Round 6 — C Tobias Eder (EC Bad Tolz, Oberliga)
Ranked #47 by NHL Central Scouting (European skaters)
Team Germany didn’t do too well at the 2015 World Junior Championship, being relegated to the Division I. Tobias Eder and his team failed to make their way back into the top division this year. However, Edmonton Oilers centre Leon Draisaitl shows that there is still hope for German hockey, and Eder could be the next one to make the jump.
Eder is a smart player who knows where to be on the ice. A good skater, Eder moves around the ice well, sees his teammates and plays crisp, accurate passes. Throughout his junior career, he has always had roughly the same amount of goals and assists, proving that he knows how to put the puck in the net as well.
Unlike most draft prospects — or hockey players in general — Eder has played games in four different leagues this season, gaining experience at very different levels of play. He played two games for EC Bad Tolz’s under-19 team in the DNL, the German top-tier junior league, and 21 for their men’s team in Germany’s third-tier league. In addition, he joined the Red Bull Salzburg under-20 team for four games in the Red Bull Hockey series. Last but not least, Eder made his professional debut for SC Riessersee in the DEL2, Germany’s second-tier league, and scored a goal in that first and last game.
In 21 games for Bad Tolz, he has six goals and 17 points — outstanding numbers for a teenager playing in a men’s league. He is currently “only” eighth in scoring on his team, but leads the team in points per game at .81. Last but not least, Eder was on Team Germany for the Division I World Juniors in Vienna, Austria, this year, where he recorded a goal and two points in five games.
Potential: Bottom-Six Forward
Draft Range: 140-180
Next: Round 7