Europe Rankings 2021 NHL Draft: Europe Prospects Projected Rounds: 1. Stanislav Svozil, D, HC Kometa Brno (Extraliga): Round 1, 2. Jakub Brabenec, C, HC Kometa Brno (Extraliga): Round 2, 3. Martin Rysavy, C, HC Vitkovice Riders (Extraliga): Round 3, 4. Florian Elias, C, Adler Mannheim (DEL): Round 4, 5. Louis Robin, RW, Ev Zug (National League A): Round 4, 6. Janis Moser, D, EHC Biel (National League A): Round 4, 7. Haakon Hanelt, C, Eisbaren Berlin (DEL): Round 4, 8. Nils Elten, D, Iserlohn Roosters (DEL): Round 4, 9. Giancarlo Chanton, D, Geneve-Servette HC (National League A): Round 4, 10. Simon Marha, LW, HC Ambri-Piotta (National League A): Round 4














2021 NHL Draft: European Prospect Rankings





Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: July 6, 2021.



  1. Stanislav Svozil, D, HC Kometa Brno (Extraliga) Projected Round 1st Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-1 179 lb Stanislav Svozil is a two-way defenseman with two years of experience on HC Kometa Brno in the Extraliga league. He's played against men for two years in the Czech Republic rather than players his own age which is one thing that works in his favor. This season he had 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 points, and a -6 +/- ratio in 30 Extraliga games.


    Stanislav Svozil SWOT Report

    Strengths: Stanislav Svozil is an elite skater in terms of speed and quickness. He can skate forward or backwards and transitions with ease. He's got the playmaking, passing, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, vision, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ that you want a defender to have. Has a good release on his shot. Svozil also has excellent hands.


    Weaknesses: His puck skills need to improve. Also he's not considered a high end talent. He's one of the safer prospects in this draft in terms of his floor. Some scouts are questioning his ceiling as a first line defender saying he's better suited for a second line. Had a - +/- ratio in both seasons in Extraliga.


    Opportunities: 20. Boston Bruins, 25. Florida Panthers, 26. Carolina Hurricanes, 27. Colorado Avalanche, and 29. Vegas Golden Knights. Stanislav Svozil is the one player from Europe with the best shot of cracking the first round.


    Threats: He's got the floor of a third line defenseman in the NHL and the ceiling of a first line defenseman in the NHL. Most scouts are projecting him to be a second line defenseman in the NHL.


    Potential Grade: 85/99



    Before 2020

    The 6-0 172 Stanislav Svozil only had 2 goals, 3 assists, 5 points, and a -1 +/- ratio in 41 Extraliga games. He also got drafted fifteenth overall by the Regina Pats in the first round of the 2020 CHL Import Draft. Stanislav Svozil is a 2021 first round pick that should go in the late first round. The only mystery with Svozil is whether he ends up remaining in the Czech Republic or whether he signs a paid CHL deal to play for the Regina Pats in the Western Hockey League.



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  2. Jakub Brabenec, C, HC Kometa Brno (Extraliga) Projected Round 2nd Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-2 176 lb Jakub Brabenec had 1 assist in 23 games with HC Kometa Brno in Extraliga. He's the best prospect from the Czech Republic outside of his own teammate Stanislav Svozil.


    Jakub Brabenec SWOT Report

    Strengths: He's a strong skater. He's got the offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ you want a player to have.


    Weaknesses: Needs to work on his shot. Offense is the biggest question mark to his game right now.


    Opportunities: Jakub Brabenec is the only player from the Czech Republic with a shot to go in the second round. He's a consensus third round prospect, but a second round prospect on my board.


    Threats: Has the floor of a first line AHL player and the ceiling of a first line NHL player. That makes Jakub Brabenec an ideal third line center in the NHL.


    Potential Grade: 84/99



    Before 2020

    Jakub Brabenec was drafted by the Charlottetown Islanders in the 2020 CHL Import Draft in the first round. Jakub Brabenec had 1 goal in 2 Extraliga games with HC Kometa Brno in 2019-2020.



