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Review of Puckoffeh.ca Draft List

Here is how my consensus rankings held up against where players were actually drafted.

Pos. Player Ranked Drafted Drafted By Difference
F Auston Matthews 1 1 Toronto Maple Leafs None
F Patrik Laine 2 2 Winnipeg Jets None
F Jesse Puljujarvi 3 4 Edmonton Oilers Down 1
F Matthew Tkachuk 4 6 Calgary Flames Down 2
F Pierre-Luc Dubois 5 3 Columbus Blue Jackets Up 2
D Olli Juolevi 6 5 Vancouver Canucks Up 1
F Alexander Nylander 7 8 Buffalo Sabres Down 1
F Clayton Keller 8 7 Arizona Coyotes Up 1
D Jacub Chychrun 9 16 Arizona Coyotes Down 5
D Mikhail Sergachev 10 9 Montreal Canadiens Up 1
F Logan Brown 11 11 Ottawa Senators Even to 1 lower
F Tyson Jost 12 10 Colorado Avalanche Up 2
F Michael McLeod 13 12 New Jersey Devils Up 1
D Charlie McAvoy 14 14 Boston Bruins None
D Jake Bean 15 13 Carolina Hurricanes Up 2 to 3
D Dante Fabbro 16 17 Nashville Predators Down 1 to 2
F Kieffer Bellows 17 19 New York Islanders Down 2
F Luke Kunin 18 15 Minnesota Wild Up 3
F German Rubtsov 19 22 Philadelphia Flyers Down 3
F Max Jones 20 24 Anaheim Ducks Down 4
F Julien Gauthier 21 21 Carolina Hurricanes None
F Alex DeBrincat 22 39 Florida Panthers Down 17
F Riley Tufte 23 25 Dallas Stars Down 2
F Brett Howden 24 27 Tampa Bay Lightning Down 3
F Rasmus Asplund 25 33 Buffalo Sabres Down 8
D Logan Stanley 26 18 Winnipeg Jets Up 8
F Pascal Laberge 27 36 Philadelphia Flyers Down 9
F Vitali Abramov 28 65 Columbus Blue Jackets Down 37
F Boris Katchouk 29 44 Tampa Bay Lightning Down 15
G Carter Hart 30 48 Philadelphia Flyers Down 18
F Tyler Benson 31 32 Edmonton Oilers Down 1
F Tage Thompson 32 26 St. Louis Blues Up 6
D Dennis Cholowski 33 20 Detroit Red Wings Up 13
G Filip Gustavsson 34 55 Pittsburgh Penguins Down 21
D Kale Clague 35 51 Los Angeles Kings Down 16
F Sam Steel 36 30 Anaheim Ducks Up 6
F Jordan Kyrou 37 35 St. Louis Blues Up 2
D Libor Hajek 38 37 Tampa Bay Lightning Up 1
F Carl Grundstrom 39 57 Toronto Maple Leafs Down 18
F Taylor Raddysh 40 58 Tampa Bay Lightning Down 18
F Will Bitten 41 70 Montreal Canadiens Down 29
D Lucas Johansen 42 28 Washington Capitals Up 12
F Dillon Dube 43 56 Calgary Flames Down 13
F Jonathan Dahlen 44 42 Ottawa Senators Up 2
D Samuel Girard 45 47 Nashville Predators Down 2
F Nathan Bastian 46 41 New Jersey Devils Up 5
D Markus Niemelainen 47 63 Edmonton Oilers Down 16
D Ryan Lindgren 48 49 Boston Bruins Down 1
F Janne Kuokkanen 49 43 Carolina Hurricanes Up 6
D Adam Fox 50 66 Calgary Flames Down 16
G Tyler Parsons 51 54 Calgary Flames Down 3
G Evan Fitzpatrick 52 59 St. Louis Blues Down 7
F Adam Mascherin 53 38 Florida Panthers Up 15
F Cliff Pu 54 69 Buffalo Sabres Down 15
D Luke Green 55 79 Winnipeg Jets Down 24
F Trent Frederic 56 29 Boston Bruins Up 27
F Cameron Morrison 57 40 Colorado Avalanche Down 40
D Filip Hronek 58 53 Detroit Red Wings Up 5
F Tim Gettinger 59 141 New York Rangers Down 82
D Cam Dineen 60 68 Phoenix Coyotes Down 8
F Noah Gregor 61 111 San Jose Sharks Down 50
G Joseph Woll 62 62 Toronto Maple Leafs None
F Artur Kayumov 63 50 Chicago Blackhawks Up 13
F Henrik Borgstrom 64 23 Florida Panthers Up 41
D Victor Mete 65 100 Montreal Canadiens Down 35
F Wade Allison 66 52 Philadelphia Flyers Up 14
D Jacob Moverare 67 112 Los Angeles Kings Down 45
F Yegor Korshkov 68 31 Toronto Maple Leafs Up 37
G Zach Sawchenko 69 Undrafted
F Linus Lindstrom 70 96 Calgary Flames Down 26
F Givani Smith 71 46 Detroit Red Wings Up 25
D Frédéric Allard 72 78 Nashville Predators Down 6
D Chad Krys 73 45 Chicago Blackhawks Up 28
F Joseph (Joey) Anderson 74 73 New Jersey Devils Up 1
D Jacob Cederholm 75 97 Winnipeg Jets Down 22
D Andrew Peeke 76 34 Columbus Blue Jackets Up 42
D Joshua Mahura 77 85 Anaheim Ducks Down 8
F Matt Filipe 78 67 Carolina Hurricanes Up 11
F Eetu Tuulola 79 156 Calgary Flames Down 77
