The top ten prospects are mostly well known throughout the hockey community. Today I’ll take a look at some of the players ranked just outside the top ten and break them down.
I’ll take a look at most of the players ranked in the range of 11-20 on my list. There’s a few players that I have higher or lower than some, but this section is for the most part comprised with a slew of wingers and centres.
I’ll start with American winger Joel Farabee, a consistent mainstay just outside the top ten. The left winger out of Cicero, NY has some great skill and works hard. One of the few reasons why Farabee isn’t listed as a top ten pick is because his potential isn’t viewed as a top line winger. He’s known as a speedy playmaker off the wing who has a quick release. A high energy player who can work well on special teams and gives his all on the ice. He’s grown another inch recently, so he’s up to 6-0 and 168 lbs. He’ll need to put on some weight and gain some muscle mass, but he should be one of the next wingers to go after the main crop of Svechnikov, Zadina, Tkachuk, and Wahlstrom.
Next we’ll head over to Russia where Traktor Chelyabinsk winger Vitali Kravtsov has already planted himself in the KHL. After playing 35 games and notching a respectable seven points, Kravtsov carried on to the playoffs where he took his game to another level and notched 11 points in 16 games. The 6-2 skilled right winger has a good stature for professional hockey, but needs to use his body a little better. Kravtsov often showcases his speed and good shot, while providing playing a good two way game off the wing. He has a nifty set of hands and can pull off a quick set of moves before scoring a goal or setting up a teammate. Kravtsov has quickly risen up many rankings with his playoff success and will surely be in the conversation for even breaking into the top ten.
German left winger Dominik Bokk is the next player we’ll look at. Another player who’s only recently made his way into my lottery picks in February. He’s transitioned from the SuperElit where he produced 41 points in 35 games, to the SHL where he got his feet wet. In 15 games he notched a goal and an assist. The 6-1 right winger not only has a good wrist shot with a nice release, but is also a good playmaker with a nice set of hands. He likes to take on goalies and has scored a fair few one on one goals in close. I view him as a skilled player who has a very nice toolbox, although he needs to work on his skating in order to make that next step. He’s likely another few years away from the NHL, I could see him step in around 2019/2020.
Next we’ll tackle the pair of Finnish centres who broke into the Liiga this year in somewhat of an interesting and diffe