Young, talented players of several Canadian NHL teams will dominate throughout 2015-16 season. Many of these future stars have recently been drafted, and are quickly working their way up in their career. Here are some players to look out for in the 2015-16 season:
Sam Bennett – Calgary Flames
Sam Bennett was only drafted third overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames. He was very noticeable when he joined the team in only one playoff game against the Anaheim Ducks, where he recorded one assist.
Sam Bennett will be an elite offensive force. At only 19 years of age, Bennett has scored 155 points in 128 career OHL games. Bennet will likely play on the second line, but will still be an offensive force throughout the 2015-16 season.
Dougie Hamilton – Calgary Flames
Dougie Hamilton will be a top defenceman of the future who will likely be paired with veteran captain Mark Giordano. Hamilton, 22 has recorded 95 points in 178 games with the Boston Bruins, and will likely continue his two-way defensive play who is hard to play against. Dougie Hamilton is probably the best acquisition of the summer in terms of addressing Calgary’s needs. He will only be a cornerstone defenceman for years to come.
Connor McDavid – Edmonton Oilers
Speed. Vision. Consistency. Connor McDavid almost always performs. He’s a slippery forward that is incredibly unpredictable. McDavid has shown his talent throughout the Oilers’s prospect camp this summer, with a five-goal performance in the intrasquad scrimmage. Oilers fans must be salivating on the fact that their top line of Hall-McDavid-Eberle will be immediately potent.
Mark Scheifele – Winnipeg Jets
Mark Scheifele is just about to enter into his prime. After the 2014-15 season, Scheifele gained first-line center status with 49 points in his first full 82-game season. Scheifele will definitely post much better numbers in the 2015-16 season, making the Winnipeg Jets a tougher team to defend against because of their offensive power.
Dark Horse – Nazem Kadri – Toronto Maple Leafs
Nazem Kadri of the Toronto Maple Leafs is recognized by Mike Babcock as a potentially elite forward, IF Nazem pushes himself to reach that level. Whether Tyler Bozak is traded before opening day, Kadri should show who he is as a player with a consistency of a whole new level. Kadri had 44 points in the shortened 48-game 2012-13 season, and has posted 50 or fewer points in the past two seasons. Kadri needs to reach the level where his points per game average is closer to one than 0.5.
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