NHLPA Rookie Showcase 2023 Players To Watch
The 2023 NHLPA Rookie Showcase players to watch are:
- Connor Bedard
- Adam Fantili
- Logan Cooley
- Matthew Knies
- Tyson Foerster
- Dustin Wolf
- Sebastian Cossa
Connor Bedard was selected by the Blackhawks as the number-one draft pick. Bedard was one of the youngest players drafted at just 17.
Bedard played for the WHL team Regina Pats and had a regular season record of 134 goals scored in 134 games with 137 assists for 271 points.
Adam Fantili played college hockey till last season for the University of Michigan. He had recorded 30 goals and 35 assists with 65 total points in 36 regular season games. He was drafted by the Colombus Blue Jackets.
Matthew Knies (Maple Leafs), Tyson Foerster (Philadelphia Flyers), and Logan Cooley (Coyotes) are other rookie forwards of note this season.
Knies played for the University of Minnesota before he was drafted by the Maple Leafs. He is a very quick player capable of generating great speed to get away from his opponents and able to use his body to protect the puck from defenders.
Tyson Foerster played in the AHL last season for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. He is a very agile skater able to change directions rapidly, a gifted center, and an offensive threat for his opponents when he gets the puck.
Logan Cooley who was with the USNTDP juniors is a player with stunning agility, strong stick-handling abilities, and amazing on-ice awareness in all 3 zones. He is filled to the brim with offensive potential.
Cooley has the possibility of becoming a superior player and a force to be reckoned with in the NHL if his dormant talent can be developed fully. If not, he can still become a top-six scoring winger impacting the game regularly.
Goaltenders Dustin Wolf (Calgary Flames) and Sebastian Cossa (Detroit Red Wings) are listed among the rookies to watch out for next season.
Wolf had an SV of 93.5%, and a 1.69 GAA in the 55 games he played for the Wranglers. He has an excellent composure and sense for the game.
Apart from being excellent at predicting the play, Dustin is very good at using his glove hands and blockers to control shots and set himself up for secondary attempts.
Sebastian Cossa, who played in the AHL last season for the Grand Rapid Griffins is an extremely consistent player even in his off days. His playstyle remains unchanged regardless of the number of shots faced and he possesses an elite level of efficiency at the crease.