The NHL draft always features surprise picks. Some prospects are selected much higher than projected while other players end up slipping for various reasons.
Most 18-year-old hockey players are continuing to develop physically, skill-wise and in terms of maturity. In other words, organizations cannot be certain that what they are seeing from these young prospects is what they will get in a few seasons.
In addition to this, metrics, while important and valuable, cannot account for some intangibles such as desire, adaptability, intelligence, hockey sense and so forth. A player’s country of origin is often another important consideration.
In this context, the following list of 10 wild cards, in ascending order of predicted selection, reflects a variety of these elements of uncertainty. This makes their projected draft spot somewhat unpredictable.