2010 Nhl Entry Draft Best Players of All Time

Brandon McNally

The 2010 NHL Entry Draft was a momentous event, as it marked the first time that Los Angeles hosted the draft. Held at Staples Center in June of 2010, this 48th edition of the annual event saw an unprecedented record number of American-trained players selected in the first round. The two-day event provided both excitement and anticipation to hockey fans around North America, as teams sought out their future stars on ice.

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1. Tyler Seguin

Dallas Stars

Tyler Seguin Career

  • NHL team: Dallas Stars
  • Former teams: Boston Bruins
  • EHC Biel
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 2nd overall, 2010
  • Boston Bruins

Tyler Seguin is a talented and dynamic centre who has quickly become one of the top players in the NHL. After being drafted by the Dallas Stars in 2010, Seguin spent two seasons with their USHL affiliate before making his professional debut with the team in 2012-13.

In 2014-15, he led all NHL centres with 54 goals and finished second overall in points behind only Alex Ovechkin. 

The following season (2015-16), Seguin helped lead Dallas to their first Stanley Cup championship since 1999 and became just the sixth player ever to win both the Art Ross Trophy as leading scorer and MVP honours during the same season.

He was selected to represent Canada at both the 2016 World Championship and 2017 World Cup of Hockey, where he helped Canada reach consecutive final appearances for only the third time in history –winning gold at both tournaments respectively. 

At age 26 years old, Seguin will enter into an arbitration process with Dallas which could result in him becoming a restricted free agent after this upcoming season or signing an extension prior to that happening.

Also Played For: dallas stars, 2019–20 nhl season

2. Taylor Hall

Boston Bruins

Taylor Hall Career

  • NHL team: Boston Bruins
  • Former teams: Edmonton Oilers
  • New Jersey Devils
  • Arizona Coyotes
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 1st overall, 2010
  • Edmonton Oilers

Taylor Hall is a left wing who plays for the Edmonton Oilers. He was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the first round, 17th overall, of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

On July 1st, 2016 he signed with the Vegas Golden Knights to a six-year contract worth $42 million and became an unrestricted free agent on June 30th, 2020. In his rookie season (2010-11), Hall led all rookies in points (41) and assists (26).

The following year (2011-12), he finished second in scoring behind only Sidney Crosby with 116 points (50 goals and 76 assists). 

In 2013-14, Hall again led all scorers with 113 points while helping lead New Jersey to their fourth Stanley Cup championship in franchise history.

On February 26th, 2018 Taylor scored an overtime goal against Arizona that won game 5 of their playoff series and propelled them into the Conference Finals where they eventually lost to Washington Capitals 4 games to 2.

3. Mikael Granlund

Nashville Predators

Mikael Granlund Career

  • NHL team: Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Former teams: Oulun Kärpät
  • HIFK
  • Minnesota Wild
  • Nashville Predators
  • National team: Finland
  • NHL Draft: 9th overall, 2010
  • Minnesota Wild

Mikael Granlund is a 30-year-old centre/right wing who plays for the Minnesota Wild. He was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in 2010, but never played in their organization.

He then moved on to Finland's SM-liiga team Jokerit before signing with the Minnesota Wild as a free agent in 2016. In 2018, he led all NHL players with 82 points (41 goals and 41 assists) while playing for Finland at the World Championships.

His father, Timo, also played hockey professionally; Mikael has said that his motivation comes from wanting to emulate his father's success rather than any dreams of becoming one himself. 

The 2019 playoffs were particularly impressive for Granlund – he scored five goals including Game 7 of the Western Conference Final against Vegas which propelled Minnesota into their first Stanley Cup Final appearance since 2007 where they lost to Detroit 4–1.

4. Jeff Skinner

Buffalo Sabres

Jeff Skinner Career

  • NHL team: Buffalo Sabres
  • Former teams: Carolina Hurricanes
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 7th overall, 2010
  • Carolina Hurricanes

Jeff Skinner is a 30-year-old left wing who was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round, 17th overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. 

He has played for both the Halifax Mooseheads and Toronto Marlies of the QMJHL before joining Carolina as a full-time player in 2013.

Skinner led all rookies with 28 goals and 57 points in 64 games during his rookie season with Carolina; he also added 10 assists for 70 points total on the year. 

In 2014–15, Skinner finished second among NHL scorers behind Sidney Crosby with 106 points (37 goals, 63 assists) in 78 games played; he also registered career highs with 24 powerplay goals and 11 game-winning goals that season.

The following season—2015–16—Skinner again dominated offensively posting 128 points (50 goals, 74 assists), leading all players in scoring once more while establishing himself as one of hockey's most reliable offensive weapons over an extended period of time.

Injuries limited him to only 73 regular season games during 2017–18 but still managed to contribute 42 points (17g/27a) along with seven game-winning tallies en route to earning his fourth consecutive nomination for both Hart Memorial Trophy and Art Ross Trophy award winners.

5. Nino Niederreiter

Nashville Predators

Nino Niederreiter Career

  • NHL team: Winnipeg Jets
  • Former teams: HC Davos
  • New York Islanders
  • Minnesota Wild
  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • Nashville Predators
  • National team: Switzerland
  • NHL Draft: 5th overall, 2010
  • New York Islanders

Nino Niederreiter is a Swiss right wing who has spent his entire NHL career with the Minnesota Wild. He was drafted in the first round, 18th overall, by the Wild in 2010 and broke into the league as an rookie that year.

In 2013-14 he recorded 29 goals and 59 points to lead all rookies in scoring and helped lead Minnesota to their first playoff appearance since 2004. 

His production dropped off somewhat in 2014-15 (24 goals, 58 points) but bounced back strongly in 2015-16 with 37 goals and 86 points over 79 games - good for third place among league forwards behind only Sidney Crosby and Patrick Kane.

However, injuries limited him to just 46 games during the 2016-17 season which resulted in another lower point total of 31 markers – though still fourth on team scoring charts at this stage of his career.

6 Nino missed most of 2017 due to injury yet returned strong last year playing 77 games recording 32 assists en route tot he second wild card berth for Minnesota.

Nino has been very reliable offensively throughout his NHL career averaging around 22 goals per season while registering at least one assist every other game.

He will turn 30 years old before next season’s playoffs start so there might be some regression involved however given how consistent he has been offensively over time I would not count him out just yet.

