Prospect Ramblings: Hidden Gems from World Championship

Peter Harling

2016-05-24

2016 CAN WC

Team Canada won the Gold Medal at this year’s World Championship but the predominant story line this year was the head-to-head matchup of Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine for the top ranking heading into the 2016 NHL Entry draft in Buffalo on June 24th.

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In my opinion, as impressive as Laine was in this tournament being named the MVP and tying for the goal scoring lead with Gustav Nyquist with seven goals each  he has not unseeded Matthews as the first overall player to be drafted in Buffalo by Toronto. In Mondays Ramblings on Dobber Hockey, Dobber shared his views on the subject, read it here if you missed it.

While those two prospects were every bit worth all the fanfare they received, there were several other fantasy options to keep an eye on. Scouting the World Championship can be a useful tool in digging up hidden gems coming from Europe. Last season Artemi Panarin was a little known player who used the Worlds to demonstrate his skills and was noticed by several NHL teams, and fantasy scouts as well. This year the leading sco