Draft Order NHL: 2023 NHL Draft Order: Round 5: 129. Anaheim Ducks: Rodwin Dionicio, D, Windsor Spitfires (OHL), 130. San Jose Sharks (from Columbus Blue Jackets): Axel Landen, D, HV71 (Elitserien), 131. Chicago Blackhawks: Marcel Marcel, RW, Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL), 132. San Jose Sharks: Eric Pohlkamp, D, Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL), 133. Montreal Canadiens: Sam Harris, LW, Sioux Falls Stampede (UHSL), 134. Arizona Coyotes: Melker Thelin, G, IF Bjorkloven (Allsvenskan), 135. Philadelphia Flyers: Carter Sotheran, D, Portland Winterhawks (WHL), 136. Washington Capitals: Cameron Allen, D, Guelph Storm (OHL), 137. Detroit Red Wings: Jack Phelan, D, Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL), 138. St. Louis Blues: Paul Fischer, D, USNTDP (USHL), 139. Carolina Hurricanes (from Vancouver Canucks): Charles Alexis-Legault, D, Quinnipiac, 140. Ottawa Senators: Matthew Andonovsky, D, Kitchener Rangers (OHL), 141. Buffalo Sabres: Scott Ratzlaff, G, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL), 142. Pittsburgh Penguins: Mikhail Ilyin, RW, Severstal Cherepovets (KHL), 143. Nashville Predators: Sutter Muzzatti, C, RPI, 144. Montreal Canadiens (from Calgary Flames): Yevgeni Volokhin, G, Mamonty Urga (MHL), 145. New York Islanders: Justin Gill, C, Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL), 146. Winnipeg Jets: Jacob Julien, C, London Knights (OHL), 147. Detroit Red Wings (from Tampa Bay Lightning): Kevin Bicker, LW, Adler Mannheim (DEL), 148. Seattle Kraken: Kaden Hammell, D, Everett Silvertips (WHL), 149. Minnesota Wild: Aaron Pionk, D, Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL), 150. Los Angeles Kings: Matthew Mania, D, Sudbury Wolves (OHL), 151. Winnipeg Jets (from New York Rangers): Thomas Milic, G, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL), 152. New York Rangers (from Edmonton Oilers): Rasmus Larsson, D, Vasteras IK (Allsvenskan), 153. Toronto Maple Leafs: Hudson Malinoski, C, Brooks Bandits (AJHL), 154. New Jersey Devils: Chase Cheslock, D, Omaha Lancers (USHL), 155. Colorado Avalanche: Nikita Ishimnikov, D, Avotmobilist Yekaterinburg (KHL), 156. Columbus Blue Jackets (from Boston Bruins): Melvin Strahl, G, Modo Hockey (Elitserien), 157. Dallas Stars: Arno Tiefensee, G, Adler Mannheim (DEL), 158. Carolina Hurricanes: Ruslan Khazeyev, G, Traktor Chelyabinsk (KHL), 159. Florida Panthers: Olof Glifford, G, HV71 (Elitserien), 160. Arizona Coyotes (from Vegas Golden Knights): Justin Kipkie, D, Victoria Royals (WHL), Round 1: 1. Chicago Blackhawks: Connor Bedard, C, Regina Pats (WHL), 2. Anaheim Ducks: Leo Carlsson, C, Orebro HK (Elitserien), 3. Columbus Blue Jackets: Adam Fantilli, C, Michigan, 4. San Jose Sharks: Will Smith, C, USNTDP (USHL), 5. Montreal Canadiens: David Reinbacher, D, Kloten Flyers (National League A), 6. Arizona Coyotes: Dmitri Simashev, D, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL), 7. Philadelphia Flyers: Matvei Michkov, RW, SKA Saint Petersburg (KHL), 8. Washington Capitals: Ryan Leonard, RW, USNTDP (USHL), 9. Detroit Red Wings: Nate Danielson, C, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL), 10. St. Louis Blues: Dalibor Dvorsky, C, AIK IF (Elitserien), 11. Vancouver Canucks: Tom Willander, D, Rogle BK (Elitserien), 12. Arizona Coyotes (from Ottawa Senators): Daniil But, LW, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL), 13. Buffalo Sabres: Zach Benson, LW, Winnipeg Ice (WHL), 14. Pittsburgh Penguins: Brayden Yager, C, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL), 15. Nashville Predators: Matthew Wood, RW, Connecticut, 16. Calgary Flames: Samuel Honzek, LW, Vancouver Giants (WHL), 17. Detroit Red Wings (from New York Islanders): Axel Sandin Pellikka, D, Skelleftea AIK (Elitserien), 18. Winnipeg Jets: Colby Barlow, LW, Owen Sound Attack (OHL), 19. Chicago Blackhawks (from Tampa Bay Lightning): Oliver Moore, C, USNTDP (USHL), 20. Seattle Kraken: Eduard Sale, RW, HC Kometa Brno (Extraliga), 21. Minnesota Wild: Charlie Stramel, C, Wisconsin, 22. Philadelphia Flyers (from Los Angeles Kings): Oliver Bonk, D, London Knights (OHL), 23. New York Rangers: Gabe Perreault, LW, USNTDP (USHL), 24. Nashville Predators (from Edmonton Oilers): Tanner Molendyk, D, Saskatoon Blades (WHL), 25. St. Louis Blues (from Toronto Maple Leafs): Otto