- Created: Friday, 22 May 2015 02:27
Its the most wonderful time of the year. A time that's filled with hope and expectations, teams fill their reserve lists with new talent, hopeful that they not only hit on their first few selections, but also find a late round gem.
As witnessed by the teams who have and continue to battle for NHL Championships, the draft is the lifeblood of any competitive hockey program. Teams that draft well, managing their assets and develop their prospects within their system usually see success. Look no further then the final 4 teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs, all team who have had success in multiple years lead by draft picks throughout their lineup.
This years draft is an interesting one. I can only speak for what I've seen in Ontario and various US programs, but there's an a significant amount of depth among the eligible skaters, with guys alike Jeremy Bracco, Travis Konecny and Colin White all potentially falling into the lower half of the 1st round. While those guys may or many not be franchise defining players, they have the ability to contribute significantly to a quality team.