With the 2018 NHL Draft less than two weeks away (June 22-12 in Dallas, Texas), NHL.com is breaking down the top prospects by position. This installment features right wings. [Keep up-to-date with the Ducks as the 2018 NHL Draft nears.]
By Mike G. Morreale / NHL.com Staff Writer
Brady Tkachuk, No. 2 in NHL Central Scouting's final list of North American skaters eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft, has a good chance at becoming the highest-drafted NHL player born in St. Louis.
Hockey Hall of Fame center Pat LaFontaine was chosen No. 3 by the New York Islanders in the 1983 NHL Draft. LaFontaine was born in St. Louis on Feb. 22, 1965 before his family moved to Michigan seven years later.
Tkachuk is not only the best left wing available in the 2018 draft, but the best American-born player. He excels in many areas and has a knack for coming up big in tough spots. University of Minnesota coach Bob Motzko, who coached the 2018 United States National Junior Team for which Tkachuk played a significant role, said he is the type of player you notice every shift.
"He's one of those guys who plays with tremendous energy," Motzko said. "He wants to put a footprint in that game and make an impact in it. That's the way you want your players to play hockey."
Here are NHL.com's top 10 left wings available for the 2018 draft: