Discussion in 'National Hockey League Talk' started by alko, Sep 11, 2019 at 9:14 AM.
Who are the best current late round gems, that could make a big splash in the near future?
Victor Oloffson in his D+6 year, I believe. Drafted in the 7th round, scored 30 goals last year in the AHL, speculated to run on the first line with Eichel and Skinner and will certainly see PP time with a rocket release.
Tarmo Reunanen will be an NHL player within the next 3 years, I think.
Vladislav Gavrikov (LD, 6th round, 2015) is expected to be on the team full-time this year; he got a few minutes last year already during the playoffs.
Emil Bemstrom (RW, 4th round, 2017) could make the team this year.
Veini Vehvilainen (G, 6th round, 2018) just came over to North America, and is going to be the starter in Cleveland this year.
Trey Fix-Wolansky (RW, 7th round, 2018) has been looking really good and might be only a year or two away.
Oh, and then there's Jonathan Davidsson (RW, 6th round, 2017); he's not ours anymore as he was part of the return for the Duchene deal, but he was still looking like he had NHL potential.
(We also have Merzlikins and Texier, but they're 3rd and 2nd rounders respectively.)
Anders Bjork in Boston. A fifth-round pick in 2014 whose career has been slowed by a couple of shoulder injuries. He's bigger and healthy now and ready to claim a spot in the top nine. He's fast and could end up a 50-point winger.
Kirill Makismov for the Oilers. A top-6 or bust prospect. Has an incredible shot and goal-scoring instincts, as well as size and a mean-streak. He has to limit his dumb penalties though. 118 PIM last year in the OHL.
He'll need some time though. In terms of someone waiting their chance, its William Lagesson. 4th round stud defensemen who's shown some offensive flair in the AHL last year. We're stacked on the left side, so he's just waiting for an opening.
Batherson for the Sens. 4th round pick in 2017. Would be shocked if he’s not in their top six this season.
Victor mete 2016 4th rounder with Mtl may establish himself as a bonafide top 4 D this year
Drake batherson 4th rd Ottawa 2017 will get his chance this year
2015 caleb jones Edm 4th rounder
Phil Myers was eligible for the 2015 draft but went undrafted. He was invited to Flyers rookie camp soon after the draft and signed to an ELC before the season started. He got his feet wet last season but he looks like he's going to be in the every day lineup this year and some people think he had top pairing potential and could be a top 4 defender as soon as next season.
The Rangers have several players drafted in the 4th+ round that could turn out solid NHLers.
Mason Appleton- AHL rookie of the year
Sami niku- AHL defenseman of the year.
Expect both to be eased into the Jets lineup this year and given more responsibility as they earn it.
Niku has top 4 D written all over him, Appleton middle 6 potential
If your looking at Edmonton Caleb Jones, 4th round, is virtually a lock to make the team, with Ethan Bear, a 5th round pick, close behind. Maksimov at best I would say is 2 years away and a long shot
Probably the most intriguing right now is Jesper Sellgren, a 6th rounder from 2016 who played a couple of years in Sweden and jumped to the AHL late last season. He played well in Charlotte's championship run and earned his ELC. Of course that doesn't mean he's a gem, but he's coming along at a good pace.
Canes took Tuukka Tieksola with a late 4th this season. He dropped because of his size (5'10" 157lb) so again, another long shot. But if he can fill out enough to survive against grown men, he has a lot of talent to offer.
Tuukka Tieksola: Undersized, or Underrated? — 2019 NHL Draft Prospect Profile
For the Blues, probably not this year but next year Niko Mikkola (2015, 5th round 127 OA) will have every opportunity to make an impact on the left side of the D with this likely being Bouwmeester’s last year.
And he’ll more than likely be the first injury call up this year
Mangiapane was a 6th rounder who looks to have top 6 potential and barely passed the rookie min in the NHL last season. His emergence really helped the Flames when the top line went cold last season.
Matthew Phillips another 6th rounder who is tiny (5'7 and 155, in fairness though, he looks no smaller than Gaudreau whose NHL height and weight is very obviously inflated) but has looked really good so far in the prospect games and last seasons training camp. He's got a solid chance to make it in the near future and I expect him to be one of the last cuts from camp.
Keep an eye out for Flames 6th round draft pick Andrew Mangiapane. He could be good for 30-40 points, especially if the Flames move Michael Frolik
Sharks 2017 6th and 7th round picks Sasha Chmelevski and Ivan Chekhovich are on the inside track to make the team this year. Other 2017 6th rounder Jake McGrew had a strong prospect tourney and may be a dark horse to make the team. They all have solid middle 6 potential and there might be more there.
Troy Terry but he's basically guaranteed to make the NHL this year.
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