2020 NHL Draft Profile: Lukas Reichel

As we get closer to the 2020 NHL Draft, we have started our prospect profile series. So far we have featured WHL forward Connor Zary and QMJHL forward Dawson Mercer.

Now let’s discuss a European forward of interest.

Lukas Reichel

Eisbären Berlin (DEL – Germany)
6-0 / 172 pounds

Ranked #31 by ISS HOCKEY
Ranked #33 by TSN/CRAIG BUTTON
Ranked #38 by MCKEEN’S HOCKEY
Ranked #11 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (EU Skaters)
Ranked #20 by TSN/McKenzie

From Corey Pronman (The Athletic):

Overall: #25 prospect
Skating: 55
Puck Skills: 60
Physical Game: 45
Hockey Sense: 60

Reichel had an impressive season playing versus men and getting regular minutes in the DEL for a good club in Eisbaren Berlin. I always saw some skill and speed in his game, but this season I saw a high level of creativity with the puck, making difficult plays through defenders and to his teammates. He has the skill and the pace to score in the NHL. I wouldn’t call him the true playmaker you want running a power play, but he sees the ice well and gets a high IQ grade due to how well he creates in small areas. The last time he recorded a penalty was two seasons ago in junior club play, but I don’t think he’s soft. I’ve seen him be hard on his puck pursuits, drive the net frequently and win battles versus bigger players. But it would be fair to say he’s not a very physical or edgy player.

Tobias Abstreiter, coach of Germany’s U20 team, on Reichel: “With the puck, he knows what to do. He brings speed and a high skill level.”

From LastWordOnHockey.com:

Reichel is a very good skater. He shows good speed and power in his stride. His explosive first step and good acceleration make him dangerous off the rush. He also has very good agility and edgework, allowing him to make quick cuts and get away from defenders both with and without the puck. Reichel’s skating makes him tough to contain in one-on-one situations. He also has a very strong lower body for his age. He can fight through checks and get to the dirty areas of the ice. Reichel has very good balance. It is tough to knock him off the puck. He could stand to build up a stronger upper-body though, as this will help him to also win battles for loose pucks.

Offensive Game
Reichel scores the majority of his goals in tight to the net. He has quick hands and can deke a goalie in tight, or get the puck up quickly into a tight area. He also can bang in a rebound, quickly one-time a pass, or deflect in a teammate’s shot. From further out, his wrist shot is very accurate and features a good release. Reichel’s quick hands allow him to toe-drag and quickly change the angle before shooting. His shot also has decent power. This is also true of his one-timer. He gets it off effectively but still has room to add a bit more velocity. As he gets stronger, this may help his game.

Reichel can also play the role of a playmaker. His strong possession skills help him to control the puck down low and extend plays. This can help him to set up teammates for scoring chances once they get open. Reichel combines his skating ability with his quick hands, and if a defender gives him a little too much room, he can make a quick move and drive the puck to the net. His soft hands can also lead to a quick dangle and then a pass to a teammate. He is also effective as a forechecker, pressuring defenders and forcing them to make mistakes. Once they do, he can quickly take advantage with excellent vision and a knack for knowing where his linemates will be.

Defensive Game
Reichel’s defensive game is a bit of a work in progress. He needs to be more consistent in keeping his feet moving in the defensive zone. Reichel has a tendency to be caught flat-footed at times which lets his man get away from him and be open for a pass. There are other times where he supports the defence down low and applies effective backpressure against the rush. Other times he can leave the defensive zone early, looking for the long stretch pass to create something in the transition game. Reichel is a smart enough player in the offensive end, that he should be able to play better defensively once he matures and is coached effectively on his responsibilities.

Projection and Comparison
Reichel has the skills to develop into a top-six winger at the NHL level. He will need some time to continue to develop though. Putting muscle on his frame and rounding out his defensive game are the main concerns right now. He will likely play another season in Europe next year, and be a huge part of the German team at the World Juniors. It will be intriguing to see how far the three young guns could take that team next year. Reichel’s game is reminiscent of Mike Hoffman, but this is a stylistic comparison only and not one based on skill.

