A top-line winger, a defenseman and a goalie can all be found on a top-nine NHL roster this year, according to a survey conducted by Sportsnet.
The poll, conducted by Nielsen, revealed a full 40 per cent of NHL players are headed to the next level.
Players who are drafted or signed into the league are at the top of the list, while the top-two forwards are followed by defencemen and goalies.
Players who don’t make it into the NHL are a mixed bag.
The poll also revealed 21 per cent are heading to the AHL or ECHL, and only 14 per cent were selected in the first round.
The survey also found players like Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews, Zach Parise and Jakub Voracek are among those with the highest draft stock heading into next season.
While there are a number of factors that contribute to how successful a player is, they do all need to be accounted for.
The top-end prospects should be able to make their way into the top eight, while some players can’t even make it up to the top six, due to their high draft pick status.
The NHL is currently in the midst of a coaching search.
Head coach Patrick Roy has been in charge of the Edmonton Oilers since 2013.