You don’t always need an international tournament for a critical mass of first-time draft-eligible prospects to form, and this was the case when the Prince George Cougars and Kelowna Rockets faced off last Friday and Saturday. Those games were high-scoring affairs that featured four high-profile prospects for the 2023 NHL Draft competing against each other. Talk about full value.
Beyond generational talent Connor Bedard, the WHL is absolutely loaded with high-end players for the upcoming draft. With Zach Benson to Brayden Yager as projected top-10 picks, the depth of the league is downright shocking. Bedard, Benson, and Yager aren’t alone, though. There’s a third-tier of talented WHLers forming behind them with first-round aspirations all their own.