Here are the steal of the NHL Draft 2024

Will Bloggs
July 6, 2024  (10:12 PM)

The 2024 NHL Draft has happened in Las Vegas, with 225 young players celebrating their selection and dreams coming true with the Detroit Red Wings.
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The 2024 NHL Draft has happened in Las Vegas, with 225 young players celebrating their selection and dreams coming true with the Detroit Red Wings.

While some teams like the San Jose Sharks, Chicago Blackhawks, and Calgary Flames made obvious picks with high-value slots, the real challenge and triumph lie in finding hidden gems and projecting long-term value. Here are five selections from the draft that have the potential to pay off significantly:
1. Terik Parascak, LW (Washington Capitals)
Parascak had a standout rookie season with Prince George, amassing 105 points, including nearly 50 goals. Despite his impressive stats, concerns about his skating and play-driving ability caused him to fall out of the first round. However, his goal-scoring prowess is undeniable. If he can improve his speed, transition play, and physicality, Parascak could become a significant offensive asset for the Capitals, a team in need of such talent.
2. Aron Kiviharju, LHD (Minnesota Wild)
Once considered a top prospect, Kiviharju's draft stock plummeted due to a leg injury and an underwhelming U-18 World Championship. Despite this, his skill with the puck and potential as a dynamic blueliner make him a steal in the later rounds. If he can bounce back and effectively lead Finland's World Junior team, Kiviharju could be a valuable addition to the Wild's defensive lineup.
3. Adam Kleber, RHD (Buffalo Sabres)
Kleber's impressive second half of the season with the Lincoln Stars showcased his growth and potential. At 6-foot-6, he uses his size effectively and has shown real offensive instincts. Although not projected as an offensive defenseman in the NHL, his overall game and presence on the ice suggest he could surpass many defenders picked ahead of him. The Sabres might have found a solid, impactful defenseman at 42nd overall.
4. Justin Poirier, RW (Carolina Hurricanes)
Known for taking high-skill players despite their flaws, the Hurricanes selected Poirier at No. 156. Poirier scored 69 goals last season with Baie-Comeau and continues to improve his passing game. Concerns about his size (5-foot-8) and physicality persist, but his goal-scoring ability could make him a valuable asset. If he follows a path similar to Joshua Roy, Poirier might defy expectations and carve out an NHL career despite his size.
5. Christian Humphreys, C (Colorado Avalanche)
Humphreys, an underrated USA Hockey National Team Development Program member, was a surprising seventh-round pick. He scored 23 goals and 58 points in 52 games and is known for his playmaking ability and versatility. Despite needing to improve his physicality and skating, Humphreys' potential as a bottom-six forward with skill makes him a worthy gamble for the Avalanche. If he develops his top speed, Humphreys could become a valuable player for Colorado.
These picks represent calculated risks that could yield high rewards, reflecting the importance of scouting and player development in the NHL. As these players progress, their journey will be closely watched, and they could become key contributors to their respective teams in the future.
Source: YardBarker
Top five 2024 NHL Draft picks with huge steal potential
Here are the steal of the NHL Draft 2024

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