#5 – Matt Barzal, C – Seattle, WHL

TSN – #9
Central Scouting – #11 NAS
ISS – #8
Craig Button – #15
McKeens – #9
THN – #10

NHL COMPARABLE: Tyler Johnson

UPSIDE: Top-6 Playmaking Forward

Barzal stood out as one of the better players as an underage player at the Under 18’s in April 2014, it was pretty easy to see back then that this guy, as long as his development kept on the right track, would be a first round pick in this year’s draft. Barzal played again in that very same tournament this year and flat out dominated. How he translates over to the NHL is another matter but I think his upside is top-6 foward for sure though it might take a few years to get there. He’s an excellent playmaker who thrives on feeding his teammates, a very good skater, very elusive, good positioning. His defensive play could use improvement but at this stage in his career, is certainly not abnormal and nothing that isn’t coachable, in my opinion. A pretty safe pick anywhere in the top 10. If a team selects him outside the top 10, it’s a steal.

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