Nico Hischier didn’t have a particularly successful Hlinka Memorial tourney, but had some impressive moments. He seems to have taken a step forward in his physical development and has been more willing to use his good shot than in the past, something that should help him in his transition to the QMJHL. The fact he is about to start his North American season means this is the last time he appears on our rankings, as they only pertain prospects playing for European clubs. In this pre CHL season update we have four prospects in the same situation, they’re identifiable in grey in the ranking below.
Having Hischier, Pettersson and Liljegren in the same ‘top 7’ tier means we estimate right now there are four more prospects outside of Europe in the same (or higher) tier. It’s an indication of where we feel the trio currently belong when adding to the mix the other eligible prospects, it is not an attempt to predict how the draft will unfold.