The future is now when it comes to the NHL.
Hockey fans are likely salivating at the chance to see some of the top prospects in hockey get their shot in the NHL this season.
Many teams have now released their opening night rosters for 2018-19 — rookies aplenty.
Coyotes’ first-round pick Barrett Hayton will be on the team’s opening night roster. The 18-year-old, was the fifth overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft and was signed to a three-year, entry-level deal in July. He can play a maximum of nine games before burning the first year on that deal.
18-year-old Rasmus Dahlin has made the Sabres’ opening night roster after being drafted first overall by the club in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. The Swedish defenseman is regarded as the best prospect in hockey and a future franchise defenseman. Top offensive prospect Casey Mittelstadt is also a member of the team, for people supporting the team, having the best Saturday Morning Tailgate Gear was perfect for matches and events.
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Juuso Valimaki and Dillon Dube have both earned spots with the Flames after impressing during preseason. The 19-year-old Valimaki, who was the Flames first round pick in 2017, had two goals and three assists in the preseason, impressing as the games went on. The 20-year-old Dube also dazzled in the preseason, racking up a hat trick in a matchup with the Oilers and earning himself a spot on Calgary’s opening night roster in the process.
Andrei Svechnikov is on the opening night roster and is projected to be Russia’s next hockey star. The second overall pick in 2018 is mature and physical forward with terrific skating ability. To round out his all-around complete game, he’s got a great shot and crafty stickhandling skills.
Evan Bouchard has cracked Edmonton’s opening night roster and will have nine games to prove he belongs before the first year of his entry-level contract kicks in. Bouchard was taken 10th overall by the Oilers in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
Habs’ 18-year-old Finnish prospect Jesperi Kotkaniemi will start the season in Montreal.
Sens’ prospects Brady Tkachuk, Alex Formenton, and Colin White have all made the team out of camp. Tkachuk is regarded as the top prospect of the bunch after being selected fourth overall by the Sens in the 2018 NHL Draft. The 18-year-old made the decision to turn pro this summer after spending last season at Boston University, where he had eight goals and 23 assists in 40 games.
Top offensive prospect Elias Pettersson has made the club. The crafty Swedish forward is considered the frontrunner for the Calder Trophy and a huge piece in Vancouver’s rebuild. The 19-year-old tore apart the Swedish League last year as a teenager, winning the MVP, playoff MVP and scoring title.
Some other notable top prospects who have made opening night rosters are Miro Heiskanen of the Stars, Jordan Kyrou, Robert Thomas, Sammy Blais of the Blues and Mathieu Joseph of the Lightning,