Jakob Stukel – The Next Ones: 2016 NHL Draft Prospect Profile

Jakob Stukel

2015-16 Team: Calgary Hitmen (#10)
Date of Birth: March 6, 1997

Place of Birth: Surrey, BC
Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 185 lbs
Shoots: Left
Position: Left Wing
NHL Draft Eligibility: 2016 second-year eligible
Twitter: @jakob_stukel
THW The Next Ones Ranking: 96th (June)

Other Rankings:

  • THW Alternate: unranked (June)
  • THW War Room: 155th (May)
  • Future Considerations: unranked (June)
  • ISS: unranked (June)
  • Bob McKenzie: unranked (June)
  • Craig Button: unranked (June)

In 2014-15, as a draft-eligible 18-year-old, Jakob Stukel had just 5 goals and 16 points with the Vancouver Giants. He started the 2015-16 season slowly, with 4 points in 12 games. He was traded to the Calgary Hitmen on October 27, and racked up 34 goals and 56 points in the remainder of the season and was one of the Hitmen’s most potent offensive weapons.

It’s amazing what a change of scenery can do for somebody, eh?

Stukel is deadly when he’s left alone anywhere near the net with the puck. He’s blessed with a really quick, accurate shot, and he can get it off from some really bad angles. He’s also pretty effective at puck distribution, and the attention he gets from opposition defenders often opens up his linemates for scoring opportunities. Stukel thrives when he gets time and space to operate, and his offensive production is heavily skewed towards his power-play time.

For all his offensive bluster, Stukel isn’t a complete player. He occasionally gets out-muscled in corner battles, his play away from the puck is prone to lapses, and his game-to-game consistency isn’t great. (Sometimes he’ll score multiple points in consecutive games, sometimes he’ll go stone cold for several games.)

But very few players in the WHL are as dangerous with the puck as Stukel, and that should be enough to get him drafted by some NHL club.

NHL Draft Projection:

Stukel seems likely to be selected later on in the draft, potentially in the fifth or sixth rounds.




  • Excellent shot, both quick and accurate.
  • Effective passer.
  • Good skater, with good acceleration and mobility.

Under Construction (Improvements to Make):

  • Doesn’t play particularly physical, needs to battle in the corners more effectively.
  • Needs to improve his offensive decision-making to be less dependent on the power-play.
  • Needs to improve his consistency.
  • Could stand to improve his play away from the puck.

NHL Potential:

Stukel projects as a third-line winger at the NHL level, though his skill with the puck could translate into power-play time. Brock Nelson is a decent stylistic comparison for what he could become.

Risk-Reward Analysis:

Risk – 1/5, Reward – 3.5/5

Fantasy Hockey Potential:

Offense 8/10, Defense 7/10


Stukel led the Western Hockey League in power-play goals in 2015-16.

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