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16. LC Ryan Kujawinski – Kingston (OHL)
DOB: Mar. 30/95 | Shoots: L | Height: 6.02 | Weight: 180lbsKujawinski’s first season in the OHL was a true tale of two halves. After struggling to find a role in the Sarnia Sting lineup, a mid-season trade was exactly what the doctor ordered as Kujawinski emerged as a point-per-game player with the Frontenacs. Kujawinski is an intriguing talent as he has a pro frame and dynamic skating ability. His explosiveness and ability to create off the rush make it extremely difficult for defenders when he’s on his game. A full season with Kingston will provide a lot of insight about just how good he can be.
17. G Zachary Fucale – Halifax (QMJHL)
DOB: May 28/95 | Catches: L | Height: 6.00 | Weight: 170lbsFucale’s first season in the QMJHL could likely be described accurately as something right out of a hockey fairy tale. After Halifax starter Anthony Terenzio went down with injury, Fucale stepped up to lead Halifax right through to a QMJHL Semi-Final appearance, well above expectations. Fucale has big save ability that very few goalies can which is due to his athletic ability and superior technical form. This season he’ll need to work on refining some of the smaller aspects of his game such as puck handling, Fucale possesses some legitimate potential to be a future NHL starter.
18. D Josh Morrissey – Prince Albert (WHL)
DOB: Mar. 28/95 | Shoots: L | Height: 6.00 | Weight: 185lbsMorrissey was one of the few bright spots on an otherwise poor Raiders team from a season ago. On a team that really struggled for defensive unity, Morrissey was a stabilizing presence despite only being 16-years-old. Morrissey has the ability to make smart decisions in transition and is able to regroup and create offensive up ice seamlessly. With a stocky frame and adequate strength, if Morrissey is able to elevate his offensive game this season he’s certainly a player who could find himself rising in the rankings.
19. LC Max Domi – London (OHL)
DOB: Mar. 2/95 | Shoots: L | Height: 5.09 | Weight: 185lbsThose who follow Junior Hockey know that Max Domi is a very different player from the reputation that his father Tie forged in the NHL. But make no mistake, Max does play with a similar competitive edge. Domi is a very talented centre who has excellent vision and playmaking skills. He does a great job of controlling the pace when the puck is on his stick and has a good ability to buy time and protect the puck. A capable goal scorer, Domi’s main concerns moving forward are being undersized and lacking an explosive gear that may hold him back a bit when he gets to the next level. A good NHL comparable at this point would be a player like Sam Gagner.
20. LD Robert Hagg – Modo (SuperElit)
DOB: Feb.8/95 | Shoots: L | Height: 6.02 | Weight: 201lbsHagg enters the season as an intriguing player who’s stock is pretty volatile either way. He possesses good size and strength and overall, has a lot of projectable upside. Hagg’s athleticism and skating ability should support the continued development of his emerging offensive game and transition game. He has a good shot and is capable on special teams which is another component of an above-average offensive skill-set. Hagg has the tools to be a player but this season will be about putting it all together and showing that he has Top 20 upside come June.
21. RW Hudson Fasching – USNTDP (USHL)
DOB: Jul.28/95 | Shoots: R | Height: 6.03 | Weight: 190lbsFasching has the package of size and skill that put him firmly into the Top 30 conversation heading into the season. A strong skater with explosive acceleration, Fasching also has an ability to fight through checks and take the puck into traffic. Refinement of his skills is needed moving forward as Fasching struggles to finish and needs to produce more consistently. If he’s able to start the season on a strong-note and become more of a dominant player, he could be a riser this season.
22. LC William Carrier – Cape Breton (QMJHL)
DOB: Dec.20/94 | Shoots: L | Height: 6.00 | Weight: 195lbsCarrier is a hard-nosed forward who as a late birthday, comes into his draft year with an extra year of development under his belt. Scoring at a point-per-game clip a year ago, Carrier will be heavily relied upon by the Screaming Eagles this season while playing a top line role. Carrier leads by example with his work ethic and has done a great job of bulking up and adding strength to his frame. Carrier’s north/south style of play projects well to the NHL and he has the talent to play a Top 9 role.