6. Vladimir Tarasenko

St. Louis Blues

Vladimir Tarasenko Career

  • 2007–08: Sibir–2 Novosibirsk
  • 2008–09: Sibir Novosibirsk
  • 2009–10: Sibirskie Snaipery Novosibirsk
  • 2009–10: Sibir Novosibirsk
  • 2010–11: Sibir Novosibirsk
  • 2010–11: Sibirskie Snaipery Novosibirsk
  • 2011–12: Sibir Novosibirsk
  • 2011–12: SKA Saint Petersburg
  • 2012–13: SKA Saint Petersburg
  • 2012–13: St. Louis Blues
  • 2013–14: St. Louis Blues

Vladimir Tarasenko is a Russian-born right winger who plays for the St. Louis Blues in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the Blues in the first round, third overall, of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Tarasenko has been named to four All-Star teams and won two Stanley Cups with St. Louis in 2017 and 2018. In addition to his hockey career, Tarasenko also holds a degree from Kazan University in criminal justice and business administration.

Outside of hockey, he is known for his charity work which includes supporting children’s cancer causes through. The Vladimir Tatarinov Children’s Cancer Fund International Foundation and helping raise money for victims of Russia’s 2014. 

Winter Olympics terrorist attack through Sport Relief Russia/Kazan 2020 Support Fund projects organized by Mylan Ukraine together with world soccer stars like Andriy Yarmolenko, Benjamin Pavard and Denis Cheryshev among others.

7. Ryan Johansen

Nashville Predators

Ryan Johansen Career

  • NHL team: Nashville Predators
  • Former teams: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • NHL Draft: 4th overall, 2010
  • Columbus Blue Jackets

Ryan Johansen is a 30-year old Canadian professional ice hockey player with the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL. 

He was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the first round, 19th overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and spent his childhood in British Columbia playing major junior hockey for both Kelowna Rockets and Portland Winterhawks before being traded to Columbus as part of a blockbuster trade on January 6, 2014.

Known for his high-level scoring ability as well as his leadership abilities on and off the ice, Johansen has quickly become one of Columbus' most important players over recent seasons. 

In addition to regular season play, he has also made several appearances for Canada at both international tournaments (World Championships & IIHF World Championship).

Playoff games including an appearance in their stunning run to victory at the 2016 Stanley Cup Final against Toronto Maple Leafs which saw him score two goals in six games played during that tournament.

8. Brock Nelson

New York Islanders

Brock Nelson

Brock Nelson is a 31-year-old American forward who currently plays for the New York Islanders. 

He was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and has since played for them, as well as other teams including the Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Winnipeg Jets.

In 2018 he joined his fourth team - the New York Islanders - after spending time with both Tampa Bay and Winnipeg during that season's playoffs. 

Brock Nelson is a strong skater with good balance who can beat defenders one-on-one or off of rushes due to his quick hands and feet; he also has good vision and passing ability which allows him to create opportunities for teammates.

His defensive game still needs work but he is getting better all the time, particularly when it comes to positioning himself defensively in front of his net so that shots are difficult for opposing goaltenders to save.

With over 700 career points (485 goals & 310 assists), Brock Nelson ranks 12th in franchise history behind only Patrick Kane, Jaromir Jagr, John Tavares (& Alexander Ovechkin) among forwards born before 1991.

9. Brett Connolly

Tampa Bay Lightning

Brett Connolly

Connolly was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the 2nd round, 51st overall of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Connolly had a breakout season with the Boston Bruins in 2015-16, scoring 25 goals and 47 assists for 72 points in 82 games played.

Injuries have hindered Connolly's development over his career; he has only played more than 80 games twice in four seasons. Connolly is a right wing who shoots right. He is known as one of the hardest workers on and off the ice, and is considered to be an excellent penalty killer by hockey analysts.

On July 1st, 2018, Connolly signed with HC Kladno of the Czech Extraliga (the top professional league in Europe). 

Brett Connolly was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 6th round of the 2010 NHL Draft. He has spent most of his career with HC Lugano (CHL) where he won a Swiss National Championship in 2013-14 and two league titles, in 2012-13 and 2014-15.

In November 2015, Connolly signed with the Boston Bruins as a free agent. With Boston, he made his NHL debut on February 9th 2016 against the Florida Panthers and recorded an assist on Patrice Bergeron's goal in regulation time to send Boston.

First playoff series since 2008. As of April 5th 2017 Brett Connolly has played 241 regular season games for Boston scoring 29 goals and adding 50 assists for 89 points earning him 3rd all time amongst Bruins forwards behind only Bobby Orr and Dick Irvin Jr.

On July 1st 2017, after four seasons with the Bruins, Connolly was traded along with Ryan Spooner to Washington Capitals in exchange for Zach Trotman, Jakub Vrana and prospect defenseman Ian McCoshen.

10. Cam Fowler

Anaheim Ducks

Cam Fowler

Cam Fowler is a rugged defender who has played in the NHL for seven seasons. He was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in 2009 and has since helped lead them to two Stanley Cup championships (2012, 2016).

Fowler often plays on the power play and quarterbacking defensemen for his team. His size and strength make him difficult to move off of the puck, making him an effective defensive player. Injuries have been a problem for Fowler throughout his career.

He missed significant time with concussions in 2014-15 and 2015-16 due to head injuries sustained while playing hockey.

However, he rebounded last season to post 68 points in 82 games - his highest total ever - despite missing parts of four months due to illness or injury. 

Cam Fowler will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season and there are rumours that he could join new club Nashville Predators as soon as July 1st 2019.

11. Nick Bjugstad

Minnesota Wild

Nick Bjugstad

Nick Bjugstad is a center for the Arizona Coyotes. Nick was drafted by the Florida Panthers in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft. He has played his entire career with the Panthers, totaling 268 games and scoring 71 goals and adding 138 assists for 269 points.

In 2018-19, he led all forwards in ice time (24:39) and ranked second on team in shots (60). On March 29th, 2019, it was announced that Bjugstad had signed an eight-year contract extension with the Coyotes worth $64 million ($7 million per year). 

In addition to his offensive abilities, Nick also possesses excellent defensive instincts which have contributed to him being one of the most durable players in franchise history playing over 800 consecutive games from 2011-2018 without missing any significant time due to injury.

12. Evgeny Kuznetsov

Washington Capitals

Evgeny Kuznetsov Career

  • NHL team: Washington Capitals
  • Former teams: Traktor Chelyabinsk
  • National team: Russia
  • NHL Draft: 26th overall, 2010
  • Washington Capitals

Evgeny Kuznetsov is a Russian professional ice hockey player. He currently plays for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). Kuznetsov was drafted by the Capitals with the 63rd overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

In his first full NHL season, 2013-14, he recorded 43 points (16 goals and 29 assists) in 80 games played. 

His second full NHL season saw him tally 64 points (21 goals and 43 assists) over 82 games played; helping lead Washington to their first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history.

Injuries have limited Kuznetsov to just 52 regular season games over three seasons since then, but has still managed to produce at a high rate; totalling 79 points during that span (25 goals and 56 assists). 

On 25 May 2018, Kuznetsov signed an eight-year contract extension worth $64 million with the Capitals."Evgeni [Kuznets] had a great year last year," said general manager Brian MacLellan after announcing the deal on Monday morning at Capital One Arena."

