2017 NHL Entry Draft Player Profiles #1-10

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This will be a 3 part mini-series where the writers of Puck Planet give you their thoughts on the various top rated prospects for the coming NHL Entry Draft. (This is not our mock draft, we are simply using the ISS Final Player Rankings to order the list our mock draft article will come out shortly and will be linked here when it is up).

While some may consider this a “bad draft” I personally do not. It is not one heavy on top end franchise type talents, but it is a draft that we will look back on in a few years and see many very solid top 6 type forwards and top 4 type defensemen who are making a solid impact on their NHL Franchises. With that being said let’s take a look at the top 10…

# 1 Nolan Patrick 

Despite a season disrupted by injuries, it’s Nolan Patrick who sits at the top of NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings for North American skaters. The Brandon Wheat Kings Center is expected to go first overall when the draft takes place on June 23rd.

Patrick, a native of Winnipeg, has plenty of NHL pedigree behind him. Both his father, Steve Patrick, and Uncle, James Patrick, played in the league during the 1980s. Standing at 6ft 3in and weighing in at close to 200lbs, Patrick is built NHL ready. He combines this size with both speed and skill, and has high-level hockey IQ. Future Considerations said of Patrick in November 2016:

“A lethal combo of size, speed and skill; plays a power game and possesses one of the most well-rounded skill sets in the CHL…has great wheels and is able to surprise with his speed…hands and ability to protect the puck is high end…plays very responsibly with the puck, but also makes something happen each time he possesses it…uses his strength and reach to guard the puck, driving his way around the offensive zone…a heads-up, confident passer…has a sharp release on his wrist shot and is capable of beating a goaltender from anywhere in the offensive zone….his slap shot has high-level accuracy and velocity…a ruthless presence off the puck, simply overpowers his opponents…a great leader, commanding respect with his work ethic and consistent high level of play…willing to stand up for his teammates and bring justice as he sees fit…beats teams with his IQ and seems to always be in control of the play…a number-one NHL center in the making.”

Patrick has struggled with injuries since the WHL playoffs in 2016. He underwent surgery on a sports hernia in July, and although he returned for the first five games of the season he was then out of the lineup until January. He missed a total of 35 games. He also missed all four games as the Wheat Kings were swept in the WHL playoffs, this time with a lower-body injury.

During the time that he was healthy, Patrick was a big point-producer. He had 46 (20G, 26A) in just 33 games. The previous season, Patrick ranked fifth in scoring during the regular season with 102 points (41G, 61A). During the postseason, he had 30 points (13G, 17A) in 21 games to tie for the scoring lead. He was also named MVP of the WHL Playoffs.

If he can put his injury issues behind him, there’s no doubt that Nolan Patrick will be an impact player for New Jersey (assuming, of course, they do what they’re expected to). He has the size, skill, speed and hockey sense to come straight into the NHL and do the business from Day 1.

# 2 Nico Hischier

Swiss-born Nico Hischier has only played one season in North America, but what he has shown in that short time has been enough to see him ranked #2 in the final NHL Central Scouting Rankings. Playing Centre for the QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads, Hischier put up 86 points (38G, 48A) in 57 games. He also led the team in post-season scoring, recording seven points (3G, 4A) in six games. He was also named Rookie of the Year.

 

Standing at 6ft tall and weighing in at around 175lbs, Hischier is on the small side, but his speed and skill will be more than enough to make up for that.  Using his high-end stick skills, speed and passing he utilizes a finesse game to not only compete with but beat bigger players. From Future Considerations:

“smooth-skating, playmaking center…good skating agility and top speed, but is more quick than fast…is able to make quick turns and displays good lateral movement…not big or strong, but still shows willingness to take hits and battle for space…goes into board battles and uses his body to fight for pucks…excellent playmaking instincts, vision and passing skills…puts puck where his linemates can best utilize the chance…an incredible stickhandler who thrives in possession and can make defenders look foolish…competitive and driven…poise is a major standout attribute…dangerous when given time, especially on the power play as he takes full control of the play from the half wall with the puck, using his impressive agility, hands and vision to make plays…plays a responsible defensive game…one of the best talents to come out of Switzerland.”

