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Fantasy Summary

Big two-way winger with some finishing ability. Needs to improve foot speed and add pace to his game but has potential as a top-nine forward in the NHL.


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July 2022 – Kaplan was drafted 69th (nice) overall by the Flyers. Pat Quinn

 

February 2022 – Devin Kaplan emerged on the scene last year for the US National Team Development Program, tallying 39 points in 46 games with the U17 squad and adding another three points in a two game audition with the U18 team. Now a full-time member of the U18 team in his draft year, he is among the top-ten scorers on the club through the midway point of the season while playing mostly thrid line minutes.

Kaplan has all the tools to become a reliable two-way winger for any NHL team that takes a chance on him. The major flaws in Kaplan’s game, however, are his poor skating and slow pace. Kaplan has been the perfect complementary winger for the USNTDP this year. He relies on his strong hockey sense to find the soft areas of the ice and exploit them before the opposition realizes he’s open. At times, he compensates for his lack of foot speed by positioning himself to be the trailer on an offensive fast break. Another strong area of Kaplan’s game is in the trenches. With his big frame, he invites competition along the boards and outmuscles opponents for contested pucks. Once he wins those battles, he often looks to start the cycle to provide his teammates scoring opportunities. The next area of focus in Kaplan’s game is his defensive game. This is an area where Kaplan shines as he is not afraid of being aggressive, whether it is in h