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NHL scouts told the evening newspaper, why Kaapo Deuce is the age group his the best player in the world – a surprising assessment of the draft: it Is just the same
Scout in the opinion of the TPS Kaapo Agility is more ready for the NHL than Jack Hughes.TPS Bebe in Agility has made the NHL scouts a great impression. Jaakko Stenroos / AOP

in hockey circles have long agreed, who are the NHL next summer's booking conference two of the hottest names.

the American Jack Hughes has since last autumn been the favorite of the whole draft first in reserve, but TPS Bebe in Agility is a youth after the world cup snuck up on Hughes ' head start and risen to some estimates up to Hughes over.

the evening paper interviewed the fourth NHL club scouts and asked their opinion Kakosta but also Hughes. None of the scouteista didn't want to talk about his own name partly because the summer booking conference booking shifts are not yet known.

"As an adult"

the Deuce, I turned 18 a little over a month ago. He made a hard right to print his rookie season in the SM-league regular season: 45 match was born 22 goals and to account for the accumulation of 38 power points. the Aleksander Barkov made his rookie season at the age of 17 to 21 and Patrik Laine 17 goals.

– the Deuce scored more goals when Barkov and Laine, although played less matches. The deuce, is an exceptionally ready for at that age the men's game, and his level just rises the whole time. When I met him, he was not in its essence or otherwise 17-year-old conditions, he was as an adult, one western conference club scout said.

– Kakon through hats off. He is a strong, although not yet physically ready. However, he played in the 17-18-year-old against the men and showed the strengths already now, the other scouts said.

"Magic hands"

Scouts say many Kakon features.

His strengths are already in physicality and size. Deuce is the man though is basically still in junior. He is able to protect the puck very well. In addition, he's got his magical hands and he is able to do miracles even in the smallest space. Moreover, he's skating hard with the puck even faster than without the puck, the scout said.

Kakon games strengths are all his statements follow the discipline relatively familiar.

– of Course, the size and competence were immediately raised, but I consider it very important also for his determination and will to overcome games, the third scout said.

"Playing in the NHL"

the Young newcomer's role in the NHL depends on many things, not least about what kind of situation he got the team there.

– Is all the same, should we just book the Deuce, the first or the second, or later, he will certainly get a chance to show their skills. I am sure that he will play next season in the NHL, one of the scouteista said.

Another ability of the seeker is a slightly different view.

– Kakon with might be actions such as Colorado Avalanche Mikko Rantanen . AHL is now a young players league, where players are developed more than in the past. The team is just a few of the older players, who show how a self-made professional.

Rantanen played in his first season in North America in just nine NHL games and spent the season in AHL. Now Rantanen is a 22-year-old NHL on top.

Who is number one?

Scouts do not see the great importance of it, book a Deuce, or a Hughes number one and one of them is a close second.

– the NHL central strikers is considered more important than the receiver. Deuce, however, originally a center fielder, while playing in the SM-league as a winger. However, he is able to play also in the middle. Hughes is a centre but can also play on the wing. It's time the same, each book is number one and which number two.

– the Deuce has taken distance to Hughes, caught. Both are good. Their order depends on what the organization can afford to first. But it can be said that the second book, the organization can not take the wrong players, one of the scouts with a laugh.

Kakon and Hughes behind likely to the third reservation, shall be considered as the st. Petersburg SKA:n the organization includes a 17-year-old striker Vasily Podkolzina , who has played for the Russian junior league MHL, and the second-highest league VHL.

– the Russian is often a small fear, will they come to North America and if so when, one of the scouts recalled.


Hughes meets in may to 18 years. He has played for the U.S. national team development program in just the junior and juniors.

Agility is the 187-feet tall and 86 pounds, Hughes 179-inch and 76-pound player.

I don't think Hughes will play next season in the NHL. He is not physically ready yet and never played against the men, one of the scouts said.

Jack Hughes is widely considered as a favorite in next summer's NHL draft the first reserve. ZUMAWIRE / MVPHOTOS

Hughes can, depending on her book the organization of the situation, play some game in the NHL, but I think he's a season to go to the AHL, the eastern conference club scout said.

Hughes ' future scouts agree.

– it May be that he becomes a better NHL player than Kakosta, but not yet for next season. Hughes is the best skater that I am at that age see you. Previous around good skater at that age was the Edmonton Oilers, Connor McDavid . Hughes is ikäisissään so overwhelming as only can be, but the Deuce, play with men.

– the Second is her age group of the world's top skater, the second physically ready and had a block to lead the world.

"Average year"

the scouts are holding Kakkoa and Hughes, with the exception of this year's booking harvest only mediocre.

– the Three players is clearly better than the other and they, too, Deuce, and Hughes are by far the best. Finns can go in first round 2-3 or maybe only one, namely Agility. Lock defending Ville Heinolalla have the opportunity to come aside in the first round, maybe also Kelowna Rockets defense by Calvin Thomsonilla .

in Europe is Kakkoa and a couple of defenders with the exception of average years. Sweden, for example, looks really pale, one of the scouts said.

Finland is not so far, all the NHL's first book. Draft number two is reserved for the Kari Lehtonen (2002, Atlanta Thrashers), Barkov (2013 Florida Panthers) and Laine (2016 Winnipeg Jets).

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