Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #40 Paul Bittner

Rhys Jessop
June 13 2015 04:56PM

From a couple of Finns flying under the radar, we go to a pretty well-known WHL kid in our #40 profile: towering Portland Winterhawks winger Paul Bittner. We've covered Bittner at Canucks Army before, and admittedly, it hasn't been an overly glowing evaluation. But that doesn't change the fact that he's a very good prospect with a lot to like his game.

There's a place in the draft where Bittner will likely be the best bet left on the draft board, and we think that place will be somewhere in the early to mid second round.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #41 Veeti Vainio

Rhys Jessop
June 13 2015 01:56PM

I don't blame you if you've never heard of Veeti Vainio, as the lanky Finnish defender is currently flying way under the radar. Defensive issues and questions about his overall game have kept him well down many draft lists, but elite level production in Finland's top junior league has vaulted him rather high on ours. Quite simply, he's a point producing monster on the blueline for one of Finland's best U-20 teams.

Join us after the break as we take a look at the 2015 draft's biggest statistical sleeper.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #42 Roope Hintz

Rhys Jessop
June 13 2015 11:00AM


We continue our top-45 prospect countdown today by profiling the guy with undoubtedly the best hair in the draft: lanky Finnish forward Roope Hintz. The industry may be hot-and-cold on Hintz, but after a strong World Junior performance this past January and a very impressive 17-year old season in Finland's top professional league, we have him rated in the first half of the second round.

Join us after the jump to look at one of this draft's potential biggest sleeper picks.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #45 Jacob Larsson

Rhys Jessop
June 12 2015 11:00AM

With the obvious top-ranked prospect out of the way yesterday, we can now turn our attention to our top-45 prospect countdown for the upcoming entry draft. We start our ranking by profiling our consensus 45th ranked prospect for this season: slick puck moving defender Jacob Larsson.

Join us after the jump to learn about the player that some consider Sweden's best prospect for this month's draft.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #1 Connor McDavid

Rhys Jessop
June 11 2015 06:14PM

Since there is no doubt as to who we'll have ranked as the best prospect available for the 2015 NHL Entry draft, we'll start at the top. 

Connor McDavid is a special talent and the consensus best available player, possessing an obscene amount of skill. He's exceptional, not only for what he can do with the puck, but also for his blinding speed, which few players in all of hockey can currently match.

For a first-time draft eligible skater, McDavid's production in the OHL was nearly unprecedented. He absolutely torched junior hockey to the tune of 120 points in just 47 games - numbers that would make people say, "nah, that's unrealistic" if he were a character in EA's NHL 15.

Join us after the jump as we profile the most dynamic talent currently outside the NHL. 

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