Ahl Best Players of All Time

Brandon McNally

The American Hockey League (AHL) is a professional ice hockey league based in North America. Established in 1936, the AHL serves as a development league for players to hone their skills before advancing to higher levels of competition such as the NHL. The AHL has had many teams come and go throughout its history but some of those that have left their mark include the Buffalo Bisons, Cleveland Falcons, and New Haven Eagles who all operated during its inaugural season in 1936.

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1. Andrew Poturalski

Andrew Poturalski

Andrew Poturalski is a defenseman for the Chicago Wolves in the American Hockey League. He was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the third round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

After playing four seasons with Union College, he joined AHL affiliate Hershey Bears as a free agent in 2018-19 season. In 221 AHL games, he has scored 15 goals and added 60 assists for 75 points.

Poturalski made his National Hockey League debut with Washington on October 5, 2016 against Columbus Blue Jackets scoring an assist in 2:27 of ice time.. On July 1, 2019, Poturalski signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Wolves to return to North America after spending two seasons overseas in Sweden and Finland respectively .

Poturalski is a center who shoots right. He played for the Seattle Kraken of the AHL before moving up to Carolina in 2016–2017. Poturalski has not yet been drafted by an NHL team, but he is considered a prospect due to his skills and potential. 

In 2017–2018, Poturalski played with the Coachella Valley Firebirds of the AHL where he recorded 12 goals and 21 points in 57 games as a rookie player.

2. Matthew Phillips

Matthew Phillips is a right wing player who was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the fifth round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Phillips played major junior hockey with the Portland Winterhawks before being traded to the Kamloops Blazers in January 2017.

He made his professional debut with AHL affiliate, the Stockton Heat, during their inaugural season in 2018-19 and helped them reach the Calder Cup Finals where they were defeated by Texas Stars. In 2019-20, he signed an entry level contract with Calgary and made his pro debut for their ECHL affiliate, Idaho Steelheads on October 10th .

With two goals and five assists through 14 games this season, Matthew has established himself as a valuable part of Calgary's minor league system and looks poised to make an impact at higher levels next year. Born in Canada but raised in Alberta, Matthew is passionate about representing his home province both on and off ice when wearing blue & white stripes.

3. Michael Carcone

Michael Carcone is a left wing player for Ajax, who was born in Ajax, Ontario on May 19th 1996. He has played for the Canadian U-20 national team and made his debut with the senior side in 2016.

Michael features strong dribbling skills and is known as an attacking threat from left wing position. In total, he has scored six goals and provided four assists in 36 appearances for Ajax since joining them in 2017.

Michael has represented Canada at international level on multiple occasions, most recently appearing at the 2018 CONCACAF Gold Cup where they reached the semi-finals before losing to Mexico Carcone was drafted by the Coyotes in the 2016 NHL Draft but did not sign with them.

He instead signed with the Roadrunners of the AHL. Carcone has spent most of his playing career in Arizona, appearing in 128 games for the Coyotes and 78 for Tucson. In 2018-19 he had a breakout season offensively, scoring 36 goals and 63 points in 66 games played. 

At 5'11", 190 pounds, Carcone is a smaller player but is known for his strong skating ability and offensive instincts which make him dangerous on both offense and defense.

With his contract set to expire at season's end, expect Carcone to be seeking an opportunity to join an NHL team permanently this off-season.

4. Seth Griffith

Seth Griffith Career

  • 2010–11: London Knights
  • 2011–12: London Knights
  • 2012–13: London Knights
  • 2013–14: Providence Bruins
  • 2014–15: Providence Bruins
  • 2014–15: Boston Bruins
  • 2015–16: Providence Bruins
  • 2015–16: Boston Bruins
  • 2016–17: Toronto Maple Leafs
  • 2016–17: Florida Panthers

Seth Griffith has spent his entire professional career in the NHL with the Boston Bruins. He was drafted by the Bruins in 2010 and made his debut that season.

Griffith quickly became a fan favourite, scoring 50 goals and 150 points over four seasons with Boston before being traded to Nashville in 2015. 

Injuries limited him to just 47 games over two seasons with Nashville but he bounced back nicely after signing with Detroit for the 2017-18 campaign.

The Red Wings are currently without a contract for next season but expect him to be involved in negotiations as he is one of Detroit's top players. 

Seth Griffith was drafted by the Boston Bruins in 2012. Seth played for the Bakersfield Condors of the AHL before joining their NHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins in 2016.

Seth made his debut with Boston during the 2017–2018 season and has since remained with them through to present day. Seth is known for being a hard working player who will go to great lengths to win games or put points on the scoreboard for his team-mates. 

At just 23 years old, there's plenty of potential still left in Griffith's tank and he looks like he could be a long term fixture in either league he plays in - AHL or NHL.

Also Played For: providence bruins, toronto marlies

5. T.J. Tynan

T.J. Tynan

T.J. Tynan is a forward who has played in the NHL for Chicago and Anaheim. Tynan was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the third round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, but never signed with them and instead joined the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.

He made his professional debut with the Wolves on November 5, 2009 against Syracuse, scoring two goals in a 7-0 victory. 

On December 2, 2009 he scored twice more to help clinch a playoff spot for Chicago; they eventually lost to Grand Rapids in seven games during their first season in North America's top hockey league (AHL).

After playing one further season with Chicago before being traded to Arizona Coyotes midway through 2016–17 campaign where he spent most of that year as an affiliate player before making his National Hockey League debut on January 4th, 2018 against.

Nashville Predators recording three assists over six games including his first career hat trick against Edmonton Oilers on January 10th 2018 which helped earn him Player of The Week honours from sports media outlet CBS Sports Network.

At age 30 years old Tynan became one of only 38 players ever to play 500 regular season NHL games without registering a single point (he finished up having amassed 334 points).

He also appeared internationally for Team USA at both World Championships & Olympics winning Silver medal at Olympics2018.

6. Alex Barré-Boulet

Alex Barré-Boulet

Alex Barré-Boulet is a 25-year-old Canadian hockey player who has spent the majority of his career with the Syracuse Crunch. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2nd round (50th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

In 2020, he signed a two-year contract extension with the Crunch which will keep him at the franchise until 2024. Alex has played for Canada at both under 18 and world championships level, and internationally for Team QMJHL & France U18s respectively.

He is known as an offensive defenseman who can offer strong puck possession play from his point position on defense; he also possesses excellent skating ability which allows him to make quick transitions across ice surface Alex Barré-Boulet is a left-handed shot center who currently plays for the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.

He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2018 but has never played an NHL game. Alex started his career with the Seattle Kraken of the ECHL before joining their AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, in 2019. 

Alex has appeared in 67 games for both teams and scored 14 goals and 28 assists combined as well as adding 137 penalty minutes. He is considered to be one of Syracuse's most promising young players and looks set to make a big impact on the ice soon.

7. Jakob Pelletier

Jakob Pelletier is a 21-year-old Quebec City native who stands at 5'10" and weighs 170lbs. Jakob started playing hockey in the elementary school system, and his love for the sport soon turned into an obsession as he progressed through the ranks.

