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2020 Draft Countdown No. 75-71: Dmitri Zlodeyev, Ryan Francis, Will Cuylle, Brett Berard, Daniel Torgersson

Welcome to OilersNation’s 2020 Draft Countdown. Over the next few weeks leading up to the draft (or, well, when it seems the draft might be), we’ll be rounding up scouting reports, quotes, and videos about our Top-100 prospects available. Here are aggregated profiles on Dmitri Zlodeyev, Ryan Francis, Will Cuylle, Brett Berard, and Daniel Torgersson.

No. 75: Dmitri Zlodeyev

Date of Birth: February 15th, 2002

Nation: Russia 

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Position: Centre

Shoots: Left

Height: 181 cm / 5’11”

Weight: 82 kg / 181 lbs

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Profile: The definition of a complete package, Zlodeyev is a two-way centre who can produce offence, play a responsible defensive game, and isn’t afraid to be physical. He scored 28 points in 42 games in the MHL this season, good for second-most on his team. 

Zlodeyev is as complete a two-way center as you’ll find. He’s a quick, upright skater with timely bursts into open ice, but there’s a significant level of violence to the way he moves; almost like a tiger increasing its rate of speed as it locks in on its prey. Zlodeyev is a big hitter and puts opposing defensemen on notice once they collect the puck with him bearing down on them. Not only can he run the power play from the half wall, but also anchor the top penalty-killing unit and win almost 57 percent of his faceoffs. – Steve Kournianos, The Draft Analyst

No. 74: Ryan Francis

Date of Birth: December 2nd, 2001

Nation: Canada

Position: Right Wing

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Shoots: Right

Height: 175 cm / 5’9″

Weight: 76 kg / 168 lbs

Profile: The diminutive Francis enjoyed a breakout season with the Cape Breton Eagles this season, scoring 24 goals and 72 points over 61 games. He’s your typical modern small forward, relying on an excellent package of quickness, puck-handling skill, and vision to produce offence. 

In terms of his skill set, Francis’ package is more or less what you’d expect to see from a modern, undersized forward: speed, excellent agility, quick hands, and good hockey sense. As you can tell from his stat line of 24 goals and 48 assists, Francis is primarily a playmaker, though he does possess a decent wrist shot. Along with his increased offensive output, he has also become a reliable player in his own zone, arguably becoming one of the best two-way forwards in the QMJHL, highlighted by his impressive plus-27 rating. – Chris Faria, The Hockey Writers

No. 73: Will Cuylle

Date of Birth: February 5th, 2002

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Nation: Canada

Position: Left Wing

Shoots: Left

Height: 188 cm / 6’2″

Weight: 91 kg / 201 lbs

Profile: Cuylle boasts the frame and skating ability to be a strong power-forward at the NHL level, though his puck skills don’t jump off the map. After scoring 41 points in his rookie season in the OHL, Cuylle had a somewhat disappointing year this year, improving only slightly to 42 points. 

Cuylle has a lot of things going for him as a prospect. Good sized winger who plays a power game. Good skater who can generate power on his net drives and who protects the puck well through traffic. Cuylle also has a very good release on his shot and projects as a goal scorer at the next level. I really respect the direct approach he takes on the ice. You give him an inch and he knows where he’s going, straight through to the net. The rest of his game is pretty inconsistent. In minor midget, he showed an ability to take over games off of the rush, but this was not as easy for him (obviously) in the OHL last year and it led to some turnover issues at times. Want to see his vision with the puck improve, where he can use his power and strength to dominate possession time and really identify those passing lanes a little more effectively. I thought that this was evident at the Hlinka camp and at the Hlinka too. And obviously with his power and strength, seeing him dominate in all three zones is something that is very possible. But power forwards take time to develop and patience is going to be required here. Rome was not built in a day and Cuylle has all the parts necessary to make a terrific all situations power winger. – OHL Prospects

No. 72: Brett Berard

Date of Birth: September 9th, 2002

Nation: United States

Position: Left Wing

Shoots: Left

Height: 175 cm / 5’9″

Weight: 69 kg / 152 lbs

Profile: A product of the United States National Development Program, Berard is committed to play for Providence University next fall. He’s a small but skilled winger who shows the ability to drive his own line with skill and creativity. 

The undersized forward was consistently one of the most productive forwards on this year’s NTDP U18 team. He was an offensive catalyst for his line whenever he was on the ice and he understood where to put the puck in order for his teammates to take advantage of that creativity. Berard has excellent vision in the offensive zone and his agility and elusive edgework allow for him to dodge through traffic as he works his way around the offensive zone. The young American will need to work on rounding out his 200-foot game and get stronger but will have ample time to do so when he attends Providence in the NCAA in 2021-22. Berard is a bit of a project player who has upside as a top-six producer who can be a menace on the powerplay in a variety of roles. The road may be a bit longer than other prospects who will be drafted in the same range but the upside is intriguing. – Tony Ferrari, Dobber Prospects

No. 71: Daniel Torgersson

Date of Birth: January 26th, 2002

Nation: Sweden 

Position: Left/Right Wing

Shoots: Left

Height: 190 cm / 6’3″

Weight: 93 kg / 205 lbs

Profile: A big, skilled winger, Togersson finished second in Sweden’s top junior league in goal scoring this year among U18 players, potting 26 in 39 games. He has a rare combination of size and soft hands, making him dangerous all around the offensive zone. 

Torgersson is one of the hardest-working wingers you’ll find in this draft. Only a few, however, can provide the balanced approach and level of lethality he brings to puck possession. He is quite capable with the puck both in open ice and during close-quarter battles, and he can serve a variety of roles from net-front presence to one-timer option from the right circle. An energetic 6-foot-3 winger with soft hands and a plus shot like Torgersson is certainly a commodity, even in today’s NHL the average player appears to be shrinking. The thing is, Torgersson has a finesse element to his game and can match or beat most offense-first forwards in a skill-for-skill showdown. – Steve Kournianos, The Draft Analyst