F Jack Kopacka 80 93 Anaheim Ducks Down 13
F Tanner Kaspick 81 Undrafted
D James (JD) Greenway 82 72 Toronto Maple Leafs Up 10
D Max Lajoie 83 133 Ottawa Senators Down 50
D Sean Day 84 81 New York Rangers Up 3
D David Bernhardt 85 199 Philadelphia Flyers Down 114
G Colton Point 86 128 Dallas Stars Down 42
F Simon Stransky 87 Undrafted
D Lucas Carlsson 88 Undrafted
F Aapeli Rasanen 89 153 Edmonton Oilers Down 64
F Jesper Bratt 90 162 New Jersey Devils Down 72
F Max Zimmer 91 104 Carolina Hurricanes Down 13
D Matthew Cairns 92 84 Edmonton Oilers Up 8
F Beck Malenstyn 93 145 Washington Capitals Down 52
D Connor Hall 94 77 Pittsburgh Penguins Up 17
F Otto Somppi 95 206 Tampa Bay Lightning Down 111
F Mitchell Mattson 96 126 Calgary Flames Down 30
F Brandon Gignac 97 80 New Jersey Devils Up 17
D Benjamin Gleason 98 Undrafted
D Jordan Sambrook 99 137 Detroit Red Wings Down 38
F Otto Makinen 100 Undrafted
F Vladimir Kuznetsov 101 Undrafted
F Carsen Twarynski 102 82 Philadelphia Flyers Up 20
F Rem Pitlick 103 76 Nashville Predators Up 27
F Connor Bunnaman 104 109 Philadelphia Flyers Down 5
D Josh Anderson 105 71 Colorado Avalanche Up 34
F Dmitri Sokolov 106 196 Minnesota Wild Down 90
F Jonathan Ang 107 94 Florida Panthers Up 13
D Vojtech Budik 108 130 Buffalo Sabres Down 22
F Adam Brooks 109 92 Toronto Maple Leafs Up 17
F Max Fortier 110 Undrafted
F William Lockwood 111 64 Vancouver Canucks Up 47
D Griffin Luce 112 Undrafted
F Ty Ronning 113 201 New York Rangers Down 88
D Jake Ryczek 114 203 Chicago Blackhawks Down 89
D David Quenneville 115 200 New York Islanders Down 85
F Travis Barron 116 191 Colorado Avalanche Down 75
F William Knierim 117 Undrafted
F Brett Murray 118 99 Buffalo Sabres Up 19
F Brayden Burke 119 Undrafted
F Jamie Armstrong 120 Undrafted
D Ondrej Vala 121 Undrafted
G Dylan Wells 122 123 Edmonton Oilers Down 1
F Mikhail Maltsev 123 102 New Jersey Devils Up 21
F Oskar Steen 124 165 Boston Bruins Down 41
F Hudson Elynuik 125 74 Carolina Hurricanes Up 51
F Dylan Gambrell 126 60 San Jose Sharks Up 66
F Jordan Stallard 127 127 Winnipeg Jets None
F Matthew Phillips 128 166 Calgary Flames Down 38
D Yegor Rykov 129 132 New Jersey Devils Down 3
D Jacob Neveu 130 Undrafted
D Cole Candella 131 140 Vancouver Canucks Down 9
D Riley Stillman 132 114 Florida Panthers Up 18
D Gabriel Sylvestre 133 Undrafted
F Kyle Maksimovich 134 Undrafted
F Michael Pezzetta 135 160 Montreal Canadiens Down 25
F Kristian Reichel 136 Undrafted
F Michael Graham 137 Undrafted
F Ivan Kosorenkov 138 Undrafted
G Jack Lafontaine 139 75 Carolina Hurricanes Up 64
F Mathias From 140 143 Chicago Blackhawks Down 3
D Dmitry Alexeyev 141 Undrafted
G Mikhail Berdin 142 157 Winnipeg Jets Down 15
D Keaton Middleton 143 101 Toronto Maple Leafs Up 42
F Kasper Bjorkqvist 144 61 San Jose Sharks Up 83
G Evan Cormier 145 105 New Jersey Devils Up 40
F Nicholas Caamano 146 146 Dallas Stars None
D Tarmo Reunanen 147 98 New York Rangers Up 49
D Hugo Danielsson 148 Undrafted
F Jeffrey De Wit 149 Undrafted
F Ross Colton 150 118 Tampa Bay Lightning Up 32
F Todd Burgess HM 103 Ottawa Senators Not Ranked
F Nathan Noel HM 113 Chicago Blackhawks Not Ranked
F Nolan Stevens HM 125 St. Louis Blues Not Ranked
F Markus Nurmi HM 163 Ottawa Senators Not Ranked
F Nick Pastujov HM 193 New York Islanders Not Ranked
F Alexander Polunin HM Undrafted
D Sebastian Aho HM Undrafted
F Tim Wahlgren HM Undrafted
F Brogan O’Brien HM Undrafted
D Lukas Doudera HM Undrafted
F Marek Zachar HM Undrafted
G Wouter Peeters NR 83 Chicago Blackhawks Not Ranked
D Casey Fitzgerald NR 86 Buffalo Sabres Not Ranked
F Garrett Pilon NR 87 Washington Capitals Not Ranked
G Connor Ingram NR 88 Tampa Bay Lightning Not Ranked
D Linus Nassen NR 89 Florida Panthers Not Ranked
F Fredrik Karlstrom NR 90 Dallas Stars Not Ranked
D Filip Berglund NR 91 Edmonton Oilers Not Ranked
F Anatoli Golyshev NR 95 New York Islanders Not Ranked
 
