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NHL Draft: 2017 Draft Preview

Jon Litterine

Jon Litterine is RotoWire's lead MMA Writer and MMA Editor. He has covered numerous MMA events live. He's also RW's NHL Prospect Analyst. Jon has been writing for RotoWire since 2005. He is a graduate of U Mass-Lowell.

The Devils and Flyers defied the odds and will now make the first two selections on Friday night in Chicago in a draft that features loads of talent, but few potential superstars. The Vegas Golden Knights, conducting their first ever draft, hold the sixth overall selection. Our annual ranking of the top eligible players follows.

Note: This is not a mock draft, nor does it take team needs into account. Each first round pick will be dissected in our draft review, which will be available after Round 1 is complete.

1. Nico Hischier (C, Halifax-QMJHL): Hischier’s stock has risen considerably throughout the season. He put up strong numbers for Halifax (38 goals, 86 points in 57 games), and he was a force for Switzerland at the World Juniors while getting virtually no help from his supporting cast. The Swiss dynamo excels at creating offense for himself. He's an exceptional puck handler (particularly in tight to his skates) and very good at finding open teammate

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