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2019 Draft Central

It’s going to be a wild summer in Leaf Land. Discussions about how to dump Patrick Marleau and Nikita Zaitsev’s contracts in order to sign key RFAs like Mitch Marner, Kasperi Kapanen, and Andres Johnsson have taken the spotlight, but, before any of that goes down, we have the draft to worry about.

The Leafs don’t have their first-round pick this year, but Kyle Dubas and Co. will still surely be active this year in Vancouver. Keep your eye on this post over the next couple weeks as we update it with the best draft-related content from around the Nation Network.

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.

CanucksArmy: Prospects ranked No. 60-56:

Here are aggregated profiles on 2019 Draft Countdown: Daniil Gutik, Case McCarthy, Drew Helleson, Artemi Knyazev, and Jordan Spence.

CanucksArmy: Prospects ranked No. 55-51: 

Here are aggregated profiles on 2019 Draft Countdown: Henry Thrun, Warren Marshall, Dillon Hamaliuk, Robert Mastrosimone, and Michal Teply.

CanucksArmy: Prospects ranked No. 50-46: 

Here are aggregated profiles on 2019 Draft Countdown: Mikko Kokkonen, Mads Søgaard, Ryan Johnson, Nolan Foote, and Maxim Cajkovic.

CanucksArmy: Prospects ranked No. 45-41: 

Here are aggregated profiles on 2019 Draft Countdown: Patrik Puistola, Albin Grewe, Ilya Nikolayev, Isaiah Saville, and Tobias Bjornfot.

CanucksArmy: Prospects ranked No. 40-36: 

Here are aggregated profiles on 2019 Draft Countdown: Nicholas Robertson, Lassi Thomson, Kaedan Korczak, Anttoni Honka, and Yegor Afanasyev.

CanucksArmy: Prospects ranked No. 35-31: 

Here are aggregated profiles on 2019 Draft Countdown: Yegor Spiridonov, Brett Leason, Nathan Légaré, Spencer Knight, and Thomas Harley.

CanucksArmy: Prospects ranked No. 30-26: 

Here are aggregated profiles on 2019 Draft Countdown: Nils Hoglander, Ville Heinola Arthur Kaliyev, Alex Vlasic, and Pavel Dorofeyev.

CanucksArmy: Prospects ranked No. 25-21: 

Here are aggregated profiles on 2019 Draft Countdown: Simon Holmstrom, Bobby Brink, Jakob Pelletier, Samuel Poulin, and Philip Tomasino.

CanucksArmy: Prospects ranked No. 20-16: 

Here are aggregated profiles on 2019 Draft Countdown: Cole Caufield, Philip Broberg, Alex Newhook, Raphael Lavoie, and Connor McMichael. 

Cam Kuom: Late first/early second round player profiles:

NHL Draft Prospect Profile #22: Ville Heinola

NHL Draft Prospect Profile #23: Kirby Dach

NHL Draft Prospect Profile #24: William Constantinou

NHL Draft Prospect Profile #25: Graeme Clarke

NHL Draft Prospect Profile #26: Trevor Janicke

NHL Draft Prospect Profile #27: Pavel Dorofeyev

NHL Draft Prospect Profile #28: Nicholas Robertson

Four predictions for the Red Wings 2019 draft

NHL Draft Prospect Profile #29: Cam York

NHL Draft Prospect Profile #30: Connor McMichael

NHL Draft Prospect Profile #31: Samuel Fagemo

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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