Once Rasmus Dahlin goes first overall, the real draft gets closer, but even after number one, Andrei Svechnikov going second is almost a dead certainty.
The 18-year-old from Barnaul, Russia has spent the past two seasons in North America, adapting to the style of play ready to make an impact in the NHL.
He spent all of 2016-17 with Muskegon in the USHL, leading the team with 58 points in 48 games.
After a year there, he moved on to the OHL and the Barrie Colts where again he had a fantastic year with 72 points in just 44 games, missing a big chunk of time through injury.
He posted 40 goals this past season and is one of the best natural goal scorers available in this years draft, and a future top line talent in a couple of years time.
Defenders have to keep an eye on him at all times as he’s evasive without the puck and puts himself in the right area on every play.
While a lot of the focus is on his shot, he’s an underrated playmaker as well, being able to set up goals just as easily as he can score them himself.
His offensive game is one of the best in this years draft class, but he also has a lot of defensive potential as a two-way threat, he still needs to work on his defensive game but once it gets there he’ll be a lethal threat.
Craig Button of TSN described him as “blend of skill, sense, power and drive that reminds me in the style of Marian Hossa. He’s a factor in the game in all areas and will be in the NHL next season.”
It won’t take long for Svechnikov to make a name for himself in the NHL, and if the Hurricanes do take him he could even crack the top six in 2018/19.
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