Jiri Kulich 2022 NHL Draft Scouting Report

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Czechia has churned out some incredible talent in recent years. David Pastrnak, Tomas Hertl, Ondrej Palat and so many more talented NHLers have come out of Czechia to have tons of success, not to mention some legends of the past. Those legends include Jaromir Jagr! It’s no surprise to see that there are several more […] READ MORE


Player Development of Top-10 Picks: Part 18

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Player development seems to always result in more questions than answers. How likely is it for a top pick to pan out? What makes a player a “steal”? Last Word On Hockey will be starting a new series on how to properly develop prospects from all different spots throughout the draft. This week’s piece involves […] READ MORE


Player Development of Top-10 Picks, Part 17: Zach Hamill

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Player development seems to always result in more questions than answers. How likely is it for a top pick to pan out? What makes a player a “steal”? Last Word On Hockey will be starting a new series on how to properly develop prospects from all different spots throughout the draft. This week’s piece involves […] READ MORE


Player Development of Top-10 Picks, Part 16

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Player development seems to always result in more questions than answers. How likely is it for a top pick to pan out? What makes a player a “steal”? Last Word On Hockey will be starting a new series on how to properly develop prospects from all different spots throughout the draft. This week’s piece involves […] READ MORE


Gleb Trikozov Scouting Report: 2022 NHL Draft

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The Russian hockey circuit, despite all the craziness happening out in the east, still has a few strong prospects entering the 2022 draft. At the top of the list includes Danila Yurov and Gleb Trikozov. After having already looked at Yurov, what does Trikozov bring to the table? Gleb Trikozov scouting report Trikozov was born […] READ MORE


2022 NHL Draft Scouting Report On Ty Nelson

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The OHL features the projected top pick in the 2022 NHL draft, Shane Wright. But there is a top defenseman featured in the OHL as well. That defenseman is Ty Nelson of the North Bay Battalion.  Ty Nelson Scouting Report Nelson, born March 30, 2004, in Toronto, Ontario, is a right-handed defender for the Battalion. […] READ MORE


Rutger McGroarty 2022 NHL Draft Scouting Report

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Over the last two months, Last Word has focused on United States National Team Development Program players in scouting reports. That includes reports on Seamus Casey, Cutter Gauthier, and Logan Cooley. That trend will continue. Rutger McGroarty, one of the most known NTDP prospects in the 2022 class, is on the docket. Is McGroarty a […] READ MORE


Cutter Gauthier: 2022 NHL Draft Scouting Report

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Cutter Gauthier is a fast riser on draft boards everywhere this season. Playing for the United States National Team Development Program, that is no small task. Having to compete against teammates for draft position, he’s competing against guys like Frank Nazar, Logan Cooley, Seamus Casey and several other notable NTDP players. Yet, he has gotten […] READ MORE


Three Tampa Bay Lightning Trades Before the Deadline

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The Tampa Bay Lightning has a history of trades nearing the deadline. The back-to-back champions made back-to-back deadline deals in their respective runs to the Stanley Cup. In 2019-20, the Lightning added Blake Coleman and Barclay Goodrow, and gave up two firsts and a solid prospect in total. Then, in the 2020-21 season, the Lightning […] READ MORE


Isaac Howard: 2022 NHL Draft Scouting Report

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Isaac Howard is one of many US National Team Development Program players making waves this year. Being consistently ranked within the first-round, Howard is very much a high-upside prospect. However, he’s been hidden behind some high-end teammates. Some of those teammates include Logan Cooley and Seamus Casey. So what does Howard bring? Isaac Howard Scouting […] READ MORE