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2015 NHL Draft Profiles (21-30)

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Here is the latest in a series of reports looking at the top prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft, which will take place June 26-27 in Sunrise, Florida.

A note on the rankings. NHL Central Scouting breaks players into four categories: North American skaters and goaltenders; European skaters and goaltenders. Some of the independent and media services – Red Line Report and the Hockey News for example– rank all players together in one list. Others rank skaters and goaltenders separately.

This is part three as we take a look at 60 of the top prospects including both skaters and goaltenders leading up to the draft.

Jansen Harkins

Position: Center
Height/Weight: 6-1/182
Shoots: Left
Born: May 23, 1997 in Cleveland, Ohio
2014-15 Team: Prince George (WHL)

Rankings:

15 (North America) – NHL Central Scouting

25 – International Scouting Services

18 – Red Line Report

30 – TSN

21 – The Hockey News

24 – ESPN

25 – Future Considerations

Led Prince George (WHL) with 79 points including a franchise-record 59 assists in 70 games. Registered four assists in five playoff games. Played for Canada at 2015 U-18 World Junior Championship, tallying five points (three goals, two assists) in seven games and winning a bronze medal. Won a gold medal with Canada at 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, registering six points (two goals, four assists) in five games. His father, Todd Harkins, played professional hockey including 48 games in the NHL.

Quotable:

“Very smart player with strong two-way play. Reliable defensive player that jumps quick into offensive plays. Good offensive instincts and playmaking qualities.” – Phil Bohnenblust, International Scouting Services

“We’re suckers for silky smooth pivots who create tons of chances and make their linemates better. One of the smartest players in the draft. His IQ and puck distribution put him among the best in this class. … Needs to go to danger zones more frequently to be more effective. Versatile and plays well in all game situations. A proven leader who is very unselfish and does all the right things to help his team win.” – Red Line Report 2015 Draft Guide

Oliver Kylington

Position: Defenseman
Height/Weight: 6-0/185
Shoots: Left
Born: May 19, 1997 in Stockholm, Sweden
2014-15 Team: Farjestad (SHL)

Rankings:

6 (Europe) – NHL Central Scouting

32 – International Scouting Services

31 – Red Line Report

24 – TSN

20 – The Hockey News

15 – ESPN

28 – Future Considerations

Was considered a possible top ten pick heading into the season and was Central Scouting’s top-ranked European skater at midseason, but had an up and down campaign. Played in Swedish Hockey League, Sweden’s second level (HockeyAllsvenskan) and in juniors. Was slowed by injury as well. Registered five points (two goals, three assists) in 18 games in SHL and seven points (four goals, three assists) in 17 games at second level. Played with Sweden at the U-18 World Juniors, picking up two assists in five games.

Quotable:

“Oliver is a very good skater with first-step quickness and fine balance. He’s a two-way defenseman who loves to join the offensive rush. He’s smart, with excellent hockey sense and passing skills, and can read situations very well.” – Goran Stubb, Director of European Scouting

“Not my type, you either love him or hate him. He brings exceptional talent to the table offensively and can turn your hair grey defensively.” – Dennis MacInnis, International Scouting Services

Thomas Chabot

Position: Defenseman
Height/Weight: 6-2/180
Shoots: Left
Born: January 30, 1997 in Sainte-Marie, Quebec
2014-15 Team: Saint John (QMJHL)

Rankings:

16 (North America) – NHL Central Scouting

16 – International Scouting Services

21– Red Line Report

25 – TSN

23 – The Hockey News

45 – ESPN

21 – Future Considerations

Led Saint John (QMJHL) defensemen in scoring with 41 points (12 goals, 29 assists) in 66 games. Registered one assist in five playoff games. Won bronze medal with Canada at U-18 World Junior Championship, co-leading the team in defenseman scoring with five points (one goal, four assists) in seven games.

