Slavkovsky is fascinated by demons, the No. 1 international skater in Project 2022

Buffalo – Juraj Slafkovsky, one of the top three prospective picks for the 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft, decided to conduct a simple investigation to identify an NHL team that could announce his name at Bell Center in Montreal on July 7.

During the 2022 IIHF World Championships, the 18-year-old left winger had the opportunity to question the New Jersey striker and his Slovakia teammate. Thomas Tatar. Demons hold check number 2 in the draft. Montreal Canadiens are the #1 pick and the Arizona Coyotes is #3.

Slafkovsky interviewed each of the three teams on Wednesday and totaled 14 interviews this week.

“I was playing with (Tatar), so I asked him questions,” said Slavkovsky. “I asked him how things are going in New Jersey. I know the players there love Jack HughesAnd the Nico Hescher. I don’t know them personally, but I’ve seen them. He told me it would be nice to play with him, but we’ll see.

“I told [the Devils] I know Tatars and they asked me, “What did he say?” And they were all good things.”

When asked about Hughes, Slavkowski smiled and said, “He has a soft hand, loves to skate and make things happen there.”

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Slafkovsky (6-foot-4, 218-pound), No. 1 in the NHL Central Scouting final standings for international skaters, will not test at the NHL Scouting Combine after playing in the world championships last week. He had nine points (three goals and six assists) in eight matches in the tournament. Slovakia lost 4-2 to defending champion Finland in the quarter-finals.

“I like to play hard in the corners, I’m good at playing and I can also be creative,” said Slavkowski. “I think a lot of people think that I can’t get creative, or that my hockey IQ isn’t high, but I feel good about it. Of course, I think I can still work on that a little bit, but I think it’s going to be good for me.”

cuckoo for kulich

Jerry Kulic, who was named the most valuable player in the 2022 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, gave an interview to all 32 NHL teams this week.

“Teams want to know how I am as a player and as a person,” said Kulish. “I think I’m a shooter and a fast skater. But I think I have a good shot. I love watching David Pasternak (Boston Bruins) And I’ll try to do some highlights, but I think I have the same playing style as Jacob Franna (Detroit Red Wings)”.

Kulic (6-0 172) is a midfielder with Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic, he led all skaters with nine goals at the World U-18 Championship, the most a Czech player has ever scored in a single U-18 tournament.

“I hope to be selected in the first round,” Kulish said. “I want to be the captain. I’m a team player. I know how to score some goals because I’ve always been the shooter. I just need to work on my play in the defensive zone.”

Kulic, ranked 13th in the final rankings of the international scouting center for international skaters, said another season in the Czech Republic could prove beneficial to his development.

“I think it’s better for me to play for the first team in Karlovy, but I have no problem playing in the Canadian Hockey League or the American Hockey League.”

“Lion” in the network

One NHL team member, Tyler Brennan, No. 1 in the North American Central North American goalkeeper scout rankings, asked what type of animal he represented best in hockey.

“It kind of took me by surprise and I had to think about it and find a lion just because he has good eyes and is waiting for the right time to strike,” Brennan said. “I think that kind of fits my personality on the ice.”

Brennan, who could be the first goalkeeper off the board, interviewed 20 NHL teams this week.

“Most of the questioning was about the style of play, the strengths and weaknesses, what I work on, the type of goalkeeper I work on, the mental aspect of the game because that’s huge for the position I play,” he said. “I’m a very calm goalkeeper; a lot of things don’t bother me. I take the pressure well and the nerves don’t affect the way I play. A big part of my game is to bring in a lot of energy, but at the same time you don’t want to be full of energy… Just be calm and play the game.”

The 18-year-old (6-4, 184) was 11-25-2 with a 3.58-to-average rate, .899 saves and four goals in 39 games in Prince George’s regular season of the Western Hockey League. He went 0-3 with a 1.86 GAA and 0.954 save percentage in four WHL games.

Nemec in North America?

Simon Nemec, No. 3 in the final rankings of the International Central Skaters scouts, may be leaning toward continuing his hockey career in North America in 2022-23.

“Maybe the American Hockey League or, you never know, maybe the National Hockey League,” Nemec said.

Nemec (6-0, 190), right-back for Nitra in Extraliga (SVK), scored 26 points (1 goal, 25 assists) in 39 regular season games and 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in 19 playoffs Oof. He has scored the most breakout points by a defender in a single season in Extraliga history.

His rights in the CHL are held by Cape Breton of the Major League Hockey League in Quebec, and he said playing in the QMJHL is not something he is considering at this point.

“No, I played for two years against men in Extraliga, so I think it’s better for me to play in the AFC Champions League, if anything,” Nemec said. “That’s something NHL scouts would ask me during group questions, and I would tell them I wanted to play here.”

Nemec interview with 21 NHL teams in combination.

“I think I’m the best defender in this recruiting,” Nemec said. “I think I’m a two-way defensive player, I play really good at playing strength, my hockey IQ is at a very high level and my skating is good. I really like to watch. Cal MakarAnd the Adam Fox or roman jose. “

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