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Seth Jones

Written By Kris Baker on Sunday, July 29, 2012 | 7/29/2012

Seth Jones
RHD | 6'4", 205 lbs.
Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
10/3/94

- big frame, total package, shut down defender
- excellent skating stride and top speed, covers a lot of ice
- moves the puck quickly, very good decision making
- strong, physical, and disciplined
- projects as #1 NHL D, "franchise" potential



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Nathan MacKinnon

Nathan MacKinnon 
RC | 6'0", 182 lbs.
Halifax (QMJHL)
9/1/95

- combination of speed and shooting with a touch of grit
- average frame but powerful, very strong on his feet
- superior skating and vision, elite playmaking skills
- intense, tenacious competitor
- drafted 1st overall in 2011 QMJHL draft (Baie-Comeau)
- possesses superstar NHL potential in mold of a Stamkos



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Elias Lindholm

Elias Lindholm
C/LW | 6'0", 181 lbs.
Brynas (SEL)
12/2/94

- heady two-way skill set, great skater
- offensive package highlighted by supreme vision and puck control
- strong checker, likes to play a physical style
- responsible defensively, good awareness in all zones


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Valeri Nichushkin

Valeri Nichushkin
RW | 6'3", 196 lbs.
Chelyabinsk (MHL/KHL)
3/4/95

- big, speedy power forward
- strong on his skates, aggressively takes the puck to the net
- long reach, good vision and hands
- signed two-year extension with Dynamo  (thru 2015)
- scored game winning goal in bronze medal win at 2013 World Junior Championship













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Jonathan Drouin

Jonathan Drouin
5'11", 176 lbs.
Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
4/28/95

- high-end offensive talent, exceptional hands, vision
- extremely smart offensively, instinctive
- lightning quick, dazzling passer
- nice array of shooting skills, dangerous PP performer
- small frame balanced out by speed and effort



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Aleksander Barkov

Aleksander Barkov
LC | 6'2, 205 lbs.
Tappara (SM-Liiga)
9/2/95

- big, mature frame with excellent hands and vision
- atheltic two-way skill set, good defensive stick
- played 2011-12 season as a 15-year old in FIN top league
- scores share of goals within 10-foot radius of net
- works hard along walls and beneath goal line



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Marko Dano

Marko Dano
RW/LC | 5'11", 180 lbs.
HK Slovan Bratislava (KHL)
11/30/94

- crash and bang forward with developing offensive skills
- three-zone intelligence, good passing skills
- aggressive, high energy player, hits everything in sight




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Josh Morrissey

Josh Morrissey
LHD | 6'1", 184 lbs.
Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
3/28/95

- multi-dimensional defender with excellent mobility and scoring instincts
- smooth with the puck, controls pace from back end
- very good passing game, gets shots off quickly
- led Prince Albert blueliners in scoring (2011-12, 2012-13)



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Bo Horvat

Bo Horvat
LC | 6'0", 203 lbs.
London Knights (OHL)
4/5/95

- smart, fearless player with complete two-way skill set
- excellent playmaker, creative passer
- hard working style, good on faceoffs
- good shot blocking skills
- chosen 9th overall by London in 2011 OHL Draft




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Darnell Nurse

Darnell Nurse
LHD | 6'4", 185 lbs.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
2/4/95

- dominant size and physical play, smooth skating
- excellent mobility and puck-rushing ability
- developing offensive potential, still sems raw at times
- projects to top-4 defenseman



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Laurent Dauphin

Laurent Dauphin
LC | 6'0", 170 lbs.
Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL)
3/27/95

- agile skater with good creativity and shooting skills
- fearless style, plays bigger than frame suggests
- excellent puck control, quick release
- quickly finds his teammates
- named MVP at CHL Top Prospects Game

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Sean Monahan

Sean Monahan 
LC | 6'2", 193 lbs.
Ottawa 67's (OHL)
10/12/94

- multi-dimensional pivot with good speed and smarts
- excellent vision and playmaking skills, reads the ice well
- strong finisher with back-to-back 30-goal seasons
- developing power game, strong on cycle, protects puck with size and reach
- shows good effort in own zone



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Hunter Shinkaruk

Hunter Shinkaruk 
LW | 5'10", 181 lbs.
Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
10/13/94

