2013 NHL Draft Rankings – War Room June Edition – Round 4

Guest post by Eldon MacDonald (edited by @ChrisRalphTHW)

This is the first of four posts highlighting the top 120 prospects for this year’s entry draft in June in Newark, New Jersey – the 2013 NHL Draft Rankings: War Room June Edition.

There have been only been a few changes to the round 4 crowd from last month’s edition of the rankings.

  • Peter Cehlárik, Luleå, has moved up to 91 from 101. On second reflection, Peter has just has too many skills and too much size not to go to the head of round four. His skating is not really that bad even though it has come in for some criticism. The real question is: should he go even higher?
  • Remi Elie, London – I watched him closely at the Memorial Cup; he just has too much speed, too much size and too much energy not to be ranked in at least round four. I have him at 112.

Historic Success Rate

As noted last month, some of these guys will pan out as planned but historically only about 19% or 6 players from below will make it as full time NHLers.

Round 4 – Players Ranked 91 to 120

91. Cehlárik, Peter

 

  • Hashtag: SlovakianStar
  • Team: #26, Luleå, Elitserien (top Swedish professional league), Sweden
  • Position: Left Wing
  • Shoots: Left
  • Height: 6’2
  • Weight: 192 lb.
  • Born: Zilina, Slovakia, 2-Aug-95
  • Other rankings: NHL 159
  • Twitter A/C: None found

  • Quote: Jonathan Briggins at DobberSports.com, “The Slovak winger is 6-2 and 192 pounds. He spent this past season moving up through Lulea’s two junior leagues and eventually onto Lulea in the Swedish Elite League (SEL), the highest level of hockey in the country. There he posted three goals and three assists in eight games. He played well for Slovakia’s U18 team in Sochi this past April, scoring twice and adding five assists in six games. Keep an eye to see which NHL team drafts him and how high he goes. A team that has done its homework could end up with a nice project on its hands.”
  • Video:2012-13 SEL highlights via YouTube

92. Dahlström, Carl

  • Hashtag: MrBig
  • Team: # 41, Linköping J20, SWE J20
  • Position: Defense
  • Shoots: Left
  • Height: 6’4
  • Weight: 212 lb.
  • Born: Stockholm, Sweden – 28-Jan-95
  • Other rankings: NHL 93
  • Twitter A/C: None found
  • Quote: Bill Placzek via NHLDraftSite.com, “Strong large molded Swedish defenseman that is refining his game. Active, smart, and fluid. Has good feet, improved stick-handling and is showing he belongs on the draft lists. He has plenty of developing to do, but has outstanding upside.”

93. Kivihalme, Teemu

  • Hashtag: MrElite Skater
  • Team: #26, Burnsville HS, MN HS
  • Position : Defense
  • Shoots: Left
  • Height: 6’1
  • Weight: 170 lb.
  • Born:Savage, MN, 14-Jun-95
  • Commit:ColoradoCollege
  • Other rankings:NHL 88
  • Twitter A/C:@tkivi_26

https://twitter.com/ScottSvare/status/314019030249897985

  • Quote 1: Ryan Kennedy @ TheHockeyNews.com, “Burnsville had a tough schedule right out the gate, but Kivihalme has still produced consistently with two goals and five points through four games. The offensive defenseman has good size, but it’s his Phil Housley-esqueskating that has scouts buzzing about the ColoradoCollege commit. Draft eligible in 2013.”
  • Quote 2:My March War Room Comments at THW“Top rated high school defenseman by NHL Central Scouting (three places higher than Tommy Vannelli). Teemu possesses elite skating and very good passing skills. Like most high schoolers, needs to pack on some pounds to be effective going up the ladder. By the way, his Dad is the coach of the team.”
  • Video 1: Interview from CityofBurnsvilleMN on YouTube.
  • Video 2: Interview with Teemu and the Coach (Teemu’s Dad) from Breakdown Sports via YouTube.

