Prospectus Prospecting – Scouting the West Coast – Jost, Fabbro, Dube, Johansen and O’Brien

Scouting Report – TYSON JOST
Bio
Team: Penticton Vees (BCHL) Draft Status: Eligible for 2016
Position: C/LW
Stats to date: 48 GP, 42 G, 62 A, 104 Pts, 43 PIM
Shoots: L
Height/Weight: 6-0”, 194
Characteristics
Skating
Jost is a strong skater with great speed. He’s really smooth on his feet, and can switch gears and accelerate very quickly through the neutral zone for a quick transition, force odd man rushes, and create opportunities for himself and his teammates. He has good agility, breakaway speed, and has no problem either leading the play or getting back to his own zone to help out defensively. I watched him blow by countless defenders as he took the puck to the net, and he made it look effortless. Grade: 60
Shot
Jost has a good shot, with 40 goals he knows how to bury the puck and isn’t afraid to shoot. He has an accurate wrist shot, has a really quick release, and has good placement with the shots that he takes. Jost takes quality shots on goal, gets pucks through to the net, and when not scoring on his own, creates lots of chances for others. He uses a variety of shots, has a strong backhand that he uses frequently, has a great wrist shot that he can pick his spot with precision, and has a hard low accurate snap shot that finds the back of net with consistency. Grade: 50
Skills
Jost possesses a superior skill set not to be outdone by the other high ranking prospects. He’s an offensive talent that ranks right up there with the best of them. He looks like a magician with the puck as he’s always involved with the play, the puck just seems to constantly find him, and he’s always making things happen on the ice. He’s a first rate stick handler, as he can hold on to the puck and control the play. He has a great set of hands, and can thread passes through lanes and seams to his line mates, his 60 + assists are no fluke. He can beat defenders by blowing by and around them on the outside, or cutting straight through them in the middle of the ice as he heads for the opposing goal. He takes the puck to the net, dangles right through the neutral and offensive zones, and has a nose for the net. He will attack the center of the ice between the hash marks finding his way to the prime scoring areas, creating numerous quality scoring opportunities. When he’s not taking good shots on net, he’s setting up his teammates for great scoring chances. He has patience with the puck, doesn’t turn it over, and makes good decisions with it. He likes to curl to the net through the center of the ice drawing defenders and opening up lanes for himself or teammates for high quality scoring chances. You can see how talented he is as the game just seems to slow down and open up for him when he has the puck. He also recognizes and takes advantage of his opportunities, showing his poise and great vision. Grade: 65

Smarts
Jost has a very good understanding of the game and his role in it. He plays well in both ends of the ice, and plays in all situations. He can jump into the rush with ease to create odd man rushes, and always goes to the right areas to get open for scoring chances. He hustles back to the defensive zone to back check, plays good zone coverage, and gets in the lanes to take away the point shots. He has great hand eye coordination, and creates opportunities with his speed and vision. He’s fast on his skates, and hits stride for a quick transition outlet for his defenders creating smooth breakouts with odd man rushes, one on one scenarios, or even a clear breakaway. Even as 17 year old, Jost is undoubtedly the leader of the Vees. He wears the “C” showing how much he knows, and how much respect he has earned. He works extremely hard on the ice, always holds his head up to read and anticipate the play. He both thinks and plays at a high tempo. He’s an extremely intelligent player that uses his hockey sense and instincts to read plays and make things happen. Grade: 65
Physicality
Jost’s overall game doesn’t revolve around physical play. He has decent size, is agile on his skates, and moves quickly. Although he doesn’t play overly physical, physical play doesn’t throw him off his game or seem to bother him. He plays hard and battles, and he usually comes away with the puck on his stick. He’s not afraid to go to the tough spots, whether it’s in front of the net or digging in the corners. Grade: 45
Summary
Jost is a very special player who has had success at all levels, and possesses all of the skills necessary to be successful at an even higher level. He gets overlooked by playing in the BCHL as he doesn’t get the exposure of a lot of other top ranked players, but don’t be fooled, he’s a can’t miss prospect. Jost is the leader and captain of his team at the age of 17, and has earned the respect of his peers and teammates. He has a tremendous work ethic, is determined to succeed, and shows an exemplary attitude both on and off the ice. He’s a great skater with lots of speed, superb vision, and has a great deal of confidence. He’s versatile as he can play in all situations, and plays well at both ends of the ice. He goes hard to the net, and makes something happen every time he’s on the ice. He’s a huge offensive talent who thinks and plays the game at an elite level, and will develop into a top six forward in the NHL. He plays in a system that allows him to utilize his speed, and has the freedom to show off his creativity and playmaking ability.

