With the 151st overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, the Nashville Predators selected defenseman Vladislav Yeryomenko.
Here’s what the experts have said about him leading up to the draft.
Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
19, 6’0”, 176 lbs.
Future Considerations: #135
Central Scouting: #73 (North American skaters)
TheDraftAnalyst.com: #26 (“overagers”)
McKeen’s 2018 NHL Draft Guide
“In terms of overage talent there are some guys that have progressed markedly season over season. Defensively, Vladislav Yeryomenko in Calgary has shown that he can shoulder heavy hard minutes and still be a leader offensively. Calgary dismantled their team over the course of the season moving out a number of key pieces but the player who helped even that out the most was Yeryomenko. With the added responsibility of top pairing minutes he has thrived, playing on both sides of special teams, physical and hard to play against he has led by example this season.”
Future Considerations’ 2018 NHL Draft Guide
“Not imposing size-wise, Yeryomenko is positionally sound and mentally aware while defending. He can stick to speedy opponents and will play somewhat aggressively, riding out incoming forwards regularly. Plenty resilient, he’s no slouch in his own zone. Still, he could stand to ratchet up his physical game. As a strong skater – with a fluid stride and great lateral movement – he isn’t afraid to rush the puck up ice. He’s also a reliable passer. He’s creative on the point and a confident puck-handler, exploring options and moving to create open lanes to attack. He’s got a pass-first mindset, but he wanted to improve his slapshot, which, apparently, still needs to be addressed. However, his wrister, because he knows how to place it well, is a dangerous weapon, even from the point.”
ISS’s 2018 NHL Draft Guide
“This re-entry player has shown big improvement this season. An intelligent defenceman with a smooth game and good instincts at both ends. He popped up on a lot of scouts’ radars after playing very well at the World Juniors for Belarus.”