HALIFAX, NS – HockeyProspect.com has released its top-25 Atlantic Rankings for the 2015 QMJHL Draft. (click here for our top 25 prospects from Quebec) With the season in full swing and the 2014 Monctonian Challenge all wrapped up, it’s time to see which prospects have made it to our list.
Topping our list is Halifax’s own Shane Bowers, an elite player in all categories that can skate and make plays at top speed while processing options two and three steps ahead. While sitting fourth in rookie scoring in the league, Bowers has the ability to finish or be a big time playmaker in even strength and man-advantage situations.
Sitting in second place is Newfoundland’s Adam Dawe who is currently playing for the Notre Dame Hounds in Saskatchewan. Dawe has an impressive skillset of skating speed and agility combined with slick hands and vision. He was very comfortable as an underage player in Major Midget last season with the Central IcePak. With every player, we would like to see more of him to gauge growth, but the next time will not be until the Canada Winter Games in February 2015.
The next player, Fredericton Canadiens’ Peyton Hoyt has impressed us sufficiently to be placed in the 3rd spot. Hoyt played last season on his team as an underage and managed to impress our staff even then. He is the complete player that brings a balanced package of skating, puck control, vision and finish.
Kynan Berger of the Newbridge Academy Gladiators is that player that can really energize a team. When Berger combines his size, skills, energy and very good hockey IQ together, he becomes a relentless offensive threat that is tough to stop and a responsible center that is back in the play when needed. If he continues to push, he will be held in high regard by seasons end. Currently, he is secure in the fourth spot on our list.
Concluding our top-5 is Valley Wildcats power forward Cole Rafuse. Rafuse spent last season with the Don Mills Flyers Bantam squad and this year is back with his home midget club. With a combination of size and strength and a soft touch around the net rarely seen in a 15 year old, Rafuse has the ability to turn around a game in an instant.
Free Top 5
|1||Shane Bowers||C||Halifax McDonalds||6’0″ 162|
|2||Adam Dawe||W||Notre Dame Hounds||5’5″ 130|
|3||Peyton Hoyt||W||Fredericton Canadiens||5’9″ 154|
|4||Kynan Berger||C||Newbridge Academy Gladiators||6’1″ 171|
|5||Cole Rafuse||W||Valley Wildcats||6’0″ 200|