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2021 NHL Entry Draft: July Ranking

My final ranking ahead of next week’s annual selection.

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The 2021 NHL Entry Draft is next week. We’re almost there!

This season has been grueling for prospect evaluations. Seasons have been canceled or never got started, brand new leagues had to be scouted, and we have just a slightly clearer picture about how this draft class will play out.

In my final ranking, I’ve included 96 players, good for three full rounds. I’ve scouted around 175 prospects this season, but not thoroughly enough to do more rounds. This class is unusual, but I’ve done my best to deliver a ranking of the 96 players I find have the best chance at an NHL career—this is not a mock draft.

Movement from my previous ranking is listed next to each player.

2021 NHL Entry Draft: Final Ranking

No. Player Team League Pos. Notes
No. Player Team League Pos. Notes
1 William Eklund Djurgårdens IF SHL F Deceptive and effective puck handler who moves through all three zones with good speed; Can evade defenders with good edgework and skill to map out passing and shooting lanes several steps ahead; Breaks out the puck with ease and is often a takeaway threat for opposing defenders; Good shooter who can expose small openings
2 Brandt Clarke HC Nove Zamky Slovakia D Skates well in transition with his head up and can be extremely active on offense; Solid skating mechanics but there are some tune-ups to be made; Excellent balance on his edges and maintains good gaps but not always very physical
3 Matthew Beniers Michigan NCAA C Has refined a complete skill set at Michigan and looks ready to center an NHL line; Excellent skating mechanics that help him navigate the offensive zone with ease, analyzing passing and shooting lanes; Carves towards open ice to find good puck support positions
4 Simon Edvinsson Frölunda HC J20 J20 Nationell D Tons of raw talent in Edvinsson's game; Directs pucks to the net well for rebounds and tips; Decisive in transition and an excellent puck carrier who moves with his head up; Wingspan is a difference maker when it comes to forcing opponents to the perimeter of the zone
5 Dylan Guenther Edmonton Oil Kings WHL W Attacks open space without the puck, generating good speed with sound crossover steps; Doubles back to recover loose pucks or potential giveaways; Very effective passer who can freeze defenders with his skill; Powerful shooter and unfazed under pressure with his level of puck skill
6 Luke Hughes U.S. NTDP USHL D Excellent skater with good four-way mobility; doesn't panic with the puck and eager to join - or lead - the rush; High-end puck skill for a defender with good foot speed but sometimes skates his way into dead ends or low-danger areas
7 Owen Power Michigan NCAA D Communicates well on the ice and moves well for his size; Gap closures are good but angles can improve and pivot timing may be an issue against quicker competition; Needs to fill shooting lanes quicker; Lateral agility isn't amazing; Can use his size to be more suffocating in one-on-one battles and must be more cognizant of how skill players can expose his frame
8 Jesper Wallstedt Luleå HF SHL G Maintains good poise against the post but relies strongly on RVH positioning; Blocker side could be exploited there; Butterfly-to-stance speed is excellent; Seals off the bottom of the net without needing excessive cross-crease movements
9 Fabian Lysell Luleå HF SHL W Creative and tenacious in finding his way to pucks, using stick lifts and good forechecking angles to terrorize defenders; Stickhandling skill is near the top of this class but finds himself skating into dead ends at times; Very impressive knee bend and stride extension; Excellent hand-eye coordination in corralling the puck through traffic but will need to make quicker decisions at pro level
10 (+1) Kent Johnson Michigan NCAA F Skating mechanics are good but doesn't have elite footspeed; Stick preparation is an issue and leads him to being more reactive to loose pucks; Edgework is excellent with good pace and puck control; Creative stickhandler who can wrangle away pucks most can't in tight board battles; Gives up on too many giveaways; High-event player, for better or worse
