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Who’re the very best gamers who weren’t chosen on the 2019 NHL draft?

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Over the weekend, 217 gamers realized their desires once they have been chosen within the NHL draft, however many extra seemed on with disappointment. I, for one, was shocked to be handed over. I’ve held out for the previous half-decade, however maybe my lack of ability – or that I haven’t performed the game throughout that point interval – hasn’t helped my case.
Jokes apart, you hear it yearly: you don’t should be drafted to go on to have a great profession. And it’s true that the trail to the NHL is just not linear. Ask Norris Trophy winner Mark Giordano. He went undrafted earlier than signing an entry-level contract with the Flames in 2004, and 15 years later, he’s among the best defensemen on the planet.
The draft world is hard. At instances, groups could have solely identified a couple of prospect for 2 years, typically much less. If the prospect is caught enjoying a depth position on a great crew or are sidelined with an damage, they might not have time to point out their price. Some must impress as camp invitations. Others gained’t be chosen till their second yr of draft eligibility. Others but will take circuitous routes, be it via the minors or European golf equipment.
So, who may very well be among the many group of gamers who will take one other path to the NHL? Listed here are 10 of the very best gamers who didn’t hear their names known as in Vancouver:
Daniil Gutik, LW, 17 (Loko Yaroslavl, MHL – No. 19 EU)At No. 69, Gutik was considered one of solely two gamers in The Hockey Information’ Draft Preview Prime-100 checklist to not get drafted. Gutik tore aside the competitors with Russia’s U-17 crew final season and carried out properly on the Hlinka-Gretzky Cup and World Junior A Problem, however had a median season within the MHL. Gutik will should be extra constant if he intends on battling for a spot on Russia’s World Junior Championship crew this winter.
Ludvig Hedstrom, D, 18 (Djugardens, Sweden U-20 – No. 36 EU)Had Los Angeles Kings draft choose Tobias Bjornfot not stolen the highlight, Hedstrom would have been Djugardens’ high defenseman. A wise blueliner, Hedstrom boasts a mixture of velocity and physicality and places loads of pucks on internet. His greatest concern is clearing his personal zone, however he’s bought intriguing two-way ability and seemed good in worldwide play with Sweden. He simply wants an opportunity to point out himself as a go-to man first.
Billy Constantinou, D, 18 (Kingston, OHL – No. 58 NA)Constantinou did little to assist his draft inventory after a mid-season transfer from Niagara, however it’s nonetheless stunning a crew didn’t take an opportunity on him. He’s a human spotlight reel, strikes properly and is aware of methods to run an influence play. The issue? He’s bought some flaws, together with an inclination to ship blind passes into harmful areas. Constantinou could have the chance to show issues round on an improved Frontenacs squad subsequent season.
Grant Silianoff, RW, 18 (Cedar Rapids, USHL – No. 60 NA)A wrist damage stored him from showcasing his full price which led to a so-so debut for the highest choose within the 2017 USHL draft. Nonetheless, Silianoff will nearly actually earn draft consideration subsequent summer time. He was electrical on the Hlinka-Gretzky Cup, recording 5 factors in as many video games, and completed 13th amongst U-18 scorers within the USHL. An additional yr with the RoughRiders could also be what he wants earlier than embarking on his faculty profession at Notre Dame.
Oleg Zaitsev, C 18 (Crimson Deer, WHL – No. 66 NA)Zaitsev arrived in North America with loads of promise after a great season within the MHL. He scored a 43 factors in 66 WHL video games, however put up only one aim on the Hlinka-Gretzky Cup. A powerful skater who makes use of his velocity to get him into scoring conditions, Zaitsev can get caught watching the play and he’s not nice defensively. He can play all ahead positions, although, and bought extra snug with the smaller ice because the season wore on. He wins a variety of puck battles and is sweet at finding his teammates, however he wants to search out consistency.
Vojtech Strondala, C, 18 (Kometa Brno, Czech – No. 95 EU)Each time Strondala performed for the Czech Republic, he was among the many finest gamers on the ice. However at 5-foot-7 and 154 kilos, he had a tricky time adjusting to the bodily sport within the high professional league and was typically manhandled. Within the second-tier Czech League, nevertheless, he had the very best factors per sport common (zero.7) of any U-18 participant regardless of enjoying fewer video games than many others. His skillset is common, however he noticed an general enchancment in his sport this season.
Cole MacKay, RW, 18 (Sault Ste. Marie, OHL – No. 99 NA)Although he joins Gutik as the one different participant on The Hockey Information’ Draft Preview Prime-100 checklist who wasn’t drafted, MacKay exploded offensively this previous season with the Greyhounds and confirmed chemistry with Morgan Frost and Barrett Hayton, ending with 61 factors in 65 video games. That greater than eclipsed MacKay’s 14 factors the season prior. Mackay is a playmaking winger with a great shot, however he’s not the strongest skater and lacks creativity. There wasn’t a lot hype surrounding him heading into his OHL profession, however he has proven sufficient promise to warrant a re-evaluation if he improves additional subsequent season.
Jake Lee, D, 17 (Kelowna, WHL – No. 146 NA)Lee has had a curler coaster of a junior profession since getting picked by Seattle within the first spherical, 18th general, within the 2016 WHL draft. The enhancements in his sport over the previous yr are noticeable, nevertheless. He’s bought the scale to be a shutdown defenseman, doesn’t lose many battles and infrequently places himself in dangerous conditions. His work ethic is usually second to none and he’s not afraid to put somebody out with an enormous open-ice hit. His skating is beneath common and his offensive potential is proscribed, which is the explanation groups weren’t prepared to take a shot at him.
Xavier Simoneau, C, 18 (Drummondville, QMJHL – No. 204 NA)Simoneau, standing at a mere 5-foot-6, has the qualities you’d search for in a 6-foot-6 beast. He’s bodily, annoying to play in opposition to and wins battles alongside the boards. Oh, and he had 57 factors in 55 video games with the Voltigeurs. The ninth choose within the 2017 QMJHL draft, Simoneau has all the things however the high-end velocity you’d hope for from a child his measurement.
Dmitri Sheshin, LW, 18 (Magnitogorsk, MHL – Unranked)Small however energetic, Sheshin completed third amongst U-18 gamers within the Russian junior league with 43 factors in 45 video games. Internationally, it was a distinct story, as he typically discovered himself in a bottom-six position and infrequently contributed. Listed at 5-foot-Eight and 143 kilos, measurement actually proved to be a difficulty for Sheshin. If he was just a few inches taller, he might need gone within the draft.
Different notables: Yaroslav Likhachyov, RW (Blainville-Boisbriand, QMJHL), Ilya Mironov, D (Loko Yaroslavl, MHL), Luke Toporowski, LW (Spokane, WHL), Michael Gildon, LW (U.S. NTDP, USHL), Iivari Rasanen, D, (Tappara, Finland U-20).
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