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Cajoled's Preseason 2023 NHL Entry Draft Rankings (1-10)

With the 2022–23 season just around the corner, here are our pre-season rankings of the upcoming 2022–2023 NHL Entry Draft: 1. Connor Bedard - Regina Pats (WHL) Bedard has dazzled at every single level that he has played at, and there is no doubt in my mind that the West Vancouver native will be selected first-overall. He was recently named captain of the Regina Pats and scored 51 goals and 49 assists last season in the WHL. while also winning a gold medal with Team Canada at the WJC. 2. Adam Fantilli - Chicago Steel (USHL) Fantilli's game is well-rounded and offensively structured.The soon-to-be Michigan Wolverines player spent the last two seasons playing for the Chicago Steel of the USHL. The Nobleton, Ontario native plays a hard, skilled, and intelligent game. Last season, in the USHL, the forward put up 37 goals and 37 assists in 54 games. 3. Matvei Michkov - St. Petersburg SKA (KHL) Michkov is an extremely high-end forward who can single-handedly turn a rebuilding team around

A Peek into the Secrets of Nick Moldenhauer Forward for the Toronto Maple Leafs

Nick Moldenhauer had the scariest draft year of any NHL prospect eligible for the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. However, the young forward overcame an unfortunate, scary circumstances and was ultimately drafted in the third round by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Moldenhauer was a 2004 hockey prospect hailing from the hockey hub of Mississauga, Ontario. The right-handed forward played his minor-hockey for the Toronto Titans organization of the GTHL. In his final season of minor hockey, Moldenhauer led his team in points and goals. He played in 63 games, scoring 45 goals and 77 assists. The Mississauga native was eventually drafted 20th overall by the Ottawa 67's during the 2020 OHL Entry Draft. Moldenhauer would not sign with the 67's and instead sign to play for the Chicago Steel of the USHL. Moldenhauer would play six USHL games during the 2020–21 season, scoring two assists. He would also suit up for three USHL playoff games, unfortunately without recording any points.  Moldenhauer would

Everything You Wanted to Know about The 2022 NHL Entry Draft: Reviewing The Top Anaheim Ducks Picks

The NHL Draft took place approximately two weeks ago. As the NHL offseason drags on and on, let's take a look back at the players the Anaheim Ducks chose during the 2022 NHL Draft: Pavel Mintyukov - Saginaw Spirit (1st Round) The Anaheim Ducks selected Pavel Mintyukov with the tenth overall pick in the NHL Draft. The defenseman, who was born in Russia, is currently a Saginaw Spirit OHL player. Mintyukov played 62 games with Saginaw in the 2021–22 season, recording 17 goals and 45 assists. The young Russian blueliner is not worried about offence. He is an offensively player with aggressive talent who can move effectively laterally. Mintyukov's defensive play, though, is something to be cautious about in his performance. Mintyukov frequently makes bold moves, which result in blunders and turnovers. For instance, high-risk passes are made when leaving the defensive zone. Mintyukov will have to work on his over-aggressiveness. Occasionally, he misreads the play when trying to join

A Guide to Dans Ločmelis of the Boston Bruins

Dans Ločmelis is a Latvian-born centerman who was drafted 119th overall by the Boston Bruins during the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. Ločmelis currently plays in the Lulea HF system and will return to Sweden for the upcoming 2021-22 season.  This year, playing in the J18 and J20 leagues in Sweden, Ločmelis excelled. The Latvian native started the season playing in the J18. He played a short stint of five games, while scoring two goals and four assists. Shortly after, he was called up to the J20 league, where he would spend most of the season. Ločmelis played a total of 44 games, scoring 18 goals and assisting 16 times. Late in the season, the centermen even got the opportunity to suit up for two SHL games. Although he wasn't able to record a point, in a low-playing time role. Ločmelis has also represented his home country of Latvia at all of the IIHF junior events. For example, while playing in the top-division U18 tournament, Ločmelis played in four games, recording three points. A

The Hidden Secrets of Mattias Hävelid of the San Jose Sharks: Get to Know Him

Mattias Hävelid was drafted by the San Jose Sharks, 45th overall, during the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. Born in Sweden, Hävelid, a defender, represented Sweden at numerous international hockey events , while playing for his club team, Linkoping HC. 2021-22 : This season, Hävelid spent time playing in the J18, J20, and SHL. Hävelid would destroy competition in the J18 league to begin the season. He would play in two games, score two goals, and record an assist. Linkoping would then call him up to play for the J20 team, and he excelled again. In a brief 29-game stint, the 18-year-old would score ten goals and nine assists. Due to his maturity, Hävelid was able to play in the SHL, the top professional hockey league in Sweden. Hävelid would play in 23 games, unable to record a point. Although, remember he is a d-man.   Analysis : The 5'11" defenseman is described as an undersized, skillful player. The Swede was even ranked as the 19th best European skater by NHL Central Scouting.

