With even the potential of the NHL entry draft taking place next month, I thought it would be best to dive back into the top prospects representing each region. So far, we have covered all of Canada, hitting the WHL, OHL and finally the QMJHL. All of which are filled with their fair share of studs.
Let’s take this overseas and dig into one of the more talented regions in this year’s draft, Europe. This year’s crop is one of the most interesting we have had in years in regards to parody. No matter whose ranking you look at, you’re likely getting a variation of results. With that being said, there seems to one common ground that everyone can agree upon. The top-10 is full of European, generational talent.
Here are this year’s top prospects coming out of Europe. Four extremely talented kids who should be very high on your drafting radars.
Current Team: Adler Mannheim
Draft projection: Top-5
Fantasy upside: 9.5
While most have him a lock in the No.3 spot at this year’s podium, there have been arguments made for him to be selected right behind QMJHL star Alexis Lafreniere. In my books, Stutzle is undoubtedly the best Euro in this draft, and is a part of a very solid young group filtering out of Germany this season. While playing against men in the DEL at the ripe age of 17, the rookie produced an impressive seven goals and 34 points in just 41 games. While the argument stands that the DEL isn’t as competitive as its rival leagues, it’s still an enormous feat to accomplish at his age.
Stutzle is a phenomenal skater with a high-end mix of both speed and agility. He’s got the quick strides to blow past defenders and the terrific edge work to beat those in tight. He has the ability to showcase his elite hands while performing at his top speed, feasting on defen