2018 NHL Draft Profiles: Martin Kaut, Adam Ginning, Rasmus Kupari

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The Rangers are in an interesting spot this year. With three picks in the first round, they have a rare opportunity to swing for the fences multiple times. They will get at least one prospect with elite level talent at #9 overall, that part we can assume. They also have picks 26 and (likely) 30 or 31, which gives them multiple options in trading scenarios.

If the Blueshirts move up, they could be targeting some of these kids who fall outside the “big nine” that seems to be on everyone’s mind. They could also luck out and have some of these guys fall to them at the end of the first round. These are more boom or bust scenarios, but In Gordie We Trust.

Martin Kaut

The Czech RW had a breakout performance at this year’s World Junior Championships, and that is when he got on everyone’s radar. Part of his performance (2-5-7 in 7 games) might be a part of being on a line with consensus top-three pick Filip Zadina, but that doesn’t mean Kaut is just riding his coattails.

The 6’1″, 176 lb winger is a pure shooter and scorer. He has quick hands for working in tight, but also has a very powerful and accurate wrist shot with a quick release. He uses his balance and hockey IQ to get in front and into open areas, where he is tough to move. His top speed also helps in the transition game, where he can be lethal.

The knock on Kaut is his acceleration, as he has a slow first step. That isn’t anything to be alarmed about, it’s just something he needs to work on. He needs to add muscle, but so does every 18 year old ever.

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Adam Ginning

At just 18 years old, the 6’3″, 196 lb Swede defenseman is already playing in the SHL. His stock is rising quickly, and it’s unlikely he even makes it to the 26 spot. Ginning isn’t flashy, and his stat lines don’t jump at you, but he’s just a complete defensive package.

Like every other Swede, Ginning is a great skater with top speed and agility that keep his big frame mobile. The game slows down for him, which makes him a danger when in the transition game with solid passes.

What might hold Ginning back is that outside of his skating and big frame, the rest of his game is relatively average. He’s not the greatest shooter. He doesn’t have the vision of a Boqvist or a Hughes, and he certainly doesn’t have that much of an offensive mind. If we are using traditional terms, then shutdown defender is what comes to mind. Ginning might be the best one in the draft too.

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Rasmus Kupari

Kupari is another in a long line of Scandanavian centers that is just overall solid. An offensively inclined center, the 5’11”, 183 lb Kupari is relied upon by Karpat to make big plays, which he does pretty often. Timeliness of his plays is a by-product of his skill set. He’s a great skater with solid top speed/accleration, agility, and balance. He’s tough to move off the puck, but has a number of weapons in his stickhandling arsenal to make even the best defenders dizzy.

When you combine skating, stickhandling, and vision, you have a potential offensive dynamo, and that is Kupari. His passes are tape to tape, his shot has a solid release, and he has no fear in getting in front of the net.

Where Kupari is lacking is in his shot’s power and accuracy, and in his defensive positioning. All three are easily corrected though, and nothing to be overly alarmed about. Kupari can be an elite center if he works on all three of these things. Kupari could be the game changing 1C that the Rangers sorely need.

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46 thoughts on “2018 NHL Draft Profiles: Martin Kaut, Adam Ginning, Rasmus Kupari

  • May 21, 2018 at 6:48 am

    Adam Ginning in the top 62 (even the top 93) would be a disaster imo, he’s much closer to a pylon then a complete defensive package. He’s far from a good skater and he doesn’t Think defense all that well and he has virtually no offense at all. Playing with Ginning last spring probably cost Liljegren atleast 5-6 spots in the draft because he was such an insane anchor all spring in the Sweden U18, both five nations and Worlds.

    • May 21, 2018 at 6:53 am

      Ginning seems like he could be the reincarnation of Christian Backman.

      • May 21, 2018 at 7:03 am

        I don’t see that comparison, Bäckman was a solid skater with some decent offensive Tools.

        • May 21, 2018 at 9:00 am

          I didn’t think Backman skated well, defended well, passed well, or handled the puck well. Despite being touted as having offensive skills, he panicked with the puck on his stick. Your description of Ginning as a player who didn’t really do anything well made me think of Backman.

    • May 21, 2018 at 9:50 am

      So bad a player he somehow played with the National U18 as a 16 yr old and got regular minutes.

      So bad a player he played with the men’s side more often than not and they played him last 5 minutes of games.

      The jeopardy answer: what couldn’t Adam Boqvist do?

      Ginning is a low event minute eater. Ceiling is 1st pair stay at home, most likely 2nd pair. A bit of a stretch at the end of the 1st round, but he’ll make the NHL well before Boqvist.

      Liljegren was done in by mono cost him a ton of weight and development time, somehow was -5 compared to Ginning’s -2 at the same tourney while paired together.

