Juraj Slafkovsky is still ranked first by several scouts

There are just two weeks until the 2022 National Hockey League Draft, which will be played in Montreal.

Well, to this day, the Montreal Canadiens general manager, Kent Hughes, keeps saying that the choice has not yet been made as to when the player that the CH will choose at all.

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Does he just want to keep the suspense up to the end or is there really a debate among the Habs staff?

In any case, there is indeed a debate between Shane Wright and Juraj Slafkovsky on social media and among several scouts.

If we go by the words of the various scouts, it’s still 50/50.

However, Shane Wright agrees on the potential. The majority agrees that he will be a good player in the NHL.

As for Juraj Slafkovsky, half say he’s going to be a star and half say he won’t break anything in the NHL.

Here is a compilation of the words of some Boy Scouts.

First, here’s what a scout has to say to explain the difference between Slafkovsky’s performance in the Liiga and Slafkovsky’s performance on the international stage.

“It’s a bit difficult to explain. But the first thing to realize is that playing in the Finnish league isn’t easy. The hockey that is played is very closed with systems using trapdoor forms. In short, it’s quite a challenge to produce there at a fast pace, especially for a young athlete.” – NHL scout for 10 years

“Also, I’m sure if you bring the best Canadian hopefuls this year of the repechage into the league, it would be very difficult for them too. »

This scout therefore sees this difficulty in producing in Slafkovsky’s Liiga as positive.

“I’m more positive about it in that with his stats internationally, I’m not afraid of his potential for the NHL. After all, the NHL game suits him better than the Liiga game with its special style. After seeing how he excelled at the Olympics and Worlds, I’m confident he’ll be a good player in the NHL, an excellent player even.

Weaknesses are hard to find in Slafkovsky for this scout.

“His creativity in making games is good, but not great. But how many players are 1.80 meters tall, confidently rush on goal and also have exceptional creativity? Few players have all the aces like Mario Lemieux. »

However, this scout interviewed by RDS claims he would normally always take a cross in front of a winger.

“Although I haven’t seen Wright play much, personally I would take a cross past a winger. It’s still very difficult to find good center players. Position players still have a bigger impact on games than wingers. »

Another scout says the pressure on Kent Hughes to pick Shane Wright is immense, especially as a rookie GM.

“People outside of the hockey community have no idea the pressure Canadians are under to draft Wright. And especially with a rookie general manager, I tell myself there’s no way Wright isn’t their pick. Then the leader of the CH will be destroyed if he is not the best player in his repechage.

What is certain is that in terms of advanced stats, Slafkovsky is far from a player who can pull through.

My colleague Félix Forget has also written an excellent article on the subject.

In short, the Slovakian winger is not really united.

So it will be very interesting to see which way the CH will tilt during the hope run.


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