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    Nikolay Goldobin

    BIO
    DOB: 10/7/95
    Height: 5’11
    Weight: 178
    Team: Sarnia Sting (OHL)
    Position: Forward
    Shoots: Left

    Rankings
    Central Scouting: 24th among North American skaters

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    Nikolay Goldobin has outstanding offensive skill. There is no doubt about that, the guy knows how to put up points, and has all the tools to do so. He is blessed with the ability to stickhandle in a phone booth. His wide array of moves can leave defenders spinning. He also has a killer wrist shot, and an outstanding release. Goldobin also has a very effective one-timer. Add to all of this great hockey sense and the ability to find holes in the defense. Top it all of with some incredible vision and passing skils, and there is no doubt about Goldobin’s abilities in the offensive end of the ice. When he is on his game, he is quite simply a dynamic offensive catalyst for Sarnia. Goldobin can play a high speed game off the rush, or he can show poise with the puck and be patient and wait for an opening in the offensive zone. He doesn’t seem to get flustered often with the puck on his stick, and if he has the time and space out there, chances are that he will take advantage of it.
    2014 NHL Draft Profile #20: Nikolay Goldobin - Last Word On Sports - Last Word On Sports

    Nikolay Goldobin is a very intriguing prospect. This offensively gifted Russian his found his way into the conversation around which are the best-offensive forwards in the 2014 NHL Draft. His hands, speed, creativity, shooting and passing allow him to preform at a very high level in the offensive zone and his stats show it.

    At a -24, however, his stats also raise questions about his defensive capabilities and effort level; granted he is on a not-so-good Sarnia Sting team, which can play a large role in those results. Absent those defensive concerns, he would almost certainly be in the conversation for a top ten pick.
    2014 NHL Draft Profile: Nikolay Goldobin - On the Forecheck

    My Take
    Nikolay Goldobin is a very exciting, albeit one-dimensional forward with exceptional offensive skills. He is the true definition of a boom-or-bust prospect.

    From the offensive side of things, he has a very quick shot and one timer. More often, however, he seemingly keeps the puck on a string and will just manipulate the puck into the net. He doesn’t sacrifice speed to stickhandle the puck, which makes him dangerous when he puts on that fifth gear to attack the net. He is a truly gifted offensive talent who seemingly wants the puck and knows just what to do with it. Scoring 90+ points in the OHL, beating the next person (a defenseman) by 23 points just shows how much he was counted upon to be a part of the offense.

    The play away from the puck, particularly in the defensive zone, is pretty disappointing. I often saw him as the last player on the back check, and he often would float around the high part of the defensive zone so he can be part of the breakout. I don’t recall him ever getting below the face-off circles defensively. And I can’t recall ever seeing him throw a hit.

    He is another player who, while highly talented with good tools, just may not fit in well with the Kings. The exception is if they firmly believe they can convince him to buy into the system. If he does, he could be lethal like Marion Gaborik.

    2013-2014 Statistics
    Super Series: 2 GP, 0g, 1a, 1 pt, 0 PIM, +0
    OHL Regular: 67 GP, 38g, 56a, 94 pts, 21 PIM, -30

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    Just as a head's up, after the junior playoffs are over, I'm going to go back through the thread and update all the prospects, including their regular season, playoff, and international numbers. I'm also finding more highlight videos emerge, so I will post those.

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    Travis Sanheim


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    DOB: 3/29/96
    Height: 6’3
    Weight: 181
    Team: Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
    Position: Defense
    Shoots: Left

    Rankings
    Central Scouting: 53rd among North American skaters

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    Sanheim had three assists in seven games for Canada at the world under-18 tournament, including setting up the last-minute game-winner against Switzerland in the quarter-final round. Not bad for someone who last winter considered himself too small to play in the WHL.

