Adam Kimelman and Mike Morreale of @nhldotcom are your go-to resources on the NHL Draft. From ranking top prospects and dissecting team needs to chatting with scouts and executives and conducting mock drafts, NHL Draft Class provides comprehensive and exclusive coverage of the NHL Draft that can’t be found anywhere else.
S5: Brandon Naurato, Michigan men’s hockey coach
35:01University of Michigan coach Brandon Naurato joins co-hosts Adam Kimelman and Mike G. Morreale to discuss two of the top prospects for the 2023 NHL Draft, forwards Adam Fantilli and Gavin Brindley, their growth this season as college freshmen and Michigan’s preparation for the NCAA Tournament. There’s also some Connor Bedard talk, including Mike’s time in Regina with the projected No. 1 pick of the draft, and his mom.
S5: Brayden Yager joins; Adam Fantilli & NTDP prospect analysis
28:58Brayden Yager of Moose Jaw, No. 5 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American skaters, joins co-hosts Adam Kimelman and Mike G. Morreale to discuss his season (5:45). Yager also discusses what NHL players he tries to pattern his game after, basement hockey battles with his brother Connor, and the famous NHL player he got a stick from as an 8-year-old. Adam and Mike also look at some of the top NTDP prospects and marvel at how Adam Fantilli has remained under the radar despite an incredible NCAA season at Michigan.
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S5: Connor Bedard joins; CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game analysis
50:18Regina forward Connor Bedard (15:20), the projected top pick of the 2023 Upper Deck NHL Draft, joins hosts Adam Kimelman and Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com to discuss playing in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Langley, B.C., close to his North Vancouver home. Bedard also talks about moving past his remarkable run at the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship, his goals for the rest of the season, and if he keeps an eye on the NHL standings. Adam and Mike also discuss their standouts from the Top Prospects Game.
S5: David Gregory, NHL Central Scouting; Midterm Rankings
31:44NHL Central Scouting released its midterm rankings for the 2023 Upper Deck NHL Draft, and David Gregory of Central Scouting joined hosts Adam Kimelman and Mike G. Morreale for a behind-the-scenes look at how the rankings came together. Was there any debate about putting Connor Bedard at No. 1? What about NTDP forward William Smith at No. 3? David answers those questions and more during a stop in his busy scouting travels.
S5: Jason Bukala, Sportsnet scouting analyst
34:54Jason Bukala, former director of amateur scouting for the Florida Panthers and now a scouting analyst for Sportsnet, joins co-hosts Adam Kimelman and Mike G. Morreale to wrap up the 2023 World Junior Championship, discuss the dominance of top NHL Draft prospect Connor Bedard, as well as other draft prospect standouts like Sweden forward Leo Carlson and defensemen Axel Sandin Pellikka, Czechia forward Eduard Sale, United States forward Charlie Stramel and Gavin Brindley, and more.
S5: 2023 World Junior Championship preview
36:54Ryan Kennedy, editor-in-chief of The Hockey news, joins hosts Adam Kimelman and Mike G. Morreale to preview the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship. They discuss tournament predictions, players to watch among the top 2023 Upper Deck NHL Draft prospects, and debate which top draft prospect could be facing more pressure, Canada's Connor Bedard or Adam Fantilli.
S5: Connor Bedard, projected No. 1 pick of the 2023 NHL Draft
21:28Connor Bedard, projected to be the No. 1 pick of the 2023 Upper Deck NHL Draft, joins the show to discuss his season, how he's handling being in the spotlight, which NHL players he watches and responds to advice from Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid. Bedard also goes in-depth on his preferred stick flex, and where he gets his high work ethic from.
S5: Dan Marr, Director of NHL Central Scouting; Players to Watch list
31:26NHL Draft Class returns for a fifth season with Dan Marr, director of NHL Central Scouting, joining Adam Kimelman and Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com to discuss the preliminary Players to Watch list for the 2023 NHL Draft. Marr covers a number of topics, including projected top pick Connor Bedard and what NHL players make the best comparables for the Regina forward. He also talks about KHL forward Matvei Michkov and the questions surrounding his ability to reach the NHL, Michigan forward Adam Fantilli, a few of the top defensemen available and more
S4: 2022 NHL Draft recap with TSN's Craig Button
38:52The 2022 NHL Draft is in the books, and TSN director of scouting Craig Button joins co-hosts Adam Kimelman and Mike G. Morreale to review all of it, including the Montreal Canadiens' selection of Juraj Slafkovsky at No. 1, Shane Wright sliding to the Seattle Kraken at No. 4, and which teams Button thought did best during the two days in Montreal. He also previews the 2023 NHL Draft, and provides some unique comparisons for expected No. 1 pick Connor Bedard of Regina in the Western Hockey League.
S4: First Round Recap: Juraj Slafkovsky, Simon Nemec, Logan Cooley & Shane Wright join
32:20Adam and Mike recap the first round of the 2022 NHL Draft and discuss their favorite moments, biggest surprises and best stories of a memorable night in Montreal. They are joined by Jurah Slafkovsky (2:05), Simon Nemec (8:40), Logan Cooley (12:29), and Shane Wright (18:45). The guys wrap the episode discussing the facts and figures of the first round.