The third round will be split into one post for forwards, and one post for defensemen. There’s not as much out there about some of these prospects, so one post for each position seemed like the best idea for the readers. So let’s get into it. First up we will look at some forwards the Devils might look at in the 3rd round!
Joey Anderson-Right Wing
Anderson is a USA Hockey National Development Team Program product from Roseville, MN. Anderson dominated high school hockey, putting up 50 points in 25 games back in 2013-14. He would join the NTDP U17 team for the 2014-15 season, where he put up 66 points in 90 games spread across the USDP and the USHL. He would also put up 5 points in 6 games for USA at the U17 World Hockey Challenge. He jumped to the U18 team for the 2015-16, where he would put up 77 points in 89 games spread across the USDP and USHL.
Steve Kournianos had this to say about Anderson, “he likely won’t develop into the kind of guy you can lean on above anyone else, but he’s fast and reliable enough to develop as a top-six power play specialist.” Sounds good to me as a 3rd round guy. Steve also had him going to the Oilers with pick 62. Anderson is committed to Minnesota-Duluth. See his full stats at Elite Prospects.
Another NTDP product, Frederic is a big center from St. Louis, MO. He’s 18 years old and is 6’2″, 205 lbs, and is committed to the University of Wisconsin. Frederic didn’t have the best season with the U17 team in 2014-15. He only scored 19 points in 90 games spread across the USDP and USHL. He represented USA at the U17 World Hockey Challenge and only managed 1 point in 7 games. He stepped his game up when he moved up the U18 level. His point totals went up to 54 points in 84 games across the USDP and USHL. One blemish for Frederic is his penalty minutes. He had 96 PIMs over those 84 games, which isn’t good. But as for his overall game, he progressed positively. He put up a point per game (7 in 7) at the U18 World Championship.
Draft Site had this to say about Frederic, “Centre with good size who plays strong on the puck and good puckhandling skills. More of a North-South straight line skater with little lateral mobility. Displays a very good shot, with nice release.” He also mentioned that he needs to develop his offensive game, and that he has the chance at Wisconsin. See Frederic’s Elite Prospect page here.
Vladimir Kuznetsov-Right Wing
Kuznetsov is an interesting player. The big winger (6’1″, 214 lbs) is from Yekaterinburg, RUS, and played in Russia for most of his career. He spent the 2014-15 season split between the Russia U17 league and the MHL (basically Russia’s development league). He put up 7 points in 8 games for Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg U17 in the U17 league, and 12 points in 43 games for Avto Yekaterinburg in the MHL. Kuznetsov competed at the U17 World Hockey Challenge, putting up 1 point in 6 games. He put up 2 points in 10 other International Jr. games. Kuznetsov was picked 1st overall by the Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the QMJHL in 2015 CHL Import Draft. Kuznetsov would join Acadie-Bathurst for the 2015-16 season. It was a very solid rookie campaign for Kuznetsov, putting up 58 points in 68 games for an 0.85 PPG clip. His playoffs weren’t so stellar, putting up 1 point in 5 games, but overall it was a solid season for him.
Kuznetsov played for the Russian U18 team at the U18 World Championships. He was one of Russia’s oldest players, as the entire U18 team that stayed in Russia was suspended for doping. All things considering, he had a solid performance at the U18 tournament, putting up 3 points in 5 games. Had he stayed in Russia, there’s a good chance he would’ve been caught up in the doping scandal. Steve Kournianos from the Draft Analyst described him as “a fearless, crash-and-bang sniper who is super quick on his feet and can unload a heavy shot.” Steve mentions that he there are times he looks lost on the ice. He did end up 4th in rookie scoring in the QMJHL, so he is worth a look in the 3rd round. You can find his Elite Prospects page here.
Jordan Kyrou-Right Wing/Center
Kyrou is ranked pretty high by NHL Central Scouting, but a few mock drafts have him going to or near the Devils in the 3rd round. The right wing/center isn’t the biggest kid right now, standing 6’0″ and weighing 179 lbs. He will need to add to his frame in the NHL level, but that’s still a solid frame to build on. He was a 2nd round pick by the Sarnia Sting in the OHL Priority Selection draft. He had a very solid rookie season for Sarnia, putting up 36 points in 63 games. He finished in the top 10 of rookie scoring, and outscored players like Mike McLeod and Will Bitten. His 2015-16 season was even better than his rookie season. He put up 51 points in 65 games, and was a point per game player in the playoffs (7 in 7) for Sarnia. Kyrou has represented Canada in some international tournaments as well, playing in the U17 World Hockey Challenge and U18 World Championship. He scored 4 points in 5 games at the U17-WHC, and 8 points in 7 games at the U18 World Championship.
Kyrou is more of a two-way player than anything. Curtis Joe from Elite Prospects described Kyrou as “a highly mobile transitional two-way playmaker who always looks poised and reads the game well.” Joe also mentioned that he can play in all situations, and transitions to offense very well. Steve Kournianos from The Draft Analyst pointed out his flaws, saying “he’s battled through inconsistent play and is prone to turning the puck over at inopportune times, but he’s too tantalizing a prospect to pass over in a draft thin in pure skill.” The last part of that is encouraging. The Devils could use someone who has skill and a solid two-way game. He seems more of a project player than anything, but I think you can take those risks in the 3rd round. Here is Kyrou’s Elite Prospects page.