NHL Prospects

Kyle Pereira - May 17, 2022

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 […]


David Jiricek Scouting Report
Ben Kerr - May 10, 2022

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2022 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for […]

Kyle Pereira - May 9, 2022

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 […]

Matthew Savoie Scouting Report
Ben Kerr - May 9, 2022

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2022 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for […]

Juraj Slafkovsky Scouting Report, 2022 NHL Draft Rankings
Ben Kerr - May 8, 2022

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2022 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for […]

Joakim Kemell Scouting Report
Ben Kerr - May 7, 2022

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2022 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for […]

Simon Nemec Scouting Report
Ben Kerr - May 5, 2022

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2022 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for […]

Logan Cooley Scouting Report
Ben Kerr - May 4, 2022

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2022 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for […]

Shane Wright Scouting Report
Ben Kerr - May 3, 2022

Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2022 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for […]

Gleb Trikozov
Kyle Pereira - Apr 29, 2022

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 […]

Ty Nelson
Kyle Pereira - Apr 18, 2022

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. […]

Rutger McGroarty
Kyle Pereira - Apr 11, 2022

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 […]

devon levi
Luiza Vidal, Editor - Apr 6, 2022

The Buffalo Sabres were informed on Monday that their goaltender prospect Devon Levi has decided to stay in college. To many, this might come as a surprise, but there are a number of reasons why it is not. His decision follows what many college prospects (including a few Sabres prospects) have done so far, wanting […]

Ella Chang - Apr 3, 2022

With a loss to the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday, the Philadelphia Flyers were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. This didn’t come as a surprise. At eighth in the Metropolitan Division and 29th in the league, the Flyers haven’t been playoff-level in a while. (Perhaps not even at all this season.) But even with the postseason […]

Cutter Gauthier
Kyle Pereira - Mar 24, 2022

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 […]

Kyle Pereira - Mar 10, 2022

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 […]



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