94. Saros, Juuse

  • Hashtag:MrMVP
  • Team: #1, HPK U20, FIN U20
  • Position: Goal
  • Shoots: Left
  • Height: 5’10
  • Weight: 181 lb.
  • Born:Hämeenlinna, Finland, 19-Apr-95
  • Other rankings:NHL 109
  • Twitter A/C: None found

  • Quote 1: GrahamNeysmith @ TheScouting Report,  “He’s so good, he’s projected to be HPK’s senior team’s backup goaltender next season – as an 18 year old! The only drawback is his size, 5’10”, 181 pounds. All in all, he is the best draft eligible goalie in Europe.
  • Quote 2: My March War Room Comments atTHW, “Smallish goaltender with minuscule goals against and high save %. Rated the top European goaltender by NHL Central Scouting. The high emphasis placed on size for today’s NHL goaltenders makes this guy a difficult person to place in the draft.  A player to watch in the international tournaments coming up, especially the U18.” Update: U18 World’s MVP goaltender.
  • Video: Complete game – WJC U18 quarter final – Finland vs Switzerland  via NorthernHockey onYouTube.

95.Houck, Jackson

  • Hashtag:MrEnergy
  • Team: #27, Vancouver, WHL
  • Position: Right Wing
  • Shoots: Right
  • Height: 6’0
  • Weight: 184 lb.
  • Born: North Vancouver, BC, 2-Feb-95
  • Other rankings:NHL 90, Chris Ralph 94
  • Twitter A/C:@JacksonHouck27

  • Profile:Mark Janzen at HockeyNow.ca
  • Quote 1: Steve Ewen @ TheProvince.com, “Houck, 18, a second-year Giant, does the heavy lifting on a nightly basis for the Giants besides providing offence. The right winger gets in the corners. He battles in front of the net. He fights. He even wins his share of faceoffs. If you get any regular proximity to the team, you find out that he’s a guy not afraid to keep others accountable.
  • Quote 2: My March War Room Comments at THW, “Potential 3rd line winger with energy, grit, reasonable offense; consistently one of Vancouver’s (my former home town) top players even when the others are not very good.”
  • Video:  via GoVancouveronShawTV

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rbxTJ_MWMc

96. Hansson, Niklas

  • Hashtag: MrDynamosson
  • Team: #33, Rögle J20, SWE J20
  • Position: Defense
  • Shoots: Right
  • Height: 6’0
  • Weight:172 lb.
  • Born: Jonstorp, Sweden, 8-Jan-95
  • Other rankings:NHL 144
  • Twitter A/C: None found
  • Quote: Kyle Woodlief atUSAToday.com, “Skilled rearguard (Hansson) will never be mistaken for a shutdown defender, but his offensive instincts and skills are dynamic. Still has more upside left.”
  • Video: via CMoreSverige to YouTube.

97. Trainor, Peter

  • Hashtag:MrEveryNight
  • Team: #17, Rimouski, QMJHL
  • Position: Left Wing
  • Shoots: Left
  • Height: 5’11
  • Weight: 185 lb.
  • Born: Fredericton, NB, 1-Jun-93 – 3rd time draft eligible
  • Other rankings: NHL 211
  • Twitter A/C:@ptrainor17

https://twitter.com/ptrainor17/status/319817493659148289

  • Profile 1: THW
  • Profile 2: Jay MacGlashen at NHLontheIce.com
  • Quote: Rimouski Oceanic Head Coach, Serge Beausoleil at Sportsnet.ca, “He’s a great shooter, he’s got good hockey sense and he’s really dangerous all around the net with his wrist shots.”
  • Video:Interview by JournalAdvantage via YouTube.

98. Harms, Brendan

  • Hashtag: FinallySomeRespect
  • Team: #21, Fargo, USHL
  • Position: Right Wing
  • Shoots: Right
  • Height: 5’11
  • Weight: 185 lb.
  • Born: Steinbach, MB, 2-Dec-94
  • Commit:BemidjiState
  • Other rankings: NHL 128
  • Twitter A/C:@bharms18

  • Profile 1: Ryan Kennedy via TheHockeyNews.com
  • Profile 2: Kevin Geisheimer via SteinbachonLine.com
  • Quote: Mike G. Morreale article at NHL.com, “One player that most of the scouts took some time to discuss was right wing Brendan Harms of the Fargo Force in the United States Hockey League. Harms was rated No. 113 on Central Scouting’s midterm list and finished the 2012-13 season with 23 goals and 63 points in 60 games.”

