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CJHL Cross-Canada Talent at NHL Draft: Bernard-Docker, Tychonick, McBain, Demin, Manderville

By Neil Hilts on June 21, 2018

Jacob Bernard-Docker [Left] (Chad Goddard Photography) and Jonathan Tychonick [Right] (Garrett James Photography)

A pair of dynamic blueliners from two of Canada’s top Junior A squads are among a handful of Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) players expected to hear their name called at the upcoming NHL Draft.

Jacob Bernard-Docker of the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s (AJHL) Okotoks Oilers and Jonathan Tychonick of the British Columbia Hockey League’s (BCHL) Penticton Vees are the top two-ranked Junior A players and both could go as early as the first round.

The pair are both high-scoring players with the potential to quarterback the powerplay, and they’re also about to become teammates as they head to the University of North Dakota next season.

25 Jacob Bernard-Docker [RD]
Okotoks Oilers

Ranked No. 25 on ISS final rankings, Bernard-Docker had an odd statline for a defender – 20 goals and 21 assists. In the playoffs, he kept up that trend scoring both seven goals and assists through 15 games. ISS Hockey lists Bernard-Docker as the fifth-best stay at home defenceman, which seems kind of bizarre for a player who scored 20 from the back-end. However, he’s a well-rounded player and is projected to be a top two or four pairing player for many years.

33 Jonathan Tychonick [LD]
Penticton Vees

It will come down to team preference between these two, but Tychonick offers more offensive upside according to the scouts. He’s smaller than his AJHL counterpart, but has more nimble feet and can move slightly better. In a recent article in The Athletic, Tychonick was declared one of the biggest personalities in the draft with a confident demeanour, which could boost his stock. Ranked at 33, Tychonick just missed a point-per-game average, scoring nine goals and 47 points with the 48. In the playoffs, he elevated his game, recording 17 points in 11 matches. At the NHL Draft Combine, Bernard-Docker was the pull-up king, while Tychonick was the highest rated in the left and right agility test. Both had strong performances, pushing to be the latest CJHL first rounders.

52 Jack McBain [LW]
Toronto Jr. Canadians

The lone-ranked OJHL skater has seen his name up and down the lists all year long. McBain had 21 goals and 58 points to rank just inside the top 20 in scoring and was third on the Toronto Jr. Canadians in penalties. His two-way game is a huge asset, and the development of it at Boston College will be essential as he looks to become a more complete player before likely making the jump to pro hockey. ISS had McBain as the fourth best power forward prospect, so teams looking for physicality and strength would be wise to take a tab on him. At the CJHL Top Prospects game earlier this year, McBain was ejected for hammering Okotoks forward Austin Wong during a battle, something that scouts took big notice of.

98 Slava Demin [LD]

Wenatchee Wild
By the time the Mighty Ducks movie franchise was a household series among young hockey fans, Slava Demin was just entering this world. The smooth-skating defenceman, who played his minor hockey with the Anaheim Jr. Ducks program, dazzled in California before heading up to Washington for Junior A hockey and has played his way into scouts’ books. Demin ranked fourth behind Tychonick in d-man scoring in the BCHL, tallying 45 points in 57 games. His numbers shrunk in the playoffs and RBC Cup, but he was still an effective defender. Next year, Demin will head to the University of Denver. ISS is projecting him as a depth NHL defender who can run a second powerplay.

135 Ethan Manderville [C]
Ottawa Jr. Senators

By the time the Mighty Ducks movie franchise was a household series among young hockey fans, Slava Demin was just entering this world. The smooth-skating defenceman, who played his minor hockey with the Anaheim Jr. Ducks program, dazzled in California before heading up to Washington for Junior A hockey and has played his way into scouts’ books. Demin ranked fourth behind Tychonick in d-man scoring in the BCHL, tallying 45 points in 57 games. His numbers shrunk in the playoffs and RBC Cup, but he was still an effective defender. Next year, Demin will head to the University of Denver. ISS is projecting him as a depth NHL defender who can run a second powerplay.

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By Neil Hilts| June 21, 2018
Categories:  Junior|Events
Keywords:  CJHLNHL Draft

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