June 20 2015 12:00PM
High scoring Oshawa Generals swingman Mitchell Vande Sompel is one of the biggest wild cards among this 2015 class of first time draft eligible players.
The undersized, skilled and extremely versatile skater has lined up as a forward and a defenseman for the Generals, and would often play up front and on the back-end in the same game. During the postseason, for example, the Generals penalty kill saw Vande Sompel lineup at forward. He fared extremely well there, but he'd shift back to defense for shifts at evens and on the power play.
For a variety of reasons, even beyond his positional curiosity, Vande Sompel is one of the most polarizing and toughest to peg players in this draft class.
June 19 2015 05:30PM
Though it may have gone through a fallow period for past little while, Czech hockey appears to have made a serious resurgence of late, producing a number of top-end prospects. We've already profiled three in this series in Jakub Zboril, Pavel Zacha, and Filip Chlapik, and today we'll highlight our highest-rated Czech player in Michael Spacek.
Join us on the other side of the jump as we look at a very good and under-the-radar prospect for this upcoming draft.
June 19 2015 03:32PM
Photo Courtesy: @Sarah_Hobday
Back again on the other side of Atlantic, we are taking a look at the young centre Joel Eriksson Ek who has played a large amount of times in leagues senior to his age and has succeeded. He appears he will likely be selected in the late first round, with potential to slip into the second but his talent level appears to suggest a top-6 centre. For a later pick, Eriksson Ek is someone you should not pass on.
Continue past the jump for our qualitative and quantitative analysis.
June 19 2015 01:00PM
The last few drafts have not been very deep for the QMJHL, but the 2015 draft crop looks to make up for this. The Q is boasting a little bit of everything this year, from high-end scorers to two-way D, and everything in between.
Charlottetown Islander Filip Chlapik may not have been on as many draft radars as his teammate Daniel Sprong going in to this season, but with a strong debut on North American ice, he made a name for himself and garnered first-round consideration.
June 19 2015 11:00AM
Rasmus Andersson has been a Canucks Army favorite for a while now, first popping up in an article penned by Josh Weissbock in one of our early pieces on prospect success, and then again on a piece I wrote about the high success rates of players like Anderson who had shown success in the top leagues in Sweden at a young age. At the time, Andersson was a consensus late 2nd to 3rd round pick, but he's rocketed up the rankings after a very strong finish to his first OHL campaign with the Barrie Colts.
I'll break down one of the better offensive defensemen who should be available in the later half of the 1st round after the jump.