10. Albert Johansson

Albert Johansson is perhaps one of the more underrated prospects around the league, primarily because he is not the flashiest player. One might say that he is a jack of all trades, but a master of none. AlJo is considered to be a two-way defender who is capable of turning defence into offence. He is a smooth skater who plays a game similar to that of Jonas Brodin. The biggest knock on his game at this time is his strength and willingness to muck it up in the trenches. Johansson is at least a year away from coming overseas, but he could definitely be worth the wait. Increased playing time and responsibility with Farjestad next year should do wonders for his overall game. Johansson projects as a solid second pairing defender who is capable of contributing on the power play. He was ranked as high as 7 by one GM, as low as 15 by another.

9. Ridly Greig

Ridly Greig has been a monster this year in the WHL, netting 10 goals and 22 apples in only 21 games this year with the Brandon Wheat Kings. He is a feisty player who is willing to go to the net to make things happen. Some Ottawa fans were displeased when Sens took him last year late in the first round. It is safe to say that those same fans are pitching tents now. The only thing slowing Greig down from being an effective pro player is his slender disposition. Patience will be needed with this kid, but once he fills out he should prove to be a valuable asset. He was one of the youngest players drafted last year, which further emphasizes that slow and steady wins the race with this one. Antonio, the "Itatian Stallion", had him 5th on his list.

8. Jake Neighbours

The knock against Jake Neighbours is that he plays the wrong style of game for his natural skillset. Many scouts tout him as a middle six power forward, who can chip in offensively. However, young Jake feels otherwise, and has done everything in his power to prove naysayers wrong. Neighbours has absolutely dumbied the competition in the WHL this year, netting 9 goals and adding 24 dimes in only 19 games with the Edmonton Oil Kings. Some attribute his success to playing alongside future top draft choice, Dylan Guenther. However, during Guenther’s absence at the U18 championships, Jake did not miss a beat. At 5’11 and 200+ pounds, Neighbours could become a force to be reckoned with if his offensive game can translate. Worst case, he should become the guy that most scouts peg him to be.

7. Isac Lundestrom

Everything I read about Isac Lundestrom indicates that he is a coach's dream. Despite only being 21-years-old, the young Swede has quickly become a primary penalty killer for the Ducks. While he is more of an auxiliary player than an offensive catalyst, Lundestrom has the ability to chip in offensively, and could be even more productive once he gains confidence at the pro level. Middle six is definitely his trajectory at this point, and from a depth perspective, he looks to be a solid 3rd line guy who is capable of moving up and down as needed. Coach Dallas Eakins had this to say about the young Swede - “He’s gotten better each and every day. He’s taken wonderful strides and is ahead of where we thought he was going to be, which is a great thing when you’re rebuilding an organization”. Safe to say that he is a player worth keeping.

6. Nicolas Beaudin

The young Frenchman has shown tremendous improvement this year and has silenced the critics after his mediocre performance with the Rockford IceHogs last season. Beaudin is a offensively gifted defender who possesses a slick pair of mittens and high end passing ability. His performance in the AHL (10 points in 9 games) indicates that he is too good for that level of hockey. In the NHL, the 5’11, 175 pounder is still getting accustomed to the speed and strength of the opposition. Beaudin accredits his success this year to simplifying his game and looking for the smart play. He projects as a top four defender who is capable of quarterbacking the powerplay. However, with some commitment to honing his defensive skills, he could be someone who takes on more responsibilities as he continues to develop.