# 8 – Jackson Leppard (2018 Draft)
Was very strong on the puck and won multiple 50/50 battles. Showed off blazing speed on the rush, as well as in defensive scenarios on the forecheck and backcheck.. Good stickhandler in traffic.. Completed 5 effective passes in the outing.
# 6 – Dylan Plouffe (Overage 2018 Draft)
Has really improved from last season, which was his initial draft year… Is currently rivalling, and in many cases exceeding other ‘99 drafted defencemen in terms of point production and overall play.. Completed 9 effective passes in this game.. Defended off the rush and in his own zone with his stick first and body second.. Completed many poke checks to disrupt the puck carrier and gain possession.. Showed a smooth and patient skating style as he carried the puck up ice, readying to make a pass.. Had 3 heavy shots that hit the target, 2 snapshots and 1 slapshot..
Based on his current form, Plouffe should be considered as a potential signing, and at the least deserves a mid-to-late round draft selection or a camp invite in the summer.
# 14 – James Malm (Overage 2018 Draft)
An undrafted ‘99 forward.. Showed outstanding energy levels as he was constantly buzzing around the ice.. Very quick player from stop, and has one of the faster top end speeds.. Got to many loose pucks and was able to maintain control for long stretches of time.. Completed 6 effective passes in the game.. Displayed soft hands and the ability to toe-drag before shooting the puck.
# 40 – Milos Roman (2018 Draft)
Has a great skating stride with deep knee bend and length off each push.. Used his speed on the rush as teammates carried the puck, looking to receive a pass, and also backing up defenders who had to consider his threats.. Completed 7 short-to-mid range passes in the game, and was successful on the cycle carrying the puck and with the drop pass… Was quite shifty with the puck and used his edges to maneuver laterally away from oncoming forecheckers.. Displayed soft hands and was able to deke around the opposition, especially in the neutral zone, where he had significant control of the puck..