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2019 Draft Countdown: Dustin Wolf, Harrison Blaisdell, Leevi Aaltonen, Judd Caufield, and Lucas Feuk

Welcome to Canucks Army’s 2019 Draft Countdown. Over the next four weeks leading up to the draft, we’ll be rounding up scouting reports, quotes, and videos about our Top-100 prospects available. Here are aggregated profiles on 2019 Draft Countdown: Dustin Wolf, Harrison Blaisdell, Leevi Aaltonen, Judd Caufield, and Lucas Feuk.

No. 85: Dustin Wolf

Date of birth: April 16th, 2001

Nation: USA

Position: G

Catches: L

Height: 6’0” / 183 cm

Weight: 161 lbs / 73 kg

Profile: A rock in goal for the Everett Silvertips during his draft year, Wolf is a smaller goaltender who is very agile and athletic. While he’s vulnerable to being beaten up high while in the butterfly, Wolf makes up for any size discrepancies with a great blocker and glove, strong puck handling ability and a soothing calmness in the crease. 

Small goalie with agility, who competes hard. Plays like a warrior at his position. – Bill Placzek, The Draft Site

The most noticeable aspect of Wolf’s game is his calmness. His paddle and blocker consistently steer high-danger chances into the corner and facing a shooter in a danger area with an open lane keeps him deep in the crease and low to the ground. Staying crouched in the butterfly exposes sizable chunks of the upper half, but in the end, it’s all part of a deception scheme, as Wolf’s glove-hand quickness is rapier like. This tactic makes shooters alter their approach as the game progresses and attempts aimed at the lower half begin to pile up, albeit unsuccessfully. Wolf never loses the net, and his VH positioning with his skate and toe over the goal line works best for him. Unfortunately, there’s also so much post for a 6’0 goalie to cover, and he is susceptible to getting beat over the shoulder from below the circles. Wolf’s puck handling is above average, and he is willing to leave the net to attempt stretch passes, especially on the power play. – Steve Kournianos, The Draft Analyst 

Size may not fit the mold of a modern day NHL netminder, but his IQ, swagger, and athleticism more than make up for it. Really is a cool customer, and doesn’t get rattled easily. A study in head trajectory, with excellent vision on the puck at all times. One of the more underrated parts of his game is his paddle, and how active he is with it. Because his skating is so sound, he’s not afraid to play the puck behind his net or clear the puck on a penalty kill. Quick pipe-to-pipe skater. – Keith Fries, Future Considerations

 

No. 84: Harrison Blaisdell

Date of birth: March 18th, 2001

Nation: Canada

Position: C

Shoots: L

Height: 5’11” / 180 cm

Weight: 181 lbs / 82 kg

Profile: A two-way centerman who competes hard, Blaisdell uses his speed to be dangerous at both ends of the ice. His offensive skills and attention to defense helped him gain ground during his very productive year in the BCHL. 

Blaisdell is a fairly balanced threat offensively, blending goal scoring and vision into a dynamic package. His shot is high end and he has the release to go along with velocity and pinpoint accuracy. His two-way approach and attention to detail defensively often drive his offensive game through a “create a turnover and transition it up ice very quickly” style of play. Consistently one of the hardest workers on the ice, the current Chilliwack Chief is a catalyst for his high-powered line with his tenacity and dogged puck pursuit in all zones on the ice. Blaisdell has a good frame and has some surprising strength despite what some people may view as a lack of height standing at 5’11. His wide stride and strong edge control allow him to maintain body positioning and control in contact situations. A fantastic skater, Blaisdell  plays the game with tremendous pace, flying up and down the ice. His quickness isn’t limited to his feet, however, as he possesses hands that are capable of keeping up with his lower body movements, often leaving opposing defenders in the dust or in a pretzel. More likely to score goals off of the rush with his blazing speed, change of pace and precision edge control that puts rivals on their heels, but is equally adept in the puck possession game, keeping his eyes up in the offensive zone with the puck on his stick. – Brayden Sullivan, Draft Geek

