Consider Andrei Svechnikov signed, sealed and delivered. It’s not yet official, but we can take that much away from the CHL Import Draft after seeing him in a Barrie Colts jersey and hat while expressing his excitement during a conference call after he was selected first overall on Wednesday.
The Western Hockey League led the way with seven first round selections on Friday night led by Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings going 2nd overall to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Every year following the NHL Draft, analysts from all around the globe break down the draft and critique why a specific player was taken, which player wasn't taken, why the Red Wings drafted a goalie, why the Panthers didn't draft a goalie, and so on.
When the Los Angeles Kings stepped up to the podium to make the 41st overall selection in the NHL Draft, Calgary native Jaret Anderson-Dolan was sitting in the stands with his family and had a feeling he was about to hear his name called.
Henri Jokiharju is a steady stay at home defenceman who is developing an offensive side to his game as he adjusts to the North American ice.
Perhaps, the best playmaker in the draft, undersized Yamamoto is an ultra-skilled winger who can make plays develop out of nothing and always knows where his linemates are.
JuusoValimaki was new to the WHL and the Americans last season and managed to put up seven goals and 32 points in 56 games. His leadership is quite noticeable on the ice as he communicates well and shows emotion at both ends of the ice.
Son of NHL defenceman Adam Foote, Callan Foote is yet another talented defenceman ready to come out of the Kelowna Rockets system. Foote raised many eyebrows in his underage season not only for his defensive play, but his offensive skills as well by posting 36 points in 71 games.
Ultra-competitive Michael Rasmussen is a high intensity, skilled power forward who has shown flashes of a potential top 10 pick this season. He has a great combination of power and skill.
Cody Glass is a competitor and enjoyed a huge growth spurt since the end of last season which saw him grow two inches and put on nearly 25 pounds. It has showed as he is among the league leaders in the WHL.
Nolan Patrick is ready to suit up in his third full season in Brandon after coming off a 102-point season in his sophomore campaign. Patrick’s elite hockey sense mixed with his goal scoring and skating ability make him a dynamic threat in the offensive zone.
It’s time for this year’s class to get ready for the spotlight. Players like Nolan Patrick and Nico Hischier have spent most of their lives honing their hockey skills in pursuit of their dream of making it to the NHL. Now they’re closing in on that reality as we get closer to the 2017 NHL Draft.
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