Stenberg, C, Frolunda Indians (Elitserien), 26. San Jose Sharks (from New Jersey Devils): Quentin Musty, LW, Sudbury Wolves (OHL), 27. Colorado Avalanche: Calum Ritchie, C, Oshawa Generals (OHL), 28. Toronto Maple Leafs (from Boston Bruins): Easton Cowan, LW, London Knights (OHL), 29. St. Louis Blues (from Dallas Stars): Theo Lindstein, D, Brynas IF (Elitserien), 30. Carolina Hurricanes: Bradly Nadeau, C, Penticon Vees (BCHL), 31. Colorado Avalanche (from Florida Panthers): Mikhail Gulyayev, D, Avangard Omsk (KHL), 32. Vegas Golden Knights: David Edstrom, C, Frolunda Indians (Elitserien), Round 2: 33. Anaheim Ducks: Nico Myatovic, LW, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL), 34. Columbus Blue Jackets: Gavin Brindley, RW, Michigan, 35. Chicago Blackhawks: Adam Gajan, G, Green Bay Gamblers (USHL), 36. San Jose Sharks: Kasper Halttunen, RW, Helsingfors IFK (SM Liiga), 37. Tampa Bay Lightning (from Montreal Canadiens): Ethan Gauthier, RW, Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL), 38. Arizona Coyotes: Michael Hrabel, G, Omaha Lancers (USHL), 39. Buffalo Sabres (from Philadelphia Flyers): Anton Wahlberg, C, Malmo Redhawks (Elitserien), 40. Washington Capitals: Andrew Cristall, LW, Kelowna Rockets (WHL), 41. Detroit Red Wings: Trey Augustine, G, USNTDP (USHL), 42. Detroit Red Wings (from St. Louis Blues): Andrew Gibson, D, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL), 43. Nashville Predators (from Vancouver Canucks): Felix Nilsson, C, Rogle BK (Elitserien), 44. Chicago Blackhawks (from Ottawa Senators): Roman Kantserov, RW, Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL), 45. Buffalo Sabres: Maxim Strbak, D, Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL), 46. Nashville Predators (from Pittsburgh Penguins): Kalan Lind, C, Red Deer Rebels (WHL), 47. Detroit Red Wings (from Nashville Predators): Brady Cleveland, D, USNTDP (USHL), 48. Calgary Flames: Etienne Morin, D, Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL), 49. New York Islanders: Danny Nelson, C, USNTDP (USHL), 50. Seattle Kraken (from Winnipeg Jets): Carson Rehkopf, LW, Kitchener Rangers (OHL), 51. Philadelphia Flyers (from Tampa Bay Lightning): Carson Bjanason, G, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL), 52. Seattle Kraken: Oskar Fisker Molgaard, C, HV71 (Elitserien), 53. Minnesota Wild: Rasmus Kumpalainen, C, Lahti Pelicans (SM Liiga), 54. Los Angeles Kings: Jakub Dvorak, D, HC Bili Tygri Liberec (Extraliga), 55. Chicago Blackhawks (from New York Rangers): Martin Misiak, LW, Youngstown Phantoms (USHL), 56. Edmonton Oilers: Beau Akey, D, Barrie Colts (OHL), 57. Seattle Kraken (from Toronto Maple Leafs): Lukas Draicevec, D, Tri-City Americans (WHL), 58. New Jersey Devils: Lenni Hameenaho, LW, Assat (SM Liiga), 59. Anaheim Ducks (from Colorado Avalanche): Carey Terrance, C, Erie Otters (OHL), 60. Anaheim Ducks (from Boston Bruins): Damian Clara, G, Farjestads BK (Elitserien, 61. Dallas Stars: Tristan Bertucci, D, Flint Firebirds (OHL), 62. Carolina Hurricanes: Felix Unger Sorum, RW, Leksands IF (Elitserien), 63. Florida Panthers: Gracyn Sawchyn, C, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL), 64. Minnesota Wild (from Vegas Golden Knights): Riley Heidt, C, Prince George Cougars (WHL), Round 3: 65. Anaheim Ducks: Coulson Pitre, RW, Flint Firebirds (OHL), 66. Columbus Blue Jackets: William Whitelaw, C, Youngstown Phantoms (USHL), 67. Chicago Blackhawks: Nick Lardis, LW, Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL), 68. Nashville Predators (from San Jose Sharks): Jesse Kiiskinen, RW, Lahti Pelicans (SM Liiga), 69. Montreal Canadiens: Jacob Fowler, G, Youngstown Phantoms (USHL), 70. Arizona Coyotes: Jonathan Castanga, C, St Andrew's College (ON), 71. San Jose Sharks (from Philadelphia Flyers): Brandon Svoboda, C, Youngstown Phantoms (USHL), 72. Arizona Coyotes (from Washington Capitals): Noel Nordh, RW, Brynas IF (Elitserien), 73. Detroit Red Wings: Noah Dower Nilsson, C, Frolunda Indians (Elitserien), 74. St. Louis Blues: Quinton Burns, D, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL), 75. Vancouver Canucks: Hunter Brzustewicz, D, Kitchener Rangers (OHL), 76. St. Louis Blues (from Ottawa Senators): Juraj Pekarcik, RW, HK Nitra (Tipos), 77. Vegas Golden Knights (from Buffalo Sabres): Mathieu