Prospect Mailbag: Robert Thomas, Casey Mittelstadt, 2019 Calder Hopefuls & 2018 Forward Tiers

Cam Robinson



Question: “After Svechnikov and Zadina, who is the next best forward for points only?”



Answer: Just last week I broke down the consensus third and fourth forward from this class in Brady Tkachuk and Oliver Wahlstrom. My findings, that coincide with my long-held belief, was that Wahlstrom possesses the higher upside. If we’re looking for the highest ceiling with the least potential for failure, he’s the best pick.


Is there a chance that a forward selected after him could outproduce him? Absolutely. It could be his USNTDP teammate, Joel Farabee, German slickster, Dominik Bokk, or rising Fin, Jesperi Kotkaniemi.


Hell, it could be someone from the mid-late rounds.


But if I’ve got the fourth pick in a fantasy prospect draft this year, I’m looking squarely at Wahlstrom. Another bonus is that Wahlstrom is the reduced wait time compared to some of the other forwards. He has officially de-committed from Harvard to join Boston College for next season. He’ll immediately be the team’s top player and is a likely one-and-done NCAA player. 


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Question: “Who are your 5 Calder favorites going into next year?… excluding undrafted players.”



Answer: Well, there are going to be at least a couple from this June’s draft that will have a strong chance of being amongst the top five in Calder voting. But outside of those guys, I’ll go with a combination of:


Miro Heiskanen

Elias Pettersson

Casey Mittelstadt

Robert Thomas

Ryan Donato


Honorable mention to Martin Necas, Henrik Borgstrom, Andreas Johnsson and Filip Chytil




Question: “If Dobson keeps this up at the mem cup…and a team takes him earlier because of it…who would be in your top 6 that you’d expect to drop to 7 because of Dobson getting picked?”



Answer: This year’s draft will have some early surprises. It happens most years, and 2018 will be no different. After Dahlin, things could get a little wild.  So when I’m calculating who would ‘slip’ out of the top six, it’s pretty much an effort in futility.


Regarding tiers, I t