The month of February brought about two events that involved NHL prospects outside of normal schedules. First, for USHL prospects, the BioSteel All-American Game involved an opportunity for NHL draft-eligible players to showcase their skills against their peers. Then the Winter Olympics has also provided opportunities for some prospects to put their skills on display. In both instances, NHL draft eligible prospects provided MVP performances and have climbed a bit on my board. Here are a few thoughts on some players for February and my top-32 prospects.

Shane Wright

There was some question regarding Wright’s status as a number one in late January, with a few public lists putting American Logan Cooley in the number one slot. However, Wright has been on a tear offensively, posting 36 points in his last 21 games. He’s been answering the critics regarding offensive ceiling recently. He remains number one on my board.

Logan Cooley

Cooley has been climbing most boards, including mine, steadily this season. His performance at the BioSteel game was superb and he showed off a tremendous skillset and high-level agility. He is ranked number one on a few public lists, but he is not there for me yet.  

Juraj Slafkovky

The MVP of the Olympics (yes, the MVP as a 17-year-old), Slafkovsky put up 7 goals in 7 games, unheard of in a men’s tournament. He showed off his high-end puck skills and ability to make difficult plays in tight despite his large frame. He’s been in my top-10 all season and moved into my top 5 this month.

Rutger McGroarty

McGroary pulled off a dominant performance at the BioSteel game, earning the MVP nod. McGroarty showed off speed and tenacity, making him an intriguing prospect. He is continuing to look like a versatile player that could move up and down a line-up with ease. He’s a player to continue to keep an eye on in the coming months.


Position and Name Height and Weight Team and League
1. C Shane Wright 6’1 188 Kingston (OHL)
2. C Matthew Savoie 5’9 180 Winnipeg (WHL)
3. C Logan Cooley 5’10 174 US NTDP (USHL)
4. W Juraj Slafkovsky 6’4 225 TPS (FIN)
5. D Simon Nemec 6’1 192 HK Nitra (SLO)
6. W Joakim Kemell 5’11 180 JYP (FIN)
7. C Brad Lambert 6’0 180 JYP (FIN)
8. W Danila Yurov 6’1 172 Magnitogorsk (KHL)
9. C/W Frank Nazar 5’10 174 US NTDP (USHL)
10. D David Jiricek 6’4 176 HC Plzn (CZE)
11. W Ivan Miroshnichenko 6’1 185 MHL (Russia)
12. C Conor Geekie 6’4 205 Winnipeg (WHL)
13. C/W Rutger McGroarty 6’1 204 US NTDP (USHL)
14. D Seamus Casey 5’10 162 US NTDP (USHL)
15. W Cutter Gauthier 6’3 190 US NTDP (USHL)
16. W Gleb Trikozov 6’1 185 MHL (RUS)
17. D Ryan Chesney 6’0 194 US NTDP (USHL)
18. W Filip Mesar 5’9 165 SLO
19. W Isaac Howard 5’10 183 US NTDP (USHL)
20. D Ty Nelson 5’8 172 North Bay (OHL)
21. D Kevin Korchinski 6’2 175 Seattle (WHL)
22. W Marco Kasper 5’10 176 Rogle (SWE)
23. D Dante Mateychuk 5’11 192 Moose Jaw (WHL)
24. C/W Noah Ostlund 5’10 160 Djurgardens (SWE)
25. C/W Jonathan Lekkerimaki  5’11 172 Djurgardens (SWE)
26. C Jack Hughes 6’0 165 Northeastern (NCAA)
27. D Lane Hutson 5’8 150 US NDTP (USHL)
28. D Tristan Luneau 6’2 174 Gatineau (QMJHL)
29. C/W Nathan Gaucher 6’3 207 Quebec (QMJHL)
30. D Pavel Mintyukov 6’2 190 Saginaw (OHL)
31. F Jimmy Snuggerud 6’2 186 US NDTP (USHL)
32. D Owen Pickering 6’5 180 Swift Current (WHL)