Most hockey players are rink rats and love to be around the rink and the sport they love and some go a step beyond that and are gamers, and that’s how I would describe Ty Smilanic, who will definitely get drafted whenever the NHL holds to 2020 NHL Draft.
Just playing for the NTDP means you’ve accomplished a lot early in your hockey career. You can also be on that team and not get as much credit as your play deserves. Here are three players who opened my eyes:
Brett Berard – 5-9, 152 – RW - In both
Vancouver - - The 2019 NHL Entry Draft was full of surprises on the draft board but the one thing that many people expected was the players from the US National Team Development Program dominating the first round.
It started with the expected first overall, Jack Hughes, going to the New
Spencer Knight was the starting goalie on the best NTDP team in years and possibly ever. He's a machine and he showed was peak physical condition looks like at the 2019 NHL Combine.
The most fascinating group of players in this draft class has to be the USNDTP.
Without a doubt, Oliver Wahlstrom will be the first name to be selected and then after that Joel Farabee. Once you get passed those two names, it’s anyone’s guess.
On the back-end, Bode Wilde was always seen
Jonathan Gruden is the son of coach of the OHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs. His dad was a former NHL defenseman (Capitals, Sens, Bruins) and now he’s looking to create his own path to the NHL. He is 2018 NHL Draft eligible and the 6-0, 172-pound forward has a chance to follow
Jake Pivonka is a 6-0, 198-pound pivot who has a bright future. He’s already committed to Notre Dame and he will surely get selected in the upcoming 2018 NHL Entry Draft. His dad is Michal, and 30 years ago he played in the Stanley Cup Finals, as a member of
Quinn Hughes learned to skate when he was two. Every member of his family played hockey. His father, Jim, spent six years with the Toronto Maple Leafs as the Director of Player Development from 2009-2015. Quinn has the kind of hockey brain that you don’t see every day. A year
Some guys manage to fly under the radar heading into a draft and Joey Anderson seems to be one of them. This season the 5-11 right wing had a terrific season, 27 goals and 57 points in 64 games for the NTDP. Now the funny part is even after this