It’s starting to become clear who the top prospects are for the 2012 NHL Draft. What else is become clear is that there is a strong crop of rookies and prospects that are making a push to be at the top of the 2013 NHL Draft.
Some of the Canadian Hockey League’s brightest stars will shine in the annual Top Prospects Game, celebrating the top draft-eligible talent from the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
It is time to give Mikhail Grigorenko his due as a legit riser with his play this year in the QMJHL. While he has had a bit of a consistency issue in the past with his Russian team CSKA, his play in Quebec under coach Patrick Roy has been phenomenal.
The excitement of one’s draft year can be more than some prospects can cope with. Often the pressure they deal with is too much and their games falter. Other times, though, prospects thrive and elevate their games under that same pressure.
In recent years, there have not been many big name goaltending prospects to get scouts excited. It would seem we have seen the end of the days of two-or three goaltenders were ranked in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft.