Welcome to OilersNation’s 2020 Draft Countdown. Over the next few weeks leading up to the draft (or, well, when it seems the draft might be), we’ll be rounding up scouting reports, quotes, and videos about our Top-100 prospects available. Here are aggregated profiles on Eamon Powell, Alexander Pashin, Oskar Magnusson, Blake Biondo, and Juuso Maenpaa.

No. 95: Eamon Powell 

Date of birth: May 10th, 2002

Nation: United States

Position: Defenceman

Shoots: Right

Height: 180 cm / 5’11”

Weight: 75 kg / 165 lbs

Profile: Powell has spent his last two seasons playing with the United States National Development Program and is committed to play for Boston College in the NCAA. His strength as a player comes from his elite skating ability. He plays a very solid game with excellent mobility, though he doesn’t boast any other elite skills or produce at a high level offensively. Powell would be the definition of a safe pick. 

Eamon Powell is another very solid defenseman from this year’s NTDP. When watching Powell, the first thing that stands out is his mobility. He’s a fantastic four way skater, and can transition the puck up the ice as well as any other defensive prospect in this draft. He utilizes tons of crossovers through the neutral zone, making him a premier carry option on the power play. He’s also a top notch distributor, and can make some sweet stretch passes. While Powell has near elite skating ability, he lacks high end skill in virtually all other facets of his game. His hands are quick but not dynamic, and his shooting ability is just okay. He’s a very smart and capable defender though, and can play in all situations. Even though he doesn’t have the skill yet, the potential is there for Powell to develop into a true scoring defenseman. – Alexander Taxman, Future Scope Hockey

Powell isn’t the most flashy player and he won’t be the dynamic powerplay quarterback that teams covet. He is a steady, smart and mobile defender that has the offensive flair when the moment presents itself. He understands his skill set and how to play off high-end players such as Sanderson. His defensive game is solid and the only real weakness he has as a defender is that he will need to get stronger. This was a primary reason that although he was able to play an efficient and effective game against the NCAA opponents, he wasn’t able to be the consistent difference-maker that he was at the USHL level. Powell has been the NTDP’s second-best defender for much of the year with only Sanderson eclipsing his play. Powell doesn’t possess the size that many teams want in a defender but he plays a modern, mobile game and will give teams an intelligent hockey mind on the ice whenever he is out there. He projects as a second-pair defender at the NHL level thanks to his high-end mobility and his impressive IQ. – Tony Ferrari, Dobber Prospects

No. 94: Alexander Pashin

Date of birth: July 28th, 2002

Nation: Russia

Position: Left/Right Wing

Shoots: Left

Height: 170 cm / 5’7″

Weight: 70 kg / 154 lbs

Profile: An undersized forward, Pashin uses elite stick skills and a quick release to produce at a high level offensively. He’s spent the last two seasons playing for Tolpar Ufa in the MHL, and, most recently, he finished fourth on the team in scoring. 

Pashin displays excellent offensive skills. His close-quarter passing is top notch and his skate-to-stick transition when receiving passes is impressive as well. When it comes to firing the puck on net, Pashin has soft hands and a quick release. His combination of superior sense for the offensive side, skating ability, and his hands allow him to generate several high-quality scoring chances a game.

As seen at the Hlinka and in the MHL, he can be a prolific goal scorer and his highlight reel will show several quality snipes and dangles. Pashin’s anticipation and positioning on the attack are sound, and he consistently displays the unteachable skill of hiding in the offensive zone, only to reappear exactly where the puck is going. Although Pashin is easily pushed off of pucks and he rarely initiates contact, he does not appear to shy away from contact and seems more than willing to take a hit to make a play, especially if he senses an offensive payoff.  – Ross Martin, The Draft Analyst

No. 93: Oskar Magnusson

Date of birth: January 31st, 2002

Nation: Sweden 

Position: Centre/Right Wing

Shoots: Left

Height: 179 cm / 5’10”

Weight: 75 kg / 165 lbs

Profile: Magnusson has risen up the 2020 NHL draft rankings after a strong 2019-20 season playing for Malmo’s U20 junior team. Magnusson finished second on the team in scoring with 48 points and was second in the league in scoring among U18 skaters. While Magnusson’s offence put him on the map this year, he’s also a very sound player in his own end. 

A skilled two-way forward who can play center or wing, Magnusson has been a top-line player for Malmo for most of the season, in addition to contributing for Sweden at the under-18 Ivan Hlinka and both Five Nations tournaments. Magnusson is more than energetic and his efforts on or off the puck are both consistent and effective. The Redhawks are rebounding from a terrible year last year, and Magnusson’s two-way play and lethality with the puck are key contributors to this resurgence. – Steve Kournianos, The Draft Analyst

No. 92: Blake Biondi

Date of birth: April 24th, 2002

Nation: United States

Position: Left/Right Wing

Shoots: Right

Height: 183 cm / 6’0″

Weight: 82 kg / 181 lbs

Profile: Biondi made the uncommon decision to down a chance to play for the United States National Development Program and instead play high school hockey in Minnesota. He produced 76 points in 25 regular-season games and then 19 more points in six playoff games. He’s a complete package offensively, with good skating, offensive skills, instincts, and a great work ethic. He’s committed to play for the University of Minnesota-Duluth next season. 

The winner of the 2020 Mr. Hockey award, Biondi was the top forward for a Hermantown squad that lost the Class 1A title in overtime to Mahtomedi. He has outstanding pucks skills, beginning with his deadly shot and continuing with expert stickhandling and keen vision. Dozens upon dozens of prospects pile up the points against high school competition, but few are able to incorporate physicality and a high compete level while contributing in all areas of the game like Biondi. His no-nonsense approach, clutch play, and abrasiveness towards tough opposition, especially when the importance of the game increases, are just a few of the reasons why he should excel in college and beyond.

Biondi does not require much from his teammates to generate offense, but he displays chemistry and selflessness regardless of who is on the ice with him. Naturally, a top-line player who puts up points is going to have superior puck skills and will be leaned on to provide his team a spark on offense when needed. But Biondi leads by example, not only for his scoring prowess, but also for his tireless efforts off the puck. He plays physical and will finish his checks, especially on the forecheck, and is willing to sacrifice his body for the sake of keeping pucks out of his own end. Biondi is a strong, agile skater with very good speed, excellent balance and edgework, and he protects the puck in an expert fashion when driving the net. There’s an infectious confidence about what he brings to the ice on a nightly basis, and being a gamer with elite skills makes him a player every coach would welcome into his lineup. – Steve Kournianos, The Draft Analyst 

No. 91: Juuso Maenpaa

Date of birth: April 29th, 2002

Nation: Finland

Position: Centre

Shoots: Left

Height: 169 cm / 5’7″

Weight: 64 kg / 141 lbs

Profile: A small forward without elite quickness, Maenpaa relies on his excellent playmaking ability to thrive as a player. He finished third in points on a strong Jokerit U20 team this season and is set to take the next step to Finland’s top professional league next season. 

Mäenpää is a playmaking center who is very good at creating plays from the middle. His passing skills are great and he also has very good vision. He also plays a reliable two-way game which is needed from centers. But the problem is that he’s only 5-foot-7, so he’s not expected to be a center at the NHL level. However, switching to the wing is not so easy for playmakers like him. But Mäenpää has a lot of good qualities that can help him transition to the wing and to the pro level. He is a great skater who doesn’t just have great acceleration and edge work like many small players but his top speed is also very good. Mäenpää’s effort level on the ice is also very good, so he can help the team even when he doesn’t have the puck on his stick. – Jokke Nevalainen, Dobber Prospects