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    Conner Bleackley



    BIO
    DOB: 2/7/96
    Height: 6’0.5
    Weight: 192 lbs.
    Team: Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
    Position: Center
    Shoots: Right

    Rankings
    Central Scouting: 31st among North American skaters

    Articles
    But what Bleackley really wants is to be a guy that other players hate to play against. Whether he is grinding down low to create some offense or getting back to disrupt a play in his own zone, he wants opposition to rue the times he is on the ice. And after being named captain for this season, he can take more than a lead by example approach.
    Conner Bleackley - Pro Puck Prospects - The #1 Guide to the NHL Draft

    Bleackley is quickly becoming one of those players who you leaves an impression on you every time you leave the rink. The 17-year-old High River, Alta. native has a very high talent level and seems to always be around the puck making things happen. Bleackley won't run over any defense but he plays a gritty game and is not afraid of being hit or going into the dirty areas of the ice to create offense. The 6-foot, 200 pound centre has taken on a much larger role with the Rebels this season and has shown in the early juncture that he is more than capable of producing in a top line role.
    Conner Bleackley Draft Report | The Scouting Report

    My Take
    This is a very likeable prospect and very enjoyable to watch. To me, he is one of the most complete prospects I’ve seen recently. He boasts very good top end speed and hustle, strong edgework, a good shot, and terrific two way hockey sense and discipline. Already sporting a “C” on his jersey as an 18 year-old, he has a lot of intangibles which should draw a lot of attention for him.

    He plays very much like Jeff Carter to me, minus a few inches in height. He shows great anticipation in breaking up passes, while using speed and a wrist shot on the offense to make plays happen. This is not a suggestion of upside, mind you, but more of a comparison in styles of play.

    2013-2014 Statistics
    WHL Regular: 71 GP, 29g, 39a, 68 pts, 48 PIM, +3
    WHL Tie-break: 1 GP, 0g, 1a, 1 pt, 0 PIM, -2
    WJC U-18: 7 GP, 1g, 1a, 2 pts, 4 PIM, +0

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    Nelson Nogier



    BIO
    DOB: 5/27/96
    Height: 6’2
    Weight: 191
    Team: Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
    Position: Defense
    Shoots: Right

    Rankings
    Central Scouting: 55th among North American skaters

    Articles
    A jack-of-all-trades type defenseman who provides stability on the back-end by playing a consistent two-way game .. reads and reacts well to his blueline partner – and always provides a viable outlet option .. demonstrates staunch positioning in all three zones .. could be described as somewhat of a ‘quiet’ player in terms of not possessing a blinding skill set, yet usually appears to be at the right place at the right time
    2014 NHL Draft prospects Nelson Nogier, Dysin Mayo growing concerns

    The second year member of the team has quite a few new responsibilities now that he's considered to be one of the veteran players on a young squad. Nogier went from being a bottom pairing defender last year to playing nearly top minutes this season. The Blades 2012-13 Rookie Of The Year and Top Scholastic Player also has the role of being a newly named alternate captain.

    Along with that, it's NHL Draft year.
    Nelson Nogier Listed By NHL Central Scouting

    My Take
    Nogier’s draft status took a major hit, as he only not only scored just in the month of October (1g, 5a), but then underwent season ending shoulder surgery for a torn labrum and hasn’t played since December.

    With that being said, this is a major sleeper who could be a major steal for whoever drafts him. The article cited above nailed it. He moves very well for a player who has grown four inches and added 70 lbs; he keeps up with his man, boxing him out effectively. He’s a solid player in the defensive zone who plays with a disciplined competitiveness. Shows tremendous gap control and ability to keep the opposition to the outside.

    He’s not flashy, but the subtle decisions with the puck are exceptional. While not a powerplay quarterback, he does make quick, effective decisions with moving the puck. Has all the qualities to be a major steal.

    2013-2014 Statistics
    WHL Regular: 37 GP, 1g, 5a, 6 pts, 25 PIM, -2

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    Danny Moynihan



    BIO
    DOB: 12/8/95
    Height: 6’0
    Weight: 180 lbs.
    Team: Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
    Position: Center/Left Wing
    Shoots: Left

    Rankings
    Central Scouting: 66th among North American skaters.

    Articles
    Dedicated Boston Bruins fans growing up, Connor says he fashions his physical style of play to power forward Milan Lucic because he “likes to hit, scores and makes good plays”, while Daniel, who plays centre, emulates that of Patrice Bergeron.

    And after nearly two weeks of training camp, they are beginning to see subtle improvements in their overall game.

