PREDS AROUND THE WORLD
ALEXANDER CAMPBELL, 18 YEARS OLD – OMAHA LANCERS (USHL)
Campbell is the third round pick from the latest NHL Draft 2019. His high production by the Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL) had caught the eye of our scouts, for the reason he recorded 67 points in 53 games, 21G 46A. Ranked third in the ranking of our center, behind Rem Pitlick and Philip Tomasino, Campbell seems to have a great potential. USHL does not have many stream options to keep up with but I will do my best given its good rating. I believe he will play a good performance in the league.
GRANT MISMASH, 20 YEARS OLD – UNIV. OF NORTH DAKOTA (NCAA)
Mismash has fallen sharply from the previously created expectation about him. Constantly on the junior squad list of his country, coincidentally or not, after no longer being called his performance decreased and he suffered injuries. which affected him psychologically. Last season he scored 10 points in 24 games. In the middle of January, Mismash had suffered another injury, this time in his knee that nearly knocked him out of the season and affected his performance. It was 8 games in a row without points, but nevertheless, the central was the most disciplined player of his team being the only positive point of the season. I don't think the next one is any worse, as long as he is healthy, the player from the 2017 NHL Draft in the second round could do well again. He is making good games, being incisive and creating chances.
JÁCHYM KONDELÍK, 19 YEARS OLD – UNIV. CONNECTICUT (NCAA)
Kondelík is NHL Draft 2018's fourth-round pick. Of course when you look at Kondelík and see his 6'7" frame, you wonder about his agility but the central has a good skating, did show good vision in the offensive zone and was a good instrumental in the special teams. Despite only 4 goals last season, the two-way sought to be more incisive in attacking. I hope he can improve his accuracy, as he been trying, and may also have a team that will help him more for next season.
JOSH WILKINS, 22 YEARS OLD – MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS (AHL)
I'm curious to see him in action at the American Hockey League after 3 years with reasonable numbers at Providence College at the NCAA. For while he has formed the line alongside Eeli Tolvanen and he had a good beggining. We'll see how far he can go.
PATRICK HARPER, 21 YEARS OLD – BOSTON UNIVERSITY (NCAA)
Harper has been named as an alternate captain for his upcoming and last season in the NCAA. Finished with 20 points in 38 games 14A 6G last season. He is very fast and agile due to his height being 5'7", has skill and creativity. His first year was the best of them all in the college, and now with a better team than last season, I believe Harper can be back to make good performances and should be in the top 6 this season. Harper is NHL Draft 2016's fifth round pick.
PAVEL KOLTYGIN, 20 YEARS OLD – VITYAZ CHEKHOV PODOLSK (KHL)
It was 3 very, very regular seasons of Pavel Koltygin at QMJHL with the team that had the best attacking of the Canadian leagues last season, Drummondville Voltigeurs. Playing on a team beside Joe Veleno (Detroit Red Wings), Maxime Comtois (Anaheim Ducks) and GregorMcCleod, Koltygin took good advantage of growing in other ways as his defensive play improved his drive and his shooting improved, especially his slap shoot. He recorded 47, 42 and 42 respectively in the 3 years at QMJHL. Now the player has gone to his homeland and play KHL which is excellent for his development, but the player seems to be having difficulties, being Healthy Scratch in some games and so far not scored in 10 games played, still is the best place for him to be while the franchise watches and considers offering him a contract, since his growth over the past year. The Russian is NHL Draft 2017's sixth round choice.
PHILIP TOMASINO,18 YEARS OLD – NIAGARA ICEDOGS (OHL)
First round pick from last NHL Draft, Tomasino as well as Eeli Tolvanen, fell into our lap and our scouts made in my opinion the right choice. At that time in the Draft, there were players available such as Ryan Suzuki, Jakob Pelletier, Arthur Kaliyev, and Philip Tomasino, and he is today is a Predator thanks to our scouting corps, who are improving every season. The versatile center has recorded 72P 34G 38A in 67 games last season. Maybe I was thrilled with the choice, having seen him last season, but I believe in his potential, because he is a player who creates the plays well, has an excellent shoot, intelligent with possession of the puck, showing to know what to do in the right place and time, skates very well, is agile and also knows how to behave defensively. For his sophomore year at OHL, I make a projection that he might exceed his numbers from last season. In 13 games at this start, Tomasino has 24P 9G 15A and already was named Player of The Week when he recorded a hat-trick, has been the main player of his team in broad aspects, and the player's future can be shine.
REM PITLICK, 22 YEARS OLD – MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS (AHL)
The 5'11'' central had good years with the University of Minnesota (Golden Gophers) and his last season was the best, in which he recorded 45P 21G 24A in 38 games. Speedy, skilled and playmaker, Pitlick is our closest player to NHL, alongside EeliTolvanen. The player will probably be the first to remember in case of injury. I like how Pitlick drives the puck and makes good transitions, he will contribute a lot in Milwaukee and Taylor can make him even better. I believe in a great debut season at AHL for the NHL Draft 2016 third round choice.
THOMAS NOVAK, 22 YEARS OLD – MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS (AHL)
NHL Draft 2015's fifth-round pick is not very impressive, his years in college were low in terms of productivity, scoring 18 goals in four years with the Golden Gophers (University of Minnesota), but he is very disciplined and a group player. For his first year in the American Hockey League, although I think it can grow in Karl Taylor's hands, I don't think it goes very far, but it can add up in Milwaukee.
ZACHARY MAGWOOD, 21 YEARS OLD – MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS (AHL)
Magwood was invited to attend the 2018 Rookie Camp, was a sensation, made good presentations, especially at the Prospect Showcase, and won a more than deserved contract. Zach is fast, versatile, creates good moves, and hadbecome dangerous when on ice. Magwood, despite recording just 12 points in 44 games, 4 goals and 8 assists including 6 primary, is important in the disposition in Milwaukee, well disciplined, and an engaging player. I believe in even greater growth this season and would not doubt if it reached the NHL with such a growth curve. A smart player.
SPECIAL THANKS TO MY FIRNEDO NIKKI TO HELP ME WITH TRANSLATION