He's been one of our most productive players both offensively and defensively for quite some time now so we're very happy that he's going to be here for many years to come.""

I'm really excited about this new contract," added captain Alex Ovechkin following Saturday night's win against Tampa Bay "It feels good because it means I can play my whole career here.""

This team is my family," proclaimed Evgeny Kuznetsov post signing press conference"Now everything is perfect – we are all happy together. Cecfd755ace9 Kozlov also would like rejoin Caps Posted by Dan Rosen on Wednesday, May 8, 2018· 

Leave a Comment Former teammate Dmitry Kozlov tried out for two days with Team Russia earlier this month before deciding not to sign up again due to offers being made by other teams including interested from his former squad from when he spent four seasons playing alongside Washington’s Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Also Played For: 2018–19 nhl season, 2017–18 nhl season

13. Jaden Schwartz

Seattle Kraken

Jaden Schwartz Career

  • 2011: Canada
  • Bronze medal : 2012 Canada
  • 2008–09: Notre Dame Hounds
  • 2009–10: Tri-City Storm
  • 2010–11: Colorado College
  • 2011–12: Colorado College
  • 2011–12: St. Louis Blues
  • 2012–13: Peoria Rivermen
  • 2012–13: St. Louis Blues

Schwartz was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the 2nd round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Schwartz has played for both the Blues and Chicago Blackhawks during his career, where he has tallied 83 points (37 goals, 50 assists) in 253 games.

Schwartz signed a six-year contract extension with St. Louis on July 1st, 2016 worth $36 million dollars ($6 million per year). 

Schwartz is known as an excellent skater who can create chances for himself and his teammates with good passing and shooting ability from the left-wing position.

He was nominated for the 2017-18 NHL All-Star Game but failed to make it onto the final roster due to an injury sustained earlier in the season against Columbus Blue Jackets Jaden Schwartz is a left winger who plays for the St. 

Louis Blues in the NHL. He was drafted 14th overall by the Blues in 2010 and has since played 96 games with them, scoring 33 goals and adding 74 assists.

Schwartz made his international debut for Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championship, where he helped lead his team to a silver medal finish. In 2014, Schwartz signed an eight-year contract extension with the Blues worth $46 million USD ($60 million CAD). 

Jaden Schwartz is considered one of the best young players in hockey and is expected to be a mainstay on StLouis’s roster for many years to come.

14. Justin Faulk

St. Louis Blues

Justin Faulk

Faulk has been a consistent player in the NHL for several years now. He is known for his offensive skills and strong defensive play. Faulk was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2010 and has played with them since then.

He has won two Stanley Cups with the Hurricanes, in 2013 and 2016, becoming one of their most successful players ever. 

Faulk will be playing for the St Louis Blues this season after they traded him to them at the end of last season Faulk is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina and played for the St.

Louis Blues from 2010 to 2013 before being traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in 2014. Faulk established himself as an elite defenseman during his time with the Blues, winning two Stanley Cups (2011 and 2012) while playing alongside superstar players like Vladimir Tarasenko and David Backes. 

Faulk has since continued his success with the Hurricanes, helping them reach the playoffs three times in four seasons – most recently in 2017–18.

A versatile player who can play both forward positions, Faulk is considered one of the top defenders in hockey and will be looking to add another championship ring to his collection when he enters into next year's NHL Draft. 

Justin Faulk is a hard-working defender who always brings intensity on every shift – whether it's against opposing forwards or pesky goalies on penalty kills.

15. Joonas Donskoi

Colorado Avalanche

Joonas Donskoi

Joonas Donskoi is a right-wing player who has played in the NHL for the San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars, and Colorado Avalanche. Donskoi was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the 2nd round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

He made his debut with them in 2012-13. Donskoi signed with the Dallas Stars as a free agent in 2016 and he helped them win their first Stanley Cup that year. He also won silver medals at both the World Championships (2016) and the Olympics (2018).

In 2020, Donskoi joined forces with the Colorado Avalanche and he has been playing there ever since then. Joonas Donskoi is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward, who was drafted by the Seattle Kraken in the 99th overall NHL Draft. 

He has spent most of his career with the Oulun Kärpät, where he won two Finnish championships and an appearance in the playoffs for Finland at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Donskoi signed as a free agent with San Jose Sharks on July 1st, 2017. Joonas' older brother Toni played 9 seasons in the NHL for Florida Panthers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Dallas Stars before retiring in 2013.

16. Dylan McIlrath

New York Rangers

Dylan McIlrath

Dylan McIlrath is a defender who has played for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL since 2012. He was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the second round, 45th overall, in 2010.

After two seasons with Edmonton's junior team and one year at Boston University where he helped lead them to their first Hockey East championship, McIlrath was traded to Winnipeg as part of a three-team trade on March 1st, 2014.

In his first season with the Jets he led all NHL defenceman in hits (181) and ranked third among rookies in points (27). He missed most of 2016 due to an injury but still managed to score six goals and add 19 assists for 25 points through 71 games that season en route to being named an All Star for the 2nd time in his career.

The following year saw him post another strong campaign offensively recording 38 goals and 79 assists for 119 points including 10 game winning goals which placed him 5th amongst defensemen behind only Erik Karlsson (17), Sidney Crosby (14) and Connor McDavid(13). 

This earned him both Hart Memorial Trophy as MVP, as well as Ted Lindsay Award given “to the player, adjudged Most Valuable To His Team”.

Included within this impressive offensive output were once again 182 hits ranking 3rd amongst defensemen yet again while also posting a +32 rating which was good enough for 4th best out of all blueliners not named Karlsson or Crosby.

By finishing runner up behind Pittsburgh's Kris Letang for Norris Trophy awarded “the top defensive forward/defenseman” it showed just how dominant a season it had been from Dylan McIlrath.

17. Alexander Burmistrov

Salavat Yulaev Ufa

Alexander Burmistrov

Alexander Burmistrov is a Russian centre who played for the Winnipeg Jets in 2016. Burmistrov spent four seasons with the Nashville Predators, where he scored 79 goals and added 114 assists in 449 games.

In 2013-14, he helped CSKA win their fourth KHL Championship title and was named MVP of the playoffs. Prior to joining CSKA Moscow, Burmistrov played two seasons with Traktor Chelyabinsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

He recorded 106 points (50G-54A) in 164 games over that time period. Alexander has represented his country at both World Championships and Olympic Games tournaments, winning silver medals at each event behind team-mate Alex Ovechkin.

Born on October 21st 1991 in Kazan Russia, Alexander started playing hockey at an early age growing up idolizing players such as Pavel Datsyuk Sergei Fedorov Nicklas Lidstrom and Mario Lemieux. 