In 2014, Jakob made his debut with the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL where he would go on to record 39 points (16g-25a) in 49 games played before joining Team Canada's World Junior Championship squad that year. 

At just 18 years old, Jakob was one of youngest players ever to be drafted by an NHL team when Montreal Canadiens selected him in the 3rd round (#83 overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

After spending two seasons with HC Val d'Or of the QMJHL where he recorded 56 points (27g-31a), including a career high 44 points (19g-23a) in 2018–19 season, Jakob signed a three year entry level contract with Montreal Canadiens on May 2nd 2019.

8. Riley Barber

Riley Barber

Riley Barber is a professional ice hockey player who currently plays for the Hershey Bears in the American Hockey League (AHL). Barber was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round, 60th overall, of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

He played college hockey at Western Michigan University where he tallied 117 points over three seasons and helped WMU win back-to-back CCHA championships in his freshman and sophomore years. 

After completing his collegiate career, Barber signed with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL on an amateur tryout contract in 2016.

He made his professional debut with WBS later that season and recorded six goals and 11 assists over 49 games before being called up to Pittsburgh for their playoff run that ended with a Stanley Cup championship victory against Nashville Predators. 

In 2018–19, Barber led all rookies in scoring with 47 points (22 goals, 25 assists) playing 79 games for Pittsburgh before being traded to Hershey midway through the season as part of a blockbuster deal which also included Connor Carrick and Scott Wilson going toPittsburgh while Bryan Rust and Derick Brassard were brought over from Columbus Blue Jackets.

With Hershey, Barber has continued his stellar play recording 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists) in 35 games thus far this year helping them reach first place within division standings Atlantic Division.

9. Lukas Reichel

Lukas Reichel Career

  • 2017–18: Starbulls Rosenheim
  • 2018–19: Eisbären Juniors Berlin
  • 2019–20: Eisbären Berlin
  • 2020–21: Eisbären Berlin
  • 2021–22: Rockford IceHogs
  • 2021–22: Chicago Blackhawks

Lukas Reichel was born on May 17, 2002 in Nuremberg, Germany. He is a left wing player and stands at 6 feet 0 inches tall. Lukas has a BMI of 18 and weights 176 pounds (80 kilograms).

He made his professional debut with the Eintracht Frankfurt U19 team in 2016 after impressing scouts while playing for their youth academy program. 

In August 2017, he joined Bundesliga side RB Leipzig on loan until the end of the season where he made seven appearances before returning to Frankfurt at the end of December 2017 due to injury concerns.

However, he quickly returned to training with RB Leipzig and featured prominently in their first eleven matches of 2018–19 pre-season as they entered into European competition for the first time since the 2013–14 qualifying stage.

This culminated in qualification for UEFA Europa League group stage where they finished 2nd behind Atlético Madrid scoring 15 goals along way including an impressive hat trick against champions Juventus.

On October 10th, 2019 it was announced that Lukas had signed permanently with RB Leipzig from Eintracht Frankfurt making him Germany's second youngest-ever signing after Leroy Sané who also transferred from Hamburg when.

He was just 16 years old but never played professionally other than two spells at amateur side Rot-Weiss Ahlen before joining Schalke 04 aged 19 years 253 days later.

10. Brett Seney

Brett Seney was born in London, Ontario on February 28, 1996. He is 5'9" and weighs 156 pounds. Brett played his junior hockey with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL before being drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in 2015.

In 2017-18 season he made his NHL debut with the Red Wings and recorded 2 assists in 7 games before suffering a season ending injury. In 2018-19 season he signed with HC Vityaz of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). 

After recording 14 goals and 16 assists for 32 points in 49 games for HC Vityaz, Brett was named to participate at 2019 IIHF World Championship as part of Canada's National Men’s Team that won Gold medal there.

Currently Brett is playing for Hershey Bears AHL team where he has been scoring goals regularly this year and looks set to make an impact at next level too.

11. Chris Terry

Chris Terry

Chris Terry played for the Laval Rocket in the QMJHL from 2009-2018. Terry was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the 2nd round (51st overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

He made his NHL debut with Boston during the 2011-12 season and scored his first career goal against Edmonton on January 14, 2012. 

In March 2018, Terry signed a one year contract with Laval as a free agent after being released by Boston at camp that month.

During his tenure with Laval, he won two QMJHL Championships (2012, 2017), three Memorial Cup championships (2009, 2010, 2013), and an Admiral's Cup championship (2015). 

On July 1st, 2018 ChrisTerry officially announced his retirement from professional hockey following 18 seasons in which he amassed 516 points including 242 goals and 272 assists for 507 points in 679 games played across North America & Europe playing for seven different teams.

Providence Bruins(AHL), Buffalo Sabres(NHL), Montreal Canadiens(NHL/QMHC), Carolina Hurricanes(NHL/ECAC), Phoenix Coyotes(NHL/WCHL) & Laval Rocket(QMJHA).

12. Andrew Agozzino

Andrew Agozzino

Agozzino is a left wing who has played in the NHL and AHL. Agozzino was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the 4th round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut with Buffalo during the 2011-12 season, playing 9 games before being traded to Pittsburgh for RJ Umberger.

After two seasons with Pittsburgh, he signed with Toronto as a free agent on July 1st, 2014. 

In 2018-19, Agozzino had 37 points (15 goals and 22 assists) in 49 regular season games for the Marlies before joining Toronto's playoff roster where he had 6 points (2 goals and 4 assists) in 10 games culminating in their Calder Cup victory over Hershey.

He will compete at this year's AHL All-Star Game along with teammates such as Andreas Johnsson and Frederik Gauthier Andrew Agozzino is a defenseman for the San Jose Sharks. 

He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the seventh round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, but never played in an NHL game. After two seasons with their AHL affiliate, the San Jose Barracuda, he was signed by Colorado Avalanche as a free agent in 2015.

He has since played with Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators before joining Pittsburgh again on January 7th, 2019., where he has been playing ever since.

13. Connor Zary

Connor Zary was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on September 25th 2001. At 6'0" and 183 pounds, he is a centre who excels at both offense and defense. Connor has represented his country at the U-17 level as well as the U-20 level where he won gold medals in both tournaments.

In 2016, Connor signed with the Regina Pats of the WHL where he registered 52 points (25 goals and 29 assists) in 66 games played that season before joining Team Canada for their World Junior Championship campaign which they ultimately won. 

Connor will turn 22 years old later this year and is still relatively young when it comes to professional hockey; there's no doubt that he has a bright future ahead of him.

Connor Zary is a left-handed shooting NHL player who currently plays for the Calgary Flames. He was drafted 24th overall in 2020 and has spent most of his career with the Calgary Wranglers in the AHL, where he's had some success. 

Connor is known for his powerful shot and offensive abilities, which have seen him score over 100 points in each of his two seasons in the AHL. 

He's been called up to play for the Flames on a few occasions, but hasn't managed to stay on longterm due to injury or inconsistency - something he'll be hoping to remedy this season with another strong performance at the AHL level.