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2016 NHL Entry Draft Top 150 Rankings (Final)

To come up with the top 150 prospects for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft I have used an average of 12 different well respected lists including: The Hockey News (Magazine Rankings), The Hockey News (Ryan Kennedy), Sportsnet (Damien Cox), TSN (Craig Button), TSN (Bob McKenzie), ESPN (Corey Pronman *May List), HockeyProspects.com, McKeen’s Hockey, Central Scouting, ISS, Future Considerations, and Hockeyprospectus.com. I can’t physically scout every player, so the most complete list I can compile comes from relying on these other sources and combining their rankings, which is what you’re getting with this list. It factors in the players average ranking across all 12 rankings with a minimum of six times ranked to crack the top 121 prospects, those ranked between 122 and 150 gained those positions first by being ranked the most times even though it’s less than six, and then by having the highest average ranking. The 10 honorable mentions are random players who had decent rankings but did not fit the criteria to crack the top 150. The list does not include any players who re-entered the draft like Connor Bleakley as they were not rated by multiple outlets. It isn’t going to be a perfect list, but it should give a ballpark idea of the average spot each player may be expected to go. With the Toronto Maple Leafs on the clock with pick one, let’s start with their best option.

#1 – C Auston Matthews – (No Change)
6’2.25″ 216 lbs
Born: 1997-09-17 (USA – Scottsdale, Arizona)
2015-16 Stats
Zurich Lions (NLA) GP 36, G 24, A 22, PTS 46, PIM 6
Zurich Lions (NLA-Playoffs) GP 4, G 0, A 3, PTS 3 PIM 2
Zurich Lions (Champions HL) GP 2, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 0
USA (WJC) GP 7, G 7, A 4, PTS 11, PIM 2
USA (WC) GP 10, G 6, A 3, PTS 9, PIM 2
Elite Prospects Link  – Player Profile on Zurich Lions Website – Player Profile on USA Hockey Website for 2015 U18
EP Scouting Report: A high octane dynamo that thrives under the microscope, Auston Matthews is a complete offensive forward who consistently boasts quick hands, feet, and thinking at both ends of the ice. Naturally nimble skater that accelerates to top speed very quickly. An unwavering focus on fine tuning elements of his own game facilitates confidence and competence in his young, but mature, mind. Prolific goal scoring ability and doesn’t wait for opportunities to show themselves. He makes his own luck, so to speak, maximizing the use of his body and stick to gain leverage against the toughest of opponents. All-in-all, a generational talent that has the potential to develop into a top flight franchise center. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016) Matthews was the youngest member of the USA’s World Championship team this spring, offering one last chance to showcase himself as the top prospect for the 2016 draft and he didn’t disappoint, leading the team in goal scoring and tying for the team lead in point with Dylan Larkin. He will suit up for team North America at the World Cup of Hockey in the fall.

#2 – W Patrik Laine – (No Change)
6’3.75″ 201 lbs
Born: 1998-04-19 (Finland – Tampere)
2015-16 Stats
Tappara Tampere (SM-Liiga) GP 46, G 17, A 16, PTS 33, PIM 6
Tappara Tampere (SM-Liiga-Playoffs) GP 18, G 10, A 5, PTS 15, PIM 6
Finland U20 (WJC) GP 7, G 7, A 6, PTS 13, PIM 6
Finland U20 (Int-Jr-All) GP 14, G 12, A 8, PTS 20, PIM 8
Finland (EHT) GP 2, G 0, A 0, PTS 2, PIM 2
Finland (WC) GP 10, G 7, A 5, PTS 12, PIM 4
Finland (Int.-All) GP 12, G 7, A 5, PTS 12, PIM 6
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on Tappara Tampere Website
EP Scouting Report: Laine is a towering winger with a knack for scoring big goals. A good skater, albeit not the most agile forward in traffic. Has a set of soft hands combined with good vision, but prefers to use his swift and heavy shot. Able to find openings to use his shot. Likes to play physical, but doesn’t get carried away by hitting the opponents. Playing in pro ranks has matured his game considerably. (EP 2016) A natural scorer, Laine’s greatest asset is his intimidating shot. He’s not a speedy skater, but possesses power and a long stride, and protects the puck well with his large frame and longer stick. Overall, skating has been a minor issue through Laine’s development but has improved with some help from his ability to read the game. Laine has the hunger to create chances on his own from the wing and actively looks for and creates opportunities to use his shot. His elite wrist shot is notable for its quick release and his powerful one-timer from the top of the circle is a constant threat on the man-advantage. (Matias Strozyk, 2016)
Laine made sure he wasn’t outdone by Matthews at the World Hockey Championships putting up 3 more points with 12 in 10 games and was named Tournament MVP. He has had quite the year shooting up the rankings and winning lots of hardware in the process with a World Junior U-20 Gold, World Championships Silver and SM-Liiga League Championship. Laine believes he should be the guy selected number one, but most rankings don’t agree with only two of my twelve sources used putting him ahead of Matthews.

