"I may not be the craftiest player in the offensive zone but I'm pretty good there.

While Puistola didn’t make a lot of noise in SM-Liiga, only five under-18 players played more games than he did: Mikko Kokkonen, Kaapo Kakko, Anton Lundell, Ville Heinola and Antti Saarela.

Displays fast hands and quick burst explosions as he comes out from the corners and wall. The Flames are picking 26th not 6th. The tentative dates for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft have been set for Oct. 9-10.

Profile: One of the best puck handlers in this year’s draft, Puistola is an offensively talented winger who competes hard. Welcome to January’s edition of the Liiga report, where I will be going over players from Liiga, Mestis, and Jr. A SM-liiga who have caught my attention lately. Tracey should definitely be a second rounder yeah. Still has ways to go before he's that reliable workhorse who is the first choice for coaches in critical situations. I’m pretty high on Puistola due to his great hands, offensive instincts and shot, and could see him getting drafted early in the second round. Odds Shark is a proven powerhouse in the sports betting industry. Fantasy hockey forum and message board covering fantasy hockey, hockey prospects, fantasy football, fantasy baseball, and everything under the Dobber Sports umbrella.
There is enough there to warrant developmental time. – Cam Robinson, Dobber Prospects, Six foot thick centreman who has a strong first step and bursts that glide him into the soft areas on the attack. He has decent size, and he’s a good defensive player because of his high hockey sense. "There are moments and games where he looks like a top-end player.

NHL Central Scouting had Jurmo ranked 20th among international skaters. He certainly has some offense in him, but his game is more about his feet and brain than skill. In an interview with Dobber Prospects' Jokke Nevalainen, Jurmo spoke about his style of play.

But he hasn’t taken that next step offensively this season which is part of the reason he’s seen more as a second-rounder now. Doesn't have enough straight-away speed to pull away from pursuers.". Is as effective on the penalty kill as he is on the power play. Work ethic. With a cannon shot, good mobility, and some offensive skills, the upside is intriguing. Modern-day defenseman is excellent in transition and as a PP distributor. He can beat you one-on-one but is also an underrated passer. ", Tweet from @IslandersHKY: It's This or That time!Today's feature: Lukas Cormier! This week we will focus on two defensemen who are expected to be around in the second and third rounds, starting with Lukas Cormier of the QMJHL's Charlottetown Islanders. He's one of the best puck rushers in the draft and shows no fear to go end to end -- something he does a lot of during games. You’d probably be better off flipping the pick in an effort to acquire a top 6 forward. He is poised on zone entries and will delay to allow puck support to appear until he sees the open lane he likes. Patrik is listed at 6’1″ and 175 pounds and he’s a left shooting winger. Team above all.”. They botched their rebuild and are now at least a decade away from being competitive. A very soft passer who is slick in his movements before he dishes. 50-46: Mikko Kokkonen, Mads Søgaard, Ryan Johnson, Nolan Foote, Maxim Cajkovic, 2019 Draft Countdown 55-51: Henry Thrun, Marshall Warren, Dillon Hamaliuk, Robert Mastrosimone, and Michal Teply, DRAFT CONTENT BROUGHT TO YOU BY ODDS SHARK. He has a good shot, good puck-skills, good vision, and he’s a good skater.

I’m giving Jankowski the mic name”Palmolive ” !!! The Detroit Red Wings have three second-round picks -- their own, the Edmonton Oilers' pick (acquired in the trade that sent Andreas Athanasiou to Edmonton) and the Washington Capitals' pick (acquired in the trade that sent Nick Jensen to Washington). Work ethic. Thanks for the articles writers! Profile: A rare full-right netminder, Saville has been gaining traction thanks to an excellent season in the USHL. – Jokke Nevalainen, Dobber Prospects, Puistola’s biggest weaknesses are on the defensive side of things, but his compete level is pretty good and his smarts should allow him to turn into a more complete player in the future. His skating is fine, as is his defensive acumen. Puistola is likely to be a second-round pick in the summer. Good for them and the game of hockey! Over the next four weeks leading up to the draft, we’ll be rounding up scouting reports, quotes, and videos about our Top-100 prospects available. What were you expecting? Nikolayev plays with physicality and intensity while displaying leadership both on and off the ice, and he is an excellent choice to run both the lead power-play unit and top penalty kill. Here’s a kid that played in the North American Hockey League a year ago and here he is a year later and he’s leading the USHL in pretty much every statistical category, winning international events and continuing to impress.

