2019 Draft Countdown: Colten Ellis, Nikola Pasic, John Beecher, Cole Moberg, Jamieson Rees

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.

No. 75: Colten Ellis

Date of birth: October 5th, 2000

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Nation: Canada

Position: Goaltender

Catches: Left

Height: 6’1″ / 185 cm

Weight: 183 lbs / 83 kg

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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).

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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

No. 74: Nikola Pasic

Date of birth: October 16th, 2000

Nation: Sweden

Position: Centre/Left Winger

Shoots: Left

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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.

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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

No. 73: John Beecher

Date of birth: March 20th, 2001

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Nation: United States

Position: Centre

Shoots: Left

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.

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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

No. 72: Cole Moberg

Date of birth: October 17th, 2000

Nation: Canada

Position: Defence

Shoots: Right

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.

No. 71: Jamieson Rees

Date of birth: February 21st, 2001

Nation: Canada

Position: Centre

Shoots: Left

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.

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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

  • Kanuckhotep

    Picking 71st may be a good position to pick a real sleeper for Mr. Benning. Kind of like Moberg’s size and he IS a RHD. This is where your scouting staff has to be on the ball.

  • wojohowitz

    Here`s some of the heights and weights from the combine.

    -•Tobias Bjornfot: Listed 6-feet, 203 pounds. Actual 6-feet-0.25, 193 pounds.

    -•Victor Soderstrom: Listed 5-feet-11, 179 pounds. Actual 6-feet, 182 pounds.

    -•Spencer Knight: Listed 6-feet-3, 198 pounds. Actual 6-feet-3.5, 193 pounds.

    -•Trevor Zegras: Listed 6-feet, 168 pounds. Actual 6-feet-0.25, 173 pounds.

    -•Peyton Krebs: Listed 5-feet-11, 181 pounds. Actual 5-feet-11.5, 183 pounds.

    -•Alex Newhook: Listed 5-feet-11, 190 pounds. Actual 5-feet-10.5, 192 pounds.

    -•Alex Turcotte: Listed 5-feet-11, 185 pounds. Actual 5-feet-11.25, 186 pounds

    -•Jack Hughes: Listed 5-feet-10, 170 pounds. Actual DID NOT TEST

    -•Kirby Dach: Listed 6-feet-4, 198 pounds. Actual 6-feet-4, 198 pounds.

    -•Philip Broberg: Listed 6-feet-3, 203 pounds. Actual 6-feet-3.25, 200 pounds.

    -•Dylan Cozens: Listed 6-feet-3, 181 pounds. Actual 6-feet-3.25, 183 pounds.

    -•Cameron York: Listed 5-feet-11, 176 pounds. Actual5-feet-11.25, 172 pounds.

    -•Cole Caufield: Listed 5-feet-7, 163 pounds. Actual 5-feet-7.25, 163 pounds.

    -•Thomas Harley: Listed 6-feet-3, 187 pounds. Actual 6-feet-3, 193 pounds.

    -•Bowen Byram: Listed 6-feet, 194 pounds. Actual 6-feet-0.75, 195 pounds

    -•Matthew Boldy: Listed 6-feet-2, 192 pounds. Actual 6-feet-2, 196 pounds.

    -•Moritz Seider: Listed 6-feet-4, 198 pounds. Actual 6-feet-3, 208 pounds.

  • Bud Poile

    The Canucks pick at #71 so the prospects offered in this range are of interest.
    The Benning regime have fared decently with their third rounders:Tryamkin,Brisebois,Lockwood,Madden and DiPietro.

  • Hockey Bunker

    One glaring weakness on the Canucks is they lack a dman who can shoot the puck, beyond Edler. Moberg looks like a pretty good shooter so might be worth it. I’d say give Pasic a pass, talent but no drive. Career in Europe, maybe.

  • Burnabybob

    Moberg looks like a great prospect if he’s able to put up numbers like that on a bad team. If I were Benning I would take a forward with the first round pick, then choose defensemen like him in the later rounds. There are also some great defensive prospects in next year’s draft.