23. LC Bo Horvat – London (OHL)
DOB: Apr. 5/95 | Shoots: L | Height: 6.00 | Weight: 195lbsLondon had a talented group of 94 birthdates in 2012, Horvat is one of several Knights who will make their mark for 2013. Horvat is a talented forward who even in a limited role last season managed to produce some admirable numbers. More effective down the middle, Horvat competes hard and has great strength to effectively play his game. Horvat has a number of intangibles including great leadership which are also elements of his game that make him a valued NHL prospect and a player who projects as a value pick in the 2nd half of Round 1.
24. LW Anthony Duclair – Quebec (QMJHL)
DOB: Jul. 26/95 | Shoots: L | Height: 6.00 | Weight: 160lbsDuclair is a pure offensive forward who relies heavily on his electrifying speed and explosiveness to create offensive opportunities. As a 16-year-old last season, Duclair led the Remparts in +/- as well as shooting percentage as his shot is a major asset to his game. Duclair needs time to fill out and add some balance to his game, but for a team that can be patient with him they may see a big reward as there is no doubting his raw skill level.
25. RD Jan Kostalek – Sparta Praha (Czech)
DOB: Feb. 17/95 | Shoots: L | Height: 6.00 | Weight: 175lbsKostalek comes into the season a bit unheralded, but he certainly is not a player to overlook in 2013. Overally, Kostalek is a very polished defenseman with good skills at both ends of the ice. He is an effective defender and is proven at the U17/U18 and Pro Levels. Kostalek does have quality skill and will be a player to monitor to see how he incorporates that into his game with another year of development this season.
26. LD Ian McCoshen – Waterloo (USHL)
DOB: Aug. 5/95 | Shoots: L | Height: 6.03 | Weight: 205lbsMcCoshen is a very steady defenseman who has great size and physical tools that project well to the NHL level. He is a refined defenseman who has strong positioning and defensive zone coverage and does a good job of neutralizing and shutting down top lines. Arguably the top uncommitted NCAA player right now, McCoshen could see his stock rise this season if he’s able to show continued improvement with his two-way game.
27. G Eric Comrie – Tri City (WHL)
DOB: Jul. 6/95 | Catches: L | Height: 6.01 | Weight: 175lbsAfter coming into the WHL with as much hype as any goalie in recent memory, Comrie lived up to the billing as a rookie last season. A mid-sized goaltender, Comrie has excellent lateral movement and solid positioning. He does a good job handling traffic shots and has the reflexes to make quick adjustments. Rebound control is an area where Comrie needs to improve but is not something that is unique to a young goaltender.
28. RW Ryan Hartman – Plymouth (OHL)
DOB: Sep. 20/94 | Shoots: R | Height: 5.11 | Weight: 185lbsWhat Hartman lacks in size, he makes up for in effort. The 5-foot-11 forward isn’t the biggest guy on the ice but his quickness and explosiveness make up for that in a lot of ways. Hartman is a physical forward who is not afraid to finish checks and competes hard every shift. In addition to playing with an edge, Hartman is a capable offensive player and while not flashy, he is effective. A lack of real high-end talent and size are the obvious knocks, but Hartman projects as a pesty forward that seem to be fan favourites in the NHL.
29. LW Tyler Motte – USNTDP (USHL)
DOB: Mar. 10/95 | Shoots: R | Height: 5.10 | Weight: 165lbsMotte is a very good skater and utilizes his quick feet to make up for a lack of size and strength. A wide base and great puck possession are assets to his game that help create space for Motte against larger players. Offensively, Motte’s heavy shot is his main asset as the winger is a fairly prolific scorer. Hockey sense, however, is a concern for Motte as he can be uninvolved at times, which really neutralizes his impact on a game. At this point, Motte’s offensive production is intriguing but he is certainly not a lock for the Top 30 come draft day.
30. LD Nikita Zadorov – London (OHL)
DOB: Apr. 16/95 | Shoots: L | Height: 6.04 | Weight: 205lbsAs if having a defense that includes Scott Harrington and Olli Maatta wasn’t enough, the Knights have now added another potential 1st round pick to the fold in Nikita Zadorov. Possessing a huge frame, Zadorov is a rangy defenseman that projects to make an immediate impact at the OHL level. He’s got strong mobility for his size and should develop into a very good defender as he adjusts to the North American game.
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