18. Colton Dach, LW, Saskatoon Blades (WHL) Projected Round 3rd Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-4 205 lb Colton Dach is the younger brother of former Saskatoon Blades center Kirby Dach who went third overall to the Chicago Blackhawks two years ago. Colton Dach only had 11 goals, 9 assists, and 20 points in a shortened WHL season due to Covid-19.


    Colton Dach SWOT Report

    Strengths: The versatility to play left wing, center, or right wing is there. He has the wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy that you want a forward to have. After Dylan Guenther, Mason McTavish, Cole Sillinger, Brennan Othmann, and Logan Stankoven he's got the best shot of any of the Canadian prospects in this draft.


    Weaknesses: Playmaking as a passer and decision making needs to improve. His offensive and defensive awareness is a work in progress despite a promising hockey IQ. He's not explosive. He's also got to do a much better job controlling the pace of the game.


    Opportunities: Colton Dach's draft range is all over the place from the late first round to the seventh round. I put him in the third round, but he may fall further.


    Threats: Some are worried that Colton Dach will never have the ceiling to be an NHL player. He doesn't have the speed, explosiveness, control of pace, or playmaking that his older brother possesses. Will have to move to left wing or right wing. Will not be an NHL center. Has third line ability for a winger at best.


    Potential Grade: 81/99



    Before 2020

    Colton Dach was drafted sixth overall by the Saskatoon Blades in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft. Colton Dach had 11 goals, 18 assists, 29 points, and a +7 +/- ratio in 2019-2020. Colton has a chance to assert himself as a leader on this team in Saskatoon with his older brother now on the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL.



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  19. Wyatt Johnston, C, Winsdor Spitfires (OHL) Projected Round 3rd Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-1 176 lb Wyatt Johnston did not play overseas with the OHL being cancelled this season due to Covid-19. That will probably cause him to fall to the second or third round. I'm thinking he may fall to the third round unless an NHL team falls in love with him.


    Wyatt Johnston SWOT Report

    Strengths: Wyatt Johnston has the hockey IQ, offensive awareness, and defensive awareness you want. Great intangibles along with decent skating make him an intriguing day 2 project.


    Weaknesses: Lacks top end speed. Needs to do a better job using his hands on plays. Has to develop an effective wrist shot and slap shot in terms of improving his shooting power along with his shooting accuracy on both shots.


    Opportunities: Wyatt Johnston will be a third round pick. I'm not sure where he ends up though.


    Threats: Wyatt Johnston's ceiling is probably that of a back six center. I'm looking at a third line center at best in the NHL. Like with Colton Dach, there is a chance you could be looking at an AHL player rather than an NHL player.


    Potential Grade: 80/99



    Before 2020

    The 5-11 152 Wyatt Johnston had 48 goals, 46 assists, and 94 points in 73 GTMMHL games. He also had 5 goals, 8 assists, 13 points, and a +11 +/- ratio in 5 games during the OHL Cup.


    The line 1 center on the Toronto Marlboros has everything you want on tape except he just needs to get bigger while filling out his frame. Windsor took Wyatt Johnson sixth overall in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection. His older sister Quinn plays Womens Hockey at Queen's University.


    Despite being only 16, Johnston has the speed, explosion, burst, agility, skating, foot speed, playmaking, passing, sniping, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, vision, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ to succeed in the OHL. Wyatt Johnston is someone who has ability to put the Windsor Spitfires back on the map in the OHL.


    Wyatt Johnston had 12 goals, 18 assists, 30 points, and a +14 +/- ratio in 53 games in 2019-2020. He chose to remain in Ontario after Covid-19 rather than going to play overseas like some of the players from the 2019 OHL Priority Selection.



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  20. Ryan Winterton, RW, Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL) Projected Round 3rd Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-2 190 lb Ryan Winterton was going to transition from right wing to center. That will not happen until next season with the OHL being cancelled this season due to Covid-19. That will probably cause Ryan Winterton to fall to the third round of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. Arthur Kaliyev had 102 points in his draft year and still fell to the second round so that makes Winterton a third round prospect by default.


    Ryan Winterton SWOT Report

    Strengths: Ryan Winterton had a strong World Junior Championship performance. That caused NHL Central Scouting to move him up from a C grade to a B grade prospect. He's got a good shot. The wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, and slap shot accuracy is there.


    Weaknesses: Needs more experience. He played right wing his first year, but is expected to transition to center since he's got the body of a center.


    Opportunities: Ryan Winterton is a third round grade for me. I'm not sure if he gets drafted as a center or a right winger.


    Threats: Ryan Winterton is a back six player in the NHL. Regardless of which forward role he ends up playing whether it happens to be left wing, center, or right wing. He'll be a third or fourth line NHL player at best if he reaches his ceiling.


    Potential Grade: 80/99



    Before 2020

    The 6-0 161 lb Ryan Winterton had 38 goals, 34 assists, and 72 points in 36 games with the Whitby Whitecats. The Hamilton Bulldogs took the top right wing prospect with the eighth overall pick one pick after the Sarnia Sting grabbed goalie Benjamin Gaudreau with their first round pick at seven.


    Ryan Winterton had 12 goals, 11 assists, 23 points, and a -15 +/- ratio in 53 games. Ryan Winterton is expected to transition from right wing to center next season.



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