Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #38 Thomas Novak

Garret Hohl
June 15 2015 12:07PM

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It's not uncommon to see more than one highly-touted, draft-eligible prospect on the same team. Teams building for a championship try to load up on players peaking around the same time. Also, scouts looking at one player start to notice other guys on the same team too.

The Waterloo Black Hawks have Brock Boeser, but they also have their own "other guy" in Thomas Novak.

Novak is not someone simply riding the coattails of Boeser though. Novak has some high-end offensive talent, which he showcased leading not one but two high-profile tournaments this year in scoring.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #39 Noah Juulsen

Rhys Jessop
June 14 2015 05:51PM

Hailing from the same home town as Jake Virtanen, Everett Silvertips blueliner Noah Juulsen is an aggressive and physical presence on one of the WHL's very best defensive teams. He played on the first pairing for the U.S. Division champion Everett Silvertips this past season, earning the trust of head coach Kevin Constantine along the way.

A jack-of-all-trades type blueliner, Juulsen doesn't have a standout aspect to his game, but is a solid player all the same. Let's have a look at Juulsen's resume on the other side of the jump.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #40 Paul Bittner

Rhys Jessop
June 13 2015 04:56PM

From a couple of Finns flying under the radar, we go to a pretty well-known WHL kid in our #40 profile: towering Portland Winterhawks winger Paul Bittner. We've covered Bittner at Canucks Army before, and admittedly, it hasn't been an overly glowing evaluation. But that doesn't change the fact that he's a very good prospect with a lot to like his game.

There's a place in the draft where Bittner will likely be the best bet left on the draft board, and we think that place will be somewhere in the early to mid second round.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #41 Veeti Vainio

Rhys Jessop
June 13 2015 01:56PM

I don't blame you if you've never heard of Veeti Vainio, as the lanky Finnish defender is currently flying way under the radar. Defensive issues and questions about his overall game have kept him well down many draft lists, but elite level production in Finland's top junior league has vaulted him rather high on ours. Quite simply, he's a point producing monster on the blueline for one of Finland's best U-20 teams.

Join us after the break as we take a look at the 2015 draft's biggest statistical sleeper.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #42 Roope Hintz

Rhys Jessop
June 13 2015 11:00AM


We continue our top-45 prospect countdown today by profiling the guy with undoubtedly the best hair in the draft: lanky Finnish forward Roope Hintz. The industry may be hot-and-cold on Hintz, but after a strong World Junior performance this past January and a very impressive 17-year old season in Finland's top professional league, we have him rated in the first half of the second round.

Join us after the jump to look at one of this draft's potential biggest sleeper picks.

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