11 (+1) Oskar Olausson HV71 SHL W Good shooter from distance and doesn't rely too much on just his wrist shot; Navigates net-front real estate well and has a nice touch of skill with the puck; Crossover steps slow down his acceleration but can be fixed; Receives passes well and can move pucks into shooting or passing positions quickly
12 (-2) Isak Rosén Leksands IF SHL W Slippery player who can finesse his way through multiple layers of defense with impressive puck skill and explosive acceleration; Uses head fakes well in transition; Skating is good, as is dead-stop acceleration; Can be reckless when carrying out breakouts; Sometimes is too stagnant in puck support position but would be more impactful by just keeping his feet moving; Will need to work on passing skill in transition when deking doesn't work
13 Aatu Räty Kärpät Liiga C Shows good habits at pro level in finding good positioning and chasing the puck; Decent pace but knee bend could improve at times; Good puck handler but will need to improve foot speed for that to be a difference-making skill in the NHL; Decent shot with quick release; Needs to be more proactive in responding to puck movement
14 Nikita Chibrikov SKA KHL RW Loves his rink-wide stretch passes and isn't afraid to force defenders to match his speed by dumping in the puck; Stride extension can be choppy but he plays with good pace; Navigates offensive zone crowds well and has the tenacity to challenge opponents all over the ice on both sides of the puck
15 Chaz Lucius U.S. NTDP USHL C High-end scoring and stickhandling talent but much to be desired; Can be effective at using his body to seal off opponents from the puck or force turnovers; Skating is a concern with very inconsistent mechanics and average to below-average NHL speed; Can pot nearly any rebound but also score off the rush
16 Mason McTavish EHC Olten SL C Excellent catch and release shooting ability from nearly any angle; Edgework is solid but knee bend and stride extension need work; Puck skills are good as is forechecking; Doesn't rely on pick top-shelf corners to score always; Can clean up rebounds and beat out defenders in front of the net too
17 (+2) Zachary Bolduc Rimouski Océanic QMJHL C Extremely intelligent player who has underrated puck skill; Can be mismatched defensively or mitigated when playing center; Excellent skating mechanics complete with full extensions and smooth crossover steps; Frame could help him dominate in puck protection; Shooting skill is good not great but can clean up rebounds well and deliver pucks to high-danger areas from the perimeter well
18 Zach Dean Gatineau Olympiques QMJHL C Good pace player who can be a pest on the forecheck; Smart puck carrier who draws defenders his way and can distribute difficult passes well; Underrated puck skills; Skating mechanics are good but his footspeed is average to slightly above-average; Good speed and angles when forechecking
19 (+1) Simon Robertsson Skellefteå AIK SHL RW Skating is good but breakaway speed is maybe average or slightly above; Shot release is top-notch and from different ranges too; Can legitimately score from medium and low-danger areas; Good forechecker but angles are inconsistent and would like to see him commit to an extra stride or two when attacking defenders
20 (+1) Samu Tuomaala Kärpät U20 U20 SM-sarja F High-pace player who is very smooth on his edges; Sweeps across the neutral and offensive zones grabbing pucks off the wall and turning them into rush chances quickly; Flatter blade doesn't provide a very deceptive release but he's a forceful, accurate, and frequent shooter; Covers lots of ground from circles to point in the defensive zone
21 (+1) Fyodor Svechkov Togliatti VHL F Very mature player but not a high-end skill guy; Adept passer and moves well with the puck in transition but can rush his own passes at times; Skating is average and he doesn't generate tons of separating speed; Would like to see him move his feet earlier when preparing for breakouts; Hunts down the puck well and gets creative in how he out-muscles defenders in one-on-one battles; Very solid defensive player
22 (+8) Cole Sillinger Sioux Falls Stampede USHL C Skating is a major flag; Even at the USHL level, he struggles with speed and his mechanics are all over the place; Takes too many strides to get to top speed; Possesses good offensive zone vision and can feed incoming teammates into high-danger areas; Great shooting talent, but I think he's too predictable
