The 2024 NHL Entry Draft could be a down year for the hockey landscape in New York and New Jersey, as there doesn’t appear to be a first-round pick and not a lot in the way of depth.
That’s not to say a player from the region couldn’t step up and grab that coveted spot among the top 32 picks in the draft class. The chief candidates to do that are Brunswick left wing Drew DellaSalla (Rye, N.Y.) and U.S. National Team Development Program U-17 goaltender Jack Parsons (Ithaca, N.Y.), who both have a pedigree of success at the international level.
DellaSalla was stellar for the red, white and blue at the Under-17 Five Nations Tournament last August, while Parsons was one of two goaltenders chosen for the NTDP in this birth year.
Players born between Sept. 16, 2005, and Sept.15, 2006, will be in their first year of eligibility for the 2024 draft. This is an early look at the top first-year eligible players from New York and New Jersey.