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Draft Preview 2019

Draft Preview 2019

It’s The Hockey News' highly anticipated Draft Preview 2019 edition! We run down our top 100 prospects with scouting reports on each player, plus NHL Team Reports for all 31 clubs. Also, feature stories on our top three prospects: Jack Hughes, Kaapo Kakko and Dylan Cozens, and a sneak peek at the 2020 and 2021 NHL drafts.

BUZZ

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON?

2002 1. Eric Nystrom, 10th overall Father: Bob Nystrom, 900 NHL games 2. Alex Steen, 24th overall Father: Thomas Steen, 950 games 2003 1. Robert Nilsson, 15th overall Father: Kent Nilsson, 553 games 2. Zach Parise, 17th overall Father: Jean-Paul Parise, 890 games 3. Jeff Tambellini, 27th overall Father: Steve Tambellini, 553 games 4. Patrick Eaves, 29th overall Father: Mike Eaves, 324 games 5. Danny Richmond, 31st overall Father: Steve Richmond, 159 games 6. Colin McDonald, 51st overall Father: Gerry McDonald, 8 games 7. B.J. Crombeen, 54th overall Father: Mike Crombeen, 475 games 2004 1. Chris Bourque, 33rd overall Father: Ray Bourque, 1,612 games 2. Logan Stephenson, 35th overall Father: Bob Stephenson, 18 games 2005 1. Tyler Plante, 32nd overall Father: Cam Plante, 2 games 2. Brendan Mikkelson, 31st overall Father: Bill Mikkelson, 147 games 3. Taylor Chorney, 36th overall Father: Marc Chorney, 210 games 4. Paul Stastny, 44th overall Father: Peter Stastny, 977 games 2006 1. Nick Foligno, 28th overall Father: Mike Foligno, 1,018 games 2.…

TOP 100 PROSPECTS

SAMUEL POULIN

BORN Feb. 25, 2001, Laval, Que. 2018-19 Sherbrooke POS LW HT 6-1 WT 207 SHOOTS L INTERNATIONAL SCOUTING SERVICES No. 17 PATRICK POULIN WAS drafted ninth overall in 1991 and played 634 NHL games on the basis of his size and impeccable work ethic. Twenty-eight years later, the same thing could be said about his son, Samuel. “The term power forward gets thrown around too cavalierly,” said a scout, “but this guy looks like he has some of those attributes.” Another scout said the difference in Poulin was noticeable from the start of the season when he helped Canada win gold at the Hlinka-Gretzky under-18 tournament. He’s also added a speed element to his game, which has made him more dangerous offensively. Suddenly, a player who was pegged as a third-liner by many scouts is…

FEATURE

KAAPO KAKKO: SPECIAL K

KALLE KASKINEN SWEATS it out in his backyard on this uncharacteristically warm April day in Turku, Finland. He’s renovating his garden and terrace. It’s a huge project that will keep him outside for weeks. He’s content. And yet he isn’t. He can’t believe he’s not standing behind a bench staring at a sheet of ice right now. He coaches TPS of the Liiga, Finland’s top league, and his squad got bounced from the playoffs in the quarterfinal a couple weeks earlier. The defeat still stings. At least the garden offers a serene escape from hockey. Mention the name Kaapo Kakko, however, and Kaskinen will gladly drop his tools to talk. “Anything for Kaapo,” he says. He makes no attempt to hide his reverence for his star pupil. Kaskinen first met Kakko when he…

TOP 100 PROSPECTS

KAEDAN KORCZAK

BORN Jan. 29, 2001, Yorkton, Sask. 2018-19 Kelowna POS D HT 6-3 WT 192 SHOOTS R INTERNATIONAL SCOUTING SERVICES No. 29 SCOUTS WERE A LITTLE disappointed with Korczak at the Hlinka-Gretzky tournament last August and early in the 2018-19 season with Kelowna, but it seemed he was trying to be all things to all people. When Korczak focused on his strength as a defensive defenseman, he made more positive impressions. You don’t want him running the power play, but if you’re looking for a D-man for the penalty kill and someone to put out in the last minute with a one-goal lead, Korczak is your man. “Maybe he doesn’t have the highest level of ceiling in terms of potential, but he’s an elite skater with size and defensive ability,” said one scout. “This guy is…