#3 – RW Jesse Puljujarvi – (No Change)
6’3″ 201 lbs
Born: 1998-05-07 (Sweden – Alvkarleby) Finish Citizen
2015-16 Stats
Karpat (SM-Liiga) GP 50, G 13, A 15, PTS 28, PIM 22
Karpat (SM-Liiga-Playoffs) GP 10, G 4, A 5, PTS 9, PIM 2
Karpat (Champions HL) GP 13, G 0, A 2, PTS 2, PIM 6
Finland U20 (WJC) GP 7, G 5, A 12, PTS 17, PIM 0
Finland U20 (Int-Jr-All) GP 15, G 9, A 14, PTS 23, PIM 10
Finland U18 (WJC-18) GP 4, G 5, A 2, PTS 7, PIM 2
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on Karpat Website
EP Scouting Report: Puljujärvi is a big winger who combines size, skating and skill. A strong skater who can blast past the opposition in full speed. Able to use his size, reach and stickhandling skills to retain the puck in speed. A smart player at both ends of the ice, both on and off the puck. Great work ethic and positive attitude. More of a playmaker than a scorer and could improve his shooting skills. Doesn’t shy away from physical play, but could use his size more to his benefit. (EP 2016)
A truly dominant two-way force that consistently demonstrates elite hockey sense, proactive defensive awareness, and a full array of offensive tools. Comparable to Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars, Puljujärvi owns a dangerously accurate shot, as well as exceptional playmaking ability that pairs up quite nicely with his superb vision and enthusiasm. Has the ability to absolutely dominate by using his size and speed to keep possession of the puck until he determines it to be the right time for the rubber to hit the back of the net. Everything that he does, he does well, to the fullest of his ability; there are no empty holes in this electrifying and hard-nosed forward’s game. [EP]

#4 – LW Matthew Tkachuk – (No Change)
6’1″ 194 lbs
Born: 1997-12-11 (USA – Scottsdale, Arizona)
2015-16 Stats
London Knights (OHL) GP 57, G 30, A 77, PTS 107, PIM 80
London Knights (OHL-Playoffs) GP 18, G 20, A 20, PTS 40, PIM 42
London Knights (Memorial Cup) GP 4, G 5, A 3, PTS 8, PIM 4
USA (WJC) GP 7, G 4, A 7, PTS 11, PIM 6
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on London Knights Website – Player Profile on USA Hockey Website for 2015 U18
Scouting Report: A multi-dimensional energy winger that plays a pro-style, adaptive game. Well-versed as a guy who can consistently put up points, but also as an agitator who plays with a little bit of bite and nastiness. Skates with excellent balance and speed, outclassing many in his age range. No lack of offensive instincts and knows how to score in many different ways. Confidence in his abilities and playing to the extent of his capabilities strengthens his work ethic and creativity. All-in-all, a unique and effective forward who defines his own limits and seeks to exceed them, along with all on-ice expectations. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)
NHL Central Scouting’s David Gregory said. “He brings every element of the game that you need to bring, aside from the fact how skilled he is and what he brings with hockey sense. He’s got one of the best compete levels of anyone in this draft.” Retired NHL player Jeremy Roenick, who coached Tkachuk in the All-American Top Prospects Game, thought the son of U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member Keith Tkachuk was the most impressive player in the game. “I thought his compete level and intelligence really stood out; he knew where to go, and at that age it’s rare to see kids like that knowing where to go with the puck before they get it,” Roenick said. (Mike G. Morreale, NHL.com article September 29th, 2015)
“[Tkachuk] has elite hockey IQ and vision,” NHL Central Scouting’s Matt Ryan said. “He makes the players around him better and has a very good scoring touch around the net. He plays inside the dots and is willing to go to the hard areas to score goals. He brings a physical element and is able to get under the skin of his opponents.” (Mike. F Morreale, NHL.com article November 24th, 2015)

#5 – W Pierre-Luc Dubois – (No Change)
6’2.25″ 205 lbs
Born: 1998-06-24 (Canada – Ste-Agathe-de-Monts, Quebec)
2015-16 Stats
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL) GP 62, G 42, A 57, PTS 99, PIM 112
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL-Playoffs) GP 12, G 7, A 5, PTS 12, PIM 14
Canada U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 4, G 0, A 3, PTS 3, PIM 0
Team White (U18-Dev) GP 3, G 2, A 0, PTS 2, PIM 0
QMJHL All-Stars (Jr Super Series) GP 2, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 2
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on Cape Breton Screaming Eagles Website
Scouting Report: A phenominal two-way power forward that thrives under pressure. He brings versatility, being able to play as a center or a winger, as well as elite skill and agility. His athleticism is exemplified in his strong skating that allows him to backcheck hard, explode up the ice in-transition, or propel himself up into hits that opponents won’t soon forget. His defensive zone play is excellent; he proactively finds and takes away shooting and passing lanes, and makes it tough on opponents to pinpoint any daylight. When he is on the ice, he is uncontainable and leads the forecheck; he creates the time and space for himself to be creative with the puck and finds a way to get it to the back of the net. He makes the players around him better, serving as an example of what hard work and skill can and will be able to produce. A similarly punishing two-way forward with size and zero deficiencies, Anze Kopitar, is the type of player Dubois will aspire to become at the next level. Pierre-Luc Dubois has the potential to develop into an elite two-way forward that excels as a positive catalyst in every facet of the roles he can play, be it the dynamic scorer, the set-up man, the intimidating power forward, or the defensive-minded shutdown guy. He is the type of player nobody likes to play against. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)
A top-end talent that impacts all aspects of the game from different angles. May well be the most complete player in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. His multidimensional play and elite offensive prowess reminds scouts a little bit of James Neal. Competitiveness marks his game and he consistently proves to be a high impact player when he is on the ice. [EP]
“[Dubois] is a big, skilled forward who plays a complete game,” Central Scouting’s Troy Dumville said. “He goes to traffic areas and plays with an edge, has good vision and very good hands in tight.” (Mike. F Morreale, NHL.com article November 24th, 2015)