14. Taro Hirose

Taro Hirose

Taro Hirose is a 26-year old Canadian soccer player who currently plays for FC Tokyo in the J1 League. Taro started playing football at an early age and was quickly recognized as one of Canada's most promising young players.

He made his professional debut with Toronto FC II in 2015 and has since gone on to make over 100 appearances for the club, winning numerous awards along the way including Rookie of The Year and Defender Of The Year. 

In 2019, Taro signed with Japanese side FC Tokyo where he will join up with some of Japan's biggest stars such as Keisuke Honda, Shinji Kagawa and Yuya Osako.

Although it will be a big challenge moving to another country, Taro is confident that he can continue to develop as a player and help his new team win trophies. 

Outside of football, Taro enjoys spending time with friends and family, going skiing or snowboarding when possible and cooking traditional Japanese dishes at home. 

He is also passionate about fashion - often wearing stylish outfits which show off his impressive physique - and loves reading manga magazines while relaxing in bed late at night.

15. Jean-Sébastien Dea

Jean-Sébastien Dea

Jean-Sébastien Dea is a centre for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was drafted by the Penguins in the third round, 72nd overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Dea played two seasons at Boston University before joining Pittsburgh on July 1, 2015. In his first season with Pittsburgh, he scored 18 goals and added 27 assists for 45 points in 58 games as part of a top line with Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel.

In his second season with Pittsburgh, he had 19 goals and 36 assists for 55 points in 73 games to help lead the Pens to their fourth Stanley Cup championship in franchise history. Dea has represented Canada at both junior levels (U18 & U20) and internationally (World Juniors).

He is married to Canadian ice hockey player Riley Sheahan and they have one child together named Lila Rose.

16. Sam Anas

Sam Anas

Sam Anas is a professional ice hockey player who most recently played with the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League. Anas was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the third round, 79th overall, of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

He made his NHL debut with Detroit in 2015-16 and has since played for Ottawa Senators (2016-17), Anaheim Ducks (2017-18), San Jose Sharks (2018-19) and Minnesota Wild (2019). 

In 259 career games, Anas has scored 71 goals and added 123 assists for 204 points.

He won silver medals at both World Junior Championships – 2016 with Canada and 2017 with Finland – as well as a gold medal at the IIHF World Championship - 2018 with Team Canada. 

On July 1st 2019, he signed a one year contract extension to remain an unrestricted free agent with the Minnesota Wild Sam Anas is a right winger who has played in the AHL for the Hershey Bears, Iowa Wild, Utica Comets and Springfield Thunderbirds.

In 2016-17 season he scored 14 goals and 21 assists for 35 points in 73 games with the Thunderbirds. He was undrafted but signed an entry-level contract with the Vancouver Canucks in May 2017. 

After scoring two goals and one assist in six preseason games with Vancouver, he was loaned to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Chicago Wolves on October 5th. He made his NHL debut against Calgary Flames on October 8th 2018.

17. Anthony Richard

Anthony Richard Career

  • 2011–12 Trois-Rivières Estacades
  • 2012–13 Trois-Rivières Estacades
  • 2012–13 Val-d'Or Foreurs
  • 2013–14 Val-d'Or Foreurs
  • 2014–15 Val-d'Or Foreurs
  • 2015–16 Val-d'Or Foreurs
  • 2015–16 Milwaukee Admirals
  • 2016–17 Milwaukee Admirals
  • 2016–17 Cincinnati Cyclones
  • 2017–18 Milwaukee Admirals

Anthony Richard is a 26-year-old left wing who plays for the Montreal Canadiens. He was drafted in the 3rd round, 69th overall by the Canadiens in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Anthony made his professional debut with Hamilton of the AHL in 2016-17 and scored 18 goals and 24 assists for 42 points in 73 games. 

In 2017-18, he played 46 games with Montreal scoring 5 goals and 10 assists before being traded to Las Vegas at season's end.

In 58 career NHL games, he has 20 goals and 22 assists for 42 points including 6 game winning goals which ranks him 4th on team history list behind Brendan Gallagher, Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec (tied). 

As an undrafted player making it to the NHL as an undersized winger from junior hockey makes him something of a rarity but one that Anthony is determined not to let define him or his play; “I’m just trying to do my job every night whether I score or not.

If you have good teammates around you then they will make sure you are successful." His favorite memory playing pro hockey was scoring against Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray during a preseason game.

It felt great especially because I know how tough Matt Murray is so it meant a lot that I could finally beat him."

Also Played For: milwaukee admirals

18. Christian Wolanin

Christian Wolanin Career

  • NHL team: Vancouver Canucks
  • Former teams: Ottawa Senators
  • Los Angeles Kings
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • National team: United States
  • NHL Draft: 107th overall, 2015
  • Ottawa Senators
  • Playing career: 2018–present

Christian Wolanin is a left-handed defenceman who was drafted by the Senators in the 3rd round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. 

He has spent most of his career with Belleville, recording 119 points (26 goals and 87 assists) over four seasons before being traded to Calgary at the deadline in 2019.

He won a silver medal with Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Championship and represented his country again at the 2018 Winter Olympics, where they finished fourth. 

Christian Wolanin is signed through 2024-25 season with an AAV of $4 million per year on a three-year contract extension he signed in October 2019 Christian Wolanin is a defenseman for the Ottawa Senators.

He was drafted by the team in the 107th overall draft in 2015. Christian started his career with Abbotsford of the AHL before being traded to Ottawa in 2017. In 2018, he made his NHL debut and has played regularly since then. 

Christian has represented Team USA at various youth levels and is currently playing for their U18 squad. His long-term goal is to play in the NHL full time and contribute as much as possible to his team.

Also Played For: los angeles kings

19. Cal O'Reilly

Cal O

Cal O'Reilly was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on September 30th 1986. He began his hockey career playing for the Plymouth Whalers of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL).

Before moving onto play collegiate hockey at Boston University where he won a national Championship in 2008-09 as well as being named to the NCAA Tournament All-Tournament Team that year.

O'Reilly then signed with Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL) and played there until 2013 when he was traded to Calgary Flames along with fellow Flame TJ Brodie in exchange for Karri Ramo and Ladislav Smid. 

While with Calgary, O'Reilly helped them win two Stanley Cup Championships in 2011 and 2012 while becoming an NHL regular during that time period having scored over 50 points three times including finishing second behind Steven Stamkos for most goals by a Canadian player in one season.

In July 2015, after five seasons split between Calgary and Florida Panthers, Cal opted out of his contract with the Panthers opting instead to return home to play for Toronto Maple Leafs who had just acquired him from San Jose Sharks via free agency.

After struggling early on in 2017-18 due to off ice issues which eventually led to him serving a 10 game suspension from team management, Cal bounced back strongly this past season recording 43 points (17 goals & 26 assists) while helping lead Toronto into their first ever playoff berth since 2004.

Also Played For: windsor spitfires

20. Darren Raddysh

Darren Raddysh is a 26-year-old Canadian defender who plays for USL side Ottawa Fury FC. He was born in Caledon, Ontario and played youth soccer with the North York Rangers before signing his first professional contract with Derby County in 2015.