    “Just playing with better players alone, you start to realize what plays to make, where to put the puck, where to be when you don’t have the puck, coaches are also telling us what to do,” Daniel said. “And we’ve learnt a lot so far.”
    Brothers skate into Q | The Chronicle Herald

    Mooseheads head coach Dominique Ducharme has welcomed the boys with open arms.
    “(Danny) has a lot of speed, and brings good offence with that speed,” he said. “He has a complete game. (Connor) is big and physical and he’s got great potential.”
    No regrets for Moynihan brothers after sacrificing NCAA eligibility to join Mooseheads | Metro

    My Take
    Danny Moynihan is an industrious, hard working two way player. If he emulates his game after Patrice Bergeron, he does a good job. While Patrice Bergeron is a very lofty player to project him to, it’s not out of the realm of possibility for Moynihan to have a career similar to Trevor Lewis – Very fast, works hard in both zones, providing energy, and creating chances for his team.

    He doesn’t have the same vision or grit of a top end player, giving limiting his upside long term. However, his attention to detail would make him a very good system player. If he want to play center in the NHL, however, he will have to improve his face-offs.

    2013-2014 Statistics
    QMJHL Regular: 68 GP, 9g, 17a, 26 pts, 66 PIM, +8
    QMJHL Playoffs: 16 GP, 3g, 4a, 7 pts, 6 PIM, +6
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    Aaron Haydon

    BIO
    DOB: 1/6/96
    Height: 6’2
    Weight: 197
    Team: Niagara Ice Dogs (OHL)
    Position: Defense
    Shoots: Right

    Rankings
    Central Scouting: 28th among North American skaters.

    Articles
    "He had a real unfortunate injury so he’s kind of playing catch-up right now with his conditioning and the pace of game," assistant coach David Bell says. "But there are not many defencemen that big who are that mobile. He’s got a big shot and his compete level is right up there.

    "There’s huge upside. When he was healthy last year as a 16-year-old, he was a force on the blueline, as well as this summer at the under-18s."
    https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/bu...170238463.html

    “The best thing is he is realizing how strong he can be, and if he keeps his decision simple he’s very difficult to play against,” Williamson said. “I think his next couple of years are going to be awfully strong for us.”

    Haydon has three goals and eight points in 34 games and his -19 plus-minus rating, playing mainly against the opponents’ top lines.

    It’s a job Haydon relishes.

    “That’s the type of player I want to be,” he said. “I want to go out there against the top lines and shut them down.”
    Haydon heading to Prospects Game | St. Catharines Standard

    My Take
    Haydon definitely embodies the Kings philosophy of being “tough to play against.” He patrols his crease diligently and doesn’t let the opposition feel comfortable. He almost was kicked out of the Top Prospects game for fighting. The articles above show how he played well despite recovering from a broken jaw and catching up to the missed training camp because of a broken foot.

    His fundamentals are sound. He moves very well for a bigger player, and has a solid shot he can get off in a timely manner. Of his fundamentals, his passing may need the most work, particularly on the breakout.

    He plays a simple game, which can make him an ideal X’s and O’s type player, who will go where he’s supposed to be and where he’s taught. This comes at the sacrifice of some vision and creativity. He won’t ever be a defenseman to lead the rush. On both ends of the ice, he suffers a little bit from tunnel vision.

    He has already taken on a bigger role in his team, and is used in all situations, which is always impressive when the coach trusts young kids with such responsibility.

    2013-2014 Statistics
    Ivan Hlinka U-18: 5 GP, 0g, 0a, 0 pts, 10 PIM, +1
    OHL Regular: 61 GP, 5g, 11a, 16 pts, 112 PIM, -39
    OHL Playoffs: 7 GP, 0g, 0a, 0 pts, 10 PIM, -4
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    Jayce Hawryluk

    BIO
    DOB: 1/1/96
    Height: 5’10
    Weight: 190 lbs.
    Team: Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
    Position: Right Wing
    Shoots: Right

    Rankings
    Central Scouting: 37th among North American skaters

    Articles
    The Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings updated the condition of forward Jayce Hawryluk Thursday afternoon, releasing a statement that the 17-year-old from Roblin, Man., continues to undergo medical tests to determine what caused him to have shortness of breath and become lightheaded following Wednesday’s 5-4 playoff win against the Regina Pats.
    Wheat Kings’ Jayce Hawryluk remains in hospital - Winnipeg | Globalnews.ca

    What’s impressive is he hasn’t missed a game yet, because of this, and he continues to lead the Wheat Kings in playoff scoring.

