The 2022 NHL draft just concluded, but it's never too early to get excited about the 2023 class.
1. Connor Bedard, C, Regina (WHL)
Offensive dynamo thinks the game at an elite level and then executes. You can’t keep him off the scoresheet.
2. Adam Fantilli, C, Chicago (USHL)
Big frame, skates like the wind and piles up points. Michigan commit has all the physical tools.
3. Matvei Michkov, RW, SKA-1946 St. Petersburg (Rus. Jr.)
Right up there with Bedard in terms of talent, but his KHL pact runs until 2026. Which NHL team can wait?
4. Dalibor Dvorsky, C, AIK (Swe. Jr.)
Skill and savvy have helped him in Sweden and internationally, where he’s one of Slovakia’s top junior stars.
5. Brayden Yager, C, Moose Jaw (WHL)
A wicked shooter that can beat goalies clean. He’ll continue to progress as part of a strong Warriors program.
6. Calum Ritchie, C, Oshawa (OHL)
One of the most pleasant surprises in the OHL, the big rookie has the skills to make opponents pay.
7. Charlie Stramel, C, U.S. NTDP (USHL)
Missed half the season with injury, but his huge frame and nasty disposition make him one to watch.
8. Leo Carlsson, RW, Orebro (Swe.)
Big kid with vision and compete level has contributed in SHL and was solid for Sweden at the U-18s.
9. Quentin Musty, LW, Sudbury (OHL)
Another youngster with great size, Musty skates well and should benefit as young Wolves gain experience.
10. Colby Barlow, Owen Sound (OHL)
Broke the franchise record for goals by a 16-year-old. His shot was voted one of the best by OHL coaches.
Other notables: Cameron Allen (D), Zach Benson (LW), Kasper Halttunen (LW), Riley Heidt (C).