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Steve Kournianos, The Draft Analyst
Askarov is the most coveted goalie prospect since Carey Price, which says a lot when you consider Spencer Knight held that same distinction a season ago. Whether teams like to draft goalies high in the first round or not, the truth is that no prospect between the pipes has accomplished what Askarov has done at the under-17 and under-18 levels, and that includes the aforementioned Knight. NHL.com
Adam Kimelman — Seth Jarvis, C, Portland (WHL): Jarvis (5-10, 175) builds his game around his speed and dynamic offensive skills. After a slow start to the season, he was one of the best offensive players in the CHL after the Christmas break, with 65 points (28 goals, 37 assists) in 29 games.
Mike Morreale — Jarvis: Jarvis is a smart, skilled player who executes with pace and excels as a penalty killer. He was second in the WHL with 98 points (42 goals, 56 assists) in 58 games last season.
Guillaume Lepage — Dylan Holloway, C, Wisconsin (Big Ten): The Oilers are often criticized for not having enough depth behind star forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, which is why they may select Holloway, a powerful center with high-end offensive skills and a good skating ability.
Vincent Z. Mercogliano, USA Today
Dawson Mercer, C/RW — The Oilers are rumored to be a candidate to trade back, but if they stay put, the versatile Canadian forward would be considered the best-player available by many.
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