Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #19 Nicolas Meloche

View image | gettyimages.com The QMJHL may have one of its best crops of NHL potential defenders in recent history. One of the leaders for this group is Nicolas Meloche. A huge, tough as nails, defensively solid, potent offensively, do-all type defender who has a lot of potential, yet may be undervalued by scouts.

Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #22 Jansen Harkins

View image | gettyimages.com The WHL had quite a few “really bad” teams this year. The Prince George Cougars were one of them. The Cougars controlled the fourth least amount of shots at 47.1 per cent in the first two periods, a statistic which has a close relationship with Fenwick-Close. They were outshot on average by about three…

Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #27 Filip Chlapik

View image | gettyimages.com The last few drafts have not been very deep for the QMJHL, but the 2015 draft crop looks to make up for this. The Q is boasting a little bit of everything this year, from high-end scorers to two-way D, and everything in between. Charlottetown Islander Filip Chlapik may not have been…

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #38 Thomas Novak

Photo via NHL.com It’s not uncommon to see more than one highly-touted, draft-eligible prospect on the same team. Teams building for a championship try to load up on players peaking around the same time. Also, scouts looking at one player start to notice other guys on the same team too. The Waterloo Black Hawks have…

Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #44 Dennis Yan

View image | gettyimages.com Dennis Yan is not the best draft eligible player. Heck, he’s not even the best on his team (that would be Anthony Beauvillier). Still, Yan is a pretty damn good player. While his average ranking of the major third party draft resources have him sitting in the low-fifties, the numbers hint that…

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Draft Theory: Height matters, but maybe due to bias

Some of the gents over at Canucks Army have been doing an excellent job investigating trends in drafting and success. This analysis includes excellent articles on size having an impact on draft success looking at forwards (by Money Puck) and defensemen (by Josh Weissbock). I’ve gotten my hands on some data, so I thought I throw my own…