#6 – D Olli Juolevi – (Up 2 Spots)
6’2″ 183 lbs
Born: 1998-05-05 (Finland – Helsinki)
2015-16 Stats
London Knights (OHL) GP 57, G 9, A 33, PTS 42, PIM 16
London Knights (OHL-Playoffs) GP 18, G 3, A 11, PTS 14, PIM 4
London Knights (Memorial Cup) GP 4, G 0, A 7, PTS 7, PIM 4
Finland (WJC) GP 7, G 0, A 9, PTS 9, PIM 4
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on London Knights Website
Scouting Report: A competitive spark-plug, Olli Juolevi is a complete, all-around defenceman that can hem the opposition in their own end or make things difficult for the opposition at home; either way, he puts the pressure on and lays it on thick. A strong and balanced skater, he can rush the puck through the neutral zone with ease or backcheck with haste. Uses his size to his advantage, but knows his physical limits and plays within them. Instead of playing overly physical, he makes his presence felt by exhibiting his high-end playmaking ability and puck possession play. All-in-all, a well-rounded blueliner who thrives under pressure and can be trusted in all situations. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)
Very sturdily built D-man that leans into his hits, competes hard, and possesses elite-level vision and hockey sense. Looks stronger game-by-game and adapts very quickly to his surroundings and situations. Scouts liken Olli Juolevi to Olli Maatta of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Both are fluid skaters and have deep-rooted understandings of their position. Both have tremendous skill and talent, and both will go far in their careers. [EP]
NHL Central Scouting’s Matt Ryan said he feels Juolevi has proven to be very smart in his first OHL season.”He’s a smooth-skating defenseman with poise and composure,”Ryan also said. “He has the ability to play in every situation.” (Mike. F Morreale, NHL.com article November 24th, 2015)
“The Olli Maatta clone was named the top D-man among Finland under-20s.” (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, October 14, 2015)

#7 – W Alexander Nylander – (Down 1 Spot)
6’0.5″ 178 lbs
Born: 1998-03-02 (Canada – Calgary, Alberta) Swedish Citizen
2015-16 Stats
Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) GP 57, G 28, A 47, PTS 75, PIM 18
Mississauga Steelheads (OHL-Playoffs) GP 6, G 6, A 6, PTS 12, PIM 2
Sweden (WJC) GP 7, G 3, A 5, PTS 9
Sweden (WJC-18) GP 7, G 3, A 8, PTS 11, PIM 0
Sweden (Hlinka Memorial) GP 5, G 2, A 4, PTS 6, PIM 6
Sweden (Int-Jr 20) GP 3, G 2, A 2, PTS 4, PIM 2
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on Mississauga Steelheads Website
Scouting Report: “Mississauga has been able to stockpile quite a collection of prospects for both the 2016 and 2017 NHL draft class,” Dan Marr, NHL Director of Central Scouting said. “Second-year players McLeod and Bastian continue to develop and contribute while establishing themselves as first-round considerations. Nylander is excelling on the smaller North American ice and the three of these players give Mississauga a uniqueness of having a line of first-round prospects.” (Mike. F Morreale, NHL.com article November 24th, 2015)
Talking to scouts working the Hlinka tournament, they inevitably use William as a measuring stick for Alexander. “Skilled like his big brother, shows a lot on the perimeter on the big ice,” one scout said of Nylander the younger. “Skates like William, same sort of size at the same stage, not physically mature, ” another said. Two scouts I talked to framed it the same way: “Not as flamboyant as his brother,” they said. That might be a comment on William even more than his little draft-eligible brother. “Flamboyant” isn’t a word that comes in many scouting reports. According to those at the tournament, Alexander was the best skater on the ice in any given shift he played in Sweden’s opening 4-3 victory over Switzerland, picking up a goal and assist.” (Gary Joyce, Sportsnet.com August 13th, 2015)
Son of former NHLer Michael Nylander.