Said one scout: “Heck, this kid has good size (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) and has averaged better than a point-per-game. He’s done some good things, good competiveness.”

  • Video: TheFargoForce via YouTube

99.Hill, Tyler

  • Hashtag:MrHulkHill
  • Team: #15, Chicago, USHL
  • Position: Left Wing
  • Shoots: Left
  • Height: 6’6
  • Weight: 225 lb.
  • Born:Hagersville, ON, 13-Apr-95
  • Commit: Not committed as of 24-Apr-13
  • Other rankings: NHL 256, Chris Ralph 92
  • Twitter A/C:@TylerHill95

http://twitter.com/TylerHill95/status/323353150071402496/photo/1

  • Profile: Red Line Reportfrom August 12.
  • Quote:Ryan Kennedy at TheHockeyNews.com, “It’s pretty simple math right now: when Hill gets on the scoresheet, Chicago wins. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound beast has three points in his past five games and is starting to get comfortable after spending most of the year at Hotchkiss Prep school in Connecticut. Hill isn’t afraid to play mean and his overall physical tools will be intriguing for NHL teams this summer. Draft eligible in 2013.”

100. Butcher, Will

  • Hashtag: MrQuarterback
  • Team: #4, USA NDP U18, USHL
  • Position: Defense
  • Shoots: Left
  • Height: 5’10
  • Weight: 200 lb.
  • Born:Sun Prairie, WI, 6-Jan-95
  • Commit:University of Denver
  • Other rankings: NHL 118
  • Twitter A/C: None found
  • Quote 1: Chris Peters at United StatesofHockey.com,“Butcher has shown good puck skills and terrific distribution ability throughout the tournament, which has helped in all zones. He’s a catalyst in transition and a threat in the offensive zone. Butcher is still prone to take some risks to the puck, but hasn’t made many costly mistakes. He has good instincts with the puck on his stick. Additionally, he’s been pretty sound defensively.”
  • Quote 2: Steve Reznik @ THW, A very skilled offensive defenseman, Butcher has a great first pass out of the zone, hockey sense, and the ability to quarterback a powerplay with keen precision.  He has great stickwork that gets him out of trouble and can turn on a dime and explode down the ice.”
  • Video: Interview  by TheWindsorStar.com at YouTube.

101. Geertsen, Mason

  • Hashtag: MrBelligerent
  • Team: #44, Vancouver, WHL
  • Position: Defense
  • Shoots: Left
  • Height: 6’4
  • Weight: 203 lb.
  • Born: Rocky Rapids, AB, 19-Apr-95
  • Other rankings: NHL 82, Chris Ralph 84
  • Profile:Lisa McRitchie at KuklasCorner.com
  • Quote 1: Steve Ewenat of TheProvince.com, “The Vancouver Giants’ rugged blueliner (Geertsen) is one of the precious few bright spots in what’s been a dismal season so far for the WHL club. He’s big, strong and mean. He plays a mature, solid game. He’ll never be a power-play quarterback, but he’s no egg-and-spooner (stealing a lacrosse term) when he’s got the puck either. He makes a smart, swift first pass. He’s said to be a leader, said to be a potential captain one day.”
  • Quote 2: My December War Room Comments at THW,More of a player mover than a puck mover, Mason shows that big man belligerence, those hard-won physical battles and that fighting ability that teams love to see in a big defenseman. There is still plenty of work to do to round out his game but the basis is there and he excels when he keeps his game simple and raw.”
  • Audio: From The PipelineShow.com
  • Video 1: From VancouverGiants.com
  • Video 2: From HockeyFightsPlus viaYouTube

102.Djuse, Emil

  • Hashtag: MrTooGood
  • Team: #4, Södertälje, Allsvenskan
  • Position: Defense
  • Shoots: Left
  • Height: 6’0
  • Weight:185 lb.
  • Born: Östersund, Sweden, 27-Oct-93 – 2nd time draft eligible
  • Other rankings: NHL 119
  • Twitter A/C:@emildjuse
  • Quote:My March War Room Comments atTHW,Skilled, coachable, on Sweden’s U20 team – bypassed twice; too good to let it happen again.”

