Scouting Report: Luca Pinelli

Photo Credit: Robert Lefebvre / OHL Images As one would expect with a 5’9 forward, Luca Pinelli’s draft rankings have quite a wide range and follow almost no consensus, spanning from the early second round to, in some cases, unranked. Smaht is one of those outliers, ranking Pinelli at 37. It is obviously a teamContinue reading “Scouting Report: Luca Pinelli”

2023 NHL Mock Draft

The Smaht Scouting team completed their third annual mock draft. Ben Jordan , Austin Garret, Alex Appleyard, Josh Tessler, Gray Matter, Jordan Malette, Clare McManus and SpokedZ from the Smaht team participated. In addition, our ole buddy Sebastian Jackson drafted for a few teams as well. Each scout was assigned multiple NHL teams to draftContinue reading “2023 NHL Mock Draft”

Goaltender Data – 2023 NHL Draft

For the last few seasons, I’ve published goaltender data in which I look at speed, rebound control and glove work. It’s served as a good bench mark when watching goaltenders and determining which goaltenders I’d fight for at the draft table. In the past, I have published my data on Tableau, but due to timeContinue reading “Goaltender Data – 2023 NHL Draft”

Scouting Report: Tanner Molendyk

Photo Credit: Steve Hiscock / Saskatoon Blades Tanner Molendyk is a 2023 NHL Draft prospect and plays for the WHL’s Saskatoon Blades. He’s originally from Kamloops, British Columbia and had played locally with the Thompson Blazers in his youth. For the 2019-20 season, he joined the Yale Hockey Academy Prep U15 club and averaged 2Continue reading “Scouting Report: Tanner Molendyk”

Scouting Report: Otto Stenberg

Photo Credit: Frölunda HC Otto Stenberg is a 2023 NHL Draft eligible prospect and plays in the Frölunda system. He grew up in Stenungsund, Sweden and played for the local U16 and J18 teams before joining Frölunda. Otto’s father, David had played Swedish division two hockey in the early 2000’s. His brothers are also activelyContinue reading “Scouting Report: Otto Stenberg”

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”