Eiserman Aims to Develop Game, Eyes Top Spot in 2024 Draft


Eiserman Aims to Develop Game, Eyes Top Spot in 2024 Draft

In Cranberry, Pennsylvania, 17-year-old Cole Eiserman is setting his sights on becoming the top pick in the 2024 NHL Draft. As a member of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program Under-18 team, he’s in a tight race with Boston University forward Macklin Celebrini for that coveted spot.

Eiserman’s lethal shot sets him apart, with an impressive 69 goals in 62 games for the NTDP U-18 and U-17 teams last season, ranking second in program history behind Cole Caufield’s 72 goals in 2018-19. He also led the U-17 team with 72 points and had 32 points with the U-18 team, totaling 104 points, which is the seventh-highest in program history.

During the offseason, Eiserman focused on further improving his scoring abilities, with a commitment to play for Boston University next season. So far, he’s living up to his goals, leading the U-18 team with eight points, including five goals in just four games.

However, Eiserman recognizes that to truly impress, he needs to be a well-rounded player and contribute to his team’s success. He aims to be a “200-foot player” and help secure more wins.

His coach, Nick Fohr, sees potential for Eiserman to expand his game, but he already likens Eiserman’s goal-scoring prowess to that of Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. Eiserman’s one-timer, though from the right circle due to his left-handed shot, is reminiscent of Ovechkin’s signature move in the left circle.

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Eiserman’s 12-goal performance at the 2022 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, matching Ovechkin’s record, reinforces this comparison. Eiserman hopes to emulate Ovechkin not just in scoring but also in being a team player and contributing to championships.

While Ovechkin was the first overall pick in the 2004 NHL Draft, Eiserman draws inspiration from another top pick, Auston Matthews, who was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2016. Matthews’ impressive 59-goal season in 2014-15 ranks third in NTDP history.

Although Eiserman looks forward to the NHL Draft, his primary focus remains on excelling with the NTDP U-18 team. He acknowledges the draft’s significance but strives to stay in the moment and make the most of his current opportunities.




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