Hischier is going to be a fun player to watch. We’ve seen over the last few years a number of smaller, skilled players come into the league and do well – and I think Hischier has the ability to do the same. It may take a bit of time to adjust to the bigger bodies he’ll be up against, but his skills will eventually shine through.  Here’s what we can expect to see next season:

# 3 Gabriel Vilardi – C

A top center in this years draft, Vilardi is a seventeen-year-old hailing from Kingston ON, Canada. He is ranked fourth by hockeyprospect.com, third by ISS Hockey, and fourth by McKeen’s Hockey. Vilardi is part of an elite group of centers this year who will make up the top spots of the draft board this year. He is joined by the likes of Nolan Patrick, Cody Glass, and Nico Hischier. He stands at 6’2″ and weighs a good 192 pounds. Vilardi played with the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL last year. He managed to obtain 61 points, he did this by scoring 29 goals and 32 assists in 49 games. During the combine, Vilardi scored the second best fatigue index in his class. The fatigue index measures a person’s anaerobic ability. Vilardi is the ultimate player. If you wonder if he’s good at a specific skill, he most likely is. A thing to note about Vilardi is that he does a really fantastic job of knowing exactly where to be in seemingly every play. If the puck takes a weird bounce, guess who’s there already, Vilardi. Another part of his game, one of that largest parts of his game, is his shooting. His snap and wrist shots are truly a spectacle. The other large part of his game is his passing. Wow, his passing. If there’s a needle to thread guess who can thread it, Gabriel can. The last of my praise goes into his ability to be, somehow, two steps in front of everyone around him. If the puck is bouncing into a weird spot, guess who’s there already. That’s right! Gabriel Vilardi. Though I did mention information that came out of his combine, I wouldn’t look into it too much. The reason this is is that he just finished his playoffs where he won the Memorial Cup. That win being another check on Gabriel Vilardis growing resume. Gabriel Vilardi, in my opinion, is an Alexander Ovechkin type player. They both are all-around elite players in that they can both shoot, pass, and use their big bodies. Now, will Vilardi be as good as Ovechkin? No. If he was he would be number one on every single draft that is out there. He will be, though, a strong force ni the NHL in the upcoming years.

During the combine, Vilardi scored the second best fatigue index in his class. The fatigue index measures a person’s anaerobic ability. Vilardi is the ultimate player. If you wonder if he’s good at a specific skill, he most likely is. A thing to note about Vilardi is that he does a really fantastic job of knowing exactly where to be in seemingly every play. If the puck takes a weird bounce, guess who’s there already, Vilardi. Another part of his game, one of that largest parts of his game, is his shooting. His snap and wrist shots are truly a spectacle. The other large part of his game is his passing. Wow, his passing. If there’s a needle to thread guess who can thread it, Gabriel can. The last of my praise goes into his ability to be, somehow, two steps in front of everyone around him. If the puck is bouncing into a weird spot, guess who’s there already. That’s right! Gabriel Vilardi. Though I did mention information that came out of his combine, I wouldn’t look into it too much. The reason this is is that he just finished his playoffs where he won the Memorial Cup. That win being another check on Gabriel Vilardis growing resume. Gabriel Vilardi, in my opinion, is an Alexander Ovechkin type player. They both are all-around elite players in that they can both shoot, pass, and use their big bodies. Now, will Vilardi be as good as Ovechkin? No. If he was he would be number one on every single draft that is out there. He will be, though, a strong force ni the NHL in the upcoming years.