Cataford, RW, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL), 78. Los Angeles Kings (from Pittsburgh Penguins): Koehn Ziemmer, RW, Prince George Cougars (WHL), 79. Dallas Stars (from Nashville Predators): Brad Gardiner, C, Ottawa 67's (OHL), 80. Calgary Flames: Aydar Suniev, LW, Penticon Vees (BCHL), 81. Arizona Coyotes (from New York Islanders): Tanner Ludtke, C, Lincoln Stars (USHL), 82. Winnipeg Jets: Zachary Nehrig, RW, Shattuck St. Mary's HS (MN), 83. Nashville Predators (from Tampa Bay Lightning): Dylan Mackinnon, D, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL), 84. Seattle Kraken: Caden Price, D, Kelowna Rockets (WHL), 85. Anaheim Ducks (from Minnesota Wild): Yegor Sidorov, RW, Saskatoon Blades (WHL), 86. Buffalo Sabres (from Los Angeles Kings): Gavin McCarthy, D, Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL), 87. Philadelphia Flyers (from New York Rangers): Yegor Zavragin, G, Mamonty Urga (MHL), 88. Arizona Coyotes (from Edmonton Oilers): Vadim Moroz, RW, Dinamo Minsk (KHL), 89. Vancouver Canucks (from Toronto Maple Leafs): Sawyer Mynio, D, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL), 90. New York Rangers (from New Jersey Devils): Drew Fortescue, D, USNTDP (USHL), 91. Pittsburgh Penguins (from Colorado Avalanche): Emil Pieniemi, D, Oulun Karpat (SM Liiga), 92. Boston Bruins: Christopher Pelosi, C, Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL), 93. Chicago Blackhawks (from Dallas Stars): Jiri Felcman, C, SCL Tigers (National League A), 94. Carolina Hurricanes: Jayden Perron, RW, Chicago Steel (USHL), 95. Philadelphia Flyers (from Florida Panthers): Denver Barkey, RW, London Knights (OHL), 96. Vegas Golden Knights: Arttu Karki, D, Tappara (SM Liiga), Round 4: 97. Anaheim Ducks: Konnor Smith, D, Peterborough Petes (OHL), 98. Columbus Blue Jackets: Andrew Strathmann, D, Youngstown Phantoms (USHL), 99. Chicago Blackhawks: Alex Pharand, RW, Sudbury Wolves (OHL), 100. Carolina Hurricanes (from San Jose Sharks): Alexander Rykov, RW, Traktor Chelyabinsk (KHL), 101. Montreal Canadiens: Florian Xhekaj, LW, Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL), 102. Arizona Coyotes: Terrell Goldsmith, D, Prince Albert Raiders (WHL), 103. Philadelphia Flyers: Cole Knuble, C, Fargo Force (USHL), 104. Washington Capitals: Patrick Thomas, C, Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL), 105. Vancouver Canucks (from Detroit Red Wings): Ty Mueller, C, Nebraska-Omaha, 106. St. Louis Blues: Jakub Stancl, LW, Vaxjo Lakers (Elitserien), 107. Vancouver Canucks: Vilmer Alirksson, LW, Djurgardens IF (Elitserien), 108. Ottawa Senators: Hoyt Stanley, D, Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL), 109. Buffalo Sabres: Ethan Miedema, LW, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL), 110. Montreal Canadiens (from Pittsburgh Penguins): Bogdan Konyushkov, D, Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (KHL), 111. Nashville Predators: Joseph Willis, C, Saginaw Spirit (OHL), 112. Calgary Flames: Jaden Lipinski, C, Vancouver Giants (WHL), 113. New York Islanders: Jesse Nurmi, LW, KooKoo (SM Liiga), 114. Columbus Blue Jackets (from Winnipeg Jets): Luca Pinelli, RW, Ottawa 67's (OHL), 115. Tampa Bay Lightning: Jayson Shaugabay, C, Green Bay Gamblers (USHL), 116. Seattle Kraken: Andrei Loshko, RW, Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL), 117. Detroit Red Wings (from Minnesota Wild): Larry Keenan, D, Culver Military Academy HS (IN), 118. Los Angeles Kings: Hampton Slukynsy, G, USNTDP (USHL), 119. Vancouver Canucks (from New York Rangers): Mathew Perkins, C, Youngstown Phantoms (USHL), 120. Philadelphia Flyers (from Edmonton Oilers): Alex Ciernik, LW, Sodertalje SK (Allsvenskan), 121. Nashville Predators (from Toronto Maple Leafs): Juha Jatkola, G, Kalevan Pallo (SM Liiga), 122. New Jersey Devils: Cam Squires, RW, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL), 123. San Jose Sharks (from Colorado Avalanche): Luca Cagnoni, D, Portland Winterhawks (WHL), 124. Boston Bruins: Beckett Hendrickson, C, USNTDP (USHL), 125. Dallas Stars: Aram Minnetian, D, USNTDP (USHL), 126. Carolina Hurricanes: Stanislav Yarovoi, RW, HC Vityaz (KHL), 127. Florida Panthers: Albert Wickman, D, Farjestads BK (Elitserien), 128. Montreal Canadiens (from Vegas Golden Knights): Quentin Miller, G, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)















