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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