This year's NHL draft promises to be unlike any other we have seen. Some of the kids listed below only played a handful of games this season, while some didn't play at all. The guy listed first below seems to have separated himself from the rest of the pack, but the next handful of names could seemingly go in any order.
Our annual rankings of the top 64 prospects (Hello, Seattle!) is below.
(Note: This is NOT a mock draft, nor does it take any team needs into account)
1- Owen Power (D, University of Michigan-NCAA): Power is going to be at or near the top of most everyone's draft board and it's easy to see why. 6-foot-6, 215-pound rearguards with decent secondary skills are difficult to find. A native of Mississauga, Power played two seasons in the USHL before spending this past year with Michigan. He was an immediate impact player for the Wolverines, posting three goals and 16 points in 26 games. My main (and only) concern is how much offense Power will produce as a professional. Power is going to put up points because he reads plays well and provides support to his fellow forwards on the rush. He's a very good passer and above-average skater. He might be best suited as a two-way, 25-minute per game guy as opposed to an offensive power-play threat. His value would be immense regardless. From a defensive standpoint, Power takes up a ton of space. He has a huge