The 2015 NHL Draft begins this evening from Sunny Florida and the BB&T Center, home of the Panthers. This year could be another record-setting year for the USHL, and many players who have skated in Dubuque, for, or against, the Fighting Saints, will hear their names called Friday and Saturday. There is no sure-fire pick from the Fighting Saints this year and in fact, no current Fighting Saints appear on NHL Central Scouting's final rankings. However, this year is chalked full of USHL talent. Many of these players who will be selected played in the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, held on January 13 of this past year in Dubuque.
You can catch the 1st Round of the NHL Draft on Friday, June 26 on NBC Sports Network beginning at 6 p.m. The Draft continues on NHL.com and the NHL Network at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning with Rounds 2-7. Make sure to visit USHL.com and their Draft Hub for tons of great info including highlight videos.
I've had the pleasure of watching many great talents come through the USHL over the last three years behind the mic. I've made my list and provided my thoughts on some of the many players with ties to the USHL that could be taken in the 2015 NHL Draft. Some are locks, others, like Dubuque's leading scorer Season Malone, are off the board picks.
-Played for Team USA from 2012-2014
-NHL Central Scouting Rank: #2