• PROSPECT-UPDATE ARCHIVE
Hard to believe, but despite seven WHL games on Wednesday, no players from that league make this top-performances list. In a way, that's no surprise. Among the three major-junior leagues, the WHL is the weakest for 2018 draft prospects -- the weakest by far. While the OHL and QMJHL are loaded with potential NHL players, the WHL doesn't really have anything like that abundance of talent.
With the WHL offering nothing, Wednesday's list is confined to just three players, including two from the Swedish junior ranks. Check out this trio below:
ADAM BOQVIST -- The best of the highly-talented Swedish defensemen playing in the draft shadow of Rasmus Dahlin, Boqvist has been on fire lately. Although he has spent some time in the SHL, Boqvist's best work has been with Gavle's U20 team. On Wednesday he scored two goals on six shots, leading Brynas to a 4-3 win at Mora. The first goal came 53 seconds into the middle period, tying the game 2-2. He later pulled Gavle into a 3-3 tie at 3:08 of the third period. Boqvist has back-to-back two-goal games and goals in three straight. He also averages over a point-per game with 17 in 16 to rank third among defenseman in U20 scoring. He is also tied for the defensemen lead with 10 goals. (Note: Third appearance on this list in 2017-18)
NATHAN DUNKLEY -- Dunkley had a goal and assist in Kingston's 4-1 win over Ottawa in Wednesday-morning action to earn No. 2 star honors. He opened with the first goal of the game at 12:11 of the first. He later assisted on a goal at 14:26 of the second to make it 3-1. Playing on a line with Stars prospect Jason Robertson helped Dunkley explode for 10 points in the past four games. He has a five-game point streak and 26 points in 21 OHL games. (Note: Fourth appearance on this list in 2017-18)
GABRIEL SEGER -- Initially overshadowed by Vaxjo junior teammate Dominik Bokk, Seger has stepped up for the Lakers' Swedish U20 squad since Bokk moved up to the SHL. On Wednesday, he scored twice in a 4-1 win over Karlstad. The first goal, at 1:28 of the second period, opened the scoring. Much later, with 14 seconds remaining in the game, he hit an empty net for his second straight two-goal game, taking his goal-scoring streak to three games.