- agile, seam-splitting wing with excellent hands
- quick release, finishes play at speed
- good one-on-one ability initiates contact on way to net
- sniping skills make for big time scoring potential



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Rasmus Ristolainen

Rasmus Ristolainen
RHD | 6'3, 203 lbs.
TPS (SM-Liiga)
10/27/94

- big physical defender, heavy hitter
- good all-around skill in all three zones
- projects to play shutdown role
- calm and poised with puck
- bullet shot from right point, low and accurate


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Ryan Pulock

Ryan Pulock
RHD | 6'0", 211 lbs.
Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
10/6/94

- two-way defender with high offensive potential
- excellent rushing skills, huge, heavy point shot 
- strong leadership, smart physical style in own end
- attacks from the point
- very good shooting skills
- excellent power play distributor




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Curtis Lazar

Curtis Lazar 
RC | 6'0", 189 lbs.
Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
2/2/95

- smart, hard-working, two-way center with good skill package
- solidly built, gets to the net with excellent speed and awareness
- possesses accurate shot with good release
- nice touch around the net, in right place at right time



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Kerby Rychel

Kerby Rychel 
LW | 6'1", 205 lbs.
Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
10/7/94

- physical, aggressive on forecheck
- soft hands and good vision,
- plays with high intensity and energy
- back-to-back 40-goal seasons in OHL
- edgy power forward, agitator, willing pugilist
- continued work on skating could unlock elite scoring potential at pro level




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Artturi Lehkonen

Artturi Lehkonen
RW | 5'10", 163 lbs.
Kalpa (SM-Liiga)
7/4/95

- highly skilled wing, battles hard despite below average size
- scored 14 goals as 17-year old SM-Liiga rookie
- excellent stickhandler, knack for getting into right spot
- rated very reliable while in his share of minutes on TPS top-club as a 16-year old (2011-12)



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Max Domi

Max Domi
LC | 5'9", 174 lbs.
London Knights (OHL)
3/2/95

- high end offensive package built on speed and creativity
- highly intelligent with and without the puck
- strong and gritty, fearless in challenging larger foes
- excellent shooting skills, finished as #3 rookie scorer 2011-12



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Eric Roy

Eric Roy
LHD | 6'3", 194 lbs.
Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
10/24/94

- sturdy defensive execution with a simple, effective offensive game
- size and up-ice skills give him plenty of two-way upside
- physical edginess in own zone, uses his body and long stick to win battles
- above average skating, very hard slap shot from blue line



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Ryan Hartman

Ryan Hartman
RW | 5'11", 185 lbs.
Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
9/20/94

- gritty power forward with excellent offensive mind
- strong skating and passing skills, throws his weight around
- nasty edge, high energy/high compete level
- de-committed from Miami University to enter OHL (7/12)
- member of gold medal winning Team USA at 2013 World Junior Championship



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Anthony Duclair

Anthony Duclair 
LW | 5'11", 177 lbs.
Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
8/26/95

- speedy elusive skater, smart and unselfish with puck
- fast hands, very quick release on wrist shot
- strong on backcheck, aware in all three zones
- linemate of Mikhail Grigorenko in 2011-12 and parts of 2012-13
- suffered ankle injury early in 2012-13 campaign

 

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Nikita Zadorov

Nikita Zadorov
LHD | 6'4, 205 lbs.
London Knights (OHL)
4/16/95

- hard-hitting, smooth skating defender
- excellent puck carrier and passer
- displayed good D positioning as OHL rookie
- drafted by London (1st round, 9th overall) in 2012 CHL Import Draft



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Zach Fucale

Zach Fucale
G | 6'1", 185 lbs.
Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
5/28/95

- technically sound with excellent mental focus
- superior puck tracking and positioning
- quick reflexes, crisp movement
- 2011-12: set QMJHL record for wins by 16-y/o (32)
- won 45 of 55 starts in 2012-13


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Alexander Wennberg
C | 6'1", 174 lbs.
Djurgarden (SEL-2)
9/22/94

- supreme skater, good speed, projects as solid two-way player
- nice balance of skills, creates offense through hard work
- good shot, needs to improve scoring consistency
- won silver medal with Sweden at 2013 World Junior Championship