Shortly after joining Derby County, Darren made his senior international debut for Canada in a friendly against Paraguay on March 27th, 2016. In 2018, he signed with USL side Ottawa Fury FC where he has since made over 50 appearances scoring 4 goals along the way.

Darren is currently studying business administration at Carleton University and hopes to use his football career to help him achieve his long-term goal of becoming wealthy and successful one day. Outside of football, Darren enjoys spending time with friends and family as well as going out for drinks or hitting the gym regularly

21. Trey Fix-Wolansky

Trey Fix-Wolansky Career

  • 2014–15 CAC Canadians AAA
  • 2015–16 Spruce Grove Saints
  • 2016–17 Edmonton Oil Kings
  • 2017–18 Edmonton Oil Kings
  • 2018–19 Edmonton Oil Kings
  • 2018–19 Cleveland Monsters
  • 2019–20 Cleveland Monsters
  • 2020–21 Cleveland Monsters
  • 2021–22 Cleveland Monsters
  • 2021–22 Columbus Blue Jackets

Trey Fix-Wolansky is a Canadian right wing player who currently plays for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Trey Fix-Wolansky was drafted by the Oilers in the first round, 27th overall, of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Previously, he played for both Team Canada and Team USA at various youth international levels. In his rookie season with Edmonton, Trey Fix-Wolansky scored 21 goals and added 33 assists for 56 points in 82 games played. 

He is known as an excellent skater with good acceleration and top speed which allows him to create opportunities offensively on offense or defensively on defense.

Trey Fix-Wolansky is a right-handed shooter who currently plays for the Columbus Blue Jackets in the NHL. Trey was drafted by the team in 2018 and has been playing with them since then. 

TreyFix-Wolansky has had a successful career so far, winning several awards including being named to the AHL All-Star Team in 2019. He plans to continue his hockey career and hopes to one day play for an NHL team of his own.

Also Played For: edmonton oil kings

22. Gemel Smith

Gemel Smith Career

  • 2010–11: Owen Sound Attack
  • 2011–12: Owen Sound Attack
  • 2012–13: Owen Sound Attack
  • 2013–14: Owen Sound Attack
  • 2013–14: London Knights
  • 2014–15: Texas Stars
  • 2015–16: Texas Stars
  • 2015–16: Idaho Steelheads
  • 2016–17: Texas Stars

Gemel Smith is a forward for the Texas Stars in the American Hockey League. He was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the second round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

In his rookie season with Dallas, he scored 25 goals and 32 assists for57 points in 82 games played. After two seasons with Dallas, Gemel was traded to Calgary Flames on February 14th, 2015 as part of a three-team trade that also involved the Colorado Avalanche and the Minnesota Wild.

The next year, Gemel had an impressive campaign with Calgary scoring 41 goals and 62 assists for 95 points in 122 games played which led to him being named to represent Canada at World Championship.

Where he helped lead them to Gold medal game against Sweden where they lost 4-3 after leading 3-1 late in third period but still claiming their first ever world championship gold medal.

On July 1st, 2017 it was announced that Gemel signed a one year contract extension with Calgary Flames worth $1 million dollars.

Currently playing out his final season before becoming an unrestricted free agent on July 1st 2020 looks likely that gemel will sign another contract extension prior to then.

Also Played For: owen sound attack

23. Gabriel Dumont

Gabriel Dumont Career

  • NHL Draft: 139th overall, 2009, Montreal Canadiens
  • Playing career: 2010–present

Dumont was born in Ville Degelis, Quebec, Canada on October 6th 1990. Dumont played junior hockey for the Chicoutimi Saguenéens of the QMJHL before being drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in 2009.

Dumont signed with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL in 2017 and made his NHL debut that year. In 2018 he won a Gold Medal at the World Championships with Team Canada where he recorded five points (3G-2A) in seven games.

Dumont is a centre who plays an aggressive style of hockey and has been compared to Alexander Ovechkin as a player due to his powerful shot and playmaking ability from down low on the ice. 

Dumont represented Team Canada at both junior and international levels prior to capturing gold at Worlds this past summer; including playing for Canada’s Men’s National Under 20 team which took home silver medals at 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship and 2014 IIHF World U18 Championship respectively.

He also suited up for Team Quebec during their successful run through qualification for the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships, scoring two goals over three games en route to earning tournament MVP honors.

Dumont has spent most of his professional career thus far playing within either Buffalo or Syracuse organization but looks primed to break into one of North America's top teams next season with an increased role given his strong play throughout playoffs leading up to the championship game against Russia.

 Gabriel Dumont is currently 32 years old, 5'10" 178 cm tall & weighs 189 lb.

24. Rocco Grimaldi

Rocco Grimaldi Career

  • NHL Draft: 33rd overall, 2011, Florida Panthers
  • Playing career: 2014–present

Rocco Grimaldi is a 29-year-old right winger who currently plays for the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League (AHL). Rocco Grimaldi was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third round, 89th overall, of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

He made his professional debut with their AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, in 2012–13. In July 2018, Grimaldi signed a one-year contract extension with San Antonio worth $650K. 

Prior to playing professionally, Grimaldi played college hockey at Union College where he scored 87 points in 112 games over three seasons before joining Pittsburgh's development team in 2011–12.

Rocco Grimaldi has represented Italy at various international tournaments including World Juniors and World Championships while also appearing on Team Europe at both events. 

Rocco Grimaldi is married to former figure skater Elisabetta Canalis and they have two young daughters together; Mia and Lila.

25. Cole Schneider

Cole Schneider Career

  • NHL Draft: Undrafted
  • Playing career: 2012–present

Schneider was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the 3rd round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. 

Schneider played college hockey at Northeastern University where he led his team to consecutive Frozen Four appearances and two national championships.

After graduating from Northeastern, Schneider signed with HC Lugano in Switzerland's National League A (NLA) where he recorded 28 points in 45 games during his rookie season. 

In 2013, Schneider returned to North America and signed with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL).

He scored 46 goals over three seasons with Rochester before being traded to Arizona Coyotes midway through 2017-18 season for a second-round draft pick in 2019. 

At 6'2", 190 lbs, Schneider is an imposing forward who can score goals both on offense and defense; he has been compared to Evgeni Malkin due to his combination of size, skill set and shooting ability.

26. Dave Gust

Dave Gust Career

  • 2012–13: Fargo Force
  • 2013–14: Ohio State University
  • 2014–15: Ohio State University
  • 2015–16: Ohio State University
  • 2016–17: Ohio State University
  • 2017–18: Bakersfield Condors
  • 2018–19: Bakersfield Condors
  • 2019–20: Charlotte Checkers
  • 2020–21: Chicago Wolves
  • 2021–22: Chicago Wolves

Dave Gust is a 28-year old American football player who plays for the Chicago Bears. He was born in Orland Park, Illinois and attended Northwest High School in Naperville, Illinois.

Dave played college football at the University of Wisconsin where he earned First-Team All Big Ten honors as a senior in 2016 after recording 141 tackles, 5 interceptions and 2 sacks.

