Prospects Ramblings: Previewing the 2017 NHL Draft

Peter Harling


2017 NHL Draft

The Ivan Hlinka tournament kicks off the NHL scouting season each year. Throughout the season there are plenty of risers and fallers as prospects either develop by leaps and bounds, or fall flat. There are several tournaments of interest such as the Subway Series, the Top Prospects game and of course the World Juniors. Since so much can happen between today and the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago, this list is not a ranking, but simply a list of 15 prospects who are eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft that you want to keep on your fantasy hockey watch list.

Maxime Comtois

LW/C – Victoriaville Tigers (QMJHL)

The 6-1 189 pound forward had a strong rookie season in the Q scoring 26 goals and 60 points. His season was slightly derailed after he suffered a concussion in January. Comtois has a high hockey IQ, sees plays develop and can make sneaky passes as well as defensive reads. His skating is average but is often in good position to compensate. Comtois finished the season with Canada at the U-18 and played well scoring two points in seven games.

Cal Foote

RD – Kelowna Rockets (WHL)

The son of Colorado Avalanche great Adam Foot, Cal is a chip off the old block. At only 16-years-old he is already 6-4 and 198 pounds. For someone who is that big at that young an age, you would expect his skating to be awkward and in need of development, but he is actually a quick skater who is surprisingly agile with good edges. There is room for improvement for sure, but it is not a liability. Like his old man, Foote takes care of business in his own end first and foremost but he has also displayed some offensive ability. Foote could be the next star defenceman churned out of the legendary Kelowna Rockets defence factory.

Nicolas Hague

LD – Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)

Hague is a monster at 6-6 and 207 pounds. In his rookie season in the OHL he produced 14 goals and 24 points in 66 games with the Steelheads. Hague has a strong skating stride and is a very good skater for a prospect his age and size. He uses his impressive wingspan and long stride and reach to cover a lot of ice and quickly close gaps on players. His point shot is heavy but he also steps in from the point to unleash a strong and more accurate wrist shot. Hague also uses his straight ahead speed to carry the puck up the ice like a freight train. He has it all, size, skating, skill and smarts. A potential franchise defenceman

Nico Hischier

C – Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

Hischier has the potential to be the best Swiss born player of all-time. After playing for a number of teams last year because his development saw him continually graduate the ranks. Hischier made the Swiss World Junior roster as a 17-year-old and produced two assists. He finished the year in North Dakota playing in the U-18 tournament where he made a strong impression scoring a goal and four points in five games. He will come to North America and learn to play on the smaller ice after being selected by Halifax with the sixth overall selection at the CHL Import Draft.

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