Prospect Mailbag: How The 2018 Class Stacks Up, Most NHL-Ready Prospects and NHLe

Cam Robinson

2018-01-23

                                              Miro Heiskanen is named to Finland's Olympic roster.

 

We’re back for another riveting installment of the DobberProspects’ Fantasy Mailbag. I’ve coerced questions from various locations and have assembled a nice array of queries that will hopefully shed some light on these young players as fantasy teams begin to settle in for a long playoff run, or start looking towards next season and beyond.

 

 

Question: “Please rank the following prospects and give a comparable to their playing style: Andrei Svechnikov, Casey Mittelstadt and Eeli Tolvanan”

 

 

Answer: I often say how I’m not a big fan of comparing players as each person is so unique in how they prepare, produce and perform but when looking for stylistic comparables, that can be useful in gauging and assessing talent. As such:

 

  1. Andrei Svechnikov – He plays the game like Vladimir Tarasenko. He’s not as thick as the St Louis Blues’ superstar but he possesses a larger frame and is equally deft at finding the back of the net. He has speed, power and precision to his game. Svechnikov is also a fairly accomplished two-way player which will help him adjust to the NHL sooner than some other prospects and likely earn him more ice and confidence from his future coaching staff.

 

  1. Casey Mittelstadt – Mittelstadt plays with terrific pace and owns some world-class speed and skill. I liken his style to that of Tyler Seguin. Both are creative, smart and speed-driven centres and manage to dictate the pace of play to suit their needs.

 

  1. Eeli Tolvanen – Tolvanen is another player who is blessed with tremendous speed and just a cannon of a shot. He’s doesn't have the largest stature but he manages to find a ton of strength to go into the one-timer and quick release. He’s absolutely deadly on the man-advantage. The player he reminds me the most of is Pittsburgh’s Phil Kessel or perhaps a speedier version of Brock Boeser.

 

 

 

Question: “2019 draft. Dylan Cozens. Top 10 prospect??”

 

 

Answer: You bet he is.

 

Cozens is having a tremendous 16-year-old season with Lethbridge. The 6’3 forward has racked up 16 goals and 39 points in 40 WHL games thus far. This, after air lifting in last spring once his prep season ended and managed to produce three goals and eight points in 12 playoff contests for the Hurricanes.

Cozens mixes a blend of speed and skill to go along with his long reach and quick release. He can play centre or wing and even at his age, is responsible defensively.

 

As it stands today, he has a very realistic shot at being a top five selection in 2019.