Quotable:

“Lean blue-liner with excellent footwork and a live, athletic body. Is already physically strong for his size and should easily add another 15-20 pounds to his frame without losing any mobility. Outstanding puck mover from the back end makes rocket, pro-style passes through the neutral zone, but also puts delicate touch on short area saucers.” – Red Line Report 2015 Draft Guide

“Chabot is a smooth skating defenseman who sees the ice well and distributes the puck with ease. Has a smooth but very powerful stride. His stride generates healthy amounts of speed and good lateral agility. He is ultra-creative in his passing game and displays a confidence in moving the puck and unloading shots when lanes become available. Has a heavy shot from the point.” – Future Considerations 2015 NHL Draft Guide

Joel Eriksson Ek

Position: Center
Height/Weight: 6-2/180
Shoots: Left
Born: January 29, 1997 in Karlstad, Sweden
2014-15 Team: Farjestad (SHL)

Rankings:

4 (Europe) – NHL Central Scouting

20 – International Scouting Services

19 – Red Line Report

23 – TSN

27 – The Hockey News

44 – ESPN

23 – Future Considerations

Played in both the Swedish Hockey League and in juniors this past season. Registered six points (four goals, two assists) in 34 games in SHL and 32 points (21 goals, 11 assists) in 25 junior games. Played for Sweden at 2015 U-18 World Junior Championship, leading the team with five goals in five games and tying for the team lead with six points. Registered four points (three goals, one assist) in five games for Sweden at 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial.

Quotable:

“He is a very competitive, powerful center with great speed, a good strong shot and excellent puck-handling. He is creative on the offense while reliable on defense. Likes to go to the net to create scoring chances.” – Goran Stubb, Director of European Scouting

“He is a well-balanced center who can play in any situation. He’s an intelligent player who reads the play quickly, taking advantage both offensively and defensively. Good skills and is comfortable playing in any style of game and has a strong competitive approach. Maturity will be longer but potential is high.” – Craig Button, TSN

Daniel Sprong

Position: Right Wing
Height/Weight: 6-0/180
Shoots: Right
Born: March 17, 1997 in Amsterdam, Netherlands
2014-15 Team: Charlottetown (QMJHL)

Rankings:

20 (North America) – NHL Central Scouting

26 – International Scouting Services

38 – Red Line Report

33 – TSN

25 – The Hockey News

17 – ESPN

18 – Future Considerations

Led Charlottetown in goals (39), assists (49) and points (88) in 68 games played. Registered seven goals and four assists in ten playoff games as Charlottetown advanced to the second round of the QMJHL playoffs. Made QMJHL All-Rookie Team in 2013-14 after putting up 68 points (30 goals, 38 assists) in 67 games. Born in Netherlands, family moved to Montreal when he was seven-years-old.

Quotable:

“He has blazing speed, a great shot, and the puck skills and hockey sense to be an effective playmaker.” – Dan Marr, Director of NHL Central Scouting

“Crafty offensive player with slick passing skills and offensive instincts. Can disappear at times, needs to learn to compete for 60 minutes. Takes extended shifts. Sometimes looks like a star, other times, he is invisible.” – Dennis MacInnis, International Scouting Services

Brock Boeser

Position: Right Wing
Height/Weight: 6-0/191
Shoots: Right
Born: February 25, 1997 in Burnsville, Minnesota
2014-15 Team: Waterloo (USHL)

Rankings:

27 (North America) – NHL Central Scouting

35 – International Scouting Services

30 – Red Line Report

26 – TSN

14 – The Hockey News

31 – ESPN

26 – Future Considerations

Co-led the USHL in goal scoring with 35 in 57 games with Waterloo. Ranked third in points with 68. Co-led the Ivan Hlinka Memorial with six goals in five games and was captain of the USA team that won a bronze medal. Won gold medal at 2014 2014 World Jr. A Challenge, posting four goals and one assist in five games. Has committed to play at the University of North Dakota for 2015-16.

Quotable:

“A strong skating forward who is very effective at getting to open space. He possesses a hard, accurate shot and has the ability to create opportunities off the rush.” – David Gregory, NHL Central Scouting

“Looks like a pure goal scorer who possesses and NHL caliber shot. I like the way he will score in different ways. He will take the puck to net and score in tight as much as he will fire his great shot. His compete level stood out to me. Strong kid who just needs to keep improving his skating.” – Mark Edwards, HockeyProspect.com 2015 NHL Draft Black Book

Jake DeBrusk

Position: Left Wing
Height/Weight: 6-0/174
Shoots: Left
Born: October 17, 1996 in Edmonton, Alberta
2014-15 Team: Swift Current (WHL)

Rankings:

19 (North America) – NHL Central Scouting

27 – International Scouting Services

25 – Red Line Report

28 – TSN

28 – The Hockey News

29 – ESPN

27 – Future Considerations

Led Swift Current in goals (42) and points (81) in 72 games. His 42 goals tied for sixth in the WHL. Ranked second on the Broncos in rookie scoring in 2013-14 with 39 points (15 goals, 24 assists) in 72 games. His father, Louie DeBrusk, played 401 NHL games.

