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Never too early to learn and scout the next group of prospects.

 

For those with subscriptions to the Athletic, Corey Pronman released his "way too Early top 25 for the 2019 NHL Draft"

 

His top 10:

 

Jack Hughes C USNTDP

Kaspo Kakko RW TPS

Trevor Zegras, C USNTDP

Peyton Krebs LW Kootenay

Alex Turcotte C USNTP

Bowen Byram D Vancouver

Matthew Boldy RW USNTDP

Maxim Cajkovic RW Malmo

Dylan Dozens RW Lethbridge

Kirby Dach C Saskatoon

 

 

At this time the Sabres have 2 picks in the first round.

 

Banner crop for the USNTDP, he figures there could be 5 - 7 first rounders in the program.

 

 

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Never too early to learn and scout the next group of prospects.

 

For those with subscriptions to the Athletic, Corey Pronman released his "way too Early top 25 for the 2019 NHL Draft"

 

His top 10:

 

Jack Hughes C USNTDP

Kaspo Kakko RW TPS

Trevor Zegras, C USNTDP

Peyton Krebs LW Kootenay

Alex Turcotte C USNTP

Bowen Byram D Vancouver

Matthew Boldy RW USNTDP

Maxim Cajkovic RW Malmo

Dylan Dozens RW Lethbridge

Kirby Dach C Saskatoon

 

 

At this time the Sabres have 2 picks in the first round.

 

Banner crop for the USNTDP, he figures there could be 5 - 7 first rounders in the program.

Not going to have a shot at those guys with two picks in the 20s.

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Not going to have a shot at those guys with two picks in the 20s.

1) good possibly that one (or more) of the 10 listed will be drafted in the 20's

2) it's good to be optimistic about the Sabres but going from last to playoffs won't be easy

3) it's a draft page, never hurts to know about the prospects, no matter where the Sabres draft.

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1) good possibly that one (or more) of the 10 listed will be drafted in the 20's

2) it's good to be optimistic about the Sabres but going from last to playoffs won't be easy

3) it's a draft page, never hurts to know about the prospects, no matter where the Sabres draft.

Just my attempt at projecting positive thoughts.

I appreciated you post.

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Grateful, Crusader ....

 

My preliminary thoughts:

 

1). I look forward to NO “lose for Hughes” this year.

2). There are eight instances of the letter “k” in the top ten. I’m not sure how deep “k” goes, but that is impressive.

3). I’d never draft Krebs, Byram, Dozens or Dach.

4). Keep an eye on Oskar Tjäder.

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Not going to have a shot at those guys with two picks in the 20s.

 

How can you have two picks in the 20s when our own pick will be 31?

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How can you have two picks in the 20s when our own pick will be 31?

 

 

Yessss!

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Grateful, Crusader ....

 

My preliminary thoughts:

 

1). I look forward to NO “lose for Hughes” this year.

2). There are eight instances of the letter “k” in the top ten. I’m not sure how deep “k” goes, but that is impressive.

3). I’d never draft Krebs, Byram, Dozens or Dach.

4). Keep an eye on Oskar Tjäder.

 

 

And neither would Botterill - those guys play in the CHL.

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Hlinka Gretzky tournament just ended, so we will be seeing a lot of rankings come over the next couple of weeks.

The Athletic's Scott Wheeler released his first list of the season.

1) Jack Hughes - no surprise, 99.9% he follows in the footsteps of Rasmus Dhalin and stays in the #1 spot from today until the draft next June. Elite Talent, has potential to shatter Team USA U-18 team scoring records

2) Kaspo Kakko - still the consensus #2 overall pick but certainly will feel pressure to hold onto this spot. Was injured playing in the World Junior Summer showcase, so only appeared in 1 full game.

Top 5 potential:

Matthew Bolby - USDP  Playmaking winger who produced at a 1.25 points per game last season with the U17 USDP

Alex Newhook - surprising cut from the Canadian Hlinka Gretzky team. Plays in the BCHL, 1st team all-star at 16 years old. Scored at a 1.47 PPG in his rookie campaign.  Jost .98 and Turris 1.26 are comparable .

Alex Turcotte - another forward from a very strong contingent at the USNP. 2nd line centre behind Hughes

Kirby Dach - 6'4 Playmaking Centre, doesnt score a lot 7G 39A last season in the WHL. One of Canada's best players at the recently completed Hlinka Gretzky.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Another kid that impressed at the Hlinka was Philip Broberg - 6'3 190 LHD from Sweden.

he was barely thought of as a 1st rounder prior to the tournament. He is now thought of as having top 5 potential. logged huge minutes for the Swedes.

Incredible skater, with offensive instincts. he is always looking to carry the puck into the offensive zone. He has the speed to beat defenders wide. I think he attempted at least 5 wrap-arounds during the 5 game tournament.

He did have a few turnovers in the medal rounds, including one that lead to a 2-0 for team Canada. He also, may want to pick and choose the time to attack the offensive zone rather than being super aggressive each time he has an opportunity.

 

 

 

 

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Albin Grewe is also a player to watch. Good skater, hard worker, good maybe even great shot, and he is Swedish. 