2022 NHL Draft Recap - Grading ALL First-Round Picks

The conclusion of the NHL Draft is the beginning of the journey for the top-ranked NHL prospects. Here is my grade of each NHL first-round draft pick: 1. Juraj Slafkovsky  - Montreal Canadiens (A) The Habs started off the NHL Entry Draft with a bold move. Montreal ended up drafting 6'4'' power-forward Juraj Slafkovsky rather than the predicted Shane Wright.   2. Simon Nemac  - New Jersey Devils (A-) Simon Nemac was ranked as the top defenceman coming into the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. The right-handed d-man is a mobile two-way defenceman. Nemac was ranked third among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting.   3. Logan Cooley  - Arizona Coyotes (A)  The University of Minnesota commit was second on his USHL team in points, with 27 goals and 48 assists. Due to his elusive skating and skill, Cooley has high-end offensive talent.   4. Shane Wright  - Seattle Kraken (A+) Shane Wright was the biggest fall on the NHL Draft board. Seattle picked up a capable first-line center

The Top Undrafted Players from the 2022 NHL Entry Draft

For 225 NHL draft selections, July 7th and 8th, 2022, was a memorable day. The draft was filled with many gems and surprises. For example, top-rated prospect Shane Wright dropped to the fourth selection. Unfortunately, some players did not hear their name called on the draft floor. Here are some of the top undrafted players, that will enter next years selection as overagers: Pano Fimis, F - Niagara Ice Dogs (OHL) Fimis was once regarded as a first-round pick, and the Richmond Hill native concluded the year as the 75th North American skater. Many thought the former OHL second-overall pick would end up being selected during the third round. Unfortunately, for Fimis, this was not the case.   The 5'11" centerman ended the 2021-22 season playing for the Niagara Ice Dogs. He played a total of 54 games, recording 44 points, 30 of which were assists. Like many other OHL players, Fimis missed the 2020–21 season due to the pandemic.   Fimis is an incredible playmaker that can slip

Cajoled's Final 2022 NHL Draft Rankings

2022 NHL Draft Rankings 1. Shane Wright (Montreal Canadiens). 2. Juraj Slafkovsky (New Jersey Devils). 3. Logan Cooley (Arizona Coyotes). 4. Simon Nemec (Seattle Kraken). 5. Cutter Gauthier (Philadelphia Flyers). 6. Matthew Savoie (Columbus Blue Jackets from Chicago Blackhawks). 7. Jonathan Lekkerimäki (Ottawa Senators). 8. Joakim Kemell (Detroit Red Wings). 9. Noah Östlund (Buffalo Sabres). 10. Conor Geekie (Anaheim Ducks). 11. David Jiricek (San Jose Sharks). 12. Frank Nazar (Columbus Blue Jackets). 13. Liam Öhgren (New York Islanders). 14. Danila Yurov (Winnipeg Jets). 15. Kevin Korchinski (Vancouver Canucks). 16. Marco Kasper (Buffalo Sabres from Vegas Golden Knights). 17. Pavel Mintyukov (Nashville Predators). 18. Filip Mesar (Dallas Stars). 19. Denton Mateychuk (Minnesota Wild from Los Angeles Kings). 20. Ivan Miroshnichenko (Washington Capitals). 21. Isaac Howard (Pittsburgh Penguins). 22. Brad Lambert (Anaheim Ducks from Boston Bruins). 23. Rutger McGroarty (St. Louis Blues). 2

2022 NHL Draft Defense Prospects - Analysis + Notes

Simon Nemac - HK Nitra Right-shot d-man Decent size (6’0’’) Will/Can play big minutes Mobile, Puck-Moving d-man Described as a two-way d-mam High offensive thinker (1st power play potential) His defensive game will need some rounding before NHL ready Smart player, good-gap Projection: Top 5 pick David Jiříček - HC Škoda Plzeň Great size (6’3’’, 190 pounds) Steady d-man (great two-way ability) Right handed Explosive skater, moves the puck well Great shot, plays physical Shut-down, yet offensive d-man Offensive game (decision making) may need some time to translate before NHL ready Not a high risk pick Projection: Top 8 pick Denton Mateychuk - Moose Jaw Warriors Left handed (5’11”, 188 pounds) Offensive d-man Great offensive instincts, quick to join the rush, solid shot Struggles defensively (not the fastest defending) Makes high-risk breakout passes and risks Unreal creativity and confidence 64 points in 65 WHL games this season Projection: Top 25 pick Kevin Korchinski - Seattle Thunder

2022 NHL Draft Goaltending Prospects - Analysis + Notes

Topias Leinonen - JYP (Liiga) Big goalie - 6’5’’, 216 Ibs Has professional experience Played a brief part of the 2021-22 season in the Liiga Played most of the season in the second-tier Finnish pro league Athletic and quick  Not that smooth due to massive frame Plays the puck well Projection: Early Third Round Pick Tyler Brennan - Prince George (WHL) Big Goalie - 6’4’’ 184 Ibs Catches: L Calm Big upside Quick, Athletic, Smart  Didn’t have big numbers in WHL Regular Season (.899%, 3.58 GAA) Great WHL Playoffs (0-3, 95%) Will need time to develop Projection: Third-Round Pick Ivan Zhigalov - Sherbrooke (QMJHL) Will need time to develop Catches: R 6’3’’, 167 Lbs Quick, Solid movements Plays deep in the net (positional sound) 2nd Year of NHL Draft Eligibility  Projection: Sixth Round Pick Dylan Silverstein - USA Hockey National Development Team 6’0’’, 179 Ibs Played against USHL competition Quick, Athletic Great balance and strength (not as positional) Committed to Boston College Will nee