Quotable:

“His work ethic is off the charts but what also helps are those 42 goals he scored. He's a 40-goal scorer who does the dirty work in front of the net. His greatest strength is his compete level.” – Peter Sullivan, NHL Central Scouting

“Highly skilled offensively who brings a competitive attitude shift by shift. DeBrusk uses his explosive skating to penetrate defensive coverage and get himself into scoring areas. Possesses a quick release and accurate shot with great finish in tight.” – International Scouting Services 2015 NHL Draft Guide

Denis Gurianov

Position: Right Wing
Height/Weight: 6-3/192
Shoots: Left
Born: June 7, 1997 in Togliatti, Russia
2014-15 Team: Togliatti (MHL)

Rankings:

7 (Europe) – NHL Central Scouting

24 – International Scouting Services

8 – Red Line Report

21 – TSN

66 – The Hockey News

35 – ESPN

24 – Future Considerations

Spent most of the season with Togliatti of the MHL (Russian juniors), where he registered 25 points (15 goals, 10 assists) in 23 games. Played eight games in the KHL, picking up one assist. Led Russia in goals (six) and points (seven) in five games at the 2015 U-18 World Junior Championship, and was named one of his team’s top three players at the tournament.

Quotable:

“A dynamic goal scorer who is full of surprises, he is a strong, tough, power forward who goes hard to the net using his physical strength and size. He protects the puck well, is difficult to stop when at full speed and always tries to use his strong shot.” – Goran Stubb, Director of European Scouting

“An absolute horse – he’s big and fast with a long, powerful stride that eats up ground. Has without question the best and hardest shot in the draft - an absolute rocket that he can pinpoint with accuracy from anywhere. A true gamebreaker and natural sniper who is deadly from the circles on down.” – Red Line Report 2015 Draft Guide

Ilya Samsonov

Position: Goaltender
Height/Weight: 6-4/203
Catches: Left
Born: February 22, 1997 in Magnitogorsk, Russia
2014-15 Team: Magnitogorsk (MHL)

Rankings:

1 (Goaltenders Europe) – NHL Central Scouting

1 (Goaltenders) – International Scouting Services

23 – Red Line Report

19 – TSN

38 – The Hockey News

3 (Goaltenders) – ESPN

40 – Future Considerations

Played for Magnitogorsk in MHL (Russian juniors), posting an 11-4-1 record, 2.66 goals-against average and .918 save percentage. Was 1-1 in the playoffs with a 2.83 goals-against average and .937 save percentage. Played one game in the KHL, stopping two of four shots in just under 22 minutes of playing time. Played three games for Russia at the 2015 U-18 World Junior Championship and finished third in the tournament with a .934 save percentage.

Quotable:

“He has good size and covers the net well. He plays at the top of the crease and effectively squares to the shooter. He shows good instincts, is well balanced and can make acrobatic saves.” – Goran Stubb, Director of European Scouting

“Combines essential elements of size and athletic ability to be imposing in the net and make scoring difficult. He is very aware and reads the play well and is quick to close down the net. An ultra competitor who never gives up on a play. With normal technical refinement, he can become a star.” – Craig Button, TSN

Brandon Carlo

Position: Defenseman
Height/Weight: 6-5/196
Shoots: Right
Born: November 26, 1996 in Colorado Springs, Colorado
2014-15 Team: Tri-City (WHL)

Rankings:

25 (North America) – NHL Central Scouting

21 – International Scouting Services

41 – Red Line Report

22 – TSN

31 – The Hockey News

37 – ESPN

38 – Future Considerations

Registered 25 points (four goals, 21 assists) in 63 games with Tri-City of the WHL. Had one assist in four playoff games. Played for USA at 2015 World Junior Championship, picking up one assist in five games. Also played for USA at 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial.

Quotable

“He's a really good skater and has great mobility for a player his size. The reach and range are there. He handles the puck well and is one of the best guys I've seen this year at being able to pass off the boards to a teammate.” – John Williams, NHL Central Scouting

“Carlo is a huge mobile defensive defender with a great wingspan, very good feet considering his size, mobile and smooth stride with a good knee bend. On the puck he prefers the simple option but shows good crisp puck movement and smart decision-making. Good positioning as well as his use of stick/reach in the defensive zone to contain the opposition forwards.” – International Scouting Services 2015 NHL Draft Guide

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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