Scouting Report: Gavin Brindley

Photo Credit: Michigan Photography Gavin Brindley is currently ranked inside the top 10 for Smaht’s final 2023 NHL draft ranking, and he sticks out like a sore thumb when comparing his consensus ranking to our rankings. The Smaht team is considerably higher on Brindley than most. There isn’t a prospect I’ve watched more this yearContinue reading “Scouting Report: Gavin Brindley”

Final 2023 NHL Draft Rankings

Photo Credit: Keith Hershmiller / Regina Pats Alexander Appleyard, SpokedZ, Clare McManus, Matthew Somma, Gray Matter, Ben Jordan, Jordan Malette, Austin Garret and Josh Tessler combined their draft rankings and put together the official Smaht Scouting 2023 NHL Draft Final Rankings. Below you will find the rankings and a high level summary on each player. Published scouting reports are hyperlinked on player names. The SmahtContinue reading “Final 2023 NHL Draft Rankings”

Scouting Report: Timur Mukhanov

Photo Credit: HC Avangard Timur Mukhanov is a 2023 NHL Draft eligible prospect, who hails from Glazov, Russia and plays in the Avangard Omsk system. His father, Renat Mukhanov played Russian minor and junior hockey in the 1990’s and has recently coached for Vityaz Podolsk’s U16 and U17 teams. While Mukhanov grew up in GlazovContinue reading “Scouting Report: Timur Mukhanov”

Scouting Report: Mikhail Gulyayev

Photo Credit: HC Avangard Mikhail Gulyayev is a 2023 NHL Draft eligible prospect, who hails from Novosibirsk, Russia and plays in the Avangard Omsk system. Gulyayev’s father, Alexander played hockey in Russia in the early 1990’s and has coached Mikhail during his time with the Avangard youth teams. This season, Gulyayev has played in theContinue reading “Scouting Report: Mikhail Gulyayev”

Scouting Report: William Whitelaw

Photo Credit: Galvin Photography, Scott Galvin William Whitelaw is a 2023 NHL Draft prospect, who played for the USHL’s Youngstown Phantoms past season. Whitelaw was selected first overall by the Phantoms in the 2021 USHL Futures Draft and made his USHL debut the following season. Prior to playing for the Phantoms, he played at ShattuckContinue reading “Scouting Report: William Whitelaw”

Scouting Report: Ryan Leonard

Photo Credit: Rena Laverty / USNTDP Ryan Leonard is a top American 2023 NHL Draft eligible prospect and he hails from Amherst, Massachusetts (the home of UMass). Leonard played for the USNTDP over the past few seasons and before that he played for Pope Francis Preparatory School and the Springfield Rifles 14U / 15U AAAContinue reading “Scouting Report: Ryan Leonard”

Scouting Report: Dmitri Simashev

If you’re looking for defense in this draft, there’s no better option than Dmitri Simashev, and I don’t think it’s particularly close. He’s a monster defensively at every level, brings some spectacular skating, and though he might not be as dynamic offensively as some of the other top d-men in this draft, he’s always makingContinue reading “Scouting Report: Dmitri Simashev”

Scouting Report: Nico Myatovic

Photo Credit: James Doyle / Prince George Cougars Nico Myatovic is a 2023 NHL Draft eligible prospect, who plays for the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds. Myatovic is from Prince George, British Columbia and played with the Cariboo Cougars organization. He was taken in the sixth round of the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft by the Seattle ThunderbirdsContinue reading “Scouting Report: Nico Myatovic”

Scouting Report: Denver Barkey

Photo Credit: Natalie Shaver / OHL Images Denver Barkey is a 2023 NHL Draft eligible prospect and plays for the OHL’s London Knights. He grew up just north of Toronto in Newmarket, Ontario. Prior to joining the London Knights, Barkey had played with the Markham Majors U14 AAA and the Toronto Titans U15 AAA squads.Continue reading “Scouting Report: Denver Barkey”

Scouting Report: Quentin Musty

Photo Credit: Natalie Shaver / OHL Images Quentin Musty is a 2023 NHL Draft eligible prospect and plays for the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves. Musty is from the Buffalo suburb, Hamburg, New York. He spent his youth in the Buffalo area and played for the Buffalo Jr. Sabres 13U AAA and 14U AAA squads. For hisContinue reading “Scouting Report: Quentin Musty”