Scouting Report: Dario Allenspach

Photo Credit: Philipp Hegglin/ EV Zug Almost every summer for the last ten years the NHL draft has provided us with a very specific type of player. The overlooked European over-ager. A player who was certainly good enough to be taken in their original draft year, but each team passed on at least seven timesContinue reading “Scouting Report: Dario Allenspach”

Scouting Report: Samuel Helenius

Photo Credit – Liiga/Jiri Halttunen The Finnish Liiga is not quite the same level of league it used to be. The loss of Jokerit to the KHL as well as the league’s lack of ability to compete with the SHL and NLA from a financial perspective mean that while still a premier European league, itContinue reading “Scouting Report: Samuel Helenius”

Scouting Report: Stanislav Svozil

Photo Credit – hc-kometa.cz The Czech Republic is still a world hockey power. They might not quite have the firepower up and down their line-up as they did in the early 2000’s, but in the last five World Championship’s they have reached the semi-final’s twice, and did at the 2018 Olympics as well. You canContinue reading “Scouting Report: Stanislav Svozil”

Scouting Report: William Eklund

Photo Credit – Elvira Holmström With almost exactly seven months until the NHL draft the race to be number one pick is completely up in the air. It could be several different players, and even when draft day is upon us it seems doubtful at this venture that there will be a clear-cut number one.Continue reading “Scouting Report: William Eklund”

Scouting Report: Anton Olsson

Photo Credit – Malmö Redhawks The town of Helsingborg is a town of contrast. Survey it from the towers of Hamlet’s Castle, just three miles away in Denmark across the Øresund Strait, and you see both plumes of smoke and an industrial cargo port, as well as beautiful old buildings and rolling Swedish countryside. AntonContinue reading “Scouting Report: Anton Olsson”

Scouting Report: Jesper Wallstedt

Photo Credit – Luleå Hockey Over the last ten years NHL teams have grown more and more reticent to draft goalies in the first round. From 2011 to 2018 there were only four goalies taken before the end of the drafts first day, and of those four the highest selection was Andrei Vasilevskiy at 19thContinue reading “Scouting Report: Jesper Wallstedt”

Scouting Report: Oskar Olausson

Photo Credit – HV71 Given the talent he possesses it is a surprise that Oskar Olausson has not got more column space in the lead-up to the 2021 draft.  Part of that might simply be due to him being a 2002 born player. Therefore his only major international tournament was the 2019 Hlinka, where heContinue reading “Scouting Report: Oskar Olausson”

Scouting Report: Fabian Lysell

Photo Credit – Frölunda HC Frölunda, the Gothenburg based club, have been the pre-eminent force in Swedish hockey for the last 20 years. Since 2003 they have won four Le Mat Trophies, the most of any SHL club over that time-span. They have also been a breeding ground for NHL talent. Henrik Lundqvist, Erik Karlsson,Continue reading “Scouting Report: Fabian Lysell”

Scouting Report: Simon Edvinsson

Photo Credit – Frölunda HC The towering blue-liner is from a small town outside Gothenburg with an interesting history. A history that is fitting of Edvinsson for two separate reasons. Onsala – located in a pristine fjord on the west coast of Sweden – means “The Halls of Odin”. When you look at Edvinsson thatContinue reading “Scouting Report: Simon Edvinsson”

Interview: Jaromír Pytlík

Photo Credit: Terry Wilson/OHL Images, Aaron Bell/CHL Images The hulking Czech pivot did not get too much hype in the lead-up to the NHL draft. Why? Probably because he does not have the “flash” that many forward prospects have. But when you run down a check-list of attributes there is not really a single boxContinue reading “Interview: Jaromír Pytlík”