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Prospect Profiles: North American Right Wingers

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

As the Sens get set for the 2017 NHL Draft on June 23rd-24th in Chicago, we kick off our Sport Chek Prospect Profiles with a look at 5 of the top North American right wingers according to NHL Central Scouting.

1. Owen Tippett

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  • #7 ranked North American Skater

  • Right Wing / Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)

  • Height: 6' 0"

  • Weight: 200 lbs


Profile

  • Led the Mississauga Steelheads in goals and points last season

  • Drafted 4th overall by Mississauga in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection

  • Served as Alternate Captain for Team Canada at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament

  • Models his game after Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos


What the scouts say:

"He's a natural goal scorer who is extremely dangerous when attacking with speed. He possesses an excellent release while also displaying the vision and passing ability to create offense for his teammates, making him very difficult to defend." - Matt Ryan of NHL Central Scouting


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2. Eeli Tolvanen

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  • #8 ranked North American Skater
  • Right Wing / Sioux City Musketeers (USHL)

  • Height: 5' 10"

  • Weight: 170 lbs


Profile

  • Finished tied for 8th in the USHL scoring with 54 points (30G, 24A)in 52 games

  • Recorded 10 points in 13 playoff games to help the Sioux City Musketeers reach the Clark Cup Final

  • Named a USHL First Team All-Rookie in 2015-16

  • Committed to attend Boston College next season

  • Models his style of play after St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko


What the scouts say:

"He's got excellent skill and hockey sense. Plays the game at a high pace and is very tough to contain. He is dangerous offensively creating opportunities with a quick shot that he can release on the fly. He is very good at finding the open man with a tape-to-tape pass. He understands the game very well and can be responsible is all zones. He scored at over a point per game in a league that is tough to score in." - David Gregory of NHL Central Scouting


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3. Kailer Yamamoto

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  • #17 ranked North American Skater

  • Right Wing / Spokane Chiefs (WHL)

  • Height: 5' 8"

  • Weight: 153 lbs


Profile

  • Led the Spokane Chiefs in scoring last season with 99 points (42G, 57A) in 65 games

  • Finished 2nd in WHL rookie goals (23) and points (57) in 2014-15

  • Earned a Silver Medal with Team Canada at the U-17 Hockey Challenge

  • Models his style of play after Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane and New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello


What the scouts say:

"He possesses high-end offensive instincts and thinks the game extremely well. He's constantly moving without the puck to put himself in position to receive it and there's an elusiveness about his game that puts opponents under pressure whenever he has the puck. He's very unpredictable and that keeps defenders on their toes, allowing him to open up time and space for himself." - Matt Ryan of NHL Central Scouting


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4. Kole Lind

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  • #23 ranked North American Skater
  • Right Wing / Kelowna Rockets (WHL)

  • Height: 6' 1"

  • Weight: 178 lbs


Profile

  • Led the Kelowna Rockets in scoring with 87 points (30G, 57A) in 70 games

  • Recorded 12 points (6G, 6A) in 17 games during the WHL playoffs

  • Drafted 87th overall in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft

  • Lists fellow Saskatchewan native Jordan Eberle of the Edmonton Oilers as his childhood hockey idol

  • Compares his style of play to Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg


What the scouts say:

"Lind is a smooth-skating playmaker who doesn't mesmerize visually, but is consistently executing good plays. He has a solid range of gears to his skating and can achieve a separation speed quickly. He plays the game at a good place and has strong puck protection skills, thriving in puck possession. He is excellent in transition and makes very sensible choices on the rush. He has great vision on the ice and always finds the open player. He knows where to be on the ice at all times, finding ways to get himself open for chances on goal." - Future Considerations


 

5. Nick Henry

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  • #25 ranked North American Skater
  • Right Wing / Regina Pats (WHL)

  • Height: 5' 11"

  • Weight: 191 lbs


Profile

  • Finished 2nd among WHL rookies in scoring with 81 points (35G, 46A) in 72 games

  • Recorded 12 points (4G, 8A) in 22 games during the WHL playoffs

  • Won the Manitoba Junior Hockey League Championship in 2015-16 with the Portage Terriers

  • Compares his style of play to Boston Bruins forward David Krejci


What the scouts say:

"The thing that gets you excited about Nick is, here's a guy in his first year in the league and he's worked his way to play on the top line with A-ranked players from previous years and he's contributing and making something happen every game. You want to see it happen consistently so when you're ranking him against other high-end players, you want to see how he goes against them head-to-head." - David Gregory of NHL Central Scouting
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