There are almost 100 hockey players in North Amercia with Swiss origins, some of them are either in the NHL or on the way of getting there. A huge number though has always been living there and have no ambitions in reaching the best league of the world. That is why only a handful of Swiss players are on the edge of reaching the NHL and we have picked them out for you!
These players will most likely have the chance to prove themselves within the next 2 years. They haven’t played in the NHL yet, but their numbers indicate a promising future.
Timo Meier (AHL)
He has been drafted last Summer by the San Jose Sharks as a 9th overall pick and this already promises a bright future for him. He didn’t get his first start with San Jose yet, but 4 goals and 6 assists within his first twelve games in the AHL should be a good reason to give him a chance. The physically dominant winger has what it needs to become the next Nino Niederreiter.
Nico Hischier (QMJHL)
The yet undrafted center from the Halfifax Moosheads is in his first season in North America and what an impact he has made! The only 17 year old Swiss attacker has already scored 45 points within his first 27 games in the major junior hockey league of Quebec! He already gets thought of being the next top draft after Timo Meier. It is expected that he will be within the first few draft picks, which also promises a bright future for this young talent, who started off his career in Visp.
Philipp Kurashev (QMJHL)
The second candidate for next years NHL draft is the 17 year old Philipp Kurashev, who was born in Münsingen, Switzerland. Like Nico Hischier, the Swiss/Russian attacker is spending his first season in North America and has scored 24 points within his first 28 games. This might sound a little less promising than Nico Hischier, but it will still be enough to make it into the NHL!
Calvin Thürkauf (WHL)
The 19 year old attacker from Zug, Switzerland, was already drafted last season by the Columbus Blue Jackets during the seventh round of the draft and is now in his second professional season in the WHL. He is the only Swiss player, playing in the Western Hockey League at the moment. Some good efforts at the beginning of this season, could help him to get his first start in the line up of the Blue Jackets soon. During the first 22 games of this season, he has already scored a total of 20 points (9 goals, 11 assists).
Tanner Richard (AHL)
With already 23 years of age, Tanner Richard, who started off his career in Rapperswil, has already accomplished six seasons in North America. He got drafted by Tampa bay, back in 2012 and is still waiting for his chance in the NHL. With a reasonable amount of points scored and progressing skills with Syracuse Crunch this season, he should actually be on the list of Tampa bay and we still believe in him!