With the 2015 NHL draft prospects preparing to be selected it’s a good time to speculate where some of the top young players in the world will end up. This year will be known for most as the Connor McDavid draft, but there are still plenty of prospects in the draft which have the ability to make a big impact on their NHL team in a couple of years. This page will discuss what we believe will be the top 10 picks in this years draft as well as what makes these players so special and how you can train to become high quality players like them. To view some of the products we have to help you train click here now!
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Why: Colorado’s defence is abysmal, and though that have some incredible young forwards and a solid number one goalie n Varlamov they won’t be able to compete until they have at least an average defensive core. Werenski would become their top defensive prospect if they manage to scoop him up here.
What He Offers: Most scouts agree he’s an incredibly mature hockey player for his age. A smart responsible defenseman.
Comparable: Dan Hamhuis
Why: They have to get bigger and stronger up front, especially as Joe Thornton and Patty Marleau may be winding down their time in San Jose. Crouse is big, strong, and has some offensive upside. He would fit perfectly along side his fellow Canadian, Logan Couture.
What He Offers: Strength and high energy. He’s the kind of player that could rally a team by laying out a big hit, or by scoring a highlight goal.
Comparable: Milan Lucic
Why: The Blue Jackets have some great young forwards but their defense leaves much to be desired. Provorov has the ability to become an high end NHL defensemen, so it’s worth it for the Jackets to give him a shot.
What He Offers: A scoring touch from the defensive end. Not physically intimidating but has excellent vision and is very composed. A great first pass kind of defensemen.
Comparable: Andrei Markov
Why: The Flyers have a huge need for a second line centre and Zacha could be the solution to that problem. Having him with Couturier as your 1-2 center punch on a penalty kill could steady out a Flyers team that struggles defensively.
What He Offers: Strong two-way game with some offensive upside. Very strong on his skates and difficult to move off the puck
Comparable: Ryan Kesler
Why: The Devils are starving for some high quality forwards in this draft and they could get it from Rantanen. They currently only have one right winger in their prospect pool so this pick makes perfect sense for them.
What He Offers: He’s a big kid at 6’4, 211 pounds so you could definitely see him throw around the body. But he’s also an excellent playmaker and is quick for his size.
Comparable: Corey Perry
Why: The Canes need some high offensive players on their club to make up for the declining Staal brothers, and Alexander Smin. With 126 points in 63 games in the OHL this season I think it’s fair to say he’s got the high offensive skill they crave.
What He Offers: He’s a smaller player but he has a very high ceiling in terms of offensive talent. His puck handling and playmaking are the highlights of his skillset but he’s also feisty and works hard every shift.
Comparable: Patrick Kane
Why: He’s Canadian. But more than that Leafs nation has been starving for a number one centre ever since the departure of their beloved Sundin. They do have “A level” prospect William Nylander but I think they’d prefer to double their chances by taking the highly talented Strome who could easily prove to be the best of the two.
What He Offers: More grit and competativeness than the current line-up of Leafs centres. He’s shown he can have elite offensive talent even when his linemate Connor McDavid was out of the lineup. A really solid overall player with tons of upside.
Comparable: Niklas Backstrom
Why: Arizona will take anyone at this point, but eyeing Hanifin could be the reason they moved Keith Yandle this season. They know they won’t be going anywhere for a couple years so they could take time developing him and let him continue playing at Boston College. Adding the best defensemen in this class to an already staked group of forward prospects could mean good things in the future for the Coyotes.
What He Offers: Elite skills for a defensemen. Defensively smart and poised, but he also possesses a high level of offensive skill. Really a perfectly well rounded D-man.
Comparison: Drew Doughty
Why: Because while he may not be the first overall pick, Eichel is an elite talent. It’s difficult to think of a second overall pick that’s garnered this much praise in the past. Assuming they take him there will be no better 1-2 center prospect punch in the league than Eichel, and Sam Reinhart.
What He Offers: A perfectly balanced high level offensive game. He’s fast, smart, has great hands, a great shot and he’s highly competitive. He’s a franchise player and will be for Buffalo for years to come.
Comparison: Mike Modano
Why: I don’t think I really need to explain this but for those of you who don’t know McDavid is the best player in this draft. Period. The Oilers don’t really have a need for offence because they have tons of young gifted forwards but McDavid will be their best, which is really saying something
What He Offers: Everything. He’s the kind of player that not only you can build a team around, but you can build a league around. He may surpass Crosby as the face of the league in the next few years if he proves to be as talented as everyone expects. All around elite skills in every area.
Comparison: Mario Lemieux