Position: Left Wing
2013-14 Team: Halifax (QMJHL)
From: Aalborg, Denmark
“Coming from Europe and adapting to the community and the type of play in North American hockey can be challenging, but Nikolaj always comes to the rink with a smile, dedicated to improving… He is consistent, committed and possesses a natural ability to adapt to all situations. Characteristics such as these should be commemorated, and are what led Nikolaj to where he is today.”
– Halifax Head Coach Dominique Ducharme
Last year, the Halifax Mooseheads had three highly-touted prospects in the 2013 NHL Draft in Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin and Zachary Fucale. Mackinnon ended up getting drafted first overall by the Colorado Avalanche. Drouin was selected third by the Tampa Bay Lightning while Fucale had to wait until the second round to get drafted by the Montreal Canadiens.
This season, the Mooseheads have another highly-touted prospect entering the draft. That prospect is Nikolaj Ehlers, born in Denmark but played played most of his hockey growing up in Switzerland. In his rookie season with Halifax this season, Ehlers totaled 49 goals and 55 assists for 104 points in 63 games. In 5 games with Denmark at the World Junior Championships, he had 2 goals and 4 assists for 6 points.
Ehlers should go in the 5-10 range in the 2014 NHL Draft. He could be a fit with the Carolina Hurricanes, Winnipeg Jets or the Anaheim Ducks.