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Dean Youngbloods 2011 NHL Mock Draft – #11-20

 
11th OVERALL – COLORADO AVALANCHE Select…
 
Team Need(s):

-Goaltending
-Wingers

Breaking it Down:

The Shattenkirk-Stewart for Erik Johnson brought St. Louis’ 11th overall pick to Colorado and it is a fantastic pick to own. Assuming that the Avs select Landeskog with its 2nd overall pick then Colorado could go several different ways with this pick. Even with Landeskog now in the system, Colorado could certainly use more offensive depth in their system by picking a forward with top six potential. On the otherhand, Sherman could opt to add depth to their organization by drafting a defenseman but it is definitely not a “need”. The 11th overall pick is too high for the Avalanche to select a goaltender – especially with this years’ lackluster goalie crop. The Avalanche should be looking to add another top six forward and have the opportunity to take a bit of a risk.

The Decision:

Greg Sherman of the Colorado quickly makes his way up onto the draft stage with a brand new Avalanche jersey sporting the number “11” on the back to make the 11th overall selection,

“With the 11th overall selection of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the Colorado Avalanche will select swiss winger Sven Bartschi from the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks “

Why Sven Bartschi?

Bartschi represents one of the most skilled players in the 2011 draft class and he certainly has a knack for shooting the puck. The undersized winger (5’10) makes up for his small stature with his excellent skating. Bartschi had an impressive WHL rookie campaign as he notched 34 goals and 85 points finishing as the league’s top rookie scorer. While his playmaking skills are well polished, Bartschi projects to be more of a shooter and he can really shoot the puck with tremendous accuracy. Scouts have been impressed with his defensive game as well.

Sven Bartschi, Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
Position: Left Wing

Shoots: Left
Height: 5’10”, Weight: 181 lbs
Hometown: Langenthal, SUI
66GP-34G-51A-85P

DY as GM: Bartschi certainly has the potential to become a very good player and scouts have to love his developmental progression. Bartschi would add good depth to the Avalanche’s left wing position. Regardless of who the Avalanche select, each player comes with his strengths and faults. Bartschi would make a good pick for Colorado. I would also swing for the fences with a player like Rocco Grimaldi as he’s become a personal favourite of mine. In saying that, Colorado would have to absolutely LOVE Grimaldi to make him the 11th overall selection as the dimunitive center is extremely small (5’6″). Look for the Avs to consider defenseman Nathan Beaulieu, centerman Mark McNeil and winger Joel Armia. Bartschi and Armia fit Colorado’s winger needs the best.

12th OVERALL – CAROLINA HURRICANES Select…

 

 

Team Need(s):

-Defencemen (Top 4)
-Wingers
– Goaltending

Breaking it Down:

Traditionally, Jim Rutherford has been quite shy to draft defencemen for the Hurricanes within the first round. Last year, Carolina made five of their total eight picks defencemen. Carolina’s defensive depth includes the likes of Jamie McBain, Justin Faulk, Brian Dumoulin and Bobby Sanguinetti who are all at different levels of their development. The Hurricanes could definitely use an elite defenseman within their system. Eric Staal, Brandon Sutter, Zach Boychuk and Zac Dalpe form solid depth at the center position while Skinner, Bowman, Terry and Justin Shugg provide hope for the future on the wings. The Hurricanes will need to add a goalie to their system soon but it’s not an overly pressing issue with Ward, Peters and Murphy occupying the team’s top three goaltending spots.

The Decision:

The vetran GM Jim Rutherford pulls the microphone inwards to make his selection,

“The Carolina Hurricanes would like to thank the Minnesota wild and residents of St. Paul the hospitality. It’s been a great week for all of us. The Carolina Hurricanes select defenseman Nathan Beaulieu of the Memorial Cup Champions Saint John Sea Dogs.”

Why Nathan Beaulieu?

Beaulieu represents the ideal puckmoving defenseman with well-rounded defensive skills. Playing for Saint Johns, Beaulieu learned a lot playing alongside Pittsburgh prospect Simon Depres as the team gained big game experience throughout their Memorial Cup championship run. Nathan comes from good hockey bloodlines and owns a great package of offensive and defensive skills. Born in Strathroy, ON and raised in the maritimes, Nathan has emerged as an offensive defenseman that is capable of leading the rush with his superb skating skills. At 6-foot 3-inches and 191-pounds Beaulieu owns good NHL-size and has shown that he can play physically and isn’t afraid of dropping the gloves. Like all young defencemen, Beaulieu has struggled at times with his offensive consistency but if he falls to the 12th spot then Carolina is getting a steal with this potential top-four defender.