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  3. Martin Rysavy, C, HC Vitkovice Riders (Extraliga) Projected Round 3rd Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-3 209 lb Martin Rysavy added 26 lbs of muscle to go from 183 to 209 lbs. That's impressive. What's not impressive is he had 0 points for the HC Vitkovice Riders in 6 Extraliga games against men.


    Martin Rysavy SWOT Report

    Strengths: Martin Rysavy is versatile enough to play left wing, center, or right wing. You can line him up anywhere at forward.


    Weaknesses: He had 0 points in Extraliga. Struggled against men in 6 Extraliga games against professional hockey players in the Czech Republic.


    Opportunities: I have a third round grade on Martin Rysavy. He's a consensus third round pick with some having a fourth round grade on Rysavy.


    Threats: A year ago, I said I project Rysavy to be a line 2 forward on an AHL roster when typing a brief scouting report of him on our HC Vitkovice Riders webpage. Rysavy did not show me he could be more than that this season. While there is a chance he could be an effective back 6 forward in the NHL on a third or fourth line, I think there is a far greater chance he ends up being a top 6 forward on an AHL team. After the top 2 prospects on HC Kometa Brno, every other European skater in this draft from either Germany, Czech Republic, or Switzerland comes with the risk of being an AHL player rather than an NHL player.


    Potential Grade: 80/99



    Before 2020

    The 6-2 183 Martin Rysavy can play anywhere at forward. He's versatile enough to play left wing, center, or right wing. He's a player that will make the jump to Extraliga in about a year. He's probably a top 6 forward on a second line in the AHL when he reaches his ceiling unless he absolutely dominates when he gets called up to Extraliga.



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  4. Florian Elias, C, Adler Mannheim (DEL) Projected Round 4th Round

    2020 Season Recap The 5-8 170 lb Florian Elias is versatile enough to play left wing, center, or right wing. He had 3 goals, 5 assists, 8 points, and a -1 +/- ratio in 34 games with Adler Mannheim in DEL. He also lined up as a first line center on Germany's Under-20 Team at the World Junior Championships lining up as a first line center next to German wingers Tim Stutzle and John Jason-Peterka.


    Outside of Tim Stuzle, Lukas Reichel, and John Jason-Peterka, he's considered the greatest NHL draft prospect currently playing in Germany. At least that's what people on HFBoards forums who saw him in person were saying back in 2018.


    Florian Elias SWOT Report

    Strengths: Florian Elias has the playmaking, passing, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, offensive awareness, and hockey IQ to be successful in the AHL right now. He's got enough of a ceiling to develop into a second line forward in the NHL.


    Weaknesses: His defensive awareness and lack of explosiveness while skating also hurts him. Florian Elias could be a draft day steal if he fixes those two areas of his game since he's undersized.


    Opportunities: I have a fourth round grade on Florian Elias. He could get picked in the third round, but I expect the top German prospect in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft to be a fourth round pick.


    Threats: He has the floor of an AHL fourth line center and the ceiling of a second line NHL center. That makes him a boom or bust prospect that is worth gambling on in the fourth round of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.


    Potential Grade: 77/99



    Before 2020

    Florian Elias has been playing hockey in Germany since 2015-2016. He's been on Adler Mannheim's Academy teams in Germany each year since. His breakout year came on Jungadler Mannheim in 2019-2020 where he had 26 goals, 23 assists, and 49 points in 30 games with Jungadler Mannheim as an alternate captain. That performance should get him called up to Adler Mannheim in the DEL league this season.



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  5. Louis Robin, RW, Ev Zug (National League A) Projected Round 4th Round

    2020 Season Recap The 5-8 150 lb Louis Robin is a right winger on EV Zug the team that won the National League A Championship for the best Pro Hockey team in Switzerland. Louis Robin didn't score on Ev Zug against grown men. He had 22 goals, 29 assists, 51 points, and a +29 +/- ratio in 45 games with EV Zug's Under-20 Team against players his own age.


    Louis Robin SWOT Report

    Strengths: Louis Robin has the skating, playmaking, passing, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ to be successful in the AHL right now. He's got a tremendous work ethic which is why Robin could be a steal in this years NHL Draft.


    Weaknesses: He did well against players his own age in Switzerland. He struggled against men and professional hockey players in Switzerland..


