Top Ten Drafted Prospects Vol. 2 – United States

Welcome back to my international top 10 drafted prospects series.

As we’re doing this by nation, last time we took a look at Canada’s top ten drafted prospects. This list was highlighted by defenseman Cale Makar (COL), forward Cody Glass (VGK), and forward Morgan Frost (PHI). Today, we’re going to head south of the border and check out who the future of the United States has to offer. Without further ado, let’s dive in.

10. Josh Norris (C, Ottawa Senators – 1st Round, 19th Overall in 2017 to SJ)

Touted as one of the main pieces in the trade that sent Erik Karlsson to San Jose, Norris is looking like he could be a very solid piece for the Senators in the future. While he unfortunately had to undergo season-ending surgery, he finished off his campaign with 19 points in 17 games for the University of Michigan and he also had a strong World Junior showing with six points in seven games.

9. Oliver Wahlstrom (LW, New York Islanders – 1st Round, 11th Overall in 2018)

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Wahlstrom got off to a slow start with Boston College of the NCAA, but he quickly turned things around and is now back to a solid scoring pace with 15 points in 29 games. The 6’1 winger will likely spend a few years playing for Boston College but he will be a legitimate scoring threat with the Islanders someday.

8. Ryan Poehling (C, Montreal Canadiens – 1st Round, 25th Overall in 2017)

Although he was always a good prospect, Poehling really started to make headlines at this year’s World Juniors where he put up eight points in seven games for the USA. He’s also having a very good season with St. Cloud State University, having put up 27 points in 29 games thus far. For a Montreal Canadiens team that lacks a heavy offense, Poehling will be one of the pieces that will fix that.

7. Jeremy Bracco (RW, Toronto Maple Leafs – 2nd Round, 61st Overall in 2015)

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In the 2015 NHL Draft, the Leafs drafted more skilled players than the organization had ever seen before and Bracco was a part of the crop. He’s had a steady development and truly broke out with the Toronto Marlies this season having put up 56 points in 56 games so far, good enough for third in the league for scoring. If he keeps playing like this, the Maple Leafs might have no choice but to call him up despite the amount of offense they already have.

6. Bode Wilde (D, New York Islanders – 2nd Round, 41st Overall in 2018)

Wilde is a 6’4 right-handed defenseman who’s effective at both ends of the ice and is currently torching the OHL with 63 points in 54 games thus far. Why he slipped to the second round is unknown, but the Islanders certainly aren’t complaining. Wilde has one more year of eligibility in the OHL, but he also has the option to play college hockey next season. Either way, he will have at least one more year of development unless the Isles feel he’s ready for the NHL next season.

5. Joel Farabee (LW, Philadelphia Flyers – 1st Round, 14th Overall in 2018)

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With all of the prospect depth on the back-end the Flyers have, Farabee provides some hope for the Flyers’ future offense as well. He’s playing for Boston University this season and has not disappointed, putting up 29 points in 32 games thus far. The 6’1 New Yorker will certainly get a close look from Flyers’ brass if he keeps producing like this.

4. K’Andre Miller (D, New York Rangers – 1st Round, 22nd Overall in 2018)

For the longest time, prospect depth didn’t exist within the New York Rangers organization. Now with Lias Andersson, Vitali Kravtsov, and Miller among others, they quietly have a very good farm system. Miller, who just turned 19, is having an amazing season with the University of Wisconsin with 22 points in 26 games so far. He has good size and is good in both ends, so he could definitely be a prospect worth keeping an eye on for the Rangers.

3. Thatcher Demko (G, Vancouver Canucks – 2nd Round, 36th Overall in 2014)

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Demko is a little bit older than the rest of the prospects on this list, but he’s closer to becoming a regular NHLer than anybody else. While the Canucks added another intriguing goaltending prospect in Michael DiPietro this year, Demko has the edge as of now given that he has three years of AHL experience under his belt. He currently has a record of 8-5-0 with a goals against average of 2.58 and a save percentage of .911 with the Utica Comets this year. He only has three games of NHL experience under his belt, but will almost definitely see more games after this season.

2. Adam Fox (D, Carolina Hurricanes – 3rd Round, 66th Overall in 2016 to CGY)

Midway through the season, it’s safe to say the Flames got the better end of the trade that sent Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin to Calgary in exchange for Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland, and Fox. Granted, Fox is looking like he could be a steal for the Canes. The 21-year-old currently playing for Harvard University and has 38 points in 28 games thus far. These totals are very, very good and could almost force the Hurricanes to give him a look at the NHL level next season.

1. Quinn Hughes (D, Vancouver Canucks – 1st Round, 7th Overall in 2018)

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Hughes’ younger brother Jack may get most of the attention considering he’s projected to go first overall in the 2019 Draft, but Quinn is no slouch himself and will almost certainly become an elite defenseman for the Canucks. The elder Hughes is currently playing for the University of Michigan and has 33 points in 29 games so far this season. It’s safe to assume the Canucks will give him a look in the NHL to start next season.

Thanks for reading! Tune in next time when we’ll go over the top ten drafted Russian prospects.

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