Graham Black:Hockey Prospect Black Book
Graham Black-LC - Swift Current, 6’0” 173 (1993*)
Overage forward who has come out of nowhere this season to excel and be a good producer for the Broncos. His offensive skills have been impressive, and will have a chance to be drafted given the relatively weak field of 18 year olds available this year.
The first thing you notice about Black’s game is his speed. He goes from point A to B in a hurry, and defenders really have to respect his skating ability and give him a bigger gap than most players. With his speed, Black likes to attack and create match up problems for opponents. He drives to the net hard with or without the puck, and it allows his teammates to have some extra room to make plays.
With the puck, Black makes very good plays. He has a very quick release, and loves to sneak into the slot, receive a quick pass and get his shots off and score goals that way. He also has good hands in tight, but a lack of size does not allow him to be as effective around there. Black always has his head up, and makes good decisions with the puck.
Defensively, Black must improve his play without the puck. He takes awkward lanes to the point, which does not allow him to take away shots or passes effectively. He gets caught puck watching, and loses track of where his check is many times.
They had him ranked 177th, CSS had him 83rd amongst NA Skaters.Future Considerations Draft Guide
A late bloomer who plays a strong two-way game and uses his speed well, but who doesn’t have a great upside.
They ranked him 172nd.In Lou We Trust
I'm sure the Devils saw plenty of him when they checked in on Scarlett in Swift Current.Alex Kerfoot:Hockey Prospect Black Book
Various scouting notes....
11/8/11 A disappointing game, couldn’t do very much with bigger defenders than he is accustomed to. His lack of size really showed today. With the puck and with room to maneuver, really showed his offensive instincts and skills. Once had a saucer pass that was about 3 feet off the ice tape to tape, was pretty impressive. He read the play well and got into good areas of the ice to have some room to make plays, but once a Sweden’s defenseman engaged, couldn’t do very much one on one. He’s a good skater, but not phenomenal. Doesn’t have the power in his steps to be explosive. Defensively was responsible, but couldn’t knock anybody off the puck. Used his smarts to strip pucks away a few times.
11/11/11Canada West kept the game tight, had some lucky bounces and managed to pull out a win. Alex Kerfoot scored the OT, breakaway winner. Showed some nice hands. His offensive skills with room is very good. It’s with opponents around him that is the problem. Looked invisible tonight other than the goal.
11/13/11 Came out to play on this day. His usual problems along the boards were still there, but his offensive talent was electric. Made many good plays with the puck. On the 2nd goal Canada West scored, he was in a 1 on 1 situation, around the left faceoff circle, Kerfoot sold the wrist shot, put the puck between the defenseman’s legs, went around him quickly, jumped on the loose puck and snapped it home. Best goal of the tournament. He played with a lot of confidence and made his presence felt. From a scout’s perspective, was no where close to deserve one of the top forward awards of the tournament, but for fans certainly did with his performance tonight. He played hard in the defensive zone, and made a conscious effort to get pucks out effectively. He’s going to be a player I’m going to be really interested in come draft day. Will scouts get mesmerized with his offensive play, and ignore the weaknesses to his game?
They had him ranked 207th, CSS ranked him 105th amongst NA Skaters.Future Considerations Draft Guide
A slick skating forward that makes things happen every shift; he needs work in his zone.
They ranked him 146th.In Lou We Trust
Seems like a project pick.Artur Gavrus:Hockey Prospect Black Book
Artur Gavrus – LW/C – Owen Sound Attack, 5’10” 168
Belarus hasn’t developed a ton of NHL prospects, but the next in line to have a shot appears to be Gavrus. Selected 55th Overall in the 2011 CHL Import Draft, Artur put on an outstanding performance in the 2011 Under 18 Division A championships, which likely caught the eye of Attack scouts who chose him. During the season Artur played in the Belarus 2 league as a 16 year old. Artur came over to the Attack and put up good numbers, before suffering a concussion. Gavrus returned, but in Game #1 appeared to go down with an “upper body injury” which looked very much like a second concussion for Gavrus this season. He went on to play again for Belarus at the 2012 Under 18 Championship, but put up significantly less points.
We weren’t really surprised that he suffered two concussions this year. He constantly seemed to put himself in positions where he could get hit and got rocked constantly in our viewings, which was a big concern for us. His skating is above average, although not quite where we would like it to be for a player his size. Positionally Artur is at his best on the power play. He constantly seems to know the right places to be to score and has shown the ability to do so. He has a good shot and sees the ice well. His vision is good and he is a decent puck mover. He will really need to build around his offensive skills to help him develop into the player he could be. He looks like a guy who, if he makes it will be considered a project, as there is a few years of building around Artur before he could make that jump. If he stays focused on that goal, his offensive skills will only get better, as will hopefully the rest of his game. Artur is a player who we really don’t follow the consensus and see him going more in the middle of the draft, rather than the first few rounds.
They ranked him 159th, CSS had him at 60 for NA Skaters.Future Considerations Draft Guide
A pint-sized offensive forward who can put up points, but he has suffered injuries due to his lack of size.
They ranked him 167th.In Lou We Trust
Going to have a lot more CHL teams to track next year, especially in the OHL with all the guys the Devils just drafted.