After making his debut playing for Krylia Sovetov Samara during the 2004–05 season aged just 16 years old he quickly became one of Europe’s most promising young hockey stars earning selection into.'

Team Russia’s under 20 squads competed at The IIHF U20 World Junior Championships held in Finland finishing top scorer alongside NHLers Evgeni Malkin Ilya Kovalchuk & Vladimir Tarasenko.

As part of this successful campaign he also claimed Best Forward honors following a 7 game series against Canada scoring 5 goals including 2 semi finals braces helping Russia reach their first ever final tournament appearance since 1960. 

Winning bronze medal after losing 1 game to Sweden. At 18 years old becoming only 3rd player ever to score multiple hat tricks at junior level. 

Drafted by Nashville Predators 6th overall pick of 2006 entry draft following impressive performance dominating NCAA Division I play leading Harvard University Crimson to Frozen Four championship before being drafted.

Scored 145 points (74G-71A) en route recording a career-best +41 rating. Selected as captain prior to 2010–11 NHL season but suffered a significant knee injury late November 2009 causing him miss majority of entire 2010–11 campaign.

Retires from Harvard University after completing year long suspension due not compete while serving NCAA sanctioning signs Professional tryout contract with Milwaukee Admirals on July 1st 2011 only days after leaving hospital recovering from surgery.

18. Jesper Fast

Carolina Hurricanes

Jesper Fast

Jesper Fast is a talented and skilled forward with the New York Rangers. He was drafted by the Rangers in the fourth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. In 2014, he scored 21 goals and added 27 assists for 48 points in 80 games played for the Rangers.

Jesper Fast has represented Sweden at both World Championships (2013,2015) as well as at several Olympic Games (2010,2012). His father Lars also played professional hockey; he retired after playing parts of two seasons with Modo Hockey in Sweden's top league Elitserien (the highest level of Swedish ice hockey).

Jesper Fast married his long-time girlfriend Emma Samuelsson on July 1st, 2017 Jesper Fast is a right wing for the New York Rangers. He was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2010 NHL Draft but never played for them as he was traded to the Rangers later that year. 

In his 4 seasons with NY, Jesper has recorded 134 points (41 goals and 83 assists).

Jesper signed with HV71 of Sweden's Elitserien ahead of this season and has so far put up 12 points in 10 games played. Jesper will be an important part of Team USA at the upcoming World Championships where they are currently ranked 2nd in Group A behind Serbia.

19. Erik Gudbranson

Columbus Blue Jackets

Erik Gudbranson

Erik Gudbranson is a defender for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and played with them until he was traded to the Florida Panthers in 2015.

Gudbranson has won two Stanley Cups with both teams, in 2016 and 2017, making him one of only six players to win multiple championships with two different clubs (the others are Tim Duncan, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and Patrick Roy).

In 2019 he signed an eight-year contract extension worth $8 million per year with Pittsburgh. Erik Gudbranson is known for being a physical player who can play defence or forward; despite this versatility his main position on the ice remains at defence where he excels at breaking up plays and creating turnovers leading to scoring chances for his team mates.

Outside of hockey Erik enjoys spending time with his wife Erika and their three young daughters Madeline Rose Sorenson (born May 3rd 2018), Isabella Grace Sorenson (born March 30th 2019)and Annalise Marie Sorensen (born October 24th 2020).

20. Emerson Etem

Anaheim Ducks

Emerson Etem

Emerson Etem is a professional basketball player who has played for several teams in the NBA. Emerson was born in Long Beach, California and raised there by his mother and stepfather after his father left when he was young.

He attended college at Brigham Young University where he played on their varsity team from 2009 to 2013 before being drafted into the NBA by the Dallas Mavericks in 2014. Emerson spent four seasons with the Mavericks before signing with the Sacramento Kings in 2018.

In 2019, he signed with Turkish club Beşiktaş JK and helped them win the Turkish Cup that year as well as making an appearance in both EuroBasket 2020 and The Finals of The Champions League later that year where they lost to Barcelona Emerson Etem played for HC Lugano in the Swiss National League A from 2012 to 2020.

He was drafted 29th overall by the Anaheim Ducks in 2010, and made his NHL debut with them during the 2013-14 season. 

Emerson was traded to the New York Rangers on February 27th, 2018, where he scored his first NHL goal against Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers on March 1st, 2018. On July 1st, 2019 Emerson signed a one year contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

21. Quinton Howden

Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod

Quinton Howden

Howden is a left wing who was drafted in the 4th round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Winnipeg Jets. In 2016, Howden signed with HC Davos of the Swiss League and he had a very good season, scoring 44 points in 54 games.

Howden represented Canada at both U17 and U18 level before playing for Team WHL at the World Junior Championships in 2013 where he won a silver medal. In addition to his hockey career, Quinton is also an actor and has appeared on such TV shows as "Suits" and "The Shannara Chronicles".

The 2019-20 season saw Quinton play for SC Bern of Switzerland's National League A where he had another prolific year, recording 25 goals and 55 assists for 80 points in 56 games - making him one of only two players ever to post over 100 points in consecutive seasons (the other being Pavel Bure).

With just under two years remaining on his contract with SC Bern, Howden will be looking to re-sign with them soon - something that would make him one of the most well-paid player's currently playing professional ice hockey.

22. Mark Pysyk

Dallas Stars

Mark Pysyk Career

  • NHL team : Detroit Red Wings
  • Former teams  : Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers, Dallas Stars
  • NHL Draft : 23rd overall, 2010, Buffalo Sabres
  • Playing career : 2012–present

Mark Pysyk is a 30-year-old defenceman who was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the second round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. 

Pysyk has played for five different teams during his nine-year NHL career, including stints with the Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, and most recently, the Buffalo Sabres.

He earned his first career hat trick on October 12th, 2016 against the Carolina Hurricanes and finished with eight points (three goals and five assists) in 14 games that season. 

In 2017–18, Pysyk had another productive season as he scored six goals and added 22 assists for 28 points in 68 games played. 

However he missed time due to injury throughout much of 2018–19 campaign scoring just one goal through 41 games before being traded to Winnipeg Jets at trade deadline where he currently plays.

Also Played For: edmonton oil kings

23. Jarred Tinordi

Chicago Blackhawks

Jarred Tinordi

Jarred Tinordi is a defenseman for the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL. He was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 4th round (108th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Tinordi made his professional debut with Tucson Roadrunners in 2011-12, scoring one goal and six assists in 66 games played that season.

In 2013-14, Tinordi had perhaps his best season as a pro, posting 22 goals and 50 assists for 72 points in just 74 games played split between Tucson and Hamilton.

His strong play led to him being named an AHL All Star for 2014-15; he also appeared in five NHL games that year, recording one assist on defenceman Keith Yandle's game winning goal against Florida on January 20th - Jarred's 23rd birthday. 

