The NHL Draft eligible players coming out of the Western Hockey League for 2018 is rather scarce. There are four defensemen who could be called upon in the first 62 picks, but after that, it is anybody’s guess. However, the group of players who were passed on in the 2017 NHL Draft is a strong one and there is a good chance that a few of 19-year-olds will be picked in June. Let’s take a look at the Draft +1 players with the best chance of being taken this year.
Fresh off of a sweep of the Vancouver Giants last weekend, the Victoria Royals are back for games 3 and 4 of a 5 game homestand. Up on Friday and Saturday night are the Kelowna Rockets, who always seem to give the Royals trouble. They’ve only played once this season, an 8-3 win for Victoria in Kelowna, but the Rockets won 6 times in 8 games during their season series last year. To show the league that they are the best team in the B.C. Division, the Royals will need a pair of big games on home ice.