There are more than 70 Selects Hockey alumni on current NHL rosters and that number continues to grow year after year. One month into the 2018-19 season, it’s hard to look at the league leaders without seeing some of these prominent alumni who continue to take their games — and the sport of hockey — to the next level.
Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche, LW (‘92 East Coast Selects) – The 25-year-old left wing is off to a terrific start to the 2018 season. The Avs’ captain is tied for the NHL lead with a plus-14 rating through 12 games and ranks sixth in the league with 16 points.
Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche, C (‘95 ECS-Q) – Landeskog’s linemate has enjoyed a monstrous start to the 2018-19 season. MacKinnon is tied with Patrick Kane and Evgeni Malkin for second in the NHL with 18 points (nine goals, nine assists) and has his team off to a 7-3-2 record to start the season, good for second place in the Central Division.
Sebastian Aho, Carolina Hurricanes, LW (‘97 Finland Selects) – In his third year in the NHL, Aho is proving to be a difference maker for the Hurricanes. The 21-year-old has a plus-11 rating, trailing only the Avalanche’s first-liners, adding 12 assists in 11 games as well.
Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers, C (‘96 East Coast Selects) – Everybody knows what McDavid is capable of at this point, so it’s no surprise that he’s already put up nine goals and 17 points in 10 games. The speedy forward broke a 31-year-old NHL record, factoring in on the Oilers’ first nine goals from the start of the season.
Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators, F (‘94 Sweden Selects) – Forsberg has been a model of consistency the past four years and it looks like 2018-19 could be another strong year for the Sweden Selects alum. Forsberg leads the first-place Predators in points (14) and plus/minus (plus-10), adding three power-play goals in 11 games as well.
Kyle Palmieri, New Jersey Devils, F (‘91 East Coast Selects) – Palmieri, an eight-year NHL veteran, is tied with McDavid for seventh in the league with eight goals in only eight games to start the 2018 campaign. He’s also tied for second in the league with four power-play goals. The Devils are off to a 5-2-1 start and Palmieri has a lot to do with that early success.
Mitch Marner, Toronto Maple Leafs, C (‘97 ECS-O) – The fourth overall pick in 2015, Marner is a star on the rise for the Leafs. He leads Toronto and is fourth in the NHL with 11 assists in 11 games to start the season for the top team in the Atlantic Division.
These are just a handful of our Selects alumni that are making contributions to various teams. With former players in each of the 31 NHL organizations, you can check out more from our alumni HERE. Interested in joining the Selects program? Find out more HERE.