Well-conditioned warrior who looked impressive during the World Junior Challenge. Although he is under six foot, he plays big and displays excellent “wide” speed that helps him stay around the pucks where loose or ready to be loosened in the middle and attack zones. Will jump into small enemy breakdowns and advance them in transition. Opportunistic around the crease winning rebounds and putting them in the back of the net. A high tempo attacker that can swoop from outside to middle open lanes before you know he has re-positioned. Knocks defenders off pucks drives past checks and also takes away many pucks. – Bill Placzek, Draft Site

No. 83: Leevi Aaltonen

Date of birth: January 24th, 2001

Nation: Finland

Position: LW

Shoots: L

Height: 5’9” / 175 cm

Weight: 168 lbs / 76 kg

Profile: A small but skilled winger, Aaltonen has great offensive skills to go with good speed. Despite being strong defensively and raising his compete level this season, some scouts still question whether the undersized winger has the raw talent to be an impact player. 

Aaltonen is an undersized winger who is most effective in an offensive role. He’s a dual threat because he can both make plays and finish them. He’s been leaning towards being a playmaker but he also has a very good wrist shot, and he’s very good at opening lanes for his shot. He’s also a reliable defensive player who can kill penalties as well. With his January birthday, Aaltonen is on the older side for his draft class, and he’s also very mature for someone his age. Expectations were very high for him based on his 16-year-old season, and even though he’s shown good progress since then, he hasn’t really dominated as a 17-year-old as was expected. Aaltonen is likely going to get drafted in the middle rounds of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.  – Jokke Nevalainen, Dobber Prospects

Aaltonen has many tools you would want from a prospect. He is a very good skater with quick feet and excellent agility. Aaltonen has very good vision and playmaking skills and he can also stickhandle well in tight spaces. He is excellent in transitions due to his elusiveness and puck-handling skills. He is also relentless on the forecheck and works hard. Aaltonen doesn’t have a long stick or big frame, but he is still a good penalty-killer due to his activeness and skating. I could see him end up as a middle or bottom six forward at the NHL level due to those capabilities, but I’m not sure if he has the skills or the vision to be an high-impact player. Finn Prospects 

No. 82: Judd Caufield

Date of birth: March 19th, 2001

Nation: USA

Position: F

Shoots: R

Height: 6’3” / 191 cm

Weight: 207 lbs / 94 kg

Profile: A power forward with scoring ability, Caufield plays a physical style and has the offensive prowess to go with it. 

A big power forward that can mix a heavy physical game with some good puckhandling skills – Chris Dilks, SB Nation College Hockey

He really uses his 6-2 frame to his advantage. He’s always going to the net, screening the goalie. He disrupts plays defensively. Brad Elliott Schlossman, Grand Forks Herald 

 

No. 81: Lucas Feuk

Date of birth: February 19th, 2001

Nation: Sweden

Position: C/W

Catches: L

Height: 6’0” / 184 cm

Weight: 185 lbs / 84 kg

Profile: An intelligent Swedish forward, Feuk has good offensive tools that make him a dangerous playmaker and scorer. 

A Swedish centre who plays a smart game as a playmaker and plays well on the power play. Has some grit to his game and will go into the corners looking but not a true banger. Reads the ice and developing plays and is quickly there as an outlet for his defenseman when they need one. Good vision offensive but still has parts to fit in place. – Bill Placzek, Draft Site

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  • Reme

    Funny how 5’11 is undersized, 6 is a good size and 6’2 is a large frame (powerforward). Oh those precious inches around 6 mark! Funny these kids are mostly 17. At that time, I still had 5 years of growing to look forward to.

  • MM

    I dont know about anyone else, but i miss at least some of the analytics. I realize other sites have paywalls and provide this service, but it would be cool to put say 1 or 2 in. I used to like the metrics that showed percent chance they’d make the NHL, and what would likely be their scoring window based on cohorts. Any chance of putting these 2 metrics in?