Prospect Watch

Oil Kings' Guenther relies on mental strength, hockey IQ during pandemic draft year

In a strange season for draft prospects, Edmonton's Dylan Guenther produced 24 points in 12 WHL games en route to being named the Central Division’s MVP. He also helped Team Canada win gold at the world under-18 championship. "A different year and I really learned to expect the unexpected and just be ready to go whenever," he told TSN.

Power on magical Worlds run, potential of going first in NHL Draft

Michigan Wolverines defenceman reflects on a memorable gold-medal win with Team Canada at the world championship and discusses the possibility of being selected by the Buffalo Sabres.

Mark Masters

Mark Masters

Top prospect Clarke on experience in Slovakia, winning under-18 gold

When top prospect Brandt Clarke does interviews with National Hockey League teams the questions are often similar and expected. That's why the session with the New York Islanders stood out. TSN's Mark Masters goes one-on-one with the 18-year-old.

Mark Masters

Mark Masters

Top prospect Guenther improves by studying Matthews' shot, Scheifele's two-way game

Oil Kings forward Dylan Guenther scored 12 goals in 12 WHL games this season. The Edmonton native studied video of Leafs sniper Auston Matthews in an effort to improve his shot. Guenther considers Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele to be one of his NHL role models and he appreciated how the Jets centre played during this year’s playoff series against Connor McDavid and the Oilers.

Fearless approach helped top prospect Power battle Tarasenko, earn big role at Worlds

Michigan defenceman Owen Power went from playing limited minutes at the start of the World Championship to logging big minutes in the biggest games. "The first couple practices I felt comfortable right away so I was confident in myself going into those games and when I got my opportunity I ran with it." The 18-year-old identified Russia's Vladimir Tarasenko as the toughest opponent he faced.

Clarke on 'strange' questions from Isles, calling his shot in OHL OT

Top NHL draft prospect Brandt Clarke has been conducting interviews with NHL teams of late. Most of the Q&As are similar, but not the one by the Islanders. "They run you through a test and you answer math questions and stuff," the Barrie defenceman said. Clarke certainly isn't shy. During his OHL rookie season, he actually called his shot after getting into it with some Mississauga players.

Mason McTavish Interview

McTavish doesn't want to change much ahead of NHL Draft

The Peterborough Petes centre kept his beard through a strong run in Switzerland and the IIHF Under-18 World Championship where Canada went undefeated. McTavish spoke to TSN about his experience in Switzerland, going at it with Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux during summer skates, and more.

Mark Masters
- Mark Masters
McTavish doesn't want to change much ahead of NHL Draft

Petes' McTavish on battling with Giroux at summer skates, admiring Schenn

Mason McTavish impresses with his skill and feistiness. Even in summer skates, the 18-year-old isn’t afraid to mix it up with an NHLer like Claude Giroux. The Peterborough centre is projected to be a top pick in July’s draft. McTavish identifies Brayden Schenn as his NHL role model. "I'm a power forward, who takes a lot of pride in his defensive zone and two-way ability," he said.

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Top prospect McTavish impresses with speed, leadership ability and beard

With the OHL unable to play, Mason McTavish performed well in the Swiss League this season and finished the year No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting’s list of North American skaters. The speedy Peterborough Petes centre also looked good at the IIHF World Under-18 Championship where he helped Canada win gold and got to wear the 'C' in a game when captain Shane Wright was injured.

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Bob McKenzie’s Draft Rankings

Can anybody knock Power out of top spot?

Owen Power is the consensus top prospect for the 2021 NHL Draft in the eyes of 10 NHL scouts surveyed by TSN. Are there any players that can make a late push to over take Power? Will a Canadian goalie be picked in the first round for the first time in almost a decade? TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie has more.

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What can we expect from Wright and Bedard at U18 Worlds?

Canada's roster for the upcoming U18 world in Texas is a star-studded affair, including top prospects Dylan Guenther, Shane Wright and Connor Bedard. What can we expect from these up and coming superstars? TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button shares his thoughts.

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What makes Sebastian Cossa a strong pick between the pipes?

Goaltender Sebastian Cossa is ranked number 14 in Bob McKenzie's Draft Ranking, more than likely making him a first round selection. No Canadian goalie has been selected in the first round since 2012, so what makes Cossa so special? TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button has more.

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Guenther believes his hockey IQ is his greatest strength

Number two ranked Dylan Guenther joins host James Duthie to speak about what he brings to the ice as a player, and call his hockey IQ as his biggest asset. Guenther admits that it would be an honour to be selected first overall in the NHL Draft, he hasn't thought about it that much. Guenther also shares his thoughts on the upcoming under-18 tournament, the Memorial Cup cancellation and more.

