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by Kris Baker / Buffalo Sabres

Kris Baker of has submitted his annual rankings of the top 30 draft-eligible prospects. Check back each day as we prepare for the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida on June 26-27.

(Photo Courtesy of the USHL)

Center, USA U-18 (USHL)
6’0”, 183 lbs.

Committed to Boston College in the fall, White ended his United States National Junior Development Team career on a high note in April with six goals in seven games at the 2015 IIHF Under-18 World Championship. He scored a hat trick in USA’s 7-2 win over Canada in the semi-final round.

His last goal of the tournament came in overtime of the gold medal game to secure a 2-1 victory over Finland.

A product of the same Noble & Greenough School program that developed current NHLers Kevin Hayes (NYR) and Jimmy Hayes (FLA), White is a complete, detail-oriented player with a scorer’s flair and some bite to his game.

While White does most everything well, his fast, fluid skating stands out as his most exceptional tool. It makes him not only a blazing threat in transition, but also a highly efficient checker.

White executes with speed and confidence in all areas of the ice, including a very high level of competence in the defensive zone. He works hard to force turnovers and support his defensemen down low. He uses his body to win 1-on-1 battles and he’s quick in getting the puck out of the zone or to the nearest open man.

A clutch leader since joining the NTDP, White has the makings of a solid second-line centerman following his stay in Hockey East.

For more on all the youngsters in the Sabres pipeline, check out Kris Baker’s website, You can also follow him on Twitter (@SabresProspects) for in-game updates throughout the week on any Buffalo prospects that are in action.

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