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NHL.com's top 10 draft-eligible right wingers

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

NHL.com's top 10 right wingers eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft:

1. Patrik Laine, Tappara (FIN): Capable of playing right or left wing, Laine has excellent puck skills, quick hands and one of the best one-timers of this year's draft class. He had 17 goals, 33 points, a plus-6 rating, 253 shots (5.5 per game) and averaged 17:16 in ice time in 46 regular-season games for Tappara. Considered a tough, aggressive competitor capable of delivering hard hits. Laine won the Jari Kurri Trophy as Liiga playoff MVP after scoring 10 goals and five assists in 18 games for league champ Tappara.

2. Jesse Puljujarvi, Karpat (FIN): A big, skilled all-around winger who can score and pass, the Sweden-born Puljujarvi had 13 goals, 28 points, a plus-5 rating and 175 shots on goal in 50 games for Karpat in Liiga, Finland's top professional league. He had five goals and two assists and helped Finland win the gold medal at the 2016 World Under-18 Championships in Grand Forks, N.D., in April. Puljujarvi missed three weeks in March because of a lower body injury, and had surgery on his left knee in May.

3. Julien Gauthier, Val-d'Or (QMJHL): A skilled power forward with size (6-3, 231), deceptive speed and hard-working in all three zones, Gauthier led Val-d'Or with 41 goals and 11 power play goals. He also had 57 points, a plus-24 rating and 208 shots on goal. Gauthier was the only 2016 draft-eligible player to represent Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.

4. Carl Grundstrom, Modo (SWE): A 5-11, 195-pound prototypical power forward capable of competing hard and getting under the skin of his opponent. NHL Director of European Scouting Goran Stubb likes the way Grundstrom possesses much "willpower and go." He's reliable because he knows how to keep it simple. Grundstrom had seven goals, 16 points and 86 shots on goal in 49 games for Modo.

5. Alexander DeBrincat, Erie (OHL): The 2015 CHL and OHL Rookie of the Year picked up where he left off last season, scoring 51 goals and 101 points in 60 games for Erie. DeBrincat (5-7, 165), who represented the United States at the 2016 WJC, also had 13 power play goals, two shorthand goals and 10 game-winning goals. He has good hockey sense and an awareness where to go on the ice to position himself for offensive opportunities. Despite his smaller frame, DeBrincat is tenacious on pucks and not afraid to battle in traffic.

6. Vitaly Abramov, Gatineau (QMJHL): The 5-9, 175-pound left-handed shooter had a strong second half for Gatineau, and lead the team in goals (38), assists (55), points (93) and a plus-36 rating as a rookie. He also scored 11 power play goals and had 222 shots in 63 games. He's small in stature but has a great compete level and will go into the corners and win puck battles.

7. Vladimir Kuznetsov, Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL): No relation to Washington Capitals All-Star center Evgeny Kuznetsov, but Vladimir made a name for himself as a rookie in North America this season. He had 25 goals, 58 points and eight power play goals in 68 games. Kuznetsov (6-2, 205) was selected No. 1 by Acadie-Bathurst in the 2015 Canadian Hockey League import draft and made a successful transition to the smaller ice rinks.

8. Taylor Raddysh, Erie (OHL): A skilled and confident skater with good speed and decent hands, Raddysh (6-2, 203) was a bit under the radar this season but could be a diamond in the rough come draft day. He had 24 goals, 73 points, 11 power play goals and a plus-19 rating for Erie.

9. Nathan Bastian, Mississauga (OHL): Bastian (6-3, 206) was anything but a third wheel on a line with center Michael McLeod and left wing Alexander Nylander this season. He's the prototypical power forward capable of using his size and strength in tight spaces. Bastian plays with an edge and is becoming more responsible without the puck. He had 19 goals, 59 points and five power play goals in 64 games.

10. Yegor Korshkov, Yaroslavl (RUS): The 6-4, 180-pound forward was outstanding for silver medal-winning Russia at the 2016 WJC, scoring two goals and tying NHL-drafted defenceman Ivan Provorov (Philadelphia Flyers) for the team lead with eight points in seven games. Korshkov was eligible for the 2015 draft but was not selected. He had six goals, 12 points and 43 shots on goal in 41 games for Lokomotiv of the Kontinental Hockey League, and has good hockey sense and an excellent work ethic.

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