National Collegiate Athletic Association
Last year there were no NCAA players - or Americans in general - taken with one of the first 10 picks of the NHL Entry Draft. This year, there might be three. Forward Jack Eichel has scored three goals and seven points in his last three contests. That brings him up to 11 goals and 34 points in 20 games with Boston University. Along with Connor McDavid, Eichel is regularly cited as one of the top two prospects in the 2015 draft class. Noah Hanifin might end up being a top-five selection as well. The 17-year-old defenseman has three goals and 14 points in 23 games with Boston College this season. Rounding out the trio is Zach Werenski, who is another 17-year-old defenseman. He plays for the University of Michigan and has three goals and 15 points in 18 contests this season. Michael Vecchione, 21, was never drafted, but he's been one of the NCAA's top players so far this season. He has recorded at least a point in four of his last five contests, bringing him up to 11 goals and 23 assists in 23 games.
American Hockey League
Shane Prince has scored three goals in his last three contests. He has 14 goals and 31 points in 37 games with the Binghamton Senators in 2014-15. Charles Hudon has slowed down since mid-December, but he recorded two assists on Saturday. With 11 goals and 36 points in 41 games, the Hamilton Bulldogs forward remains the scoring leader among rookies. Austin Madaisky has found the back of the net in three of his last four games. He has 12 goals and 32 points in 41 contests with the Springfield Falcons. Brendan Leipsic recorded an assist on Wednesday to extend his points streak to four contests. The 20-year-old rookie has four goals and 30 points in 38 contests with the Milwaukee Admirals.
Beyond the NCAA's three potential entries in the top-10 of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the remainder might end up being dominated by the CHL. Mikko Rantanen has the potential to be an exception though. The 18-year-old has four goals and 15 points in 37 games with TPS Turku of the SM-liiga. Another guy that might force his way into the top-10 is Oliver Kylington. So far he's split the season between Sweden's top and second-tier leagues, posting five points in 17 SHL contests and seven points in 14 games in HockeyAllsvenskan. Jens Looke isn't currently expected to squeak into the top-10, but after Rantanen and Kylington, NHL Central Scouting considers him to be the third best European skater in the draft pool. Looke has two goals and six points in 32 games in Sweden's top league. Michael Spacek was ranked fourth by NHL Central Scouting. He has five goals and 11 points in 27 Czech contests.