2011 NHL Draft Ranking Part 3
You can visit Part 1 of our ranking here
Part 2 is here
And here is part 3 as we continue to map out our top 50 prospects for 2011.
21. Oscar Kelfbom –D – Farjestad (SEL) – 6’4 – 200lbs – Shoots L – July 20, 1993
Klefbom has skyrocketed up the rankings and is generally considered to be a riser come draft day. Not surprising, considering his combination of size and patience. Kelfbom is a great skater for his size and is excellent at carrying the puck out of danger. He makes a good first pass and pinches into the play plenty when appropriate. His shot is not exactly a howitzer but it’s adequate. As I mentioned above, many are placing him ahead of his peer Jonas Brodin who we featured in our second installment, but there isn’t much physicality out of Klefbom for how big he is and that’s an issue for me. Overall, he’s a great puck mover, he’s got great hands and puck protection abilities, but he’s prone to mental errors and needs to find his physical game before I’m willing to insert him into the top 20. That said, I do believe a team will take a stab at him early in this draft.
2010/11 SEL Statistics: 23GP – 1G -1A – 2PTS – 2PIM – +1
22. Tomas Jurco – RW – Saint John (QMJHL) – 6’2 – 187lbs – Shoots L – December 28, 1992
Here we have the final of the three linemates from the Memorial Cup champions. Tomas Jurco is dangerous and inventive with the puck. He brings a ton of dangle to the table and is extremely innovative in his one on one abilities and shootout maneuvers. This Czech-born forward also has an excellent, violent shot with the ability to find the net from virtually anywhere. He’s also a good skater with solid size who isn’t afraid to physically invest himself in the tough areas. Overall, Jurco has some of the more refined offensive tools in this draft class, where he struggles is away from the puck in his own end, finishing ability in front of the net and with overall consistency shift to shift.
11 QMJHL Statistics: 60GP – 31G – 25A – 56PTS – 17PIM – +46
23. Boone Jenner – C – Oshawa (OHL) – 6’1 – 204lbs – Shoots L – June 15, 1993
Boone Jenner is hands down my favorite prospect that I’ve followed in this class and my personal hope for the Penguins come draft day. Jenner is a tough, two-way center with an awkward, long skating stride and a plethora of offensive talent. He’s active in all of the tough areas, a solid shooter, and has the surprise dangle move when he’s one on one. An excellent puck-protector in tight areas, Jenner’s offensive game is a combination of intense forechecking and patient boardwork and shooting. Jenner is invested at both ends of the rink, covers a ton of ice shift to shift, and isn’t afraid to take a hit to make a play. He opens up a good bit of space for his teammates with his intense forecheck and puck protection abilities. He also made some excellent dish passes this season setting up his teammates cross-ice.The issue with Jenner is putting it altogether. He struggled in the ¾ mark of the season and didn’t exactly pick it up again until his amazing playoff run. He needs to bring the consistency night to night and find his way through tight checking games, which he proved he can do with a great OHL playoff run.
2010/11 OHL Statistics: 63GP – 25A – 41A – 66PTS – 57PIM – +10
24. Ty Rattie – RW – Portland (WHL) – 5’11 – 163lbs – Shoots R – February 5, 1993
Rattie is a gifted offensive forward with great hands and even better vision. His shot is solid and he scored a ton of points off of the rush this year both via shooting and dishing. He finds the net with regularity and registers a good bit of shots on goal. Rattie scored some huge goals this year for Portland and exhibited some great puck moving abilities, generating rushes through the neutral zone and finishing some key plays. The issue with Rattie lies in his size, his small stature has affected his consistency and made him somewhat of a perimeter player on certain shifts. That said, he should bulk up as he matures and his offensive abilities are solid enough to carry him to the next level.
2010/11 WHL Statistics: 67GP – 28G -51A – 79PTS – 55PIM – +20
25. Nicklas Jensen – F – Oshawa (OHL) – 6’2 – 187lbs – Shoots L – March 6, 1993
Nicklas Jensen is an offensive technician. He scored some of the nicest goals in the OHL this season and didn’t hesitate to rush the puck from end to end on several occasions. This Danish-born forward exhibits the typical hockey smarts and work ethic that has become common among Danish prospects. He is an excellent skater, a great puck handler, and has a laser of a shot. His release is nearly invisible in some cases and he gets the puck off with a ton of strength and speed. He seems to stalk the puck in the slot and is quick to jump on rebounds. He struggled with consistency at times this year when he adapted to the North American game. Overall, though, his game has translated in an impressive fashion and he has the offensive tools to be one of the more dangerous forwards in this draft class as he continues to adjust to the physical style of play in North America.
