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TSS Top 100 Prospects in Hockey: 79-75

20 February 2015: Chicago Blackhawks Right Wing Ryan Hartman (38) [9897] in action during a game between the Colorado Avalanche and the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center, in Chicago, IL

It’s Sunday, which means it’s time to continue ranking the top 100 NHL prospects. Today, we’re on to numbers 79-75.

79. Ryan Hartman, Chicago Blackhawks
Position: Right Wing
Age: 21
Height/Weight: 5’11” / 192
Drafted: 30th overall in the first round of the 2013 draft by Chicago

The Blackhawks have done a masterful job of remaining elite under a salary cap era by continually promoting players from within their system on entry level contracts. Hartman is in the next wave of players who will come up through their system. He should play an important role with the Hawks, but perhaps not as the prolific scorer he was in junior. He is a versatile player who can line up at any forward position and is a reliable two-way player. His ticket to the NHL will be his agitating and aggressive style of play. Hartman plays a physical, chippy game, is good along the boards and provides a formidable net presence.

Scouting Report:
At 5’11, 190 pounds, Hartman’s size is not exactly eye-popping, but his ability to excel at all facets of the game most certainly does. Hartman is a tough 5’11 and is willing to throw his body around. He finds his way into the gritty areas of the ice and has solid enough hands to convert a few opportunities. He’s also played both center and the wing, making him a versatile player with an all-around game. – Hockeys Future

78. Jeremy Roy, San Jose Sharks
Position: Defence
Age: 18
Height/Weight: 6’0”/ 187
Drafted: 31st overall in the second round of the 2015 draft by San Jose

The top ranked defenseman from the QMJHL was a surprise to slip out of the first round, but didn’t fall far as the Sharks jumped on him with the first pick of the second round. His skating and two-way play are his strengths, but his offense has not developed since his rookie season. Eyebrows are raising that his offense has not improved as he develops, but his stock remains high and projects as a future top four defenseman.

Scouting Report:
An offensively gifted defenseman who is solid in the defensive zone…has a real smooth stride and is pretty mobile…very mature game with strong positioning and smart with the puck…tough to separate from it as he has a heavy stick…makes terrific passes and rarely has anything intercepted…has a good point shot as well and he gets it on net…has the vision and creativity to QB a PP…solid defensively, using his smarts and his strong stick to break up plays and take away chances…uses his strength on defense to play physically down low and contain his man…used in all situations…a big presence on the ice and slows down the play when the puck is on his stick. – Future Considerations

77. Joe Morrow, Boston Bruins
Position: Defence
Age: 23
Height/Weight: 6’0” / 198
Drafted: 23rd overall in the first round of the 2011 draft by Pittsburgh
Acquired: Trade with Dallas in 2013

After making his NHL debut last year playing in 15 games, Morrow has split time this year between the NHL and AHL. Given the exodus of NHL defenseman from Boston recently in Johnny Boychuck, Nick Leddy, and Dougie Hamilton, Morrow has had the door open wide for him to make the transition to the NHL. In his appearances to date, he has not looked out of place and should carve out a regular spot on the Bruins back end by seasons end.

Scouting Report:
Now 22, this may be the year that Morrow becomes a full-time NHLer with the Bruins. Claude Julien has said that that Morrow could earn a top-six spot in training camp – we wouldn’t bet against him. Don’t expect him to be a big scorer right away, but Morrow has talent and should grow into an offensive role. – Dobber Prospects

76. Alex Khokhlachev, Boston Bruins
Position: Centre
Age: 22
Height/Weight: 5’11” / 184
Drafted: 56th overall in the second round of the 2014 draft by Boston

“Koko” has had a few cups of coffee in the NHL over the last three years and continues to develop at the AHL level. He is a dynamic offensive player and is averaging over a point a game in the AHL this year. In order to transition to the NHL, he needs to convince Coach Claude Julien he is not a liability defensively.

Scouting Report:
An offensively talented scorer. A very good skater with great creativity. A good playmaker but an even better finisher. Has soft hands. – Elite Prospects

75. Brendan Perlini, Arizona Coyotes
Position: Left Wing
Age: 19
Height / Weight: 6’3” / 205
Drafted: 12th overall in the first round of the 2014 draft by Arizona

Perlini has an amazing blend of size, skating, and skill but often leaves you wanting. He nearly cracked the Coyotes roster to start the season out of training camp during his draft year, but an injury derailed his bid and when he returned to junior. Back for another junior season, he was named to Team Canada for the WJC where he was disappointing going scoreless in five games as Canada failed to Medal. His upside is still tremendous as a top six two-way forward, but he needs to change the direction he is currently trending.

Scouting Report:
Perlini is a lethal combination of speed, puck skills, and hockey sense which allow him to make dynamic plays in all three zones. He plays a high puck possession game and thrives when the puck in on his stick. – Future Considerations

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