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AGE 1. COLE PERFETTI, C 19 2020-21 TEAM Manitoba (AHL) On-ice vision and creativity are top-shelf. Strength, skating, consistency are coming along.
ACQUIRED 10th overall, 2020 NHL ’22-23 2. VILLE HEINOLA, D
AGE 20 2020-21 TEAM Manitoba (AHL) Crafty puck-mover working on all-around game. Was close to making team past two camps.
ACQUIRED 20th overall, 2019 NHL ’21-22 3. CHAZ LUCIUS, C
AGE 18 2020-21 TEAM USA U18 (NTDP) Goal-scoring pivot has great instincts around net, soft hands and a rifle shot. Durability concerns.
ACQUIRED 18th overall, 2021 NHL ’24-25 4. DYLAN SAMBERG, D
AGE 22 2020-21 TEAM Manitoba (AHL) Shutdown defender working on more efficient play with puck, stronger gap control at pro level.
ACQUIRED 43rd overall, 2017 NHL ’22-23 5. NIKITA CHIBRIKOV, RW AGE 18 2020-21 TEAM SKA St. Peters. (Rus.2) Fleet-footed winger drives the net well and has slick hands. Needs to utilize teammates better. ACQUIRED 50th overall, 2021 NHL ’24-25 AGE 6. KRISTIAN VESALAINEN, LW 22 2020-21 TEAM HPK (Fin.) Power forward-sized winger adding other elements to his offensive mindset. Very versatile.
ACQUIRED 24th overall, 2017 NHL ’21-22 7. DAVID GUSTAFSSON, C
AGE 21 2020-21 TEAM Manitoba (AHL) Hardworking forechecker is effective in faceoff circle and shutdown role. Limited scoring upside.
ACQUIRED 60th overall, 2018 NHL ’22-23 8. MIKHAIL BERDIN, G
AGE 23 2020-21 TEAM Manitoba (AHL) Struggled in his third AHL season under a heavy workload. Very adept handling the puck.
ACQUIRED 157th overall, 2016 NHL ’23-24 9. DMITRI KUZMIN, D AGE 18 2020-21 TEAM Dinamo-Molo. (Bel.) Small, creative defender has a high panic threshold with puck. Agile on skates but not speedy. ACQUIRED 82nd overall, 2021 NHL ’25-26 10. SIMON LUNDMARK, D
AGE 20 2020-21 TEAM Linkoping (Swe.) Stay-at-home type reliable in own end, willing to sacrifice body. Efficient in his puck movement.
ACQUIRED 51st overall, 2019 NHL ’23-24