Though I did mention information that came out of his combine, I wouldn’t look into it too much. The reason this is is that he just finished his playoffs where he won the Memorial Cup. That win being another check on Gabriel Vilardis growing resume. Gabriel Vilardi, in my opinion, is an Alexander Ovechkin type player. They both are all-around elite players in that they can both shoot, pass, and use their big bodies. Now, will Vilardi be as good as Ovechkin? No. If he was he would be number one on every single draft that is out there. He will be, though, a strong force ni the NHL in the upcoming years.

 

# 4 Miro Heiskanen – LD

The man of Finnish Fame. Coming out of Espoo, he is a top prospect in this 2017 NHL Draft. He is ranked #10 by Hockeyprospects.com, ranked #4 by NHL Central Scouting (EU Players), and ranked #11 by Future Considerations. The 17-year-old already has a lot on his growing resume, including playing for Finland’s U-20 Team as a 17-year-old! During his time with the U-20 team, he tallied four assists in 21 games. Okay for a defenseman, pretty great for a 17-year-old playing with 20-year-olds. But, because of his play style, you really should not be looking at his points to completely define him. If you do watch his play though, you will notice how dependable he is with his defense. The guy just knows how to use his stick to nudge the puck to himself or to his teammate. Another thing to note is his hockey IQ. He just seems to know exactly where he should be in the offensive zone and defensive zone. He’ll pop up out of nowhere and make a great play. Even though he isn’t the biggest guy at 6’0″ and 174 pounds, he still can throw the body around. The last of my praise comes from his passing. The guy can thread the needle like a pro. If it takes some sort of inhuman reaction to make a pass, he can do it. He’s almost inhuman in the entirety of his play. There has to be some downside to his game, and there is. He’s not a very good shooter. Which, honestly, is not a big deal at all. He’s what I like to call a “playmaking defensemen.” He can play a solid defensive position and set up his teammates. He won’t be taking the glory of the goal, but behind every great goal is a great pass. If I was to compare Miro Heiskanen to one player, I would have to say, Nick Leddy. They both have great speed and both are solid defensively. Besides just playing like Leddy, I believe that this guy could honestly become a player of equal skill to Leddy. Heiskanen 100 percent has an opportunity to become a member of an already growing amount of solid Finnish defensemen.

But, because of his play style, you really should not be looking at his points to completely define him. If you do watch his play though, you will notice how dependable he is with his defense. The guy just knows how to use his stick to nudge the puck to himself or to his teammate. Another thing to note is his hockey IQ. He just seems to know exactly where he should be in the offensive zone and defensive zone. He’ll pop up out of nowhere and make a great play. Even though he isn’t the biggest guy at 6’0″ and 174 pounds, he still can throw the body around. The last of my praise comes from his passing. The guy can thread the needle like a pro. If it takes some sort of inhuman reaction to make a pass, he can do it. He’s almost inhuman in the entirety of his play. There has to be some downside to his game, and there is. He’s not a very good shooter. Which, honestly, is not a big deal at all. He’s what I like to call a “playmaking defensemen.” He can play a solid defensive position and set up his teammates. He won’t be taking the glory of the goal, but behind every great goal is a great pass. If I was to compare Miro Heiskanen to one player, I would have to say, Nick Leddy. They both have great speed and both are solid defensively. Besides just playing like Leddy, I believe that this guy could honestly become a player of equal skill to Leddy. Heiskanen 100 percent has an opportunity to become a member of an already growing amount of solid Finnish defensemen.

The last of my praise comes from his passing. The guy can thread the needle like a pro. If it takes some sort of inhuman reaction to make a pass, he can do it. He’s almost inhuman in the entirety of his play. There has to be some downside to his game, and there is. He’s not a very good shooter. Which, honestly, is not a big deal at all. He’s what I like to call a “playmaking defensemen.” He can play a solid defensive position and set up his teammates. He won’t be taking the glory of the goal, but behind every great goal is a great pass. If I was to compare Miro Heiskanen to one player, I would have to say, Nick Leddy. They both have great speed and both are solid defensively. Besides just playing like Leddy, I believe that this guy could honestly become a player of equal skill to Leddy. Heiskanen 100 percent has an opportunity to become a member of an already growing amount of solid Finnish defensemen.

