2. Jack Dugan
The third and final college player on this list is the electric Jack Dugan. The 22-year-old, who was 21 for the entirety of the 2019-20 season, posted an incredible 52 points in just 39 games for Providence College. To no surprise, that led his team in scoring, and was a huge improvement after a prior impressive freshman season in which he had 39 points in 41 games. Simply put, the 142nd overall selection at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft looks like a huge steal as of now.
You may think that with the numbers he has put up, he may have a small frame which is why he went so late in the 2017 draft, but that is not the case as Dugan is currently listed at 6-foot-2, 192 pounds.
The real reason is that like Diliberatore, he played high school hockey for Northwood School during his draft year. Though he tore it up with 80 points in just 47 games, it is tough for scouts to get a true feel for how good a player is given that it is a fairly weak level of hockey. Still, Dugan has now proved that teams should have paid closer attention to him, as he looks like an NHL star in the making.
1. Peyton Krebs
Despite not having nearly as strong of a prospect pool as many other teams around the league, Vegas boasts one of the best prospects in Peyton Krebs. The 17th overall pick from the 2019 NHL Entry Draft has gotten better and better every season throughout his three years in the WHL with the Kootenay Ice organization (now the Winnipeg Ice). He made it clear very early how special of a player he was, as he appeared in six WHL games as an underage and put up six points.
He then had a 54-point rookie campaign, followed up by a 68-point 2018-19 season. While that was good enough to get him selected in the middle of the first-round, his 60 points in just 38 games this season has many teams wishing they had taken him earlier.
The Golden Knights certainly won’t complain, as the sky is the limit for this kid. He will more than likely spend one more season in the WHL, but has a great chance at making the Golden Knights roster for the 2021-22 season.