23 (-6) Stanislav Svozil HC Kometa Brno Czech D Mature player who understands off-puck positioning against the forecheck well; Crossover steps are swift but skating form is interesting; Handles the puck well and can muscle off forecheckers; Sometimes makes silly decisions in transition, slapping the puck up ice with little direction; Moves very well along the blue line and directs low, hard shots to the net; Needs to establish more dominant positioning when fighting opponents in front of the net
24 (-1) William Stromgren MODO Allsvenskan LW Extremely impressive set of hands that he can control while moving with speed; Attacks defenders with furious north-south pace; Very good shooter who can come out of his dekes into a deceptive release...Uses good edgework to evade defenders but acceleration isn't always great; Takes him a few strides to get to top speed
25 (-1) Carson Lambos Winnipeg Ice WHL D Good edges and lateral mobility that lets him confront puck-carriers high in the offensive zone; Adjusting his pivots to speed is sometimes good and sometimes not; Good skater but needs to work on puck protection and explosiveness in transition; Backwards skating relies on shallow C-cuts with a very wide base; Physical player but uses hands too much in one-on-one battles; Excellent shooting skill on display in the WHL
26 (-1) Xavier Bourgault Shawiningan Cataractes QMJHL F Not always strong on the puck but has a good motor and can be tough to stop when entering the offensive zone; Also skilled at sliding into seams undetected and creating passing lanes for teammates; Slick with the puck and creative in how he navigates pressure; Wrists work faster than his feet often; Always disruptive on and off the puck
27 (-1) Logan Stankoven Kamloops Blazers WHL F Unique shooting talent that doesn't require a set base or weight transfer to be effective; Has explosive wrists that he can launch out into a puck from nearly any angle; Pass reception to shot speed can be lethal, but he can delay and force defenders into decisions too; High-end motor and can build into strong strides but doesn't have elite speed; Wide skating base and generally keeps his feet moving in the offensive zone
28 (-1) Zachary L'Heureux Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL F Fascinating player with a unique blend of skill, anger, and undisciplined play; Puck touches are very good and he can distribute sneaky passes in tight or across the zone; Patient in handling the puck and can outwork or freeze defenders when he chooses, carving himself an easy path to the net; Too much inconsistency in his effort though
29 (-1) Daniil Chayka CSKA KHL D Plays a more hands-off offensive game in the KHL but can be more dynamic; Forceful passer who can come out of his pivots and step right into stretch passes; Doesn't panic with the puck but can rush into transition decisions; Size will help him manage zone entries but can work on pivot timing and stick activation
30 (-1) Sebastian Cossa Edmonton Oil Kings WHL G Technically sound goalie with great size; Doesn't overuse RVH positioning with the puck down low; Quick stick to reign in rebounds and uses forceful T-pushes to monitor the crease and match cross-crease chances well; Squareness to the puck is good but good cycles can mix up his angles at times
31 (+1) Matthew Coronato Chicago Steel USHL F A powerful shooter who can really drill his wrist shots home that is hindered by awkward accelerating steps and slipping skating strides; Could be a dynamic playmaker with improvements to his his puck support and transition decisions
32 (-1) Brennan Othmann EHC Olten SL LW Average skater but has the tools to be an effective NHL player; Receives pucks well in stride and works hard to recover pucks and win possession battles; Angles well on the forecheck; Sometimes can float too much or stare at the puck; Want to see him attack the middle of the ice more with and without the puck
33 Francesco Pinelli HDD Jesenice Slovenia C Skating and pace are concerns, as well as how often he's fully engaged, but he impressed at the U18's, shows good use of defensive angles, and is a good passer and puck support player
