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Future Watch 2023

Future Watch 2023

It's our annual Future Watch edition, examining the pipeline for each NHL club and laying out the top 100 prospects in the game. The meat of the issue is our NHL Team Reports, where you'll find scouting reports for the top 10 prospects for each organization. But we also have features on several of the game's best youngsters: Logan Cooley, Shane Wright, Simon Edvinsson, Brandt Clarke and many more.

NHL Team Reports

BOSTON BRUINS

DESPITE RELENTLESS CRITICISM OF his 2015 draft, GM Don Sweeney did snag regular contributors Jake DeBrusk (No. 14 overall) and Brandon Carlo (No. 37 overall). And, coincidentally, Sweeney acquired two others from that class by trading Erik Haula for Pavel Zacha (No. 6 overall by New Jersey) and signing A.J. Greer (No. 39 by Colorado). Both forwards have made the Bruins bigger and faster. Recently extended, Zacha may even emerge as a long-term solution at center. The Bruins can be patient with their prospects while challenging for the best record of the NHL’s expansion era. D+ | RANK: 32ND 1. FABIAN LYSELL RW, 20, 5-10, 175 Providence (AHL) 34–11–16–27–34 2021 draft, 21st overall Like David Pastrnak and David Krejci before him, Lysell is a slick European forward finding his way in the AHL. Off the rush, the…

Simon Edvinsson

BIG LEAGUE DREAMS

IN TRAINING CAMP with the Detroit Red Wings, goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic got a glimpse of what defenseman Simon Edvinsson was capable of on the ice. And since Nedeljkovic’s reassignment to the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins in January, the 27-year-old netminder has been making an up-close-and-personal assessment of Edvinsson’s talents. And you can consider Nedeljkovic to be suitably impressed with the Swedish rookie rearguard. “He plays with a lot of poise,” Nedeljkovic said. “Definitely a lot of confidence and a lot of swagger. He’s not afraid to hold onto the puck and see what options he has, and he’s not afraid to make the play, either. He can skate himself out of trouble, so I think he brings a lot.” When the Red Wings opened training camp in September, the speculation was Edvinsson…

NHL Team Reports

DALLAS STARS

DALLAS HAS SUCCESSFULLY GRADUATED more players from its prospect pool recently, as 2021 and 2022 draftees rule this list. The Stars have moved away from the dogma of “bigger is better,” especially in the forward group, where several of their top prospects are under six feet tall. “Our scouts are good at picking good players, and the size stuff will work itself out,” said Dallas assistant GM and AHL Texas GM Scott White. Several prospects have noted physical-maturity gaps regardless. Dallas’ blueline depth gives ‘D’ prospects a longer development track, so there won’t be any unnecessary rushing. B | RANK: 15TH 1. LOGAN STANKOVEN C, 20, 5-8, 170 Kamloops (WHL) 37–27–52–79–15 2021 draft, 47th overall Stankoven was one of the last cuts for Dallas this season, and he’s an odds-on bet to make the Stars next season.…

Logan Cooley

1-ON-1 WITH NO. 1

WHILE IT MAY have been overshadowed by Connor Bedard’s record-breaking performance, Logan Cooley was a standout at the 2023 World Junior Championship, earning an all-star team nod. He has since returned to the University of Minnesota to cement his place among the top scorers in the NCAA – as a freshman. The Arizona Coyotes prospect, No. 3 overall pick in the 2022 NHL draft and Future Watch’s No. 1-ranked talent spoke to The Hockey News about getting settled in the State of Hockey, finding his footing in the college game and making good on his desire to be a Desert Dog next season. THE HOCKEY NEWS: Walk us through draft day. What was that experience like? LOGAN COOLEY: It was pretty special to have everyone in my family there, teammates, friends, to…