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2023 NHL Draft

Nate Danielson Would Add All-Around Forward To Caps’ Prospect Pool



Nate Danielson answers questions from reporters at the 2023 NHL Draft Combine. (Michael Augello/Buffalo Hockey Now)

At 18-years old, Canadian center Nate Danielson has already shown the ability to develop his game, thrusting him into consideration for an early first round pick in Wednesday’s NHL Draft – including potential discussion from the Washington Capitals at No. 8.

“He went from being considered a two-way forward because he has such a responsible game to where he became an offensive threat, an offensive forward,” Central Scouting vice president Dan Marr told

“The ability to show that finishing touch, that creativity on the offensive hockey side, that was something that is important. The game is about scoring goals, the game is about speed and offense, and he showed that he made a significant improvement there.”

Danielson sits at No. 7 on Central Scouting’s list of North American skaters, due in part to his abilities as a two-way player. His 78 points last season led the Wheat Kings offensively last season, while observers have said that his all-around game has grown exponentially.

“His 200-foot game improved so much over this past year,” Wheat Kings goalie Carson Bjarnason told TSN. “It’s something he was telling me he wanted to work on. Me and him have a friendly competition in practice, you know, we’re the first one on and last one off and it’s something he definitely worked on.”

Before the 2023 NHL Draft kicks off on June 28, Washington Hockey Now
is taking a look at the prospects that could be in play
for the Washington Capitals’ No. 8 pick.

Click here for more insight on the draft’s prospects.

Career Stats

2020-21Brandon Wheat KingsWHL243121581
2021-22Brandon Wheat KingsWHL532334573418
2022-23Brandon Wheat KingsWHL6833457838-12
Regular Season Stats via HockeyDB

Mock Draft Roundup

The Athletic’s Corey Pronman (7-round, June 21): 10th overall by the St. Louis Blues’s Adam Kimelman (June 11): 14th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins’s Mike G. Morreale (June 11): 7th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers

The Sporting News’ Bryan Murphy (3.0, June 7): 17th overall by the Detroit Red Wings

Jared Serre covers the Washington Capitals for Washington Hockey Now. He is a graduate of West Virginia University.