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Fantasy Summary

Tremendous rush defender who uses his skating to close gaps wherever he finds them. Offensive refinement could see him become a second-pair staple in the NHL.


Observations

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February 2024 – Emery’s drop in our rankings from 27th to 43rd is based on two factors: other prospects have elevated their game, and Emery hasn’t as much over the past three months. Since our last rankings, Emery has only logged three points in 11 games, and although offense is not what he is known for, you want to see at least some form of adaptation to get more pucks to dangerous areas, and we just haven’t.

A fantastic skater with some of the best rush defending tools in this draft, Emery is still worth a shot as a second-rounder — he’s exploring with offense, though, which bodes well for his future on a second pair. If he can’t figure out what works and what doesn’t, there’s still a role for him as a bottom-pair rush specialist in the NHL. Hadi Kalakeche

February rankings: 43rd (-19)
November rankings: 27th

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 8.0
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth March 30, 2006
Height 6‘3”
Weight 185 lbs
Drafted No

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2017-2018 Midwest Selects U12WSI U127 1 23 -|        
 2018-2019 Midwest Selects U13WSI U139 1 34 -|        
 2019-2020 Burnaby Winter Club U15 VarsityCSSHLV U1530 11 2637 30|Playoffs5 3 14
 2020-2021 Burnaby Winter Club U15 PrepCSSHL U156 1 67 4|        
 2021-2022 Yale Hockey Academy U17 PrepCSSHL U1733 14 2034 32|Playoffs4 2 35
  Yale Hockey Academy U18 PrepCSSHL U184 1 23 2|        
  Team British Columbia WHL Cup5 0 22 4|        
 2022-2023 U.S. National U17 TeamNTDP60 2 1012 28|        
  USNTDP JuniorsUSHL39 1 89 22|Playoffs3 0 11
  USA U17WHC-177 1 12 4|        
 2023-2024 U.S. National U18 TeamNTDP42 0 1010 51|        
  USNTDP JuniorsUSHL19 0 55 22|        
 2024-2025 Univ. of North DakotaNCAA- - -- -|        

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