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NHL.com's top 10 right wings eligible for 2017 Draft

Owen Tippett, Eeli Tolvanen among best prospects at position

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

In the days leading to the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas at United Center in Chicago on June 23-24, NHL.com will break down the top prospects by position. Today: The top right wings available.

 

Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine took the NHL by storm this season.

Laine, the second pick of the 2016 NHL Draft, was second among NHL rookies with 36 goals and 64 points in 73 games and is a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the top rookie in the League.

It was the best rookie season by a right wing since Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks had 72 points (21 goals, 51 assists) in 2007-08. 

Kane has always been about finesse and dazzling stick skills, while Laine is all about power; he had the second-hardest shot (101.7 mph) in the NHL All-Star Skills Competition in January.

While not to the same extent as Kane and Laine, there is a little bit of finesse and power among the top right wings eligible for the 2017 Draft. 

Here are NHL.com's top 10 right wings eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft:

 

1. Owen Tippett, Mississauga (OHL)

Tippett (6-foot, 202 pounds) arguably is the best shooter of this draft class and has a style of play similar to Pittsburgh Penguins forward Phil Kessel. Tippett is a natural goal-scorer who is extremely dangerous when attacking with speed. He had 75 points (44 goals, 31 assists) in 60 games, and has 95 points (59 goals, 36 assists) in 108 OHL games during the past two seasons. He's No. 7 in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters.

Video: Owen Tippett scouting report

 

2. Eeli Tolvanen, Sioux City (USHL)

A left-handed shot, Tolvanen (5-10, 189) stands out because of his speed, smarts and skill. Bound for Boston College in 2017-18, Tolvanen, No. 8 in Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters, led Sioux City with 54 points (30 goals, 24 assists) in 52 games. He also had six points (two goals, four assists) for Finland at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.

 

3. Kailer Yamamoto, Spokane (WHL)

Yamamoto (5-7, 146), No. 17 in Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters, is hockey strong despite his frame. He can protect the puck, win battles and skates like Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson, an offseason training partner. Yamamoto had 99 points (42 goals, 57 assists) in 65 games this season, and 227 points (84 goals, 143 assists) in 190 Western Hockey League games in three seasons.

 

4. Kole Lind, Kelowna (WHL)

Lind (6-1, 185), No. 23 in Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters, is a good offensive player with game-breaking ability. He has a good shot and is a great passer with good vision. Lind finished his second full season with Kelowna with 87 points (30 goals, 57 assists) in 70 games.

 

5. Nick Henry, Regina (WHL)

In his first WHL season, Henry (5-11, 189) had 81 points (35 goals, 46 assists), 13 power-play goals and four game-winning goals in 72 games. Henry, No. 25 in Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters, worked his way onto arguably the top offensive line in the WHL, playing with league scoring leader Sam Steel (Anaheim Ducks) and Dawson Leedahl (New York Rangers) and was able to consistently contribute.

 

6. Ivan Lodnia, Erie (OHL)

He has a good offensive game with vision, puck skills and hockey sense. Lodnia (5-10, 176), No. 36 in Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters, is a serious threat in the offensive end and has the ability to create separation with his first three strides. He had 57 points (24 goals, 33 assists) in 66 games.

 

7. Mackenzie Entwistle, Hamilton (OHL)

A versatile forward capable of playing center or wing, Entwistle (6-2, 171) can play up and down the lineup and in any situation. He's a smart two-way player and effective on the power play and penalty kill. Entwistle, No. 44 in Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters, had 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists) in 54 games.

 

8. Ostap Safin, Sparta Jr. (CZREP-JR)

Safin (6-5, 192), a left-handed shot, is a power forward with good skills, hands and hockey sense. He has a lot of power behind a strong wrist shot. He had 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in 24 games for Sparta in the Czech junior league, and also had two points (one goal, one assist) in eight games for Sparta in the Czech Extraliga, the top professional league in the country. He's No. 14 in Central Scouting's final ranking of international skaters,

 

9. Lukas Elvenes, Rogle Jr. (SWE)

A dynamic playmaker with good offensive skills, Elvenes (6-0, 172) had 45 points (15 goals, 30 assists) in 41 games in Sweden's junior league. Elvenes, No. 18 in Central Scouting's final ranking of international skaters, has a quick release, is opportunistic around the net and finishes checks. He can play center or on the wing.

 

10. Stelio Mattheos, Brandon (WHL)

Mattheos (6-0, 189), No. 38 in Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters, picked up the offensive slack when teammate Nolan Patrick was out because of injury. He's at his best when playing a power forward-type game, getting inside and gaining body position in the offensive zone. He had 61 points (26 goals, 35 assists) in 69 games, a big jump from the 30 points (13 goals, 17 assists) he had in 50 games last season.

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