The 2019 NHL Entry Draft will be held this weekend in Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning with the first round on Friday, June 21st and continuing into Saturday, June 22nd with rounds two-seven completing the selection process. The Generals have three players who could potentially join an NHL franchise this weekend and be that next step closer to reaching the NHL; Nando Eggenberger, Danil Antropov and Mitchell Brewer.
Eggenberger, although past his initial draft year, has appeared on NHL Central Scouting’s North American skaters list all season long. On the final rankings list in April, Eggenberger was ranked at 127th. In his first season playing in North America, the Generals forward put up a 25 goal season, reaching 47 points and a plus 12 rating helping the club reach the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2015. This past December, in his third appearance at the World Juniors, the Chur, Switzerland native captained the Swiss team to a fourth place finish.
A scouting report from Draftsite describes Eggenberger as a “big, strong winger who is a deceptively strong and quick attacker. He has a sniper’s hands from the perimeter and hockey sense to find the open areas. He is a prototypical power winger with size, shot, balance, and nice North-South skating ability. Plays on special teams with success and has a great defensive presence at both ends. Wins puck battle on the wall and in the corners. Has a goal scorer’s touch and is very difficult to move off the puck. Unselfish and makes positive things happen when he is carrying.”
Antropov, a late birthday, just completed his third season with the Generals. Seeing career highs in the 2018-19 season, he tallied 52 points (0.79 points per game) finishing 8th in team scoring. Antropov did appear on the early NHL Central Scouting draft rankings lists, with an NHL Central Scouting report describing him with “encouraging hockey IQ with and without the puck. He’s not a speedster but knows how to put himself into supportive positions to consistently possess the puck. He’s strong on his skates and protects the puck well using his body.”
Brewer, a sophomore defenceman with the Generals, finished the season with four goals and 14 assists for 18 points. He has spearheaded a fundraiser for the Canadian Critical Incident Stress Foundation and their Camp F.A.C.E.S. (Families and Children of Emergency Services) program. This camp would fill a void in Canada for Emergency Services workers families, who were tragically lost in the line of duty, access to programming and activities to help cope after the loss. Brewer, whose Father is Fire Fighter with Brampton Fire, last season raised money selling tickets to a Gens vs. Bulldogs game that saw him generate over $10,000 for the charity. Beginning in the summer, Brewer began fundraising again hosting a charity golf tournament and setting up the First Responders Night with the Generals. For the first time in August, Brewer and Generals teammates visited the Camp to meet campers and take part in the day’s activities. In November, the Generals hosted a first responders night with all proceeds going towards the charity.
An OHL scouting report on Brewer lists him as “a mobile defender with good size, who projects well to a pro-defender, Brewer is the type of defender who can do it all; plays physical, blocks shots, makes smart plays with the puck. He has been gaining confidence in his offensive abilities, using his skating strength to jump in plays more often and been more aggressive in looking for his own scoring chances.”
Follow along on the Generals social media channels as we cover the NHL Entry Draft as it gets underway beginning on Friday.