Potential 2015 top prospects coming out of nowhere?
Is there any 2015 draft prospect that could be a player a la Frédérik Gauthier or David Perron, so a player that was playing at a lower level (Midget AAA for both Gauthier and Perron) the year before his draft year, play in the juniors during his draft year and comes out of nowhere to get draft in the first round?
If we could predict who was going to come out of nowhere a year and a half before they did, it wouldn't really be "coming out of nowhere."
This 'tag' is usually reserved for players in their draft year (so this year is the 2014), like the David Perrons and Samuel Morins (Gauthier is not the best example, there was a bit of hype at the start of the season).
Seeing guys like Nikita Scherbak and Vaclav Karabacek constantly rising, I'm really looking forward to see which CHL team will draft Fabian Haberstich and Dario Winkler this year. Two guys 2015 eligible that no one knows, but I have a weird feeling that they will both be good players.
F A.J. Greer (Kimball Union, NE Prep) - Funny that you mentioned Gauthier, as this kid was a teammate of his. Is hidden away in New Hampshire, but has grown a bit and is now around 6'3'' or 6'4'' and 200+. Has some power to his game but looks more like a big, skilled forward than a true power forward. Not sure if he'll be staying at KUA next year or moving to Des Moines (USHL), where he had a stint a few weeks back before his prep season started. Penn State 2015 commit.
D Travis Dermott (Erie, OHL) - Kind of hard to go unnoticed on one of the top CHL teams, but this kid is not talked about enough. The Otters organization really loves him and were able to get him to commit even though he had plenty of D1 interest. Was overlooked a bit in his OHL draft year because he was undersized and injured for a good chunk of the season. Just a very heady, two-way defenseman. Minor hockey teammate of Connor McDavid with York Simcoe.
D Médric Mercier (Soo Thunderbirds, NOJHL) - A big, raw defenseman. Has good offensive instincts and a heavy shot. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds property that was sent to their Jr. A affiliate as they felt it was better for him to actually play rather than hold down the press box. Has some qualities of former Greyhound Ryan Sproul.
F Adam Sinclair (St. Andrew's College, CAHS) - Exceptionally skilled and smart, but not an NHL body at all at this point (5'5'' 147). Have not seen him yet this season, but am looking forward to seeing how he fares against some older kids. Was called a Canadian Gaudreau by USHR. Harvard 2015 commit.