June 06 2016 08:00AM
Though Julien Gauthier entered this season hot off the heels of a point-plus-per-game rookie season in the QMJHL and a presumptive spot in the top ten of this year's entry draft, his star has fallen to the middle of the first-round by most accounts. The Nation Network's consensus aligns closely with that assessment, as Gauthier checks in at 16th by our reckoning.
Part of the trepidation is production related. Though Gauthier had shown proficiency as a playmaker in his two QMJHL seasons prior, he was infamously dubbed this year's Cy Young winner for his lofty imbalance of goals to assists, with his 41 goals met by a paltry 16 helpers. Given that Gauthier posted a 38 goal, 35 assist season the year prior, that represents a sizeable step back no matter the context.
Gauthier's physical toolkit is rivalled by few in this class, though, and that's what's kept him in the conversation as a high first-round selection. His combination of size, speed, power and offensive instincts make him a handful for defenders -- more often than not they're left in his wake or bowled over entirely. We'll try to make sense of the disconnect between his tools and production as we break down Gauthier and his long-term prospects of developing into a bona fide NHL forward.
June 05 2016 08:00AM
Coming in as our 17th ranked prospect, is Penticton Vees defenceman Dante Fabbro.
The smooth skating defenceman was a force for what many expected to be the eventual BCHL champions. but their season was cut short after a 2nd round loss to West Kelowna. For Fabbro personally, the loss may have been a blessing in disguise as he was able to suit up for Canada at the U18 World Junior Championships.
This allowed him to play against the top players from all over the world with hopes of mitigating the questions of whether his success at the junior A level in Penticton would translate. We think it did, thus he falls just outside of the top 15 for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
June 04 2016 11:34AM
Coming in at 18 on the Nation Network's prospect ranking is NCAA defenseman Charlie McAvoy. McAvoy combines strong skating, high hockey IQ, and superb vision to create a tantalizing package for a draft eligible defenseman.
After the jump we'll take a look at McAvoy as a player with some risk, but also a great amount of upside.
June 03 2016 09:03AM
Coming in at number 19 in this year's Nation Network draft rankings is University of Wisconsin centre Luke Kunin. The Missouri native already has a very successful NCAA season under his belt after putting up 32 points in 34 games for the Badgers this year.
Kunin has one of the most well-rounded skillsets of this draft class. He's a dangerous shooter with above-average speed, good defensive awareness, and a strong hockey IQ. His talent level isn't quite high enough to merit top-ten consideration, but he is a dangerous goal-scorer with few weak spots in his game, and could be a very good NHL player.
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June 03 2016 05:00AM
Examining Canada's World Cup roster, Phil Kessel closing in on a Stanley Cup, Gudbranson not so bad after all, Jets captaincy, who do the Flames pick at 6th, Chiarelli ready to play in Edmonton, the Expansion draft, NHL draft, free agency and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.