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.