In last weeks ramblings I mentioned I was going to see Utica play in Belleville with a close eye on Vancouver Canucks prospect Brogan Rafferty.
Brogan Rafferty was as advertised, very impressive.
He is the Comets top defenseman on a team with deployment in offensive zone faceoffs, short handed and of course the top PP unit.
He carried the puck with ease through the neutral zone, made zone entry look easy, was the trigger on the point with a heavy shot. Some of the cons I noticed were he was at times a little aggressive offensively and it didn’t happen in the game I was at, but it will lead to breakaway and odd man rushes against.
Rafferty was easily the best defenseman in the game for either team including Olle Juolevi and Erik Brannstrom. Keep in mind Rafferty is 24-years-old and may not have the same long term upside as either, but he is certainly closer to the NHL and making a fantasy impact and is only 2% Fantrax owned in fantasy leagues….
More Scouting notes
Other notes and take aways from the Utica at Belleville age for you…
Lucas Jasek…soft on puck…easy to push over or take puck away
Logan Brown…excellent puck protection, uses long stick, big body to keep possession of puck…quick, clean, crisp passing on PP…Big, skilled, strong, looks NHL ready
Josh Norris…Is the shooter on the PP, team looks to get him the one-timer…Shot is hard…had three one-timer in first period, two times he missed the puck, other was a goal.
Alex Formenton…just blew past Ashton Saunter
Nikolai Goldobin…had two goals, highly skilled goals…holds onto puck too long…makes soft plays that are easily intercepted or lead to turnovers (in the AHL!)
Joey D’accord…lost game but looked very confident and comfortable…tracked puck well in traffic…stayed on feet…good puck handling ability…eats hard shots to limit or eliminate rebounds
As a Kingston resident I see the Kingston Frontenacs play a lot.
There is a lot of attention on the Fronts since selecting Shane Wright as an exceptional Status player and rightfully so. His winger Zayde Wisdom is starting to get some legitimate recognition as well as a result of all the extra eyes.
Wisdom is a 2020 draft eligible prospect and on the latest NHL Central Scouting Mid-Season Ranking, Wisdom as launched up from not being ranked on the preliminary ranking to 90th overall for North American Skaters.
Of course you need to factor in the European skaters so this does