2023 NHL Draft Results




Round 5



Cameron Allen was a defenseman in my top 40 overall. Find out who got the former OHL Rookie Of The Year in the fifth round.



Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: July 5, 2023.


  1. Anaheim Ducks: Rodwin Dionicio, D, Windsor Spitfires (OHL) A Grade

    The 6-2 205 lb Rodwin Dionicio was drafted eighteenth overall in the 2021 CHL Import Draft in the first round. Rodwin Dionicio went undrafted in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.


    Rodwin Dionicio had 15 goals, 35 assists, 50 points, and a +5 +/- ratio in 2022-2023. Rodwin Dionicio had 1 goal, 0 assists, and 1 point in 2 games during the 2023 OHL Playoffs. Anaheim can gamble on Rodwin Dionicio knowing they are probably getting an AHL player on the San Diego Gulls, but could potentially get a third line defenseman on the Anaheim Ducks down the road if Rodwin Dionicio continues to work on his craft.


    His floor is the number six defenseman when Cam Fowler's contract is up. His ceiling is anywhere on the second line behind first round picks Jamie Drysdale sixth overall in 2020 and Pavel Mintyukov tenth overall in 2022 as well as OHL defenseman of the year if Olen Zellwegger WHL defenseman of the year and Tristan Luneau QMJHL defenseman of the year struggle in the NHL. Cam Fowler played for the Windsor Spitires prior to being the Anaheim Ducks 2010 first round pick and he's still on the Anaheim Ducks. That makes Dionicio an intriguing candidate that could develop into a third line defenseman on an NHL roster down the road.


    I had Rodwin Dionicio higher on my board than Konnor Smith. I had a fifth round grade on Rodwin Dionicio and a sixth round grade on Konnor Smith. Both are big, physical, 6-2 200 lb defensemen that can be defensive defensemen. Both guys are stout defensively and extremely raw offensively.


  2. San Jose Sharks: Axel Landen, D, HV71 (Elitserien) C Grade

    The 6-1 185 lb Axel Landen had 10 goals, 6 assists, and 16 points on the HV71 Under 20 Team. Only three of the fifteen scouting services including Draft Utopia had him getting drafted.


    Those three scouting services were FC Hockey who had Axel Landen going at 190 before he got drated sixty picks earlier at 130. McKeen's Hockey had him at 118. TSN's Craig Button had him at 70 on his top 100.


    If you take 70 his highest draft ranking and 190 his lowest draft ranking, the median of those two numbers is 130 which is where he got picked. This is the first reach by the San Jose Sharks in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft, but the very worst grade I'll give this pick is a C grade.



  3. Chicago Blackhawks: Marcel Marcel, RW, Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL) A+ Grade

    Marcel Marcel was the Gatineau Olympiques first round pick in the 2022 CHL Import Draft. Marcel Marcel played for HC Skoda Plzen in 2021-2022, but left the Extraliga league in the Czech Republic to go play in the CHL for the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League known as the QMJHL.


    The 6-4 244 lb Marcel Marcel had 14 goals, 18 assists, 32 points, and a +22 +/- ratio in 2022-2023. Marcel Marcel had 3 goals, 5 assists, and 8 points in the 2023 QMJHL Playoffs.


    I identified Marcel Marcel as a potential dark horse in the late rounds because I loved the fact that his first and last name matched. He also impressed me when watching his highlights.


    I was originally going to mock Marcel Marcel in the middle of the fifth round, but ended up dropping him to the seventh round due to the talent in this class. Chicago gets an A+ grade for drafting someone with the same first and last name.


  4. San Jose Sharks: Eric Pohlkamp, D, Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL) C Grade

    The 5-11 205 lb Eric Pohlkamp had 16 goals, 35 assists, 51 points, and a -1 +/- ratio with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in the USHL in 2022-2023. Eric Pohlkamp also had 0 goals, 1 assist, and 1 point during the 2023 USHL Playoffs.


    The 19-year-old Eric Pohlkamp is heading off to Bemidji State on a hockey scholarship. The Bemidji State Beavers are located in Bemidji, Minnesota.



  5. Montreal Canadiens: Sam Harris, LW, Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) B Grade

    The 5-11 180 lb Sam Harris had 30 goals, 26 assists, 56 points, and a -17 +/- ratio with the Sioux Falls Stampede in 56 USHL games in 2022-2023. He played 60 USHL games in his rookie season. Sam Harris is heading to Denver this Fall.