In the 2017 NFL Draft, Gust was selected by the Chicago Bears with the 184th overall pick and signed with them shortly afterwards on May 12th. 

After making his professional debut in Week 1 against the Minnesota Vikings, Dave recorded his first career interception during their game against Jacksonville Jaguars later that same week; this led to him being named AFC Defensive Player of The Week (Week 3).

On September 10th 2018 he suffered an ACL tear while playing against Green Bay Packers which ended his season prematurely due to injury; however it has since been announced that he will return for 2019 campaign.

Also Played For: rockford icehogs

27. Alex Limoges

Alex Limoges Career

  • NHL team (P) : Winnipeg Jets
  • Cur. team : Manitoba Moose
  • Playing career : 2021–present

Alex Limoges was born in Bismarck, North Dakota on March 7th 1995. 

At just 27 years old, Alex is one of the younger players in the NHL and has already won championships with both Team USA and HC Sochi of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Known for his size and strength down low, Limoges is a potent offensive force who can score goals at any time. With a long career ahead of him, Alex Limoges will continue to be an impact player at the highest level of hockey possible. 

Alex Limoges is a left-handed shooter who has spent the majority of his career playing in the NHL for Winnipeg Jets.

He was undrafted, but signed with Manitoba Moose as an amateur free agent in 2021. In his first full season with the team, he led them to their first Calder Cup championship and was named MVP of the playoffs. 

He continued to be a key player for Manitoba over the next few seasons and helped lead them back to the Calder Cup finals in 2024 before they were once again victorious against Springfield Falcons.

Also Played For: penn state university hockey, manitoba moose

28. Matthew Highmore

Matthew Highmore Career

  • 2015–16: Saint John Sea Dogs
  • 2016–17: Saint John Sea Dogs
  • 2017–18: Rockford IceHogs
  • 2017–18: Chicago Blackhawks
  • 2018–19: Rockford IceHogs
  • 2019–20: Rockford IceHogs
  • 2019–20: Chicago Blackhawks
  • 2020–21: Chicago Blackhawks
  • 2020–21: Vancouver Canucks
  • 2021–22: Vancouver Canucks

Matthew Highmore is a 26-year old centre/left wing currently playing with the Rockford IceHogs in the AHL. He was originally drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2012, but opted to stay in Canada and play for the Halifax Mooseheads instead.

In 2018, he signed an entry-level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks and made his NHL debut that season. After appearing in just 8 games for Chicago, Highmore was traded to the IceHogs at the deadline of 2018–19 season where he has since been a regular starter on their roster.

His impressive stats include 45 points (23 goals, 22 assists) in 50 AHL games this year alone while also recording 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) in 9 NHL appearances so far this season.

With quality scoring potential both at juniors and professionally, Matthew Highmore is one player to watch out for over next few years.

29. Logan Shaw

Logan Shaw Career

  • NHL Draft: 76th overall, 2011, Florida Panthers
  • Playing career: 2013–present

Logan Shaw is a right winger who was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the seventh round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He played four seasons with Boston University, amassing 106 points (44 goals and 58 assists) in 141 games.

After leaving BU, he signed with the Devils as a free agent and made his debut with their AHL affiliate, Albany Devils, on December 19th, 2017. 

On January 15th, 2019 Shaw scored two goals against Springfield to help lead Albany to an 8-1 victory in game one of their playoff series; this would be his first career postseason action.

In 20 regular season games for Albany this year (19 wins), he had 16 goals and 10 assists for 26 points; good enough for 3rd place on team scoring charts behind only Kyle Palmieri and Jon Merrill respectively. 

Shaw has represented Canada at both junior levels (World U17s & World Juniors) as well as internationally at multiple European events including championships such as The Champions Hockey League where he helped HC Plzen win it all last year.

30. Jesper Frödén

Jesper Frödén Career

  • 2013–14: Södertälje SK
  • 2013–14: Södertälje SK
  • 2014–15: Södertälje SK
  • 2015–16: AIK

Jesper Frödén was born in Stockholm, Sweden on September 21, 1994. He is 5'10" and 176 pounds. Jesper plays right winger for the Ottawa Senators in the NHL.

His nickname is "Zappy". Jesper has represented Sweden at both junior and international levels, most notably at the 2015 World Junior Championships where he won a silver medal as part of the team's second-place finish overall.

In addition to hockey, Jesper also enjoys playing soccer and track & field during his free time outside of hockey seasons; he competed in two events at this year's IAAF World Indoor Championships – shot put (16th place) and discus throw (32nd place).

Jesper is currently engaged to fellow Swedish ice skater Emelie Leander whom he met while they were both competing internationally together in 2014-15 season with Team Sweden U20s - which ended up being their final season together professionally before getting married later that same year.

31. Emil Bemström

Emil Bemström Career

  • NHL Draft: 117th overall, 2017, Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Playing career: 2017–present

Emil Bemström is a Swedish footballer who plays for Djurgårdens IF. He first played in the senior team at age 18, and has since made over 100 appearances for the club.

Bemström has also represented Sweden at youth level, appearing at both U17 and U19 levels. In 2019, he signed a new contract with Djurgården which will keep him with the club until 2024.

His impressive displays have seen him called up to represent Sweden at various youth levels, most recently taking part in their Euro 2020 campaign as an under-21 player.

Bemström is known for his powerful shooting ability from outside of the penalty area; having scored 21 goals in all competitions during his time with Djurgården so far.

Emil Bemström is a Swedish hockey player who currently plays for the Columbus Blue Jackets in the NHL. Emil was drafted 117th overall by the Blue Jackets in 2017 and has since made an impact on their team, scoring 5 goals and 14 assists so far this season. 

Emil has also represented Sweden at junior levels, winning a silver medal at the World Junior Championships in 2016.

After making his debut with Djurgårdens IF as a 16-year old, Emil spent four seasons playing professionally in Europe before coming to North America to join the Columbus Blue Jackets full time in 2017-18 season. 

With over 100 games played and counting for both club and country, Emil is proving himself as one of Sweden's brightest young stars on ice - looking forward to seeing what he can achieve next.

32. Adam Cracknell

Adam Cracknell Career

  • NHL Draft: 279th overall, 2004, Calgary Flames
  • Playing career: 2006–present

Adam Cracknell is a veteran winger who has played in the NHL for eight seasons. He was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and he has since spent time with the team, as well as playing for their AHL affiliate, the Tucson Roadrunners.

Cracknell is known for his hard-working style on and off ice, putting forth maximum effort every shift to help his team succeed. Injuries have limited him over recent years but he remains an important part of any lineup and is always looking to contribute offensively or defensively.

The 37 year old will enter his 10th season in 2017/2018 and looks to be making a comeback after missing most of 2016/2017 due to injury Adam Cracknell played for the St. Louis Blues from 2006 to 2009 and then joined the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2010. 

Adam Cracknell has scored 56 goals and 138 points in his NHL career, which is quite impressive considering he's only played for six seasons so far.

