• PROSPECT-UPDATE ARCHIVE
Not a lot of games across the hockey world on Sunday, so tonight's group of stars will be limited to five players.
Hard to believe the NHL returns soon, but with so much hockey already being played, it feels like the big boys are kind of late to the game. And what a game it already is so far. Here's a look at those Top 5 draft-eligible prospects from around the globe:
ALEXANDER ALEXEYEV -- Alexeyev, a second-year defenseman with the Red Deer Rebels is already considered to be a high-end prospect, and he hasn't disappointed so far. In Red Deer's 5-3 win at Edmonton, the Russian picked up another assist and was plus-2. His assist came on the tying goal just 49 seconds into the third period. It was the second of four unanswered goals by the Rebels. Through his first two WHL games, Alexeyev has four assists and a plus-4 rating. That's solid.
JONATAN BERGGREN -- The only European to make the list on this day is Swedish center Berggren, who helped Skelleftea's U20 team score a 5-2 win over visiting Stockholm. Berggren's contribution was one goal, one assist and a plus-2 rating. He extended his point streak to five games. Berggren is small, so he might not be drafted high. But he almost sure will be drafted and is a player to watch going forward
ANDERSON MacDONALD -- One of the top prospects for this draft, MacDonald kept on rolling with two goals in Moncton's 7-4 loss at Bathurst. His team's overall performance was reflected in his minus-4 rating, but it was still a big night for MacDonald in picking up his first goals of the season -- both on the power play. His more dramatic goal came at 12:26 of the second period, when he tied the game at 3-3.
JACK McBAIN -- Andrew McBain's son is a little off the radar playing in the OJHL this season, but he's surely on the scouts' minds because of his great size, skill, and pedigree. On Sunday, McBain picked up an assist in the Toronto Jr. Canadiens' 4-3 win over the Toronto Patriots. McBain has scored at least a point in every game this season, as his seven-game streak has seen him record three goals and nine assists. Looks like Boston College will getting a star player here. (Note: Second appearance on this list in 2017-18)
RYAN ROTH -- Roth is an interesting story. He was all set to go to St. Lawrence on a hockey scholarship next year, but he had second thoughts when he realized that his real goal was the NHL. Figuring major-junior would be better for his career development, he signed with the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. On Sunday, the rookie picked up his first OHL points with a pair of assists in a 5-1 win over London. So far, so good, so sorry, St. Lawrence.