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    1. Cody Glass C, 20 - Two prolific WHL seasons and a strong WJC had him looking good but maybe not quite living up to sixth overall expectations. An outstanding AHL playoff performance changes that. Projects as an 18-21 minute center who can drive a scoring line and be a key piece of a good powerplay. Will be lethal on the cycle between the high slot and goal line. NHL-ready 2019.

    2. Nic Hague D, 20 - Jumped from 46 WHL points in his draft year to 78 at +1. Turned pro the next year due to his late birthday, and already put up 32 points as an AHL rookie at 20. A 6'6 D who can move the puck. Ceiling is a 22-25 minute defenseman who plays against opponent's top lines and leads the PK. NHL-ready 2020.

    3. Peyton Krebs C/LW, 18 - Fell at the draft because of injury. Also question marks whether he has high-end offensive upside or will be more of a two-way, secondary offensive contributor.

    4. Peter Diliberatore D, 19 - One of a handful of 18 year-old defensemen in the NCAA to play regular minutes, and had the second most points among that group. Pretty remarkable for a sixth round pick straight out of high school hockey.

    5. Kaedan Korczak D, 18 - With Lassi Thomson gone, Korczak will have every opportunity to be the go-to big-minute defenseman for Kelowna. Should quickly improve on his value as a mid-second round pick.

    6. Dylan Coghlan D, 21 - This guy is a head-scratcher. Most difficult prospect to assess in the three lists I've done so far. Went through the draft twice and was signed as a free agent, then had a bit of a breakout in the WHL at 19, followed by a monster offensive year in his rookie pro turn at 20.

    7. Xavier Bouchard D, 19 - The 6'3 2018 sixth round pick more than doubled his point totals from his draft year - from 21 to 46. But even more astonishingly, his +/- went from -30 to +39.

    8. Pavel Dorofeyev W, 18 - Dominated the MHL last year and played the fourth most KHL games among U19s with 23. High-end offensive upside but fell to third round in 2019 draft due to questions about compete level. Bigtime steal potential.

    9. Lucas Elvenes W, 20 - Was a top scorer in SuperElit at 17, and now already established as a good SHL player in his teens.

    10. Zach Whitecloud D, 22 - College free agent signing had a very strong rookie pro turn, finishing first in the AHL with a +39. He also tied for the team playoff scoring lead with 15 in 22 games. But his playoff +/- was worst on the team at -11.

    11. Jack Dugan RW, 21 - Put up big numbers in the USHL at 19, and then a point per game as a freshman for Providence at 20.

    12. Slava Demin D, 19 - Another 18 year old NCAA freshman defenseman who played regular minutes.

    13. Ben Jones C, 20 - Has steadily and significantly improved his point totals in each of the past two seasons. You couldn't ask for a much better progression pattern for a seventh round pick, but I'm far from sold until he does something at a higher level.

    14. Layton Ahac D, 18

    15. Brandon Kruse LW, 20 - A little on the small side at 5'9, and hasn't quite put up the kind of numbers you'd like to see to make up for the lack of size.

    16. Jake Leschyshyn C, 19 - Solid but unremarkable numbers in his 19 year-old WHL season.

    17. Isiah Saville G, 18 - Has already played a lot of games and put up really good stats in two pretty good leagues in the NAHL at 17 and USHL at 18. Only 6'1, but has real steal potential from the fifth round.

    18. Marcus Kallionkieli LW, 18

    19. Jonas Røndbjerg W, 20 - After making the SHL as a regular at 18, his stock plummeted last season when he was surpassed on Växjö's depth chart by three younger players. To be fair, they were all also NHL draft picks, but it's not looking good for Røndbjerg right now.

    20. Ryder Donovan C, 18
    Last edited by matchesmalone; 09-15-2019, 09:47 AM.

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    Great list! No arguments here from me.

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