By John Vogl
Position: Left wing
Junior team: Halifax (QMJHL)
Born: Aalborg, Denmark
Measurables: 5-foot-10, 176 pounds
2013-14 stats: 63 games, 49 goals, 55 assists, 104 points
Central Scouting rank: No. 13 (North America)
Lowdown: It must be noted that Ehlers put up his gaudy numbers playing alongside Jonathan Drouin, selected third overall by Tampa Bay last year. Even with that taken into consideration, comparisons to Patrick Kane abound for the Danish import.
Ehlers is one of the most exciting offensive players in the draft. His quickness is off the charts, and he’s able to make plays while moving at top speed. He can go around defenders in an instant, but they can’t focus on the outside because Ehlers never hesitates to dangle through the middle of the ice. Once he gets open, his rapid-fire wrist shot is lethal.
Ehlers is a proven winner, leading Denmark to gold medals in Division 1A at the under-18s and world juniors. He added 11 goals and 28 points in 16 playoff games this year. While he could use some weight, his eagerness to go into tight areas offsets his small frame.
They said it: “He's proven to be a skilled forward who can work some magic with Jonathan Drouin. He's got that quickness where he can separate from a check and get to the net. He's got soft hands and passes with authority, is a clever playmaker and very unselfish.” – Dan Marr, director of NHL Central Scouting.
The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL draft, which begins June 27.
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