    A hardworking kid who was a surprise addition to Canada’s Ivan Hlinka team in the summer, Hawryluk clearly took those gold medal experiences and put them into practice back in Brandon. The Manitoba native can really throw his weight around, but also has some nice offensive flair, which has given him a team-high 25 points in 26 games
    The Hot List: Tkachev shines on the big stage | Post-to-Post

    My Take
    Hawryluk immediately draws the attention of any onlooker, because he just has a motor that takes him all over the place. He’s a player who wants the puck, and he battles hard to get it. He complements this tenacity with a fifth gear which allows him to separate himself from the opposition.

    Offensively, he will do it all. He parks himself in front of the net, battles along the boards, leads the rush and runs the forecheck. He appears to be working on his defense, but needs to add more elements to it. He’s effective along the boards in his own zone and seems to work well in an x’s and o’s approach. He doesn’t have the innate ability to read how to backcheck effectively, though, and at times gets caught coasting on the way back. Has a sneaky shot.

    The size and collapse are two red flags. Another question is his somewhat reckless approach to the game. He doesn’t play dirty, but he sometimes puts himself at risk with “trying too hard,” which could lead to some wear and tear, particularly for a smaller player.

    2013-2014 Statistics
    Ivan Hlinka U-18: 5 GP, 1g, 0a, 1 pt, 6 PIM, +1
    WHL Regular: 59 GP, 24g, 40a, 64 pts, 44 PIM, +16
    WHL Playoffs: 8 GP, 5g, 7a, 12 pts, 14 PIM, +6
    WJC U-18: 6 GP, 0g, 2a, 2 pts, 10 PIM, +0
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    Alexis Vanier

    BIO
    DOB: 12/21/95
    Height: 6’4.5”
    Weight: 215 lbs.
    Team: Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)
    Position: Defense
    Shoots: Left

    Rankings
    Central Scouting: 112th among North American skaters

    Articles
    He plays a big and mean style and throws some major hits. He's already got pro size and sits at 224lbs.
    HockeyBuzz.com - Adam French - Prospect Talk : The QMJHL

    But we're now well into November and he's still chugging along at near a point-per-game clip. At 6-5, 224, that kind of production piques everyone's interest. His puckhandling and offensive game are more advanced than Samuel Morin (the gigantic defenseman who went 11th overall to Philadelphia in last June's draft) at the same stage last season. So, safe to say Vanier is becoming one of this season's more intriguing packages of size and ability on the blue line.
    NHL draft ranks shuffled in November

    My Take
    He is definitely a long term project, but there’s a lot to like about Vanier. His production did eventually drop off, but he still finished the season with 36 points (15g, 21a) in 51 games as an 18 year-old.

    The good: he has that size you can’t teach. He has added some snarl to his game. He protects and moves the puck well. Will have a great opportunity to ramp up his game, as the 20 and 21 year-old defensemen on the Drakkar will be gone, and he will have increased responsibility. Overall, he looks like he could fit in with a systematic team, such as the Kings.

    The bad: he has been playing sheltered minutes, which always lends a need for caution in getting too excited about a player. As stated above, he will have opportunity to improve his game, but it’s hard to get a read on how strong he really is defensively when he plays against inferior competition. Most notably, his foot speed and general mobility are well below average.

    2013-2014 Statistics
    QMJHL Regular: 61 GP, 15g, 21a, 36 pts, 52 PIM, +11
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    Nick Magyar


    BIO
    DOB: 5/29/96
    Height: 6’2
    Weight: 175
    Team: Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
    Position: Forward
    Shoots: Right

    Rankings
    Central Scouting: 32nd among North American skaters

    Articles
    OHLW: Can you tell us where his overall game is at this point in his development?
    Farwell: He seems stronger now than when the season began. He’s more difficult to move off the puck. Nick has a nose for the net and if not for some bad luck and maybe a little first year skill that needs to be polished, he’d probably have 20 goals already (he has 16 as I write this). I like the way he thinks the game, more a scorer than a passer, but definitely someone with an above average offensive game. I wouldn’t call him flashy but I would call him consistent, reliable, and talented.
    OHLW: With such a young squad in Kitchener, should it come as a surprise that he is second in scoring for Kitchener?
    Farwell: No. You nailed it when talking about the young squad. He’s one of the strongest first year players.
    In The O... The Radio Show - I.T.O. Blog - Nick Magyar, Kitchener Rangers: NHL Draft Prospect*Profile

    There is nothing fancy to Magyar's game.

    "He plays straight lines for the most part and gets a lot of pucks on net," said Smith. "That's one of those things that I don't know you can teach. That's just natural ability and hockey sense."
    Magyar making his mark

    My Take
    This is a player who loves to shoot and does it well. However, his strongest asset may very well be his strong work on the boards. He doesn’t throw his weight around, but he protects the puck well. A couple goals I watched him score just had him driving toward the net, whether it was using the boards to work the puck around a defender or lowering his shoulder and driving the net on the backhand. His simple, systematic approach to the game and strong work on the boards make him a strong candidate for the Kings.

