Alexander Holtz is a talented right wing who can be a goal scorer or sometimes a playmaker on the wing. His speed needs to improve but has great hands and vision. Blessed with pro slapshot and wrist shot. Holtz is a very smart player. He had six points in seven games in the 2021 World Junior Championship.
Ty Smith is a defenseman who was undervalued by some of the media when entering the NHL Draft. He’s always been known for his two-way play, but his offense was never mentioned as much as it should have been. As that continues to emerge, it will just make him more valuable to the franchise.
Dawson Mercer has a terrific wrist shot. He scores in close or from a distance. It has a lot of speed. His skating is good, and his speed is good, but that can always be improved upon as he moves up the ladder. He’s a terrific stickhandler who gets short-handed goals, power-play goals, and shootout goals as part of his arsenal. Just playing for Team Canada in the 2021 World Junior Championship speaks volumes. Probably a future winger.
Nolan Foote is a mature player; the left winger has a good hockey I.Q. and is 6-3 which helps him muscle his way to find space on the ice. He has a pro wrist shot and a lot of battle in his game. Foote needs some additional time to get NHL strong.
Kevin Bahl is a big defender who is good on the left side. He just joined the taxi squad. At 6-7, and around 240 pounds, fans will be impressed with his skating and his ability to pound the opposition with a big elbow.
Yegor Sharangovich is a 6-2 center with speed and he recently scored his first NHL goal. This season for Dinamo Minsk in the KHL the Russian had 17 goals in 34 games. If he has some space to get near the net he can bury it with his fast hands.
Patrick Moynihan is a hard-working 200-foot center. He recently took home a gold medal when Team USA was victorious in the 2021 World Junior Championship. Moynihan is reliable, and he can score goals. He had 13 last season for Providence College.
Tyce Thompson has an older brother, Tage, who plays for the Buffalo Sabres. Tyce is now wearing the “C” for Providence College, and he’s been hammering goals for two years now. The versatile forward had 19 last year and five in 12 games this year. He could be more of a playmaker, time will tell.
Reilly Walsh is a very smart and capable defenseman. He’s been special for the last two years while playing for Harvard University scoring 58 points in 63 games. Walsh skated great and can score goals and make special passes. He’s AHL bound this season.
Shakir Mukhamadullin was selected in the first round of the 2020 NHL Draft. He’s a fast defenseman with good puck skills and a good shot. He needs to have a better well-rounded game and take fewer risks.