34 (+2) Ville Koivunen Kärpät U20 U20 SM-sarja F Hampered by a wide skating base without proper leg extension and choppy recoveries but maintains good defensive positioning overall; Good bit of puck skill and moves well in transition
35 (+4) Aleksi Heimosalmi Ässät U20 U20 SM-sarja D Patrols the blue line with good composure and plays elastically to the puck without unnecessary pinches; Pivot speed and lateral mobility are average and needs to be better at opening his body to a puck-carrier off the rush more; Can smother opponents to the perimeter when at his best
36 (-2) Sean Behrens U.S. NTDP USHL D Smooth-skating defender that likes to active low in the zone to create scoring opportunities; Defends well against the rush; Pace is average and decision-making can be improved
37 (+5) Sasha Pastujov U.S. NTDP USHL LW Skilled player who can connect on dazzling passes, stickhandle through a crowded offensive zone, and rifle pucks into the net from the worst angle; Off-puck aspects of his game need improvement and skating mechanics are a serious issue
38 (-1) Corson Ceulemans Brooks Bandits AJHL D Hard scouting the AJHL in a year like this but Ceulemans is a mobile, forceful defender; Can be reckless on and off the puck and develop bad habits; Mobility is great and he can jam pucks forward in transition or get good shots on net, off the rush too, despite average speed
39 (-4) Scott Morrow Shattuck St. Mary's USHS D Excellent four-way mobility and strong on all his edges + decisive with his pivots; Straightaway speed isn't amazing and has inconsistencies in his gap control; Aggressive on offense
40 (-2) Matthew Samoskevich Chicago Steel USHL RW Well-rounded offensive player with good shooting skill and awareness not to skating into dead ends; Relies on his glide too much with zone entries and needs more consistency in his offensive attack
41 (+4) Olen Zellweger Everett Silvertips WHL D Extremely mobile but undersized defender who is buzzing in every zone; Excellent skating mechanics and doesn't overuse 10-2 edges; Gap control and positioning in front of the net could be issue areas
42 (-1) Evan Nause Quebec Remparts QMJHL D Very solid skater who uses linear crossovers, excellent edge control, and small accelerating pushes to move up the ice with good vision; Top speed isn't amazing but his pinches are smart and gap control is too; Some nights he's off, it can be mistake after mistake, however
43 (-3) Samu Salminen Jokerit U20 U20 SM-sarja F Skating can come off as "clunky," but he's an intriguing blend of size and skill; Not overly explosive with the puck but can deliver forceful passes in transition and helps draw out defenders with effective in-zone cycles
44 Oliver Kapanen KalPa U20 U20 SM-sarja C Quick-pace skater with stride hiccups here and there; Plays with a bit of a physical edge which is nice in puck battles or on the forecheck; Doesn't always have the speed to attack defenders well but could be a good possession player
45 (+1) Joshua Roy Sherbrooke Phoenix QMJHL C Hasn't had the season I was hoping he could but still a productive player; When he's at his best, he attacks with force in transition, is slippery around defenders, and protects the puck extremely well; Can't drive a line but could be a useful complementary scorer
46 (+1) Tristan Broz Fargo Force USHL F Tenacious player with a great motor...physical, fast, and hard to stop; Skating mechanics have their hiccups and his pace can be inconsistent; High-end puck skills...can stickhandle anywhere and will attack defenders ruthlessly with the puck out in front of him
47 (+1) Jack Peart Grand Rapids High USHS D Good skater who attempts and completes more subtle puck touches to make smart plays; Out-thinks opponents in 1-v-1 battles; Gap control can be too passive at times and slashes/stick infractions will need to be reigned in
48 (+1) Ayrton Martino Omaha Lancers USHL W Not the greatest skater in the world but powerful enough with his strides to elude defenders and find open ice; A phenomenal offensive finisher whose transition skills and off-puck play are too; Can process offensive-zone play steps ahead of most other skaters
49 (+1) Dmitri Kuzmin Dinamo-Molodechno Belarus D Solid skater with good four-way mobility; Loves to advance the puck alone from deep in his own zone and possesses excellent weaving and stickhandling moves; Backward skating can be improved as can his puck retrieval speed and decision making against forecheckers