Mock Drafts

Pronman: #18
Peters: #17**

24 thoughts on “2020 NHL Draft Profile: Lukas Reichel

  • September 30, 2020 at 7:14 am

    Another small skilled forward isn’t high on the priority need list. Needs to bulk up to handle bigger Nhl defensemen, and hiw his game plays out on smaller ice an unlnown.

  • September 30, 2020 at 9:12 am

    Ian …the guy is 1.83 meter [ 6 ft ] 78 kilos [ 172 p ] at 18 years old . And you say the kid is small , a bit taller ( 5 cm or 2 inch ) same weight then Keith when he was drafted .
    The kid is not big but he is not small ..But I know what you mean ,,,you want another big 1,93 meter frame and I understand . Maybe he will be available on the second round ;)
    My pick are ..Jarvis ,Lapierre ,Bourque …I really like Lapierre but he is a bit fragile I think …all those guys are less the 1.83 m. Jarvis will be gone iff Iff theHawks stay at 17 .

  • September 30, 2020 at 11:16 am

    2010 smaller would have been better choice, but he is light and plays a non physical game where Keith could. Just used it to to put his game in prospective i guess.

  • September 30, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    Nothing against this young player but his skill set is not what the Hawks need right now.They need hard on the puck bigger and heavier playing forwards.

  • September 30, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    Those Euro uniforms plastered with advertising are beyond heinous. Can anyone imagine the Indian Head having to share space with McDonalds, Geico, etc? Just brutal.

  • September 30, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    Jotdy would say that’s one thing that will happen sooner than later to Nhl uniforms because of covid.

  • September 30, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    Good interview with Mark Kelley on NBC Sports Chicago.

    The Takeaways : The Hawks have identified the first 12 players that they believe will be gone. They then put together a group of 6 players they believe will go next and they will pick one from that group.

    In listening to his assessment, Kelley seemed really high on Zary, Holloway and Gunler and Lapierre.

    He kept saying the Hawks are “projecting “ where a player will be in 3 or 4 years and not necessarily to focus on the stats from last year. That would seem to indicate Holloway’s so-so stats at Wisconsin his first year are not a big concern as his trajectory is upward. Lapierre same thing. A top 10 talent who might have the highest ceiling at #17.

  • September 30, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    No way Reichel should be considered at #17 – there will be better prospects available.

    If 2 available prospects are close and one is NCAA (Holloway) and the other CHL (Lapierre) – go with the CHL to eliminate the possibility of the player going UFA after 4 years of college. Plus, IMO, the competition is better in the CHL – and they play almost twice as many games than the NCAA so playing time experience is more.

  • September 30, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    Stan Bowman quoted in the Athletic as saying he expects Ian Mitchell and Wyatt Kalynuk to Compete for jobs at training camp.

    This interesting in the sense that I was told two weeks ago that the organization believes Kalynuk is ahead of Mitchell in development. Better skater, bigger, stronger and older. Bowman also mentioned Dennis Gilbert and Lucas Carlsson as knocking on the door. No mention of Nik Beaudin. I wonder if Beaudin might get moved. Keep in mind Marc Bergevin supposedly loved the kid back in 2018 and he has 3 second rounders.

  • September 30, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    Same with the white color they had from the jerseys. Worst jersey by the brand in 40 yrs. Addiass your fired.

  • September 30, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Why make the players do it make the refs have stickers on there jerseys.

    If Kalynuk is better then Mitch then thats good for us. Thats 2 players right there. That means we could trade Beau for something and use that to get what we need. Adjusting the Horsemen to 4 Defenesmen that we need/the style and size.

    We may have wasted Buckaroo getting Kalynuk makes up for it.

  • September 30, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    Look at what TB did after Blackhawks dynasty TB had the best roster/core and they went out and got McDoungh Shattenquirk Schenn Bognosen. Thats 4 of there 7? defense group right there not from drafting.

    We can adjust the same way here with what we got to work with.

