2023 NHL Draft Countdown – No. 10-6: Axel Sandin Pellikka, Dalibor Dvorsky, David Reinbacher, Zach Benson, Ryan Leonard

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10 months ago
Over the next few weeks leading into the 2023 NHL Draft, we’ll be counting down the Top 100 prospects in this year’s class based on Daily Faceoff’s list. Today, we have No. 10 Axel Sandin Pellikka, No. 9 Dalibor Dvorsky, No. 8 David Reinbacher, No. 7 Zach Benson, and No. 6 Ryan Leonard.

No. 10: Axel Sandin Pellikka

Date of Birth: March 11, 2005
Nation: Sweden 
Position: Defence
Shoots: Right 
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 181 lbs
Scouting Report: “Pellikka fell in my rankings, but not really due to poor performance or anything. It’s just that I like the forward options more. He was a feral beast at the U-20 level, but much more reserved against men in the SHL. If he can unlock a bit more of that intensity with Skelleftea next season, that’ll be awesome.” – Steven Ellis, Daily Faceoff

No. 9: Dalibor Dvorsky

Date of Birth: June 15, 2005
Nation: Slovakia 
Position: Centre 
Shoots: Left
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 201 lbs
Scouting Report: “Most hype has quieted down for Dvorsky over the past year, but he still put decent numbers playing against men. The raw talent is there, and if he falls outside the top 15, Dvorsky could just become one of the bigger steals. It feels like we’re always looking for a bit more out of him. Still, the raw skill is there, and he has a solid CV. Plus, he earned some MVP consideration for the way he dominated with Slovakia at the U-18s.” – Steven Ellis, Daily Faceoff

No. 8: David Reinbacher

Date of Birth: October 25, 2004
Nation: Austria 
Position: Defence 
Shoots: Right 
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 187 lbs
Scouting Report: “Not many people had Reinbacher as a first-round pick heading into the season. Now, most have Reinbacher as the best defenseman in the class. He put up excellent numbers in the top Swiss league, a division that hasn’t always been kind to younger blueliners. Reinbacher looked mature beyond his years and could immediately jump over and make an impact in the AHL next season if that ends up being the plan.” – Steven Ellis, Daily Faceoff

No. 7: Zach Benson

Date of Birth: May 12, 2005
Nation: Canada
Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Left
Height: 5’10” 
Weight: 159 lbs
Scouting Report: “Benson dealt with an injury to close out the season, but still managed to pot 36 goals and 98 points. He’s only 5-foot-10, but he’s strong, has a great release and his shift-to-shift effort level will never waver. Benson’s going to be a big-time play driver.” – Steven Ellis, Daily Faceoff

No. 6: Ryan Leonard

Date of Birth: January 21, 2005
Nation: United States 
Position: Centre
Shoots: Right 
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 181 lbs
Scouting Report: “Leonard is coming off an absolutely ridiculous U-18 tournament, which was capped off by scoring the championship winner. The seven-game affair was a perfect microcosm of Leonard’s true abilities: good speed, skill and physicality all wrapped into one. He’s the type of player every team wants.” – Steven Ellis, Daily Faceoff

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