2018 NHL Draft Prospects at the World Juniors

The annual World Junior Hockey Championship is an under-20 tournament, so typically it’s dominated by 18 and 19-year-old players who have already been selected by clubs in the annual National Hockey League draft. That said, there is always a small group of promising players eligible for selection in the upcoming NHL Draft showcased at the tournament.

Andrei Svechnikov (Terry Wilson / OHL Images)

The 2018 World Juniors is no exception. Here’s a quick glance at the top prospects from the 2018 NHL Draft that will be on display in Buffalo.

Potential First Rounders

The bad news is that Team Canada is entirely comprised of players already selected by NHL teams, so anybody hoping to catch a glimpse of the likes of Joe Veleno, Ty Smith or Ryan Merkley will be disappointed.

The good news is that five of the consensus top six players available in the upcoming draft will be on display in the tournament:

Other projected first round picks include Swedish F Isac Lundestrom, Swiss F Philipp Kurashev, and American D Quinn Hughes.

Draft Depth

If you’re the type of person that likes to watch a little of everything during the World Juniors, it will be very easy for you to get a cross-section of the depth available internationally in the 2018 NHL Draft. The draft depth is primarily split across four teams:

Martin Fehervary
Martin Fehervary of IK Oskarshamn is a B-rated prospect by the Central Scouting Service for the 2018 NHL Draft. (Claes Svensson/IK Oskarshamn)

Czech Republic: Goaltender Jakub Skarek, defenseman Filip Kral and forwards Martin Kaut and Jakub Lauko are all first-time draft eligible players who are on the NHL’s Central Scouting Service’s watch list. Forward Kristian Reichel, son of longtime NHLer Robert Reichel, is in his second year of eligibility but has drawn a lot of attention after coming over to the Western Hockey League’s Red Deer Rebels as an import.

Denmark: Forward Phillip Schultz is the lone draft eligible player on the Danish roster on the Central Scouting watch list.

Slovakia: The Slovaks have a pair of draft eligible defenders in Martin Fehervary (a B-rated prospect by Central Scouting, potentially a second or third round pick) and Michal Ivan, and a forward in Milos Roman.

Switzerland: The Swiss feature highly-touted forward Nando Eggenberger (another B-rated prospect by Central Scouting), as well as blueliners Nico Gross and Davyd Barandun.

All the 2018 World Junior Championship Team Information:

Czech Republic — Team Preview — Roster

USA — Team PreviewRoster

Russia — Team Preview — Roster

Belarus — Team Preview — Roster

Canada — Team Preview — Roster

Denmark — Team Preview — Roster

Finland — Team PreviewRoster

Switzerland — Team PreviewRoster

Slovakia — Team Preview — Roster

Sweden — Team PreviewRoster

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