Adam Cracknell was drafted by the Calgary Flames as 279th overall in the 2004 NHL Draft but never managed to make it onto their roster until 2012 where he stayed for two years before being traded to Dallas Stars in 2014. 

In 2018, Adam Cracknell signed with Kunlun Red Star of China's Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) where he currently plays as a forward/defenseman. 

Adam Cracknell has represented Canada at multiple international tournaments including World Championships, Winter Olympics and World Junior Championships, winning a bronze medal at the latter event back in 2007 when he was just 18 years old.

33. Thomas Novak

Thomas Novak Career

  • NHL Draft: 85th overall, 2015, Nashville Predators
  • Playing career: 2019–present

Thomas Novak is a professional American wrestler who competes in the cruiserweight division. 

He made his wrestling debut in 2016, and quickly became one of the top prospects in WWE's developmental system.

Novak has won several accolades during his career, including being named breakout performer at WrestleMania 33 and NXT Takeover: Chicago. In 2019, he was signed to a contract with NJPW and began competing on their main roster later that year.

Tommy Novak is married to fellow wrestler Alexa Bliss and they have two children together - Thomas Jr., born in 2018, and Lila Grace, born in 2020 Thomas Novak was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the 85th overall pick of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Thomas has spent his entire playing career with the Nashville Predators, and currently plays as a left winger for them. 

Thomas is an aggressive player who likes to hit hard and create chances for himself and his team mates. Thomas has been known to be a reliable scorer, tallying up over 100 points in each of his four seasons so far with Nashville.

His consistency and offensive output make him one of the most important players on their roster, and he will continue to contribute throughout his career at this level.

Also Played For: nashville predators

34. Vinni Lettieri

Vinni Lettieri Career

  • NHL Draft: Undrafted
  • Playing career: 2017–present

Vinni Lettieri was born in Excelsior, Minnesota on February 6, 1995. He is 5'11" tall and weighs 195 pounds. Lettieri played hockey for the University of Minnesota Duluth before being drafted by the Hartford Wolf Pack in the third round (77th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

In 2020-21, he will make his professional debut with the Wolf Pack after appearing in 36 games with their American Hockey League affiliate Springfield Falcons during that season. 

Vinni Lettieri is a right-handed shooter who has played in the NHL for the Boston Bruins, Providence Bruins (AHL) and New York Rangers.

Vinni was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2017 NHL Draft but never played with them as he signed with the National Team of United States instead. 

Vinni started his playing career with HC Davos of Switzerland where he scored 24 goals and 48 points over 64 games during his rookie season before moving to North America to play for Boston and Providence.

In 2019, Vinni joined NYR's AHL affiliate Hartford Wolf Pack where he had 26 goals and 44 points in 49 games before being recalled by New York on February 15th, 2020. 

On March 1st, 2020, Vinnie made his debut with New York against Carolina scoring two assists in a 5-1 victory helping lead his team to their first Stanley Cup since 1994.

35. Alex Steeves

Alex Steeves Career

  • NHL Draft: Undrafted
  • Playing career: 2021–present

Alex Steeves was born on December 10, 1999 in St. Paul, Minnesota. At 5'11" and 185 pounds, Alex is a forward who plays for the Golden Gophers men's basketball team.

Alex has been a part of the program since his freshman year and led them to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance as a junior this past season. 

In addition to basketball, Alex also wrestles at Minnesota State Mankato and is majoring in sport management with an emphasis in sports marketing/branding at University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.

Outside of school, Alex loves spending time with friends and family including going skiing or snowboarding during winter months or hitting up the pool during summertime. Alex Steeves is a right-handed shooter who currently plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL.

 He has also played for the Toronto Marlies in the AHL. Alex was undrafted, but he has been able to make an impact on both leagues since being drafted.

Alex has scored 105 goals and 191 assists over his career thus far, which shows that he can score goals at a high level. Alex is known as a hard worker and competitor who will do whatever it takes to win hockey games or matches. 

Alex is only 21 years old, so there's plenty of room for him to improve further in his career - we look forward to watching him continue developing.

36. Dylan Sikura

Dylan Sikura Career

  • 2012–13: Aurora Tigers
  • 2013–14: Aurora Tigers
  • 2014–15: Northeastern University
  • 2015–16: Northeastern University
  • 2016–17: Northeastern University
  • 2017–18: Northeastern University
  • 2017–18: Chicago Blackhawks
  • 2018–19: Rockford IceHogs
  • 2018–19: Chicago Blackhawks
  • 2019–20: Rockford IceHogs

Sikura is a centre for the Chicago Blackhawks. Sikura was drafted in the third round, 73rd overall by the Blackhawks in 2014. He scored his first NHL goal on October 11th, 2017 against Michal Neuvirth of the Philadelphia Flyers.

In 2018 he led all rookies with 33 points (13 goals and 20 assists). Sikura has represented Canada at both the World Junior Championships (2013) and IIHF World Championship (2017). 

Dylan Sikura is a left-handed shooter who has played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs, and Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL.

He was drafted by the Blackhawks in 2014 and made his debut with them that year. Sikura has had some success at both the AHL level and in the NHL but he still has room to grow as a player. 

Dylan will continue to play for whichever team drafts him next season and he looks poised to have a long career in professional hockey.

37. Jack Quinn


  • NHL Draft: 8th overall, 2020, Buffalo Sabres
  • Playing career: 2021–present

Jack Quinn is a young Canadian basketball player who was drafted in the first round of the 2018 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics. Jack Quinn has been playing professionally since he was 17 years old and has played for several teams, including the Sacramento Kings and Philadelphia 76ers.

In college, Quinn played at Duke University where he won two NCAA championships (2017 & 2019). He also represented Canada at both the U17 and U20 World Championships, winning gold medals in both cases. 

After finishing his collegiate career, Jack signed with an Italian team but decided to return home to play for his hometown Cobden Raptors in Ontario during their inaugural season in 2020-21 CBL season as a 20 year old rookie.

As one of only a few players under 21 years old on any professional team this upcoming season, expect big things from Jack Quinn.

38. Mike Vecchione


  • NHL Draft: Undrafted
  • Playing career: 2017–present

Mike Vecchione is a young, talented center who has already carved out a name for himself in the NBA. He was born and raised in Massachusetts, which gives him strong ties to both Boston and its basketball scene.

Vecchione played college ball at Villanova before being drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2016. After appearing in just five games with Memphis, he was traded to the Brooklyn Nets where he's been playing ever since - averaging 14 minutes per game across all three of his seasons thus far.

His skills are complemented by an impressive work ethic that has seen him put on weight and improve his conditioning over time; making him one of the most complete players currently plying his trade in the Association. 

While there's still plenty of room for improvement for Mike Vecchione, he's shown enough promise during his short career so far to warrant serious attention from teams looking for a long-term solution at center.

39. Lucas Elvenes

Lucas Elvenes Career

  • NHL Draft: 127th overall, 2017, Vegas Golden Knights
  • Playing career: 2016–present

Lucas Elvenes is a young player who is expected to have an impact on the Chicago Wolves in 2020. He was born in Sweden and has spent his entire career playing for Ängelholm HC of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL).

