Does playing for a championship-calibre team increase a player’s stock heading into the NHL draft? It may not be the only reason for a jump in rankings, but it would seem to be a contributing factor.
The deeper your team goes in the playoffs, the more exposure you get – more scouts, more TV coverage and more opportunities to make an impression.
Among teams that either won or reached the final of their respective leagues, there were a dozen players that were drafted at least one round sooner than projected.
Here’s a look at 6 of those players. They all enter the upcoming season hoping to prove that drafting them earlier than expected was a good decision.
The Oshawa Generals 2012 NHL Draft prospect, Scott Laughton, is a two way forward who plays a smart game without the puck. Scott is chipping in on offense for the Generals this season as well as playing the smart game he is known for. Scott is a player we have watched for a long time, and the Oakville native recently spoke to HockeyProspect.com's Melissa Perri.