With the 19th overall selection in the National Hockey League Draft, Future Considerations selects…
Just a season removed from being selected 14th overall by the Buffalo Sabres, the former Dubuque Fighting Saints forward made his professional debut with the Rochester Americans, scoring six goals and 17 points in 61 games.
The Latvian, one of the few to play professional hockey in North America at age 18, also added three goals in three games in Rochester’s brief run to the Calder Cup.
FC’s 19th Ranked Players By Year
2008: Colby Robak (FLA, 46th overall)
2009: Scott Glennie (DAL, 8th overall)
2010: Dylan McIlrath (NYR, 10th overall)
2011: Vladislav Namestnikov (TBL, 27th overall)
2012: Zemgus Girgensons (BUF, 14th overall)
2013: Valentin Zykov
For six seasons, Future Considerations has been bringing you the best in NHL Draft eligible content. To celebrate the NHL Draft — our sixth, we’re going back through our previous rankings to identify who was the best of the best at each pick, starting with all our 30th overalls and working to our top picks.