Nathan Beaulieu, Saint Johns Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Left
Height: 6’2″, Weight: 174 lbs
Hometown: Strathroy, ON
65GP-12G-33A-45P

DY as GM: No complaints on this pick here. Carolina hasn’t drafted a defenseman in the first round since Jack Johnson (2005) . Rutherford has always had a tendency to select forwards in the first round and with Mark McNeil and Joel Armia left on the board he could become tempted. Armia is an extremely talented Finn that could join countrymates Pitkanen (UFA; not expected back), Jokinen (UFA; questionable), Ruutu, and prospect Osala (fled overseas recently). Beaulieu is the money pick here.

 
13th OVERALL – CALGARY FLAMES Select…
 
Team Need(s):

-Offensive Defenseman
-Top Line Center

Breaking it Down:

Entering the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Calgary will be trying to fill organizational needs that have been the same for several years now. The Flames are in need of that top line centerman but could also use another offensive defenseman in the system as well. Newly appointed General Manager Jay Feaster is currently playing hardball with one of Calgary’s top offensive defencemen in Tim Erixon but it’s expected that he will be re-signed but the deadline today. TJ Brodie has been a tremendous development story for the Flames after he was selected in the fourth round of the ’08 draft. Calgary has one of the leagues’ weakest prospect pools and have struggled to develop any noteworthy players into NHLers. Jay Feaster will be looking to change that trend. Olli Jokinen and Matt Stajan are not the future top line centerman for the Flames while Mikael Backlund is a possibility, it is more likely that he becomes their second line center. Calgary should be looking to find that top line center first and some help on defence second.

The Decision:

Jay Feaster will make his first impact in the draft as he has now been “officially’ named General Manager,

“With the 13th selection, the Calgary Flames organization would like to select Mark McNeil from the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League”


Why Mark McNeil?

McNeil fits the Calgary Flames’ needs perfectly as they add a big bodied powerful centerman to their depth charts. There are many who have compared Mark McNeil to Ryan Getzlaf as he projects to be a playmaking power forward. The Prince Albert Raider made the most of his opportunity as the teams’ top line center notching 81 points in 70 WHL games. McNeil is a very good skater considering his large frame but it’s his hockey IQ and complete game that has him so high on most scouts draft boards. McNeil has the potential to be selected within the top 10 but is likely to fall into the 10-15 range. The Flames should be thrilled if they are able to select McNeil and address an extremely important organizational weakness.

Mark McNeil, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
Position: Center

Shoots: Right
Height: 6’2″, Weight: 210 lbs
Hometown: Langley, BC
70GP-32G-49A-81P

DY as GM: Ahhhhh….I would like to hope that McNeil could fall to the Maple Leafs but there is no chance in hell of that happening. McNeil is a personal favourite of mine when talking draft-eligible centers. Feaster would be starting off on a good foot if McNeil becomes property of the Calgary Flames. Other possible candidates for the Flames include: Armia (again), JT Miller, Scheifele, or Oleksiak. The risk-reward is too high for players like Armia, Scheifele and Oleksiak as the Flames can’t afford to make another mistake with their prospects. McNeil is a great option.  

 

14th OVERALL – DALLAS STARS Select…

Team Need(s):

-Defenseman
-Skilled Forwards – Centerman/Left Wing

Breaking it Down:

The Dallas Stars are in need of some defensive prospects within their system but with Larsson, Hamilton, Murphy, Siemens and Beaulieu off the board the remaining defencemen carry some risk (Oleksiak and Morrow). Joe Niewendyk will be busy trying to get star forward Brad Richards re-signed but his scouting staff has been working full time in order to solve their lack of defensive support. The acquisition of Alex Goligoski and development have Philip Larsen has provided hope and a little less urgency for defencemen but the Stars will need to address the weakness during the 2011 draft. Jack Campbell (G), Scott Glennie (RW), Alex Chiasson (RW) and Reilly Smith (RW) will be the names of the future Stars.

The Decision:

A tired-looking Joe Niewendyk hangs-up the phone after talking to the draft-day war room war room, stands up from the Dallas Stars’ draft table, fixes his suit jacket and walks toward the draft stage to make the team’s selection

“The Dallas Stars are thrilled to select forward Joel Armia of Assat of the Finnish League with the 14th selection of the draft. Thanks”

Why Joel Armia?