50 (+1) Alexander Kisakov MHK Dynamo Moskva MHL F Dynamic scorer who moves up the ice well at a somewhat above-average top speed; Pressures defenders on the forecheck well but can improve angles and puck support play; Well-defined shooter with a deceptive release and great one-timer
51 (+1) Anton Olsson Malmö SHL D Appears to put in lots of effort to move laterally against attacking forwards and skating mechanics could be improved; Pivot timing is solid as his active stick; Moves quickly under pressure but will need to be more consistent in connecting on those outlet passes
52 (+3) Wyatt Johnston Windsor Spitfires OHL C Center who plays with a physical edge and good positioning in the defensive zone; Can be tenacious on the forecheck and backcheck; Pushes the puck in transition but has good stop-start speed to outduel defenders; Will need to tidy up some skating errors
53 Conner Roulette Seattle Thunderbirds WHL F Somewhat of a boom-or-bust player with too much extraneous movement in his skating mechanics; Needs to square up some things with his puck handling but should he get it going...combine that with excellent hand-eye, good skill, and good puck protection out
54 (+3) Ryan Ufko Chicago Steel USHL D Moves well in transition with his head up when corralling the puck; Bit of inconsistency in his balance when defending; Like how quickly he can get shots on net or passes down low from the blue line; Smart offensive, active player but 1-v-1 defending is a work in progress
55 (+8) Prokhor Poltapov Krasniya Armiya MHL RW Good pace and quickness to his game but skating mechanics need work; Moves well with the puck on his stick and chases pucks with great speed; Want to see him use that speed to jump into cycles or rebound opportunities more
56 (+2) Aidan Hreschuk U.S. NTDP USHL D Offensively-gifted defender with great hands and a good shot...loves to carve deep into the offensive zone; Skating mechanics are very good...smooth edges, can make plays mid-stride, etc.; Walks the blue line well but forces himself into giveaways or silly errors in transition at times
57 (-1) Kirill Kirsanov SKA St. Petersburg KHL D Position-wise, he's solid and should get tons of credit for playing in the KHL at his age; Lumbering first step when chasing loose pucks or defending against opponents; Can make smart, quick passes from the defensive zone but won't active often himself
58 (+1) Victor Stjernborg Växjö Lakers HC SHL F Knee bend and stride extension are good but struggles with crossover speed despite good balance; Like the foundation to his forechecking game...won't always be the first to a puck but positions himself well; Wide (not deep) offensive portfolio...good passer, puck mover, rebound scorer, puck protector, etc.
59 (-16) Ty Voit Sarnia Sting OHL F Puck Handling prowess is off the charts but I'm not mesmerized by his skill alone; Teams may balk at his size but displays good puck protection skills and can manipulate his hands well in tight situations to make a play
60 (-6) Dylan Duke U.S. NTDP USHL F Stride extension isn't deep enough nor linear enough, stunted stride recovery, busy arms...skating needs work; Great complementary player who forechecks hard after pucks, can provide a solid net-front presence and could master the art of rebound scoring at higher levels
61 (-1) Samuel Helenius JYP Liiga C Massive forward at 6'6" with wonky skating mechanics...stride extension could be better but top-speed pace is surprisingly quick; Loves to chase the play in the defensive zone; Could be very effective in transition out of the D-zone but offensive skill may be limited
62 (-1) Dmitri Kostenko Ladia Togliatti VHL D Good shooter from a stationary point position and when joining the rush which he does almost every shift; Puck watches too much at times and can lead with his stick in 1-v-1 battles too much too
63 (-1) Ryder Korczak Moose Jaw Warriors WHL F Nice skating profile, including good change-of-direction speed; Doesn't over handle the puck but doesn't have the softest hands; Like his pass-to-pass or pass-to-shot speed and skill; Finds open space in the offensive zone well
64 Liam Dower-Nilsson Frölunda HC J20 J20 Nationell C No notable, above-average pace in his game but he's not slow either; Won't overtake defenders but will force them into quick decisions with great forechecking abilities; Really like his shooting skill
