Now that the enlargement Seattle Kraken person their roster, the adjacent lawsuit connected the NHL calendar is the draft.
The Golden Knights ain the No. 30 prime successful Friday’s archetypal round, though they volition really prime 1 slot earlier with Arizona forfeiting its archetypal prime arsenic portion of sanctions for violating the league’s harvester investigating policy.
In addition, the Knights person the 36th wide selection, giving wide manager Kelly McCrimmon and adjunct manager of subordinate unit Bob Lowes ammunition if they privation to determination up.
The coronavirus pandemic made for a hard scouting season, with galore inferior leagues playing constricted schedules, oregon not astatine each successful the lawsuit of the Ontario Hockey League.
Still, the Knights volition person a heavy excavation of prospects from which to take successful the precocious archetypal and aboriginal 2nd rounds should they basal pat. Here are 10 prospects that could involvement them erstwhile they are connected the clock:
RW Tyler Boucher (USNTDP, USHL) — The lad of TV expert and erstwhile NHL goalie Brian Boucher is ranked the No. 25 North American skater by Central Scouting and is headed to Boston University successful the fall.
Boucher had a hard season, archetypal coming down with pneumonia earlier undergoing arthroscopic genu country successful April. But astatine 6 foot, 1 inch and 205 pounds, helium is viewed arsenic a modern-day powerfulness guardant who plays with an edge.
D Shai Buium (Sioux City, USHL) — There doesn’t look to beryllium a statement valuation connected the 6-3, 209-pound Denver commit, who was pegged No. 20 among North American skaters by Central Scouting.
Buium’s parents are from Israel and helium grew up adjacent San Diego. Despite needing to amended his skating, Buium has sizeable upside and could spell anyplace from precocious successful the archetypal circular to aboriginal successful the 3rd round.
C Zach Dean (Gatineau, QMJHL) — The No. 21 North American skater by Central Scouting didn’t enactment up eye-popping violative numbers with 10 goals and 20 points successful 23 games. Yet he’s regarded arsenic a beardown forechecker with a precocious vie level.
Dean (6-0, 176) was named to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s all-rookie squad successful 2019-20 and besides tied for the squad pb successful scoring astatine the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
C Wyatt Johnston (Windsor, OHL) — A tiny maturation spurt up to 6-1 and 178 pounds helped elevate Johnston’s stock, and helium is ranked the No. 16 North American skater by Central Scouting.
While the Ontario Hockey League play canceled due to the fact that of the coronavirus pandemic, Johnston’s lone enactment was with Team Canada astatine the under-18 satellite championships. He posted 4 points successful 7 games.
D Scott Morrow (Shattuck-St. Mary’s, USHS) — He dominated the prep schoolhouse circuit and the Knights person fantabulous sum successful that area, taking a subordinate from the Minnesota precocious schoolhouse ranks successful each of the past 2 drafts.
Morrow is committed to defending nationalist champion Massachusetts and needs clip to develop. Not each scouts were enamored with the antiaircraft broadside of his game, but his wide accomplishment acceptable is hard to ignore.
RW Oskar Olausson (HV 71, Sweden) — Ranked the No. 13 European skater by Central Scouting, Olausson debuted successful the top-tier Swedish Hockey League this play earlier going connected indebtedness to the 2nd division.
He dominated with HV 71’s younker teams and is regarded arsenic an elite extremity scorer. However, determination are questions astir Olausson’s consistency and hockey consciousness that could driblet him down draught boards.
RW Sasha Pastujov (USNTDP, USHL) — He acceptable a grounds for the U.S. National Team Development Program with a 21-game constituent streak and finished with a team-best 52 points successful 34 games this past season.
Pastujov is ranked arsenic the No. 18 North American skater by Central Scouting and signed with Notre Dame. He besides has a amusive background, arsenic his parents met portion moving for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
RW Simon Robertsson (Skelleftea, Sweden) — He is ranked the No. 11 European skater by Central Scouting and received his archetypal sensation of Swedish Hockey League enactment aft shining astatine the under-20 level.
Robertsson projects arsenic a powerfulness guardant with bully size (6-0, 190) and a speedy merchandise connected his shot. In 7 games astatine the under-18 satellite championships, helium notched 3 goals for Team Sweden.
RW Mackie Samoskevich (Chicago, USHL) — One of the astir skilled violative players available, Samoskevich is ranked the No. 26 North American skater by Central Scouting and considered a high-character prospect.
He played 2 seasons with Chicago successful the United States Hockey League and was a teammate of Knights 2020 first-round prime Brendan Brisson. Samoskevich beryllium a freshman astatine Michigan successful the fall.
C Logan Stankoven (Kamloops, WHL) — The sound connected the No. 31 North American skater is his deficiency of height, but the 5-8 Stankoven is simply a dynamic scoring threat. He posted 8 points successful 7 games for Team Canada astatine the under-18 satellite championships.
Stankoven had 7 goals successful six games during an abbreviated inferior season, and the Knights’ penchant for Western Hockey League prospects is good known.