Defenseman Miro Heiskanen of HIFK in Finland believes he could be the best at his position in the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas. "I think that might be possible because I'm a good two-way defenseman, and I think I'm the best of the defenseman who can play offense and defense," he said. The 2017 Draft is at United Center in Chicago. The first round is June 23 (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN). Rounds 2-7 are June 24 (10 a.m. ET; NHLN, SN). Heiskanen (6-foot-1, 172 pounds) could be the first defenseman selected in the draft. He is No. 4 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of international skaters after having a strong season in Liiga, Finland's top professional league NHL Director of European Scouting Goran Stubb said Heiskanen is "by far the best European defenseman in the draft." He was named the best defenseman at the 2017 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in April, with 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) and a plus-8 rating in seven games to help Finland win the silver medal.
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Miro Heiskanen believes he's 'best of the defensemen' for 2017 Draft
NHL.com | Jun 17