He can play a solid defensive position and set up his teammates. He won’t be taking the glory of the goal, but behind every great goal is a great pass. If I was to compare Miro Heiskanen to one player, I would have to say, Nick Leddy. They both have great speed and both are solid defensively. Besides just playing like Leddy, I believe that this guy could honestly become a player of equal skill to Leddy. Heiskanen 100 percent has an opportunity to become a member of an already growing amount of solid Finnish defensemen.

# 5 Owen Tippett – RW

Owen Tippet is a 6’2″ 200-pound right wing who played for the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL during the 2016-2017 season. He put up 44 goals and 31 assists for a total of 75 points in his 60 games played last season. He posses a very strong skating ability and can be explosive with the puck when he gets his opportunity. He already shows an NHL caliber shot and release and knows how to make the most of his chances. That will be very appealing to many NHL franchises in need of adding to their ability to finish off a play and desperate for some more offensive production next season or in the future. Not all of the prospects that I have reviewed appear to be NHL ready next season, but in my

Not all of the prospects that I have reviewed appear to be NHL ready next season, but in my opinion, Tippett is one of the few who could realistically (depending on where he is drafted) get a shot at making the NHL roster out of camp on day 1. His combination of strong skating and NHL ready shooting would be pretty hard to keep out in the minor leagues or Juniors next season. He also might not be in a situation where another year of far inferior competition would do him much good developmentally either.

Here is what Future Considerations had to say about him:

“A strongly built, scoring winger who possesses that natural scorer’s touch…he gets to the right areas of the ice both with and without the puck and has the pro-type shot and release to bury it…he is strong and shifty with the puck, protecting it well as he moves through traffic…gets around the ice well, showing quick jump acceleration to generate space and speed coming down the ice on the rush, and he shows agility and balance on his feet”

Here is what ISS Hockey had to say about Tippet:

ISS Hockey – Mar. 5th: “Dynamic offensive player can beat a defender with his speed, skill, or size.”

ISS Hockey – Feb. 5th: “Explosive offensive capabilities. Strong nose around the net & hands in tight areas.”

Most mock drafts that I have seen in recent weeks have Tippet going around the 4-7 range in the draft. It really will come down to what teams that are picking at those areas and above really see as valuable and what the teams see as their top needs moving forward, but whoever ends up with Tippet will not be disappointed once they see him suiting up for their favorite NHL team and starting to put up the kinds of numbers that this kid is capable of.

# 6 Cody Glass – C

Cody Glass is one of the most complete hockey players in this draft class in my honest opinion. He is a player who simply put just makes the right play and does it at full speed. He isn’t someone who is going to make you drop your jaw with highlight reel moves and plays every time he’s on the ice (though he is capable of that from time to time) but he is someone who just continues to play very good consistent solid hockey. He is putting up solid numbers playing for the Portland Winter Hawks of the WHL. Glass put up 32 goals and 62 assists for a whopping 94 points in just 69 total games played this last season (2016-2017). He has been steadily moving up the draft rankings all season and the closer we get to draft time the more its looking like a team is going to be very happy to pick up Glass at any spot in the first round. As I mentioned before Glass is a complete hockey player. What do I mean by that? Well, he is a player who can play well on the top powerplay unit, the top penalty-kill unit, even strength, 4-4, 3-3, you name it and he can do it and do it well. There are few players in this draft class who sport such a versatile skill set and ability to play in just about any situation as Glass.

Peter Harling of Dobber Prospects had this to say about Glass:

“He has seen marked improvements in his skating and strength adding about ten pounds this season. Glass thinks the game fast, has a high hockey IQ and has great vision combined with soft hands and excellent puck skills. His compete level is elite and the main development opportunity for Glass is to continue to add strength and mass to his projectable 6-2 frame.”

