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Kaliyev heads top prospects still available on second day of NHL Draft

Afanasyev, Robertson, Hoglander, Sogaard among those waiting to be selected

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

VANCOUVER -- The first round of the 2019 NHL Draft was completed Friday with 31 players beginning the first phase of their professional career.

There are several top prospects available when the draft resumes with rounds 2-7 on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN).

 

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Here is a look at the top 11 players available after the first round (listed in order of Central Scouting ranking):

 

North American skaters

Arthur Kaliyev, RW, Hamilton (OHL)

NHL Central Scouting: No. 7

The 6-foot-2, 194-pound left-handed shot was fourth in the OHL with 51 goals, second with 20 power-play goals, and sixth with 102 points in 67 games. Kaliyev, who was born in Uzbekistan, but moved to Staten Island, New York, when he was 2 years old, was voted as having the best shot and hardest shot in the OHL Eastern Conference Coaches Poll. He had two goals and one assist in the 2019 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at ENMAX Centrium in Red Deer, Alberta, on Jan. 24.

 

Egor Afanasyev, LW, Muskegon (USHL)

NHL Central Scouting: No. 16

Director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr said everything about the 6-foot-3, 204-pound left-handed shot says NHL, including his size, speed, smarts, compete and battle level. Afanasyev, a United States Hockey League Third Team All-Star, was 10th in the league with 62 points (27 goals, 35 assists) and has 76 points (33 goals, 43 assists) in 103 USHL games. Afanasyev will play for Windsor of the Ontario Hockey League next season; Windsor had acquired his Canadian Hockey League rights in a trade with Ottawa on Dec. 4, 2018.

 

Nicholas Robertson, LW, Peterborough (OHL)

NHL Central Scouting: No. 17

Robertson (5-9, 162), a Filipino-American, can score, make plays, skate and protect the puck as well as anyone in the draft. He was second for Peterborough in goals (27) and points (55), and tied for first in power-play goals (eight). He's always in motion and looking to make plays, and was named best stickhandler in the OHL Eastern Conference Coaches Poll. His older brother is Dallas Stars forward prospect Jason Robertson.

 

Bobby Brink, RW, Sioux City (USHL)

NHL Central Scouting: No. 19

Brink (5-8, 165), who will attend the University of Denver next season, was named the 2019 USHL Forward of the Year. Scouts have been impressed by his vision, smarts and puck skills. He was fourth in the league with 68 points, second with 35 goals and first with nine game-winning goals in 43 games. He had 30 points (17 goals, 13 assists), including two hat tricks, during a 17-game point streak that began Oct. 27 and ended Feb. 19; he missed time to play for the United States at the World Junior A Challenge, where he sustained a broken left ankle. He also had six points (three goals, three assists) in five games for the United States at the World U-18 Championship.

 

Raphael Lavoie, C, Halifax (QMJHL)

NHL Central Scouting: No. 20

Lavoie (6-4, 199), a right-hand shot, won the Mike Bossy Trophy as the best professional prospect from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League after he had 73 points (32 goals, 41 assists) in 62 games. Possessing plenty of upside with good skill, a good shot, and the ability to go hard to the net, Lavoie led all players in the QMJHL playoffs with 20 goals in 23 games and was second with 32 points. He closed his season with three points (two goals, one assist) and 17 shots on goal in four games at the Memorial Cup.

 

Brett Leason, RW, Prince Albert (WHL)

NHL Central Scouting: No. 25

The 20-year-old forward, who has a quick, heavy shot that's effective in tight or from distance, is expected to be selected early after being passed over in the draft the past years. Leason (6-4, 210) was eighth in the WHL with 89 points (36 goals, 53 assists) and had 10 game-winning goals in 55 regular-season games. He led Prince Albert and was second among all players in the WHL playoffs with 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists). Leason had five points (three goals, two assists) in five games for Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.

 

Shane Pinto, C, Tri-City (USHL)

NHL Central Scouting: No. 28

A 6-foot-2, 195-pound right-handed center, who is a strong, power-forward type capable of protecting the puck well and is hard to play against. Pinto led USHL rookies with 59 points (28 goals, 31 assists) and 11 power-play goals in 56 games, and had nine points (four goals, five assists) in six USHL playoff games. The native of Franklin Square, New York, will attend the University of North Dakota in 2019-20.

 

Jamieson Rees, C, Sarnia (OHL)

NHL Central Scouting: No. 30

Rees (5-10, 182) had 32 points (10 goals, 22 assists) in 37 games; 18 of his assists were primary assists. He missed two months early in the season because of a lacerated kidney and was suspended eight games for a blind-side hit Feb. 18. He is strong on his edges, gets pucks and makes plays and is hard to play against. Rees had eight points (two goals, six assists) in seven games for Canada at the 2019 World Under-18 Championship.

 

Vladislav Kolyachonok, D, Flint (OHL)

NHL Central Scouting: No. 31

Kolyachonok (6-1, 189) came to North America from Minsk, Belarus, played one game in the OHL for London, then was placed on waivers and claimed by Flint. Despite all the moving around he had 30 points and finished second among OHL rookie defensemen with 26 assists in 54 games. He's a good two-way defenseman, strong on his skates and poised and patient with the puck.

 

International skaters

Nils Hoglander, LW, Rogle (SWE)

NHL Central Scouting: No. 11

Hoglander (5-9, 188) is considered a fantastic skater with a good first step and plenty of energy. He's strong on the forecheck with good offensive instincts and quick hands. He had 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in 50 games for Rogle.

 

North American goalies

Mads Sogaard, G, Medicine Hat (WHL)

NHL Central Scouting: No. 2

Sogaard (6-7, 199) was 19-8-4 and led WHL rookie goalies with a 2.64 goals-against average, a .921 save percentage and three shutouts in 37 games. He had a .919 save percentage in six WHL playoff games. Al Jensen of NHL Central Scouting said Sogaard reminds him of Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne; he has a huge net presence, positions himself well and has very good rebound control.

 

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