By Bobby Bauders
These prospects are so fast it’s ridiculous. Not to mention their insane scoring ability.
Born: Alvkarleby, Sweden
Weight: 201 lbs.
Our Projection: 3rd overall, Columbus Blue Jackets
Puljujarvi is a big and skilled winger. He’s exceptionally gifted at scoring and skating. Uses his size and skill to retain the puck when moving into traffic. Also a very good defensive player. Has an amazing work ethic. Tries to make plays for others first before scoring himself. Has a pretty accurate shot. He should try and be more physical especially with his size. He has no problem finding plays.
Born: Chelyabinsk, Russia
Weight: 174 lbs.
Our Projection: 47th overall, Nashville Predators
Abramov is an amazing natural goal scorer. He finds the back of the net with ease. Right now, he needs to get used to North American style hockey as opposed to the Russian style he’s used to. Very dynamic player. Works very hard to get goals scored. Plays with extreme passion. His size is very important. If he was bigger he’d likely be a first round pick.
Born: Pointe-aux-Trembles, QC
Weight: 229 lbs.
Our Projection: 19th overall, New York Islanders
Very explosive in-your-face player. Will punish you in the dirty areas. Very high work ethic. Has amazing vision. Sees the play before it happens. Great hockey IQ. Very good under pressure. Uses his size and physicality to battle for himself. His skating keeps him ahead of the play before it even develops. A good comparison would be Rick Nash. Big and nasty but can score. He’s about one goal per game, and obviously has no trouble finding the net.
Born: Mississauga, ON
Weight: 185 lbs.
Our Projection: 13th overall, Carolina Hurricanes
McLeod has the ability to get the job done by himself. He’s never relied on others to win, he takes matters into his own hands. Very difficult to contain gives his size and speed. Extremely competitive. His will to win is amazing. Over-the-top puck handling. Very hard to play against. Could be the fastest player in this year’s draft.
Born: Long Beach, NY
Weight: 198 lbs.
Our Projection: 14th overall, Boston Bruins
McAvoy is a very smart, shut down defender. Keeps the puck away from opposition, frustrating other teams. Makes playing in his defensive zone very difficult. Great skater. Has a very good offensive edge as well. All around good defender.