2015 NHL Draft Preview: Eichel leads bumper crop from the NCAA ranks

By DJ Powers

Tyler Moy - Harvard University

Photo: Harvard University forward Tyler Moy showed significant improvement in his sophomore season, posting 12 goals and 27 points in 37 games for the Crimson in 2014-15 (courtesy of Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

6. Cameron Hughes, Center
University of Wisconsin (Big Ten)
Ht./Wt: 6’0”/165 lbs.
DOB: 10/9/96
Shoots: Left
CSS final ranking: 196th

 

This season, freshman Cameron Hughes was one of the few bright spots on a Wisconsin team that was amongst the worst in the program’s illustrious history. Like his team, Hughes struggled mightily to generate any consistent offense. But, despite his struggles in the season’s first half, Hughes played much of his best hockey in the second half of the 2014-15 season. The Edmonton, AB native co-led the Badgers in freshman scoring with 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 34 games. Despite his lack of point production this season, Hughes has a great upside that likely could translate to significantly better numbers next season.

Hughes is a superb playmaking center who is blessed with some wonderful hands. Although he is a natural center, he can also play wing quite effectively. Hughes possesses very good instincts and sees the ice really well. He is a creative playmaker with excellent passing skills. One of Hughes’ best attributes is his skating; he is a terrific skater with a powerful stride and a good burst of speed. Hughes plays with a bit of an edge and doesn’t shy away from playing the body. As he continues to mature physically, this aspect of his game should become more pronounced.

7. Brett Seney, Center/Left Wing
Merrimack College (Hockey East)
Ht./Wt: 5’9”/170 lbs.
DOB: 2/28/96
Shoots: Left
CSS final ranking: 198th

 

Freshman Brett Seney made an immediate impact on Merrimack’s roster this season. His freshman campaign was rolling along quite nicely until a lingering lower body injury limited him to just two assists in the final two months of the season. Still, he was able to cap his excellent rookie campaign as the Warriors’ top scorer with 26 points (11 goals, 26 assists) in 34 games. The London, ON native garnered his lone Hockey East Rookie of the Week honor back on Jan. 19th after posting both game winners in Merrimack’s sweep of Quinnipiac.

Seney is a small, speedy forward who is really fun to watch. Although he spent much of the season playing at center, he also played left wing. Seney’s greatest asset is his blazing speed, as he possesses tremendous acceleration and can get up to speed quickly. Seney utilizes his speed and low center of gravity quite effectively in darting through traffic and driving to the net. Seney also possesses some terrific hands and simply knows what to do with the puck when it’s on his stick. He has outstanding finishing ability and his playmaking is also quite good.

8. Frederik Tiffels, Center
Western Michigan University (NCHC)
Ht./Wt: 6’1”/200 lbs.
DOB: 6/20/95
Shoots: Left
CSS final ranking: N/A

 

Scouts began to take serious notice of freshman Frederik Tiffels during his USHL days and with Team Germany at the 2014 World Junior Championship, but it was his stellar performance in this year’s World Junior Championship that significantly boosted his draft stock. The Cologne, Germany native also enjoyed an excellent freshman campaign at Western Michigan this season. He led the Broncos in rookie scoring with 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) in 32 games en route to being named the recipient of the team’s Suzanne Klop Award as the Rookie of the Year.

Although Tiffels is listed at center, he played virtually exclusively at wing with Western Michigan this season. One of Tiffels’ greatest attributes is his speed. He is an excellent skater with a good burst of speed. Part of what makes him such a dangerous player is his ability to shift gears quickly, which is particularly evident in his transitioning. Another attribute that Tiffels utilizes advantageously is his ability to make plays at high speeds. He possesses great hands and is equally good at both finishing and setting up plays. Tiffels also has a very good shot with a quick release.

9. Tyler Moy, Center
Harvard University (ECAC)
Ht./Wt: 6’1”/195 lbs.
DOB: 10/28/96
Shoots: Right
CSS final ranking: N/A

 

It has been said that through adversity comes opportunity. That was the case this season for Harvard sophomore, Tyler Moy. The San Diego, CA native was thrust into a more significant role as the Crimson’s first-line center when fellow sophomore Alex Kerfoot (NJD) went down with an injury. Moy’s expanded role greatly benefited both his overall development as well as his Harvard team. He finished his excellent sophomore campaign with 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists) in 37 games. Moy capped the season as the recipient of Harvard’s Donald Angier Trophy as the team’s Most Improved Player.

Although Moy played wing at times for Harvard this season, his natural position is center. He could potentially blossom into an excellent defensive forward due to his strong defensive side and smart positioning. The size and strength that Moy has added to his 6’1” frame has enhanced those sides of his game, as well. He’s an excellent skater with good speed who transitions remarkably well. While Moy is more of a playmaker, he has shown that he can score goals when opportunities present themselves. He possesses nice hands and can make crisp passes.

10. Trevor Moore, Left Wing
University of Denver (NCHC)
Ht./Wt: 5’10/175 lbs.
DOB: 3/31/95
Shoots: Left
CSS final ranking: N/A

 

After a stellar freshman campaign in 2013-14, Trevor Moore followed it up with an even better sophomore campaign this season. The Thousand Oaks, CA native finished the season second on Denver’s roster with 44 points (22 goals, 22 assists) in 39 games. His 22 goals also led the Pioneers. Moore played on one of the NCHC’s most dynamic top lines alongside freshman Danton Heinen (BOS) and senior Daniel Doremus (SJS). Moore capped his sensational season as the NCHC’s Forward of the Year as well as being named to the All-America West Second Team.

Moore is a pure-scoring winger who simply knows what to do with the puck when it’s on his stick. He possesses excellent puck skills and finishing ability. He can also set up plays quite well. He makes outstanding reads and positions himself remarkably well for the best scoring opportunities. One notable area that has greatly enhanced Moore’s game this season is his added grit. This was especially evident in his stronger play around the net. Moore is an excellent skater, and, while he doesn’t possess blazing speed, Moore does a good job of getting up the ice quickly.

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