Player: Nikolaj Ehlers
Drafted By: Winnipeg Jets (9th overall)
Position: Left Wing
Final Central Scouting Ranking: No. 13 North American skater
Height/Weight: 5'11'', 162 lbs
DOB: February 14, 1996 (18 years old)
Most Recent Affiliation: QMJHL, Halifax Mooseheads
Nikolaj Ehlers is a top-flight prospect who is the next big thing to come from the Halifax Mooseheads. Nathan MacKinnon turned heads this past season, Jonathan Drouin is set to make an impact very soon and now there is Ehlers.
In 63 games this past season, he scored 49 goals and recorded 104 points. It was a career year for him, and he had his coming-out party at the right time.
Full Scouting Report
Ehlers is an amazing offensive player and a top-end goal scorer. Drouin was mentioned earlier, and one scout had some encouraging words for Ehlers in an issue of The Hockey News previewing the draft. "You don't want to compare him to Drouin, but he plays with pace, his hockey IQ is off the charts and he kills you with speed and great vision."
All of these skills make him a great player, but he will need to gain some size to become better equipped for NHL duty.
He is a great threat when on the ice and it will be interesting to see how quickly he adapts to the speed of the NHL.
NHL Player Comparison
Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks. Ehlers is an explosive offensive player, a great skater and a forward who doesn't let his size slow him down. If you ask me, that sounds a lot like Kane.
Ehlers is one of the top pure offensive talents in the draft, but expect him to return to junior for another season before making his NHL debut during the 2015-16 season.
Ehlers is a very impressive player who has done some great things in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He has been compared to Drouin and certainly has lived up to those comparisons this season.
At his peak, Ehlers could be a Maurice Richard Trophy winner because of his amazing shot and offensive potential.