Prospect Ramblings: Early Season Draft Sleepers

Tony Ferrari


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Welcome back to my mid-week Prospect Ramblings. This week we will take a look at some of the draft-eligible players who may not be on your radar yet but will be as the draft year progresses. These are players who aren’t in the first round conversation at the moment but could make things interesting. These players have all impressed in the opening month or so of the season, whether it’s in North America or overseas.




Lukas Reichel, LW, Eisbären Berlin (DEL)

Currently second on his team in scoring, Lukas Reichel has been the surprise German prospect for many. While Tim Stützle was the household name among prospects out of Germany and John-Jason Peterka was the Deutschland’s sleeper in the preseason, Reichel has come on strong to start the year. With eight points in 12 games in the DEL, the top men’s league in Germany, he is currently second on his team in scoring. He has shown off good skating ability, a high-end offensive awareness, and a dual-threat offensive toolset. He is equally good as a playmaker as he is a goal-scorer, he is actually leading the “German Big-Three” in goals and he ranks behind just Stützle in points. 



As you can see in the video above, Reichel’s first DEL goal, he shows patience as he corrals a bouncing puck and then finishes in tight on the goalie. Reichel is a dangerous offensive threat and if he can continue producing at the DEL level, he could rise through the draft.  Reichel will likely secure a spot on the German World Junior team, a good performance there along with his DEL play could lead him to break into the early second round.  


Tyler Tullio, C/RW, Oshawa Generals (OHL)


The Oshawa Generals forward’s production shouldn’t come as a surprise. He had 42 points in 60 games last season as a rookie in the OHL, so the 5’9″ forward’s 14 points in 11 games thus far should be par for the course when factoring in his development over the year. Tullio’s production is matched by his work ethic. Consistently in on the forecheck and battling for the puck, Tullio is predatory in hunting down the puck carrier. He throws his body around as if he was six inches taller, unafraid to get to the dirty areas on the ice. Tullio has a sneaky quick release, the ability to stickhandle in a crowd and his vision is quite good. He plays in all situations, excelling as a triggerman on the half wall with the man advantage and an aggressive penalty killer who takes away time and space.