NHL draft prospects are under more scrutiny than ever before. Digital technologies allow players to be observed and critiqued by interested parties across the hockey world, not just in person.
Some players see their fortunes fall, but there are always players who are able to ride the wave of positive momentum in their draft year. The latter see their stock soar in the weeks leading up to the NHL draft.
Improved second-half play, physical maturation, committing to play in the NHL (for European players) and general “buzz” are the most important reasons why many prospects see their stock rise.
These 10 prospects have all seen their stock soar, to varying degrees, in the past few months. Players are listed in reverse order of where they are most likely to be drafted on June 30.
All references to these players’ draft rankings are from the Central Scouting lists on nhl.com