David Kase, RW, Chomutov (Czech2)
5th round, 128th overall
Height: 5-9 Weight 159 Ibs
Kase dropped to the fifth round because of his size, and it could be the biggest question mark for his future. But Kase is a fast, talented forward, and he could become a late-round steal.
With Chomutov, Kase won a championship—recording 14 points over 30 games. Through eight games with Chomutov Jr., he recorded 15 points in eight games. He also won a silver medal at the U18 World Championship and the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in 2014.
Kase attended the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine and, through interpreter Daniel Vladar (BOS), spoke with Hockey’s Future for this video.
Cooper Marody, C, Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL)
6th round, 158th overall
Height: 6-0 Weight 173 Ibs
Drafted in the sixth round, Cooper Marody could be a steal. He is a good player, but needs time to develop and put on more strength.
“I’m a really skilled player, really good with the puck, I see the ice really well, I have a great ability to make plays,” Marody said. “I can also score. I take a lot of pride in defense. I think I’m a reliable player all around the ice.”
Marody spent the last two seasons in the USHL, skating for Muskegon and Sioux Falls. Last season he put up 47 points (19 goals, 28 assists) over 37 games with the Stampede, helping them to win the Clark Cup. He will start his collegiate career this fall at Michigan.
For Marody, the journey to the draft was difficult. He struggled in his bantam year for HoneyBaked, returned to AA hockey and got cut from his varsity team freshman year of high school. Eventually he joined Muskegon, where his USHL career started.
“Growing up I faced a lot of adversity in hockey and I was never a promoted guy, never a hyped guy,” Marody said. “It’s just a tremendous offer and I’m humbled by the opportunity.”
HF spoke with Marody at the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine, with his comments being included in this video.
Ivan Fedotov, G, Reaktor Nizhnekamsk (MHL)
7th round, 188th overall
Height: 6-6 Weight: 191 Ibs
Fedotov was Philadelphia’s last pick in the draft, and the team’s third goaltending choice. At 6’6, Fedotov brings size—the most of any goaltender in Philadelphia’s organization.
“He’s a guy that’s a sleeper. We feel like he’s a young kid, he’s green, he’s raw and he’s got a big upside,” Hextall said.
Fedotov played for Reaktor Nizhnekamsk of the MHL last season. He recorded a .911 save percentage through 41 games and was named the MHL Goaltender of the Month for November.