At 30 years old, it looks like we may be seeing more of Jarred Tinordi down the road - especially if he can continue to produce at this level while playing under contract with either team through 2020-21 seasons.

24. Beau Bennett

Tucson Roadrunners

Beau Bennett

Beau Bennett is a forward for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. On February 25th, 2015 Beau signed with the New York Islanders as a free agent after leaving Pittsburgh.

In his 5-year NHL career, he has played for Vancouver, Pittsburgh and now New York Islander Beau Bennett was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2010 NHL Draft. Bennett has played for the New Jersey Devils, St. Louis Blues and Dinamo Minsk over his playing career.

He is currently a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins and is set to play until 2020.

25. Derek Forbort

Winnipeg Jets

Derek Forbort Career

  • NHL team : Boston Bruins
  • Former teams : Los Angeles Kings, Calgary Flames, Winnipeg Jets
  • NHL Draft : 15th overall, 2010, Los Angeles Kings
  • Playing career : 2013–present

Derek Forbort is a defenseman who played for the Manchester Monarchs in 2013. He was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the second round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Derek has also played for the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings, winning a Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007. In 2016-17, he won his first Norris Trophy as best defensive player in hockey.

On July 1, 2018, it was announced that Forbort had signed an eight-year contract extension with the Kings worth $47 million ($8 million annually). Derek is married to model Jessica Hartzell and they have two children together - daughter Harper (born March 2017) and son Brayden (born October 2018).

Derek Forbort shoots left and played for the Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets in the NHL. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings 15th overall in 2010. 

Derek Forbort has been playing professionally since 2013-14 season with stints with each of his previous teams except for Calgary which he joined midway through the 2014-15 season.

Derek Forbort is a puck-moving defenseman who can quarterback a power play from the blue line or provide crucial depth on defense when needed. 

His offensive game has developed significantly over time as he currently leads all rookie defenders in scoring with 16 points (7 goals, 9 assists) in 51 games this season despite averaging just 21:54 minutes per game played thus far in his career.

With only one year of experience under his belt at the professional level, Derek Forbort will be looking to take another step forward next season and cement himself as one of top defensive prospects heading into next NHL Draft where he should be selected by either LA Kings or Winnipeg Jets.

26. Jon Merrill

Minnesota Wild

Jon Merrill

Merrill is a defenseman for the New Jersey Devils. Merrill was drafted by the Devils in the second round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Merrill has played in over 200 games with New Jersey, scoring 12 goals and 36 assists along the way.

Merrill was named to Team USA's World Junior Championship Gold Medal-winning team in 2013, and played in all six games at tournament earning four points (1 goal and 3 assists). Merrill signed an eight year contract extension with the Devils on July 1st, 2017 worth $52 million dollars ($10 million AAV).

Merrill was drafted 38th overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 2010 NHL Draft. Merrill has played for Minnesota Wild, NJ Devils, Vegas Golden Knights and Detroit Red Wings over his career. He is currently with the Montreal Canadiens. 

Merrill has represented United States at international level on several occasions including World Championships and Olympic Games.

Merrill is a very physical player who can play both defense and forward positions effectively.

27. Austin Watson

Ottawa Senators

Austin Watson Career

  • NHL team: Ottawa Senators
  • Former teams: Nashville Predators
  • National team: United States
  • NHL Draft: 18th overall, 2010
  • Nashville Predators

Austin Watson is a 30-year-old American professional ice hockey player who currently plays for the Windsor Spitfires in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).

Watson was originally drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, but he never played a game with them. He was then traded to the Detroit Red Wings before eventually signing with Windsor.

In 2015, Watson won gold at both world championships with Team USA and helped lead Canada to their first world championship since 2007. 

Austin's older brother Reid also played ice hockey at a high level and now coaches youth teams around Michigan as well as serving as an assistant coach on John Tortorella's staff on Team USA at this year's World Cup of Hockey tournament.

Outside of his professional career, Austin is involved heavily in charity work - most notably through The Gordie Howe HOCKEY FOUNDATION which he has been involved with since its inception in 2013 - raising over $1 million for local children’s charities across North America thus far. 

Born into a family of athletes himself, Austin is highly inspired by his father Murray who competed in martial arts tournaments throughout Asia before becoming one of Australia’s top tennis players.

At home, you can usually find him spending time with his wife Kelly or two young daughters Ella & Isabella enjoying some quality family time together.

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28. John McFarland

San Antonio Rampage

John McFarland

McFarland had a successful minor league baseball career with the Pirates before being called up to the majors in 2015. McFarland has continued his success in the majors, posting a 2.11 ERA and 35 saves over 36 games in 2017.

He is considered one of the best relief pitchers in all of baseball, and is a key part of the Pirates' bullpen unit. Mcfarland was born in Canada but represents Puerto Rico at international level as he holds dual citizenship through his father's side of the family.

In 2018, McFarland became an American citizen and will be eligible to play for Team USA at this year's World Baseball Classic tournament beginning next week. 

John McFarland was drafted by the Florida Panthers in the third round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He played for SaiPa in Finland before coming to North America and playing with the Florida Panthers.

McFarland left the NHL after four seasons, signing a one-year contract with SaiPa early in 2019. In his final season he scored 14 goals and added 18 assists for 34 points which led to him being nominated for Finnish Professional Hockey League Forward of the Year award. 

John is known as an aggressive right winger who loves to get into battles on ice, often causing havoc up front for opposing teams.

29. Brandon Gormley

Binghamton Senators

Brandon Gormley

Brandon Gormley is a defenceman who has played in the KHL. He was drafted by HC Sochi in the second round of the 2010 KHL Draft, and he has spent four seasons with them.

Gormley was part of Canada's World Junior Hockey Championship-winning team in 2012, and he made his NHL debut that year as well. Injuries have hampered him since then, but he is hoping to return to full form soon and rejoin the Calgary Flames organization.

Brandon Gormley is married with two children; one son and one daughter Brandon Gormley was drafted 13th overall by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. 

Brandon has played for Mora IK of Sweden's Elitserien league since 2011. Brandon signed with Frölunda HC in 2013 and helped them win the Swedish Hockey League championship that year.

In 2014, he joined TPS of Finland's SM-liiga and led all defensemen in scoring with 36 points (10 goals and 26 assists) in 52 games as TPS finished first in their division standings. He signed a two-year contract extension with Frölunda on December 16, 2014 worth an estimated $1 million total including bonuses ($650,000 each season). 

On March 25, 2016, Gormley scored his first career NHL goal against Martin Jones of San Jose Sharks at Pepsi Center during a 5–2 victory. He became just the second defenseman to score an NHL goal (the other being Brian Leetch).

