#8 – Olli Juolevi, LD – London, OHL

TSN – #6
Central Scouting – #5 NAS
ISS – #11
Craig Button – #9
McKeens – #5
THN – #6

POTENTIAL : Top-3 Two-way D-Man
CEILING: #2 Defenseman
FLOOR: #4 Defenseman

Barring some sort of disaster, Olli Juolevi will be an NHLer and more likely than not, a really good one at that. I think, at worst he’s two years away from making an impact at the NHL level and will probably only need one more year of ‘seasoning’ before making his NHL debut. He’s a really, really safe bet though I’m not 100% convinced that his offense will translate over. It’s not out of the question but I think he’ll make the same kind of transition to the pros that Olli Maata did. Still, when you consider that the team that selects this guy will be able to at worst solidify their defense by adding a sure-fire top-4 D-man and perhaps the chance that he turns into something more, that’s where the true value is and that’s why for me, he’s a top-10 pick.


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