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.