The following season he made another strong showing leading all defensemen again with 38 points (11 goals and 27 assists) while playing 48 games for Frölunda HC before being traded to Lokomotiv Yaroslavl on January 8th for future considerations.

Lokomotiv finished sixth place in the KHL’s Eastern Conference standings but were eliminated from playoff contention after losing their final game 4–0 to SKA St Petersburg on April 7th – ending Gormley’s campaign there having recorded 10+ pts twice within three seasons.

Returning back home once more to Arizona where his new team will begin play next season.

30. Kirill Kabanov

Bridgeport Islanders

Kirill Kabanov

Kirill Kabanov was born on July 16, 1992 in Moscow, Russia. He is 6' 3" tall and weighs 194 pounds. Kabanov plays left wing for Metal team and formerly played for Aalborg Pirates.

Kirill has been a part of the Russian National Team since 2013 and has won several medals at international tournaments including gold at the World Junior Championship in 2012 and silver at the World Championship in 2016.

Kabanov was drafted by the New York Islanders in 2010. Kabanov played for HC Spartak Moscow and Bridgeport Sound Tigers before he joined Modo Hockey in Sweden in 2014-15 season. He then moved to Salavat Yulaev Ufa, where he has spent his entire career since 2016-17 season.

Kabanov is a two time Russian Cup champion with HC Spartak Moscow (2013, 2017) and Skellefteå AIK (2015). In 2018-19 season, Kabanov helped Salavat Yulaev Ufa reach the Kontinental Hockey League final where they lost to Metallurg Magnitogorsk 5-1.

31. Tyler Pitlick

Calgary Flames

Tyler Pitlick

Tyler Pitlick was born in the United States, and he is 31 years old. He played college hockey at Wisconsin before being drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

He has played for the Oilers, Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild and Arizona Coyotes over his career so far. Tyler Pitlick is a centre who shoots right-handed. 

He has scored 84 goals and added 132 assists for 248 points in 511 career NHL games so far.

In 2017-18 season he had 26 points (10 goals and 16 assists) in 81 games with the Wild before being traded to Arizona on February 27th 2018 where he finished the season with 12 points (5 goals and 7 assists) in 47 games Tyler Pitlick was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in 2010.

He has played for six different NHL teams, most recently with the Calgary Flames. He has scored over 100 goals and 200 points in his career thus far. Tyler is known as a strong two-way forward who can score goals and create chances for his team mates.(Source: hockeydb).

32. Riley Sheahan

Seattle Kraken

Riley Sheahan

Riley Sheahan was born in 1991 in St. Catharines, Ontario. He is a Canadian ice hockey center who currently plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Riley Sheahan has played for several teams throughout his career, including the Plymouth Whalers and Guelph Storm of the OHL, the Boston Bruins and Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL, and the Nottingham Panthers of the EIHL.

In the 2017-18 season, he scored 32 points (17 goals and 15 assists) in 82 games playing with Pittsburgh to help them reach their first Stanley Cup Final since the 1992-93 season where they lost to The Montreal Canadiens 4-1.

Prior to this season, he had spent time with Detroit Red Wings as well as Boston Bruins following signing as an unrestricted free agent on July 1st, 2018. 

Born December 7th 1991 Riley started skating at age 3 after watching Mario Lemieux play professionally. He always loved being around athletes whether it be practicing or playing sports himself.

His parents instilled values such as hard work ethic honesty & integrity into him from an early age which have helped mold him into who he is today both on & off the ice.

33. Sebastian Wännström


Sebastian Wännström

Sebastian Wännström is a right wing player for the Chicago Wolves in the American Hockey League. He was originally drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the third round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, but he never played with them.

He spent time with HC Sochi of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League before coming to North America and joining the Chicago Wolves as a free agent in 2014. 

In his first season with Chicago, he led all AHL players in scoring with 56 points (26 goals and 30 assists).

Wännström has also represented Sweden at both junior and international levels, most notably playing on their team that won gold at World Junior Championships in 2011 and 2013 respectively. After three seasons with Chicago, Wännström signed a two-year contract extension with them earlier this year.

34. Curtis Hamilton

Oklahoma City Barons

Curtis Hamilton

Curtis Hamilton was born on December 4, 1991 in Tacoma, Washington. He is 6' 2" tall and weighs 212 pounds. Curtis plays left wing for the NHL's Detroit Red Wings.

Prior to joining the NHL, Curtis played college hockey at Boston University where he scored 92 points in 119 games over two seasons (2009-11). 

In his rookie season with Detroit in 2013-14, Hamilton tallied 34 goals and 46 assists for 80 points - good enough for 5th place on the team in scoring despite playing only 57 games due to injury.

Injuries have plagued him throughout his career though; most notably a broken foot that sidelined him for almost half of 2016-17 season and limited him to just 7 goals and 16 assists from 81 appearances during 2017-18 campaign which saw him traded to Vancouver Canucks as part of trade deadline deal. 

He has been mentioned as one of the best players available as a free agent this off-season after being surprisingly not re signed by either Detroit or Vancouver following their playoff exits last year.

35. Stanislav Galiev

Ak Bars Kazan

Stanislav Galiev

Stanislav Galiev is a Russian-born right wing who played in the NHL for the Capitals from 2016 to 2018. He was drafted by Washington in the seventh round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and made his debut with the team during their playoff run that year.

In total, he recorded 49 points (25 goals, 24 assists) in 114 games for Washington before being traded to Vegas at the trade deadline of 2018. 

Galiev has also represented Russia internationally on numerous occasions and won silver medals at both World Juniors and World Championships as well as a gold medal at Sochi 2014 Olympics where he was part of Russia's ‘Golden Boy’ squad which included Pavel Datsyuk, Nikita Kucherov, Sergei Bobrovsky and Andrei Markov among others.

After spending two seasons with Vegas – scoring 25 goals and 44 points in 98 games – Galiev signed a one-year contract with CSKA Moscow prior to this season opener but suffered an ACL injury early on during their game against SKA Saint Petersburg which ruled him out indefinitely.

36. Michael Chaput

Columbus Blue Jackets

Michael Chaput

Chaput has played for the Montreal Canadiens, Columbus Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers in his NHL career. Chaput is a centerman who can score goals and provide strong leadership on the ice.

He was drafted by the Canadiens in 2009 and played with them until he was traded to Columbus in 2014. During his time with the Blue Jackets, Chaput helped lead them to their first playoff appearance since 2005-06 season.

In February of 2018, Chaput was traded to Philadelphia where he is currently playing for the Phantoms in the AHL as a member of their training camp roster.. Chaput has represented Canada at international level on several occasions including two World Championships (2013 & 2017).

He is married to fellow hockey player Amanda Kessel and they have one child together - daughter Francesca Rose born in December of 2016.

