5 Things You Need To Know About Top NHL Prospect Jack Eichel

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5 Things You Need To Know About Top NHL Prospect Jack Eichel

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The 2015 NHL Draft is the most anticipated draft since 2005, when Sidney Crosby was picked No. 1 overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins. The upcoming draft pool has a lot of fresh talent, but one contender who really stands out is Jack Eichel. If you haven't heard much about Eichel, here are five things you need to know about the top NHL prospect.

5. Has Three International Medals

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5. Has Three International Medals

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The shining prospect has won bronze at the 2013 World U-17 Hockey challenge, silver at the 2013 U-18 World Championship and gold at the 2014 U-18 World Championship. Not bad for only being 17 years old.

4. Posts Monstrous Points

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4. Posts Monstrous Points

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Last season, Eichel posted 87 points in 53 games for his U-18 team. That is the fourth-best in team history. The young hopeful also led his U-18 team with a whopping 38 goals.

3. Tears Up The Ice

3. Tears Up The Ice

This might be an obvious one, but Eichel is a special kind of player. He is a power forward who owns an impressive hockey IQ. He is quick, possesses a great shot and effortlessly handles the puck. If you have never seen Eichel play, I strongly encourage you to watch this video clip.

2. The Top American Prospect

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2. The Top American Prospect

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Eichel is looking to be the next big thing in American hockey since Patrick Kane. If Eichel continues to grow and prosper, there is no doubt that he could eventually stack up to Kane.

1. Up Against Connor McDavid for the Top Prospect Spot

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1. Up Against Connor McDavid for the Top Prospect Spot

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Eichel isn't the only aspirant making headway in the draft class. McDavid — who is currently in the running for the No. 1 draft pick — is proving to be a tough competitor. McDavid is an all-around adept player. During McDavid's first year in the juniors, he skated away with the OHL's top rookie award, tallying 66 points in 63 games. The two teams that are fortunate enough to land these boys will have a bright future ahead of them.

Amanda Sklarek is a Pittsburgh Penguins/NHL writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @amandabukowski, “Like” her on Facebook or add her to your network on Google.