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2015 NHL Draft Profiles (31-40)

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Here is the latest in a series of reports profiling some of the top prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft, which will be held 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 four of the series which is looking at 60 prospects leading up to the draft.

Jacob Larsson

Position: Defenseman
Height/Weight: 6-2/191
Shoots: Left
Born: April 29, 1997 in Ljungby, Sweden
2014-15 Team: Frolunda (Sweden, Jr.)

Rankings:

3 (Europe) – NHL Central Scouting

34 – International Scouting Services

88 – Red Line Report

31 – TSN

32 – The Hockey News

55 – ESPN

30 – Future Considerations

Larsson split time between juniors and the Swedish hockey league. He played 30 games in juniors, registering 19 points (eight goals, eleven assists) for Frolunda. He picked up four assists in eight playoff games as Frolunda made it to the final round. Larsson tallied one goal and two assists in 20 games with Frolunda in the SHL. He played for Sweden at the 2015 U-18 World Junior Championship, tallying three assists in five games.

Quotable:

“He plays a surprisingly mature game with good decisions both on the offense and defense. Good size and strength and a smooth mobile skater. Very quick first pass, makes smart plays and finds the open man well.” – Goran Stubb, Director of European Scouting

“Larsson is very smart and poised and makes plays under pressure. A very good passer who gives you the puck in good time. Doesn’t pass along his problems and finds good options when he has the puck. His skating is solid and he maneuvers well to gain strong defensive positioning and to take advantage offensively. Ideally suited to today’s NHL.” – Craig Button, TSN

Gabriel Carlsson

Position: Defenseman
Height/Weight: 6-4/183
Shoots: Left
Born: January 2, 1997 in Orebro, Sweden
2014-15 Team: Linkoping (Sweden, Jr.)

Rankings:

2 (Europe) – NHL Central Scouting

30 – International Scouting Services

50 – Red Line Report

27 – TSN

29 – The Hockey News

90 – ESPN

49 – Future Considerations

Played 39 games for Linkoping in Swedish juniors, registering seven assists. Played for Linkoping in Sweden’s top league (SHL) and picked up two assists in seven regular-season games and one assist in ten playoff games. Registered no points for Sweden at 2015 U-18 World Junior Championship and one assist in five games for Sweden at 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial.

Quotable:

“Carlsson is a tall, physically strong two-way defenseman who has improved a lot during the season. He plays a smart, cool, mature game and uses his size without being overly aggressive. A smart player who can both pass or play the puck out of danger.” – Goran Stubb, Director of European Scouting

“Very solid, steady stay-at-home rearguard who plays a simple game and makes very few mistakes. Uses long reach and active stick to break up plays off the rush and clog passing lanes. Intelligent positionally, angles well, and blocks shots. Always makes simple, efficient plays with the puck in own zone. Reads the play well. Strong, but lacks a mean streak - we’d like to see him play a more aggressive game, but is very strong in battles.” – Red Line Report 2015 Draft Guide

Vince Dunn

Position: Defenseman
Height/Weight: 6-0/187
Shoots: Left
Born: October 29, 1996 in Lindsay, Ontario
2014-15 Team: Niagara (OHL)

Rankings:

32 (North America) – NHL Central Scouting

51 – International Scouting Services

34 – Red Line Report

36 – TSN

34 – The Hockey News

79 – ESPN

34 – Future Considerations

Ranked sixth among OHL defensemen with 56 points (18 goals, 38 assists) in 68 games with Niagara. Co-led team with nine power-play goals. Led all league defensemen in playoff goals with six despite playing in only eight games. Scored four goals in Niagara’s playoff opener against Ottawa.

Quotable:

“Dunn was one of the top scoring defensemen in the OHL this season on a very inconsistent Niagara team. His skating is clearly high-end, and there are very few defensemen who are better at leading a rush. His great skating allows him to make up for defensive miscues, as I've seen him catch guys like Connor McDavid when they had a step on him. He's great on the power play given his creativity and puck skills. The drawback? His defensive play is certainly a work in progress.” – Corey Pronman, ESPN

“Average size, two way defenseman, he's a very good skater with good mobility. He pivots well and can retrieve the puck and make a play. Good transitional defenseman, good passer. Handles 1x1's well, good DZC. Plays hard, will take the body and compete. Plays bigger than his size. Good player who has a chance to play in the NHL as a 3/4 d'man with some time for development.” – International Scouting Services 2015 NHL Draft Guide