    He is sound defensively, and keeps his head on a swivel to keep track of his man. He’s not used as a key player on breakouts, but he plays very good man-on-man defense.

    His biggest weakness is his skating. He lacks acceleration and top end speed, which would limit his role on any NHL team if he doesn’t work to improve upon it.

    2013-2014 Statistics
    OHL Regular: 66 GP, 20g, 26a, 46 pts, 20 PIM, -18

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    Ben Thomas


    BIO
    DOB: 5/28/95
    Height: 6’1
    Weight: 190
    Team: Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
    Position: Defense
    Shoots: Right

    Rankings
    Central Scouting: 86th among North American skaters

    Articles
    "He's more consistent," Hitmen coach Mike Williamson said. "We saw stretches even last year when Benny got called up that he looked poised and polished, but there was a lot of gaps in between his top shifts and bottom shifts.
    "The biggest thing for Ben, he's gotten better and he's continued to improve his consistency. When he does that, he continues to improve. He's got a great skill set and he's a multi-dimensional player. He's got good poise and vision offensively but he can play a good, sound defensive game as well, so he's a guy that can eat up a lot of minutes.”
    2014 Draft Profile: Ben Thomas - Calgary Flames - Future Watch

    A strong two-way defender with size, skills and a very high compete level. Excellent puck handler with soft hands and the skill and initiative to use his quick start ability to handle things solo. Developing power play guy, he uses his quick stick and body to break attacks up. Needs work on his back ward skating game. Not shy at shouldering the play at both ends.
    http://www.draftsite.com/nhl/player/ben-thomas/21372/

    My Take
    I have mixed feelings with Thomas, and honestly am not sure just how well he would fit in with the Kings. I see a lot of Mike Green in him. He’s a very good puck mover, both in terms of carrying and distributing the puck. He also likes to jump in the play, and does so often. However, he really needs to improve his mobility to succeed with this style of play at the NHL level. His turning radius is below average, and his top end speed isn’t anything to write home about. If his skating were kicked up a couple notches, he would be an exceptional player at the professional levels.

    Defensively, he doesn’t initiate a lot of contact and is pretty weak along the boards. He always finds a way to get the puck out of the zone but he’s not effective at containing a player at all or patrolling the crease. He needs to be meaner.

    On other teams, he’s very likeable, but he’s one of the first players I’ve focused on where I just do not see him as a good fit on the Kings.

    2013-2014 Statistics
    WHL Regular: 72 GP, 7g, 24a, 31 pts, 39 PIM, +11
    WHL Playoffs: 6 GP, 1g, 5a, 6 pts, 13 PIM, +5
    WJC U-18: 7 GP, 0g, 1a, 1 pt, 2 PIM, +2
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    Keven Bouchard

    BIO
    DOB: 4/19/96
    Height: 6’2
    Weight: 205
    Team: Val-d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL)
    Position: Goaltender
    Catches: Left

    Rankings
    Central Scouting: 10th among North American goalies

    Articles
    There weren’t any articles I could find which described his personality or style of play. If anyone can find something, that would be awesome.

    My Take
    I haven’t really watched any goalies yet this season, because it is a long shot for a goalie to be drafted. However, if one was taken, I wanted to watch one who was young enough to be buried in juniors for a couple years, and since Lombardi has drafted 3 goalies out of the Q already (Bernier, Berube, Gibson), this guy fell into my criteria of someone who might actually get picked.

    He is a tall, technically strong goaltender, who plays with a very calm composure. He plays with a Bernier like composure around the net, showing a high panic threshold even when there are battles in front of the net. He moves laterally very well and plays the classic butterfly style. Because of his size, he covers the lower part of the net very well. He occasionally uses his stick to break up plays, but will need more seasoning to figure out more opportune times to do so.

    He does have some things to improve on, however. He needs to get stronger. With players jabbing away at his pads, he needs to develop the leg strength to withstand those shots. He also sometimes plays a little too deep in his crease, giving the opposition more net to shoot at than he should.

    He is still only a rookie in the Q, and could get an opportunity as a starter next season, as his goaltending partner (Bibeau) is 20 with an opportunity to step up to the AHL next year. He could be a steal in the draft, as teams may not have had as many viewings of him.

    2013-2014 Statistics
    QMJHL Regular: 27 GP, 2.95 GAA, .887 SV%
    QMJHL Playoffs: 1 GP, 4.27 GAA, .833 SV%
    Memorial Cup: 1 GP, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 SV%

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    Hey, KP, this isn't Kings draft related but do you think any of the top 3/4 picks project to be Franchise players?

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