In comparison to skaters,  gate-keepers present more of a risky proposition and thus many are ranked lower than what you might see elsewhere.eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'thehockeywriters_com-large-mobile-banner-1','ezslot_7',668,'0','0'])); There are other prospects who are noticeably lower than other ranking services: Tage Thompson,  Logan Stanley, Julien Gauthier, and Max Jones, to name but a few. 29.

As a result of decreased offence, Chychrun has been undeservingly dropped in many NHL Draft rankings. Please contact us. For instance, many hockey fansflock to TSN, which has Craig Button’sCraig’s List, which is a “monthly rankings represent his individual assessment of where players are slotted in the NHL draft. However, he does not excel in any one area, placing his ceiling lower than both Chychrun and Sergachev’s. But in a season when there’s been lots of movement in the draft order, there’s movement still. Scored the winning goal in the shootout on Thursday for the U.S. at the world championships. {* traditionalSignIn_signInButton *}, Comment and participate in our online community. We've updated our list from newest to oldest. Updated daily with news and features from over 130 writers worldwide. William Bitten C, Flint (OHL), 5-9, 145 lb. He’s not as flashy as some forwards in this draft, but he can play all three forward positions and moved from No.

And wasn’t happy about it. “Here’s what I’d say.

He could easily develop into a first-line center with a game similar to Tyler Johnson’s. We use cookies to improve your experience. “It happened before the playoffs, and I think I played my best hockey in the playoffs. 1 all season on the Sportsnet Top 30, he’s staying there. I will simply list several players that I simply have a feeling will produce at the next level more than what the majority expect.eval(ez_write_tag([[728,90],'thehockeywriters_com-large-mobile-banner-2','ezslot_11',669,'0','0'])); *Notes on the top 100.

He led the tournament in goals with seven and finished third in points with 11. First of all, my personal prospect analysis and scouting reports from live player viewings (due to geography restraints mainly limited to WHL and to Hockey. A record-setting defenceman out of Alberta who broke Dion Phaneuf’s bantam scoring marks. Gustavsson is the highest-rated Euro netminder by NHL Central Scouting. (approx 1 - 2 per week). (4) Matthew Tkachuk, LW, London (OHL), 6-1, 188 lb. (20) Logan Stanley, D, Windsor (OHL), 6-7, 210 lb. (17) Dante Fabbro, D, Penticton (BCJHL), 6-1, 185 lb. Corey Perry obviously knows who Laine is already, moved from No.

Sergachev was awarded the OHL Defenceman of the Year over fellow prospects, Chychrun and Juolevi. So I’ve forgotten about it now.”. During the 2016 IIHF World Championships, a tournament many used as an opportunity to compare Matthews to Laine, Laine came away as the more impressive of the two. Size is the only question mark. He has the potential to become a different maker at the NHL level. And no. 18. He is a complete package and dominated the U18 tournament on a loaded Canadian squad. He is a big, all-around center who can dominate the game in all three zones with his ability to skate and use his strength to maintain control of the puck. Just to name a few: Matthew Tkachuk (Keith’s son), Logan Brown (Jeff’s son), Jakob Chychrun (Jeff’s son), Keiffer Bellows (Brian’s son), Lucas Johansen (Ryan’s brother), and Jonathan Dahlen (Ulf’s son). (19) Luke Kunin, C, University of Wisconsin (NCAA), 6-0, 190 lb. In reality, he is still the best defender available with the potential to become a franchise defenceman.

(14) Tyson Jost, C, Penticton (BCJHL), 6-0, 195 lb. Tkachuk acknowledged that when Cape Breton’s Pierre-Luc Dubois passed him for No. Some see him as a seriously underrated prospect for this draft. Father Brent is a former NHLer.

There are a number of lads that fit in this category. Overall, his game thrives through elite hockey sense and incredible creativity with the puck to create scoring chances. Sorry we could not verify that email address. Son of former NHLer Brian Bellows.

Best defenceman for Canada at under-18s in North Dakota, partnering with Chychrun. Along with Christian Dvorak and Mitch Marner, he’s been part of the most explosive line in junior hockey this season. He’s not part of Finland’s team at the worlds, but last month he led the Finns to the title at the world under-18s with a hat trick in the gold medal game. (NR) Sam Steel, C, Regina (WHL), 5-11, 165 lb. All rights reserved. The belief is that with the right coach and system of play, defense can be taught. (3) Jesse Puljujarvi, RW, Karpat (Finland), 6-3, 198 lb. With less than a month to go until the draft takes place, it is a very exciting time for everyone in the game of hockey. Cue Logan Brown, Riley Tufte, and Logan Stanley.

1. 2. 7 on Central Scouting’s North American list to No. But if you’re the Leafs and you pass on Matthews, when, exactly, is the next No. Jan 15, 2016 A generational star held on to the top spot in the latest 2016 NHL draft rankings from North American Central Scouting, but there was … He stepped up his game during the playoff run, scoring 20 goals and 40 points in 18 games, and continued to dominate in the Memorial Cup despite an ankle injury. 2010 NHL Draft Top-10: Where Are They Now? This year’s draft features a number of overage prospects who were eligible for the 2014 or 2015 NHL Draft’s, but went undrafted.

He is an excellent skater but makes questionable decisions at times. (3) Jesse Puljujarvi, RW, Karpat (Finland), 6-3, 198 lb. Like Clague, Steel started the season ranked as a first-rounder, fell off, then recovered with a strong finish and a really good playoff for John Paddock’s Pats.

