Prospect Profiles: Auston Matthews, Pascal Laberge, Alexander Nylander, Alex DeBrincat, Jakob Chychrun, and Riley Tufte


By Bobby Bauders

Senior Writer/Editor

 

This group of prospects is very eccentric and star studded. I honestly see all of them developing into great stars for their teams.

 

Auston Matthews:

Born: Scottsdale, AZ

Position: C

Shoots: Left

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 216 lbs.

Our Projection: 1st overall, Toronto Maple Leafs

Highlights

 

Auston Matthews is the consensus number one overall pick. The pride of Scottsdale will be a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs and they’re lucky to have him. He has quick hands and feet. He’s the complete package of a forward. Accelerates quickly, amazing goal scorer, fantastic confidence. Really a generation talent to the likes of Connor McDavid. He will be an elite center in 5 years.

 

Pascal Laberge:

Born: Chateauguay, QC

Age: 18

Position: C/RW

Shoots: Right

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 174 lbs.

Our Projection: 34th overall, Columbus Blue Jackets

Highlights

 

Laberge is a pain to face on the ice. Similar to Milan Lucic. He’s a tough 2-way forward with great hockey sense. He creates havoc the second he steps on the ice. Wins board battles and is very physical. He usually passes more than he scores. His defensive game can be compared to Jonathan Toews. He’d be higher in the draft, but his weight is a little low for his type of player. Once he bulks up he has the potential to be a great player.

 

Alexander Nylander:

Born: Calgary, AB

Age: 18

Position: RW/LW

Shoots: Right

Height: 6’0”

Weight: 179 lbs.

Our Projection: 6th overall, Calgary Flames

Highlights

 

This kid has some filthy offensive skills.┬áHe easily finds scoring chances anywhere on the ice. Gets to the hard areas of the ice. He has an amazing shot. He’s going to develop into a phenomenal playmaker.

 

Alex DeBrincat:

Born: Farmington Hills, MI

Age: 18

Position: C

Shoots: Right

Height: 5’7”

Weight: 165 lbs.

Our Projection: 33rd overall, Florida Panthers

Highlights

 

DeBrincat is a very small player, only 5’7”. But he possesses a natural skill set with that of Steven Stamkos. Has very dynamic skills. He’s a pure sniper. He put up 50 goals twice in the OHL. He’s recovered from injury well, his size is what’s keeping him lower on the draft boards. Although he’s small, he can get scrappy.

 

Jakob Chychrun:

Born: Boca Raton, FL

Age: 18

Position: D

Shoots: Left

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 198 lbs.

Projection: 12th overall, Ottawa Senators

Highlights

 

Great 2-way defenseman. He possesses elite skating ability. Can get very physical, will assert his dominance in every zone of the ice. He directs the play up the ice. His shot is not one you want to be in front of. Amazing power play on the forecheck. Great awareness. Has the potential to be a generational defenseman.

 

Riley Tufte:

Born: Ham Lake, MN

Age: 18

Position: LW

Shoots: Left

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 212 lbs.

Projected: 21st overall, Carolina Hurricanes

Highlights

 

Uses his tremendous size to dominate the ice. Has a great eye for scoring chances, and will not hesitate to take them. Drives to the net, frustrating goal tenders, and setting himself up for multiple tip-ins. Can screen the goalie with ease. Like Arizona Coyotes player, Max Domi, Tufte plays the game with diabetes. Given Tufte’s rankings, it hasn’t slowed him down.

 

 

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