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Norsemen Prospect Report

by Matt MacInnis | April 16, 2017, 5:11 PM ET

Joey Anderson, RW

94th overall, 2016

The college freshman had a dynamic season at Minnesota-Duluth, collecting 37 points in 39 games, tied for 2nd in team scoring and by far the most prolific scorer amongst teenagers on the squad.  Joey also played his way onto the US WJC team. With many older teammates, Anderson may struggle to repeat the numbers next season, but his college career is off to a strong start.

Evaluation: A-

 

Julius Nattinen, C

68th overall, 2015

The Finnish centre was coming off a spectacular rookie season in the OHL, but an off-season trade to the Windsor Spitfires appears to have derailed his development.  Nattinen scored just 38 points this season, almost half his previous output.  

Evaluation: F

 

 

Steven Santini, D

54th overall, 2013

The hyped American blueliner appears to have turned the corner and arrived on the main stage.  Although his offensive game may need to increase in order to reach his complete potential, his defensive and physical contributions to the team could place him in Norsemen green and white as soon as next season – and almost certainly for 2018-19.

Evaluation: B+

 

Andreas Englund, D

63rd overall, 2014

Our former third round pick continues to progress at a steady, albeit unspectacular pace.  He’s never going to be the type of player who puts points on the board, but he’s steady and makes a solid first pass.  The team is hoping his compete level can increase if he hopes to make the jump to the big show.

Evaluation: C+

 

Luke Opilka, G

180th overall, 2015

It was not a good season for the franchises only netminder playing in major junior.  The Kitchener Ranger product appeared in 31 games, producing a middling 0.889 save percentage and 3.58 goals against average.  It’s been a step backwards for the prospect, whose projection for the SICHL does not currently look good.

Projection: D

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