Hey Dudes! Today we will be talking about the top 9 prospects from the 2019 NHL draft.
2019 NHL Draft Rankings (MOCK)
9. Nolan Foote (Winger, Kelowna Rockets, WHL)
Weight: 187 pounds
From: Denver, COL.
He is the son of long-time Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote and younger brother of 2017 first-round pick, Callan Foote.
In fact, Nolan and Callan played together on the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets last season. Nolan recorded an impressive 19 goals and 35 points in 52 games as a WHL Rookie. The 6’3″ left winger plays his game with a mix of rugged physicality and offensive firepower.
MileHighHockey.com compares Foote’s lightning-quick wrist shot to that of Evander Kane. The Rockets took advantage of that skill by placing Foote as a primary shooter on their power play unit. He also represented Canada at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in 2017. He is expected to join Canada’s U18 Team this season. If Foote adds some more muscle to his frame, he can find another dimension to his game. Expect him to build on his sophomore success in the WHL over the next season. If he does, he will go in the top five in the 2019 NHL Draft.
8. Ilia Mironov (Defenseman, Yaroslavl, MHL)
Weight: 210 pounds
From: Yaroslavl, Russia
NHL ready size, good positioning and a beautiful release from the point. Mironov is one of those prospects that can either be dominant against good competition or lose composure. While I mentioned that he is good at keeping his position, he sometimes steps up at inopportune times. He is a wildcard in the 2019 NHL Draft.
7. Peyton Krebs (Forward, Kootenay Ice, WHL)
Weight: 173 pounds
From: Okotoks, AB.
First pick in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft, Krebs has had high expectations since his arrival to the Kootenay Ice. Krebs’ slim build (5’11”, 163 pounds) allows him to skate with fantastic speed and play an up-tempo game. The 17-year-old left wing built a fantastic season for himself in 2017-2018 and will look to jumpstart his point totals. Krebs is a bit of a wildcard, TSN’s Craig Button has him ranked 15th in the pool of 2019 NHL Draft talent. He could very well fall to the later half of the first or jump into the top 5 based on his upcoming season’s production.
6. Tobias Bjornfot (Defenseman, DJURGÅRDENS IF J18, SHL)
Weight: 187 pounds
From: Upplands Vasby, Sweden
The first thing that strikes you when you see Björnfot play is the maturity in his game, he’s physically advanced for his age and he plays simple when he has to. He could be the next Swedish D-Man that could go in the top 5 of the 2019 NHL Draft. He plays a two way game and does everything well but doesn’t have any huge standout elements to his game, the closest thing would be his shot which is really good. His skating can look a bit awkward and he could definitely improve his quickness, it’s not terrible or anything though. His production this year has been great but I wouldn’t expect him to be a big point producer at the next level.
5. Kirby Dach (Forward, Saskatoon Blades, WHL)
Weight: 195 pounds
From: Fort Saskatchewan, AB.
Kirby Dach is a 6’4” forward excelling in the WHL. The Saskatoon Blades selected Dach second overall in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft. The Blades called him up for the final 19 games of the 2016-2017 season. The 16-year-old center scored four goals and 10 points in that span. He has earned praise for his long reach, slick stickhandling, and high hockey IQ.
great combination of size, strength and puck skills … ‘offence first’ mentality … soft hands… good puck pursuit … quick stick … finds availa, ISS Hockey 2017
4. Dylan Cozens (RW, Lethbridge Hurricanes, WHL)
Weight: 175 pounds
From: Whitehorse, YT.
Dylan Cozens from Whitehorse, Yukon, is a hard-driving, skilled winger who has a burning desire to leave his imprint on the game from both a physical and a skill standpoint. As he continues to develop, the Lethbridge Hurricanes winger is going to be a nightmare for opposing defencemen. Cozens is one of those players that can dominate a team. Look for him to go high in the 2019 NHL Draft
3. Bowen Byram (Defenseman, Vancouver Giants, WHL)
Weight: 179 pounds
From: Cranbrook, BC
Here is another WHLer slated to go in the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft. Bowen Byram played just about the entire last six minutes of the gold-medal game for Canada Red versus the U.S. He’s a smooth-skating and calm defenceman who handles the puck with a confidence and certainty that makes the game look easy.
The Vancouver Giants blueliner’s ability to contribute in every meaningful part of the game puts him in a position to be a top-two defenceman at the pro level who can carry the big minutes and make the important contributions.
2. Kappo Kakko (Forward, TPS Jr. U20)
Weight: 190 pounds
From: Turku, Finland
Kaapo Kakko is an emerging Finnish sniper on the horizon. His offensive abilities are excellent and his ability to find the back of the net could see him follow the path of great Finnish scorers like Teemu Selanne and Patrik Laine. He can be the next great Fin to be drafted in the top 5 of the 2019 NHL Draft.
1. Jack Hughes (Center, USNTDP)
Weight: 165 pounds
From: Orlando, Florida
Hughes, the next great American player, since the other Jack (Eichel). Likely to be the 1st overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. He is an explosive center with world-class vision and quickness. Hughes was the top scorer at the under-18 world championship despite playing against mostly older players. He plays like a man among midget-level talent, and there really is no way to slow him down or stop him. The comparisons to Connor McDavid are a bit premature, but there are multiple similarities between the two.
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