Swisshockeytrolls is back and with two days into the new year, the National League is kicking off again. Some of the younger players that will be playing today, may have made themselves a New Year’s resolution with the goal of making it into the NHL during this year. We @swisshockeytrolls have picked them out for you and know, which youngster will be trying to make a mark and most likely will have success!
Jonas Siegenthaler, ZSC Lions
The defender of the ZSC Lions is within his fourth season in Zurich and got drafted by the Washington Capitals back in 2015! The 19 year old is currently under contract with the Capitals and got lent to the Lions in order to improve himself further! It could be the time for him to make it into the NHL with the Washington Capitals. His size and skating abilities make him an ideal player for the NHL and we @swisshockeytrolls think that we will be seeing him on NHL ice in the near future.
Elvis Merzlikins, HC Lugano
After being drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets back in 2014, the 22 year old goaltender could find himself in the NHL soon. He is an important figure for Lugano at the moment and his previous efforts during the past few seasons have been outstanding. A team like the Blue Jackets from Columbus shouldn’t let a goaltender like Merzlikins pass by and could be claiming him soon. Sergei Bobrovsky is the current number one in Columbus, but the back up position seems to be unsure, with Curtis McElhinney covering this position at the moment. This could be the chance for Merzlikins this year!
Nico Hischier, Halifax Mooseheads
He is already spending his time in Canada at the moment and could be the next TOP draft with Swiss origins! He will be drafted soon and he could already be playing his first NHL games in autumn. With 48 points scored during 32 regular season games for the Halifax Mooseheads, he is right on top of two draft prediction rankings. One thing is for sure, Hischier will be the man to watch this year!