Draft Preview #5: Adam Erne

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Photo courtesy of lapresse.ca

Coming in at number 5 for the Isles Talk Preview is RW Adam Erne. Two words: Power Forward. He’s been moving up in my rankings because at the beginning of the season, he was marked to be a top 10 pick. Lofty expectations not being met by Erne and he has slowly dropped into the middle of the first round. But make no mistake, teams like Toronto or San Jose have their eyes on Erne should he fall into their laps. Overall, Erne appears to be a prototypical NHL winger who can put up some offensive numbers but has the ability to play in all situations.Name: Adam Erne

Height: 6-1

Weight: 196 Lbs

Position: LW/RW

League: QMJHL

Age: 18 (April)

ISS: N/A      Central Scouting:  26th

Comparisons: Erik Cole

Total for Season:  68 games    28 goals    44 assists    72 points

He is a power forward project, not gonna lie. He likes to forecheck and bang bodies around.  Erne is dangerous when he can drive to the net and use his soft hands to beat the goalie in close. Has a good wrist shot and if you look at his assist totals he does have good vision to set his teammates up and gets them the puck. Decent skater with good balance and is tough to knock off the puck. Defensively, he’s very good for his age. His strength is his positioning because if he’s not literally hurting you in the offensive zone, he’ll take it out on you in the defensive zone. He just needs to be disciplined enough to not always go for the big hit and then finds himself out of position.

Update: Shinkaruk making a run up the ranks! Think of him as a Phil Kessel, hopefully without the attitude. Also Zadorov appears to be falling around the 15th pick as well, might be the Russian factor.

Rank            Player              Position         Previous Rank

6                   Morrissey        D                    6

7                    Lazar                C/RW           7

8                    Fucale              G                   8

9                    Shinkaruk        RW               10

10                  Burakowsky    LW               9

11                   Zadorov           D                  15

12                   Mantha            RW               11

13                   Gauthier          C                   12

14                   Haag                 D                   13

15                   Domi                 D                   14

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