  • September 30, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    All this talk about the Hawks drafting this guy or that guy and what they bring to the table?

    It don’t mean jack-shiite as long as the current GM is driving.

    The Chicago Blackhawks will not win another Stanley Cup with him as GM. Bank on it.

    He was handed the keys to a Maserati and maintained it well.

    But when it came time to trade in that
    powerhouse car, he had no idea how to buy his own performance car.

    So the Hawks might as well draft Duncan The Walrus from the Geico commercial.
    That is the best we can expect from the current GM.

    He is proof that an apple can fall far from the tree.

  • September 30, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    Well if we have 12 players listed in a group and then another group after that that would mean that top 8-12 picks are much better. Even on a deep draft yr like this?

  • September 30, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    NASCAR on skates.

    Any pictures of him sipping milk from a bottle after each shift?

  • September 30, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    Morrison. Mark Kelley believes there are 4 tiers in the first round. He believes the Hawks will be getting somebody in the third tier unless somebody starts falling such as a Jack Quinn.
    Kelley also believes this draft is three rounds deep.
    After that nobody can really say “great pick “

    I’m still curious about the Nik Beaudin omission in his comments about defensemen who are pushing for an NHL job. By comparison last year in the off-season Stan was
    asked about Henri Jokiharju. He said he was only 19-years-old and still had a bright future. Weeks later he was traded. Stan is a guy who chooses his words very carefully. I’m wondering if Beaudin gets moved at that draft.

  • September 30, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    I am good with the Horsemen getting traded if we get better in return/or like we got Kalynuk beforehand/same thing.

    Want to load the young wave have to. Make the moves and adds these 3 yrs coming up.

  • September 30, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    Craig Habs like bringing back french players, not exactly sure how french Beaudin is but the name sounds it anyways, may be right on there. Draft usually all Gms gather together and trades heat up there and into free agency period, wonder how that plays out this draft where it’ll be a virtual affair. Awful quiet on rfa front, be nice to see Kubalik signed, waiting to see what the caphit for a goalie is 1st i guess.

  • September 30, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    Ian ..yes Beaudin is French he was living less then 5 kilometres from where I live and yess Bergevin was really high on him at the draft a few years ago .I wonder if he is still interested in bringing Nicolas to please the French fans and journalists.
    I think he might try to bring him but we won’t get a lot with Bergevin
    I would not trade Beaudin for a third round pick …maybe a second round would be ok .

  • September 30, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    I can’t see a scenario where 3 smaller young d-men (Boquist, Mitchell and Beaudin) play together. In my view it’s only a question of when one gets moved. Beaudin looks like the odd man out right now. Hopefully we develop 2 really good players from the group of Kalynuk, Carlsson, Vlasic and Regula.

    Regarding the draft keep in mind that we should see Kayumov in 2 years who is a potential top 6 forward. This year I hope we prioritize someone with a 200 foot game, ideally with some size over pure offensive skill. Please no smurf in round 1.

  • October 1, 2020 at 6:37 am

    Trading Beaudin, a first round pick, for a second round pick, would be a waste. In fact, when he was drafted, there was a better dman available in Rastmus Dahlin, who plays the opposide side from Beaudin. Toronto gladly took him and he has already made his mark playing on the big club.

    And I agree with MS that we have 3 young, small, light defensemen and it’s unlikely we would find a spot for all three of them on the big club. Which makes Beaudin’s selection even more of a head scratcher.

  • October 1, 2020 at 9:26 am

    It would be a waste sort of though we got Kalynuk kind of for free so add it together. Long we get the same amount of good players and have the right mix of size and skill from the group.

    Have to be a little picky and draft more of what we need were not where we were when we needed a long list and can take anyone. We have the smurf group get the john scott group gathering.

  • October 1, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    Hey let’s talk about drafting Eric Lindros.

    Just like these guys now, not gonna mean a damn thing until Bowman gets canned.

    Hawks cannot win with him as the architect.

    We have seen evidence of that.

    Waste of time talking draft.

    But cuz of CoVid and local leadership, time is an abundant substance nowadays.

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