Elite Prospects said this about Glass:

“A dangerous two-way center that thinks the game at a high level, never making the same mistake twice. He is analytical and patient in the development of his strengths. He transitions up-ice quickly and is able to create and dictate offensive chances on the rush. He attacks hard and fast and consistently displays excellent puck control. His decision making is very good, indicative of his high level of hockey sense. He plays a complete game and elevates his play as energy levels rise. At the next level, he will need to be even faster and more physically assertive to make his presence felt. All-in-all, an intense, quick-thinking competitor that can elicit a crowd’s excitement when he’s on the ice. (Curtis Joe, EP 2017)”

Glass, is one of the other players that I could see potentially being a guy who makes an NHL roster to start next season. Here are some highlights for you to check out.

# 7 Casey Mittlestadt – C/LW

Casey Mittelstadt, remember that name. This prospect coming out of Minnesota is one of the most highly ranked individuals of the draft. He is ranked #3 by Hockeyprospects.com, #3 by NHL Central Scouting (NA Skaters), and ranked #5 by ISS Hockey. In the 2016-17 season, he played for two teams, his high school team, Eden Praire High School and his USHL team, the Green Bay Gamblers. While on the Gamblers he scored 13 goals and accumulated 17 assists for a total of 30 points in 24 games. Like most of the other top picks, he has played with his country’s U-18 team. While on the Team USA U-18 team he netted 3 goals and 4 assists accumulating 7 goals in 4 games. Enough of the stats though. If there were two words to explain Mittlestadt’s game it would have to be “hard working”. If you watch videos of him playing the one thing you will constantly notice how amazing his puck-handling is. Especially how hard he is to knock off the puck. A lot of his goals will have him dazzling defensemen as he speeds towards a net. He knows he’s going to score. The defensemen know, the goalie knows, everyone knows.  Another thing to note is that he’s a great at using his “hard working-ness” to make spectacular passes. He can be put in the corner by the opposing team and still makes a pass to the slot look like child’s play. One of his downsides would be his physical attributes. Everything about him is very, very average physically. He’s 6’1″ while the NHL average is 6’1″. He weighs 201 pounds while the NHL average is 204 pounds. Another thing to mention is that a lot of his experience comes from high school hockey. It is Minnesota High School hockey, which makes it elite by high school standards but, it’s still not true junior hockey. His lack of experience with any season in high school, or any league mind you, above 25 games may affect his play towards the middle and end of his first (and maybe second) seasons. There are a couple NHL comparisons you could make with this guy. But, don’t call me crazy, he reminds me of a modern John Tavares. Before you pick up your pitchforks, I do NOT think Casey Mittlestadt will grow to be as good as Tavares. I do think though, that they play very similar styles. They’re both strong puck handlers who can make hard-working plays. Two offensive juggernauts. Overall, Mittlestadt will be a force in the NHL. Remember his name, Casey Mittlestadt.

Like most of the other top picks, he has played with his country’s U-18 team. While on the Team USA U-18 team he netted 3 goals and 4 assists accumulating 7 goals in 4 games. Enough of the stats though. If there were two words to explain Mittlestadt’s game it would have to be “hard working”. If you watch videos of him playing the one thing you will constantly notice how amazing his puck-handling is. Especially how hard he is to knock off the puck. A lot of his goals will have him dazzling defensemen as he speeds towards a net. He knows he’s going to score. The defensemen know, the goalie knows, everyone knows.  Another thing to note is that he’s a great at using his “hard working-ness” to make spectacular passes. He can be put in the corner by the opposing team and still makes a pass to the slot look like child’s play. One of his downsides would be his physical attributes. Everything about him is very, very average physically. He’s 6’1″ while the NHL average is 6’1″. He weighs 201 pounds while the NHL average is 204 pounds. Another thing to mention is that a lot of his experience comes from high school hockey. It is Minnesota High School hockey, which makes it elite by high school standards but, it’s still not true junior hockey. His lack of experience with any season in high school, or any league mind you, above 25 games may affect his play towards the middle and end of his first (and maybe second) seasons. There are a couple NHL comparisons you could make with this guy. But, don’t call me crazy, he reminds me of a modern John Tavares. Before you pick up your pitchforks, I do NOT think Casey Mittlestadt will grow to be as good as Tavares. I do think though, that they play very similar styles. They’re both strong puck handlers who can make hard-working plays. Two offensive juggernauts. Overall, Mittlestadt will be a force in the NHL. Remember his name, Casey Mittlestadt.