    "I was a step behind them already playing midget last year, so I kind of had to make a huge jump this year. My play this year started off a little slow, but definitely towards the second half I kind of found my role and got a lot more comfortable and obviously played good enough to get selected for Team Canada," said Sanheim, who had five goals and 24 assists in 67 games for Calgary. "There's a lot of good players out there, so to be recognized by Team Canada and even just getting selected is just such an honour."
    Sanheim's draft prospects get boost after U18 breakout performance | Hockey | Sp

    Travis Sanheim is another late arrival into the first round conversation. He has the tools to potentially be a number 3 or 4 defenceman at the NHL level. He has always been a solid defender but his ever improving offensive game has turned some heads in the second half of the season. He is playing with a little more confidence, jumping into the play at the right times and putting up some points. Travis Sanheim has worked his way into a late first or early second round draft pick. Travis Sanheim’s stock is definitely trending upwards. A player to keep an eye on.
    Travis Sanheim: 2014 NHL Top Prospect - Winnipeg Hockey Talk

    My Take

    Travis Sanheim moves very well for a taller than average skater. He’s economical in his strides, which is very important long term since he can conserve energy but still play at a high tempo. He moves the puck well, and I see the growth in his own confidence in his offensive game. He has made a steady transition to a higher level of play, considering he is a rookie this year.

    Onto a couple negatives, however – I don’t quite see that strong defensive game other people have lauded him for having. He does have his hands full with a seemingly defensive wreck of a partner in Ben Thomas, but Sanheim still has work on his own. He misses key assignments at inopportune times, and doesn’t show an effective ability to contain the opposition. Moreover, he has a low panic threshold with the puck, especially in the defensive zone. He was named as one of Canada’s top players in the U-18 a couple weeks ago, but he had a lot more open ice. He struggles when he’s challenged. Keep in mind these flaws can be overcome with experience and confidence.

    Finally, I would like to see him play the body more. He’s not timid, but he passes up on opportunities to make the opposition think twice before going into the corner.

    2013-2014 Statistics
    WHL Regular: 67 GP, 5g, 24a, 29 pts, 14 PIM, +25
    WHL Playoffs: 6 GP, 1g, 1a, 2 pts, 6 PIM, +5
    WJC U-18: 7 GP, 0g, 6a, 6 pts, 0 PIM, +5

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    Sanheim is my boy. Agree with everything you said, especially defensive zone needs work as you pointed out. I like his poise with the puck and hockey IQ though, seems to have the ability to make the plays, to jump into seams at the right time, to make a simple play out of the zone or to create more options by skating and delaying, his decision-making process seems to be pretty good once the puck is on his stick. I think he'll figure it out considering the steep development trajectory he had, and this is his first year in WHL to boot.
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    Dang, so quiet in here you can hear a duck fart.

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    Sonny Milano


    BIO
    DOB: 5/12/96
    Height: 5’11
    Weight: 183
    Team: US National Training Program (USHL)
    Position: Forward
    Shoots: Left

    Rankings
    Central Scouting: 16th among North American skaters

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    Milano plays the game in a similar style to TJ Oshie of the St. Louis Blues, however this is a stylistic comparison and not a talent evaluation. In terms of potential, Sonny Milano has the type of dynamic offensive skills that simply can’t be taught. As such his ceiling is high and he can be an important offensive contributor on the top six and on the powerplay if he is able to deliver on that potential.
    2014 NHL Draft Profile #19: Sonny Milano - Last Word On Sports - Last Word On Sports

    If anyone knows about going young, it is the left wing who had skates on his feet and a stick in his hands when he was a year-and-a-half old.

    His parents tell him he was mesmerized by the ice when he used to go to Superior Ice Rink in Kings Park while his older sister took figure skating lessons. "They said I used to stand in awe, like I really wanted to be out there," he said.

    So at 18 months, they let him go. Family legend says he put one in the net before he was 2. By the time he was 3, he was a grizzled hockey veteran whose photo appeared in Newsday while shooting pucks in the basement with his dad, Frank.
    Massapequa's Sonny Milano starring for USA, projected first-round pick in NHL draft - Newsday

    My Take
    I was only able to see one game of his so far, and it was during the U-18 Team USA Gold medal game against the Czech Republic. In the game, Milano had a goal and two assists en route to a 5-2 win. In watching this game, I was impressed with him more than anyone else. He was undoubtedly one of the best skaters on either team – fast acceleration, tight turns, great top end speed. He created a lot of chances and moved the puck well. One of his goals was scored by waiting patiently for the puck to come down below the crossbar before batting it in. Overall, his fundamentals are exceptional.

    What impressed me more, however, was his tenacity and puck pursuit. He was relentless in battling along the boards, giving the Czechs fits. It’s impressive such a highly skilled player could work so hard, as well, which will be key in him succeeding at the next level.

