Scout’s Notebook: The Top Skater’s From the 2023 NHL Draft

Speed has emerged as the primary factor in determining the value of any NHL player.

While intelligence and exceptional puck skills can take you far, the ability to swiftly navigate the ice, exploit gaps in defense, and rectify errors ultimately determines the success or failure of a player’s career.

With each passing draft, teams have progressively shifted their preference away from larger, sluggish players, instead focusing on individuals endowed with exceptional speed. The allure of acquiring a player with this defining attribute and subsequently refining other aspects of their game has become a captivating challenge for development personnel, pursued with increasing enthusiasm.

Consequently, what factors contribute to the development of a technically advanced skater?

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