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: Colten Ellis, Nikola Pasic, John Beecher, Cole Moberg, and Jamieson Rees.
Date of birth: October 5th, 2000
Height: 6’1″ / 185 cm
Weight: 183 lbs / 83 kg
Profile: Was eligible for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, Ellis is a technical goaltender that plays with a calm mentality. Played the starting role for the Rimouski Oceanic, ranked seventh among all QMJHL goaltenders in save percentage (.910) and fifth in goals against average (2.47).
Technically sound goaler who plays calm and collected and excellent flexibility. Smooth handles his movements up and down and sideways with control. Absorbs shots, and re-sets quickly. Rebound control and redirection is a work in progress. Thrives on being the man in big games. His behind the puck handling is an area he will work to improve on. — Bill Placzek
Date of birth: October 16th, 2000
Position: Centre/Left Winger
Height: 5’10” / 177 cm
Weight: 181 lbs / 82 kg
Profile: The goalscoring average-sized Swedish forward spread his time between the SHL and the Under-20 league this season, scoring a total of 19 goals. A shoot-first mentality carried him through his season.
Pasic is a fast, skilled, shot-first winger. He shoots all the time, seems to never even consider a pass. He skates really well with an intense, quick stride. — hockeyprospect.com
Smaller wing with a nice skill set ability to control the action in tight spaces and dangle with the best of them. Can get his shot releases in closed quarters. He has little interest in the corners, and doesn’t always come to play each night or shift. There is skill there. — Bill Placzek
Date of birth: March 20th, 2001
Nation: United States
Height: 6’3″ / 191 cm
Weight: 209 lbs / 95 kg
Profile: The University of Michigan commit uses his big frame to be a presence on the ice. Playing in a depth role on the U.S. National Development Team, behind forwards like Jack Hughes and Trevor Zegras, Beecher was still able to put up some points playing in a third-line role and limited power play time. With an unconventional skating stride, he is still considered to be a solid skater for a forward of his size.
Beecher has the size, skating and defensive game to be an effective forward in the NHL. His offensive game shows flashes but questions remain. Will he produce more with more ice time and some opportunities on the power play? Is there untapped offensive potential there? The team that drafts him could have a real steal if they are willing to be patient. His game is reminiscent of Sean Couturier, but this is a stylistic comparison only and not one based on skill and ability. — Ben Kerr
One of the more cerebral players in this draft class in that he’s not flashy and doesn’t dazzle you with any particular part of his game. However, with his size and ability to play a complete game, he almost always finds a way to contribute. — Sam Cosentino
Buried behind the NTDP’s ridiculous center depth is this powerful two-way center in the mold of David Backes. Beecher is impossible to knock off the puck, and his shot is so heavy it can knock a goalie off his skates. — Steve Kournianos
Date of birth: October 17th, 2000
Height: 6’3″ / 190 cm
Weight: 198 lbs / 90 kg
Profile: One of the oldest draft eligibles this year, Moberg is a mobile right-handed defenceman that has been able to perform on a very bad Prince George Cougars team. The North Vancouver native used his above-average skating ability to score 13 goals, the ninth most from defencemen in the WHL.
Date of birth: February 21st, 2001
Height: 5’10” / 179 cm
Weight: 172 lbs / 78 kg
Profile: After a season on a mediocre Sarnia Sting team, Rees shone at the U-18 tournament with Canada, tallying eight points in seven games. His season was shortened due to injury and was never to rise up the lineup as hoped, but still finished with 32 points in 37 games.
The Sarnia forward might only be 5’10, but he relentlessly plays above his size without, but also with, possession. Along with his buzz-saw style of play, he is also a skilled handler with puck-protection mechanics that, if refined, could see him be effective against the big defenders at the next levels. The most common characteristic of Rees’s play is that he invites opponents to get on him. He knows that with his edge work and superior stickhandling, he has a chance to escape from the skirmish to face the play and either find an open teammate for a shot on net, or attack inside the dots himself. — David St-Louis
Rocketing up the draft charts after missing the initial two months to a lacerated kidney, this undersized fireball has first step quickness, and will open up his stride make moves that launch him past defenders, popping off his edges or will stutter step, and get the goaler to commit and drop to make more open net high. A two-way player who never stops working at both ends, and is also able to caress the puck while in ascending to top speed in pass receptions or while he is splitting the defenders. Dynamic under-sided junior player that could see time at pivot. Reads coverage/positioning and capitalizes where the entrance points are and finds the seams to open ice, gets to the nest and for rebounds. At top speed can feather the puck to teammates. Has a quick snap shot. Relentless two way forward who will work hard to get the puck back. — Bill Placzek