I haven’t rambled for a while but a couple of days ago, hockey Twitter went a bit nuts because Central Scouting and Craig Button released their latest rankings, and unsurprisingly, there was controversy.
We could debate an entire day about Tim Stützle and his position at the top of the European ranking and tied with Quinton Byfield for second overall. But instead of that, I thought it might be interesting to look at some prospects who seem underrated based on everything I’ve seen from them. And by that I mean I will be focusing on European prospects because those are the ones I’m more familiar with.
I am not going to talk about how good or bad either ranking is because they are both very notable rankings that pretty much every prospect junkie checks out, and I respect everyone who scouts prospects for a living. But I will give my opinions on the players in question and where I have them ranked. Here are my top six choices for “Most Underrated” on Central Scouting’s latest ranking and on Craig Button’s latest ranking.
Jan Mysak, C/W
Mysak was ranked ninth among European skaters on Central Scouting’s list which is not that dissimilar to our latest ranking of European prospects – we had him seventh among European prospects which includes one goalie. The difference is that Central Scouting has Rodion Amirov, William Wallinder and John-Jason Peterka ahead of Mysak.
Craig Button ranked him 61st overall which is very late in the second round. My personal ranking has Mysak at 17th overall, and I have a hard time not seeing him in the first round, so he definitely seems underrated there.
Mysak is capable of playing at center and at wing and has been used in both positions at different times in different leagues or events. He was mostly used down the middle last year when he played in the Czech Extraliga at age 16. He played on a very bad Litvinov team which allowed them to give him decent opportunity but his results were absolutely incredible considering his age. He scored seven points in 31 games during regular season, and then carried the team to avoid relegation, scoring nine points in six games.
This season, Mysak played a bottom-six role at wing but still managed to score nine points in 26 games before he decided to jump to the OHL for the rest of this season. And in between, he played a third-line role for the Czechs at the World Juniors and won two Player of the Game awards in five games – not too shabby.
Mysak may not have a lot of elite tools but it’s difficult to find any flaws or weaknesse