NHL Draft analysts are calling it a good day for the top draft picks in the NHL.
They’re getting more than their fair share of attention, and it’s a good time to revisit some of the most anticipated prospects for the 2019 NHL Draft.
The 2019 NHL draft class is loaded with talent and potential.
Draft analysts can tell you right away that the 2018 class had a lot of great prospects and that many of the top players in this year’s draft class are projected to go top-10 picks.
The 2018 class included a handful of guys who could be considered a “first-rounder,” including Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, Sam Reinhart and Jack Eichel.
The other guys projected to be in the top 10 picks are Joel Armia, Zach Hyman, Travis Dermott, Brendan Perlini and Ryan O’Reilly.
There are two main reasons to be excited about this year of the draft: 1) the depth of the NHL Draft class, and 2) the impact it has on the NHL overall.
The 2019 NHL class is one of the deepest drafts in the league, and the draft could very well be the biggest yet.
While it’s always hard to predict how many NHL players will be selected in a given draft, we can expect to see at least a dozen top-end prospects emerge this year.
Let’s take a look at a few of the more intriguing prospects for this year, based on their draft status.
Travis Dermott has been a big part of the Toronto Marlies development program.
In two seasons with the Marlies, he led the team in scoring, was named the AHL’s Most Outstanding Player and was also a member of the team’s Memorial Cup winning squad.
While the Leafs are looking to improve their prospect pipeline, Dermott could have an opportunity to make the leap from the OHL to the NHL at the very least.
Here are the projected top 10 selections in the 2019 draft class:1.
Auston Mathieu, C, Mississauga Steelheads(No. 13 overall)2.
Noah Juulsen, C/RW, Kelowna Rockets(No, 6 overall)3.
Michael Rasmussen, C-LW, Saginaw Spirit(No., 14 overall)4.
Maxime Comtois, C+RW, Windsor Spitfires(No.: 24 overall)5.
Nathan MacKinnon, C+, LW, Calgary Hitmen(No: 28 overall)6.
Tyler Bertuzzi, C++, London Knights(No.(25 overall)7.
Zach Hymen, C++++, Portland Winterhawks(No.# 30 overall)8.
Jack Eichhorn, LW, Kitchener Rangers(No:# 30 overall),#34 overall9.
Travis Duffer, LW/RW/D, Oshawa Generals(No:(32 overall)10.
Sam Reinhardt, LW+RW/C, London Cyclones(No(37 overall)Source: NHL.ca)The Leafs need help on the blueline, so Dermott and Juulsin are a natural fit.
They’ve been excellent in their roles and they can both contribute offensively and defensively.
Juulsens offensive game is the most polished and he’s a physical presence who can play on the cycle game.
Juolsen’s size (6-foot-2, 190 pounds) and quickness make him an excellent defensive prospect, but he’s also a good skater who can score.
Juonsen is a bit of a natural scorer, too, and he’ll need to work on his slapshot to make it into the NHL next season.
The Leafs will look to add a few more skilled forward prospects to their blue line this year as well.2.
Connor Murphy, D, London Barrie Colts(No..20 overall)There’s been a lot talk lately about the emergence of the London Barriers’ Connor Murphy.
The 20-year-old is a solid, hard-working, defensive defenseman who can add some offence.
He has a good understanding of the game and will likely be an effective penalty killer in the OEL.
Murphy also has a great offensive game and has a nice blend of size and skill to go along with it.
His skating ability could be a strength, but his size is his biggest asset.
He could be an interesting prospect to watch come April.3.
Dylan Strome, D/RW-C, Kingston Frontenacs(No.-15 overall)Another talented young prospect, Dylan Stromme is a dynamic offensive defenseman with a lot to offer offensively.
He’s quick, powerful and can get in and out of traffic.
He was able to play a bit on the wing and in the offensive zone this year with Kingston, but there’s still some room for improvement.
The Frontenac will be looking to upgrade their blue liners depth up front and possibly at forward this summer.4.