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This Friday, the 2015 NHL Entry Draft will take place in Sunrise, Florida. In the Zone takes a look at it and highlights this year’s most promising prospects in a series of six articles.


Until the NHL Entry Draft, the following six articles will be published on

1) Midterm Draft Rankings
2) Final Draft Rankings
3) A-Level prospect: Timo Meier 
4) B-Level prospects: Denis Malgin & Jonas Siegenthaler
5) Mid-to-late rounders: Fora, Suter & more (today)
6) 2015 NHL Entry Draft - McEichel and beyond (tomorrow)

With draft hype reaching a new level in the last few days, nearly every TV or radio station is publishing mock drafts for the upcoming weekend. While most of those mock drafts only include the first 30 picks, some also go the full distance and try to project all seven rounds. With the uncertainty about the chances of a mid-to-late-round prospect getting picked at the draft, I used those mock drafts to check on the chances of Swiss late-rounders. 

Our Swiss lineup of possible mid-to-late round picks looks as follows:

Joren van Pottelberghe (goalie, Linköping Jr./SHL)

The Swiss netminder is ranked the #5 European goaltender by the NHL's central scouting and may have a chance to get picked in a late round by a team in need of depth in net. He had the best save percentage (.949) and goals against average (1.25) in the Swedish U18 league.

Outside chance, mentioned in very few mock drafts. Good showing at the U18 World Championships let his stock rise, though.

Michael Fora (Defenseman, Kamloops Blazers/WHL)

Michael Fora is an overage defender who amassed six goals and 26 assists in 60 games in his first WHL season. He is a big (6'2", 207pounds) two-way defender, who can play tough as evidenced by his 68 penalty minutes.

Rarely mentioned in mock drafts. Small chances of getting picked in a late round.

Roger Karrer (Defenseman, GCK Lions)

Roger Karrer is a good, calm puck mover with decent skating. The two-way defender knows when to jump into the offense to help his team with his good shot. His size is only average, but still allows him to dish out effective hits. He scored nine assists in 43 games at the NLB level and remained scoreless in 5 NLA games. 

Good chance as a mid-to-late rounder, gets mentioned in a lot of mock drafts. 

Auguste Impose (Left-Wing, Genève-Servette HC)

Impose is a super-speedy winger with a good, left-handed shot. Put himself on the map with 45 points (14-31-45) in 36 Elite A games and a strong U18 World Championships performance on a line with Denis Malgin. 

Outside chances, may get drafted in a late round. Only very few mentions.

Pius Suter (Center, Guelph Storm/OHL)

Pius Suter had a strong second season with Guelph and scored 72 points (43-29-72) in 61 games. He plays a sound all-around game and is reliable at both ends of the ice. His lack of size is nullified by his willingness to face bigger opponents. Suter enters the draft as an overager (second year of draft eligibility).

Decent chances in the late rounds, mentioned in a few mock drafts.

Kay Schweri (Right-Wing, Sherbrooke/QMJHL)

Small and speedy winger. He possesses all the tools to be a prolific scorer and is a dynamic skater with a high level of intelligence. He was one of the best players at Sherbrooke last season and racked up 68 points in 53 games (12-56-68). His biggest flaws are his size (5'10") and his trend to get invisible from time to time.

Decent chances in the late rounds with quite a few mentions in mock drafts.


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