Looking at the 10 most appealing 2014 NHL Draft-eligible defensemen for fantasy hockey (pure offense)
With the NHL draft just four sleeps away, poolies are trying to gather as much information as possible on prospects to have a better idea of who to select when their fantasy drafts happen later this summer.
Knowing more about these prospects may also give hockey fans a better idea of why a NHL team is drafting a certain player this weekend.
Last week, we focused on the top 10 pure offensive forwards in this week's NHL draft. This week, Brendan Ross, manager of DobberProspects, gives his top 10 draft-eligible offensive defencemen available in this year's draft.
10. Gavin Bayreuther (St.Lawrence, ECAC)
A 1994-born defender, Gavin Bayreuther made headlines playing for St. Lawrence University and finishing third in NCAA defensive scoring with 36 points in 38 games as a freshman. If he were available as a free agent, Bayreuther would’ve been arguably the top collegiate target.
9. Brandon Montour (Waterloo, USHL)
Small by NHL standards, ’94-born defenseman Mark Friedman teamed with fellow 2014 high scoring prospect Mark Friedman (a worthy candidate for this list too) to lead the USHL in blue line scoring with 62 points in 60 games with the Waterloo Blackhawks.
8. Sebastian Aho (Skellefteå, SWE)
Undersized as a sub-5-10 player, there is nothing small about the way Swedish defenseman Sebastian Aho plays. He’s a gritty defender that uses physicality and an aggressive defending style to limit time and space. Stemming from a cerebral approach, Aho is an intuitive defender with excellent skating ability and that combination leads his offensive game. Few defensemen can see the ice as well as Aho and it’s a dangerous quality when operating the point.
7. Roland McKeown (Kingston, OHL)
Much more was expected of Roland McKeown’s offensive game by now and although he hasn’t quite produced the offensive numbers, he’s showing progression. McKeown is blessed with outstanding skating skills and it provides him with opportunities that other defenders couldn’t afford to take in