    The biggest drawback I would have to say is improving his overall fitness. Because he plays with such a high motor, he seemingly tires himself out very quickly. Improving core strength would be advised as well, to allow him to be more economical with his skating strides. He’s not the biggest player, but I wouldn’t classify him as small, either.

    2013-2014 Statistics
    USHL Regular: 25 GP, 14g, 25a, 39 pts, 21 PIM, +21
    USDP Regular: 58 GP, 29g, 57a, 86 pts, 23 PIM
    WJC U-18: 7 GP, 3g, 7a, 10 pts, 4 PIM, +6

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    I don’t normally get into the whole razzle dazzle stuff, but he made this video when he was in eighth grade for a Bauer equipment company nationwide contest. Some impressive skills he has only improved on since then.

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    Hunter Garlent


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    DOB: 2/4/95
    Height: 5’9
    Weight: 173 lbs.
    Team: Peterborough Petes (OHL)
    Position: Forward
    Shoots: Right

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    Central Scouting: Unranked among North American skaters

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    There is no one way to work through the grief at the loss of a loved one, as the Peterborough Petes centre did five weeks ago Wednesday when his 48-year-old father, Rob Garlent, passed away. In the aftermath of that, Garlent rejoined the Petes to provide them with some classic crafty centre-ice work during their four-game comeback to oust the Kingston Frontenacs. The 19-year-old pivot whom Peterborough paid big to acquire from the loaded Guelph Storm in January came through with seven points in as many games in a tight series, including the Game 6 late third-period winner and Peterborough's lone regulation goal in the 2-1 Game 7 overtime win. Having his season stretch farther in April means an escape.
    https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/bu...083100652.html

    "He certainly wasn't demanding a trade, but he shared that he'd be open to a trade," Kelly said Tuesday night, adding that Garlent wanted to go somewhere where he would be seen as one of the "go-to guys."

    "I can understand it. Since bringing in Kerby (Rychel) we probably have eight guys that deserve to play in the top six and some are getting bounced a little bit," Kelly said.

    "I don't think that any of us should take it personally. It's kind of an expected part of the process. You look at it, you evaluate it and you react to it in a manner that we think is good for our hockey club both now and in the future."
    My Take
    I thought it would be an interesting player, one with character, who has endured a recent hardship. The Kings get quite a few of these character guys (Michael Mersh lost his father at a young age, as did Valentin Zykov, and Hudson Fasching has two very sick siblings). So, hearing of another player who lost his father this season grabbed my attention.

    With that out of the way, Garlent is a tenacious, hard-working player on both ends of the ice. He’s very skilled, with a good amount of hockey sense. Since being traded to the Petes, he made them a very dangerous team as he developed near instant chemistry with 2014 draft eligible players Nick Ritchie and Eric Cornel. He also gets used in every situation.

    The biggest knock against him is his lack of size. While he plays bigger than he is, he gets muscled off the puck fairly easily. He needs to add strength to be effective at the higher levels.

    2013-2014 Statistics
    OHL Regular: 62 GP, 20g, 49a, 69 pts, 41 PIM, +26
    OHL Playoffs: 11 GP, 4g, 4a, 8 pts, 10 PIM, -6

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    I found this interesting:

    Unlike previous seasons, the player invitation process was revised to enable NHL clubs an opportunity to participate.

    "It's a change from past practice of invites being solely based on Central Scouting's final rankings," Marr said. "Research has shown over the last decade that an average of 78 invites to the Combine were selected in the top 100 at the NHL Draft.

    "For the 2014 Combine, a two-stage process was adopted. In the initial stage, the top 75 players on Central Scouting's Players to Watch List were invited [at an earlier date] and the final stage involved the NHL clubs voting in the remaining 45 players. The number of invites increased this year."
    NHL Scouting Combine expected to draw 119 prospects for 2014 NHL Draft - 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

    That means that anyone who is ranked on this list outside the top 75 were requested by teams. 2014 NHL Combine invites - 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

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    That's interesting. Since they break their groups up by NA skater, NA goalies, Euro skaters and Euro goalies what the cutoffs were.

    Though it might just be an issue of counting backwards from the lowest ranked invitees. I'll look at it more over the weekend. Great find!

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    Is this Draft deep enough to get a good quality player at pick 26-29 which is where we will now be. I have read all your evaluations and thank you for doing it but who will still be available to take? And who should we take if any are still available?
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