By DraftPro Staff

The draft picture is becoming clearer as we headed through the holiday break and international events.

Prospects are starting to separate themselves, starting to shine causing scouts to track them even closer, and some are showing that they are not what many first thought they were.

Our scouts have been busy over the last couple months watching junior club games all over the world in various leagues as well as all the international tournaments of November and December to provide this input on this next wave of future NHL talent.

There have been some impressive performances that have seen some names rocket up the draft list as well as prolonged droughts that have done the alternative to the names attached to those who have not played well or have shown red flags in their developments.

Below is a little update on some from around the various league who have risen or dropped based on recent performance.


Zeev Buium, D, University of Denver (NCAA), DOB 12/7/2005, 5’11”, 165, L, USA

“My biggest riser is Denver defenseman Buium. Just destroying the NCAA as a minute munching, puck rushing, freshman defender, driving the bus for the Pioneers powerplay, and also enjoying success at the World Juniors leaves very little doubt we are looking at a future top four NHL defender.  His intelligent, deceptive hands and skating ability, and elite playmaking vision make him dangerous whenever he touches the puck.” – Dan Stewart

Tij Iginla, RW, Kelowna Rockets (WHL), DOB 8/1/2006, 6’0″, 181, L, CAN

 “Iginla has been one of the biggest risers in the early season with his obvious goal scoring ability and improved 2-way game. Son of hall of famer Jarome Iginla, he has caught the attention of fans long before his draft year. Like his father, TIj is known for his excellent release and ability to find the net through traffic. What stands out from watching his games, is his improved ability in the defensive zone and foot speed. It is safe to say that the move to Kelowna as certainty paid off as he is also one of the league’s top powerplay contributors with six powerplay goals. Iginla’s draft stock has risen significantly.” – Kayden Ruda

Zayne Parekh, D, Saginaw Spirit (OHL), DOB 2/15/2006, 6’0″, 181, R, CAN

“A big riser thus far is Saginaw Spirit defenseman Parekh. He is an offensive defenseman with breathtaking skating and puck skills. He looks like he is walking on water he is so fluid. He ranks second amongst all OHL draft-eligible players in points this season. His high-end player comparable is Erik Karlsson. He will have ample opportunity to continue increasing his stock with a guaranteed appearance in the Memorial Cup as the Saginaw Spirit hosts the event.” – Andreus Kostopoulos

Tomas Galvas, D, Bílí Tygři Liberec (Czechia), DOB 2/11/2006, 5’10”, 148, L, CZE

“Another high-flying blueliner that is rising up draft boards is Czechia rearguard Galvas. His skating ability, smart decision making, and puck control make him very dangerous, but it is his willingness to engage and play a complete 200-foot game despite being rather underdeveloped that make him a bit of a high upside wildcard. Looked good at the WJC play as well. If he can add some much needs pounds, he could end up being one of this drafts top blueliners.” – Dan Stewart


Maximillian Curran, C, Tri-City Americans (WHL), DOB 8/27/2006, 6’3″, 181, L, CZE

“Regardless of his hulking frame – the Czech import has struggled to score so far this season. He only has four goals to his name averaging only two shots a game. While his playmaking and transition ability has shown improvement, this start is a major red flag for his draft stock. While he has been preforming below expectation, his draft stock remains a mid-second round draft pick due to his physical tools and upside.” – Kayden Ruda

Jakub Chromiak, D, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL), DOB 11/2/2005, 5’11”, 183, R, SVK

“Chromiak has yet to find his way this season. He was dealt from the Sudbury Wolves to the Kingston Frontenacs in the past few weeks as the Wolves needed to open an import roster spot for star forward Dalibor Dvorsky. The Frontenacs defenseman began this season with first-round pick aspirations. He does not provide much offensively, even if his numbers have improved with Kingston, and his defensive game has not been overly consistent. He commits too many turnovers and spends a lot of time in his own end.” – Andreus Kostopoulos

Paul Mayer, D, Adler Mannheim (DEL), DOB 9/25/2005, 6’2″, 192, L, GER

“Starting the season as the top German prospect heading into the 2024 draft and Mayer has fallen off those expectations as his season has gone from bad to worse. He was playing limited minutes in the DEL with Adler Mannheim but has since been loaned out to the Bietigheim Steelers in the DEL2 due to poor play and loosing the confidence of his coach. He has good physical tools like his size, shot, and skating but his decision making has been called into question as he has moments of being a turnover machine in his own zone. Is it a confidence issue that just needs time or will his stock continue to fall? That is the question.” – Dan Stewart

While there is still much hockey to be played this season our evaluators seem to have a pretty good handle on the 2024 crop. If you are looking for more in-depth information and reports, be sure to pick up your digital or physical copy of the DraftPro 2024 Preview Magazine available now.

Below is the Draft Prospects Hockey January Top 64 for the 2024 NHL Draft.