25. (30) Tage Thompson, C, Connecticut (NCAA), 6-5, 189 lb. Specific players to watch for would be Adam Brooks and Brayden Burke, ranked 59th and 61st respectively. %2Fhockey%2Fjuniors%2Fsportsnets-final-top-30-2016-nhl-draft-prospects%2F, When submitting content, please abide by our, {* backButton *} Had back-to-back 51-goal seasons with the Otters, most among all CHLers in those two seasons. Has been under excruciating scrutiny all season as a player who many thought would challenge Matthews for No. Though size might use to decide between two similar prospects, it is not a focal point. Chychrun had unrealistic expectations placed upon him for the 2015-16 season, especially as he was coming off of major shoulder surgery. Photo: Mika Kylmaniemi/Tappara Tampere. It might keep him out of the top 10 but I would not count on it. Brandon Wheat Kings defenceman Kale Clague will also be at the Memorial Cup, and after a difficult first half in which he saw his draft ranking drop, the puck-moving blueliner has sizzled down the stretch and in the playoffs, winning many scouts over again. The following are my personal rankings. Other promising overage prospects include Rem Pitlick, Dante Salituro, Tyler Soy, Alexis D’Aoust, and now Conner Bleackley.eval(ez_write_tag([[728,90],'thehockeywriters_com-leader-2','ezslot_10',670,'0','0'])); Bleackley was a former 23rd overall by Colorado in 2014, but went unsigned after being traded to Arizona. Secondly, my personal ranking system with influences from contacts whom I consider respected, knowledgeable, passionate hockey people with unique insight from all over this great hockey universe of ours. 3. It is a deep draft, with picks 20 to 40 being almost interchangeable.

(Candice Ward/Calgary Hitmen). Only one goalie (Ilya Samsonov) went in the first round last year, and that might be the case this year. Played with Keller as his centre most of the year, scored 50 goals in 60 games for the U.S. National Team Development Program. The big winger has been excellent at the worlds as well, keeping the Winnipeg Jets salivating at their chances of landing Teemu Selanne 2.0. Has flown under the radar all season.

Was part of Canada’s team at the world under-18s. Impressed scouts more as a fourth-liner at Ivan Hlinka last summer than as a first-liner at the under-18s last month. The biggest question early in the draft remains which player will go with the No. Thirdly, I utilize some unique statistical analysis for guidance purposes only. 2016 NHL Draft Consensus Rankings Here is our consensus rankings for the 2016 NHL draft. Jakob Chychrun possesses limitless upside. Don't miss out - sign up for our newsletters! Tyler Benson LW, Vancouver (WHL), 6-0, 196 lb. 20. 2016 NHL Draft Rankings.

Throughout the course of the 2015-16 season there have been some big risers and fallers, as well as a few small movements at the head of the class. 1, Most believe he’ll be the first defenceman to go in the draft, included the world juniors and the world under-18s, Flames depth chart: Calgary hoping Markstrom provides stability in net, Canadiens' Molson: team has foundation 'that can be good for many years', 8 NHL RFAs who could be offer-sheet targets this off-season, Islanders, forward Josh Ho-Sang settle arbitration case, Patrick Mahomes advocates for Raptors to play in Kansas City. (22) German Rubtsov, C, Russian national U18 team (MHL), 6-1, 180 lb. 27. 2016 NHL Draft Rankings Throughout the year we will continue to update our 2016 NHL draft rankings page - bringing you NHL draft rankings from some of the best scouting services and media outlets out there. While he is a passer by nature, he also has the skills to be a goal scorer when the time comes. Was part of the hastily-assembled Russian team at the world under-18s after the entire team originally scheduled to go was pulled in a performance-enhancing drug scandal. He has tremendous offensive instincts and a booming shot from the point, and can dominate a game in all three zones. Some may value Dubois over Tkachuk for his ability to play center. (9) Clayton Keller, C, USNTDP (USHL), 5-9, 170 lb. 15. Updated daily with news and features from over 130 writers worldwide. Enter your email below and we'll send you another email. 12. For most of the season, there was a consensus top three between Jakob Chychrun, Olli Juolevi, and Mikhail Sergachev. 30. Corey Perry obviously knows who Laine is already. A smaller player at 5’10, 170 pounds, Keller has elite sense and vision of the ice which he uses to create plenty of scoring chances. 1 centre coming along? (10) Pierre-Luc Dubois, LW/C, Cape Breton (QMJHL), 6-3, 201 lb. 24. Clever, puck-moving type. 10. Feel free to ask about the other prospects. He projects to be a strong, first-line scoring winger.eval(ez_write_tag([[580,400],'thehockeywriters_com-medrectangle-4','ezslot_1',664,'0','0'])); The #1 ranked North American Skater by NHL Central Scouting is Pierre-Luc Dubois, who scored 42 goals and 99 points with the Screaming Eagles. Teams remain a little cautious over the fact he was playing Jr. A instead of major junior hockey. An unusual prospect to track. That’s definitely a stretch. 1.

He changed his style for this season, making less risky plays and choosing his opportunities to pinch. He is a very complete defenceman who plays a smart, responsible game in his own end with good stick and body positioning. (16) Charlie McAvoy, D, Boston University (NCAA), 5-11, 195 lb. Dennis Cholowski, D, Chilliwack (BCJHL), 6-1, 170 lb. At the world under-18s, some scouts felt he raised his game in a semi-final shootout loss to Swedes. With a plethora of talent remaining after Auston ‘Powers’ Matthews and the Fab Finns go off the board, plenty of intrigue remains for the weekend of June 24–25th, 2016 as this extraordinary draft unfolds at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. Intangibles are key as well. Had 28 goals and 47 assists this season with the Steelheads. Matthews dominated the Swiss league, but his season came to an early close on March 10th.

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