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The way too early Wingnutt Ranking

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Player

   

1

Hughes, Jack

C

 

2

Kakko, Kaapo

RW

 

3

Byram, Bowen

D

 

4

Turcotte, Alex

C

 

5

Cozens, Dylan

C

 

6

Krebs, Peyton

LW

 

7

Dach, Kirby

C

 

8

Newhook, Alex

F

 

9

Suzuki, Ryan

C

 

10

Lavoie, Raphaël

C/RW

 

11

Podkolzin, Vasili

RW

 

12

Robertson, Matthew

D

 

13

Boldy, Matthew

F

 

14

Söderström, Victor

D

 

15

Kaliyev, Arthur

LW

 

16

Caufield, Cole

C/RW

 

17

Zegras, Trevor

C

 

18

Honka, Anttoni

D

 

19

York, Cam

D

 

20

Björnfot, Tobias

D

 

21

Nussbaumer, Valentin

C/W

 

22

Murray, Blake

C

 

23

Foote, Nolan

LW

 

24

Kokkonen, Mikko

D

 

25

Höglander, Nils

LW

 

26

Pelletier, Jakob

F

 

27

Vlasic, Alex

D

 

28

Cajkovic, Maxim

RW/LW

 

29

Grewe, Albin

C/RW

 

30

Poulin, Samuel

LW

 

31

Knyazev, Artemi

D

 

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One of my favorite (realistic) prospects the Sabres can be in range to draft is Anttoni Honka. His brother was drafted 14th overall by Dallas and most people who have watched both of these guys grow up say Anttoni is the better players. Excellent skater, smooth passer, ultra-offensive d-men. Helped Finland win the WJC-18 gold medal. Just like his bro, probably will need some developing of his defensive game to fit into the NA style but this guy can be a star in the league imo.

 

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12 hours ago, 5th line wingnutt said:

The way too early Wingnutt Ranking

 

##

 

Player

 

   

1

 

Hughes, Jack

 

C

 

 

2

 

Kakko, Kaapo

 

RW

 

 

3

 

Byram, Bowen

 

D

 

 

4

 

Turcotte, Alex

 

C

 

 

5

 

Cozens, Dylan

 

C

 

 

6

 

Krebs, Peyton

 

LW

 

 

7

 

Dach, Kirby

 

C

 

 

8

 

Newhook, Alex

 

F

 

 

9

 

Suzuki, Ryan

 

C

 

 

10

 

Lavoie, Raphaël

 

C/RW

 

 

11

 

Podkolzin, Vasili

 

RW

 

 

12

 

Robertson, Matthew

 

D

 

 

13

 

Boldy, Matthew

 

F

 

 

14

 

Söderström, Victor

 

D

 

 

15

 

Kaliyev, Arthur

 

LW

 

 

16

 

Caufield, Cole

 

C/RW

 

 

17

 

Zegras, Trevor

 

C

 

 

18

 

Honka, Anttoni

 

D

 

 

19

 

York, Cam

 

D

 

 

20

 

Björnfot, Tobias

 

D

 

 

21

 

Nussbaumer, Valentin

 

C/W

 

 

22

 

Murray, Blake

 

C

 

 

23

 

Foote, Nolan

 

LW

 

 

24

 

Kokkonen, Mikko

 

D

 

 

25

 

Höglander, Nils

 

LW

 

 

26

 

Pelletier, Jakob

 

F

 

 

27

 

Vlasic, Alex

 

D

 

 

28

 

Cajkovic, Maxim

 

RW/LW

 

 

29

 

Grewe, Albin

 

C/RW

 

 

30

 

Poulin, Samuel

 

LW

 

 

31

 

Knyazev, Artemi

 

D

 

 

 

No Broberg? him and Honka seems to be the "hot" prospects right now.

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I would be surprised if they took a RH defender in the 1st round. Unless a lot changes, there just aren't that many good RHD's at the top of this draft. 

 

Matt Boldy is someone I want to keep an eye on this year. Peyton Krebs is another guy although he is a WHL player and I think Botterill is allergic to the CHL.

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36 minutes ago, LGR4GM said:

I would be surprised if they took a RH defender in the 1st round. Unless a lot changes, there just aren't that many good RHD's at the top of this draft. 

 

Matt Boldy is someone I want to keep an eye on this year. Peyton Krebs is another guy although he is a WHL player and I think Botterill is allergic to the CHL.

Honka and Soderstrom are 2 RHD. 

Dumb question of the day. Can the Sabres trade the Sharks or Blues 1st round picks now? or do they have to wait to find out until they are no longer conditional? pretty sure its they can trade them now.

 

 

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Cole Caufield is very intriguing despite his size.  I also wonder if they look at Spencer Knight the Goaltender from The USNTDP. 

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Best Case scenario - Blues finish 11th last, Sharks get the last wildcard slot. and Sabres take the last wildcardm spot in the East.

Sabres would get picks 11th, 16th and 17th pick.  

Actually the best case would be 11th, 16th and 31st after the Sabres win the cup. Though, a lot would have to go wrong for the Blues and Sharks to finish so low and I doubt even the most optimistic Sabres fan would think they can win the cup this season.

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