from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
There is no doubt whatsoever who will be taken No. 1 overall in the talent-laden 2023 NHL Draft.
Beyond that, though, at Nos. 2 through 5? Well, grab the popcorn because it’s going to be quite a show. It will be fascinating to see in what order a handful of elite prospects not named Connor Bedard are chosen on June 28 in Nashville.
That much became evident when compiling TSN’s 2023 NHL Draft Top 12 Ranking, the Draft Lottery Edition. And we will at least find out in Monday’s NHL Draft Lottery (8 p.m. ET) which clubs will win the Nos. 1 and 2 picks in this year’s draft and the order of selection.
While every scout surveyed by TSN had Bedard as the obvious and clear-cut No. 1, four other gifted prospects earned consideration from the scouts at No. 2, behind the phenom.
Those four prospects include: University of Michigan dominant offensive Canadian centre Adam Fantilli; surging U.S. Under-18 National Team Development Program centre Will Smith; Swedish two-way centre Leo Carlsson; and dynamic Russian goal-scoring winger Matvei Michkov.