2008 NHL Draft: Prospect Previews — Part Two
College Hockey's coverage of the 2008 National Hockey League
Entry Draft in Ottawa continues with a look at some of the
best current collegians and incoming freshmen eligible for
this weekend's draft. Rather than focus on this year's big
names such as Colin Wilson of Boston University, we opted
to highlight players whose draft fortunes aren't as clearly
defined. We started with defensemen and a goalie. Part Two
features six forwards.
where the various independent scouting services have ranked
these prospects. In addition to the Central Scouting Service
comments on each prospect, we offer "Scout's Take,"
Inside College Hockey's exclusive evaluation of the player
from one or more NHL scouts. Scouts were granted anonymity
in exchange for their candor.
are listed in alphabetical order by last name.
6-5 | 190 lbs.
Statistics: 55 GP, 33-57—90
Scouting Service Rank: 28th among North American
Says: "He is very rangy with his stick;
he dishes the puck well and has really good on-ice awareness.
If he can get his skating a little more energetic, he'll
be a big strong player down the middle. When he is at
his best he is a strategic player. I wouldn't call him
a power forward. He is very smart and his positioning
is very good; he knows where to be and where to go at
the right time."
Take: “He's grown a lot lately. He's
had a big growth spurt over the last two years ago.
He was the Canadian Junior A player of the year, so
that's saying something.
a big guy who skates well, has a good reach, and a good
wrist shot. He needs to get stronger. He'll benefit
by spending some time in Denver — all the guys
who go there are better when they leave."
6-0 | 170 lbs.
Ohio State Recruit
Statistics: 46 GP, 27-36—63
Scouting Service Rank: 16th among North American
Says: "Zac has a really quick release
on his shot, he is a very busy player and he plays with
a lot of energy out there. He is a player that is constantly
in motion. He is offensive minded, but plays well defensively
too and has made huge improvements from last year —
he developed out of nowhere and had a really good year
in the BCHL."
Take: He had a very good year. They used him
on the point on the power play. He's got good hands
and a good shot, he skates pretty well, and he's smart.
He probably needs to get stronger.
had identified him earlier. It seems like the better
kids are going out to the BCHL ... like U.S. kids playing
in the USHL, the better kids from Manitoba, Saskatchewan,
and some from Ontario are going out there. It was good
for [Dalpe] ... he got to play in the [World Junior
6-4 | 210 lbs.
Boston College Recruit
Statistics: 21 GP, 4-11—15
Scouting Service Rank: 63rd among North American
Says: "Last year he played with James
vanRiemsdyk and Colin Wilson (on the U.S. Under-18 team)
and they were just a perfect chemistry line —
all season he was good going up and down the wing and
going to the net. He works hard, he's been consistent,
physical, and he doesn't take any shifts off. He is
at his best as a big power winger. On the wing he's
a got a really good shot and a really long reach."
Take: When I saw him as an underager, I saw
a game that blew me away. He did whatever he wanted.
Another scout and I looked at each other and said, 'Holy
smokes, who is this guy?'
struggled since, but it doesn't mean that he doesn't
have that game. He could resurface again ... he's got
good size and he's a good
kid. He's just got to figure it out. I like what I see
[at Boston College.] Jerry York is unique in that he
lets young people be who they are, and he doesn't overcoach.
[Hayes] will do well there."
5-11 | 163 lbs.
Michigan State Recruit
St. Catharines, Ontario
Statistics: 45 GP, 29-27—56
Scouting Service Rank: 47th among North American
Says: "Daultan is a
small, skilled player who might be a candidate at any
hockey school as the example 'how to skate' player;
he is a great, fast form skater. He almost single handedly
took St. Catharines further than a lot of teams would
Because he was depended on by his
team to be such an offensive contributor, it stands
to reason that his defensive side of the game needs
to improve. Yet, he effectively killed penalties and
his skating and skills would lead me to believe that
as he makes the next step, he'll continue to improve
with good coaching and experience."
Take: "He's a tremendous skater. He definitely
needs to get stronger — there's not much meat
on his bones. That'll happen in college, and he'll get
better defensively at Michigan State, too.
in the [Golden Horseshoe Junior B] league doesn't hurt
him. There were a lot of scouts coming out to see him
later in the year."
5-10 | 175 lbs.
North Dakota Recruit
Statistics: 51 GP, 44-56—100
Scouting Service Rank: 79th among North American
Says: "Has a good shot with a quick release
— moves the puck and sees the ice very well. A
good skater, uses his speed to create scoring chances
for himself and his linemates — has excellent
Take: "I don't think Central Scouting
even invited him to the combine, but just because he
didn't get to go doesn't mean anything. The name will
spark an interest, because everyone likes the gene pool.
is] more of a shooter, and [Jonathan] is more of a playmaker.
[David has] improved quite a bit over the last couple
of years. He can score goals, and he definitely has
a nose for the net.
6-1 | 170 lbs.
Boston University Recruit
Statistics: 39 GP, 19-50—69
Scouting Service Rank: 49th among North American
Says: "He has the ability to see the ice
well and to move the puck. He needs to get stronger
— he's willing to battle, but isn't always winning
the puck. He's got a good goal-scoring touch and he's
good on face-offs with good skating ability, not necessarily
high-end skating, but good."
Take: "Here's another guy who is a good
skater with good hands. He needs to work on his physical
play and backchecking. But when he played for Canada
in the World Under-18 tournament, he ended up playing
more of a two-way game, which was good for him —
and he still contributed on offense.
been compared to Adam Oates, but Adam Oates was a pretty
special player. He has the ability to be that kind of
player, though, and he's a better skater than Oates