Entries by Steve Kournianos

2020 Draft Profile: RHD Braden Schneider

Physical two-way blueliner Braden Schneider was a key cog for the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings and played for Canada at the Summer WJSS and for Team WHL in the November Super Series. He can play in all situations and ate a lot of minutes on the Wheat Kings’ top pairing.

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2020 Draft Profile: C Connor Zary

Kamloops two-way center Connor Zary is one of the top prospects from the WHL for the 2020 NHL Draft. A star for Team Canada at last year’s under-18 world championship, Zary’s third season in the Dub was his best, as he finished fifth in scoring with 86 points.

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2020 Draft Profile: RW Anton Kosolapov

Dynamo Moscow’s Anton Kosopalov is a high-volume shooter who played the wing for his entire draft season. He has a goal scorer’s touch and soft hands, and was used mostly on the power play and in offensive-zone situations.

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2020 Draft Profile: RW Bogdan Trineyev

A lanky multi-purpose winger with soft hands and an excellent shot, Bogdan Trineyev has been a mainstay for Russia’s under-18 squad but also a contributor on a deep Dynamo Moscow club .

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2020 Draft Profile: RW Jack Quinn

One of the better two-way players among draft-eligible wingers, Jack Quinn is a goal-scoring machine who in his first year of eligibility placed second in the OHL with 52 tallies, including 15 on the power play and another three while shorthanded.

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2020 Draft Profile: LW Maksim Beryozkin

A big-bodied winger who can contribute in all three zones, Russia’s Maksim Beryozkin offers versatility and consistent production in a 6-foot-2, 201-pound frame.

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2020 Draft Profile: LHD Kaiden Guhle

Prince Albert’s Kaiden Guhle is one of the top two-way defensemen available for the 2020 NHL draft. He combines reliable defensive play with decisiveness on offense, and he can be counted on to excel in any situation.

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2020 Draft Profile: C/W Dawson Mercer

An 18-year-old force who can look like a flashy 10-year veteran in one instance and a smothering checker the next ? Sign me up.

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2020 NHL Draft: Top 10 Russian Prospects

The late-2001/2002 year group is one of Russia’s best in several years, and gold medals at their World U17 Hockey Challenge, under-18 Ivan Hlinka, and under-20 World Junior “A” Challenge validate that claim. Take a look at the 10 best Russian-born prospects for the 2020 NHL draft.

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2020 Draft Profile: C/W Dmitry Ovchinnikov

A high-scoring Russian forward who doesn’t play the stereotypical Russian style, Dmitri Ovchinnikov has had a prolific season in the MHL thus far as one of the Snipers top players, seeing plenty of ice-time in even strength and power-play situations.

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Prospect Notes: 2020 Minnesota State Tournament

Over 30 of the top high school players in North America were on display at the 2020 Minnesota Boys’ State Hockey Tournament in the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Check out detailed prospect reports on all of them, plus an inside look at the top Minnesota-born hopefuls for the NHL draft.

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2020 Draft Profile: RW Alexander Pashin

One of the top draft-eligible wingers from Russia, Pashin has the ability to fill the net in bunches. Our Ross Martin put this sniper under the microscope for a look at his overall game.

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Prospect Notes: TPS Turku U21-Jukurit U21 (Mar. 9, 2020)

Finnish prospect Eemil Viro was among several high-profile players summoned from the men’s elite league to participate in last Monday’s winner-take-all junior league match between TPS Turku and Jukurit

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2020 Draft Profile: LW Lukas Reichel

A well-balanced and agile skater with excellent vision, a deadly shot, and playmaking skills, Reichel is a German Elite League regular who has performed well above expectations for the Berlin Polar Bears.

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Preview: 2020 Minnesota Boys’ State Hockey Tournament

NASHVILLE (The Draft Analyst) — One of the most prestigious high school competitions in the nation kicks off on Wednesday when the State of Hockey lives up to its billing as the epicenter of all sports played on a sheet of ice. Yes, it’s time once again for Minnesota’s annual Boys’ Hockey State Tournament — a 16-team, single-elimination event that produces two state champions and all kinds of memories for players and fans alike.

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