  6. Arizona Coyotes: Melker Thelin, G, IF Bjorkloven (Allsvenskan) D- Grade

    The 6-2 170 lb Melker Thelin had a 4.56 goals against average and a 4.56 goals against average in 1 game for IF Bjorkloven in Allsvenskan in 2022-2023. This would have been the first F grade if Arizona didn't have such a dire need for both a starting goalie and a backup goalie.



  7. Philadelphia Flyers: Carter Sotheran, D, Portland Winterhawks (WHL) A+ Grade

    The 6-4 201 lb Carter Sotheran is bigger than Luca Cagnoni despite being a rawer prospect after the Portland Winterhawks fifth round pick in the 2020 WHL Draft finally made his WHL debut this season. Carter Sotheran had 4 goals, 19 assists, 23 points, and a +14 +/- ratio in 68 games in his first WHL season in 2022-2023. Carter Sotheran had 0 goals, 1 assist, and 1 point in 9 games in the 2023 WHL Playoffs.


    Carter Sotheran is the second prospect in the 2023 NHL Draft with no game film outside of Felix Nilsson. It was cool to see Sotheran grow. Cater Sotheran would not be in the NHL until 2028 or 2030 at the earliest, but he'd be going to Philadelphia where he would be in a great situation.


    Carter Sotheran has the speed, explosion, burst, agility, skating, foot speed, playmaking, passing, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ to succeed in the NHL. Carter Sotheran an excellent skater with elite offensive traits. "Carter Sotheran is a guy who continues to gain more confidence each time he steps on the ice." That quote came from Portland's assistant head coach despite the fact that NHL Central Scouting gave him a C grade in November. He went from having a C grade to being one of 106 players to get invited to the 2023 NHL Combine. That should say quite a bit about Carter Sotheran.


  8. Washington Capitals: Cameron Allen, D, Guelph Storm (OHL) A+ Grade

    Washington gambles on Cameron Allen. Cameron Allen, also known as Cam Allen by some could be a good third line defenseman on the Washington Capitals.


    The 6-0 192 lb Cameron Allen was the Guelph Storm's first round pick in the 2021 OHL Draft. Cameron Allen had 13 goals, 24 assists, 37 points, and a +13 +/- ratio while winning OHL Rookie Of The Year in 2021-2022. Cameron Allen had 0 goals, 1 assist, and 1 point during gthe 2022 OHL Playoffs. Cameron Allen regressed in his draft year with 5 goals, 20 assists, 25 points, and a -22 +/- ratio in 2022-2023. Cameron Allen had 0 goals, 1 assist, and 1 point during the 2023 OHL Playoffs.


    Cameron Allen has the speed, explosion, burst, agility, skating, foot speed, playmaking, and passing to in the NHL. Cameron Allen needs to improve his shot and defense. Cameron Allen is a major project, but as a former OHL Rookie Of The Year, he could have the potential to be a first line defenseman in the NHL even if he's got the floor of a third line defenseman in the AHL. He entered the year as a top 10 pick, but is now a second round prospect. He ended up falling to the Washington Capitals in the fifth round after I mocked him to the Washington Capitals at 40 at one point.



  9. Detroit Red Wings: Jack Phelan, D, Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) D Grade

    The 6-2 171 lb Jack Phelan had 1 goal, 4 assists, 5 points, and a -10 +/- ratio with the Sioux Falls Stampede in 2022-2023. Jack Phelan will head to Wisconsin on a hockey scholarship, but returns to the USHL for one more season this Fall.


  10. St. Louis Blues: Paul Fischer, D, USNTDP (USHL) A Grade

    The 6-1 200 lb Paul Fischer had 2 goals, 4 assists, 6 points, and a +9 +/- ratio in 2022-2023. Paul Fischer is heading to Notre Dame this Fall, so St. Louis won't have to sign him to an entry level deal until 2026.


    Paul Fischer has the speed, explosion, burst, agility, skating, foot speed, stick handling, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ to succeed in the NHL. Paul Fischer needs to develop his shot. Right now, Fischer projects as a third line defenseman that can also be a second line defenseman on a penalty killing unit. St. Louis can develop his game without rushing him and the Blues also got a fourth round prospect on my board in the fifth round.



  11. Carolina Hurricanes: Charles Alexis-Legault, D, Quinnipiac B Grade

    The 6-3 208 lb Charles Alexis-Legault had 2 goals, 7 assists, 9 points, and +9 +/- ratio in 2022-2023. Charles Alexis-Legault played a big role in helpng Quinnipiac upset the Minnesota Golden Gophers to win the 2023 Men's Hockey National Championship. Quinnipiac defeated Michigan to get to the title game while Minnesota defeated Boston University.


    Charles Alexis-Legault is a great prospect that Carolina can stash in their prospect pool. Carolina will have to decide whether to sign him or let him walk by the end of 2025.


  12. Ottawa Senators: Matthew Andonovsky, D, Kitchener Rangers (OHL) C Grade

    The 6-2 200 lb Matthew Andonovski had 0 goals, 16 assists, 16 points, and a +25 +/- ratio with the Kitchener Rangers in 67 OHL games in 2022-2023. Matthew Andonovsky had 0 goals, 0 assists, and 0 points in 9 games during the 2023 OHL Playoffs.