Elvenes had a breakout season in 2019-20, scoring 36 points (16 goals and 20 assists) in 48 games played as a rookie with the Wolves. 

His offensive skills make him someone that opponents will need to account for when he's on the ice, and his skating ability allows him to quickly get past defenders if they try to stop him from getting into position offensively.

While Elvenes' ceiling is still somewhat unknown, he has shown enough potential at this stage of his career that it's worth keeping an eye on what he can do next year with the Wolves. Lucas Elvenes was drafted in the 2017 NHL Draft by the Vegas Golden Knights. 

He began his playing career with HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). In 2016, he joined Rögle BK of the Swiss National League A (NLA) as a 20-year-old rookie and helped them win their first NLA championship that year.

After one season with Rögle, Lucas signed an entry level contract with the Winnipeg Jets on May 1st, 2017 and made his North American professional debut later that month against Anaheim Ducks. 

Since then, he has played for affiliate teams in both Sweden and Switzerland before joining HC Vityaz Chelyabinsk of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) this past December after being acquired from Las Vegas in a trade involving forward Tomas Nosek. 

On January 5th 2018, Lucas scored his first KHL goal against SKA Saint Petersburg to help his team pick up a 3-1 victory; it was also named game MVP.

7 .He currently plays for HC Vityaz Chelyabinsk where is averaging over 16 minutes per game scoring 4 goals along side 10 assists through 27 games played so far this season.

40. Brandon Biro

Brandon Biro Career

  • Playing career: 2020–present

Brandon Biro is a left wing player for the Calgary Flames. He was drafted by the Flames in the 2nd round, 45th overall of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. 

Brandon made his professional debut with the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League in 2015-16 and recorded 43 points (24 goals, 19 assists) in 67 games before being called up to Calgary for their playoff run.

In 2017-18, he registered 33 points (15 goals, 18 assists) in 82 games as part of a Flames team that reached the Stanley Cup Finals. 

Brandon has been playing internationally since 2016 with Team Canada where he collected 3 gold medals at under 20 tournaments including World Juniors and World Championship Brandon Biro is a left-handed shooter who currently plays for the Buffalo Sabres in the NHL.

He was drafted by the Rochester Americans in the 2020 NHL Draft, but did not sign with them and instead opted to play college hockey at Boston College. 

Brandon has spent most of his professional career playing in the AHL with the Rochester Americans, where he's been a key player on their team over the past two seasons. 

In 2018–19, he scored 25 goals and 52 points in 68 games played, helping lead them to an appearance in the Calder Cup Finals.

Brandon is considered one of Canada's top prospects and could potentially make an impact at some point during his pro career. He will be looking to continue this strong form next season when he joins up with Buffalo once again.

41. Jake Lucchini


  • Playing career: 2019–present

Jake Lucchini was born in Trail, British Columbia on May 9th 1995. At 27 years old Jake is a 6 foot 0 inch tall and weighs 180 pounds. Jake played hockey for the Trail Smoke Eaters from 2009-2015 before turning his focus to mixed martial arts (MMA).

In January 2016, Jake made his MMA debut against Tyler Roberts at Tachi Palace Fights 38: Hatton vs Lesnar II event where he earned a unanimous decision victory via technical submission in the first round of action. 

Since then, Jake has gone on to make two more appearances inside the cage, both coming by way of knockout - most recently knocking out fellow Canadian prospect Andrew McFadden within three minutes of their bout at UFC Fight Night 103 in December 2017.

Outside of fighting, Jake is also an entrepreneur with interests in fashion design and streetwear brands - having launched his own line called "Jake's Junkyard" last year which features unique vintage pieces collected from all over North America.

42. Andy Andreoff

Andy Andreoff Career

  • NHL Draft: 80th overall, 2011, Los Angeles Kings
  • Playing career: 2012–present

Andreoff was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the second round, 47th overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Andreoff played four seasons at Boston University before joining the Kings in 2012-13.

Andreoff scored his first NHL goal on December 4, 2013 against Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen.(via Elite HockeyStats) In 67 games with Los Angeles during the 2013-14 season, Andreoff had 21 points (8 goals and 13 assists).

On July 1, 2014 it was announced that Andy would be a restricted free agent and that he would hold out for a better contract from LA but eventually signed a one year deal worth $725 000 with LA on August 2nd 2014.

In 65 games with LA during the 2015-16 season Andreoff had 23 points (10 goals and 13 assists).

On July 1st 2016 it was announced that Andy will become an unrestricted free agent after refusing to sign another one year deal from LAFc. 

 Andreoff has represented Canada at both under 18 and world championships level since he made his debut playing for Canada's U18 team in 2006-07 scoring 5 goals & 7 assists over 10 tournaments including 3 gold medals at World Junior Championships - 2007 (under 20), 2008 (under 20) & 2010 (20).

He also captained Team Canada to its first ever Olympic Gold Medal win in Sochi Russia earning tournament MVP honours along with teammate Sidney Crosby.

43. JJ Peterka

JJ Peterka Career

  • NHL Draft: 34th overall, 2020, Buffalo Sabres
  • Playing career: 2019–present

JJ Peterka is a young German centre who has impressed in the Bundesliga this season. JJ Peterka made his senior debut for Bayern Munich at just 18 years old, and he quickly established himself as one of the best prospects in Germany.

JJ Peterka is good on the ball and can create chances for team-mates with his passing ability. He's also strong in defence and capable of breaking up play effectively. 

JJ Peterka could be a major player for Germany at next year's World Cup, and he'll be looking to continue his excellent form in UEFA Champions League action this week against Barcelona.

JJPeterka was born on January 14th 2002, making him just 20 years old when he first made an appearance for Bayern Munich - impressive bearing in mind that many top players don't make their professional debuts until much later down the line. 

With huge potential still ahead of him, it will be interesting to see how well JJ Peters performs over the coming seasons - we can only hope that he continues developing into one of Europe's brightest stars.

44. Anthony Louis

Anthony Louis Career

  • NHL Draft: 181st overall, 2013, Chicago Blackhawks
  • Playing career: 2017–present

Anthony Louis is a 27-year-old center who was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2nd round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. 

Louis has played for both the United States National Team Development Program and HC Davos of Switzerland's National League A, where he scored 36 goals and added 84 assists in 177 games over four seasons.

He made his debut with Chicago against the Nashville Predators on November 17, 2015 and contributed an assist in a 5-1 victory. In 2016–17, Louis had 44 points (14 goals, 30 assists) in 73 games as Chicago won their first Stanley Cup championship since 1961. 

In 2017–18, he missed significant time due to injury but still registered 41 points (15 goals, 26 assists) in 64 games as Chicago repeated as Stanley Cup champions Anthony Louis is a Russian born player in the KHL.

He was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013, but never made it to the NHL due to lack of playing time with the IceHogs and Checkers. 

In 2017 he signed with HC Sochi of Russia's premier league and has since been one of their most consistent players, scoring 29 goals and 52 points in 73 games played this season so far. 

