NHL Entry Draft – Wildcards

By Bob Trask – Rounds 4 through 7 in the NHL Entry Draft don’t usually yield a lot of NHL regulars but there are examples like Brendan Gallagher and Andrei Markov. More recently the Canadiens have chosen Cayden Primeau and Joshua Roy in the later rounds with both having a legitimate chance to make their mark in the NHL.

Often these players are overlooked because of a season that didn’t match expectations – a season in which their performance could have been influenced by unexpected factors. Maybe they have been considered too small, or they played in an underscouted league or they were late bloomers – and teams are often reluctant to draft 19 and 20 year olds. Some have flaws in their game – such as excellent goal scorers in their current league but who may lack footspeed.

Whatever the reason, there can be pleasant surprises in the later rounds. We can look at a few examples – in no particular order.

Eligible Players

Connor Kurth18.795’11214RWUSHL
Daniil Ivanov18.636’4209LDRussia Jr (MHL)
Dylan James18.596’0183LWUSHL
Adam Mechura19.286’4198LWCzechia U20 & Czechia 2
Graham Sward18.676’2181LDWHL
Reid Schaefer18.646’3214LWWHL
Lukas Pajer18.865’10181RWCzechia U20 & Czechica 2
Kai Uchacz18.886’1190CWHL
Denis Goure18.835’10185COHL
David Spacek19.236’0170RDQMJHL
James Hardie20.326’0183LWOHL
Logan Morrison19.846’0179COHL
Tomas Hamara18.186’0185LDFinland U20 & Liiga
Miguel Tourigny20.265’8172RDQMJHL

*Age as of May 9th

This brief list is an example of the kinds of players who could be available in later rounds. They range in age from 18.59 years to 20.32 years and in size from 5’8 to 6’4. It gives you an idea of what might be available with later picks.

It will be interesting to see what general manager Kent Hughes does with his later picks; does he use them or does he trade them. Whatever his approach there are some intriguing names available. Will there be another Joshua Roy or Xavier Simoneau chosen by the Canadiens; only time will tell.

In the meantime, for a more detailed background on players listed here you check their profiles on eliteprospects.com.

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2 thoughts on “NHL Entry Draft – Wildcards

  1. Thanks Bob. It’s good to have a few names to watch for in those later rounds. It’s hard to guess what Hughes may do. I suspect he may try to improve earlier selections or add later picks to sweeten a trade but they may have a late pick identified as under-appreciated. The time draws closer.

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