Top 4 NHL Prospects Set to Emerge Next Year

The text highlights the achievements and potential of rising hockey stars Mavrik Bourque, Artyom Levshunov, Jacob Fowler, and Ville Koivunen, showcasing their contributions to their current teams and their promising prospects for future NHL success.

The hockey season’s wrapping up globally, and it’s that thrilling time again. Top prospects are snagging awards left and right, and the teams loaded with talent are clinching championships. It’s the perfect moment to dive into the Big Hype Prospects series, shining a spotlight on the hockey world’s rising stars. We’re talking about both drafted prospects and those U18 players eyeing the 2024 NHL Draft.

Mavrik Bourque, a center for the Dallas Stars (playing with the Texas Stars in the AHL), is making waves. With a season tally of 60 games, he’s scored 23 goals and assisted 44 times, racking up 67 total points. And let’s not forget his 18 penalty minutes and an even plus/minus rating.

Dallas Stars enthusiasts are currently basking in Logan Stankoven’s success, a first-year pro with an impressive start. Six goals and 10 points in just 12 games? Stellar. Yet, the spotlight’s also on Mavrik Bourque, Stankoven’s dynamic duo partner. Their synergy in the AHL was unmatched, battling for the scoring title and outpacing everyone with their speed and playmaking.

Even with Stankoven’s absence, Bourque’s been holding the fort brilliantly. Fourteen points in 14 games and leading the scoring title by a comfortable 12 points. Sure, he might seem a bit small in the scrums and needs to adapt to the NHL’s roughness. But it’s only a matter of time before he gets his first in-season call-up. Fans are on the edge of their seats, waiting for the duo to reunite on the ice.

Then there’s Artyom Levshunov, a right-handed defenseman eyeing the 2024 NHL Draft, currently with Michigan State University in the NCAA Big Ten. His stats? Thirty-five games played, nine goals, 23 assists, and a total of 32 points. Not to mention a solid plus 25 and 42 penalty minutes. Levshunov’s living the dream – clinching a spot in the Big Ten Championship, snagging both the Rookie and Defenseman of the Year Awards in one fell swoop.

His commitment was a surprise, jumping from the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers to Michigan State. Adjusting to North American play wasn’t easy, especially under the guidance of Adam Nightingale, the team’s second-year head coach. Despite some initial hiccups, Levshunov’s aggression and offensive leadership have flourished, making him a player to watch.

Levshunov’s flashy plays across all three zones have caught the NHL execs’ eyes. He’s a strong contender for an early call in the 2024 Draft, with potential to further boost his stock in the Big Ten Championship and possibly the Frozen Four.

Jacob Fowler, a goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens (playing with Boston College in the NCAA Hockey East), is running out of trophy space. A finalist for the Goaltender of the Year award in Hockey East, he’s also vying for the championship after a stellar season in the USHL. Fowler’s record is impressive, with 28 wins out of 34 games, a .924 save percentage, and a 2.19 goals-against average.

Fowler’s prowess on the ice is undeniable. His powerful skating and wide frame make him a formidable opponent across the crease. And his confidence? Unshakeable. While high stats don’t always predict future success, Fowler’s dominance is generating a buzz.

Lastly, Ville Koivunen, a left wing/center for the Pittsburgh Penguins (currently with Kärpät in the Liiga), is stepping up after the team traded Jake Guentzel. This season, he’s been a standout in Finland’s top league, showcasing his ability to read the game and collaborate with teammates. With 22 goals, 34 assists, and a total of 56 points in 59 games, Koivunen’s proven himself a key player.

Despite a challenging stint with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves last season, Koivunen’s found his rhythm back in Finland. With the Penguins now his home and Guentzel’s departure leaving a gap, Koivunen’s return to the U.S. is eagerly awaited. His skill and newfound confidence could make all the difference.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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