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2022 NHL Draft Prospects - Analysis + Notes (Part 1)

Conor Geekie - Winnipeg Ice (WHL) Has NHL size (6'3'', 196 Ibs) Can play a skilled game, with a physical edge Younger brother of Morgan Geekie (Seattle Kraken) Often compared to: Joe Thornton High hockey IQ (very smart and efficient player) Always in the right spot Speed is biggest issue in his game (not the fastest) Hasn't shown two-way ability  Projected: Top 20 Pick Matthew Savoie - Winnipeg Ice (WHL) Undersized centerman (5'9'', 175 Ibs) Will probably move to the wing in the NHL Dynamic playmaker (55 points in WHL this season) Great skater (stands out) Dynamic with and without the puck 90 points in 65 NHL games Projection: Top 10 Pick Lian Bichsel - Leksand IF (SHL) Massive (NHL body) 6'5'', 216 Ibs Physical (defensively sound) Defensive skills is beyond age Smooth Skater (although skating doesn't stand out) Great 1-on-1 (good gap and stick length) Lacks elite offensive skill (concerns on 5-on-5) Split time between SHL, Juniors and repres