Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #10 Mikko Rantanen

Josh W
June 24 2015 02:33PM

As we head into our top-10 prospects in this profile series we are moving back to Finland to take a look at Mikko Rantanen – possibly the number 1 player to be drafted out of Europe this season.

It’s no surprise that Rantanen is very highly spoken of, it’s more a surprise that he’s only considered a top-10 pick. 

Continue past the jump for our player breakdown.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #26 Joel Eriksson Ek

Josh W
June 19 2015 03:32PM

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Back again on the other side of Atlantic, we are taking a look at the young centre Joel Eriksson Ek who has played a large amount of times in leagues senior to his age and has succeeded.  He appears he will likely be selected in the late first round, with potential to slip into the second but his talent level appears to suggest a top-6 centre.  For a later pick, Eriksson Ek is someone you should not pass on.

Continue past the jump for our qualitative and quantitative analysis.

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Utica Comets Deep Dive: Calder Cup, Round 3 - Grand Rapid Griffins

Josh W
June 19 2015 09:00AM

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Heading into the third round of the Calder Cup the Comets were looking to face their toughest opponents yet: The Grand Rapids Griffins (affiliates of the Detroit Red Wings).  In this series preview we had noted that while the Comets had the advantage in possession numbers, the Griffins had top end forwards that were due to regress, better special teams and the higher string of PDO so far. 

Similar to the last two rounds this match up basically went as predicted.  The Comets were the better team at even-strength but the Griffins were able to keep up with the Jonses thanks to their special teams.  Jacob Markstrom continued to stand strong as he ensured the Comets were able to win in a record of only 6 games.

Read past the jump to see what went down.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #31 Sebastian Aho

Josh W
June 17 2015 12:38PM

I wouldn't blame you if you went looking for Sebastian Aho highlights on Youtube and got really confused. The top result over there appears to show a short Swedish d-man, and, well, it's not a mistake. Sebastian Aho is a diminutive Swedish blueliner that's eligible for his second entry draft this season.

But there's another Sebastian Aho. This one is rated lower by NHL central scouting, but he's much younger with a much more impressive statistical resume to his credit. This Finnish Aho has been tearing up the Liiga's junior circuit for years before finally graduating to a full-time pro at an extremely young 17 years of age in 2015.

Join us after the jump for a look at one of Finland's most dynamic young scorers.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #35 Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson

Josh W
June 15 2015 05:30PM

Continuing with our Prospect Profiles, today we turn to number 35 on the list, the Swedish import into the USHL and currently scheduled to attend Boston College: Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson (aka JFK).

This young centre has potential to become an impact player for your team if you’re willing to take the risk.  His path is unique having succeeded in the Swedish system at a young age, jumping to the USHL and now heading to the NCAA.

Continue past the jump for his breakdown.

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