2017 NHL Entry Draft Profile: Don’t be dumb, just draft Kailer Yamamoto

By Tom Hunter (@PuckDontLie)

It’s as if hockey scouts have learned nothing from Tyler Johnson, Johnny Gaudreau and Viktor Arvidsson. As much as we’d like to believe that NHL teams have moved past the size bias that often dominates the draft – the evidence would suggest otherwise. Johnson went undrafted, Arvidsson and Gaudreau were selected in the fourth round – all have led their NHL team in scoring at least once in the past three seasons.

“But scouts are learning” – are they? Ten months ago, one of the most prolific goal scorers in junior hockey history wasn’t drafted until the second round. Alex DeBrincat fell to Chicago at 39th overall for one reason – he’s 5’7.

That brings us to Kailer Yamamoto.

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OHL Playoff Predictions: Eastern Conference

By Tom Hunter (@PuckDontLie)

**Check out my Western Conference predictions here

Eastern Conference – Round 1

Peterborough Petes (1) vs. Niagara IceDogs (8)

This series should be fun.
No team in the OHL playoff gave up more scoring chances during the regular season than Niagara and Peterborough. Both teams rely heavily on their goaltenders and as a result, an upset shouldn’t be surprising.

The Petes took off in the second half of the season but they still rely far too much on Dylan Wells bailing them out.

On the flip side, 2017 draft eligible Stephen Dhillon might be the most talented goaltender in the OHL and has the ability to steal a series on his own. If nothing else, this will be invaluable experience for Akil Thomas and a young Ice Dogs team that is at the early stages of a rebuild.

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