103. Florentino, Anthony

  • Hashtag: MrGoGetter
  • Team: #2, South Kent HS, HS CT
  • Position : Defense
  • Shoots: Right
  • Height: 6’3
  • Weight: 217 lb.
  • Born: West Roxbury, MA, 30-Jan-95
  • Commit: ProvidenceCollege
  • Other rankings:NHL 103
  • Twitter A/C:@ AFlorentino_2
  • Profile:Ryan Kennedy at TheHockeyNews.com
  • Quote: South Kent High Scholl Head Coach, Eric Soltys @ U.S. Hockey Report, “He has the size and physical presence to be a force. Anthony – whose family advisor is Phil Lecavalier — could play in the NHL someday. He’s not an end-to-end guy. He’s more a first-pass and join-the-rush guy. He just came in here with a lot of raw talent. He’s a sponge; just wants to get better and better. Special things happen to special kids, and he’s a special kid.”

104. Ausmus, Gage

  • Hashtag:MrDefense
  • Team: #27, USA NDP U18, USHL
  • Position: Defense
  • Shoots: Right
  • Height: 6’1
  • Weight: 211 lb.
  • Born: East Grand Forks, MN, 22-Apr-95
  • Commit: Not committed as of 24-Apr-13
  • Other rankings: NHL 203
  • Twitter A/C: @Gausmus47

  • Profile 1: Becky Olsen via USANDTP.com
  • Profile 2: Chris Peters via UnitedStatesofHockey.com
  • Quote: Gage Ausmus @ USA NDTP.com, “Last year, our first international tournament was in Russia and everyone was booing us. Now we got to play here and everyone was rooting for us. It was a great feeling knowing the fans are on your side and every time you score, the fans are cheering.The best thing I remember is standing on the blue line and hearing your national anthem in front of your fans. It’s a great feeling.”

105. Arvidsson, Viktor

  • Hashtag:MrSniper
  • Team: #9, Skelleftea, Elitserien
  • Position: Left Wing
  • Shoots: Right
  • Height: 5’9
  • Weight: 176 lb.
  • Born:Kusmark, Sweden, 8-Apr-93 – 3rd time draft eligible
  • Other rankings:NHL 95
  • Twitter A/C: None found
  • Profile:Russ Bitely @ Examiner.com
  • Quote: From Vancouver Canuck Scout, Thomas Gradin @ Aftonbladet.se, “There are 30 teams who did not believe that he can play in the NHL, but now I think there are 30 teams that think he can do it. He will definitely be drafted”. saidGradin. How high do you think he goes? “ I think he goes in the second round. – Translation by Google.
  • Video: 2013 WJC U20 Highlights – via YouTube.

106. Chase, Greg

Greg Chase
Greg Chase (Photo: WHL)

  • Hashtag:MrPest
  • Team: #25, Calgary, WHL
  • Position: Centre
  • Shoots: Left
  • Height: 6’0
  • Weight: 195 lb.
  • Born: Sherwood Park, AB, 1-Jan-95
  • Other rankings: NHL 210, Chris Ralph 60
  • Twitter A/C: @GregChase9

  • Profile:Ryan Pike at THW
  • Quote 1: Jason Hills @ TheEdmontonSun.com, “Chase is more than just a pest, he’s proven he can put the puck in the net after scoring 17 goals and 49 points in 69 games. The 18-year-old from Sherwood Park is a projected third- or fourth-round pick in the upcoming National Hockey League draft in June. NHL scouts would like to see Chase define his role more.”
  • Quote 2:My March War Room Comments at THW,The nephew of 10 year NHLer Kelly Chase, Greg brings a physical presence to the game, a strong work ethic and someone you can count on each night. His skills are likely to be most useful for a 3rd or 4thliner. Will never be a big scorer but has reasonable offensive skills. Another player playing in one of my former hometowns.”
  • Video: From FlamesNHL.com

107. Labbé, Dylan

  • Hashtag: MrGritty
  • Team: #24, Shawinigan, QMJHL
  • Position: Defense
  • Shoots: Left
  • Height: 6’2
  • Weight:189 lb.
  • Born:Lévis, QC, 9-Jan-95
  • Other rankings:NHL 102
  • Twitter A/C:@kidLabbe
  • Profile:From MomentumHockey.com
  • Quote: Nicolas Ducharme at LeChodesShawinigan.ca, “Used in a regular role early in the season, Labbé has seen his responsibilities increase over the months, experiencing a meteoric rise. He amassed 28 points in 61 games.” – Translation by Google
  • Video: via HockeyFightsPlus toYouTube.

