The two top picks in the 2015 NHL Draft have pretty much been decided at this point. Much has been made of Connor McDavid, the junior hockey phenom was got 2.55 points per game in the OHL this year, and Jack Eichel, the American college hockey star with nearly two points per game.
It is clear that McDavid and Eichel will more than likely respectively go to the Edmonton Oilers and Buffalo Sabres in the 2015 NHL Draft. But what about the other players that teams like Arizona, Toronto and Carolina will be coveting?
D Noah Hanifin – Boston College
Noah Hanifin has been heralded as being very agile and mobile for such a large player. He is capable of viewing the entire field of play and is very skilled in terms of making the right decisions.
C Dylan Strome – Eric (OHL)
Dylan Strome was the leading scorer in the Ontario Hockey League, the top junior hockey league in all of Canada. He had a total of 129 points during the past season. He took over the team while McDavid, his teammate, was injured for a part of the season and proved to be a hit. The all-around game that Strome holds has helped him to become a likely top-five pick in the draft.
W Mitchell Marner – London (OHL)
Although Mitchell Marner is smaller than many other players at the top of the draft, he has been favorably compared to NHL star Patrick Kane. Marner had 126 points in the OHL last year, thus placing him in a close second. His agility has made him a popular prospect.
C Mathew Barzal – Seattle (WHL)
Mathew Barzal has been popular for being a confident and capable player in the WHL although many draft experts believe that he may end up staying in Seattle for another year. He has strong reactionary skills though.
W Lawson Crouse – Kingston (OHL)
At 6'4”, Lawson Crouse should be a rather prominent physical threat for any team that drafts him. However, even with his big size he is still a player who is capable of quickly and carefully moving his way around to get to the next as quickly and efficiently as possible.