Prospect Ramblings: Streaking Draft-Eligible Players

Cam Robinson

2019-01-10

 

 

Quick Hits Around the CHL for 2019 Draft Hopefuls (Rankings as of the last update – December 2018)

 

WHL

 

  • Bowen Byram (7th overall) is on a nice little streak. He has five points in his last four games and 33 in 38 on the season. The 17-year-old is the top defensive prospect for the 2019 crop and has been an exciting player for the Giants this season. His 0.87 points-per-game represent the eighth highest output by a U18 defender in the WHL in the last 20 years.

 

  • The top three draft-eligible forwards in the Dub are all sitting within the top 20 in league scoring. Dylan Cozens (3rd overall) leads the pack sitting seventh overall with 56 points in 40 games. The star centre has racked up an impressive 32 points in his last 18 contests.

 

  • Up next is Peyton Krebs (10th overall) who has 47 points in 39 games. The dynamic two-way forward was recently named Captain of the Kootenay Ice and everything runs through him. His impact on a weak team has been masterful. Ignore the -35 rating and look to future when he’s surrounded by quality players. The 2016 first overall selection in the Bantam draft has been sliding down some public draft boards lately. He’s going to make teams regret it if he falls on draft day.

 

  • Finally, Kirby Dach (5th overall) rounds out the group with 46 points in 39 games. However, the 6’4 pivot has been struggling of late. He went through a stretch of just a single point in 10 games to close out 2018. He’s been out of the lineup the past week with an injury. Perhaps it was something that was hampering him for some time.

 

 

OHL

 

  • Another 17-year-old on the rise is London Knights’ centre, <