Filip Chlapik

Position: Center
Height/Weight: 6-1/196
Shoots: Left
Born: June 3, 1997 in Prague, Czech Republic
2014-15 Team: Charlottetown (QMJHL)

Rankings:

18 (North America) – NHL Central Scouting

40 – International Scouting Services

40 – Red Line Report

39 – TSN

30 – The Hockey News

46 – ESPN

35 – Future Considerations

In first season in North America, Czech native set Charlottetown (QMJHL) franchise records for goals (33) and points (75) by a rookie in 64 games. Registered nine points (one goal, eight assists) in eight playoff games. Served as alternate captain for Czech team at 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, where he registered five points (one goal, four assists) in five games as Czechs won the silver medal. Registered no points in three games for Czech Republic at 2015 U-18 World Junior Championship.

Quotable:

“Filip is a very good skater with good vision and puck skills. He always seems to be in the right position on the ice both with and without the puck. He can jump on loose pucks and transition quickly. A good combination of size, skating and hockey sense.” – Dan Marr, Director of NHL Central Scouting

“Good-sized center is a horse who uses his body to shield the puck and make plays with guys draped on his back. Competes hard every night and every shift. Very good hands and is really strong on the puck. Deadly shooter has a hard, heavy wrister. Sees the ice very well and makes imaginative passes with touch. ... The main drawback is his skating, which is slightly below average both in terms of balance and straight line speed, and could prevent him from playing a top 6 role.” – Red Line Report 2015 NHL Draft Guide

Noah Juulsen

Position: Defenseman
Height/Weight: 6-2/174
Shoots: Right
Born: April 2, 1997 in Surrey, British Columbia
2014-15 Team: Everett (WHL)

Rankings:

22 (North America) – NHL Central Scouting

29 – International Scouting Services

28 – Red Line Report

37 – TSN

33 – The Hockey News

77 – ESPN

32 – Future Considerations

Led Everett defensemen in scoring with 52 points (nine goals, 43 assists) in 68 games. Won silver medal with Team Pacific at the 2014 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, registering one goal and one assist in six games.

Quotable

“Explosive skater and very mobile. His game oozes confidence in all zones. Great shot, quarterbacks the PP. Love his competitiveness. He seems to relish playing against the opposing team's star players.” – Dennis MacInnis, International Scouting Services

“Red Line believes he’s the most underrated prospect in the WHL. A very reliable offensive defenseman who adds toughness and a steady game from the blue line. Has proven to be very tough and physical in his own end and become a key top pairing player. Played in all key situations and on both special teams, and the coach matched him up against the other team’s top line every night.” – Red Line Report 2015 Draft Guide

Jack Roslovic

Position: Center
Height/Weight: 6-0/182
Shoots: Right
Born: January 29, 1997 in Columbus, Ohio
2014-15 Team: USA U-18 (NTDP)

Rankings:

39 (North America) – NHL Central Scouting

36 – International Scouting Services

49 – Red Line Report

34 – TSN

37 – The Hockey News

53 – ESPN

33 – Future Considerations

Played for USA Under-18 team, registering 79 points (27 goals, 52 assists) in 65 games. Won a gold medal with USA at the 2015 U-18 World Junior Championship. Tied for fifth in scoring at the tournament with 11 points (six goals, five assists) in seven games and was named one of his team’s three best players.

Quotable:

“His game can be described as complementary but he carries a lot of strong play on his own. Plays a straight ahead, competitive game and he reads the game and reads off his line mates very well and then makes the play that gets the most out of the situation. Can play all situations and he doesn’t allow himself to be denied.” – Craig Button, TSN

“An absolute workhorse of a winger. There's a lot to like as he plays with heart and determination in every shift. Not a smooth or pretty skater but has power in his legs, good stability and especially he keeps his feet moving all the time.” – Phil Bohnenblust, International Scouting Services

Mackenzie Blackwood

Position: Goaltender
Height/Weight: 6-4/215
Catches: Left
Born: December 9, 1996 in Thunder Bay, Ontario
2014-15 Team: Barrie (OHL)

Rankings:

1 (Goaltenders North America) – NHL Central Scouting

5 (Goaltenders) – International Scouting Services

33 – Red Line Report

35 – TSN

39 – The Hockey News

4 (Goaltenders) – ESPN

59 – Future Considerations

Posted a 33-14-2 record, 3.09 goals-against average and .906 save percentage in 51 games with Barrie (OHL). Was 5-4 in the playoffs with a 2.88 goals-against average and .922 save percentage as Colts advanced to the second round. He ranked third in postseason SV% and fourth in GAA. Named to first OHL First All-Rookie Team in 2013-14 after posting a 23-15-2 record with 2.88 GAA and .902 SV%.