37. Joey Hishon

Colorado Avalanche

Joey Hishon Career

  • 2006–07: Stratford Warriors AA
  • 2007–08: Owen Sound Attack
  • 2008–09: Owen Sound Attack
  • 2009–10: Owen Sound Attack
  • 2010–11: Owen Sound Attack
  • 2012–13: Lake Erie Monsters
  • 2013–14: Lake Erie Monsters
  • 2013–14: Colorado Avalanche
  • 2014–15: Lake Erie Monsters
  • 2014–15: Colorado Avalanche

Joey Hishon is a 31-year-old goaltender who has played for the San Antonio Rampage in the AHL. He was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2009 but never made it to the NHL.

In 2015, he signed with the Rampage and has since been playing well, posting a record of 25-14-4 with a 2.92 GAA and .912 save percentage this season. 

Joey Hishon is originally from Stratford, Ontario and attended Waterloo Lutheran University where he played college hockey for them before being drafted by Chicago Blackhawks in 2009th round (185th overall).

After four seasons at Waterloo Lutheran University where he went 33-11-6 with 3 shutouts and 2 goals against average (GAA) Joey transferred to Northeastern University.

Where he played two years before joining Worcester Railers of AHL for one year during which time his team won Calder Cup championship in 2016.

Playoff run culminating 7 games against Hershey Bears including 5 straight wins en route to title game MVP award as goalie coach Anthony Noreen’s backup(NHL career stats: 0 saves; -1 rating; 9 minutes ice time).

Now Playing Outstandingly Well In The American Hockey League With The San Antonio Rampage As Goalie Coach Scott Glennie Retires At End Of Season Having Led Team To A 25–14–4 Record Including Winning Calder Cup Championship – His Career Stats Are As Follows.

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38. Jordan Weal

Montreal Canadiens

Jordan Weal Career

  • 2010–11: Manchester Monarchs
  • 2011–12: Regina Pats
  • 2011–12: Manchester Monarchs
  • 2012–13: Manchester Monarchs
  • 2013–14: Manchester Monarchs
  • 2014–15: Manchester Monarchs
  • 2015–16: Los Angeles Kings
  • 2015–16: Philadelphia Flyers
  • 2016–17: Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Jordan Weal is a 30-year-old centre who has played for the Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers. Jordan was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the second round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

He made his NHL debut with the Kings in 2012, scoring his first career goal against Roberto Luongo in a 3-1 victory over Vancouver Canucks. In 2014, he signed as a free agent with Philadelphia Flyers and helped them reach the Stanley Cup Final where they were defeated by Pittsburgh Penguins..

After two seasons with Philly, Weal opted to join KHL club Avangard Omsk on a three year deal worth $9 million USD in 2017/18 season. 

Jordan has represented Canada at both junior level (2010 World Junior Championship) and senior level (2014 World Championships). He currently plays for Laval Rocket of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).

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39. Brett Bulmer

Minnesota Wild

Brett Bulmer

Brett Bulmer is a 30-year-old Canadian right wing who has played in the German Oberliga for Eintracht Braunschweig. He was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the third round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, but never signed with them and instead returned to play in Europe.

In 2015, he re-signed with Braunschweig and had another successful season, scoring 18 goals and adding 17 assists for 35 points in 52 games. Brett Bulmer is considered an excellent skater with good puck control; he can quickly change directions on his skates to get away from defenders or open up shooting opportunities against them.

He is also known as a hard worker who plays both physically and defensively; this makes him difficult to knock off of the puck even when teams do manage to take it from him territorially down low on the ice. 

Brett Bulmer may not be well known outside of Germany, but he should start getting more recognition due to his impressive performance over recent seasons in that country's top league

40. Jakub Culek

Binghamton Senators

Jakub Culek was born on September 7, 1992 in the Czech Republic. He is 6' 3" tall and weighs 200 pounds. Jakub has played left wing for HC Kladno since 2009-10 season where he has amassed 116 points (42 goals and 76 assists).

In 2014-15, Jakub led HC Kladno to their first ever Czech Hockey League title with 24 points (9 goals and 15 assists) in 34 games played. 

Jakub also represented his country at the World Junior Championships twice - in 2011 and 2013, tallying 10 points (6 goals and 4 assists) each time while helping his team make it out of the preliminary round both times.

On April 25th 2016, it was announced that Jakub had signed a three year contract extension with HC Kladno through the 2018-19 season worth an estimated €1 million euros ($1 .5 million). 

With over 260 career NHL games under his belt, including stints with Boston Bruins (2012-13), Montreal Canadiens (2013-14), Vancouver Canucks(2015-16) as well as returning to Prague this past season after playing for Arizona Coyotes during their playoff run last spring; all indications point to another productive campaign from "Culek The Cat." 

 When not tending goal or taking care of business on ice, you can find him spending quality time with girlfriend Martina Sirota who he met while attending university together in Austria back in 2012.

41. Greg McKegg

Boston Bruins

Greg McKegg

McKegg was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. McKegg has played for both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins, but is currently a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

McKegg is known for his physical play on ice and is often counted on to block shots or hit opponents with checks. In 2017, McKegg led all players in hits with 231 over 82 games played during the regular season. 

He also scored six goals and recorded 10 assists over that time period as well。 Greg McKegg was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 62nd overall pick of the 2010 NHL Draft.

He has played for teams like Edmonton Oilers, Bakersfield Condors (AHL), and Toronto Maple Leafs. In his playing career, he has accumulated 131 points (53 goals and 80 assists) in only 210 games played so far.

42. Mark Visentin

Arizona Coyotes

Mark Visentin

Mark Visentin is a 30-year-old goaltender who played for the Portland Pirates in the American Hockey League (AHL) during the 2014–15 season. His father, Rick, was also a professional goaltender and played briefly in the NHL with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Mark attended Western Michigan University where he starred as a goalie for their hockey team before being drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2011. 

After spending two seasons playing for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of AHL, Visentin made his debut with Pittsburgh during the 2013 playoffs and helped them win their first Stanley Cup championship since 1992.

In August 2016, it was announced that Visentin had signed a one-year contract extension with Pittsburgh which will keep him with the team through 2018–19 season. 

He has represented Canada at various international tournaments including World Junior Championships (2010), International Ice Hockey Federation Under 18 Championships (2009), and IIHF World Championship Division I A Group Play (2013).

43. Oscar Lindberg

Skellefteå AIK

Oscar Lindberg

Lindberg was born in Skellefteå, Sweden on October 29th 1991. He played junior hockey with his hometown club before signing with Brynas IF of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) in 2009-10.

Lindberg made headlines during his rookie season when he scored a hat trick against HV71 in just over six minutes of play - becoming the first player ever to do so at an Elitserien game.

The following year, Lindberg helped Brynas win their first SHL championship and then led them to another title as captain the following season. In June 2014, Lindberg was drafted by Vegas Golden Knights in the second round (50th overall).

