Photo Credit: Allen Douglas / Kamloops Blazers
Logan Stankoven is coming off of his rookie season with the Kamloops Blazers, in which he tallied 29 goals and 19 assists in 59 games. His performance resulted in him being named the WHL Western Conference Rookie of the Year. Unfortunately for the Kamloops, British Columbia native, he did not bring home the WHL Rookie of the Year award (went to Dylan Guenther of Edmonton Oil Kings), but he put up a strong fight.
Stankoven flourished in his rookie season and was a strong offensive producer for the Blazers. More than likely, he will produce much higher point totals in 2020-2021 and will provide the Blazers with a dominant one-two punch up the middle with fellow centre Connor Zary (2020 NHL Draft eligible prospect). If Stankoven’s point production increases in 2020-2021, the Blazers could put up a strong fight in the WHL Playoffs and could potentially represent the WHL in the 2021 Memorial Cup.
D.O.B – February 26, 2003
Nationality – Canada
Draft Eligibility – 2021
Height – 5’8
Weight – 170 lbs
Position – Centre
Handedness – Right
Stankoven’s Style Of Play
While Stankoven is surrounded by plenty of great 2021 NHL Draft eligible prospects in the WHL such as Cole Sillinger (Medicine Hat Tigers), Guenther, Ryder Korczak (Moose Jaw Warriors) and Carson Lambos (Winnipeg ICE), he is one dominant centre. At first, you might see a lot of analysts put Stankoven near the lower end of the first round in their rankings, but I believe that is a mistake. Based on Stankoven’s playing style and upside, I would place him as a top 15/20 prospect for the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.
Similar to Frölunda’s Lucas Raymond, Stankoven plays a high-tempo game and is a menace in the offensive zone. He rushes towards the puck and plays the puck hard. Stankoven has elite forechecking ability and if his opponent has the puck along the boards in their own zone, he applies pressure to limit open lanes and capture possession of the puck. While some prospects are much stronger as a forechecker and are not as strong in the neutral and defensive zones, Stankoven is the opposite. When he is in his own zone and the neutral zone, he does not leave many gaps for his opponents.
If we look at Stankoven’s passing under the hood, he can execute the perfect drop pass in every zone. His drop passing looks synchronized. Stankoven will make you believe that he has no intention of giving up possession of the puck. That is how good he is at drop passing.
The other pass that Stankoven is quite strong at is his saucer pass. If he has possession of the puck in the defensive zone and he spots an open teammate in the neutral zone, but he has a decent amount of traffic in front of him, Stankoven will elect to use his saucer pass to get the puck past traffic and to his open teammate.
On the other hand, Stankoven’s centered passing and cross ice passing will be inaccurate from time-to-time. It is evident that Stankoven is working on his passing, especially his passing on the rush. I’m not concerned about his passing, but it is an area that could use a little bit of improvement.
Stankoven’s skating is one of the best attributes in his overall game. The 17 year old has top-notch acceleration and will show off his speed all over the ice. His turn radius is quite tight and his crosses are in great shape. There is nothing about his skating that I would look to change. His skating is NHL ready.
Last but not least, let’s talk about Stankoven’s shot. He has a quick release and will occasionally attempt to dangle with the puck right before he shoots from range. By doing so, he can make you believe that he intends to come closer to the crease. Instead, he dangles and fires a wrist shot.
When he is on the power play, Stankoven plays along the left half wall and has strong accuracy from any point along the half wall. At even strength, he seems to be most comfortable with his shot when he is in the slot.
In the highlight reel below, you can check out Stankoven’s four goal night the Victoria Royals from February 15, 2020.
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