OFP: 59

Scouting Report – DANTE FABBRO
Bio
Team: Penticton Vees (BCHL) Draft Status: Eligible for 2016
Position: D
Stats to date: 45 GP, 14 G, 53 A, 67 PTS, 30 PIM
Shoots: R
Height/Weight: 6-1”, 190
Characteristics
Skating
Fabbro is a smooth skating defenseman, and he moves effortlessly up and down the ice. He has good speed and mobility, can jump up into the play, and hustles back so he’s not caught out of position. He takes strong strides, accelerates quickly, moves well laterally, and doesn’t get beat by opposing forwards. Grade: 60
Shot
Fabbro has a great one timer that he uses either in stride moving across the blue line, or while in position waiting for it. He has a quick release on both his slap shot and snap shot, and gets his shots through the lanes to the goal. He has 14 goals, and has good accuracy and placement. He doesn’t take bad shots, and has a rocket from the point. Grade: 55
Skills
Fabbro shows great skills with the puck. Whether it’s skating the puck up the ice with his shifty moves eluding defenders, and good puck handling skills. Whether it’s hitting a team mate with a long stretch pass to catch opponents out of position, or making the good first passes out of the zone, Fabbro impresses with his good choices and solid play. He leads his team on the blue line, quarterbacks the power play, and helps set up the offense and attack (as shown with his 53 assists). He has good puck possession skills, stays composed under pressure and shows patience beyond his years. He makes good moves with the puck, and smart plays to move it up the ice for easy breakouts and sets up scoring chances. He doesn’t turn the puck over, and has good hand eye coordination. Grade: 65

Smarts
Fabbro shows great poise, and doesn’t make many mistakes. He processes things very well, and keeps his composure under pressure. He makes smart decisions, and can read plays with and without the puck. He’s also a great defender in his own end, knows how to get in to the lanes, break up plays, and play a quick transition game. He doesn’t get caught out of position, and doesn’t get beat by opponents. He reads plays well, has an active stick, intercepts passes, and gets in the way of opponents passing lanes and shots. Grade: 60
Physicality
At 6’1”, 190 lbs, Fabbro has decent size, and isn’t afraid to engage in the physical part of the game. He’s great one on one, plays the man well, and likes to lay out the big body checks. He doesn’t get pushed around or dominated physically, Grade: 55
Summary
Fabbro’s stats show his exceptional offensive abilities, but he’s also very solid in his own end of the ice. He’s a great puck moving defenseman who is very mobile, and likes to jump into the play. He shows great poise with the puck, and makes good decisions under pressure. He makes precise passes breaking out of the zone in transition, and makes the long pass with ease setting up odd man rushes or breakaways. He’s strong on his feet and doesn’t shy away from physical play. He’s very good with his stick, and reads plays very well. With Fabbro playing in Penticton, he doesn’t receive the exposure of most of the top ranked prospects, but he’s a top tier defenseman that will probably be overshadowed by others who are located in bigger markets. Overall Fabbro has the skills and potential to be a top four defenseman in the NHL, and next season will be seasoned at Boston University.
OFP: 59.25

Scouting Report – BROGAN O’BRIEN
Bio
Team: Prince George Cougars (WHL) Draft Status: Eligible for 2016
Position: C
Stats to date: 71 GP, 18 G, 38 A, 56 PTS, 28 PIM +12
Shoots: R
Height/Weight: 6-2”, 194
Characteristics
Skating O’Brien is generally a moderate skater, he doesn’t have blistering speed, but skates hard to get into the play and back check. He’s not the smoothest skater, and at times seems heavy on his skates, but gets to where he needs to be. He’s speed is deceiving, as when he gets going he switches gears quickly which can fool defenders. He keeps a wide stance, and doesn’t accelerate off of turns. He’s solid on his skates, and makes a good transition from north to south. Grade: 50
Shot
O’Brien has a powerful wrist shot with a quick release. He also uses an accurate steady snap shot. .When battling in front of the net, or driving to the net he usually gets his stick on pucks directing them at the goal. O’Brien will take shots from anywhere and throws pucks towards the net often. Grade: 50
Skills
O’Brien has good hand eye co-ordination, and whether it’s a deflection or a pass, he manages to get his stick on the puck most of the time. He carries the puck to the net, and protects it well. He needs to be a little more patient with the puck to set up better scoring chances, instead of forcing it to team mates in front of the net and turning it over. When stick handling, comes across bulky when he loses the puck and battles to regain control. Grade: 50
Smarts
O’Brien is a smart player whose positional play is sound, and plays a complete game in all three zones. He back checks well, takes his man, knows where to be on the defensive end of the ice, and drives to the net. He does a good job of getting in the lanes and separating opposing players from the puck. He will direct play towards the opponent’s goal and looks for open line mates in front of the net. Grade: 55
Physicality
O’Brien has good size, and is solid. He doesn’t play an overly physical game, but uses his body to slow down opposing players. He will battle along the boards and use his body to his advantage. He’s very strong, and doesn’t get outmuscled. He’s not afraid of physical contact, and can power his way to the net. Grade: 55
Summary
O’Brien is a good two way center with good size who works diligently all over the ice. He plays well in all three zones (as his +12 indicates), his positional play is reliable, and he knows where he’s supposed to go. He goes to the net hard with his stick on the ice, and with his notable hand eye co-ordination is able to get his stick on the puck in most cases. He has good balance, is sturdy on his skates, and protects the puck nicely with his body when he has possession. He has adjusted well in his first season in the WHL and will only gain confidence with increased ice time and experience. Furthermore he will continue to develop as a player, get stronger and improve on his skating ability and puck handling skills.
OFP: 51.75

