from Scott Wheeler of The Athletic,
This project is broken into two pieces, separating today’s top-50 drafted skaters (forwards and defensemen) list from tomorrow’s top-10 drafted goalie prospects ranking....
If you’re new to my work, it’s worth noting that the criteria I use for defining an NHL prospect versus an NHL player does not align with the NHL’s criteria for rookies. The NHL’s definition says that once a prospect has played 25 games in a single NHL season, six or more NHL games in multiple seasons or has turned 26, he is no longer considered a rookie. My criteria differs on both the games played and the age front to better reflect what we know about developmental curves.\
24. Simon Edvinsson, LHD, 18 (Detroit Red Wings — 6th overall, 2021)
Edvinsson’s a difficult player to get confidently project because there’s still so much that needs to happen for him to reach his true potential. His ceiling, though, is extremely high and backed by a set of traits and skills that already pop, from his exceptional hands and control of the puck for a player his size to his fearlessness with and without it to his towering frame and his strong foundational knowledge of how to use it to defend in a variety of ways (with an active stick, with step-up physicality when opportunities present themselves, on box-outs, etc.). If he can develop his shot (which needs a lot of work), learn to hone his frame and his skating a little more smoothly and make better choices, the potential is there in spades.
48. Jonatan Berggren, LW, 21 (Detroit Red Wings — 33rd overall, 2018)
Berggren, one of my longtime favorites, had the kind of season in the SHL last year that it always felt like he’d have once he could finally stay healthy. His talent level with the puck on his stick is undeniable. It pops in his ability to hang onto the puck when others would get rid of it, delay, deceive and then make a play from the perimeter (where he works most of his magic) to the inside as soon as one’s presented. It pops in his ability to extend sequences when it looks like he’s trapped in traffic. And while he’s not the tallest, he’s stocky along the wall, which helps him absorb contact and extend cycle sequences as well. If he had an extra gear in his skating, he’d be a menacing offensive forward. And while there’s a boom or bust element to his upside as a player who is going to have to play in an offensive role to succeed, if the Red Wings can find him the right fit he could be a much-needed shot of skill into their lineup in the next year or two.