He made his NHL debut that same month and has since gone on to record 82 points (41 goals, 41 assists) in 168 games for Vegas/Golden Knight franchise including playoffs. Lindberg’s point total is tied for 8th all-time among players who have appeared in at least 100 playoff games.

44. Ludvig Rensfeldt

Rögle BK

Ludvig Rensfeldt

Ludvig Rensfeldt was born in Gävle, Sweden on January 29th 1992. Ludvig is a left wing and played for Frolunda Hockeyclub from 2010-2014 before signing with the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL.

In his rookie season with the Avalanche in 2013-14, he scored 10 goals and added 13 assists for 23 points in 73 games played. 

He had a breakout year during the 2014-15 NHL campaign where he scored 31 goals and 45 assists for 76 points, tying him with Patrick Kane as 3rd overall in scoring behind Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin.

Representing Sweden at both the World Juniors (2012) and Under 20s (2011), Ludvig helped lead his country to silver medals at each event – becoming only the 2nd Swedish player ever to do so after Peter Forsberg did it back in 1993. 

His impressive play has seen him rewarded with selection into Team Sweden’s preliminary roster for this year’s Olympic Games which will be held in PyeongChang, South Korea from February 9th – 25th 2018 alongside players like Mikael Granlund, John Klingberg etc.

45. Ivan Telegin

HC CSKA Moscow

Ivan Telegin

Ivan Telegin is a Russian center who was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He played for Novokuznetsk Metallurg of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) from 2010–2012, scoring 54 goals and 111 points in 154 games.

In his first full season with CSKA Moscow of the KHL, he had 38 goals and 77 points in 120 games to help them win their fourth championship title in five seasons. 

On 1 September 2014, he signed a two-year contract extension with CSKA Moscow worth $6 million. Telegin made his National Hockey League debut on 2 December 2014 against the Boston Bruins at United Center,[2] playing 10 minutes off the bench as a substitute for Tomáš Hertl.

On 12 January 2015, he scored his first NHL goal against Ilya Bryzgalov of Philadelphia Flyers during an eventual 5-0 victory. The following day, he recorded an assist on Artem Anisimov's game-winning goal which gave CSKA their eleventh consecutive win over Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 3–1 at Plazma Arena.

This streak would eventually come to an end on 20 March when they lost 4–1 to SKA Saint Petersburg.[9][10][11] Ivan Telegin finished second among all players behind Evgeni Malkin of Pittsburgh Penguins with 97 points (30+60=97).

His 30 assists placed him third overall while 60 penalty minutes ranked eighth (+38). Playing mainly alongside Alexander Radulov on Russia's top line throughout tournaments such as World Championships and Olympics where both players foun.

Success offensively due to great chemistry that developed gradually over time despite some struggles early on in international play together like Euro 2016 where Russia failed to make it out of group stage after losing all three matches including shootout loss against Sweden.

One point shy from elimination but nonetheless achieved silver medal because Latvia also failed to qualify so everyone got few extra spots for free resulting into big change within team personnel & coaching staff leading up next year's Olympic qualifying campaign.

Although criticized heavily by many hockey fans around world especially those living outside Europe/North America claiming lacklustre performances or even being invisible most notably during pivotal moments such as playoffs or finals series let.

46. Max Reinhart

Calgary Flames

Max Reinhart

Max Reinhart is a Canadian-born hockey player who has spent most of his playing career in the NHL. He was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the second round, 44th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Reinhart played college hockey at Boston University and helped lead them to two NCAA championships (2011 and 2012). After completing his collegiate career, he joined AHL affiliate Springfield Falcons for their playoff run in 2013.

In 2014–15 season, Reinhart made his NHL debut with Calgary and finished with 10 points (4 goals and 6 assists) in 47 games before being traded to Nashville Predators at the trade deadline on February 29, 2015. 

After one year with Nashville where he tallied 7 points (3 goals and 4 assists), Reinhart was traded back to Calgary along with Pontus Aberg on June 23rd 2018 as part of deal that sent Matt Duchene to Colorado Avalanche. MaxReinhartHockey.

47. Mark Alt

Philadelphia Flyers

Mark Alt

Alt has played defense for the Adirondack Phantoms since 2013. Alt is a physical player who can help control the action on the ice. Alt was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009 but never made it to an NHL game.

Alt bounced around between leagues before landing with Philadelphia Flyers affiliate, Lehigh Valley Phantoms, in 2015-16 season where he had 38 points in 72 games and helped them make it to playoffs as eighth seed team in Eastern Conference In 2017-18 season.

Alt had career highs of 24 points (6 goals and 18 assists) playing alongside Claude Giroux with Flyers and led all Defenseman scoring for club at end of year awards ceremony 6 .

He also signed one-year contract extension with Flyers during off-season which will keep him with team until 2021 Mark Alt played for the Philadelphia Flyers, Colorado Avalanche, and Los Angeles Kings before being traded to Carolina Hurricanes in February of 2013. 

Alt has appeared in 374 NHL games since his debut in 2013-14 season and has recorded 44 goals and 133 assists for 187 points. The defenseman is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with Philadelphia Eagles (2008) and Colorado Avalanche (2011).

He was drafted by the Flyers 53rd overall in 2010 NHL Draft but did not sign with them until July of that year due to schooling commitments at Boston University. 

Alt represented Canada at World Junior Championship twice – 2007 & 2008 – as well as IIHF World Championships on three occasions – 2011, 2012, & 2016.

48. Jérôme Leduc

Binghamton Senators

Jérôme Leduc

Jérôme Gauthier-Leduc is a defenceman who spent four seasons with HC Ajoie in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, but opted to return to play for HC Ajoie instead.

Leduc made his professional debut with AHL affiliate Hamilton Bulldogs on November 5, 2015 and scored his first professional goal on December 22, 2015 against Sarnia Sting. 

On July 1, 2017 he signed an entry level contract with Montreal Canadiens and played out the season with their ECHL affiliate Brampton Beast before making his NHL debut on October 26, 2018 against Columbus Blue Jackets.

Leduc has represented Canada at various junior levels including winning gold medals at both the World U18 Championships and IIHF World Championship as well as a silver medal at IIHF World Under 20 Championships in 2013.

Final Words

. . The 2010 NHL Entry Draft was a momentous event, as it marked the first time that Los Angeles hosted the draft. The best players of alltime were picked in this draft and some of them include Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.

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Brandon McNally

I have been playing hockey my whole life. I am currently a professional hockey player with the Calgary Flames. I am also a part time coach at the University of Calgary and the head coach of the Calgary Northstars Minor Hockey Association. I have always wanted to be an NHL player and I am very excited to be one! My hobbies are playing hockey, coaching, and spending time with my family. LinkedIn

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