#8 – C Clayton Keller – (Up 3 Spots)
5’10” 164 lbs
Born: 1998-07-29 (USA – Swansea, Illinois)
2015-16 Stats
US National U18 Team (USDP) GP 62, G 37, A 70, PTS 107, PIM 40
US National U18 Team (USHL) GP 23, G 13, A 24, PTS 37, PIM 14
USA (WJC-U18) GP 7, G 4, A 10, PTS 14, PIM 2
Committed to Boston University (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on USA Hockey Website for 2015 U18 – Player Profile on US National U18 Team Page
Scouting Report: “An offensive catalyst with USA’s national program, Keller is a world-class puck handler who blends his puck-on-a-string dangles with elite vision to confidently dissect opposing defences. His passing abilities are in a class of their own and he needs very little time and space to execute creative, highly difficult pass attempts. He mixes in deceptive fakes, stick misdirection and paralyzing agility to keep opposing teams guessing. In a similar mold as a Patrick Kane or Mitch Marner, Keller’s the type of player that teams run their offenses through due to their creativity and confidence under pressure. He’s not a one-trick pony either because his shooting abilities have dynamic elements as well.” (Kelly Friesen, Buzzing the Net, Yahoo.ca Article August 24, 2015)

#9 – D Jakob Chychrun – (Down 2 Spots)
6’2″ 200 lbs
Born: 1998-03-31 (USA – Boca Raton, Florida) Canadian-American Dual Citizen
2015-16 Stats
Sarnia Sting (OHL) GP 62, G 11, A 38, PTS 49, PIM 51
Sarnia Sting (OHL-Playoffs) GP 7, G 2, A 6, PTS 8, PIM 8
Canada (WJC-18) GP 7, G 1, A 3, PTS 4, PIM 8
OHL All-Stars (Jr Super Series) GP 1, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Elite Prospect LinkPlayer Profile on Sarnia Sting Website
Scouting Report: An unyielding two-way defenceman, Jakob Chychrun is a rising star with a toolbox bursting at the seams. Consistently displays elite four-way skating ability and is not afraid to throw his weight around physically. Plays with poise and composure through high pressure situations and, with the puck on his stick, can direct the play up-ice. Exhibits a particularly potent shot that works its magic on the power play and on the forecheck. Excellent first pass and uses his vision and awareness to keep the puck moving in the direction of the opposition’s tail or to a teammate with more time and space. Defensively adept at tracking the puck and staying a step ahead of the opposition. Proactive with his stick and body, exerting pressure on the opposition and forcing them to make hurried decisions.
All-in-all, a well-rounded two-way defender that competes with pro-level drive and makes his authoritative presence felt at both ends of the ice. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)
“Defenseman Jakob Chychrun brings size, speed, toughness and a cracking shot to the ice and really; you can’t ask for much more in a prospect. That’s why the Sarnia Sting sophomore will be the top 2016 draft hopeful to watch in North America this season and by far the most coveted defenseman.” (Ryan Kennedy, The Hockey News September 22, 2015)
“I saw Chychrun a lot last year before his injury, and again after he returned, and he has an all-around game,” Central Scouting’s Al Jensen said. “I haven’t seen a young defenseman with this type of skill set in his draft year since Scott Stevens. Jakob has that drive and determination, and when I look in his eyes you can see it. He’s almost NHL-ready right now.” “People will be very impressed with this kid; he’s got a phenomenal shot, he’s a leader and plays all situations, and his 1-on-1 coverage is great.” (Mike G. Morreale, NHL.com article September 29th, 2015)
Son of former NHLer Jeff Chychrun and Nephew of former NHLer Luke Richardson.

Tied-#10 – D Mikhail Sergachev – (Down 1)
6’2.25″ 222 lbs
Born: 1998-06-25 (Russia – Nizhnekamsk)
2015-16 Stats
Windsor Spitfires (OHL) GP 67, G 17, A 40, PTS 57, PIM 56
Windsor Spitfires (OHL-Playoffs) GP 5, G 2, A 3, PTS 5, PIM 8
Russia (WJC-U18) GP 5, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 8
Elite Prospect Link  – Roster Page on Windsor Spitfires Website
EP Scouting Report: A dominant two-way defenceman whose tenacity and competitiveness characterize his style of play. Plays with a poise and confidence that facilitates his creativity with the puck as well as split-second decision making. Naturally fluid skater who is always looking to be engaged, if not the center, of each unfolding play. All-in-all, a diligent two-way defenceman who excels at finding ways to be a difference-maker in games. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)

Tied-#10 – C Logan Brown – (Up 6 Spots)
6’6.25″ 220 lbs
Born: 1998-03-05 (USA – Raleigh, North Carolina) Canadian-American Dual Citizen
2015-16 Stats
Windsor Spitfires (OHL) GP 59, G 21, A 53, PTS 74, PIM 40
Windsor Spitfires (OHL-Playoffs) GP 5, G 0, A 6 PTS 6, PIM 6
U.S. National U18 Team (USDP) GP 9, G 4, A 9, PTS 13, PIM 6
USA (WJC-U18) GP 7, G 3, A 9, PTS 12, PIM 2
Team Red (U18-Dev) GP 3, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 2
Elite Prospect Link  – Roster Page on Windsor Spitfires Website
Scouting Report:
Brown is a huge center that excels at both ends of the ice. He can be dominant in the offensive zone but takes care of his own end as well. His 6’6 frame is key to his success as he uses his body to shield his puck and his reach to keep it off other players sticks. He is not overly physical for a player his size, but will finish every check and battle down low very effectively. He has a good shot with a pro like release as well as good creativity and maturity when passing the puck. (Tyler Parchem, EP 2016)
“[Brown] is a typical case of bigger players requiring a little more time to develop and he had a slow start which was influenced by injury and suspension,” Dan Marr, NHL Director of Central Scouting said. “But now he is on top of his game and the results are showing. He moves deceptively well for his size and he knows how to utilize that size to dominate on the play and protect the puck. Logan has such good hands and puck skills for a big forward that he’s hard to stop when he’s driving to the net.” (Mike. F Morreale, NHL.com article November 24th, 2015)
Has good vision, thinks the game well and creates chances for teammates. Still growing, much to his chagrin. (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, February 19th, 2016)
Son of former NHLer Jeff Brown.