If there were two words to explain Mittlestadt’s game it would have to be “hard working”. If you watch videos of him playing the one thing you will constantly notice how amazing his puck-handling is. Especially how hard he is to knock off the puck. A lot of his goals will have him dazzling defensemen as he speeds towards a net. He knows he’s going to score. The defensemen know, the goalie knows, everyone knows.  Another thing to note is that he’s a great at using his “hard working-ness” to make spectacular passes. He can be put in the corner by the opposing team and still makes a pass to the slot look like child’s play. One of his downsides would be his physical attributes. Everything about him is very, very average physically. He’s 6’1″ while the NHL average is 6’1″. He weighs 201 pounds while the NHL average is 204 pounds. Another thing to mention is that a lot of his experience comes from high school hockey. It is Minnesota High School hockey, which makes it elite by high school standards but, it’s still not true junior hockey. His lack of experience with any season in high school, or any league mind you, above 25 games may affect his play towards the middle and end of his first (and maybe second) seasons. There are a couple NHL comparisons you could make with this guy. But, don’t call me crazy, he reminds me of a modern John Tavares. Before you pick up your pitchforks, I do NOT think Casey Mittlestadt will grow to be as good as Tavares. I do think though, that they play very similar styles. They’re both strong puck handlers who can make hard-working plays. Two offensive juggernauts. Overall, Mittlestadt will be a force in the NHL. Remember his name, Casey Mittlestadt.

There are a couple NHL comparisons you could make with this guy. But, don’t call me crazy, he reminds me of a modern John Tavares. Before you pick up your pitchforks, I do NOT think Casey Mittlestadt will grow to be as good as Tavares. I do think though, that they play very similar styles. They’re both strong puck handlers who can make hard-working plays. Two offensive juggernauts. Overall, Mittlestadt will be a force in the NHL. Remember his name, Casey Mittlestadt.

# 8 Timothy Liljegren – RD

Now Timothy Liljegren is a very, and I mean very interesting and intriguing prospect on the back end. Last year he was bouncing between the #2 and flirting with the #1 overall selection had this year’s draft class ben the class that was drafted last year. This season he has had an unfortunate bout with Mono and due to him missing time this year with that and his numbers just not quite being where they were last year some scouts and unfortunately many teams have had him drop on their draft boards. This I think could be something that ends up benefiting him, in the end, come draft night.  Some team (here’s looking at you Avalanche) is going to look past this season’s points total and look at his whole body of work over his career to this point and see a player who is an absolutely exceptional skater, someone who last year looked eerily similar to one of the top defencemen in the NHL currently Erik Karlsson. Even through the “tough” year where he didn’t put up the numbers that made him stand out so much ni previous years he still showed that incredibly fluid skating and puck movement that he has his entire career. This is my one player that I think will be looked back at in a couple of years and thought of in the same way that someone like Slavin might be looked at today. Not in player comparisons but in that same after watching him play thinking “How in the world did so many teams pass on him at the draft?”

