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2023 NHL Draft Countdown – No. 95-91: Hoyt Stanley, Tristan Bertucci, Easton Cowan, Arvid Bergstrom, Ryan Fine

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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. 95 Hoyt Stanley, No. 94 Tristan Bertucci, No. 93 Easton Cowan, No. 92 Arvid Bergstrom, and No. 91 Ryan Fine.

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No. 95: Hoyt Stanley

Date of Birth: February 4, 2005
Nation: Canada
Position: Defence
Shoots: Right
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 196 lbs
Scouting Report: “It is tough not to get lost in a dream world when watching Stanley. He’s a big defender with long strides and can adjust his stance very quickly in moments. He protects well at his reach and usually does not hesitate to one-touch passes up the ice or shoot snap one-timers. In this viewing, it comes across as high-end flashes of tools that still need to be refined and put together.” – Joel Henderson, FC Hockey

No. 94: Tristan Bertucci

Date of Birth: July 12, 2005
Nation: Canada
Position: Defence
Shoots: Left
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 179 lbs
Scouting Report: “He’s come along nicely, progression-wise from last year to this it’s been a steady incline, and I think that’s going to continue…The strongest asset Tristan has is his mind. He makes good reads, good decisions with the puck, and that’s not something you can really teach. He’s got a big frame and he’s gradually getting stronger. He already skates well and has shown he can be an effective player in any situation you put him in, so I think as he continues to get stronger, you’re going to see him as more and more of a factor for our team.” – Firebirds head coach Ted Dent

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No. 93: Easton Cowan

Date of Birth: May 20, 2005
Nation: Canada
Position: Centre
Shoots: Left
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 170 lbs
Scouting Report: “Easton Cowan is a highly skilled forward. Cowan is a two-way player with a pass-first mentality, making him a strong playmaker. Using his good vision and elite passing ability, he is able to make sharp plays to create the best opportunities for his team. Cowan has strong puck skills and thinks the game at a high pace.” – Melania Tucker, Sports Illustrated

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No. 92: Arvid Bergstrom

Date of Birth: June 12, 2005
Nation: Sweden 
Position: Defence
Shoots: Left
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 168 lbs
Scouting Report: “Arvid Bergström is a shifty mobile puck-moving defenseman, who defends rather well but at a distance. He is more of a reactive defenseman but does use his positioning well when defending against the rush to force dumps and chases. Bergström has good acceleration that he leverages to get to loose pucks cleanly. Should he encounter a heave forecheck, he’s shown that he can use pivots to shake free and complete a zone exit pass. Bergström does need to work on closing out gaps quicker as sometimes he ends up giving a bit too much room. In the offensive zone, Bergström should start looking to utilize his mobility and speed while pinching to drive pucks into the slot.” – Josh Tessler, Smaht Scouting

No. 91: Ryan Fine

Date of Birth: March 14, 2005
Nation: United States 
Position: Forward
Shoots: Right
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 183 lbs
Scouting Report: “Ryan Fine is the most underrated forward on the NTDP. He’s a great puck transporter and has great skill, his high school highlight reel is insane, and at times was the best player on the Moore/Terrance/Fine line at the u18s. He was stuck on the third line for much of the year at the NTDP in a checking role, but at Harvard, he should assume a scoring role as soon as this year given their departures. – Austin Garret, Smaht Scouting

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