May 11 2016 08:00AM
Cameron Morrison is easily the best player available in the USHL this year from a statistical standpoint (USNTDP players aside). He's being billed as a power forward and rightfully so - he's got the size, shot, and aggressive playing style of a power winger.
In his first season in the USHL, the Ontario native blew away his competition, leading in all relevant statistical categories, all while being one of the youngest members of his draft class.
Cameron Morrison projects to go in the mid second round, but you shouldn't be surprised if his name comes up just a little earlier than that.
May 10 2016 08:00AM
Coming in at 43rd in our consensus rankings is Sault St Marie winger Boris Katchouk, who is a player that won't wow you on the ice but will do the little things to generate offence.
He may not be a flashy player but for a second round pick, he is someone that teams will be attracted to.
May 09 2016 11:02AM
Jon Steitzer may be moving on from the Nations Network, but his consolidated draft rankings were such a useful little tool for looking at where exactly all of the top prospects stand in the eyes of the scouts that I knew I had to keep the tradition going. So I made my own.
May 09 2016 09:23AM
ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - When Team Finland captured the gold medal in front of its home crowd at January’s World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finnish winger Jesse Puljujarvi led the tournament in scoring with 17 points and was named World Junior MVP.
With 13 points in seven games, Puljujarvi’s linemate Patrik Laine was named to the tournament All-Star team. At that time, he was seen as the lower-ranked prospect for this year’s draft.
Four months later, that order has flipped. Puljujarvi continues to develop nicely, picking up another gold medal with Finland and being named to the All-Star team at April’s Under-18 Tournament in North Dakota, but Laine’s star has been rising at the speed of light.
May 09 2016 08:00AM
It's a (short) run of big defenceman with Logan Stanley being profiled yesterday as the 45th ranked prospect for the upcoming draft, and now coming in at 44th is a hulking Finnish defenceman, Markus Niemelainen. Measuring in at 6'6" and 205 lbs, Niemelainen is one of the biggest defenceman available in this draft, so teams looking to add size to their blue line prospect ranks may have to seriously consider the Kuopio native.