The Five Nations Tournament in Plymouth, MI displayed many future NHL picks that may develop into impact players at the highest level. Teams from the United States, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic and Switzerland brought good teams to the tournament to compete. There were some high end prospects that were not there from some of the European countries due them playing Pro Hockey in their country or in the CHL. Many of these top players will be summoned by their respective countries for the U20 World Junior or U18 World Championships coming up.
However, there was plenty of talent to go around and keep the NHL Scouts busy at the USA Hockey Arena. The tournament went down to the wire with the United States taking the title. From this tournament we have listed the top 25 NHL prospects for the upcoming 2017 and 2018 NHL Drafts. This tournament was just a snap shot of these prospects as they all have many more opportunities to move up and improve their stock before draft time.
Top 25 NHL Draft Prospects
- Brady Tkachuk (F) (USA) 6-2/194, LH, 2018 NHL DRAFT – The younger brother of Calgary Flames rookie Matthew Tkachuk has a different game than his older sibling. He has taken on the identity that is more of his father and former NHL player Keith Tkachuk. He is a bit bigger and plays a more physical north and south game. With a very high compete level, he plays very hard in traffic and uses his body very well. Always mixing it up as well as making plays. He has grown a lot in the last 2 years and still adjusting to his body. He has long reach and a good skill set in traffic. Not the top player here right now, but he is a late 99 birth year and is not even eligible to be drafted until the 2018 NHL Draft. Look for him to be an ‘A’ player on NHL Central scouting next fall. COLLEGE: BOSTON UNIVERSITY
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