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Welcome to the first DP Draft Reports of 2022! This week’s edition features reports on Denton Mateychuk, Matthew Poitras, Simon Forsmark, Rutger McGroarty, and Vladimir Grudinin.
Mateychuk, a defenceman with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL, was the DP Scouting Team’s top-ranked Canadian blueliner in our midseason rankings, coming in at 16th overall on our board. He has been a workhorse for the Warriors this season and currently sits second in scoring among all WHL defenders.
Matthew Poitras of the Guelph Storm in the OHL is a well-rounded forward who has been graded as an “A” level prospect by NHL Central Scouting. His production on the season has been a bit underwhelming but there are a lot of pro-level traits in his game that will continue to garner interest in the mid to late first round.
Simon Forsmark is a left-handed, two-way defenceman with good size who has split time between the SHL and J20 Nationell in the Örebro system this season. He has built up a substantial lead in scoring among draft-eligible defencemen in the J20 Nationell despite playing half of his season at the men’s level.
Rutger McGroarty was one of the most hyped prospects to begin the year but he has slid down most draft boards as he has been outperformed by other members of his team. He has produced well with 32 points through 26 games so far this season but he hasn’t necessarily been the driving force on a line with Logan Cooley.
Grudinin is an undersized but mobile defenceman who has played games in the MHL, VHL, and KHL this season for CSKA. Though his minutes have been limited, the fact that he has been given a look at the KHL level despite his age and small stature is encouraging.
Let’s get to the game reports.