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Jacob de la Rose

Jacob de la Rose
LC/LW | 6'2", 183 lbs.
Leksands (Allsvenskan)
5/20/95

- two-way forward with good frame and some offensive upside
- strong cycle, tough on walls, creates traffic down low
- versatile energy player
- big frame with room to fill out



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Steve Santini

Steve Santini
RHD | 6'3", 205 lbs.
U.S. NTDP (USHL)
5/7/95

- big, strong defender with pro-style transition game
- physically imposing, good all-around skill base, strong skater and crisp passer
- plays with high rate of speed and precision
- committed to Boston College

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Adam Erne

Adam Erne
LW | 6'0", 206 lbs.
Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
4/20/95

- skilled, intense competitor, plays with energy and edge
- powerful skating stride, good in transition
- good playmaker, blends hard work and creativity
- thick physique, successful open-ice hitter
- Connecticut native, moved west to play with LA Selects prior to USHL
- scored 25 goals in each of first two QMJHL seasons



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Nick Sorensen


Nick Sorensen
RW | 6'1", 168 lbs.
Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
10/23/94

- excellent skating and foot speed
- high compete level, needs to gain strength to match
- left Rogles (SEL) program to play North American hockey
- missed nearly entire 2011-12 season thanks to MCL/ACL surgery



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Jason Dickinson

Jason Dickinson
LW | 6'2", 176 lbs.
Guelph Storm (OHL)
7/4/95

- developing two-way forward with a great deal of upside
- named third-best defensive forward in 2013 Western Conference Coaches Poll
- quick feet, shows good offensive knack
- strong on the puck, excellent stickhandling skills
- can play physical




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Justin Bailey

Justin Bailey
RC | 6'3", 182 lbs.
Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
7/1/95

- power forward style, tough on puck with quick hands 
- excellent skating and acceleration, gains momentum in open ice
- much improved awareness away from the puck
- won USA Hockey 16U National Championship with Long Island Royals (coached by Pat Lafontaine)
- de-committed from Michigan State for Kitchener (7/12)



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Nic Petan

Nic Petan
LC | 5'9", 166 lbs.
Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
3/22/95

- highly skilled center, dangerous speed in open ice
- very quick and pesky without puck in small frame
- played all three F positions at various points
- tied for tops in WHL scoring in 2012-13



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Spencer Martin

Spencer Martin
G | 6'2", 186 lbs.
Mississauga-St. Michael's Majors (OHL)
6/8/95

- good size and reflexes, strong positioning
- excellent glove hand
- aggressively challenges shooters, comes out beyond blue paint to take net away
- fights through screens to track puck through traffic

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Madison Bowey

Madison Bowey
RHD | 6'1", 194 lbs.
Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
4/22/95

- rangy two-way defender with superior skating ability
- great speed and balance, very athletic, intelligent with puck
- sees the ice well from the point, good PP potential
- good physical game, will defend teammates
- raw but loads of potential with added strength and experience



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Zach Nastasiuk

Zach Nastasiuk
RW | 6'1", 174 lbs.
Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
3/30/95

- compelling power mix of size and skill
- digs in and drives to the net with strong puck protection skills
- offensive potential rounding into form
- showed greater consistency in physical game in 2012-13
- good defensively, blocks shots and wins battles







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Morgan Klimchuk

Morgan Klimchuk
LC | 5'11", 180 lbs.
Regina Pats (WHL)

- speedy, smart offensive player
- opportunistic, rotates into position to use big shot
- excellent stickhandling, nice array of shooting skills
- makes plays at speed
- not overly physical, not flashy, works well on PK/PP
- was selected 5th overall in 2010 WHL draft



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Dillon Heatherington

Dillon Heatherington
LHD | 6'4", 196 lbs.
Swift Current Broncos (WHL)
5/9/95

- steady, reliable defender who can move the puck
- strong skater with light feet, good stops/starts, pivots
- emerging physical presence, smartly uses his body
- smart stick, uses reach to eat up space, clog lanes 
- mostly safe plays with the puck in his end
- 11th overall pick in 2011 WHL bantam draft




