The media and public has made a lot about the group known as the ‘Fantastic Four’ which heads into the draft as the so-called top tier players. That list includes defenceman Aaron Ekblad, along with centres Sam Bennett, Sam Reinhart and Leon Draisaitl. However, Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr says some of that has to do with media hype and things could change depending on team needs.
“There’s a lot of hype there,” Marr said. “The NHL scouts and teams aren’t going to tell you what they really think. But that’s why they play the games and that’s why we see what happens there. There’s nothing to say that one of the Europeans couldn’t slide up in there or Michael Dal Colle couldn’t slide up in there. But I know to try and predict the order is an exercise in futility. At the top end there they’re going to get good players, it’ll just be what that team is looking for in a player.”