Prospect Ramblings: Player A or B

Tony Ferrari

2020-04-20

Yevgeny Oksentyuk celebrating a goal for the Flint Firebirds of the OHL (photo courtesy of the OHL)

 

This week, we’re going to have a bit of fun and debate some prospects! I’ll be expanding on a few of the answers to the question I recently tweeted out. I asked the Twitterverse to give me two players from the 2020 NHL Draft class and I would choose between them and give reasons as to why I would choose that player if the draft were today. Without further ado, let’s get at it! 

 

D Emil Andrae vs. D William Wallinder

 

 

I love this one because I don’t think there is a wrong answer here, rather it depends on one’s personal preference. These two are very close in my own personal rankings and the reason for that is because I know it will depend on what a team values when they make the draft pick to take one over the other. 

 

With Emil Andrae, you get a smooth-skating and smart defender who excels at both ends of the ice. He brings creativity and some offensive flair. His defensive game is quite good, especially considering that the biggest weakness that Andrae has is his size. His awareness in his own zone is good and he has an excellent stick. He gets into passing lanes quite well and when he gets the puck on his stick, he moves it up ice quickly. If he were 6’0″, this likely wouldn’t be a conversation but at 5’9″ there will be questions of whether he can play in the NHL until the day he cements