There’s the old expression that money doesn’t grow on trees. Among NHL scouts, the same sentiment could be said toward 6-foot-5 defensemen.
That’s why Adam Samuelsson is such a coveted prospect for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. The bloodlines he comes from don’t hurt, either. He’s the son of retired NHL enforcer Ulf Samuelsson and the younger brother of professional hockey players Phillip and Henrik Samuelsson.
Adam, from Rye, N.Y., plays on the prestigious USA Hockey National Team Development Program U-18 Team based in Plymouth, Mich. In his second year with the program, Samuelsson is projected to be selected in the second or third rounds of the 2018 NHL draft.
Not only is Samuelsson enjoying individual success, but also the NTDP is having its best year in a long time in terms of competing in the USHL. The program has clinched a playoff berth, despite playing against older players on a nightly basis in the top Junior A league in North America. The NTDP U-18 team also is preparing to play in the IIHF World U-18 Championships in Russia.