DP Draft Reports: Juraj Slafkovsky, Seamus Casey, Owen Beck, Adam Ingram, Devin Kaplan

Nick Richard


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In this week’s installment of DP Draft reports, DobberProspects’ team of draft scouts takes a look at Juraj Slafkovsky, Seamus Casey, Owen Beck, Adam Ingram, and Devin Kaplan.

Slafkovksy, a mainstay near the top of most public draft rankings, is the most prominent name featured this week. A big-bodied forward with smooth hands and good vision, he has split time between Liiga and U20 SM-sarja for TPS this season, racking up 18 points in just 11 games at the U20 level. He is currently away from his club team to represent Slovakia at the Olympics and if the early returns are any indication, his stock could continue to rise following the tournament.

Casey is an undersized but dynamic puck moving defenceman for the USNTDP’s U18 team. After leading the U17 team’s defensive unit in scoring last season, he has continued to produce for the U18s this season and sits behind only Lane Hutson in scoring among NTDP defenders.

Beck has been a steady riser in draft circles so far this season, playing a strong two-way game for Mississauga in the OHL. Though he hasn’t produced at quite the same rate as teammate Luca Del Bel Belluz or top prospect Shane Wright, Beck sits at the top of the scoring race among the next group of OHL draft-eligible players.

Ingram is an intelligent offensive forward who is having a great rookie season for Youngstown in the USHL after making the jump from the Manitoba Junior Hockey League to begin the year. Through 33 games, his 41 points lead all draft-eligible USHL players.

Kaplan, a teammate of Casey’s with the NTDP, has an intriguing mix of size and scoring touch. He has been used mostly in a third-line role this season but has been fairly productive given the minutes he has been asked to play.

Let’s get to it.

Juraj Slafkovsky | LW | Slovakia vs. Finland (Olympics) | 2022-2-10

2 G, 0 A, 2 SOG, 12:57 TOI

Eetu Siltanen: Slafkovsky had a very positive showing against Finland in Slovakia’s first game of the Olympic tournament. He played a little less than 13 minutes in the game and recorded two shots on goal, both of which found the back of the net. Slafkovsky’s first goal came off a rebound; he won the one-on-one battle in front of the net and placed the puck under the crossbar. His second one was even more impressive; he made a nice body fake while getting the puck from the corner, moved his feet well to get open, and placed a nice wrist shot far side.

Slafkovsky’s good puck control, skill, and strong puck protection were on display. It is crazy how well he controlled and protected the puck as a 17-year-old, against big, physical top European players. He was especially good on the cycle as he was able to use those skills in his favor. scoring both of his goals off the cycle game after strong one-on-one plays. The game was played on an NHL-sized ice surface which seemed to suit Slafkovsky’s game well. I have been a little concerned about his footwork in the past but in this game, he showed that it wasn’t a problem and that