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HP Podcast – OHL and QMJHL Draft tidbits and some NHL Draft thoughts
A new podcast today and HockeyProspect.com's, Mark Edwards gives some info on the OHL and QMJHL Draft publications as well as some thoughts on a few players eligible for the NHL Draft. Mark gives some feedback and a few players that surprised him and other HP scouts when they saw where they were ranked on Bob McKenzie's 2021 NHL Draft rankings list released a few days after our own most recent list.
Mark Edwards commented on enjoying seeing Bob McKenzie's rankings. "I've been lucky enough on more than one occasion to see Bob just prior to him releasing his list and being able to give him my initial reactions right on the spot. Those previous year's lists were all in January and like everything else, this season is different. Like many NHL scouts, I enjoy seeing Bob's list and how it may differ from our own when it comes to some prospects."
HP Podcast, May 19th, 2021
Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
2021 NHL Draft: Mason McTavish Interview
HockeyProspect.com's Rachel Halliwell recently spoke to 2021 NHL Draft prospect, Mason McTavish, from the OHL's Peterborough Petes. Although the OHL has yet to play a game, Maon went overseas to play with EHC Olten. The Petes selected Mason 5th overall in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection. Rachel spoke to Mason about this very different hockey season as well as many other topics.
Mason McTavish Interview with Rachel Halliwell
Photo by Luke Durda/OHL Images
HockeyProspect.com 2021 NHL Draft Top 32 Ranking, April
The 2021 NHL Draft season has obviously been very different from other draft years. As of this release, the Ontario Hockey League has still not played a game. Scouts in Ontario have been forced into watching scrimmages just to see some players in person. Travel is a challenge with less flights and games cancelled, sometimes while scouts are in the air. Scouts have been forced to watch video and plenty of it. We are included in this.
For this NHL Draft ranking, we were once again forced to include watching video of archived games, mainly the OHL. That said, we backed off ranking some OHL players with the hope being to include them on our final ranking after a short OHL season. Several OHL players have played overseas since our previous ranking, which almost seemed like a pre-season release, because so many players had not even played yet at that point. We will get to see some OHL'ers we've only seen in scrimmages up to now at the upcoming U18 in Texas.
We will have one more NHL Draft ranking release after today and that will be the ranking included in our 2021 NHL Draft Black Book. This ranking is 64 players deep. Our final list will be closer to a 100 player list. Members can login and view the full top 64 list here.
Owen Power remains our top ranked prospect but not only is it very tight for the top spot on our ranking, it is very tight in the top 10. New to our top 10 is our top ranked goalie from our November ranking, Sebastian Cossa. The Edmonton goaltender had not played a game yet back in November but now we've been able to add viewings from this season and stack them view his impressive showing last season. Jesper Wallstedt remains our 2nd ranked goalie and is also ranked inside our top 32.
One riser on this ranking is the Peterborough Petes Mason McTavish who also began playing after we released our initial ranking. We really liked his game last year but a big factor for the rise on this list is an improvement in his skating. Mason told us he worked hard in the off season to improve his quickness and the hard work has had good results. McTavish was 20th overall back in November, but has now cracked our top 10.
Aleksi Heimosalmi is new entry to our top 32, he's a mobile puck moving defenseman who displays excellent hockey sense. We're looking forward to seeing him play again on North American size ice.
Artyom Grushnikov has yet to play a game this season but we still decided to include him on this list. We will need to make a decision on where he fits on the final list based on the very real possibility of him not playing a game this season.
Members can view our full top 64 list here.
HockeyProspect.com's Mark Edwards
HockeyProspect.com 2021 NHL Draft Ranking Top 32 - April 15th, 2021
HockeyProspect.com 2021 NHL Draft Top 64 Ranking, April
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Podcast: General News and Notes
On this podcast, HP's Mark Edwards, talks general news and notes as we make our way through March and closer to the release of our upcoming NHL Draft rankings. Topics include the NHL Draft, the U18 in Texas, our 2021 NHL Draft Black Book and NHL scouts in the rinks.
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Photo: Brandt Clarke of the Barrie Colts. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
2021 QMJHL Draft: Quebec Based Prospects Watchlist Podcast
HockeyProspect.com has released our Quebec 70-player watchlist ahead of the 2021 QMJHL Draft. Our QMJHL Draft scouting group has been working since the month of August to cover the 2005-born crop of Quebec prospects, that saw action earlier this year when their pre-season was underway, from the month of August, up until the month of November, depending on restrictions in their respective regions.
The pre-season hockey that was played earlier this year, however, had a little bit of a different look than what you’d be used to. Three ten-minute periods, two teams of ten skaters and one goalie (two forward lines and two defence pairings). On top of that, no contact was allowed in these games, as any hit would result in a penalty, all this in an effort to contain any COVID outbreak during the games.
HockeyProspect scouts were allowed to attend the first few weeks of pre-season, until the arena doors were closed in another attempt to limit any COVID outbreak, which still didn’t stop our scouts from watching countless hours of tape and allowing us to put together this list, not only to use as a tool for once the regular season starts, whenever that may be, but also for our users to study ahead of this upcoming season and eventual 2021 QMJHL Draft.
The 70 players appearing on this list are broken into four groups: A-prospects (projected first rounders), B-prospects (projected second or third rounders), C-prospects (projected fourth to seventh rounders), with a small group of C+ players that separated themselves from the pack of C-prospects.
Top players that were recognized by our scouts during this first portion of the year were names you will find on our list (in no particular order) such as centremen Ethan Gauthier from the Magog Cantonniers, Mathieu Cataford, from the College Charles-Lemoyne Riverains and Vincent Collard, from the Jonquiere Elites. Gauthier, the son of ex-NHLer Denis Gauthier, is a player that has great hockey IQ on top of very good skill and elusiveness, who also plays a responsible 200-foot game. Cataford and Collard were also impressive, notably thanks to their skating (especially Cataford), size and goal scoring ability. On defence, scouts liked the game of Tristan Dassylva, from the College Notre-Dame Albatros, Isaac Fecteau, from the Culver Academy Eagles (USA) and Beck Majdell, from the Laval-Montreal Rousseau Royal, among others. All three mentioned are defencemen who skate very well and who can play both sides of the ice, but their offensive play obviously stood out for them to be rated as A-prospects. It is difficult to single out players at this time, but these names were all players that were very much appreciated in all scouting meetings and conversations between our staff.
The HockeyProspect QMJHL Draft Quebec based scouts did their homework, which led to this watchlist. It is an early watchlist, as mentioned, but it is one that was put together with hard work and attention to detail. Grading this crop of 2005-born players has been a fun challenge, but by the next time we release a QMJHL Draft list, we hope that it will be based off of regular season action. Not for our own sake, as we will always be able to scout, whether it is from the rink or from our homes thanks to the magic of video scouting, but for the sake of these young players who are just itching to get back out there, playing the game they love.
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