The hockey season is underway with exciting matchups on both the professional and amateur level. While the NHL 2017-18 season promises to be as exciting as ever, we can’t overlook the amateur leagues. In fact, there are several NHL prospects to keep an eye on this season. From Swedish defencemen to Canadian and American sensations, let’s take a look at some of the top hockey prospects:
Sweden’s Rasmus Dahlin is slated to be a top draft pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. As a formidable defenceman, Dahlin currently plays for Frolunda HC of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). Aged just 16, Dahlin also shined in the SuperElit League and qualified to play in the World Juniors. Here’s a video of Dahlin in action.
Another Swede to look out for is Isac Lundestrom. The 17-year-old has spent a year in the SHL and is known for his great stick handling and scoring skills. There is also Adam Boqvist – another defenceman who dominated in the SuperElit League. Here are some videos of Lundestrom and Boqvist in action.
As always, the U.S. National Development Team has its share of top NHL prospects. In fact, Quinton Hughes leads the pack with his swift puck-moving and stick-handling skills. There is also forward Brady Tkachuk – the brother of Calgary Flames’ Matthew Tkachuk. The Tkachuk brothers are sons of former NHL player, Keith Tkachuk. Rounding out the list is forward Joel Farabee – known for his fast skating skills and intelligent play on the ice.
Andre Svechnikov is also a top-level pick who spent last season in the USHL with Muskegon. However, he was picked up by the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League last year. While Svechnikov now represents Canada (league and team wise), he’s still slated to be in the top-three draftees list at the NHL Draft next year.
The majority of top prospects always seem to emerge from Canada. In fact, the CHL boasted 89 of the 217 draft picks in the 2017 Draft. This trend looks to continue in 2018 with Ryan Merkley of the OHL. As a powerful offensive defenceman, Merkley was the first overall pick in the OHL Draft 2016. Following Merkley is David Levin – a first overall pick in 2015. You should also keep your eyes on Allan McShane, Akil Thomas and Ryan McLeod.
With the new hockey season in full swing, these prospects are sure to dazzle fans. While the NHL 2018 Draft is still eight months away, the League and its scouts are looking at the aforementioned players to make an impact next year.