Desperately in need of defensive prospects, Dallas GM Niewendyk opts for the potential steal of the draft in Finland’s Joel Armia. The 6-foot 3-inch skilled winger may possibly have the highest upside of all potential players in this draft. The lack of consistency is Armia’s biggest fault but scouts fully understand and recognize his ability to control the game when the puck is on his stick. Armia has the ability to stick handle in a phone booth and possesses one of the draft’s most accurate shots. When talking about his offensive upside the sky really is the limit for this big bodied forward. Dallas has to love the skillset he could bring to the organization and he could be the potential set-up man to replace Brad Richards on the powerplay. Armia has shown signs of disinterest while playing in Finland’s top league but Armia is a top ten talent (in terms of skill) and would be the best player available at the 14th position. Armia’s stock has dropped due to his lackadaisical effort but it’s expected a team will take a homerun swing on him inside the top fifteen

Joel Armia, Assat (SM-Liiga)
Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Right
Height: 6’3″, Weight: 191 lbs
Hometown: Pori, Finland
48GP-18G-11A-29P

DY as GM: I am taking a risk here predicting that Dallas chooses Armia especially with their need for a defenseman. Oleksiak and/or Klefbom would be strong picks at the 14th position but I think that Dallas will be drawn to the upside of Armia and his ability to control the puck on the powerplay.

If I was in Niewendyk’s shoes I would probably opt for one of the two abovementioned defenders simply because of their lack of depth at that position. Both Oleksiak and Armia have the potential to develop into draft day steals but could also struggle to establish themselves too. My gut feeling is that Armia becomes a star (if available)

15th OVERALL – NEW YORK RANGERS Select…

 

Team Need(s):

– Top 6 Skilled Winger
– Goaltender to groom

Breaking it Down:

Until the recent acquisition of prospect Tim Erixon the Rangers could have used a Top 2 defenseman in their system but Erixon has a chance at becoming that player. The Rangers have solid depth throughout their roster for the first time in a while with prospects Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello, and Ryan McDonagh already making the jump successfully and they will be joined by Chris Kreider, Christian Thomas, Evgeny Grachev, Ryan Bourque and Dylan McIlrath in the next wave of blueshirt talent. The New York Rangers are in need of a goaltender who can be groomed as the next starting goaltender but they may prefer to wait until later in the draft to address that need. With their first round selection I think it’s safe to say that Sather will be leaning towards a forward.

The Decision:

Sitting in the middle of the first round, Glen Sather confirms with his scouting staff and makes the Rangers’ 2011 selection,

“The New York Rangers selects Mark Scheifele from the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League. Welcome to New York Mark!”

Why Mark Scheifele?

Teams either love him or don’t. Scheifele is coming off a pretty good Under-18 Tournament and plays a strong overall game. At 6-foot 2-inches, Mark has good size but will need to bulk up to fill out his frame. Scheifele is a good skater, has a great release, owns lots of hockey smarts and can take care of both ends of the rink. The Rangers have a good history of identifying players who work hard who are capable of contributing both offensively and defensively. It’s no secret that Tortorello favours players who work extremely hard (see Dubinsky and Callahan) and Scheifele would appreciate the skillset and worth ethic that Scheifele offers the blueshirts.


Mark Scheifele, Barrie Colts (OHL)
Position: Center

Shoots: Right
Height: 6’2″, Weight: 182 lbs
Hometown: Kitchener, ON
66GP-22G-53A-75P

DY as GM: I was quite impressed with Scheifele in his rookie OHL season. If it weren’t for Russians Yakupov and Galchenyuk tearing the league apart, Scheifele would have been a strong candidate for the OHL Rookie of the Year. The NHL’s Central Scouting Service has Scheifele ranked as the ninth best center in this years’ draft class but I definitely like him more than both Vladislav Namestnikov (6th) and Zach Philips (8th). The Rangers should also consider forwards Namestnikov, Jenner, and JT Miller.