Here is what Future Considerations had to say about him:

“An active, offensive-minded rearguard who likes the puck on his stick…skates with strong fluidity and agility, getting from one point to the next effortlessly as his feet always seem to be in motion…can take the puck end-to-end a la Erik Karlsson…his offensive IQ is off the charts as is his creativity…makes strong breakout passes to move along the attack to his forwards before jumping into the play himself…has a strong wrist shot that is quick off his blade, strong and accurate, and he gets some solid velocity on his slap shot”

Dennis Schellenberg Hockey Prospectus – Nov. 9th had this to say:

“Very strong and matured puck moving skills, delivers at both ends of the ice, has a booming shot and competes real hard in his own zone. A leader on the blue line who is competing against men in Sweden for the second season.”

Here is a video of some of Timothy’s highlights for you to check out for yourself.  He is a player that I know many teams will look back at and kick themselves for not taking if he does slip in the draft this year. Every season you get one or two players that for whatever reason just slide if that happens the team who finally ends the skid for Timothy is going to be quite the happy camper in another season or two.

 

# 9 Cale Makar – D

Cale Makar is one of the most intriguing draft-eligible prospects this year. The Canadian-born,  5’ 11”, 179 lbs right handed defender has played his last 2 seasons with the Brooks Bandits of the AJHL. We saw big improvements with Makar this season, as he upped his point totals by 20. He finished the regular season with 24 goals and 51 assists for 75 points in only 54 games. He also had a solid playoff run with Brooks, picking up 16 points in 13 games, and winning the AJHL championships. Makar will continue his play at the University of Massachusetts Amherst next season in the NCAA.

Scouts describe Makar as a total offense package. He is a very good skater, with a strong transition game. On top of his skating, he has very smooth hands with the ability to beat his man with ease. Also, albeit not having the hardest shot, he has a very quick release and is able to catch the goalie by surprise. Makar’s playmaking abilities are also very good. To round everything off, he has elite hockey senses and on ice awareness. If there’s one knock on Makar, it is that he is on the smaller side for a defenseman. His lack of size hurts his defensive play, especially around the net and in the corners. Makar’s style of play is very similar to that of Erik Karlsson, although he may not be as talented. Where Makar will go in the draft varies greatly. He has the talent to go top 5-7, but due to his size, he has dropped on several people’s list. His average ranking at the moment seems to be anywhere around the 5-10 mark. Regardless of where he goes, it is most likely that he will be one of the first defensemen drafted, along with Miro Heiskanen and Timothy Liljegren. Makar definitely has the potential to be a top-2 D-man in the NHL but is still a very high-risk player who may not turn out as good as teams wish.

# 10 Rasmussen, Michael – C

Michael Rasmussen hails from Sirrey, British Columbia and brings some ridiculous size to the team that drafts him.  Sitting at a modest 6’5″ and weighing 205 pounds, Rasmussen is a big boy who knows how to use his size to bring some physicality.  Unfortunately, his size can get him in trouble as he had 50 penalty minutes and a -13 on the ice.  But the kid can do damage when he gets the puck.  In 50 games, the center has 32 goals and 55 points in 50 games.  His hands are very good and his size makes it difficult to get the puck away from him.  While his draft projection has been everywhere, expect Rasmussen to make a huge impact wherever he ends up, as long as he gets a little seasoning.

“A big kid with strong puck protection skills. Works hard all over the ice and has good playmaking skills. Uses his good vision and passing skills to distribute the puck effectively. Rasmussen is rather a pass-first guy and feels comfortable going into traffic areas and can create havoc in front of the net.” – Dennis Schellenberg, Hockey Prospectus

*Just wanted to give a quick shout out to Seer Video for making the highlight videos for most of the prospects that we used in this article. Thanks for making the awesome hockey videos, if you have not given the channel a look yet then I would encourage you to all check it out. They do some great work as you have seen creating the hockey highlight videos that we have posted here as well.

Check out Prospects #11-20 here! (Will Link shortly)

What do you think of our assessment of the top 10 players according to the ISS Final Player Rankings? Do you agree with or disagree with our assessment of the prospects? Who are you most excited about seeing in the NHL one day? Who do you hope your favorite team is able to draft? Let us know in the comments below and we would love to chat some more about them with you!

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