Quotable:

“He takes a calm and relaxed approach and has excellent positional play. He has a butterfly style with great low net coverage and controlled lateral movements.” – Al Jensen, NHL Central Scouting

“Mackenzie has such a great combination of size, athleticism and talent. If he can just become more consistent, watch out.” - Ryan Yessie, HockeyProspect.com

Anthony Beauvillier

Position: Left Wing
Height/Weight: 5-10/173
Shoots: Left
Born: June 8, 1997 in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec
2014-15 Team: Shawinigan (QMJHL)

Rankings:

33 (North America) – NHL Central Scouting

41 – International Scouting Services

35 – Red Line Report

43 – TSN

48 – The Hockey News

21 – ESPN

31 – Future Considerations

Led Shawinigan (QMJHL) in goals (42), assists (52) and points (94) in 67 games. Tied for ninth in the league in goals and ranked eighth in points. Tallied seven points (two goals, five assists) in seven playoff games. Scored three goals in six games for Canada at 2015 U-18 World Junior Championship and took home a bronze medal. Won gold medal at 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, registering no points in three games.

Quotable:

“Anthony is a player who can play in multiple spots in your forward group, perhaps 11 of the 12, with No. 1 center excluded. He’s smart, adaptable and reads plays everywhere on the ice in all situations extremely well. He is quick in his head, hands and feet and he competes. Can complement so many different players and that is very valuable.” – Craig Button, TSN

“He's not an overly flashy player -- and I've never seen him dominate a game -- but he's always making plays. He's certainly got puck skills, but his best trait is his hockey IQ. He sees the play unfolding very well and sets up chances with his patience and vision. He also has a pretty good shot.” – Corey Pronman, ESPN

Nicolas Meloche

Position: Defenseman
Height/Weight: 6-2/204
Shoots: Right
Born: July 18, 1997 in LaSalle, Quebec
2014-15 Team: Baie-Comeau (QMJHL)

Rankings:

40 (North America) – NHL Central Scouting

37 – International Scouting Services

24 – Red Line Report

44 – TSN

54 – The Hockey News

48 – ESPN

43 – Future Considerations

Registered 34 points (10 goals, 24 assists) in 44 games for Baie-Comeau (QMJHL). Missed final two months of regular season with hand injury but returned for playoffs, where he had ten points (four goals, six assists) in 12 games as Baie-Comeau advanced to the second round. Won gold medal with Canada at 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, registering one assist in five games.

Quotable:

“Plays a very smart two-way game. Defensive zone coverage is outstanding. He’s a leader on his team and a rock on their blue line. Mature beyond his years - plays like a 10-year NHL veteran. ... Very strong physically and one of the hardest hitters in the draft - makes opposing forwards pay a steep price for territory around the cage. Rarely ever outmuscled by older players. Played huge, important minutes and handled a lot of responsibility.” – Red Line Report 2015 Draft Guide

“Has good size and balance. Good skater who can pivot well but needs to work on his overall quickness and speed. Good first pass, average puck skills and vision.” – Phil Myre, International Scouting Services

Dennis Yan

Position: Left Wing
Height/Weight: 6-1/184
Shoots: Left
Born: April 14, 1997 in Portland, Oregon
2014-15 Team: Shawinigan (QMJHL)

Rankings:

30 (North America) – NHL Central Scouting

48 – International Scouting Services

39 – Red Line Report

38 – TSN

45 – The Hockey News

62 – ESPN

99 – Future Considerations

Registered 64 points (33 goals, 31 assists) in 59 games with Shawinigan (QMJHL), tying for lead among rookies in goal scoring. Led QMJHL rookies with seven goals in seven games during the playoffs despite his team losing in the first round. Tied for second in scoring at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial with eight points (four goals, four assists) in five games and won a bronze medal with USA.

Quotable:

“It's all about upside with Yan, as he's big, with a ton of offensive ability. He looks like a first-round player when he has the puck, as he's very creative, shifty, patient, good in tight spaces and sees the ice well. Yan's hands allow him to put away chances around the net well, and he also features an above-average wrist shot. His physical game, skating and off-puck reads could use some work.” – Corey Pronman, ESPN

“Yan is a very skilled player who shows signs of being a real high end talent who can impact the game in a significant fashion. At times, it appears he doesn’t know how good he can be and how he could dominate. If he improves and finds consistent purpose and intensity, he could be very good.” – Craig Button, TSN

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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