      Must’ve been a lot of empty nets or shorties given up.

  • May 21, 2018 at 7:20 am

    What might hold Ginning back is that outside of his skating and big frame, the rest of his game is relatively average. He’s not the greatest shooter. He doesn’t have the vision of a Boqvist or a Hughes, and he certainly doesn’t have that much of an offensive mind. If we are using traditional terms, then shutdown defender is what comes to mind. Ginning might be the best one in the draft too.

    We have more than enough offensive d-men, this kid could be a nice addition if available. Let’s face it, the defense was our Achilles heel, and that is the main area to correct if we can’t get a super scorer. How many on this site still clamor over Girardi, this is a bigger version of him, who also skates better!!!!!!!

    • May 21, 2018 at 7:51 am

      Hi Walt.
      We already have a version of Ginning in the system in Sean Day. Day is an inch shorter and I guess about 25 pounds heavier.
      I wouldn’t waste a pick on Ginning.

      • May 21, 2018 at 8:06 am

        *not* the same. The two are polar opposite in terms of style of play, strengths, etc.

      • May 21, 2018 at 8:40 am


        You have it wrong. Day can skate, very well at that, and is also a very strong kid. The only stay at home type in the system would be Rykov, or maybe Lindgren, that’s why I said what I did.

        This is all academic because we have no idea what JG, and the organization has in mind with their first picks!!!!!!!

    • May 21, 2018 at 12:36 pm

      No drafting by position, draft the best player available or the player with the highest ceiling (and a reasonable chance to achieve it).

      • May 21, 2018 at 1:45 pm

        please read my second paragraph in the response to Jerry!!!!!!!!!

      • May 21, 2018 at 9:12 pm

        How do you draft most defencemen, then? Most metrics don’t really apply to D all that well, so much is eye test.

  • May 21, 2018 at 9:06 am

    I vote we take best center and right handed defenseman. Man’s game. Play hard.

  • May 21, 2018 at 9:26 am

    You wrote “in Gordie Clark we trust” Why? He has been awful in my opinion. Our best players are were drafted by other teams or were UDFA. This is the part of the team that is a major problem.

    • May 21, 2018 at 11:13 am

      We just need another Hayes and Zib and we’ll be set.

      Signing JT would improve the core

  • May 21, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Nils Lundkvist or Kevin Bahl should be targets for 2nd D man
    Kaut or Bokk and Dellandrea as forwards

    Personally I go
    Dobson at 9
    Kaut or Bokk at 26
    Dellandrea at 28?
    Bahl or Lundkvist 1 2nd
    Ylonen or Grloux 2 2nd
    Kotkov 1 3rd
    Hall or Clark 2 3rd

    KAndre Miller if available with 2nd pick of 2nd round then go for him. He could go mid 20’s to late 40’s anywhere in between

    seriously up to middle of the 2nd round in this draft is 1st round talent.

    • May 21, 2018 at 12:41 pm

      Umm, no, it isn’t that deep.

      It’s maybe 20 deep, then just throwing darts.

      That’s why you could see Ginning go at 25 or in the 3rd round.

      • May 21, 2018 at 1:05 pm

        Says you….I differ….I really do think it’s that deep when so many players can fall into the 2nd round and so many can move up into the 1st round.

        Kotkov was supposed to be a 4th round pick….when I was mentioning him…he is now projected to go in the 2nd
        McIssacs, KAndre Miller. Lundkvist, Bokk, Tychonick, Merkley, Sandin, Grloux, McBain, Bahl, Olofsson, Hillander, Thomas and Samuelsson can easily change positions in the draft between 1 and 2

        Kotkeniemi, Woo, Noel, Hayton, Veleno, Kupari, McLeod, Kaut, Kravstov. Lunderstorm could easily move up or down in the first

        • May 21, 2018 at 9:51 pm

          And that fluidity is the perfect example of why it’s not deep.

          In an environment where you can get video on anybody and have access to even basic stats(and some advanced,) that’s dart throwing.

          Lots of 2nd round ratings going to go in the 1st round. They’ll have a higher % of players make the show due to expansion

          Weakest draft since 2013.

  • May 21, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Go for forward in all your picks in the first and second rounds. Maybe someone will be a force. We have enough rookie defenseman.

  • May 21, 2018 at 10:53 am

    As long as we stay away from the Carolina road we’ll be fine.

    • May 21, 2018 at 12:04 pm

      What the hell is “the Carolina road?”

      • May 21, 2018 at 12:06 pm

        Trading up for the #1 overall pick and then wasting it by drafting a reach player like Ilya Kovalchuk in his rookie year.

        • May 21, 2018 at 12:49 pm

          Yeah, who wants a guy like Kovalchuk? He only scored 29 goals in 65 games as an NHL rookie for the Thrashers! Nobody, least of all the Rangers, needs a rookie who scores 29 goals.

