Erie Otters center Connor McDavid isn't the only high-end prospect eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft preparing to showcase his skills for the many fans and scouts in attendance at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y. on Wednesday.
| Connor McDavid Erie Otters OHL (Mark Bell / Erie Otters)
While McDavid is unquestionably the main attraction in the Ontario Hockey League regular season matchup at the Sabres home rink at 7 p.m. ET, there are other players hoping to have an impact on the outcome.
Erie forward Dylan Strome, the brother of New York Islanders forward Ryan Strome, was given an A rating on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list for October. Strome (6-foot-3, 187 pounds) is second in league scoring behind McDavid with 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists).
"I don't think [teammate] Dylan Strome gets enough credit," McDavid told NHL Live on Tuesday. "I feel he'll be a top-five pick in the 2015 draft."
Other players to watch for Erie include B-rated defenseman Travis Dermott (6-foot, 197) and C-rated defenseman TJ Fergus (5-10, 170). Dermott has one assist and a plus-3 rating in three games and Fergus has produced four assists and a plus-2 rating in five games for the Otters (8-0-1).
Niagara (2-7-0) has two B-rated skaters, including left wing Graham Knott (6-3, 192) and defenseman Vince Dunn (6-foot, 182). Knott leads the IceDogs with three goals and seven points in nine games. Dunn has two goals and five points in nine games.
Players with a B rating are projected to be a second- or third-round selection at the 2015 draft.
Additionally, left wing Hayden McCool (6-3, 200), a C-rated prospect, has two assists and a plus-1 rating in nine games for Niagara.