16th OVERALL – BUFFALO SABRES Select…

 

Team Need(s):

– Big Bodied Center
– Puck Moving Defenseman

Breaking it Down:

The Sabres have a new man in charge at the top and owner Pegula will want to make an impact at the draft. Recent drafting by Kevin Devine (Head of Amateur Scouting) and his staff has been quite good adding the likes of Jhonas Enroth (2006), Mike Weber (2006), Tyler Myers (2008), Tyler Ennis (2008), Luke Adam (2008), Zack Kassian (2009), Brayden McNabb (2009), Marcus Foligno (2009) and Mark Pysyk (2010). Buffalo recently locked up winger Drew Stafford as he will mark one of several very talented wingers which include Vanek, Gerbe, Ennis, Pominville and don’t forget about future Sabre’s Foligno and Kassian.

It’s expected that Buffalo will let center Tim Connolly walk via free agency and that leaves an opening for the second line center position. Darcy Regier is in a position to address the lack of size down the middle but he could also simply go with the BPA as well (see DY as GM)

The Decision:

General Manger Darcy Regier, Scouting boss Kevin Dineen and new owner Terry Pegula approach the draft stage to make their first round selection.

“The Buffalo Sabres are extremely excited to add this fantastic young man to our organization. With the sixteenth pick of the 2011 draft, the Buffalo Sabres select centerman Boone Jenner from the Oshawa Generals of the OHL”

Why Boone Jenner?

To answer, why not? Boone Jenner offers a combination of excellent offensive skills and even better defensive abilities to complement what might be the best intangibles owned by any player in this year’s draft class. Boone Jenner has future captain written all over him and while 16th might be a bit early to select him but I think there will be a team who falls absolutely in love with this player and selects him earlier to gaurantee they get him. Jenner has second line potential and I feel as though he is a player who has a very high chance of becoming a “sure-fire” NHL – which will definitely be attractive to scouts.

Boone Jenner, Oshawa Generals (OHL)
Position: Center
Shoots: Left
Height: 6’1″, Weight: 204 lbs
Hometown: Dorchester, ON
63 GP – 25 G – 41 A – 66P

DY as GM: Selecting two-way center Boone Jenner would add some good talent and size to the Sabres’ lineup. Jenner molds his game after Mike Richards and I can definitely see some similaries especially with his leadership abilities and hard-nosed style of play. Buffalo should also consider centers JT Miller, Mark Scheifele (if he falls), Zach Phillips and defencemen Jamieson Oleksiak or Joseph Morrow.

Personally, I would add Oleksiak as he offers a rare combination of size, skill and toughness and is the BPA (in my opinion). Could you imagine Oleksiak (6’7″ and growing) and Tyler Myers (6’8″) holding down the blueline? Who needs a center with size with those two monsters on the backend.

17th OVERALL – MONTREAL CANADIENS Select…

 

Team Need(s):

– Big Bodied Center
– Defencemen

Breaking it Down:

The Decision:

The Canadiens’ brass will be thrilled to make their 17th overall selection if they get the chance to say the following,

“The Montreal Canadiens would like to thank the Minnesota Wild and the City of St. Paul for being such gracious hosts. With the 17th pick, the Montreal Canadiens are proud to select Jamieson Oleksiak from the NCAA’s Northeastern program.”

Why Jamieson Oleksiak?

Jamieson Oleksiak is an absolute monster of a prospect (6’7″) who isn’t done growing. The Toronto-born defenseman plays a very solid all-around game contributing at both ends of the rink. After tearing up the 2011 NHL Combine this past week, Oleksiak will certainly be drawing interest from all thirty teams and there is a good chance that he won’t be around when the 17th pick comes due.

Oleksiak is considered a project as he will need to refine some areas of his game but he does skate extremely well for a large kid. Specifically, Oleksiak will need to work on his footwork as he can sometimes struggle changing directions but it’s definitely something that can be improved. You don’t find a player who has the size and upside offensively and defensively too often and Oleksiak would be a nice piece to Montreal’s blueline.

Jamieson Oleksiak, Northeastern (H-East NCAA)
Position: Defence
Shoots: Left
Height: 6’7″, Weight: 244 lbs
Hometown: Toronto, ON
34GP-3G-9A-12P


DY as GM:
Montreal is getting quite comfortable selecting in the mid to late rounds of entry drafts as this year marks the sixth straight year that the Habs have selected between 12th or later. Montreal has the luxury of selecting a few players who fit either their center or defensive needs and Gauthier could choose to go either way.

In my opinion, Montreal should be considering the following players for their 17th overall pick: Boone Jenner (if not selected), Brandon Saad, Jamie Oleksiak, Oscar Klefbom or Jonas Brodin. There’s a good chance that Jenner is available and he’d make an excellent pick to fill their need for a centerman. Oleksiak is the best player available in my eyes and well worth the risk that comes with him.

