Florida Panthers Draft Class of 2018

Let’s look at the six newest members of the Florida Panthers.

Grigori Denisenko

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Round 1 Pick 15
Position: Left Wing
TSN Rank: 15 NHL Central Scouting Rank: 7 (European Skaters)
Home Country: Russia
2017-18 Stats: Loko Yaroslavl (MHL) 31 GP 9-13-22

He is a high skilled forward who is very good with the puck. He is a very smart player too and many have said he is one of the most skilled forwards of the 2018 draft class. Despite only being 5 feet 10, many have said the sky is the limit for him. He also can cross the line at times too.

Serron Noel

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Round 2 Pick 34
Position: Right Wing
TSN Rank: 19 NHL Central Scouting Rank: `10 (NA Skaters)
Home Country: Canada
2017-18 Stats: Oshawa (OHL) 62 GP 28-25-53

The son of former CFL running back Darren Noel, Serron is massive in stature at 6 feet 5 inches and 209 pounds. The power forward was interviewed by 28 out of 31 teams prior to the draft. He is a good skater who can score despite not scoring a lot next year.

Logan Hutsko

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Round 3 Pick 89
Position: Center/Right Wing
TSN Rank: 92 NHL CS: 66 (NA Skaters)
Home Country: USA
2017-18 Stats: Boston College (NCAA) 37 GP 12-19-31

The Panthers traded up to get Tampa native Logan Hutsko. Hutkso has an interesting story. The 19 year old who won the Hockey East Rookie of the Year has faced a lot of obstacles. Injuries have plagued him with a neck/spinal fracture and a broken kneecap. Yet he has continued to play.

Justin Schutz

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Round 6 Pick 170
Position: Left Wing
TSN: Unranked NHLCS: 95 (EU Skaters)
Home Country: Germany
2017-18 Stats: RB Hockey Akadeime (Czech U18) 40 GP 24-38-62

I couldn’t find a detailed scouting report on him but I’ve heard that he is a skilled forward.

Cole Krygier

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Round 7 Pick 201
Position: Defense
NHL CS Rank: 149 (NA Skaters)
Home Country: USA
2017-18 Stats: Lincoln (USHL) 58 GP 3-14-17

A very interesting story in the draft was that Cole’s twin brother Christian was selected a few picks before him by the Islanders.

Santtu Kinnuen

Round 7 Pick 207
Position: Defense
Home Country: Finland