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Owen Power

Power on magical Worlds run, potential of going first in NHL Draft

Michigan Wolverines defenceman reflects on a memorable gold-medal win with Team Canada at the world championship and discusses the possibility of being selected by the Buffalo Sabres.

Mark Masters

Mark Masters

Fearless approach helped top prospect Power battle Tarasenko, earn big role at Worlds

Michigan defenceman Owen Power went from playing limited minutes at the start of the World Championship to logging big minutes in the biggest games. "The first couple practices I felt comfortable right away so I was confident in myself going into those games and when I got my opportunity I ran with it." The 18-year-old identified Russia's Vladimir Tarasenko as the toughest opponent he faced.

Power confident he can make immediate impact in NHL, but unsure about leaving school

Owen Power believes he can make an immediate impact in the NHL next season, but the Michigan defenceman hasn't decided whether he'll turn professional for the 2021-22 season. The Mississauga, Ont. native says it would be "awesome" to be picked by the Sabres and get the chance to play close to home. A Leafs fan, Power often attended games in Buffalo as a kid.

Michigan d-man Power on offensive play: 'It's nowhere near where I think it can get'

Freshman Owen Power registered three goals and 16 points in 26 NCAA games this season. The Michigan defenceman believes he will develop into a more dynamic threat in the years to come. "It's nowhere near where I think it can get. It’s just going to continue to get better and that’s something I focus on in the summer. There’s tons of room for improvement."

Clarke Making Noise

Top prospect Clarke on experience in Slovakia, winning under-18 gold

When top prospect Brandt Clarke does interviews with National Hockey League teams the questions are often similar and expected. That's why the session with the New York Islanders stood out. TSN's Mark Masters goes one-on-one with the 18-year-old.

Mark Masters

Mark Masters

Top prospect Clarke on Sens fandom, summer skates with Karlsson

Ottawa native Brandt Clarke grew up cheering on the Senators and idolizing Erik Karlsson. The Barrie Colts defenceman, who played in Slovakia this season, is now among the top prospects for the upcoming NHL draft. The 18-year-old got the chance to skate with Karlsson during the last off-season. "I was like, 'Holy crap, I really got to focus in here,'" Clarke told TSN. "That was crazy."

How will Owen Power fit on Buffalo's blueline?

With the Sabres winning the 2021 NHL Draft lottery, TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button joins Jay Onrait to discuss how he sees projected first overall pick Owen Power fitting in on Buffalo's blueline. Button also discusses who he has mocked to the three Canadian teams that missed the playoffs and why they're the right fit.

Lalji: Don't expect Canucks to trade 9th pick, it's a step forward for the franchise

With the Canucks having the ninth overall selection in this year's NHL Entry Draft, Farhan Lalji explains that it's likely that Vancouver won't trade the pick because there's a lack of depth at the AHL level and the club needs some talent to develop at that level before making their way to the NHL.

NHL draft lottery changes approved

The NHL's proposed draft lottery changes received formal approval from the Board of Governors after a week-long vote, according to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun.

NHL draft lottery changes approved

NHL Draft Lottery History

Take a look back at the previous rules and results of the NHL Draft Lottery, starting with the very first draw in 1995.

Craig Button's Craig's List Archive

Craig's List - Final 2017 Ranking

The final 2017 rankings are in. Find out which players TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button sees as underrated gems and which players are poised to make the greatest impact as future NHLers.

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Craig's List - Final 2017 Ranking

Craig's List 2016: Matthews No. 1 because position matters

There's no doubt that Patrik Laine had a season for the ages not seen from a draft-eligible player in a generation. But TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button is standing firm on Auston Matthews for the top spot in his final Craig's List of the season.

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Craig's List 2016: Matthews No. 1 because position matters

Bob McKenzie's Draft Ranking Archive

Kotkaniemi surges into top five of TSN Draft Ranking

Finn’s strong performance at the World Under-18 Championships in April has some scouts believing he’s a potential future No. 1 centre, Bob McKenzie writes. His late push could make the top 10 of the draft more unpredictable than originally anticipated.

Kotkaniemi surges into top five of TSN Draft Ranking

McKenzie's Final 2015 Ranking: McDavid, Eichel and...

The 2015 NHL Draft will take place in Sunrise, Florida in three weeks, where Connor McDavid will be coronated as the first-overall selection. But there's plenty of intriguing options after McDavid and Jack Eichel, as revealed in TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie's final TSN Draft ranking.

McKenzie's Final 2015 Ranking: McDavid, Eichel and...