  13. Buffalo Sabres: Scott Ratzlaff, G, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) A+ Grade

    The 6-0 175 lb Scott Ratzlaff was a second round pick in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft drafted forty third overall by the Seattle Thunderbirds. He was the first goalie drafted in the 2020 WHL Draft.


    Scott Ratzlaff had a 2.48 goals against average, an .904 save percentage, 51 goals allowed, 1 shutout, and an 17-2-1 record in 22 games played starting 20 of those games as a rookie in 2021-2022. Scott Ratzlaff had a 2.15 goals against average, a .918 save percentage, 72 goals allowed, 5 shutouts, a 25-8-1 record in 34 WHL starts in 2022-2023.


    Style, Post Integration, Glove, Blocker Pad, Reading The Puck By Tracking, Rebound Control, Post Save Recovery, Quickness, Footwork, and Puckhandling. Those are ten different categories that NHL Draft Scouts use to evaluate goalies. Scott Ratzlaff checks eight of these ten boxes. Scott Ratzlaff improved his ability to make saves with his blocker pad considerably this past season, but still hasn't perfected using his blocker pad. Post save recovery is another area of improvement as Ratzlaff has to do a better job deflecting pucks in low-danger areas on the ice. In my opinion, Scott Ratzlaff is closer to checking off all ten of these boxes than Carson Bjarnason.


    Buffalo has Devon Levi, but the Sabres got a third round goalie in the fifth round. I have more confidence in Scott Ratzlaff becoming the backup goalie to Devon Levi than I have in Topias Leinonen who Buffalo drafted in the second round of the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.


  14. Pittsburgh Penguins: Mikhail Ilyin, RW, Severstal Cherepovets (KHL) D Grade

    The 6-0 181 lb Mikhail Ilyin had 0 goals, 2 assists, and 2 points in 21 KHL games in 2022-2023. Mikhail Ilyin is under contract with Severstal Cherepovets in the KHL until 2025. Pittsburgh can wait two more years for him to develop before deciding whether to give him an entry level contract in 2025.



  15. Nashville Predators: Sutter Muzzatti, C, RPI C Grade

    The 6-6 240 lb Sutter Muzzatti had 7 goals, 15 assists, and 22 points at RPI also known as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2022-2023. Sutter Muzzatti can develop at RPI and maybe he will get an entry level contract by 2025.


  16. Montreal Canadiens: Yevgeni Volokhin, G, Mamonty Ugra (MHL) C Grade

    The 6-3 168 lb Yevgeni Volokhin started more games than Yegor Zavragin who got drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the third round despite Zavragin being the higher graded prospects. Yevgeni Volokhin had a 2.12 goals against average nad a .927 save percentage in 31 MHL games in 2022-2023.


    Montreal drafted Jacob Fowler and Quentin Miller. Yevgeni Volokhin is an AHL goalie at best on Laval Rocket assuming he reaches his ceiling, so I'll give this pick a C grade.



  17. New Yok Islanders: Justin Gill, C, Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL) A Grade

    The 6-1 190 lb Justin Gill had 44 goals, 49 assists, 93 points, and a +29 +/- ratio with the Sherbrooke Phoenix in 2022-2023. Justin Gill had 3 goals, 9 assists, and 12 points in 14 games during the 2023 QMJHL Playoffs.


    Justin Gill is already 20-years-old. Justin Gill is going to be one of the first fifth round picks to sign his NHL entry level contract.


  18. Winnipeg Jets: Jacob Julien, C, London Knights (OHL) C Grade

    The 6-4 181 lb Jacob Julien had 9 goals, 7 assists, 16 points, and a +2 +/- ratio in 40 OHL games with the London Knights in 2022-2023. Jacob Julien had 2 goals, 5 assists, and 7 points in 20 games during the 2023 OHL Playoffs.



  19. Detroit Red Wings: Kevin Bicker, LW, Adler Mannheim (DEL) D Grade

    The 6-0 176 lb Kevin Bicker had 10 goals, 11 assists, and 21 points with the Adler Mannheim Under 20 Team. Kevin Bicker had 0 goals, 0 assists, and 0 points in one game with Adler Mannheim. Kevin Bicker's contract on Adler Mannheim in Germany runs through 2026 which is just as long as Matvei Michkov's contract. The one benefit to making this selection is that Steve Yzerman doesn't have to sign Kevin Bicker until 2026.


  20. Seattle Kraken: Kaden Hammell, D, Everett Silvertips (WHL) A Grade

    Seattle goes for value and drafts another defenseman that can be groomed for the future. This feels like the third or fourth defenseman that I've mocked to the Seattle Kraken. Kaden Hammell was the ninteenth overall pick in the 2020 WHL Draft.


