The first round of the NHL draft is here.
The first round is here, and it’s a great time to be a hockey fan.
Here are the five best prospects coming into the draft, according to The Hockey News.1.
Patrik Laine, RW, North Dakota State: He is the top prospect to be taken at No. 1.
The former first overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft had a good summer of workouts and workouts.
He finished second in scoring at the NCAA level.2.
Deryk Engelland, C, London Knights: Engeilland has some skill.
He is a very good skater.
But he is still a very young kid.
He needs to add some muscle and strength.
He has some offensive upside and it might be in his future.3.
Dylan Strome, D, London Blades: Strome has a good shot and the potential to be really good.
But there are questions about his defensive game.
He also needs to learn to play a physical game and work on his two-way game.4.
Oliver Bjorkstrand, LW, London Raiders: Bjork Strand was a second-round pick in 2017.
He had a strong season in the OHL last year and is a skilled player.
But if he can improve his shot and play with more poise, he could be a top-four player.5.
Anthony Beauvillier, LW/RW, Halifax Mooseheads: Beauvilliers size and speed is an asset.
He was the first pick in last year’s draft, and he showed that he can play in the NHL.
He should be able to help the Mooseheads win the Memorial Cup.6.
Jordan Nolan, D/RW/RW; Mississauga Steelheads: Nolan is a player who has good size and skating ability.
He could be an offensive threat in the future, but he also needs more strength to play at the NHL level.7.
Jacob Eriksson Ek, C/LW, Manchester Monarchs: Erikson Ek is a good two-ways player.
He plays a physical style, but has a lot of upside.
He can score, too.8.
Sam Steel, D; Halifax Moosehead: Steel will likely be the No. 4 pick in this year’s NHL draft.
He may be a bit undersized, but there is talent there.
He did play on Team Sweden at the World Junior Championship last year.9.
Travis Konecny, LW; Barrie Colts: Konecy is an offensive defenseman.
He’s a good skaters, but it’s his defensive play that will be his downfall.10.
JT Compher, C; Rimouski Oceanic: Compher is a big, physical forward with a good skill set.
He’ll have to learn how to be more physical in the defensive zone, but that will come later in his development.11.
Nikita Scherbak, LW: Scherbaks size could be his best asset.
Scherbaki has some puck skills.
He and Olli Juolevi are a dynamic pair.12.
Jake Virtanen, LW (via Montreal Canadiens): Virtanens skill is in the mold of another talented player in the draft.
If he continues to develop his defensive skills, he might have a chance to be an impact player in this league.13.
Jordan Greenway, D (via Dallas Stars): Greenway is an NHL-ready defender.
He would fit well in Dallas, but the Stars may have to spend a bit more to get him.14.
Jannik Hansen, D-OHL (via Chicago Wolves): Hansen has good speed, but could use some more power.15.
Jordan Subban, C (via Buffalo Sabres): Subban is a solid skater who is also an elite puck handler.
He will be a good fit with the Buffalo Sabres.16.
Adam Erne, D(via Washington Capitals): Erne has the potential for an NHL career, but his offensive upside is limited.17.
Zach Boychuk, LW(via Calgary Flames): Boychuk has some potential, but needs to work on a defensive game and his skating ability needs work.18.
Mikhail Sergachev, DThe Czech forward has some upside, but will need to learn the defensive side of the game.19.
Alexander Radulov, D: Radulova is a really good two, two-man offensive defenseman with some offensive skill.20.
Jakub Kindl, LWT (via Columbus Blue Jackets): Kindl is a talented, big-bodied winger with some potential.21.
Alex Galchenyuk, RW (via Florida Panthers): Galchen, who is from the same family as Alexander Radus, has good skill.22.
Nikolas Pettersson, DTK (via Colorado Avalanche): Petterson is a fast, hard-working defenseman with good size.23. Joon