The draft is only a few days away. Let's see if we can generate some interest if not discussion. Here are a few names being mocked to the Wild on the 7th/
Luca Del Bel Belluz, C, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
The 6-1 175 lb Luca Del Bel Belluz had 30 goals, 46 assists, 86 points, and a +23 +/- ratio in 2021-2022 dominating the OHL regular season including 15 goals, 12 assists, and 27 points on the power play as a first line center. He finished third among players in the Weave Agility drill with the Puck in the 2022 CHL Prospects Game combine drill. Luca Del Bel Belluz had 1 goal, 3 assists, and 4 points in 10 games during the 2022 OHL Playoffs.
Luca Del Bel Belluz has the has the face off ability, playmaking, passing, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, offensive awareness, hockey IQ, speed, skating, agility, and stick handling. He is amazing on both the power play and the penalty killing unit. He can score short-handed too. Luca Del Bel Belluz gives Minnesota a guy who can compliment Marco Rossi as a second line center on the Minnesota Wild down the road allowing Minnesota to keep Joel Eriksson Ek as a third line center.
Liam Ohgren, LW, Djurgardens
The 6-1 187 lb Liam Ohgren had 33 goals, 25 assists, 58 points, and a +8 +/- ratio with the Djurgardens IF Under 20 Team in Sweden in 30 games in 2021-2022. He also got promoted to the Djurgardens IF SHL team where he had 1 goal, 1 assist, and 2 points in 25 games against men instead of kids his own age in he league 2021-2022. Liam Ohgren was also team captain for Sweden's Under 18 Team at this years World Junior Championships.
Jiri Kulich, C, HC Energie Karlovy Vary
The 6-0 186 Jiri Kulich is versatile enough to play left wing, center, or right wing. Jiri Kulich had 9 goals, 5 assists, and 14 points in 49 Extraliga games in the Czech Repuplic. Jiri Kulich is one of a few prospects in Extraliga that managed to score on top 10 draft prospect David Jiricek one of the top two defenseman in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft while lining up as a first line left winger.
Jiri Kulich has the face off ability, skating, speed, burst, athleticism, passing, playmaking, stick handling, deking, wrist shot power, and wrist shot accuracy. The rest of his game from developing a slap shot, to offensive awareness by playing pucks out of zone not making safe passes, to defensive awareness, to a lack of physicality are the areas that Jiri Kulcich has to improve in. The biggest weakness Jiri Kulich has is a lack of physicality and he's not always going to get leverage on puck possession, but if you can look past that, you can make a legitimiate case for taking him in the back half of the first round.
Jiri Kulich is a safe bet to be a middle six player on a second or third line at left wing or center. He's got a chance to reach a first line left winger or center role in the NHL, but a slim chance at that. Buffalo takes a chance on Jiri Kulich at 28 thrilled that he's still on the board this late in the first round.
Isaac Howard, LW, USNTDP (USHL)
The 5-10 174 lb Isaac Howard had 16 goals, 17 assists, 33 points, and a +3 +/- ratio in 2020-2021 on the second line of the United States National Team Developmental Program in the USHL. Howard had 11 goals, 26 assists, 37 points, and a +18 +/- ratio splitting line 1 left winger time with Cutter Gauthier in 2021-2022.
Isaac Howard has the has the playmaking, sniping, passing, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, offensive awareness, hockey IQ, speed, skating, agility, and stick handling. Isaac Howard got a hat trick for USA in an international game against Finland. He's got a hockey scholarship to Minnesota-Duluth starting in 2022-2023 meaning he could be ready for the NHL as early as 2023-2024.
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