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Buffalo Top 10 Prospects

Despite not playing the draft game as we decided to trade draft picks for established talent during the rebuild, I think we have collected talent to help strengthen the core of this club and help us take the next step. 

 

  1. Dylan Sikura, Center 

NCAA: 33-20-32-52

Sikura has excellent vision and passing skills. He thinks the game very well, anticipating where teammates and opponents are going to be. He is able to thread the needle on passes making plays to set up up scoring chances. Sikura gets to open ice after giving up the puck. He is deadly on the give and go, with an excellent wrist shot and one-timer. His release is quick and deceptive. Sikura also has very good stick handling skill.

 

NHL Comparable: Mike Cammalleri 

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  1. Victor Olofsson, Right Wing

SHL: 50-27-16-43 (SHL goal leader) 

Olofsson is a good skater with great speed and crafty footwork. Olofsson possesses some good hands, and has developed his shooting skills from all over the ice. Although he has been more known for his goal scoring, the swifty Swede can also be a suitable playmaker to create scoring chances for his teammates.

 

NHL Comparable: Mike Hoffman 

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  1. Jeremy Davies, Defense 

NCAA: 34-6-27-33

Outstanding skater and playmaker... all situation player. 

NHL Comparable: Shayne Gostisbehere

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  1. Mason Appleton, Center

AHL: 62-18-34-52

“When I think about Mason Appleton, I think about his compete level,” Moose head coach Pascal Vincent recently told the Winnipeg Sun. “I think about his hockey sense and his ability to adjust his game. He plays heavy minutes. His ability to win battles, one-on-one, drive the net – he’s really good at driving the net and finding the open ice.”

 

NHL Comparable: Tyler Toffoli 

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  1. Vincent Hinostroza, Right Wing 

AHL: 23-9-13-22, NHL: 39-7-16-23 

Hinostroza is a small guy, but has top-end speed, good hands, vision, and a great work ethic. 

 

NHL Comparable Kris Versteeg 

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  1. Rudolfs Balcers, Left Wing

AHL: 53-16-22-38

Known more for his scoring touch, Balcers has flashed impressive playmaking chops for a Barracuda team that has struggled for consistency and at times a full complement of 12 forwards for a game-night roster. Balcers can make plays with the puck that will make you lean forward in your seat and is surprisingly capable in board battles with a quick, smart stick and anticipation. More impressive is the rotating linemates Balcers has been forced to adapt to while getting used to the professional game. 

 

NHL Comparable: Tomas Tatar 

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  1. Mikey Eyssimont: Left Wing

NCAA: 36-17-22-39

Has outstanding hands and playmaking skills, drives to the net hard. Very good skater 

 

NHL Comparable: Frans Nielsen 

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  1. Maxim Shalunov, Right Wing 

KHL: 48-23-20-43

Shalunov does not plan to come to the NHL till 2020 but expects to step into the Hawks top nine at the time. A huge, strong skating goal scorer could be perfect for the middle six. Going to wait on him forever but could be worth it

 

NHL Comparable: Patrick Berglund 

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  1. Maxim Mamin, Left Wing 

AHL: 32-9-16-25, NHL 17-2-0-2

The 6’2 Russian native offers a whole lot, when on the ice. His height and strength allows him to drive to the net with ease. He is able to protect/shield the puck while in the offensive zone, retaining valuable possession and creating scoring chances at the same time. On the other hand, Mamin plays with a lot of grit , also known for dropping the gloves when needed. Is very good defensively  

 

NHL Comparable: Dmitrij Jaskin 

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John Gilmour, Defense 

AHL: 44-6-20-26, NHL: 17-2-2-4 

Highly competitive and intense, Good offensive skills that can break out the puck, Outstanding skater with four-way mobility, Closes gaps tightly with a good stick and anticipation

 

NHL Comparable: Joe Corvo 

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Thoughts

While we lack star talent in the system we do project to have some very exciting pieces stepping into the lineup the next few seasons. We have the roster space this summer to begin a new cycle of talent being brought in, see what we can uncover moving forward.