Scouting Report: Zach Benson

Photo Credit: Erica Perreaux / Lethbridge Hurricanes Zach Benson is a top prospect eligible for the 2023 NHL Draft. He has spent the last three seasons, including this one with the Winnipeg ICE of the Western Hockey League. The Chilliwack, BC native was selected by Winnipeg 14th overall in 2020 bantam draft following a dominantContinue reading “Scouting Report: Zach Benson”

Scouting Report: Matvei Michkov

Photo Credit: Russian Look Ltd. / Alamy Stock Photo Matvei Michkov scores…a lot. He’s been on everyone’s radar for years, and when you look at his production, it’s easy to see why. Although points ≠ good, it’s hard to ignore the impressiveness of his statistical profile. He’s a goal-scoring machine and the records seem toContinue reading “Scouting Report: Matvei Michkov”

Scouting Report: Luca Cagnoni

Photo Credit: Megan Connelly / Portland Winterhawks Luca Cagnoni is a 2023 NHL Draft eligible defenseman, who hails from Burnaby, British Columbia. Cagnoni plays for the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks.  Cagnoni was not selected in a WHL draft, but was listed and signed by the Portland Winterhawks in March of 2020. He had been playing forContinue reading “Scouting Report: Luca Cagnoni”

Scouting Report: Nate Danielson

Photo Credit: Jeremy Champagne / Brandon Wheat Kings Nate Danielson is a 2023 NHL Draft prospect, who hails from Red Deer, Alberta and plays for the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings. Danielson was selected in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft by Brandon and made his WHL debut during the 2020-2021 season. Prior to joining the WheatContinue reading “Scouting Report: Nate Danielson”

Scouting Report: Connor Bedard

Photo Credit: Keith Hershmiller / Regina Pats Connor Bedard is the top prospect in the 2023 NHL Draft on the Smaht Scouting Preliminary Rankings. He has spent the last three seasons, including this one with the Regina Pats of the WHL. The North Vancouver native was selected by Regina first overall in the 2020 bantamContinue reading “Scouting Report: Connor Bedard”

Scouting Report: Adam Fantilli

Photo Credit: Michigan Photography Adam Fantilli is the second ranked player on Smaht’s preliminary rankings and is currently the third leading scorer in the NCAA both in total points and in points per game.  Fantilli took the road less traveled as the Toronto native ventured south of the border to play for the Chicago SteelContinue reading “Scouting Report: Adam Fantilli”

Scouting Profile: Leo Carlsson

Photo Credit: Örebro Leo Carlsson is the top European prospect in the 2023 NHL Draft on the Smaht Scouting Preliminary Rankings.  He has spent the last two seasons mainly playing in the SHL for Örebro. Carlsson has been in the Örebro system since 2020. Before Örebro, he was playing U16 and U18 hockey for FärjestadContinue reading “Scouting Profile: Leo Carlsson”

Smaht Talk: Preliminary Rankings

Smaht Scouting’s Josh Tessler, Austin Garret and Jordan Malette discussed players that were ranked higher and lower on the Preliminary Smaht Scouting 2023 NHL Draft Rankings versus consensus. Towards the end of the episode, the three of them answered mailbag questions. If you would like to listen to this episode, you can find an embeddedContinue reading “Smaht Talk: Preliminary Rankings”

Preliminary 2023 NHL Draft Rankings

Photo Credit: Keith Hershmiller / Regina Pats Alexander Appleyard, Sebastian Jackson, Matthew Somma, Gray Matter, Ben Jordan, Mike Wright, Jordan Malette, Tobias Pettersson, Austin Garret and Josh Tessler combined their draft rankings and put together the official Smaht Scouting 2023 NHL Draft Preliminary Rankings. Below you will find the rankings and a high level summaryContinue reading “Preliminary 2023 NHL Draft Rankings”

Smaht Talk: Who You Taking?

Smaht Scouting’s Josh Tessler, Austin Garret and Jordan Malette discussed players that are close in ranking (from a consensus standpoint) and which players they would be pushing for over others. In addition, they discussed whether or not Adam Fantilli could unseat Connor Bedard as the #1 prospect in the class. If you would like to listen toContinue reading “Smaht Talk: Who You Taking?”