This article is part of our Prospects Analysis series.
With the 2017-18 collegiate and junior regular seasons finished, it's time to look at the prospects who saw their stocks rise and fall over the last several months.
Ty Ronning, F, NYR (Vancouver-WHL): Ronning's stock is rising all right. It's rising to the tune of 61 goals in 70 games for the Giants this season. The 201st overall pick in the 2016 draft, Ronning had never scored more than 31 goals in any WHL season prior to this campaign and he had a grand total of 56 markers in the previous two seasons combined. While the production is undeniable, it must be mentioned that Ronning is playing this season for Vancouver as an overage player. He is also smaller than the 5-foot-9, 165 pounds at which he is listed. If Ronning can pack another 12-15 pounds of muscle on his frame, he stands a good chance of developing into an NHL regular. A top-six role might be a stretch, but he works his tail off every shift, displays great leadership abilities, and obviously, as his numbers indicate, can put the puck in the net. That Ronning has come this far is a testament to his work ethic given the fact he was a seventh-round pick less than two years ago. Ronning signed his entry level deal with the Rangers in early March.
Nicolas Hague, D, VGK (Mississauga-OHL): In late February, Hague became the first OHL defenseman in 18 years to score 30 goals in a season. His 78 points in 67 games was above and beyond