Projecting a draft prospect’s potential is one of the most difficult tasks for NHL scouts. It’s one thing to see how well a player can skate, shoot or pass against other young players, but it’s a tricky proposition to determine if that player’s game translates to the next level.
That’s what makes USA Hockey National Team Development Program left wing Joel Farabee such an intriguing young prospect. The Cicero, N.Y., native is trending upward as he entertains the possibility of becoming the first player from the region selected in this month’s 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
"He has a big upward trajectory," said former RPI coach Seth Appert, who was Farabee’s coach with the NTDP U-18 team this past season.