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Draft Preview 2024

Draft Preview 2024

In this year's edition of The Hockey News' Draft Preview, we give you the lowdown on the top 100 prospects available in the 2024 NHL draft. As we count them down from No. 1 to 100, we have in-depth scouting reports, bio info and stats for each youngster. Also, we have NHL Team Reports on all 32 clubs (including Utah!), which look at the short- and long-term needs of each team. And finally, you'll find feature stories on top-prospect Macklin Celebrini, as well as Taj Iginla, Cole Eiserman, Artyom Levshunov, Sam Dickinson, Michael Hage and more.

Cole Eiserman

BULLET TRAIN

THE MID-OCTOBER MEETING between Boston University and USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program’s U-18 squad wasn’t an audition for Cole Eiserman so much as it was a showcase. But there were any number of reasons the standout American sniper entered the game under the microscope. In part, it was a chance to prove he could be a future star for the Terriers, to whom he’d committed only weeks prior. It gave Eiserman the opportunity to go head-to-head with his former Shattuck-St. Mary’s teammate Macklin Celebrini, the consensus No. 1 pick heading into the June draft. And it was another occasion for Eiserman to prove he can perform on a big stage under the bright lights. “There were lots of pieces to that game,” said NTDP coach Nick Fohr, “and he just…

Michael Hage

DOING IT FOR DAD

WHEN THEIR CHILDREN WERE playing youth hockey in Toronto, Rania and Alain Hage had a good-cop, bad-cop scenario that would play out after every game. On the way home in the car, regardless of how well they played, Alain would be a little hard on them, pointing out things they could have done better. When they arrived home, Rania would hug them and accentuate nothing but the positives. Their sons, Michael and Alexander, never knew whether their parents plotted it that way, but Michael thinks it was an extension of their natural personalities. “My mom is just really caring, and she’s probably the nicest person in the world,” he said. “My dad was very, very hard on me, but it was how he showed how much he loved me and how…

NHL Team Reports

CAROLINA HURRICANES

THE HURRICANES ARE one of the best teams in the NHL, and a big reason why is the draft. Not only have they made some great picks, but GM Don Waddell always makes sure the team has a bunch of selections to play with. To wit, this year, the Canes are slated to pick nine times in seven rounds, even though they’re a Stanley Cup contender. They’ll lose their fifth-rounder to Pittsburgh if they win the Cup (a condition of the Jake Guentzel trade), but that’s a good problem to have. IMMEDIATE NEEDS: As good as they are, the Hurricanes could use another top-six center, or at least someone who can push Jesperi Kotkaniemi into putting his stamp on the role. Sebastian Aho is the No. 1, and Jordan Staal is…

Buzz

GOALIE GRAB-O-METER-O-METER

For every Marc-Andre Fleury, Carey Price or Roberto Luongo – who fit the bill as first-round goaltending royalty – there are just as many masked men who achieved NHL stardom despite being taken in the later rounds. Here are six such stoppers who were selected after the midpoint of their respective drafts