1Macklin CelebriniCBoston University NCAA6/13/20066’0″190LCAN
2Cole EisermanLWU.S. National U18 Team NTDP8/29/20066’0″196LUSA
3Ivan DemidovRWSKA St. Petersburg KHL12/10/20055’11”168LRUS
4Artyom LevshunovDMichigan State University NCAA10/28/20056’2″198RBLR
5Berkly CattonCSpokane Chiefs WHL1/14/20065’11”163LCAN
6Sam DickinsonDLondon Knights OHL6/7/20066’3″194LCAN
7Konsta HeleniusCJukurit Liiga5/11/20065’11”176RFIN
8Anton SilayevDTorpedo Nizhny Novgorod KHL4/11/20066’7″207LRUS
9Cayden LindstromRWMedicine Hat Tigers WHL2/3/20066’5″205LCAN
10Henry MewsDOttawa 67’s OHL3/9/20066’0″185RCAN
11Emil HemmingRWTPS U20 U20 SM-sarja6/27/20066’2″196RFIN
12Zayne ParekhDSaginaw Spirit OHL2/15/20066’0″181RCAN
13Michael Brandsegg-NygårdRWMora IK HockeyAllsvenskan10/5/20056’1″194RNOR
14Aron KiviharjuDHIFK Liiga1/25/20065’10”165LFIN
15Trevor ConnellyCTri-City Storm USHL2/28/20066’1″161LUSA
16Zeev BuiumDUniversity of Denver NCAA12/7/20055’11”165LUSA
17Adam JiricekDHC Plzen Czechia6/28/20066’2″176RCZE
18Liam GreentreeRWWindsor Spitfires OHL1/1/20066’2″198LCAN
19Maxim MasséRWChicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL4/7/20066’1″181RCAN
20Tanner HoweRWRegina Pats WHL11/28/20055’10”181LCAN
21Sacha BoisvertCMuskegon Lumberjacks USHL3/17/20066’2″176LCAN
22Beckett SenneckeRWOshawa Generals OHL1/28/20066’2″181RCAN
23Michael HageCChicago Steel USHL4/14/20066’1″181RCAN
24Carter YakemchukDCalgary Hitmen WHL9/29/20056’2″194RCAN
25Cole HutsonDU.S. National U18 Team NTDP6/28/20065’10”159LUSA
26Ryder RitchieCPrince Albert Raiders WHL8/3/20066’0″174RCAN
27Charlie ElickDBrandon Wheat Kings WHL1/17/20066’3″198RCAN
28Igor ChernyshovLWMHK Dynamo Moskva MHL11/30/20056’2″192RRUS
29Will SkahanDU.S. National U18 Team NTDP5/14/20066’4″212LUSA
30Veeti VäisänenDKooKoo Liiga2/15/20066’0″163LFIN
31Tij IginlaRWKelowna Rockets WHL8/1/20066’0″181LCAN
32Christian HumphreysCU.S. National U18 Team NTDP2/4/20065’11”170RUSA
33Adam JechoRWEdmonton Oil Kings WHL3/24/20066’5″198RCZE
34Tomas GalvasDHC Olomouc U20 Czechia U202/11/20065’10”148LCZE
35Nikita ArtamonovRWTorpedo Nizhny Novgorod KHL11/17/20055’11”187LRUS
36Justin PoirierRWBaie-Comeau Drakkar QMJHL9/4/20065’8″181RCAN
37Alexander ZetterbergCÖrebro HK J20 J20 Nationell4/27/20065’8″159RSWE
38Tomas LavoieDCape Breton Eagles QMJHL3/31/20066’4″225RCAN
39Leo Sahlin WalleniusDVäxjö Lakers HC J20 J20 Nationell4/10/20066’0″176LSWE
40Melvin FernströmCÖrebro HK J20 J20 Nationell2/28/20066’1″185RSWE
41Terik ParascakRWPrince George Cougars WHL5/28/20065’11”174RCAN
42Simon ZetherCRögle BK J20 J20 Nationell10/18/20056’3″187RSWE
43Dominik BadinkaDMalmö Redhawks J20 J20 Nationell11/27/20056’3″183RCAN
44Luke MisaCMississauga Steelheads OHL11/25/20055’10”165LCAN
45Daniil UstinkovDGC/Küsnacht U20 U20-Elit8/26/20066’0″198LSUI
46Frankie MarrelliDOttawa 67’s OHL2/16/20065’11”185LCAN
47Colton RobertsDVancouver Giants WHL7/8/20066’4″183RCAN
48Maxmilian CurranCTri-City Americans WHL8/27/20066’3″181LCZE
49Adam KleberDLincoln Stars USHL3/24/20066’5″203RUSA
50Karl SternerRWFrölunda HC J20 J20 Nationell3/29/20066’3″187LSWE
51Anthony CristoforoDWindsor Spitfires OHL2/23/20065’11”181RCAN
52Luca MarrelliDOshawa Generals OHL10/4/20056’2″179RCAN
53Nathan VilleneuveCSudbury Wolves OHL4/13/20066’0″183LCAN
54Andrew BashaLWMedicine Hat Tigers WHL11/8/20056’0″183LCAN
55Ben DanfordDOshawa Generals OHL2/6/20066’0″176RCAN
56Petr SikoraCHC Oceláři Třinec U20 Czechia U201/2/20065’11”172LCZE
57Sam O’ReillyCLondon Knights OHL3/30/20066’1″176RCAN
58Paul MayerDAdler Mannheim DEL9/25/20056’2″192LGER
59John WhippleDU.S. National U18 Team NTDP1/20/20066’1″194LUSA
60Kamil BednarikCU.S. National U18 Team NTDP5/26/20066’0″185LUSA
61Raoul BoilardCBaie-Comeau Drakkar QMJHL1/7/20066’2″190LCAN
62EJ EmeryDU.S. National U18 Team NTDP3/30/20066’3″185RUSA
63Aidan ParkRWShattuck St. Mary’s 18U Prep USHS-Prep1/6/20066’0″185RUSA
64Ryerson LeendersGMississauga Steelheads OHL6/1/20066’1″179LCAN