In my opinion, Logan McVeigh of the Prince Albert Raiders is one of the most underrated WHL forwards for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
McVeigh is a forward who seemingly can play as effectively as both a winger and a centre. He's got solid size, being listed at 6'1 and 195 pounds.
His numbers don't exactly jump off the page at you, posting 10 goals and 27 points so far this season in 47 games split between the Raiders and the Kamloops Blazers. What does impress me is his ability to make a difference in games that he isn't necessarily scoring in. He's a very hard worker, finishes his checks, skates well and takes the puck to the net.
I've had the chance to see him live three times so far this year, with another couple viewings online. He always catches my eye. He's a fairly simple hockey player, but that's why he is so effective. He doesn't overthink the game and try to do too much. He simply goes out and plays the game hard and effectively.
I like his versatility, being able to play the powerplay and the penalty kill, also being able to be used as a winger or as a center. His goal scoring touch is also there. I've seen him score in a couple of different ways this year, scoring a deflection goal and also wiring a wrist shot high past the goalie. His offensive totals have also increased since his trade to the Raiders. More minutes has equaled more production as he has 5 goals in 13 games as a Raider compared to 5 in 34 games as a Blazer.
As of right now, he really fits into that middle ground with several of the other WHL forwards set to be drafted this year. Where does he stand in relation to guys like Mike Winther, Lukas Sutter, Tim Bozon, Chandler Stephenson or Dominik Volek? It's hard to say but I do think at this point he's flying under the radar when it comes to the draft. He's simple, but he's very effective. His work ethic has caught my eye, putting him On The Radar.