Has a good shot and release but isn’t hitting the open spaces on the net. Over in Europe, Joni Jurmo is anything but undersized but had similar numbers to Cormier in his league.

He's neither big nor exceptionally fast, but is agile and slippery on his pivots to dart into open ice. Upside to become a very good complementary top-six forward. His skating and defensive play may not be at the ideal level, but his creativity and pure skill makes him worth a look.

This sounds like it would have been a good year to have kept a second and maybe acquired a few. Not sure of the team depth though, numbers suggest a one line forward group controlling the offence. It's rare to see a 17-year-old of his size move up ice with such speed. Tweet from @claremcmanuss: Watching some highlights of LHD Lukas Cormier.
At the U-18 Five Nations tourney in the summer, he tied the game for Sweden against the United States in the final period and then with an end to end rush, he tied it again. Strong middle zone defender. Displays a lightning-fast release. Or pilsbery ?

Has shown very good poise directing the PP, sliding in all directions to open up passing and shooting lanes. In my mind, he is a solid first rounder. "Cormier was drafted into the QMJHL as a top prospect (fourth overall in 2018), he has played like that top prospect ever since, and yet I'm weirdly confident that he's going to be available well into the second round because he's perceived as small," Wheeler said. But I need to do a lot of work to improve in that area. I’m pretty high on Puistola due to his great hands, offensive instincts and shot, and could see him getting drafted early in the second round. People said the same thing about Jankowski. Always moving in his low to ice stance, he dekes you, and makes time to thread the puck to an open teammate.

He’s had a pretty good trajectory. He also is effective in separating from back pressuring and weaving defensive pairs into a state of confusion. A tremendous skater with or without his equipment on, he is rising up the charts. He's guilty of tunnel-vision and forcing plays that aren't available, but if he works on those issues, he has the required tools to develop into an NHL puck-rusher, as well. Needs to get stronger and more aware defensively.". TSN's Button ranked Jurmo 78th while McKenzie had him 60th overall. Profile: A skilled two-way centre who competes hard, Nikolayev can be effective on both the power play and the penalty kill.

If he can, he could become a very valuable complementary top-six winger.

He’s got a chance to play in the American (Hockey League) and push for an NHL slot.

Team above all. His wide stance enabled his quick pivots to receive passes and loose pucks and drive hard on the attack. The scouting community lacks consensus on Puistola.

#2020NHLDraft pic.twitter.com/sal2phxaMD. Puistola’s biggest weaknesses are on the defensive side of things, but his compete level is pretty good and his smarts should allow him to turn into a more complete player in the future. Seeing these reports makes me think it might be better to trade down and get a couple 2nd rounders – none seem sure bets…. #2020NHLDraft pic.twitter.com/2Sw8rUemcH. – Jokke Nevalainen, Dobber Prospects. The draft, originally set for June 26-27 in Montreal, will be done in a virtual environment. I’m guessing Berube’s ‘Interim Head Coach’ label should change quickly! He was pretty solid for Tappara’s two levels, but he seemed to find another gear when he landed with LeKi.

There is no question that he has skills as a guy who can play fast, make deft moves and display solid stick work and start out strong on the puck on his way down low, but has been prone to over-handles. Was one of the best if not the best line in the WHL. If Treliving was watching, (and we know he was) you start building a team with that has the same DNA as the Blues. Players like this are a nightmare to defend, and he still will score when double-covered.