65 Matthew Knies Tri-City Storm USHL LW Effective power forward with a wide base and labored skating stride; But can generate great speed with time in transition; Maintains puck possession well and will bully his way to the net to score
66 Chase Stillman Esbjerg U20 Denmark U20 RW Slippery player in the offensive and neutral zones that can create good scoring chances; Puck handling skills and vision are impressive; Needs to improve strength and speed to be a difference-maker
67 Justin Robidas Val-d'Or Foreurs QMJHL C Small, tenacious forward who buzzes all over the ice; Converts takeaways into transition rushes well; Stick handles well with pace but shooting skill is just average
68 Oscar Plandowski Charlottetown Islanders QMJHL D Active defender who plays an elastic, aggressive game in the offensive zone; Good offensive instincts; Solid gap closure and uses an active stick well against opponents off the rush
69 Brett Harrison KOOVEE U20 U20 SM-sarja C Loves the net-front area and cashes in on tons of dirty, rebound goals; Can stickhandle very well under pressure and in high-danger areas; Skating needs lots of work
70 Eetu Liukas TPS Liiga F Lots of pro-level minutes this year and didn't look out of place; Doesn't shy away from being physical but needs to get quicker; Powerful shooter who can convert on chances in tight
71 Tyler Boucher U.S. NTDP USHL F Very physical player who annoys the hell out of opponents; Skating mechanics are okay but under pressure can buckle; Constantly sneaking down in the defensive zone for takeaways and cycle disruptions
72 Marcus Almquist HV71 J20 J20 Nationell F Very small player who can find his way behind layers of defense into open ice; Good edge control, accelerating crossover steps; Can build good puck protection but struggles with the puck under pressure at times (partially due to size)
73 Trevor Wong Kelowna Rockets WHL C Never stops moving his feet in any zone as he's constantly hunting the puck; Excellent passer who can exploit small lanes or seams; Solid defensively but can get too passive/ reactive late in shifts
74 Cole Huckins Acadie-Bathurst Titan QMJHL C Big power forward who could be more aggressive in puck pursuit; Top speed is limited but has a good frame to protect the puck in transition; Pulls defenders towards him with patience on the puck and good passing
75 Brent Johnson Sioux Falls Stampede USHL D Smooth skating defender with good hands and pass completion skills; Needs to make better decisions when pressured on zone exits and puck retrieval; Lateral mobility on the blue line allows him to be very dynamic in the offensive zone
76 Jim Suomi Jokerit U20 U20 SM-sarja D Undersized defender who has excellent skating mechanics; Reads breakouts well to put him in great gap position through neutral and defensive zones; Shooting strength is not particularly a threat
77 Colton Dach Sasktoon Blades WHL F Confidence in his game as he works hard in all three zones; Skating mechanics are okay but top speed is average and dead-stop acceleration is lacking; Stretches the ice well with good passes and converts frequently on chances in tight
78 Guillaume Richard Tri-City Storm USHL D Big defender who moves extremely well for his size with great edge control and crossover steps; Closes quickly on opponents and uses his body well to force turnovers; Want to see him flex his offensive skill more
79 Red Savage U.S. NTDP USHL F High-pace player who attacks quickly in all three zones; Uses his stick frequently to disrupt stickhandlers, clog shooting lanes, and tap pucks out of harm's way; Good puck mover but will probably play a more defensive role in the future
80 Jack Bar Chicago Steel USHL D Skating is okay given his size but relies on ineffective sweeping crossover steps to accelerate; Decent shooting skill from the point but unsure how high his offensive ceiling is; Maintains good gap space and can push forwards to the perimeter well
81 Janis Jérôme Moser EHC Biel-Bienne NL D Overage player who has been dominant in Switzerland; Wide skating base allows him to be flexible in puck management; Solid defensive fundamentals but can be exposed by quicker forwards
