Feature Story – 2017 NHL Draft Candidate Updates (Oct 2016)

Max Marko


The NHL season has kicked off and junior and collegiate seasons have been underway for some time, allowing some 2017 NHL Draft prospects to begin to make a name for themselves before the hockey community becomes too invested into the NHL season.





The two biggest names coming into the season were Nolan Patrick and Timothy Liljegren, of course. The pair has been progressing at a steady pace and have stuck to what makes them such an intriguing pair of players to begin with: speed and creativity. Both create offense with ease making them threats in every game they play.



Nolan Patrick 2015-16 highlight reel


Liljegren has two goals in the two games he has played, missing some time due to mononucleosis. Patrick has been producing fine with four goals and five assists in six games. As the season moves along, look for the two to have an increased point-per-game ratio.


Other names that brought interest of a top five spot in draft rankings at the beginning of the season, like Gabe Vilardi, Owen Tippett, Casey Mittelstadt, and Nico Hischier, have been producing enough to maintain the draft stocks that they started the year with.


Gabe Vilardi, like the Windsor Spitfires, has been off to a fantastic start and improving his draft stock day by day. Vilardi, a shifty, playmaking winger, is a very dangerous player on the ice, but his biggest attribute is making the players on the ice around him better by setting them up for scoring chances with his hands.