Florida Panthers 2015 NHL Draft Recap

iss_recapfloridaWith the 2015 NHL Draft completed, International Scouting Services recaps and identifies key up and coming prospects. 

July 22, 2015 [Waterloo, ON] ISS Hockey recaps the top prospects drafted by Florida Panthers in the 2015 NHL Draft, held on June 26-27, 2015 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida:

Top Prospects Drafted by the Florida Panthers in the 2015 NHL Draft

ISSOv.NamePosBirth DateHeightWeightTeamLeague
411CROUSE, LawsonLW6/23/19976.04215KingstonOHL
G677MONTEMBEAULT, SamuelG10/30/19966.02.5173Blainville-BoisbriandQMJHL
8188SCHEMITSCH, ThomasLD10/26/19966.03205Owen SoundOHL
67102MALGIN, DenisC1/18/19975.08163Zurich ZSCSuiA
82132BACHMAN, KarchC3/10/19975.10.5175Culver PrepIN-HS
NA162WILKIE, ChristopherRW7/10/19965.11.5199Tri-CityUSHL
NA192SHEA, PatrickC3/25/19975.11185Kimball UnionNEDI
G19206BEDNARD, RyanG3/31/19976.03.75179JohnstownNAHL
June 26-27, BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida


ISS Scouts have been tracking prospects eligible for the NHL Draft for years (typically from the age of fourteen), so they have unique knowledge of strengths, weaknesses and probabilities for success at the NHL level. ISS Hockey scouts identify prospects that have been chosen by the Florida Panthers in past drafts and provide a brief summary of how these drafted players will influence the team:

Lawson Crouse (ISS Ranked #4 in 2015, Overall drafted #11 in 2015 NHL Draft) – Huge, mean and nasty, the best pure Power forward in the draft and loves the physical aspect of the game. Stands up for teammates and gives skilled players more room to operate. The Panthers got a top 5-best player in this draft with the eleventh pick in a slide that made GM Dale Tallon feel like he won the lottery. He’s also a high-character kid with enough maturity to play in the NHL next season.

Denis Malgin (ISS Ranked #67 in 2015, Overall drafted #102 in 2015 NHL Draft) – Excellent Value pick at #102, was offensive dynamo for Switzerland at World U-18. Is undersized but thanks to his low point of gravity he is hard to knock of balance and stands his ground.

Aaron Ekblad (ISS Ranked #2 in 2014, Overall drafted #1 in 2014 NHL Draft) – NHL Calder Trophy winner, was the 2014 No. 1 overall pick and played with composure and poise of ten year veteran. He is a building block on the backend for the Panthers with superstar potential.

Aleksander Barkov (ISS Ranked #5 in 2013, Overall drafted #2 in 2013 NHL Draft) – Won’t be long until Barkov is an impact player at the NHL ranks. A one-two of Barkov and Bjugstad down the middle have the Panthers in an excellent position for the future.

Nick Bjugstad (ISS Ranked #21 in 2010, Overall drafted #19 in 2010 NHL Draft) – Physical specimen standing at 6’6 and well over 210 pounds. Surprisingly soft hands and puck handling skills for such a big centre make him an effective play-maker but he also has superior goal-scoring abilities as well.


Rocco Grimaldi (ISS Ranked #15 in 2011, Overall drafted #33 in 2011 NHL Draft) – Coming off an impressive rookie season in AHL. Will be fan favorite when he does crack the lineup. Crafty little offensive player with slick passing skills and offensive instincts. A natural play-maker with excellent vision and able to find his teammates through seams in the ice, even under pressure.

“After taking stud defender Aaron Ekblad last year, the Panthers went for size and skill on the wing in Lawson Crouse, to play with big centers Barkov and Bjugstad. This adds to a very talented prospect pool that already included first-round picks such as Barkov (2013), Mike Matheson (2012) and Jonathan Huberdeau (2011). With its Upper-echelon forwards progressing nicely the future looks bright and playoff spot should be within reach in 2015/16.” – Dennis MacInnis, ISS Hockey’s Director of Scouting

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