Constructing this year's top prospect list was considerably more difficult than ever before. Every player on this list played a limited season in 2020-21 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and some of the kids listed didn't play at all a year ago. As a result, I expect a ton of movement to this list moving forward as we get a better read on the future potential of certain guys as they get more games under their respective belts.
(Note: Players with 25 games or more of regular season NHL experience are not eligible)
51- Fabian Lysell (RW, BOS): Many young SHL forwards struggle to produce offensively. Lysell is a perfect example. He had just two goals and three points in 26 games for Lulea this year. The lack of production aside, you can watch Lysell for one shift and see why the Bruins are high on him. He skates like the wind and has the skill to match. Lysell can make all sorts of creative plays off the rush and when engaged, can hunt down opposing defenders on the forecheck. There's not a ton here in terms of physical play and secondary skills, and Lysell needs to gain a good 15-20 pounds worth of muscle to be a more effective player, but his offensive ceiling is among the highest on this list.
52- Cole Sillinger (C, CBJ): No NHL club aced the 2021 draft like the Blue Jackets, and the addition of Sillinger at No. 12 overall is a major