Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, one of the top goaltenders eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft, could miss the next four weeks due to pneumonia, according to NHL.com.
The talents of top 2017 NHL Draft eligible Nolan Patrick haven’t gone unnoticed.
Gabe Vilardi has been voted top prospect for the 2017 NHL Draft in Sportsnet’s 2016–17 preseason OHL coaches poll. Vilardi finished with 60 percent of the vote. The 17-year-old had 17 goals and 38 points in 62 games in his rookie season in the Ontario Hockey League with the Windsor Spitfires. He was third in Future Considerations’ preliminary ranking for … Read More
Nolan Patrick didn’t have to wait for his first honor of the season. Patrick, the top-ranked prospect in Future Considerations’ preliminary ranking for the 2017 NHL Draft, was named the 59th captain in Brandon Wheat Kings history. He will replace graduated defenseman Macoy Erkamps. The 18-year-old has 73 goals and 162 points in 132 regular season games with the Wheat … Read More
Top American-born prospects eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft began their years in earnest in Philadelphia on Thursday with the annual USA Hockey CCM All-American Prospects Game.
Gabe Vilardi doesn’t need the reminder. He knows he’s entering his draft year. But the 17-year-old isn’t concerned. He’s embracing the experience, one day at a time. “You have to enjoy it,” said Vilardi, who sustained a knee injury at Canada’s selection camp for the Ivan Hlinka, but is expected to resume full-time duty with the Windsor Spitfires, his junior team, … Read More
Nolan Patrick, the projected top pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, has undergone successful sports hernia surgery and will miss Canada’s National Junior Development Camp later this month.