The NHL Entry draft kicks off tonight, and while there are a lot of exciting young players available, there are also plenty of concerns about the future of the game.
Here are a few key points:What the prospects look like at the top of the draft:The draft is an extremely rare event, and the first-round selections are made based on a draft board made up of more than 100 prospects.
But with the draft only in place for a few weeks, there’s a chance that players selected in the first two rounds will be drafted and enter the NHL in the upcoming season.
While there are only two of these players who will make the NHL, the consensus among hockey insiders is that both are likely to be picked ahead of a number of other prospects.
One of the most interesting prospects in the draft is Ryan Suter, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft and has been one of the more interesting prospects since his emergence.
The Minnesota Wild drafted Suter in the third round, and after a successful two-year professional career in the American Hockey League, Suter has signed a two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild.
However, after he struggled with injuries, the Wild signed him to a two year entry-level contract.
After playing in just one NHL game last season, Suters’ stock dropped to the point where it was almost a guarantee that he would be taken by another team.
He did, however, make the most of the opportunity to prove himself and made a strong showing in his rookie season.
The next player to be taken in the 2017 draft is Dylan Strome, a 20-year-old forward from the Toronto Maple Leafs who plays for the Hamilton Bulldogs of the Ontario Hockey League.
The 20-goal scorer from Windsor, Ontario had a solid rookie season in 2017-18, and he has continued to impress in the AHL with Hamilton.
Strome has the potential to be a great player in the NHL and could be a breakout candidate this season.
He scored 20 goals in 20 games in 2017, which ranked second in the league, and led all Leafs forwards with a goal and eight assists.
Strom’s stock dropped considerably after the season ended, but he returned to the Leafs organization for the playoffs and continued to produce at a high level.
He finished with 34 points (16 goals, 25 assists) in 51 games for Toronto, while adding two goals and six assists in seven playoff games.
Strome’s scoring ability will continue to help him reach his potential as a top-line forward.
The final player in this mock draft is Jake Virtanen, who is a 22-year old forward from Sweden who has a goal, four assists and a plus-11 rating in 55 games for Kontinental Hockey League club Vantaa of the KHL.
The 21-year veteran has a career .834 save percentage in the K-League, and his success in Russia has been a big reason why.
He is coming off a successful season in 2018-19, where he had a .917 save percentage and had a 0.98 goals against average.
Vantaar also drafted the first of two first-rounder, which is expected to help the team make the playoffs.
While the NHL Draft is only in one week, it’s expected that there will be a lot more interest in the players available this season, which means we could see a lot fewer players selected than usual.