82 Artyom Grushnikov Hamilton Bulldogs OHL D Overage player who has been dominant in Switzerland; Wide skating base allows him to be flexible in puck management; Solid defensive fundamentals but can be exposed by quicker forwards
83 Ilya Fedotov Chaika Nizhny Novgorod MHL LW Quick-thinking offensive mind who loves to attack the puck or advantageous puck support position; Knee bend could improve which will help with speed; Loves to drive the net and possesses excellent shooting skill
84 Danila Klimovich Minskie Zubry Belarus Vysshaya C Skating form is a concern but has decent pace at top speed despite this; Pushes the puck well in transition and is hard to force off of it; Pass reception to distribution or shot speed is excellent
85 Cameron Whynot Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL D Big defender with powerful C-cuts and crossover steps to mirror faster forwards well off the rush; Recovers pucks well in retrieval but needs to plan decisions earlier; Can get mixed up in good cycles but otherwise good defensive foundation to his game
86 Vladislav Lukashevich Loko Yaroslavl MHL D Reads play in the offensive zone well and smartly chooses when to active and jump into the play; Passing skills are good but sometimes skates himself into trouble in the neutral zone; Very effective at takeaways when he keeps moving his feet
87 Shai Buium Sioux City Musketeers USHL D Raw player who is prone to turnovers and mistakes but big frame and lots of puck skills; Pivot timing and gap closures and angles are usually good but he puts himself too far out of position at times; Skating is a project
88 Nolan Allan Prince Albert Raiders WHL D Very limited upside when it comes to offensive play; Skates well for his size including lateral mobility and matches stick play and foot movement well; Plays the body effectively
89 Jackson Blake Chicago Steel USHL F Small but very young player who thrives in tight situations with the puck on his stick; Prone to dumb errors that can lead to turnovers; Will need to improve defensive play with size limiting him
90 Riley Kidney Acadie-Bathurst Titan QMJHL C Well-balanced center who can play in all situations; Doesn't attack the offensive zone with tons of speed but can drag defenders with him and open up space well; Good shooting release but doesn't have particularly deceptive releases or puck handling skills
91 Vincent Iorio Brandon Wheat Kings WHL D Another big defender who skates well for his size but inconsistencies develop later in shifts; Active stick pairs well with gap closure and mirroring to suffocate opponents; Can get beat in foot races or puck retrievals
92 Jiri Tichacek Rytiri Kladno Czech2 D Tiny defender who has incredible confidence for someone his size; Some recklessness and inconsistencies in defensive zone decision making that will need to improve; Good stop-and-start acceleration and advances the puck well with good passes and sometimes skating on his own
93 Topias Vilén Pelicans Liiga D Skating mechanics are okay but stride extension isn't very full and acceleration isn't great; Quick to push pucks back up the ice after disrupting rush chances; Attacks forwards in the slot well without being too reactive
94 Kirill Gerasimyuk SKA-Varyagi im. Morozova MHL G Holds glove hand in good position when tracking puck or pushing across the crease; Could be more aggressive in challenging at the top of the crease and needs to calm upper-body movements; Can suffocate shooters in 1-v-1 situations
95 Sean Tschigerl Calgary Hitmen WHL LW Big offensive jump in his game this season due to improvement in finding shooting lanes and open ice; Tenacious in maintaining puck control in offensive zone cycles; Transition skill needs to improve as he adds speed and muscle
96 Olivier Nadeau Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL RW Heavy skater who lacks any sort of accelerating or separating gear; Has the size to be a very effective forechecker who can disrupt passes and breakouts well; Shoots well but needs time to corral pucks and get into a preferable position

Honorable Mentions (listed in alphabetic order): Isaac Belliveau, Lorenzo Canonica, Ethan Del Mastro, Josh Doan, Kalle Ervasti, Philip Granath, Jacob Guevin, Niko Huuhtanen, Justin Janicke, Dmitri Katelevsky, Manix Landry, James Malatesta, Joel Nyström, Robert Orr, Peter Reynolds, Martin Rysavy, and Roman Schmidt.