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2019 Draft Central

Draft season is upon us! With new general manager getting his first major piece of business out of the way by hiring Dave Tippett to be the team’s head coach, the focus now turns to the 2019 NHL Entry Draft in Vancouver.

Over the next few weeks, everyone’s focus will be on which player the Oilers will draft with the eighth overall pick and how they can continue to add to a fairly deep farm system with their later picks. I’ll be updating this post with interesting, relevant draft content from around the Nation Network, so keep an eye on this page.

CanucksArmy: Prospects ranked No. 100-96

Welcome to Canucks Army’s 2019 Draft Countdown. Over the next four weeks leading up to the draft, we’ll be rounding up scouting reports, quotes, and videos about our Top-100 prospects available. Here are aggregated profiles on 2019 Draft Countdown: Ethan Keppen, Samuel Fagemo, Arvid Costmar, Gianni Fairbrother, and Reece Newkirk.

CanucksArmy: Prospects ranked No. 95-91

Here are aggregated profiles on 2019 Draft Countdown: Antti Saarela, Matej Blumel, John Farinacci, Eric Ciccolini, and Nikita Alexandrov. 

CanucksArmy: Prospects ranked No. 90-86

Here are aggregated profiles on 2019 Draft Countdown: Roman Bychkov, Justin Bergeron, Martin Hugo Has, Cole Mackay and Matvei Guskov.

CanucksArmy: Prospects ranked No. 85-81

Here are aggregated profiles on 2019 Draft Countdown: Dustin Wolf, Harrison Blaisdell, Leevi Aaltonen, Judd Caufield, and Lucas Feuk.

CanucksArmy: Prospects ranked No. 80-76:

Here are aggregated profiles on 2019 Draft Countdown: Nicholas Porco, Yegor Serdyuk, Jackson LaCombe, Tuukka Tieksola, and Alex Beaucage.

CanucksArmy: Prospects ranked No. 75-71: 

Here are aggregated profiles on 2019 Draft Countdown: Colten Ellis, Nikola Pasic, John Beecher, Cole Moberg, and Jamieson Rees.

CanucksArmy: Prospects ranked No. 70-66: 

Here are aggregated profiles on 2019 Draft Countdown: Karl Henriksson, Billy Constantinou, Vladislav Kolyachonok, Antti Tuomisto, and Brayden Tracey.

CanucksArmy: Prospects ranked No. 65-61: 

Here are aggregated profiles on 2019 Draft Countdown: Sasha Mutala, Vladislav Firstov, Henri Nikkanen, Jake Lee, and Trent Miner.

Cam Kuom: 2019 Sleeper picks

With all the glamour that surrounds the top of the NHL draft, many quality players who go later on don’t get the attention they deserve. As important as day one is to building a Stanley Cup contender, mid-round picks can change the fortunes of an NHL franchise just as much. Hitting on just one or two players deep into the draft can accelerate any teams ambitions tenfold. Read more… 

Cam Kuom: Best skillsets of the 2019 draft

Which brings us to the 2019 NHL draft class. Today I will be laying out which eligible players rank among the best of their peers in the four aforementioned skills. Breaking down these four components, the following is what I search for (although not limited to) when evaluating each skill:

SKATING TOP-SPEED, EDGE WORK, FIRST-STEP, ELUSIVENESS, EXPLOSIVENESS, AGILITY, LATERAL MOVEMENT, ESCAPE-ABILITY, STRIDE, CHANGING GEARS WITH THE PUCK, BACKWARDS SKATING
PLAYMAKING VISION, PASS EXECUTION, UNPREDICTABILITY, RECOGNIZING/CREATING SPACE
PUCK SKILLS CREATIVITY, STICK-HANDLING, HAND-SPEED, DECEPTIVENESS, PUCK CONTROL, HANDLING THE PUCK IN-TIGHT
SHOT ACCURACY, POWER/VELOCITY, RELEASE, SHOT VOLUME, PROFICIENCY IN SHOT TYPE (WRIST SHOT, SLAP SHOT, BACKHAND, BAD ANGLE, NET-FRONT, ETC.)

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More to come…