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.
|Daniil Ivanov||18.63||6’4||209||LD||Russia Jr (MHL)|
|Adam Mechura||19.28||6’4||198||LW||Czechia U20 & Czechia 2|
|Lukas Pajer||18.86||5’10||181||RW||Czechia U20 & Czechica 2|
|Tomas Hamara||18.18||6’0||185||LD||Finland U20 & Liiga|
*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.