108. Grégoire,Jérémy

  • Hashtag:MrDecisionMaker
  • Team: #10, Baie-Comeau, QMJHL
  • Position: Centre
  • Shoots: Left
  • Height: 6’0
  • Weight: 188 lb.
  • Born:Sherbrooke, QC, 5-Aug-95
  • Other rankings:NHL 108
  • Twitter A/C:@JayGreg32

  • Quote: From Sean Lafortune @ TheProspects.Blog.com, “He (Grégoire) was strong positionally in his own zone, and looks to be a player who thinks the game. He displayed an ability to make the right decision(either positionally or with the puck) almost all of the time. He was energetic on the penalty kill, using his stick to get in passing lanes and was willing to work hard to get into passing lanes. He needs to continue to work on his mobility and first few steps. He also can struggle with his one on one elusiveness and puck skills, but the intangibles make up for it.”
  • Video 1: Highlights via YouTube.
  • Video 2: FromCHL.com

109. Lees, Jesse

  • Hashtag:LeeserBeam
  • Team: #2, Kelowna, WHL
  • Position: Defense
  • Shoots: Left
  • Height: 6’0
  • Weight: 180 lb.
  • Born: Calgary, AB, 14-Sep-95
  • Other rankings: NHL Unranked
  • Twitter A/C:@LeeserBeam2

https://twitter.com/LeeserBeam2/status/322393904345395200

  • Profile: Gus Katsaros via McKeensHockey.com
  • Quote 1: Red Line Report @ USAToday.com, “Lees is one of the youngest players in the draft (Sept. 14 birthdate), and was buried on Kelowna’s deep blue-line depth chart early on. But his terrific puck skills and offensive instincts have forced him up that chart, and now he’s even crashing the power play unit and producing points regularly.”
  • Quote 2: My March War Room Comments at THW,Cooled off a bit after a wowser January – still a lot to like from a guy who is just two days from being a 2014 eligible. Still needs to add size and strength but his skating, agility and shooting abilities make him a guy to consider – not to mention his production.”
  • Video: ShawTVOkanagan via YouTube

110. Westlund, Wilhelm

  • Hashtag:MrAverage
  • Team: #16, Färjestad, Elitserien
  • Position: Defense
  • Shoots: Right
  • Height:6’0
  • Weight:179 lb.
  • Born: Stockholm, Sweden, 15-Mar-95
  • Other rankings: NHL 81
  • Twitter A/C:@westlundwilhelm
  • Quote:Bill Placzek at Draftsite.com, “Solid defense-first player who plays all phases very very well, but not an elite offensive standout. Averaged sized player with a more simple game that effectively gets his team out of trouble with good decision-making and the clean outlet pass. His skating allows him to have a good offensive game moves the puck well and is fairly careful to never do too much in the attack zone. Still far from polished, with he will have to gain power in the legs and improve further defensively.”
  • Video: Uploaded by Gruvarbetarn toYouTube.

111. Malone, Sean

  • Hashtag: MrOverdrive
  • Team:#13, US NDP U18, USHL
  • Position: Centre
  • Shoots: Left
  • Height: 5’11
  • Weight: 185 lb.
  • Born: West SenecaNY, 30-Apr-95
  • Other rankings:NHL 85
  • Twitter A/C:@SeanMalone_13

  • Quote 1: Owen Sound Attack GM, Dale DeGray @ Bayshore Broadcasting.ca, “Malone is an excellent skater who gets to top speed in three steps and can hit like a truck”.
  • Quote 2: My December War Room Comments @ THW, “Sean Malone has that explosive first gear, that overdrive seemingly found only in high-performance cars and afterburner NHL forwards types. He also possesses a great pair of hands. However, what sets him apart from most is his character and drive. On the slight side, Sean needs to add some weight and strength to be able to compete effectively at higher levels.”
  • Video: Interview at Sabres.NHL.com.