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Robert Hagg


Robert Hagg
LHD | 6'2", 201 lbs.
MoDo J20 (SuperElit)
2/8/95

- mobile defender with excellent puck moving ability and passing skills
- steady, level-headed with good angles and good gap control
- uses his size, gains leverage, jams lanes and clears the net
- projects as a top-four, two-way NHL defender

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Nicholas Baptiste

Nicholas Baptiste
RW | 6'2", 200 lbs.
Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
8/4/95

- scoring line potential, high character and effort
- fills lane with good acceleration and excellent top speed
- very good hockey sense, shoots and passes with equal aptitude
- game breaking tools, want to see heightened physical output

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Shea Theodore

Shea Theodore
LHD | 6'2", 178 lbs.
Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
8/3/95

- offensive-minded rearguard with developing PP skills
- converted forward, employs smooth skating stride from back end
- raw defensive skills, a project-type with solid foundation and steady developmental trajectory



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William Carrier

William Carrier
LC/LW | 6'0, 205 lbs.
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)
12/20/94

- power winger, moves well up and down the ice
- strong on the puck, fast accurate wrist shot
- excellent vision, brings elements of toughness and playmaking
- will need to improve skating stride to hit max potential



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Yan-Pavel Laplante

Yan-Pavel Laplante
LC | 6'0", 170 lbs.
PEI Rocket (QMJHL)
4/23/95

- excellent skating and playmaking, in command with the puck
- pesky, high effort, goes hard in pursuit, initiates contact
- employs strong work ethic, doesn't quit on plays
- missed first five months of 2012-13 with shoulder surgery




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Marc-Olivier Roy

Marc-Olivier Roy
LW | 6'0", 175 lbs.
Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (QMJHL)
11/20/94

- crafty two-way wing with excellent speed and puck skills
- active away from the puck, smart defensive stick
- will be tougher in trenches with added strength and mass

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Chris Bigras

Chris Bigras
LHD | 6'0", 186 lbs.
Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
2/22/95

- steady, shutdown defender with developing offense
- very good footwork and overall mobility
- cool and reliable with the puck, smart passes out of zone
- very good on the PK
- major progression in 2011-12



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Connor Rankin

Connor Rankin
LC | 6'0", 194 lbs.
Tri-City Americans (WHL)
11/30/94

- good skater, well-rounded power game fits many roles
- battles hard in tough areas, works to set screens
- started 17-year old season on Ams top line
- chosen 7th overall in 2009 WHL Draft



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Ryan Kujawinski

Ryan Kujawinski 
LC | 6'2", 205 lbs.
Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
3/30/95

- natural scoring upside, has good hands and excellent top gear
- uses size and stick work to win one-on-one battles
- production regressed in draft year but size/skill combo attractive
- OHL Rookie of the Month, February 2012 (15 pts)
- chosen 4th overall by Sarnia in 2011 OHL Draft



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Samuel Morin

Samuel Morin
LHD | 6'5", 184 lbs.
Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
7/12/95

- excellent size and reach, likes to get involved on the rush
- calm and poised, commits few unforced errors
- smooth forward skater for a big man, needs to work on speed going backwards, average balance
- patient under pressure, communicates on ice




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Eric Comrie

Eric Comrie
G | 6'0", 175 lbs.
Tri-City Americans (WHL)
6/7/95

- aggressive battler with excellent footwork
- very quick and flexible, active in crease
- average size, but above average in major skill areas
- excellent technique, quick recovery
- patient versus the shooter
- 2012-13 season cut short in January with hip injury

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Jan Kostalek

Jan Kostalek
RHD | 6'0", 180 lbs.
Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
2/17/95

- poised two-way defender with good skating and positioning
- quick feet, uses stick to stay in range of forwards
- good first pass out, sees the ice well in offensive zone
- engaged physically, not afraid to hit
- selected by Rimouski 10th overall in 2012 CHL Import Draft

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Anthony Mantha

Anthony Mantha
LW | 6'3", 200 lbs.
Val-d"or Foreurs (QMJHL)
9/16/94

- excellent skater, strong on puck, natural scoring instincts
- great hands and shooting skills
- long limbs, very solid frame
- need to improve work ethic, game-to-game consistency
- missed 2012 draft by one day (9/15 cutoff)



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