Big risers, fallers after U-18s
Now that the IIHF U-18 Championships have concluded with another American gold medal -- Team USA's fourth straight -- the focus for many of this group of players turns to the NHL draft. The 10-team tournament featured a number of top picks and some players have surely elevated their draft stock while others have left some major questions.
No player had a greater impact on the tournament then U.S. goaltender Collin Olson. Standing at 6-foot-3 1/4;, he stood even taller for the entire tournament. He was named top goaltender with a 0.80 GAA and a .965 save percentage for his five games. Ranked 21st among North American goaltenders by Central Scouting, he seems to be grossly misplaced and his performance had many scouts talking. As one Eastern Conference scout said, "What is there not to like? He has size, moves well and stops the puck."
For me, Olson is one of the biggest climbers, as there is a great deal of weight put on this tournament. And he won't be the only player moving up or down draft boards following the tourney's conclusion. Here's a more detailed look at Olson and some of the other big movers following the U-18s.
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