112. Elie, Remi

  • Hashtag: MrSparkPlug
  • Team: #81, London, OHL
  • Position: Left Wing
  • Shoots: Left
  • Height: 6’1
  • Weight: 200 lb.
  • Born: Green Valley ON, 16-Apr-95
  • Other rankings: NHL 99
  • Twitter A/C: @Remi_Elie
  • Profile: McKeens.Hockey.com
  • Quote: Brock Otten at OHLProspects.Blogspot.ca, “The offensive output hasn’t really been there, but he’s an impressive physical specimen. He moves around constantly in the London lineup, used as a spark plug to get a particular line going. His tenacity away from the puck is impressive and he’s a great forechecker.”
  • Video:via YouTube

113. McAdam, Eamon

  • Hashtag: MrBigEvent
  • Team: #35, Waterloo, USHL
  • Position: Goal
  • Shoots: Left
  • Height: 6’2
  • Weight: 185 lb.
  • Born:Perkasie, PA, 24-Sep-94
  • Commit:PennState
  • Other rankings:NHL 70; Bob MacKenzie HM (61 to 70)
  • Twitter A/C:@EamonMac35

  • Profile: Mike G Morreale atNHL.com
  • Quote: From Kyle Rossy @ ThankYouTerryBlogspot.ca, “McAdam has repeatedly been selected to high-profile scouting showcases and performed well on big stages. On January 23rd, he was named MVP of the second annual USHL/NHL Top Prospects game and received national attention for a save he made during the game on Minnesota commit Mike Brodzinski. In November of last year, he helped Team USA to a gold medal at the World Junior A Challenge, while on September 29th, he played in the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, allowing three goals on 14 shots. McAdam opened the season by being named the top goaltender at the Junior Club World Cup in Russia in August and helping the Black Hawks to a silver medal in the tournament.”
  • Video:From NHL.com

114. Aaltonen, Miro

  • Hashtag: BackFromInjury
  • Team: #15, Blues, SM-liiga
  • Position: Centre/Left Wing
  • Shoots: Left
  • Height: 5’10
  • Weight:169 lb.
  • Born:Joensuu, Finland, 7-Jun-93 – 3rd time draft eligible
  • Other rankings:NHL 230
  • Twitter A/C:@MiroAaltonen
  • Quote 1: From GoranStubb, European Director of NHL Scouting @ NHL.com, “Aaltonen is playing regularly with the Blues and is one of the most improved young players in Finland. He’s a good skater, active, mobile and has a nose for the net. He compensates for his lack of size [5-foot-10, 163 pounds] and strength with a great attitude.”
  • Quote 2: My March War Room Comments atTHW,Smallish, injured, passed over twice – why would this guy be drafted? Well, he has drawn very positive comments from those close to him in Finland where he plays in the Finnish elite league and did you see him in Finland’s first game at the U20’s – for me, their best player until he got injured and was lost for the remainder of his season.”
    • Update: Returned for the playoffs and impressed all with 13 points and a plus six in just eight games.
  • Video: Samblikonna via YouTube

115. Bartosak, Patrik

  • Hashtag:MrCzechMate
  • Team: #35, Red Deer, WHL
  • Position: Goal
  • Shoots: Left
  • Height: 6’1
  • Weight: 188 lb.
  • Born: Koprivnice, Czech Republic, 29-Mar-93 – 3rd time draft eligible
  • Other rankings:NHL 98
  • Twitter A/C:@PBartosak35

https://twitter.com/PBartosak35/status/329698971494797314

  • Profile: By Steven Ellis @ TheHockeyHouse.net
  • Quote: Greg Meachem at RedDeerAdvocate.com, “His numbers were simply too good for him to be considered second best. Red Deer Rebels Czech star PatrikBartosak was honoured Wednesday as the Western Hockey League goaltender of the year, a fitting follow-up to a masterful season in which he led the team to a fourth-place finish in the Eastern Conference.”
  • Video:by ShawTVRedDeer

116. Cammarata, Taylor

  • Hashtag:McHappening
  • #91, Waterloo, USHL, C/LW, L, 5’7, 156 lb.
  • Born:Plymouth, MN, 13-May-95
  • Commit: U of Minnesota
  • Other rankings: NHL 264, Chris Ralph 55
  • Twitter A/C:@Cammy12Scores
  • Profile:Kent Wilson at FlamesNation.ca
  • Quote:NHL Central Scouting’s Chris Edwards @ NHL.com. “Every time he was on the ice, he made something happen. … He was around the puck, creating, scoring. He was very noticeable every game, every shift.”
  • Video:YouTube via USHLInteractive.