18th OVERALL – CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS Select…

Team Need(s):

– Skilled Center with Size
– Goaltenders to groom

Breaking it Down:

Stan Bowman will be entering his second NHL Entry Draft as the Blackhawks’ general manager and he will have a few needs to address – mainly finding a skilled centre and some goaltending depth. Chicago has several good prospect defencemen in their system including Nick Leddy, Jordan Hendry, Dylan Olsen, and Shawn Lalonde so that position doesn’t need addressing in the first round. Through drafting and trading, Chicago has did an impressive job of acquiring and drafting prospects such as Kyle Beach (2008), Marcus Kruger (2009), Brandon Pirri (2009), Jeremy Morin and brothers Kevin (2009) and Jimmy Hayes.

Developing these cheap prospects into NHLers is a significant piece for the Blackhawks success after tying up money into superstars Toews, Kane, Keith, Hossa and Seabrook. David Bolland and Patrick Sharp alternate as the number two centerman on most nights but I expect Stan Bowman to select a centerman who can eventually be groomed to play behind Toews.

The Decision:

Stan Bowman wraps up his discussion with his father Scotty Bowman and heads for the podium to make the Hawks’ first round selection,

“On behalf of the Blackhawks organization and it’s fans, we would like to select Zach Phillips from the Saint John Sea Dogs”

Why Zach Phillips?

Phillips had the advantage of centering star prospect Jonathon Huberdeau to a Memorial Cup championship. While his linemate may have inflated Phillips’ production slightly, there is no denying his ability to score goals. Zack works extremely hard and his owns great hockey sense that makes him a good playmaker and responsible forward as well.

Phillips will need to continue to work on his skating as his foot speed is an area of concern. Phillips has the ability to find scoring areas on the ice and appears to be in the right spot at the right time – an attribute that most pure goal scorers own. Phillips could complement a playmaking winger like Patrick Kane very nicely in the future.

Zach Phillips, Saint John SeaDogs (QMJHL)
Position: Centre
Shoots: Right
Height: 6’1″, Weight: 178 lbs
Hometown: Fredericton, NB
67GP-38G-57A-95P

DY as GM: Chicago doesn’t have a history of drafting many players from the QMJHL. Actually, the last time the Blackhawks used a first round pick on a QMJHLer was back in 1996 when they selected defenseman Remi Royer who played 18 NHL career games notching zero points. However, Corey Crawford was a second round selection out of the QMJHL for the Blackhawks so that is good news.

Phillips has a skillset that would fit nicely in the Blackhawks lineup and getting him and his 95 QMJHL points at 18th overall would be very nice. Other players Stan Bowman should consider include JT Miller, Matt Puempel, Vladislav Namestnikov, Oscar Klefbom and Jonas Brodin.

19th OVERALL – EDMONTON OILERS Select…

 

Team Need(s):

– Top Line Center
Franchise Defenseman/Top 4

Breaking it Down:

Edmonton filled their need for a potential top line center with the selection of RNH and now their focus must turn to grabbing a defenseman with top 4 potential. In this draft class there is some decent depth at defence but each player has it’s own question marks.

In the Oilers’ system, Martin Marincin, Jeff Petry, Colton Teubert and Alex Plante are the team’s best defensive prospects so saying that the Oilers need a Top 4 defender is an understatement. Marincin owns good upside but the Oilers would like to grab a reliable puckmoving defenseman who can contribute big minutes while offering a solid all-around game. There is a strong chance the Tambellini and his staff opt to select a defenseman with the 19th overall pick.

The Decision:

Oilers’ GM Steve Tambellini gets approval from Kevin Lowe (President of Hockey Operations) and joins his draft clan to make their second first round pick,

“The Edmonton Oilers organization would like to name defenseman Joseph Morrow of the Portland Winterhawks the 19th overall selection”

Why Joseph Morrow?

Joe Morrow doesn’t bring that “wow” factor to the backend but he was a crucial (yet underrated) part of the Portland Winterhawks’ offence this past season. The steady defenseman brings a calmness to the game and plays a smart game. Capable of moving the puck with the best of them in this draft, Morrow also owns a NHL shot that might be appealing for powerplays around the league. Morrow is currently playing at 6-foot 1-inch and almost 200-pounds so size won’t be an issue.

