Something special is about to happen in the first round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Yes, an American-born hockey player named Jack Hughes will probably be selected first overall.
But then one of his teammates, Alex Turcotte, will be selected shortly after. Or he could potentially be beaten to the podium by another teammate, Trevor Zegras. Cole Caufield? He played on that team too, and The Hockey News is predicting he’ll round out the top ten.
And don’t forget about Matthew Boldy. Or their goalie, Spencer Knight. Or defenseman Cam York. Or Alex Vlasic.
It boggles the mind. The United States Development Program’s U18 National Team is about to take the hockey world by storm. Depending on who you ask, seven or eight of their players are slotted to be first round draft picks. It’s almost difficult to believe.
Unless you’re Don Granato.
Head coach of the USNDTP for 15 years before moving back into the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks after a one year stint with his brother Tony at the University of Wisconsin, Granato had a front row seat while the program picked up steam and began producing elite hockey players at an alarming rate.
What are the secrets of the program? What did Clayton Keller learn under Granato that he’s using to build himself into an offensive star with the Arizona Coyotes?
We’re thrilled to have Don speak at our conference this summer, and if the NHL draft goes as expected, he’s going to have a lot to talk about.
From last week, in case you missed it…