117. Lipon, JC

JC Lipon
JC Lipon (Doug Love)

  • Hashtag: MrMakeover
  • Team: #34, Kamloops, WHL
  • Position: Right Wing
  • Shoots: Right
  • Height: 6’0
  • Weight: 181 lb.
  • Born:Regina, SK, 10-Jul-93 – 3rd time draft eligible
  • Other rankings: NHL 114, Chris Ralph 78
  • Twitter A/C: None found
  • Profile: Ryan Pike at THW.
  • Quote 1 : NHL Central Scouting’s Peter Sullivan @ NHL.com, “This kid (Lipon) has just exploded out of the gate. Here’s a kid that in his [initial] draft year wasn’t drafted, and guys that were drafted in the first two rounds [last year], he’s better now at this point than the kids that were drafted”.
  • Quote 2: My December War Room Comments @ THW, “Skill, drive, compete, the shot, the vision: it was always there. However, few have the determination, drive, mindset and effort of this overager to make a complete makeover to become a mini (6’0, 181 lb.) power forward who fights not only with his fists but for the puck, wherever it is. His line with Colin Smith and Philippe Bozon has been the top line in the WHL this season. He was just named to the final roster for Team Canada for the U20s this month.”
  • Video: From RDS.ca.

118. Peterson, Avery

  • Hashtag: MrDeadly
  • Team: #8, Grand Rapids HS, HS MN
  • Position: Centre
  • Shoots: Left
  • Height: 6’2
  • Weight: 194 lb.
  • Born:Grand Rapids, MN, 20-Jun-95
  • Commit: Not committed as of 24-Apr-13
  • Other rankings: NHL 106
  • Twitter A/C:@APeterson_8

  • Profile:Dan Shrader at FirstRoundBust.com.
  • Quote:Zack Friedli @ ElksHockey.ord, “Much of Peterson’s success is derived from his ability to get to the net. He’s a big forward with hands and hockey sense – a deadly combination – and he knows how to use his skills in each situation.”
  • Video 1: From GrandRapidsMN.com.
  • Video 2: From WatchICTV.org.

119. Søberg, Markus

  • Hashtag: MrNorwegianEnergy
  • Team: #10, Lulea J20, SWE J20
  • Position: Right Wing
  • Shoots: Right
  • Height: 5’11
  • Weight: 187 lb.
  • Born: Oslo, Norway, 22-Apr-95
  • Other rankings: NHL>290
  • Twitter A/C: @MarkusSberg

  • Profile: Ryan Kennedy via TheHockeyNews.com
  • Quote: Ryan Kennedy @ TheHockeyNews.com, “As for his future, Soberg prides himself on his agility, wrist shot and physical play, while knowing he needs to work on defense. He will play one more year in Sweden and then might come over to North America, where his skills translate into any language.”
  • Video: YouTube

120. Burke, Brendan

  • Hashtag: MrBurksson
  • Team: #1, Portland, WHL
  • Position: Goal
  • Shoots: Left
  • Height: 6’3
  • Weight: 176 lb.
  • Born:Scottsdale, AZ, 11-Mar-95
  • Other rankings:NHL 164
  • Twitter A/C:@bburke_1

  • Profile:Samantha via KuklasKorner.com.
  • Quote: Portland Interim Coach, Travis Green @ ThePortlandTribune.com, “I like his progression. Every month he’s taking another step and looking a lot more solid. For a young goalie, we really like the way he’s progressing.”
  • Video:GoaltendingLLC via YouTube

Other Rankings

  • NHL – Combined rankings of the NHL Central Scouting’s segregated final rankings
  • Bob MacKenzie – Mid-season poll of NHL scouts at TSN
  • Chris Ralph – Top 100 mid-season rankings – The Next Ones (Final rankings to be released mid-June)

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