The Journey: Top Rising Forward Prospects In April

Dave Hall


Welcome back for this week’s installment of The Journey. I hope everyone has been keeping safe and busy during these times. For the first time in a while, we were gifted some hockey action this week in the form of some much-anticipated news. While it is all just smoke and mirrors at this point, it sounds like there are talks of a potential June-July start date for a resumed NHL season. Do you agree with finishing out the remainder of the season, or should the NHL be focusing on shutting down and starting next season as per normal? Please leave your comments below.

We were also treated to the WHL draft, which saw 15-year-old Connor Bedard go first overall to the Regina Pats. If you are looking for a deeper dive on the young exceptional star, check out what Cam Robinson had to say in one of his feature stories: Exception Status: Connor Bedard Makes History.

In other news, Dobber released April’s Top 200 Prospect Forwards last week. This month’s rankings saw some significant movement and with that in mind, I'd like to dive into some of this month's top rising forwards. 

Connor McMichael – Washington Capitals (April: 12 , March: 53, February: 87)

Current rankings

Drafted 25th overall in 2019, McMichael has always been considered a skilled prospect. However, after a very strong season as the OHL’s third-leading scorer with 102 points, he looks to have elevated his game even further, solidifying himself as a future top-line center with solid offensive upside. 

The Ajax, Ontario, native showcases superior offensive abilities, all of which are a product of his above-average skating. McMichael has a tremendous jump and fantastic edge work, allowing him to create high-level scoring opportunities off the rush or create space for himself in tight spots. He sports an NHL-ready shot and can also dish teammates the puck with his sound awareness. While it likely will be on the second unit, he is a prime candidate for some