#12 – C/LW Tyson Jost – (No Change)
5’11” 190 lbs
Born: 1998-03-14 (Canada – St. Albert, Alberta)
2015-16 Stats
Penticton Vees (BCHL) GP 48, G 42, A 62, PTS 104, PIM 43
Penticton Vees (BCHL-Playoffs) GP 11, G 6, A 8, PTS 14, PIM 4
Canada (WJC-U18) GP 7, G 6, A 9, PTS 15, PIM 2
Team White (U18-Dev) GP 3, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 2
Canada U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 4, G 3, A 0, PTS 3, PIM 0
Canada West U19 (WJAC-19) GP 4, G 3, A 6, PTS 9, PIM 2
Committed to University of North Dakota (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on Penticton Vees Website
EP Scouting Report: Tyson Jost is a crafty goal-scorer that carries out plays as quickly as he envisions them. As someone who thinks and plays at a fast tempo, it comes as no surprise that he creates a lot of energy as an offensive catalyst. He sees the ice very well and has the willingness and determination to win battles in the tough areas. All-in-all, a dynamic offensive forward with top-6 potential at the next level. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)

#13 – C Michael McLeod – (Down 3 Spots)
6’2″ 185 lbs
Born: 1998-02-03 (Canada – Mississauga, Ontario)
2015-16 Stats
Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) GP 57, G 21, A 40, PTS 61, PIM 71
Mississauga Steelheads (OHL-Playoffs) GP 7, G 3, A 6, PTS 9, PIM 6
Canada (WJC-U18) GP 7, G 2, A 2, PTS 4, PIM 2
Team White (U18-Dev) GP 3, G 1, A 5, PTS 6, PIM 8
Canada U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 3, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 2
OHL All Stars (Jr Super Series) GP 1, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on Mississauga Steelheads Website
Scouting Report: Michael McLeod is a highly skilled power center that relies on nobody but himself to get the job done. His size and skating make him difficult to contain, and his competitiveness gives him an edge against other teams’ best. His deft puckhandling skills and control over his speed are the defining aspects of his offensive abilities. All-in-all, a top talent that is both dynamic and hard to play against. (Curtis Joe, EP 2015)
“Mississauga has been able to stockpile quite a collection of prospects for both the 2016 and 2017 NHL draft class,” Dan Marr, NHL Director of Central Scouting said. “Second-year players McLeod and Bastian continue to develop and contribute while establishing themselves as first-round considerations. Nylander is excelling on the smaller North American ice and the three of these players give Mississauga a uniqueness of having a line of first-round prospects.” (Mike. F Morreale, NHL.com article November 24th, 2015)
“Canada’s second-best forward at the Hlinka event. He has the size to be a No. 1 pivot.” (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, October 14, 2015)

#14 – D Charlie McAvoy – (No Change)
6’0.25″ 200 lbs
Born: 1997-12-21 (USA – Long Beach, New York)
2015-16 Stats
Boston University Terriers (NCAA) GP 37, G 3, A 22, PTS 25, PIM 56
USA (WJC) GP 7, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on USA Hockey Website for 2015 U18 – Player Profile on Boston University Terriers Website
Scouting Report: “We expect Charlie to make an immediate impact and play in all situations,” Boston University coach David Quinn said. “He’s got great skills and vision and he’s a big, strong kid that skates well. He’s one of the top freshman defensemen in college hockey.” (Mike G. Morreale, NHL.com article September 29th, 2015)
Playing very well as a freshman and was terrific at the world juniors on a power-play tandem with Zach Werenski. (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, February 19th, 2016)
Took extra courses to get to BU early. Is family friends with Leafs prospect Jeremy Bracco.
(Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, February 19th, 2016)

Tied-#15 – D Jake Bean – (Down 2 Spots)
6’0.75″ 173 lbs
Born: 1998-09-06 (Canada – Calgary, Alberta)
2015-16 Stats
Calgary Hitmen (WHL) GP 68, G 24, A 40, PTS 64, PIM 28
Calgary Hitmen (WHL-Playoffs) GP 5, G 0, A 2, PTS 2, PIM 2
Team White (U18-Dev) GP 3, G 1, A 2, PTS 3, PIM 2
Canada U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 4, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 4
WHL All-Stars (Jr Super Series) GP 2, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on Calgary Hitmen Website
Scouting Report: A shifty and intelligent defenceman that plays with panache and poise. An excellent skater that is a good puck-carrier up the ice. Makes very good decisions with and without the puck, and plays strong positionally. Works hard and doesn’t give the opposition much to work with, but could stand to be a bit more assertive during high pressure situations. That being said, he is not a one dimentional player. He displays natural talent in the offensive end, but also plays a complete defensive game in his own end. He has a proactive stick and boxes the opposition out, limiting lanes. All-in-all, the type of all-around defenceman that you want to have on the ice as much as possible. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)
It’s a down draft year for the ‘Dub,’ but Bean is one to watch. A whip-smart defenseman with an excellent stick, Bean is probably underrated defensively, where his positioning is excellent. When you put up 43 points in 46 games, that part can get overshadowed. (Ryan Kennedy, The Hockey News, January 26, 2016 Article)