    Opportunities: I have a fourth round grade on Louis Robin. Louis Robin could be one of the steals of this draft if he continues to develop his game.


    Threats: He got promoted to the National League A where pros play in Switzerland. He hasn't posted any points there though.


    Potential Grade: 77/99



    Before 2020

    Louis Robin has played hockey in Switzerland since 2013-2014. He did well on EV Zug's Under 20-team in 2019-2020. This led to him getting drafted tenth overall by the Rimouski Oceanic in the 2020 CHL Import Draft.



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  6. Janis Moser, D, EHC Biel (National League A) Projected Round 4th Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-1 172 lb Janis Jerome Moser also known Janis Moser if you exclude his middle name is one of two team captains in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. The other captain was captain of his High School hockey team in Jack Peart. While Janis Moser is captain of EHC Biel in National League A the professional hockey league in Switzerland. Janis Moser had 9 goals, 21 assists, 30 points, and a +18 +/- ratio in 48 games as the team captain of ECH Biel. He had 0 points and a -1 +/- ratio in the playoffs with EHC Biel.


    Janis Moser SWOT Report

    Strengths: Janis Moser has great skating, playmaking, passing, the best shot in terms of wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, and slap shot accuracy of any defenseman from Switzerland in this draft.


    He displays good hands. A threat with and without the puck. He can be a first line defenseman on the power play or penalty killing unit. He's a great leader and one of two team captains in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.


    Weaknesses: He's 21-years-old. He's got less room for development than most prospects in this draft which may translate to a lower ceiling. Other than that, his game is pretty complete with hardly any weaknesses.


    Opportunities: I have a fourth round grade on Janis Moser. He should be a fourth round pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft with draft sites having anywhere from a third to fifth round grade on Janis Moser.


    Threats: Janis Moser is one of the safer prospects in this draft. Good floor, but a low ceiling player. He dominated his third year in the Pros in Europe. The only other player to accomplish this in recent memory was John Klingberg after the Dallas Stars took him in the fifth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Klingberg developed for four years in both Sweden and Finland after being drafted by the Stars before cracking the Dallas Stars main roster in 2014-2015. I could see Moser go down a similar path making the NHL by 2025-2026 if a team can remain patient with him. Klingberg got drafted by Dallas when he was 18 and Moser will be 21 if a team decides to draft him meaning he'll be 25 by the time he's ready for the NHL assuming his career goes on a similar path as Klingberg.


    Potential Grade: 77/99



    Before 2020

    Janis Moser has played hockey in Switzerland dating back to 2011-2012. He made EHC Biel's main roster back in 2017-2018. He's been on EHC Biel in National League A for three years now and will finally enter his fourth year on EHC Biel as the team captain in Switzerland.



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  7. Haakon Hanelt, C, Eisbaren Berlin (DEL) Projected Round 4th Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-0 183 lb Haakon Hanelt had 1 goal in 22 games with Eisbaren Berlin in the DEL league in Germany. His teammate Lukas Reichel began the year with a C grade from NHL Central Scouting before emerging into a first round pick. Hanelt probably won't have the same success as Reichel, but he shows a lot of promise and is worth keeping an eye on.


    Haakon Hanelt SWOT Report

    Strengths: Haakon Hanelt has stickhandling, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot accuracy, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ you want a forward to have. Great puckhandler. Lukas Reichel was versatile enough to play left wing, center, right wing, or defenseman. Haakon Hanelt has the same exact versatility in terms of skill set. In fact you could argue that Haakon Hanelt is the most versatile skater in the entire 2021 NHL Entry Draft. He's also got great leadership skills and is a team player like Reichel.


    Weaknesses: Needs to improve as a passer. Also needs to improve as a skater. He does not have great speed. Needs to improve his shot in terms of wrist shot power and slap shot power.


    Opportunities: I have a fourth round grade on Haakon Hanelt. He's a fourth round prospect.


    Threats: There's a chance Haakon Hanelt is only an AHL player. The fact that he's versatile enough to play anywhere at forward or on defense like Lukas Reichel puts me at ease and gives me hope he can contribute in the NHL.


