2023 NHL Draft Countdown – No. 15-11: Matthew Wood, Dmitri Simashev, Riley Heidt, Colby Barlow, Oliver Moore

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9 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. 15 Matthew Wood, No. 14 Dmitri Simashev, No. 13 Riley Heidt, No. 12 Colby Barlow, and No. 11 Oliver Moore.

No. 15: Matthew Wood

Date of Birth: February 6, 2005
Nation: Canada
Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Right
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 190 lbs
Scouting Report: “A point-per-game average as a freshman on one of the best teams in Hockey East is a solid way to kick off your college career. All he has done at every level is produce points and excel on the power play. His chemistry with top 2024 prospect Macklin Celebrini is a big reason why Canada won bronze at the U-18s.” – Steven Ellis, Daily Faceoff

No. 14: Dmitri Simashev

Date of Birth: February 4, 2005
Nation: Russia 
Position: Defenceman 
Shoots: Left
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 201 lbs
Scouting Report: “I didn’t love his game in the first half, but his late-season play really grew on me, especially during the MHL playoffs. Against his own age group, he can carry the load on the blueline and can be physically intimidating. Scouts are all over the place with him, but I like his potential.” – Steven Ellis, Daily Faceoff

No. 13: Riley Heidt

Date of Birth: March 25, 2005
Nation: Canada
Position: Left Wing 
Shoots: Left
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 181 lbs
Scouting Report: “One of the best point producers in the WHL, Heidt was a huge part of Prince George’s resurgence this year. I know scouts were hoping to see him remain a consistent producer throughout the year – no issues there. It’s his play away from the puck that some are more concerned about.” – Steven Ellis, Daily Faceoff

No. 12: Colby Barlow

Date of Birth: February 14, 2005
Nation: Canada
Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Left
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 187 lbs
Scouting Report: “One of the few players to come close to hitting the 50-goal mark this season, Barlow has scored at all levels and is as confident as anyone handling the puck. There’s room for his all-around game to grow, but scoring clearly isn’t an issue. He was banged up during the OHL playoffs but had a decent showing at the U-18s.” – Steven Ellis, Daily Faceoff

No. 11: Oliver Moore

Date of Birth: January 22, 2005
Nation: United States
Position: Centre
Shoots: Left
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 180 lbs
Scouting Report: “Want a speedy, defensively reliable two-way center? Moore’s your guy. Some scouts I’ve talked to think Moore has some untapped potential to become one of the better players in this draft class. He’s so quick, but knows how to use his speed to his advantage as a playmaker, too.” – Steven Ellis, Daily Faceoff

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