The native of Sherwood Park, Alberta owns good hockey bloodlines (father Dave and brother Josh were both drafted to the NHL) and offers the Oilers a reliable defenseman with good skating mobility and the puckmoving abilities to get the puck in the hands of it’s superstars Hall, Hemsky, Eberle, RNH and Paagarvi. Morrow earned a respectable 49 WHL points in 60 games this season and added another 20 points in 20 WHL playoff games as well. Not too shabby.

Joseph Morrow, Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
Position: Defence
Shoots: Left
Height: 6’1″, Weight: 197 lbs
Hometown: Sherwood Park, AB
60GP-9G-40A-49P

DY as GM: Morrow enters the draft underrated amongst defencemen after playing with Niederreiter, Ross, Johansen, Bartschi and Rattie in Portland but he’s got first round talent that scouts shouldn’t forget about. The Oilers would be adding a top 4 defenseman if Morrow was selected and then they could hope for their “franchise defender” next season that bodes a strong defensive group of prospects.

The Oilers’ scouting staff will also be considering Oscar Klefbom, Jonas Brodin, David Musil (long shot), Scott Mayfield and Connor Murphy. Many Oiler fans are hoping that Oleksiak falls to 19th (and he could) but I don’t foresee it happening with his rare combination of size and skill (plus his strong combine results won’t hurt either). For me, Morrow is the best available defenseman at this point.

 

20th OVERALL – PHOENIX COYOTES Select…

 

Team Need(s):

– Starting Goaltender
Centerman

Breaking it Down:

The talks of the potential Coyotes’ relocation has been muffled for the time being and now GM Don Maloney and Keith Gretzky will need to focus on making the right pick for the organization in just a few weeks time. The Coyotes appear to be stable on their backend with prospects Olivier Ekman-Larsson, Brandon Gormley, Maxim Goncharov, David Schlemko, Chris Summers, Nick Ross and Michael Stone added through the draft over the past five years. The desert dogs’ forward depth has developed nicely with the additons of Kyle Turris, Brett MacLean, Mikkel Boedker, Viktor Tikhonov, and Ethan Werek looking to bring this franchise some success.

If there is a need up front, the Coyotes should look to address their centre position. Turris projects to be one of the team’s top pivot but beyond him and Hanzal there isn’t much in the system. The Coyotes also need to address their goaltending position with very little in their farm system in terms of potential starting goaltenders. GM Don Maloney has several options with the 20th overall pick but expect him to target the best available position and fill his other needs through trades. He has a history of being very active in trades.


The Decision:

The Phoenix Coyotes exit their final discussions and seem to be pleased with their decision,

“The Phoenix Coyotes are thrilled to be in Minnesota selecting another important piece to out puzzle. With the 20th overall selection the Coyotes select Matt Puempel from the Peterborough Petes of the OHL”
Why Matt Puempel?

Puempel could possibly become the best goal scorer to emerge from this year’s draft class after proving that he can score 30+ in back-to-back OHL seasons. Unfortunately, both of Puempel’s OHL seasons have been shortened due to injury but it’s quite clear that the Essex-native is skilled. Matt notched 33 goals and 64 points in 59 games during his rookie season. To follow that up, Puempel racked up 34 goals and 69 points this past season. Scouts are concerned about his back-to-back injury riddled seasons but there is no denying his talent. One thing that scouts won’t have to worry about is his work ethic as Puempel has a very admirable drive. Puempel has great speed, good playmaking skills and an impressive knack for find the mesh.

Matt Puempel, Peterborough Petes (OHL)
Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Left
Height: 6’1″, Weight: 196 lbs
Hometown: Essex, ON
55GP-34G-35A-69P


DY as GM:
Matt Puempel is one of the more interesting prospects of this year’s draft class. He doesn’t address the ‘Yotes’ need for a cente but he is one of the best forwards available. Ask me in three weeks if I regret making Puempel the 20th overall selection and I will probably answer “yes”. The truth is, Puempel could easily be drafted anywhere from 10th to 20th but I would be surprised to see him fall further than 20th because of his injuries. It really is the only knock on him at this point. If Puempel had healthy back-to-back seasons, we could easily be talking about him being a Top 10 pick.

Maloney does have the option of selecting the top ranked goaltender, Chris Gibson, or he could opt for wingers Niklas Jensen, Brandon Saad or Ty Rattie. Namestnikov, Khokhlachev and JT Miller could fill their center needs but I like Puempel the best.

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