2023 NHL Draft Countdown – No. 30-26: Tom Willander, William Whitelaw, Otto Stenberg, Lukas Dragicevic, Oliver Bonk

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10 months ago
Over the next few weeks leading into the 2023 NHL Draft, we’ll be counting down the Top 100 prospects in this year’s class based on Daily Faceoff’s list. Today, we have No. 30 Tom Willander, No. 29 William Whitelaw, No. 28 Otto Stenberg, No. 27 Lukas Dragicevic, and No. 26 Oliver Bonk.


No. 30: Tom Willander

Date of Birth: February 9, 2005
Nation: Sweden 
Position: Defence 
Height: 6’1″ 
Weight: 179 lbs
Scouting Report: “Willander’s consistency at the U-20 level was good, and I liked how confident he looked rushing the puck during the World Junior A Challenge, in particular. Willander has been one of the biggest risers in the top 60 for me, and I think he still has quite a bit of room to improve. He could be a nice pickup for a team that’s already in a contention window.” – Steven Ellis, Daily Faceoff 

No. 29: William Whitelaw

Date of Birth: February 5, 2005
Nation: United States 
Position: Centre 
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 172 lbs
Scouting Report: “Whitelaw hasn’t let his small frame stop him from putting a beating on goalies across the United States. His 5-foot-9 frame will be the thing that tears him down the most, but the skill is apparent.” – Steven Ellis, Daily Faceoff 

No. 28: Otto Stenberg

Date of Birth: May 29, 2005
Nation: Sweden 
Position: Centre 
Height: 5’11” 
Weight: 181 lbs
Scouting Report: “Scouts are completely mixed here. The highs are high. The lows are low. He looked out of place in the SHL but was excellent against kids his own age. The raw talent is there, especially as a 200-foot threat that can be dangerous around both nets. His biggest asset might be his play-reads.” – Steven Ellis, Daily Faceoff 

No. 27: Lukas Dragicevic

Date of Birth: April 25, 2005
Nation: Canada
Position: Defence
Height: 6’1″ 
Weight: 194 lbs
Scouting Report: “Dragicevic loves joining in on the attack and getting involved in the play any way he can. There aren’t many draft-eligible defenders that can set plays up like him, using as much available time as possible to make the correct play. He needs to work on his foot speed if he’s going to excel in the NHL.” – Steven Ellis, Daily Faceoff 

No. 26: Oliver Bonk

Date of Birth: January 9, 2005
Nation: Canada
Position: Defence
Height: 6’1″ 
Weight: 176 lbs 
Scouting Report: “The son of former NHLer Radek Bonk, Oliver played a ton of minutes this year thanks to his strong own-zone play. He’s capable of creating damage in the O-zone, too. He fits the mould of a modern-day defender who can do some of everything.” – Steven Ellis, Daily Faceoff 


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