Photo: Forward Travis Boyd had a breakout junior season with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, managing nine goals and 23 assists through 41 games. Boyd was selected in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Brian Ekart/Icon SMI)
In recent years the Washington Capitals have shown a tendency of drafting college-bound players in the later rounds thanks to their ability to retain the rights of these prospects for longer than if they drafted a player out of Canadian major juniors.
Photo: Winnipeg Jets prospect Nic Petan (#19) and Nashville Predators prospect Brendan Leipsic (#28) of the Portland Winterhawks have much to smile about as they will be competing in their fourth straight WHL Championship series (courtesy of Ben Nelms/Getty Images)
The defensemen, goaltenders and wingers have all been covered, so it is time to take a look at the top centers prospects that competed in the WHL during the 2013-14 season.
Photo: Miami University forward and Washington Capitals prospect Riley Barber was among the top wingers playing in the NCAA during the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)
The NCAA featured a number of excellent wingers this season that were key cogs for their respective teams. Hockey’s Future takes a closer look at the top 10 NCAA wingers that are currently property of an NHL team. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of April 3rd.
Photo: Forward Evgeny Kuznetsov made his NHL debut on March 10th following the completion of his fifth season in the KHL. Kuznetsov was selected 26th overall in the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
The Washington Capitals made several trades to bolster their lineup for a late-season playoff push, but the most exciting addition to their lineup came in the form of top prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Photo: Erie Otters forward and Washington Capitals prospect Andre Burakovsky has had a smooth transition to the North American game, notching 87 points in 57 games in 2013-14 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The top 10 NHL-drafted wingers currently playing in the OHL aren’t overly large (a couple of notable exceptions, of course), but this year’s crop represents a collection of players who generally are solid defensively (or at least have shown that capability when they put their minds to it), and have the hands to chip in once in a while.