NHL scouts have been viewing this year's best prospects all winter, and now there is a chance to view some of them through a different lens. Across North America and Europe, league playoffs are giving prospects a chance to prove themselves on a bigger stage.
A strong playoff performance can improve draft stock, while a player who performs poorly could hurt his final draft number. Even though teams have several viewings of these players, the playoff performance counts in a big way.
Here are seven NHL-draft prospects, in alphabetical order, who have posted a strong start to their league playoffs this spring.