June 24 2015 03:00PM
It would have been unbelievable a few months ago, but it just a few days out, it's very possible that Russian-born defenseman Ivan Provorov may be the first defenseman off of the board at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
The well-rounded, if somewhat undersized defender possess a solid two-way game and high-end offensive instincts. Though he's a choppy skater, there's no denying his speed and his dynamic ability to rush the puck. One wonders if he might be able to add an additional gear with the right skating coach, and that's a frightening thought indeed.
Provorov checks in at #9 on our list, read on past the jump!
June 24 2015 02:33PM
As we head into our top-10 prospects in this profile series we are moving back to Finland to take a look at Mikko Rantanen – possibly the number 1 player to be drafted out of Europe this season.
It’s no surprise that Rantanen is very highly spoken of, it’s more a surprise that he’s only considered a top-10 pick.
Continue past the jump for our player breakdown.
June 23 2015 06:30PM
Evgeni Svechnikov has steadily risen on the draft boards thanks to a spectacular rookie year with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. He's a tantalizing package of size and high end offensive skill with legitimate first line potential.
Continue past the jump to learn about one this drafts best power forward prospects.
June 23 2015 04:32PM
If you're a regular consumer of our draft stuff at Canucks Army, you will probably be familiar with the name "Anthony Beauvillier" by now. We've covered the talented QMJHL pivot in the past, and while he may be flying under the radar a bit in 2015, we think he's truly one of the most talented players available in the 1997 age group.
June 23 2015 02:54PM
Oliver Kylington is one of the most interesting draft stories of the year, and quite possibly one of the toughest players for teams to project in the first round. In 2013-14, he played with Farjestad in the SHL - only the second defensemen in league history to play full time in the SHL at that age. The last defensemen to do so was Calle Johansson, a 17 year NHL veteran who played mainly with the Washington Capitals.
While it looked like Kylington would be a slam dunk top 10 pick, and potentially top 5 if he continued on the trajectory he appeared to be on, his 2014-15 season raised a ton of questions, and many scouts project he could slip out of the first round entirely.
After the jump, I'll try to tackle one of the biggest questions of the 2015 draft: "What is Oliver Kylington?"