Prospect Ramblings: Early Returns on the 2019 Draft

Tony Ferrari


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Welcome to my weekly Wednesday ramblings! No more bi-weekly Friday thoughts, now you’ll get me mid-week, every week! Today we’re going to take a look at some of the early returns from the 2019 NHL Draft. Who’s been hot to start the year and who is already making people ask “How did he fall to that spot?”


Phillip Tomasino, RW, Niagara IceDogs (OHL) 

Nashville Predators, 1st Round, 24th overall

5G – 10A – 15P in 7 Games 


Second in OHL scoring, Phillip Tomasino is producing at a ridiculous clip. Coming off of a six-point game that included a hat trick, Tomasino will look to continue his torrid pace. He has taken a noticeable step in the early going of the season, playing with more assertiveness and cutting to the middle of the ice far more often. The Nashville Predators prospect has been an excellent playmaker, showing off his outstanding vision and he has been able to connect on passes more efficiently this season. Still maintaining his creativity, Tomasino is also demonstrating an understanding that sometimes simple is better.  



On pace to easily surpass the 100-point plateau in the early going of the season, Tomasino seems to be putting the OHL on notice that this could be his last go-around and he wants to have some fun while he’s there. Watch for Tomasino to continue to stay in the scoring race, possibly pushing for the league-lead throughout the year.


Samuel Fagemo, LW/RW,  Frölunda HC

Los Angeles Kings, 2nd Round, 50th overall

1G – 2A – 3P in 4 SHL games (Top Swedish League)

3G – 1A – 4P in 3 CHL games (Champion Hockey League)


A player that was often rated higher on public draft boards in comparison to where he was drafted, Samuel Fagemo is making some of us look very good (including myself)! Fagemo has been noticeable on virtually every shift, constantly in the middle of the offense. He’s been productive in both league play in the SHL and in Champions League play. His play in the CHL has been nothing short of impressive.