2010/11 OHL Statistics: 61GP – 29G – 29A – 58PTS – 42PIM – +14
26. J.T. Miller – C – USNDTP – 6’1 – 198lbs – Shoots L – March 14, 1993
After an absolutely monstrous USA U-18 Tournament, this Pittsburgh native skyrocketed onto the scene as a near guarantee for the first round. Had 12 points (4+8) in 6 games during the U-18 tournament. To give you some perspective on J.T. Miller’s rise, he was unranked on the monthly ISS ranking, until the final edition, where he appeared at #16. Miller is your stereotypical power-forward. His shot is decent, but his general offensive skill set is on the mediocre side. That side, Miller is extremely physical and hard-working. He never gives up on a play, especially in front of the net. He’s got good wheels for his size and is competent in the defensive zone. Overall, Miller is extremely tough and talented enough with the puck that he should be quite an asset for North Dakota next year.
2010/11 USNDTP Statistics: 21GP – 3G – 12A – 15PTS – 48PIM – +4
27. Phillip Danault – LW – Victoriaville (QMJHL) – 6’0 – 170lbs – Shoots L – February 24, 1993
Phillip Danault has all the makings of a future NHL captain. Named Captain of Victoriaville to start the season despite being one of the younger players on the roster, Danault is known for his impeccable work ethic and pure passion for the game. His attitude is infectious and he leads by example, playing a gritty but talented game. Danault is a superb hitter, an excellent forechecker, and solid defensively. Danault’s offensive skill-set is ever improving and he could have a higher ceiling than most think. He doesn’t back down from anyone and plays the game with little to no regard for his own well being. Danault has been a leader in every locker room he’s ever been in and that trend should continue into his pro career. Fun connection to Pittsburgh, his favorite NHL team is the Penguins and his favorite player is Max Talbot.
2010/11 QMJHL Statistics: 64GP – 23G – 44A – 67PTS – 59PIM – +17
28. Brandon Saad – LW – Saginaw (OHL) – 6’1 – 208lbs – Shoots L – Oct. 27, 1992
This Pittsburgh native started the year with a lot of pre-season hype, and by many standards this left-winger did not live up to those expectations. Saad is a big-bodied wing with excellent wheels and a fantastic shot. In terms of shooting, he ranks right up there with some of the top 10 forwards in this entire class. Saad hits the net with regularity and has a quick and pin-point accurate release. Saad also has an excellent backhand dish and did a great job of slowing the play as he entered the zone and getting cross-ice passes over to his teammates on the backhand. The issue with Saad comes down to two things: drive and consistency. He was criticized all year, despite battling injury, that he didn’t exhibit enough fight in the tough areas and didn’t drive to the net with nearly enough regularity. He also struggled with consistency shift to shift and didn’t exhibit the work ethic of a young player with the size and strength that he possesses. However, this was only his first year in the CHL, so the book is largely unwritten on this power-forward.
2010/11 OHL Statistics: 59GP – 27G – 28A – 55PTS – 47PIM – +8
29. Joseph Morrow – D – Portland (WHL) – 6’0 – 197lbs – Shoots L – Dec. 9, 1992
Morrow battled injuries all year long, but when the going got tough in the playoffs, he had one of the better performances in North America and was the 2nd leading scorer among defensemen in the WHL playoffs. Morrow is a mobile defenseman with good size and speed. He’s not hesitant to start the rush himself and skate the puck out of danger. He’s got excellent vision and a great heads-up style of skating. He surveys the ice as he carries the puck and makes crisp passes to his forwards. Morrow’s shot isn’t high-caliber, but he hits the net with regularity and is a threat on the power-play.
2010/11 WHL Statistics: 60GP – 9G – 40A – 49PTS – 67PIM – +23
30. Tyler Biggs – RW – USNTDP – 6’2 – 210lbs – Shoots R – April 30, 1993
Tyler Biggs is the type of player that other teams hate playing against. A two-time representative for the U.S. U-18 team and 10/11 captain, Biggs is a physical, net-front presence that has excellent skating ability for someone of his stature. Biggs might not possess the dangle or shooting ability of a premiere forward, but definitely has a flair for the dramatic and can surprise defenders with slick moves at key times. He makes his impact in the boards and in front of the net and has no quit in him whatsoever. His offensive potential in terms of pure scoring might be limited, but he has the attitude, size and work ethic to make him an impact player on those attributes alone.
2010/11 USNTDP Statistics: 20GP – 7G – 4A – 11PTS – 41PIM – +8
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