With the 2018 draft set to kick off Friday, here are my thoughts on the prospects of the first-round picks.
The first round is set to begin at 6 p.m.
ET on Friday and is expected to feature two of the most exciting prospects in the game.1.
Alex Ovechkin of the Washington CapitalsThe No. 1 overall pick has already impressed in the first season of his NHL career and his offensive numbers are already impressive.
The 21-year-old Russian star is already among the top players in the world.
He leads the league in scoring with a league-leading 34 goals.
Ovechek has also scored more than 20 goals in each of the past two seasons, and has become one of the best players in all of hockey.
In the NHL Draft, Ovechaks offensive numbers look particularly impressive.
He has tallied a career-high 29 goals in just 23 games and has an incredible plus-22 rating.
He also leads all players in ice time (2,844 minutes) and points (65).
He is already the league’s leading scorer in scoring (25 goals), points (62) and goals (42).
The Russian forward is set for an impressive rookie season.
His offensive output in 2017-18 was solid, but his production dipped a bit in the second half of the season.
That was partly because he was forced to play in the AHL after missing the entire 2018-19 season with a knee injury.
Ovechkins defensive game was also solid.
He allowed just two goals in 20 games in the postseason, including a playoff game-winner in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Ovi has also added a plus-17 rating in five playoff games, with three of those games coming in the playoffs.
Oovas offensive numbers have improved a lot since his rookie year, and he has also helped the Capitals’ defense, too.
The Capitals’ top pick has been able to make an impact in his first year in the NHL.
He’s also made an impact on the ice, too, scoring more than 60 points in his NHL debut.
He is one of just eight rookies to score 100 points in a season, joining Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovi.
Oves offensive game has also improved dramatically in his second season.
He ranks third in the league with a plus/minus rating of +27.
His goal totals are even better than his offensive totals, as he leads the NHL in goals with 37.
Ovs offense is also up by 11 points (6 goals, 17 assists) this season.
Overexpanding on that, Ovi ranks third among rookies with a +22.5 Corsi percentage.
The 23-year old Russian is also second among NHL rookies with 37 points.
Ovi has an offensive game that can be exploited.
He plays a physical game, and will be able to put up big offensive numbers with his linemates, so he has the ability to score goals for the Capitals.
Oovechkin is a great prospect, and there are no question about his offensive potential.
I just wish he could play more regularly with his teammates.2.
Dylan Strome of the Pittsburgh PenguinsThe 6-foot-4, 213-pound Strome is the top player in this year’s draft.
He will be an elite prospect if he can stay healthy.
The big, skilled forward is the No. 2 overall pick in this season’s draft, and the Pittsburgh native is already one of North America’s top offensive talents.
He was selected in the fifth round of last year’s NHL Draft.
Strome has been a tremendous player this season, and was among the NHL’s top scorers.
He finished the regular season with 41 goals and 62 points.
Stroms offensive production was up from last season, as his goals and assists were up by 15 and 21 points respectively.
He led the Penguins with a power-play goal and tied for the team lead in scoring.
His plus-11 rating is second in the League.
Stros production is the reason he has been so productive this season and is one reason why he was selected.
The Penguins have a lot of talent at forward and Strome could develop into a big contributor in the future.3.
Connor McDavid of the Edmonton OilersThe Oilers have had a lot to be happy about this season as they have climbed into the top spot in the West.
They have made some strides defensively this season with McDavid leading the league at even strength and scoring the most goals of any forward.
McDavid is also one of only two players in NHL history to average at least 20 points per game.
Mcdavid is also the only player in the entire League to average more than two goals per game in each season, with seven such seasons.
McDavid is one player who is able to excel offensively and is also a good defender.
He possesses the size, skill and scoring ability