Welcome to my ramblings, where I’ll be writing down my thoughts on NHL and draft-eligible prospects once a week. I’ll be using the ramblings to keep you posted on the week’s events, or let you in on some questions I ask myself often regarding prospects, amateur scouting and player development.
This week, I wanted to keep it a bit low-key with what’s more of a fun exercise than anything else. Every year, there are one or two players that I watch and think “this guy would look great in those colors”, or “that guy would fit greatly with the way this team plays”. So I thought, why not make a list of the most perfect fit in the 2022 NHL Draft for each of the 32 NHL teams?
This exercise will be a mix of realistic picks based on draft position, stylistic fit, team needs and pure gut feeling. Again, this is just for fun — obviously the best draft philosophy is BPA, as needs can change drastically during the time it takes for a prospect to develop. We’ll keep it short, sweet, and easily digestible. No fancy stats or in-depth scouting reports — just vibes.
Anaheim: Lian Bichsel, LD, Leksands (SHL)
For Anaheim, I simply thought “who would be the best D partner for Jamie Drysdale down the line?” and Bichsel fits that mould to a T. A left-handed defenseman with shutdown abilities will allow for Drysdale to have more freedom to go on his little Hobbit-like adventures up the ice.
Arizona: Logan Cooley, C, USNTDP (USHL)
Cooley to Arizona just makes sense. Someone’s got to sell tickets in the desert, right? Might as well bring in a kid that’ll get the full capacity of 40 in the ASU arena out of their seats. The possibility of him and Clayton Keller developing chemistry has me excited.
Boston: Reid Schaefer, LW, Seattle (WHL)
The 6-foot-3, 214-pound power forward has Boston written all over him. He’s projected to be a third-rounder, but don’t be surprised if the Bruins pull the trigger early on him.
Buffalo: Simon Nemec, RD, HK Nitra (Slovakia)
Nemec and Rasmus Dahlin together on a pairing would honestly be unfair. The amount of brain on that blue line would make Nancy Reag— you know what, nevermind. They’re smart. That’s all I’m going to say.
Calgary: Rieger Lorenz, C, Okotoks (AJHL)
He’s in their backyard, he plays center, and has decent size at 6-2 and 185 pounds. Lorenz should be available for the Flames when they first select at 59th overall.
Carolina: Tomas Hamara, LD, Tappara (Liiga)
Former DobberProspects top gun and current Canes scout Jokke Nevalainen will proably love Hamara’s style and put a big word in for him. The Cane