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NHL Draft: Top 10 North American Prospects

Previewing the top-10 North American prospects ahead of the NHL Draft

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The 2017 NHL Draft takes place on Friday June 23 and Saturday June 24 at United Center in Chicago, IL. The Islanders hold the 15th overall pick in this year's draft and NewYorkIslanders.com is getting you set with a look at the top prospects entering the draft. 

This week, we'll be previewing the top North American skaters, the top European skaters, goalies and the players ranked in the teens that could be in the Islanders range. 

All rankings are based off NHL Central Scouting. All analysis provided by Islanders Head Amateur Scout Vellu Kautonen.

Team Pos Shoots Height Weight
Owen Sound C R 5'11 183
GP G A P PIM
65 45 51 96 10
Nick Suzuki

Center, Owen Sound Attack (OHL)

Born: London, Ontario
DOB: August 10, 1999

Ranked 10th (NA Skaters) by NHL Central Scouting

Very skilled forward that has a smaller stature, but he has the ability to score and is a play-maker. He has quickness and is always dangerous when he has the puck in offensive zone. He can also be utilized defensively to kill penalties because he has the hockey sense to play defensively and then use his offensive smarts, as seen with his five short-handed goals last year.

Team Pos Shoots Height Weight
Brooks (AJHL) D R 5'11 180
GP G A P PIM
54 24 51 75 18
Cale Makar

Defenseman, Brooks Bandits (AJHL)

Born: Calgary, Alberta
DOB: October 30, 1998

Ranked 9th (NA Skaters) by NHL Central Scouting

Defenseman who is a dynamic skater with and without the puck. He competes hard and wants to be a difference maker offensively. He has good shot too.

Team Pos Shoots Height Weight
Sioux City (USHL) RW L 5'10 170
GP G A P PIM
52 30 24 54 26
Eeli Tolvanen

Right Wing, Sioux City Musketeers (USHL)

Born: Nummela, Finland
DOB: April 22, 1999

Ranked 8th (NA Skaters) by NHL Central Scouting

A sniper from Finland who had a great year in Sioux City (USHL). He knows his way around the offensive zone and is always dangerous when he has puck on his stick. Good skater who can challenge d-men with his speed.

Team Pos Shoots Height Weight
Mississauga RW R 6'0 200
GP G A P PIM
60 44 31 75 36
Owen Tippett

Right Wing, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)

Born: Peterborough, Ontario
DOB: February 16, 1999

Ranked 7th (NA Skaters) by NHL Central Scouting

His shot might be the hardest in this year's draft. He scored 44 goals in 60 games in the OHL so it just shows his offensive talent. He is a good skater as well.

Team Pos Shoots Height Weight
Portland C R 6'2 179
GP G A P PIM
69 32 62 94 36
Cody Glass

Center, Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

Born: Winnipeg, Manitoba
DOB: April 1, 1999

Ranked 6th (NA Skaters) by NHL Central Scouting

2016-17 WHL First-Team All-Star
After a slow start Cody played better in second half and finished the season with 94 points in 69 games. He is a good two-way player who has the ability to make players around him better.

Team Pos Shoots Height Weight
Tri-City C L 6'6 215
GP G A P PIM
50 32 23 55 50
Michael Rasmussen

Center, Tri-City Americans (WHL)

Born: Surrey, BC
DOB: April 17, 1999

Ranked 5th (NA Skaters) by NHL Central Scouting

Rasmussen had a strong first half of the season but suffered a minor hand injury in January that slowed him down a little in the second half. He is big and strong and can dominate in front of the net because of his size. Good puck skills and has ability to score dirty goals too.

Team Pos Shoots Height Weight
Windsor C R 6'3 201
GP G A P PIM
49 29 32 61 12
Gabriel Vilardi

Center, Windsor Spitfires (OHL)

Born: Kingston, Ontario
DOB: August 16, 1999

Ranked 4th (NA Skaters) by NHL Central Scouting

Gabriel has a good hockey frame and is very strong along the boards and dangerous around the net. He also has quick hands. He capped a strong second half of the season with a Memorial Cup with Windsor.

Team Pos Shoots Height Weight
Green Bay (USHL) C L 6'1 201
GP G A P PIM
25 21 43 64 8
Casey Mittelstadt

Center, Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)

Born: Eden Prairie, MN
DOB: November 22, 1998

Ranked 3rd (NA Skaters) by NHL Central Scouting

Casey has good hands and sees the ice well. One of the best qualities in a young prospect is the will to compete, and he has that. He needs to get stronger, which comes with time and development, but he has very good hockey IQ.

Team Pos Shoots Height Weight
Halifax C L 6'0 174
GP G A P PIM
57 38 48 86 24
Nico Hischier

Center, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

Born: Naters, Switzerland
DOB: January 4, 1999

Ranked 2nd (NA Skaters) by NHL Central Scouting

Nico had a great year in Halifax; 86 points in 57 games is really impressive. He is a good skater who can make plays to his linemates and he never stops working. Very competitive player.

 

Team Pos Shoots Height Weight
Brandon C R 6'2 198
GP G A P PIM
33 20 26 46 36
Nolan Patrick

Center, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

Born:Winnipeg, Manitoba
DOB: September 19, 1998

Ranked 1st (NA Skaters) by NHL Central Scouting

He has great body structure, skates well and can be a game changer when he has the puck. He has shown the ability to be a dominant player in all three zones. Last summer, he had sports hernia surgery and the recovery time took longer than most expected, keeping him out of the lineup for several games last season (33 total games). Nolan has all the tools but he just has to stay healthy.

 
 

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