Entries by Steve Kournianos

2020 Draft Profile: C Ty Tullio

An in-your-face forward with an excellent shot and strong all-around puck skills, Oshawa forward Ty Tullio is one of the top performers for the Generals. He spent a good portion of his draft year on Oshawa’s top six and had instant chemistry with 2019 first-round pick Phil Tomasino. Tullio is expected to be a picked in either the 2nd or 3rd round of the 2020 NHL Draft.

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Ross Martin: Top-30 MHL Prospects (Russia)

Ross Martin provides scouting reports and video highlights in the most extensive look into Russia’s top junior league prospects for the 2020 NHL Draft.

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2020 Draft Profile: C Hendrix Lapierre

A preseason favorite to become a top-10 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, playmaker extraordinaire Hendrix Lapierre suffered a pair of concussions in a 30-day period that sidelined him for the rest of his draft year. He’s since been given a clean bill of health and could still be selected in the first round.

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2020 Draft Profile: RHD Helge Grans

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2020 Draft Profile: LHD Jeremie Poirier

The leading goal scorer among QMJHL defenseman with 20 tallies in 64 games, Saint John’s blueliner and power-play quarterback Jeremie Poirier is one of the top prospects for the 2020 NHL Draft.

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2020 Draft Profile: LHD Anton Johannesson

A gifted offensive defenseman who missed most of the first half with an injury, Anton Johannesson went on to crush the J20 Superelit’s Top-10 in defense scoring with 20 points in 17 games.

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2020 Draft Profile: RW Zion Nybeck

The leading scorer in Sweden’s J20 Superelit and a mainstay on the under-18 national team, right wing Zion Nybeck is one of the most gifted forwards available for the 2020 NHL Draft. Listed at only 5-foot-6, Nybeck makes up for his lack of size with excellent skating abilities and impressive playmaking and finishing skills.

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2020 Draft Profile: LHD Emil Andrae

The leading figure on defense for Sweden’s under-18 national team, Emil Andrae is a team-first leader who enjoyed individual success at both the club and international level. He lived up to his billing as a premier puck rusher and power-play quarterback by leading all J20 Superelit rearguards in scoring with 38 points (11 goals, 27 assists) in 40 combined games. He is expected to be picked in the first round of the 2020 NHL Draft.

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2020 Draft Profile: LW Emil Heineman

A high-flying winger who plays physical but also has impressive puck skills to make a consistent impact in the offensive zone, Emil Heineman was the top scorer in the J20 Superelit’s North Division in not only goals (21) and points (35), but also with an absurd 31.8 shooting percentage.

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2020 Draft Profile: G Artur Akhtyamov

Russian netminder Artur Akhtyamov was one of the top under-18 goaltenders in the MHL and ranked among the league leaders with seven shutouts and a .931 save percentage.

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2020 Draft Profile: G Yaroslav Askarov

Yaroslav Askarov is the top goalie prospect for the 2020 NHL Draft and could go high in the first round. In addition to being one of the most decorated teenage goalies to ever grace the international stage, the 17-year-old backstop was the youngest goalie in VHL history to appear in more than nine games and finished with an impressive 12-3-3 mark.

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H2H: Jamie Drysdale vs. Jake Sanderson

Since the debate for first overall in the 2020 NHL Draft stopped being a debate several months ago, it’s time to shift our attention to a pair of defenseman who could both be picked in the top five.

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2020 Draft Profile: C Vasily Ponomaryov

A two-way center who can fill many roles, Vasily Ponomaryov was one of the top rookies in the QMJHL and a key contributor to a rebuilding Shawinigan squad. After impressive showings in international tournaments such as the 2019 World U17 Hockey Challenge and the U18 Ivan Hlinka last August, Ponomaryov transitioned to North America for his draft year and made an immediate impact, picking up at least one point in 20 of his first 27 games.

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2020 Draft Profile: RW Justin Sourdif

Justin Sourdif is a tough dual-threat winger who was one of the top scorers for the WHL’s Vancouver Giants. He was critical to Vancouver’s deep playoff run in 2019 and followed that up with his best season in junior.

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2020 Draft Profile: RW Luke Evangelista

A crafty and opportunistic winger who is reliable in all three zones, London’s Luke Evangelista didn’t take long to become a go-to performer for Dale Hunter’s powerhouse Knights. Fifty nine of his 61 points came at even strength or shorthanded.

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