The scouting departments from each NHL team are paying close attention: The playoffs for Canada's three major junior hockey leagues are now underway.
Often, the postseason's offensive standouts at the junior level are the 19- and 20-year-olds who have already been drafted.
This year, a players like the Tampa Bay Lightning's Jonathan Drouin has made his mark, but the first round has been filled with big league performances from draft-eligible players all across Canada—in the WHL, the OHL and the QMJHL.
Some of these names are the top prospects who have been under the microscope all season, while others were ranked much lower on the midseason lists. A clutch playoff performance from these more obscure players, in particular, can have a big impact on where they're chosen come draft day on June 27.
Shining the spotlight from east to west, here are eight CHL forwards who have delivered in a big way during the first round of the playoffs.