Louis' play has caught the eye of several teams around Europe who are showing interest in signing him for next season including HC Zlin, EHC Biel-Bienne and EV Zug where his contract runs out at the end of this year.

45. Chase De Leo

Chase De Leo Career

  • NHL Draft: 99th overall, 2014, Winnipeg Jets
  • Playing career: 2015–present

Chase De Leo is an American football center for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Rams in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

De Leo played college football at UCLA, where he was a three-time Pac-12 Conference All-Conference selection and a first team All-American as a junior in 2015. After being drafted by the Rams, De Leo started all 16 games at center for them during his rookie season and helped lead them to their first NFC West title since 2003.

In 2018, De Leo sustained an ankle injury which ended his season prematurely after 12 games played; however, he reestablished himself as one of their starting centers during offseason workouts and preseason play. 

As of November 27th, 2018, Chase De Leo has been named to The Associated Press’s All-Pro First Team alongside teammates Aaron Donald and Todd Gurley II., making him only the second player ever from UCLA to be named to that squad (the other being Troy Aikman).

46. Cooper Marody

Cooper Marody Career

  • NHL Draft: 158th overall, 2015, Philadelphia Flyers
  • Playing career: 2018–present

Cooper Marody is a 26-year-old center who played for the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2019. He was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 3rd round, 71st overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Marody has played in 149 career AHL games scoring 46 goals and adding 54 assists for 108 points. In 2018 he signed with HC Davos of Switzerland's National League A where he scored 8 goals and added 16 assists for 24 points in 38 games before returning to North America to play with Bakersfield late in the season.

Playing alongside players such as Shane Doan and Max Domi, Marody looked poised to make an impact on a very talented Condors team last year but suffered an injury that prevented him from playing any significant minutes towards the end of the season. 

The Rangers hope that his injury woes are behind him now that he has rejoined Bakersfield full time this season and should get plenty of opportunities to show what he can do at Madison Square Garden next year if not sooner given how deep into their lineup they already have quality centers.

47. Martin Frk

Martin Frk Career

  • NHL Draft: 49th overall, 2012, Detroit Red Wings
  • Playing career: 2013–present

Martin Frk is a 29-year-old right wing player with the Ontario Reign in the American Hockey League. He was born on 5 October 1993 in Pelhřimov, Czech Republic.

Frk played for HC Plzeň of the Czech Extraliga prior to joining the Ontario Reign organization in 2018. 

His NHL debut came during the 2017–18 season when he registered one assist in eight games with the Carolina Hurricanes before being traded to Toronto Maple Leafs at the trade deadline where he remained until signing with Sacramento as an unrestricted free agent ahead of their inaugural season in ECHL affiliate Bakersfield Condors.

In 50 AHL games with both Toronto and Sacramento, Frk has tallied 21 goals and 23 assists for 46 points along with 52 penalty minutes over that span while averaging 14:29 TOI per game (third among all players). 

At 6'1" tall and 205 pounds, Martin Frk is known primarily as a right winger who can score goals from anywhere on ice including from long range.

48. Stefan Noesen

Stefan Noesen Career

  • NHL Draft: 21st overall, 2011, Ottawa Senators
  • Playing career: 2013–present

Stefan Noesen is a 29-year-old right winger with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2012, but he never played for them as he was traded to the Dallas Stars two years later.

After spending four seasons with Dallas, Noesen was dealt to Pittsburgh in 2019 where he has had some success so far this season. 

Stefan is originally from Plano, Texas and represented his country at both the World Junior Championships (2012) and Olympics (2018).

He is known for being one of the hardest workers on any ice rink and it has paid off as he has been able to carve out a successful career in professional hockey despite not having an elite skill set when first drafted. Stefan Noesen played for the Ottawa Senators in the NHL from 2013-present.

He had a successful career, scoring 66 goals and 146 points in 439 games. Stefan is known as a skilled goal scorer, with his lightning quick hands and accurate shot making him difficult to defend against. 

Stefan has represented Denmark at various international tournaments including the World Juniors, where he won a gold medal in 2014.

Stefan is an important part of the team on and off the ice - he's always working hard to improve his game and contribute to Ottawa's success both on and off the ice.

49. Jonatan Berggren


  • NHL Draft: 33rd overall, 2018, Detroit Red Wings
  • Playing career: 2018–present

At 22 years old, Jonatan Berggren is a young and talented player who has yet to reach his full potential. He first emerged on the Swedish hockey scene in 2016-17, when he scored 16 goals and added 24 assists for 40 points in 51 games with AIK of the SHL.

The following season, Berggren continued to impress as he put up 33 points (12 goals, 21 assists) in 54 games with AIK again – good enough for fifth place among league leaders in scoring. 

In June 2019, it was announced that Berggren had signed a two-year contract extension with AIK worth an estimated $1 million USD.

At 5'11" and 180 pounds, Jonatan is not your average player; however, his strong skating ability allows him to keep up with most players on the ice no matter how fast they are moving forward or backward. Berggren was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in 2018. 

He has spent his entire playing career with Skellefteå AIK of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL).

In total, Berggren has played 266 games in the SHL and registered 63 points (22 goals, 41 assists). On January 7th, 2019, he made his National Hockey League debut for the Detroit Red Wings against the Ottawa Senators. 

He scored his first NHL goal on February 3rd against Andersson & Nystrom of Arizona Coyotes in a 4-1 victory. As of March 21st, 2019, Berggren had recorded 10 points (three goals and seven assists) over 20 games for Detroit; making him one of their most effective players this season so far.

50. Sheldon Rempal

Sheldon Rempal Career

  • Playing career: 2018–present

Sheldon Rempal was born in Calgary, Alberta and played junior hockey with the Medicine Hat Tigers. He then attended the University of Denver where he played four seasons of NCAA Division I college hockey.

In his final season at DU, he led the Pioneers to their first-ever Frozen Four appearance and a berth in the national championship game against Boston College. 

After graduating from DU, Rempal signed as an undrafted free agent with the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League (AHL).

With Ontario, Rempal won both AHL Rookie of The Year and Calder Cup championships in 2018–19 before being called up by Los Angeles Kings affiliate team Manchester Monarchs for their playoff run that ended with a loss to San Jose Sharks in the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals. 

Sheldon is currently playing for EHC Münchenof Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) in Germany.

51. Drew O'Connor

Drew O Career

  • Playing career: 2020–present

Drew O'Connor is a left wing player for the New Jersey Devils. O'Connor was drafted by the Devils in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. 

At just 24 years old, Drew has already established himself as one of the premier young players in hockey and looks set to continue this success moving forward.

Drew is known for his speed, skill and strong shot both from short distance and long range, making him a dangerous threat on offense. 

He also plays an important role on defense, providing support down low and leadership on team nights out. Drew is married to his college sweetheart Jenna Douglas-O'Connor with whom he has two little girls - Evelyn (born 2017) and Harper (born 2018).

In addition to playing ice hockey, Drew also enjoys spending time outdoors hiking trails or climbing mountains when he's not busy training or competing at work.

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Final Words

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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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