Your guide to the NHL Draft

Sam Happi
A home to my NHL draft rankings, prospect analysis, shift-by-shift player videos, and more.
Created 06 Jun 2020
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  • Rankings Format Plan/Feedback
    18 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    I am trying to plan out what my 2022 rankings will look like and would appreciate your feedback. My 2021 final rankings can be viewed here. The pros and cons of the website format, in my eyes: Pros: I...
  • Miro Heiskanen and aggressive/passive forechecks
    16 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    Was going through some Miro Heiskanen video and noticed Tampa Bay was very successful in slowing him down in transition. Pretty much every team defaults to a passive NZ forecheck in most situations. T...
  • 2022 NHL Draft Notebook Vol 4: McKenzie's notebook and early tiers
    03 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    Bob McKenzie’s preseason top 16 went out a few days ago and there’s some interesting stuff in it. Thought it would be interesting to run through some of my early thoughts on these 16 and then try to s...
  • 2022 NHL Draft Notebook: Vol 3
    13 Sep 2021 • 13 min read
    Volume Three. Volume One covered Tristen Luneau, Seamus Casey, Conor Geekie, Brad Lambert, Matthew Savoie, and Shane Wright; Volume Two looked at Ryan Chesley, Mattias Hävelid, Elias Salomonsson, Isaa...
  • 2022 NHL Draft Notebook: Volume 2
    30 Aug 2021 • 11 min read
    Another draft notebook! Volume One covered Tristen Luneau, Seamus Casey, Conor Geekie, Brad Lambert, Matthew Savoie, and Shane Wright. This time, we look at Ryan Chesley, Mattias Hävelid, Elias Salomo...
  • 2022 NHL Draft Notebook: Volume 1
    23 Aug 2021 • 11 min read • 2 0
    My tentative plan for the 2022 draft process at this point in time consists of three stages: Stage One: Watch as many games as possible, trying to get a strong feel for the notable prospects in the dr...
  • Rasmus Dahlin and the Buffalo effect
    12 Aug 2021 • 3 min read
    For all his hype out of the draft, Rasmus Dahlin hasn’t been nearly as involved in discussions about the NHL’s top young defenceman as we would have expected when he was taken first overall in 2018. J...
  • Evan Bouchard, Cale Makar, and weak side activation
    05 Aug 2021 • 2 min read
    Evan Bouchard fell victim to Dave Tippett and a deep right side for the Oilers last season (Oilers, right side, deep???), playing only fourteen games while watching many more from the press box. Bouch...
  • Ethan Bear, Mackenzie Weegar, and blowing up the forecheck via the pass
    04 Aug 2021 • 2 min read
    On Monday, we talked about Cale Makar’s rare ability to utterly disassemble a forecheck through his elite combination of mobility, puck skills, and confidence. We dubbed this ‘blowing up a forecheck’,...
  • Cale Makar and blowing up a forecheck
    02 Aug 2021 • 2 min read
    Understanding exactly what makes successful NHLers so good has obvious implications on draft analysis— with that in mind, I’ve spent the last few days working through Cale Makar video on InStatHockey....
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