August 10, 2015 [Waterloo, ON] ISS Hockey recaps the top prospects drafted by Minnesota Wild in the 2015 NHL Draft, held on June 26-27, 2015 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida:
Top Prospects Drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the 2015 NHL Draft
|20||20||ERIKSSON EK, Joel||C||1/29/1997||6.01.75||180||Farjestad||SweJE|
|31||50||GREENWAY, Jordan||LW||2/16/1997||6.04.75||222||USA NTDP Under-18||USHL|
|115||135||KAPRIZOV, Kirill||LW||4/26/1997||5.09||185||Novokuznetsk Kuznetskiye||RusJr|
|98||171||BOKA, Nicholas||RD||9/8/1997||6.00.25||197||USA NTDP Under-18||USHL|
|126||201||BOURAMMAN, Gustav||LD||1/24/1997||5.11.25||184||S.S. Marie||OHL|
|85||204||SADEK, Jack||RD||4/19/1997||6.01.5||185||Lakeville North||MN-HS|
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 Minnesota Wild in past drafts and provide a brief summary of how these drafted players will influence the team:
Joel Eriksson Ek (ISS Ranked #20 in 2015, Overall drafted #20 in 2015 NHL Draft) – The Wild add one of the premier two-way centers eligible in the 2015 draft class. A player that is determined to be an impact player and loves to score goals.
Alex Tuch (ISS Ranked #14 in 2014, Overall drafted #18 in 2014 NHL Draft) – Prototypical power forward that is still developing his offensive game and skating. Bangs and chips in offensively plus has the ability to spot in on higher lines and special teams. Tuch’s combination of size and skill make him the Wild’s best forward prospect.
Matt Dumba (ISS Ranked #8 in 2012, Overall drafted #7 in 2012 NHL Draft) – The Wild had high hopes for Dumba after drafting him 7th overall and have to be pleased with his development. A character kid who will be a vital piece to any success the Wild have in the next 5 years.
Jonas Brodin (ISS Ranked #20 in 2011, Overall drafted #10 in 2011 NHL Draft) – One of the building blocks on the Wild roster. Brodin only 22 years old already has three years under his belt, and his average time on ice was 24.10 per game last year,. Reliable two-way defender who can play in all situations and shows upside on both sides of the puck.
BEST VALUE PICK SINCE 2010:
Jason Zucker (ISS Ranked #30 in 2010, Overall drafted #59 in 2010 NHL Draft) – Another 2nd round steal who is already contributing at the NHL level. He has forced his way into more of the spotlight through determined play night in and night out. Expect his level of play and production to rise next year as he takes on a bigger role in the offense.
“The Wild needed to address their shortage of depth at all positions and GM Chuck Fletcher addressed that organizational need by nabbing the goal scoring Eriksson Ek with the 20th pick then adding 1 goaltender 3 defensemen along with 2 more forwards.
To have big power forward Jordan Greenway slip until the 50th pick was just a bonus for the Wild’s rebuild. Underrated selection at this year’s draft were also Jack Sadek and Kirill Kaprizov who possesses overwhelming skill-sets on the puck as a defender and winger respectively. The Wild really improved their prospect depth at all positions” – Dennis MacInnis, ISS Hockey’s Director of Scouting
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