Scouting Report – Lucas Johansen Bio
Team: Kelowna Rockets (WHL) Draft Status: 2016 eligible
Position: D
Stats to date: 69 GP, 10 G, 39 A, 49 Pts, 20 PIM +11
Shoots: L
Height/Weight: 6-1”, 176
Characteristics
Skating
Johansen is a smooth skater, who is very agile, and moves favorably all over the ice. He’s very quick on his feet and has no trouble keeping up to the play and jumping up into the attack in the offensive zone. He maneuvers well moving forwards, backwards or laterally around the ice. Grade: 60
Shot
Johansen is very selective with his shots, he only shoots when he has a clear lane. He has a quick release on his wrist shot, a nice low slap shot, and takes quality direct shots. Grade: 50
Skills Johansen is a good skater, and an exceptional passer. He has good hands and puck skills. He always makes a good first pass out of the zone to start the rush, finds open lanes and outlets to lead the breakout, and follows up behind the play very quickly. Has good vision, and handles the puck with ease. Grade: 55

Smarts
Johansen has good hockey sense. He takes his time and makes good passes out of the defensive zone. He has an active stick, gets in the lanes to block and deflect shots, and plays in all situations. He keeps his head up and reads plays very well, he gets in the lanes to close the gaps and break up the opponent’s passes to force a quick transitions with great up ice passes. He has great instincts, and plays a great positional game. He covers opponents and limits their abilities around the net without taking a physical approach in doing so. Grade: 55
Physicality
Johansen doesn’t play much of a physical game, he does have good size, but needs to fill out a bit to add to his height and stature. He may not throw big body checks, but will take a hit to make a pass or complete a play. Grade: 45
Summary
Johansen is a mobile defenseman that skates effortlessly around the ice, and plays soundly in his own end. He may not play physically, but makes up for it with intelligence and understanding of the game. He plays with his head up, reading plays and being able to anticipate and obstruct opponent’s movements. He is defensively sound in his own end, and plays a solid positional game. He’s a great puck moving defenseman with good vision and poise. He finds open lanes and makes smart outlet passes for quick transitions. He also likes to pinch and get involved in the rush. In fact at times he gets hesitant, holds himself back, and makes smart reads on when to engage in the offensive zone and join the rush. He’s still young, but will surely develop physically to add strength, speed, and more confidence to his growing skill set. OFP: 54

Scouting Report – Dillon Dube
Bio Team: Kelowna Rockets (WHL) Draft Status: 2016 eligible Position: C Stats to date: 65 GP, 26 G, 40 A, 66 Pts, 50 PIM +8 Shoots: L
Height/Weight: 5-10”, 180
Characteristics
Skating
Dube is a great skater with breakaway speed. He can shift gears instantaneously, and has instant acceleration to distance himself quickly and create space from other players. He has good agility and balance, is strong on his feet, and moves swiftly up and down the ice. Dube performs moves at high speeds and has outstanding North/South and lateral mobility. Grade: 60
Shot Dube isn’t afraid to shoot the puck. He has a quick release and good accuracy as he can pick his spot and get pucks to the net. He has a good one timer that he lets go from the hash marks. He has a strong backhand shot that he uses as he either cuts in front of the net or curls around from behind. His wrist shot is accurate and has good velocity. Grade: 50
Skills
Dube has soft hands, controls the puck very well, and can stickhandle and dangle around defenders at top speed. He reads the play well, He is patient with the puck and can hold on to it long enough to create gaps and thread good and accurate passes to teammates to set up scoring opportunities. He cuts to the net challenging defenders, and deceives them with his speed. He is great working one on one against a defender as he will create options either by stickhandling through a defender at top speed, or beating him by blowing by on the outside and shifting around him. Grade: 50
Smarts Dube always has his head up reading the play and makes adjustments. He is a smart player who has a good read of what is going on, plays well in his own zone as well as the offensive zone. He covers well defensively, and can lead the rush and follow the play. He can find open lanes and thread fluent passes to teammates. He knows how to get open on breakouts using his speed, and leads and directs his linemates. He knows where to go and how to get to those prime scoring areas to create good scoring opportunities. He always seems to be involved in the play and around the puck, and has a real nose for the net. Grade: 60
Physicality
Dube has decent size, is strong, and battles hard. He stands his ground, plays the body well and engages in physical play. He’s strong on the puck, and isn’t afraid to initiate contact. He will take a hit to make a play, and will also lay the big hit when he has the chance. When frustrated, Dube picks up his physical play, sometimes focusing too much on making big hits instead of the play itself. Again he has decent size, and will continue to increase his strength and stature as he adds to his moderate frame. Grade: 55
Summary
Dube is a shifty playmaking center with great speed and vision. He has a definite scoring touch, goes to the net hard, keeps his stick on the ice, and feasts on playing in the slot. He sees and reads the game very well, keeps his head up, and makes things happen. He has good hand eye coordination and commendable stickhandling and puck possession skills. He’s always able to get his stick on the puck, and reads and anticipate the play as it develops. He works hard at both ends of the ice, is responsible in his own end of the ice and plays in all situations.
OFP: 55

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