  • May 21, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    Looks like we are moving towards the BU coach. I am hoping he has a bit of a say on players he likes as well. He needs to learn what he currently has on his roster and what he feels he needs, because if he gets a 5 year contract, players drafted next month will play for him in the early NHL life.

  • May 21, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    “They will get at least one prospect with elite level talent at #9 overall”

    You can hope for this surely, but you can’t count on it. Wasn’t Dylan McIlrath a #10 selection – not much different. More recently, the Isles grabbed Griffin Reinhart with the #4 choice and he still hasn’t really cracked the NHL. [And #1 Nail Yakupov, while an NHLer, isn’t a very good one.].

    The Rangers have an opportunity and the odds are in their favor, but they might pull out a clinker, Boqvist for example.

    • May 21, 2018 at 12:39 pm

      This is a MUCH deeper draft than the one where McIlrath was picked, so the odds of drafting a kid with some bona fide elite talent is greater.

    • May 21, 2018 at 6:28 pm

      Boqvist is not a “clinker” as you say…

      • May 21, 2018 at 9:53 pm

        A 75 foot player.

        • May 22, 2018 at 12:14 am

          Not a puck mover in his own end, not making stretch passes either. Usually has the other guy lug it out. When forecheck comes at him, the puck becomes a live grenade.

          Scouting the last few years getting more eyeballs on more players, so they’ve been better with their calls. So undersized D have been creeping up draft lists as they feel they have better risk management in place.

          People will be getting burned this year, will be getting fired next year.

  • May 21, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Side note: Congratulations Lias Andersson, you have your gold medal … and to all those who are pissed off we selected him with the 7th pick, well here is a 19 year old selected to play on the gold medal winning men’s team at the WC —- obviously we weren’t the only organization to think the kid has the goods. 😉

    • May 21, 2018 at 3:42 pm

      FYI …he didn’t play not one minute in the last game. and in the whole thing only had a 1 and 2 assists. Nothing really to brag about there other then the NY Rangers have a lot of clout with swedish hockey and got him on the roster as a fill.

      • May 21, 2018 at 5:33 pm

        Or, there was a bit of puntive action on the part of the Swedish Federation to punish Andersson, for his actions during the World Juniors. But in the end, he was there, got the experience, and the medal.

        • May 21, 2018 at 6:44 pm

          For you the sky is blue for me the sky is cloudy with a chance of Anderssons with the 7th overall pick.

      • May 22, 2018 at 11:27 am

        He’s 19 for God’s sake … you’re being unrealistic.

    • May 22, 2018 at 6:29 am

      Question, right now and looking back:

      Andersson, Mittlestat or Tippet at #7.

      Just curious.

      • May 22, 2018 at 11:28 am

        Right now? Why? How about we check back in 4-5 years and make an informed judgment?

        • May 23, 2018 at 6:19 am

          I’m asking your opinion.

  • May 21, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    When was the last time a team took a bonafyde center first overall? And then this year we have a defenseman going first. If we look real hard we can find a diamond in the rough near the third round.

    • May 21, 2018 at 3:41 pm

      The first overall pick in four of the last five years has been a center. Perhaps you’ve heard of Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews, Nathan McKinnon, and Nico Hischier?

      • May 21, 2018 at 5:36 pm

        Facts are such inconvenient things! (;

  • May 21, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Really hope we do some homework on this draft. I don’t want to see any reaching for players at #9. Only way i would trade up is for Wahlstrom, the kid is a stud and would probably have to trade with Arizona again but other than that stay put cause we could still draft an elite player at #9. Also id keep the later first round picks also just to stock up on prospects. Not too sure about moving into the teens as the price could be very high. But we will see.

    • May 22, 2018 at 10:05 am

      Wahlstrom plays a man’s game; the same game Quinn coaches. Would love to see the pair light it up over the next 15 years. I don’t want to see us risk the future by picking a high floor, low ceiling guy like Kachuk/Bokk/Kupari/Kotkaneimi

  • May 21, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    A lot of people thought that Anderson was a reach pick at #7 last year, and we did fine… This year we pick at #9 in what scouts are saying is a better draft. I really rather keep the #9 pick then sell assets to move up just a slot or two (unless it’s Dahlin!?). However I would be more apt to trade up with our last two picks in the first round to move up to the mid teens if there somebody there that we love (perhaps Kots or Kup?).

  • May 21, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    I trust Gordie and his scouting staff. Despite having little or dick all in the way of draft picks during the last several years. He has found some diamonds in the rough.

    • May 22, 2018 at 1:21 pm

      Turning sixth round picks into NHLers is nice, but whiffing on your 1st & 2nd rounders routinely is murder.

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