Buffalo Sabres - C Connor McDavid Erie Otters(OHL)
Skinny: OHL phenom isn’t what the Sabres need; He’s what the Sabres dreamt of having in a franchise centerman since Gilbert Perreault. Fluid skating, powerful acceleration, hands soft like butter, on-ice awareness and cerebral decision making, McDavid is the “Once-in-a-10 years” prospect since Sidney Crosby.
Player Comparable: Pavel Datsyuk
Skinny: Eichel is 1b and the Flames hit the jackpot with this pick. A player of Eichel’s size, speed and skills is something the Flames lack of since Joe Nieuwendyk. Gifted with exceptional vision, powerful strides, drive to the net mentality and a big frame, Eichel is a rare talent and is the best forward product of the USNTDP since Patrick Kane (7 years ago).
Player Comparable: Ryan Getzlaf
Edmonton Oilers - C Kyle Connor Youngstown Phantoms(USHL)
Skinny: Connor was a high scoring machine last season in the USHL, finishing 2nd in league scoring with 74 pts in 56 games while playing for the Youngstown Phantoms. He can play both ends of the ice and doesn’t shy away from contact. Has the ability of always finding the right spot on the ice and having a knack for the back of the net.
Player Comparable: Corey Perry
Florida Panthers - C Mathew Barzal Seattle Thunderbirds(WHL)
Skinny: Barzal's skillset makes him a dangerous threat on the ice with or without the puck. His hockey IQ is amongst the top of his draft class and plays the game at a high pace. His best ability is knowing when to drive for the net or to feed his teammates. A true playmaker that elevates everyone around him on another level.
Player Comparable: Matt Duchene
Carolina Hurricanes - D Noah Hanifin USNTDP Juniors(USHL)
Skinny: Left off the USA Jr Summer Camp, Hanifin's talent is not to be ignored. Skates like the wind, can rush the play and play the body as well. Rarely do we get to see such poise in a young defenceman. Even though he has verbal commitment with the Eagles of the Boston College, recent rumours indicate that QMJHL fans could see him next fall wearing a Quebec Remparts jersey.
Player Comparable: Seth Jones
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