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: Fyodor Svechkov

Photo Credit: Andrey Holmov / HC Lada Fyodor Svechkov is a 2021 NHL Draft eligible prospect, who hails from Togliatti, Russia. Togliatti is in Western Russia and sits right alongside the Volga River. The young Russian left winger has resided in Togliatti throughout his childhood and played youth hockey for Lada Togliatti. Last season, 2019-2020,Continue reading “Scouting Report: Fyodor Svechkov”

Winter 2021 NHL Draft Rankings

Photo Credit – Rena Laverty (Beniers & Hughes), Elvira Holmström (Eklund) Bailey Johnson, Sam McGilligan, Alexander Appleyard, Paul Zuk, Sebastian Jackson and Josh Tessler combined their draft rankings and put together the official Smaht Scouting 2021 NHL Draft Preliminary Rankings. The rankings are below and our scouting reports are hyperlinked. Just to note, we areContinue reading “Winter 2021 NHL Draft Rankings”

Scouting Report: Cole Sillinger

Photo Credit: Robert Murray / WHL I can’t imagine that Cole Sillinger ever expected his draft year to play out the way that it has. The former 11th overall pick in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft and son of former NHLer Mike Sillinger certainly expected to play the most important season of his junior careerContinue reading “Scouting Report: Cole Sillinger”

Scouting Report: Kent Johnson

Photo Credit – Trail Smoke Eaters / Mike Hockley It’s not hyperbolic to say that no one has lit up the BCHL in their draft-minus-one year like Kent Johnson did last season. After putting up 46 points in 57 regular season games with the Trail Smoke Eaters as a 16-year-old and adding another 12 inContinue reading “Scouting Report: Kent Johnson”

Scouting Report: Zach Dean

Photo Credit – Olympiques de Gatineau Zach Dean is a 2021 NHL Draft eligible prospect and plays for the QMJHL’s Gatineau Olympiques. He was born in Grand Prairie, Alberta (northwest of Edmonton and roughly an hour and a half drive time from Dawson Creek, British Columbia). Eventually, the Dean family moved to Mount Pearl, NewfoundlandContinue reading “Scouting Report: Zach Dean”

Scouting Report: Prokhor Poltapov

Photo Credit – CSKA Moscow/@HCCSKA Prokhor Poltapov is a 2021 NHL Draft eligible prospect playing the CSKA Moskva farm system. He hails from St. Petersburg, Russia and played youth hockey for Serebryanye Lvy St. Petersburg and Dynamo Moskva. Last season, he made the short trek across Leningradsky Avenue and joined the CSKA Moskva organization. PoltapovContinue reading “Scouting Report: Prokhor Poltapov”

Scouting Report: Artyom Grushnikov

Photo Credit – CSKA Moskva/@HCCSKA Artyom Grushnikov, a 2021 NHL Draft eligible prospect, is a 17-year-old defenseman currently on the roster for the Hamilton Bulldogs of the OHL. Due to COVID-19 playing the main role in delaying all OHL play this season, Grushnikov has yet to take the ice in the 2020-21 season. Grushnikov wasContinue reading “Scouting Report: Artyom Grushnikov”

Scouting Report: Dylan Guenther

Photo Credit – Andy Devlin/Edmonton Oil Kings Dylan Guenther is a 2021 NHL Draft eligible left winger from Edmonton, Alberta. Prior to his time with the Edmonton Oil Kings, he played for North West Zone MHA, Knights of Columbus Squires U15, Northern Alberta U15 Prep, Northern Alberta Elite 15s and Northern Alberta X-Treme Prep. DuringContinue reading “Scouting Report: Dylan Guenther”