    The 6-1 173 lb Kaden Hammell had 3 goals, 11 assists, 14 points, and a +8 +/- ratio in 57 WHL games in 2021-2022. Kaden Hammell had 0 goals, 1 assists, and 1 point in 17 games in the 2022 WHL Playoffs. Kaden Hammell had 8 goals, 18 assists, 36 points, and a +14 +/- ratio in 67 WHL games in 2022-2023. Kaden Hammell had 0 goals, 0 assists, and 0 points in 5 games during the 2023 WHL Playoffs.



  21. Minnesota Wild: Aaron Pionk, D, Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL) A+ Grade

    The Minnesota Wild got a fourth round prospect in the fifth round. Aaron Pionk is the younger brother of Winnipeg Jets defenseman Neal Pionk.


    The 6-0 173 lb Aaron Pionk went undrafted in 2021 and 2022. This is his Aaron Pionk's last year of draft eligibility. Aaron Pionk was at the 2023 NHL Combine this year and something tells me Aaron Pionk actually gets picked this year.


    Aaron Pionk had 9 goals, 19 assists, 28 points, 14 penalty minutes, and a +14 +/- ratio in 51 regular season games with the Minnesota Wilderness in the North American Hockey League in 2021-2022. He struggled to produce any points in the 2022 NAHL Playoffs though.


    Aaron Pionk joined the Waterloo Blackhawks in the USHL this season though. Aaron Pionk had 12 goals, 24 assists, 36 points, 51 penalty minutes, and a +21 +/- ratio in 60 USHL games in 2022-2023. Aaron Pionk had 0 goals, 2 assists, and 2 points in 3 games during the 2023 USHL Playoffs.


    Aaron Pionk has the skating, foot speed, playmaking, passing, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ to succeed in the NHL. Aaron Pionk is a player that the Minnesota Wild can stash without having to sign him right away.


  22. Los Angeles Kings: Matthew Mania, D, Sudbury Wolves (OHL) A Grade

    The 6-1 180 lb Matthew Mania had 2 goals, 11 assists, 13 points, and a -24 +/- ratio in 49 OHL games in 2021-2022. Matthew Mania had 10 goals, 28 assists, 38 points, and a +21 +/- ratio in 67 OHL games in 2022-2023. Matthew Mania had 1 goal, 1 assist, and 2 points in 4 games during the 2023 OHL Playoffs.


    Matthew Mania has the skating, foot speed, playmaking, passing, sniping, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ to succeed in the NHL. You want to see Matthew Mania add more muscle and develop more explosion when skating.



  23. Winnipeg Jets: Thomas Milic, G, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) A Grade

    There were six players to make the CHL First All Star Team. Those six players were Regina Pats center Connor Bedard whose projected to go first overall, Halifax Mooseheads right winger Jordan Dumais the Columbus Blue Jackets 2022 third round pick, Kamloops Blazers center Logan Stankoven the Dallas Stars 2021 second round pick, Barrie Colts defenseman Brandt Clark who was also the Barrie Colts team captain as well as the Los Angeles Kings 2021 first round pick, Everett Silvertips defenseman Owen Zellweger the Anaheim Ducks 2021 second round pick, and Seattle Thunderbirds goalie Thomas Milic who is the only player in this group of six outside of Connor Bedard eligible for the 2023 NHL Entry Draft after winning WHL goalie of the year in 2022-2023.


    The Seattle Thunderbirds have two goalies in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft in Scott Ratzlaff a consensus third round pick who got invited to the 2023 NHL Combine. The other goalie is veteran Thomas Milic who started for the Seattle Thunderbirds in the 2023 Memorial Cup. Milic can go straight to the AHL as a 20-year-old now that his time in the CHL is up after Thomas Milic went undrafted in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.


    The 6-0 173 Thomas Milic lb had a 2.44 goals against average, a 0.912 save percentage, 113 goals allowed, and a 27-16-4 record in all 47 regular season starts with the Seattle Thunderbirds in 2021-2022. Thomas Milic ha a 2.08 goals against average, a .928 save percentage, 68 goals allowed, and a 27-3-2 record in 32 starts while playing 33 games. Thomas Milic had a 1.95 goals against average and a .933 save percentage when the Seattle Thunderbirds went 16-3 through the 2023 WHL Playoffs. Thomas Milic also started at goalie for the Seattle Thunderbirds in the 2023 Memorial Cup starting five games getting the Thunderbirds to the Championship game.


    Style, Post Integration, Glove, Blocker Pad, Reading The Puck By Tracking, Rebound Control, Post Save Recovery, Quickness, Footwork, and Puckhandling. Those are ten different categories that NHL Draft Scouts use to evaluate goalies. Scott Ratzlaff checks eight of these ten boxes. Thomas Milic has the style, glove, reading the puck by tracking, rebound control, poost save recovery, quickness, and puckhandling you want. He checks off 8/10 boxes like Scott Ratzlaff too, but has to fix his post integration and improve his ability to make saves with his blocker pad.


    Thomas Milic will go straight to the AHL and will need two years of experience in the AHL with the Manitoba Moose as a starter before he's brought up to the NHL. At this point Thomas Milic is basically the Winnipeg Jets goalie of the future with Connor Hellebuyck wanting out.


