For the 98th ranked prospect in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, we turn our attention to Switzerland.
Nando Eggenberger (great name) is an intriguing player that has scouts tantalizing at his skillset. He has been able to play in the top league, NLA, in Switzerland for the better part of three years and that is always a good sign but he just hasn’t been quite able to take that next step forward.
Eggenberger is one of the most polarizing players in public rankings but should hear his name called at some point on the second day of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
Given his interesting skillset and the fact that he has been playing professional hockey means that Nando checks in as the 98th best prospect in our rankings.
- Age/Birthdate: 17.94/ October 7, 1999
- Birthplace: Chur, SUI
- Frame:6-foot-2/ 185 lbs
- Draft Year Team: HC Davos(NLA)
- Accomplishments/Awards: 2016-17 U18 WJHC Top 3 Player on Team
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As you can see, our draft data is limited on Eggenberger due to mostly playing in the NLA during his draft year, so that means we have to rely on the eye test for this ranking more than others.
Aside from the fantastic name, Eggenberger has a good combination of speed, size and shot that makes him an interesting option despite seeing limited production with HC Davos in regular season play. In particular, his shot is very good. His release is right up there among some of the better releases in this draft class. A good display of it, are both of these goals:
That shot is one of the main reasons why there is interest in Eggenberger, his release is deceptive, accurate and packs some serious punch.
He has good speed and size that he uses to create lanes and push towards the net – it has created some highlight reel goals and chances when he plays on the international stage against his peers as defenders struggle to contain his trajectory. It does feel like there is always a sense of wanting more from the young Swiss forward, that he could do so much more with his skillset.
Eggenberger has played well in the majority of his times representing Switzerland when playing against his peers and also played quite well in the Champions Hockey League Games with HC Davos:
Eggenberger is a skilled player who has some warts to his game including his puck skills, consistency and strength on the puck. He was playing against men which makes his production look pale in comparison to some other draft prospects but the fact he was even in the top league is an encouraging sign. Those flashes of skill that he has shown over the course of the last few seasons leave you thinking there is more than meets the eye with the Swiss winger and I feel that to be true.
Given that he will be drafted out of Europe, and will return, the NHL team that does draft him will retain his rights for four years and that may play into why Eggenberger will get selected. As he naturally matures, he will be afforded more opportunities in the NLA and thus should see an increase in offence. Thus a team will take a flyer on him and be patient.
You can’t really teach the release he has on his shot and the flaws to his game are not major red flags that should deter Eggenberger from slipping through the cracks. Honestly, as Bob McKenzie’s most recent rankings suggest, we could see Eggenberger go in the 2nd round and I wouldn’t be shocked to see him snapped up in the 2nd or 3rd round. The key is to not overvalue those international events and look at how Eggenberger might project as an NHL’r and there is enough to like about his offensive game to think he could carve out a career as a third line forward.
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Big and strong Swiss wing who is a deceptively quick attacker who appears in close whenever he chooses to do so. Already stronger than most in his Swiss league, he creates chances along the wall and down low. He has a sniper’s hands from the perimeter and hockey sense to find the open areas to receive pucks. This big horse gallops in from nowhere and lets go with an offensive stampede. Prototypical power wing with size, shot, balance and nice North-South skating ability. Plays on special teams with success and has a great defensive presence at both ends. Wins puck battle on the wall and in the corners. Has a goal scorers touch and is very difficult to move off the puck. A solid penalty-killer who diagnoses well. Unselfish and makes positive things happen when he is carrying.
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