    Potential Grade: 77/99



    Before 2020

    Haakon Hanelt has played hockey in Germany since 2016-2017 with Eisbaren Berlin's academy. He is finally expected to be called up to Eisbaren Berlin's main roster next season.



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  8. Nils Elten, D, Iserlohn Roosters (DEL) Projected Round 4th Round

    2020 Season Recap The 5-10 170 lb Nils Elten had 0 points and a +1 +/- ratio for Iserlohn Roosters in Germany's DEL league. Nils Elten anchored the second line of defense for Iserlohn Roosters.


    Nils Elten SWOT Report

    Strengths: Nils Elten is a defensive defenseman. He will defend the neutral zone, check, play physical, get in your face. Great penalty killer. He anchored the second line on defense for Iserlohn Roosters in 6 DEL games.


    Weaknesses: Needs to improve offensively. Will be strictly a defensive defender unless he improves offensively.


    Opportunities: I have a fourth round grade on Nils Elten. He could go anywhere between the fourth round and the undrafted range. Most have him getting picked in the sixth round of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, but this guy impressed me from the photos of play on defense with the Iserlohn Roosters.


    Threats: One German scout didn't post Nils Elten in his top 30 German prospects. That means there is a chance Elten could go undrafted this year. There were games where he was fully dressed, but the coach didn't play Elten.


    Potential Grade: 76/99



    Before 2020

    Nils Elten has been in Germany with the Iserlohn Rooster's Academy dating back to 2016-2017. He should end up on the DEL team at some point later this year.



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  9. Giancarlo Chanton, D, Geneve-Servette HC (National League A) Projected Round 4th Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-0 185 lb Giancarlo Chanton will make his National League A debut with Geneve-Servette HC in 2021-2022 following the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. He had 1 goal, 1 assist, and 2 points in 2020-2021. He also showed promise at the World Junior Championships with Switzerland.


    Giancarlo Chanton SWOT Report

    Strengths: He knows how to move the puck. Playmaker who can pass effectively. Will contribute on special teams as a power play quarterback. His offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ is good for a two-way defender. He knows how to execute a wrist shot and a slap shot.


    Weaknesses: Stickwork is the biggest issue with Giancarlo Chanton. He also needs to develop his shot in terms of both shooting power and shooting accuracy. Giancarlo Chanton's wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, and slap shot accuracy are all a work in progress.


    Opportunities: I have a fourth round grade on Giancarlo Chanton. He should be selected in the fourth round.




    Threats: He seems like a pretty safe prospect. He's a high floor low ceiling player. If he fixes his shooting power and shooting accuracy he may be able to anchor a second line down the road.


    Potential Grade: 75/99



    Before 2020

    Giancarlo Chanton was drafted forty ninth overall in the first round of the 2019 CHL Import Draft by the Niagara IceDogs. He had 1 goal, 7 assists, 8 points, and a -23 +/- ratio as a rookie in the OHL. He will go back to Switzerland to develop more until the OHL resumes after the Covid-19 pandemic.



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  10. Simon Marha, LW, HC Ambri-Piotta (National League A) Projected Round 4th Round

    2020 Season Recap The 6-2 165 lb Simon Marha was born in Switzerland, but currently resides in the Czech Republic. He played on Czech Republic's team in the Under-18 World Junior Championships.


    Simon Marha will also play for HC Ambri-Piotta's main roster in National League A in Switzerland next season in 2021-2022. Simon Marha had 22 goals, 17 assists, 39 points, and a -17 +/- ratio in 39 games with HC Ambri-Piotta's Under 20-team.


    Simon Marha SWOT Report

    Strengths: He has the playmaking, passing, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, vision, hockey IQ, confidence, and creativity that you want a player to have. Simon Marha is versatile enough to play either left wing or right wing.


    Weaknesses: Simon Marha needs to improve as a skater. He also needs to improve his +/- ratio.


    Opportunities: I have a fourth round grade on Simon Marha. He should be selected in the fourth round.


    Threats: There aren't any threats with Simon Marha. High floor low ceiling player.


    Potential Grade: 71/99



    Before 2020

    Simon Marha has played hockey since 2016-2017. He's the only player in this draft to play in three different countries playing in Czech Republic, Sweden, and Switzerland.



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