  24. New York Rangers: Rasmus Larsson, D, Vasteras IK (Allsvenskan) C Grade

    The 6-3 201 lb Rasmus Larsson had 16 goals, 18 assists, and 34 points with the Vasteras IK Under 20 Team. Rasmus Larsson will head to Northern Michigan on a hockey scholarship playing college hockey in the NCAA starting in 2024. The New York Rangers won't have to decide whether to give him an entry level contract until 2027.



  25. Toronto Maple Leafs: Hudson Malinoski, C, Brooks Bandits (AJHL) A+ Grade

    The 6-0 175 lb Hudson Malinoski had 16 goals, 53 assists, and 69 points with the Brooks Bandits in the AJHL in 2022-2023. Hudson Malinoski only had 3 goals, 4 assists, and 7 points in 15 games during the 2023 AJHL Playoffs.


  26. New Jersey Devils: Chase Cheslock, D, Omaha Lancers (USHL) C Grade

    The 6-3 205 lb Chase Cheslock was a two year team captain at Rogers High School. Jayson Shaugabay, Jake Fisher, Gavin Thoreson, and Chase Cheslock were the four Mr. Hockey nominees for best High School hockey player in the state of Minnesota.


    Chase Cheslock had 1 goal, 4 assists, 5 points, and a -6 +/- ratio in 15 USHL games with the Omaha Lancers in 2022-2023. Chase Cheslock will return to the Omaha Lancers in 2023 before going to University of St. Thomas in 2024. This means New Jersey will not have to offer Chase Cheslock an entry level contract until 2027.



  27. Colorado Avalanche: Nikita Ishimnikov, D, Avotmobilist Yekaterinburg (KHL) D Grade

    The 6-3 194 lb Nikita Ishmimnikov had 11 goals, 7 assists, and 18 points on Avto Yekaterinburg the MHL team affiliated with Avotmobilist Yekaterinburg in 2022-2023. Colorado doesn't have to give Nikita Ishimnikov an entry level contract until 2025.


  28. Columbus Blue Jackets: Melvin Strahl, G, Modo Hockey (Elitserien) D Grade

    The 6-3 165 lb Melvin Strahl had a 3.35 goals against average and a .883 save percentage on the Modo Hockey Under 20 Team in 2022-2023. Columbus needed to draft a goalie for the future which is the only reason I didn't give this pick an F grade.



  29. Dallas Stars: Arno Tiefensee, G, Adler Mannheim (DEL) A+ Grade

    The 6-4 212 lb Arno Tiefenesee had a 2.43 goals against average and a .910 save percentage while going 13-10 posting 3 shutouts in 23 starts for Adler Mannheim while plaing playing 24 games in DEL 2022-2023. Arno Tiefenesee had a 2.07 goals against average and a .914 save percentage in the 2023 DEL Playoffs.


    Arno Tiefenesee's contract with Adler Mannheim runs through 2026. Dallas drafted the oldest goalie in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft at the end of the fifth round. Arno Tiefenesee is 21-years-old, but he's also the only goalie in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft to score a short-handed goal.


  30. Carolina Hurricanes: Ruslan Khazeyev, G, Traktor Chelyabinsk (KHL) A+ Grade

    The 6-4 201 lb Ruslan Khazeyev had a 2,80 goals against average and .912 save percentage in 10 MHL starts in 2021-2022. Ruslan Khazeyev had 2.38 goals against average and .923 save percentage in 23 MHL starts in 2022-2023.


    Carolina is obviously going value over need here. Ruslan Khazeyev is still in the MHL. He hasn't played in the VHL or KHL yet. It's hard to say whether his ceiling is backup AHL goalie, starting AHL goalie, or backup NHL goalie. Carolina has their top three goalies back next season, so they can take as much time as they need to develop Ruslan Khazeyev, who I mocked in the fifth round.



  31. Florida Panthers: Olof Glifford, G, HV71 (Elitserien) A+ Grade

    The 6-4 198 lb Olof Glifford had a 1.98 goals against average and a .949 save percentage in 3 games with the HV71 Under 20 Team in 2022-2023. Olof Glifford may have the lowest goals against average of any goalie during the regular season in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft. His goals against average is higher than what Jacob Fowler produced.


    Florida has Sergei Bobrovsky as their starting goalie and 2019 first round pick Spencer Knight as the backup goalie. If Spencer Knight gets injured or ends up taking a personal leave, Olof Glifford is a goalie that could develop into a replacement for Alex Lyon. Florida drafted Devon Levi in the seventh round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, but traded him to the Buffalo Sabres when acquiring Sam Reinhart.


  32. Arizona Coyotes: Justin Kipkie, D, Victoria Royals (WHL) C Grade

    The 6-3 195 lb Justin Kipkie had 8 goals, 25 assists, 33 points, and a -26 +/- ratio in 2022-2023. Justin Kipkie has the skating, passing playmaking, sniping, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, and offensive awareness you want.


    Justin Kipkie has come a long way since being a sixth round pick in the 2020 WHL Draft. Justin Kipkie still needs to develop his defensive awareness and hockey IQ.












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