Tied-#15 – D Dante Fabbro – (Up 6 Spots)
6’0.5” 192 lbs
Born: 1998-06-20 (Canada – New Westminster, British Columbia)
2015-16 Stats
Penticton Vees (BCHL) GP 45, G 14, A 53, PTS 67, PIM 30
Penticton Vees (BCHL) GP 11, G 0, A 8, PTS 8, PIM 2
Canada (WJC-U18) GP 7, G 0, A 8, PTS 8, PIM 16
Team Red (U18-Dev) GP 3, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 0
Canada U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 4, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Canada West U19 (WJAC-19) GP 4, G 0, A 3, PTS 3, PIM 4
Committed to Boston University (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on Penticton Vees Website
Scouting Report: Dante Fabbro is a dependable two-way defenseman with high offensive upside. He plays with poise and makes mature, high-percentage decisions under pressure. In his own end, he is proactive with both his body and stick, and does everything right to interrupt passing lanes and win back possession. With the puck on his stick, he is mobile at an elite level and can direct plays like a quarterback. He possesses a hard and accurate release on his shot, that he gets off quickly and on-net. All-in-all, a complete defenseman that plays a refined game at both ends of the ice. (Curtis Joe, EP 2015)
“Fabbro’s defensive tendencies and polished offensive game have often drawn comparisons to Tyson Barrie of the Colorado Avalanche. As a slick puck mover with excellent individual skill, Fabbro could become a huge difference maker at the next level.” [EP]
“Fabbro is a strong positional player with a very good read-and-react game,” Dan Marr, Director of NHL Central Scouting said. “He’s always in a good position to break up a play. He gets his point shot on the net; he was Canada’s best defenseman at 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament.” (Mike G. Morreale, NHL.com article September 29th, 2015)

#17 – C/LW Kieffer Bellows – (Up 1 Spot)
6’0″ 198 lbs
Born: 1998-06-10 (USA – Edina, Minnesota)
2015-16 Stats
US National U18 Team (USDP) GP 62, G 50, A 31, PTS 81, PIM 101
USNTDP Juniors (USHL) GP 23, G 16, A 16, PTS 32, PIM 41
USA (WJC-U18) GP 7, G 5, A 3, PTS 8, PIM 8
Committed to Boston University (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on US National U18 Team Page
EP Scouting Report: Kieffer Bellows is a skilled power forward that can dominate games. Possesses high end puckhandling ability as well as a crisp, accurate release on his shot. Proficient forechecker and loves to win puck battles, which stands out as a consistent part of his game. Strong skater that can bull through the opposition or go around them. Drives the net hard and is a decisive finisher. All-in-all, a competitor that punishes the opposition physically, as well as on the scoreboard. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)
A pure sniper. He shoots from everywhere and is selfish in the way great goal-scorers need to be. (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, February 19th, 2016)
Son of former NHLer Brian Bellows.

#18 – C Luke Kunin – (Up 1 Spot)
5’11.25″ 193 lbs
Born: 1997-12-04 (USA – Chesterfield, Missouri)
2015-16 Stats
University of Wisconsin Badgers (NCAA) GP 34, G 19, A 13, PTS 32, PIM 34
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on University of Wisconsin Badgers Website
Scouting Report: A highly intelligent and offensively gifted forward. Has a keen eye for scoring opportunities and has shown flashes of elite-level finishing capability. Works hard and isn’t afraid to battle for puck possession. Good hands and puck skills, and has a really accurate release on his shot. Needs to work on his explosiveness, staying in motion with the play, and strength behind his shot. All-in-all, a gifted offensive force with the potential to blossom into a highlight reel player. (Curtis Joe, EP 2015)
Plays a simple, strong game and all three forward positions. Strong start at the U.S. Top Prospects Game last fall. 
(Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, February 19th, 2016)

#19 – C German Rubtsov – (Down 2 Spots)
6’0.5″ 190 lbs
Born: 1998-06-27 (Russia – Chekhov)
2015-16 Stats
Team Russia U18 (MHL) GP 28, G 12, A 14, PTS 26, PIM 10
Team Russia U18 (MHL-Playoffs) GP 3, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 0
Russia U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 5, G 1, A 3, PTS 4, PIM 16
Russia U19 (WJAC-19) GP 4, G 2, A 4, PTS 6, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on Team Russia U18 Website
Scouting Report: Owns a projectable frame, great hands and plenty of skill. Also displays loads of two-way ability and is also an excellent playmaker from the center position.
Needs to add plenty of bulk and get physically stronger in order to maximize output at the National Hockey League level. Needs to prove he can produce on smaller ice. (The Hockey News Player Profile)
Impressed scouts with his play at World Junior Challenge in mid-December. (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, February 19th, 2016)

#20 – LW Max Jones – (No Change)
6’3″ 201 lbs
Born: 1998-02-17 (USA – Rochester, Michigan)
2015-16 Stats
London Knights (OHL) GP 63, G 28, A 24, PTS 52, PIM 106
London Knights (OHL-Playoffs) GP 6, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 23
London Knights (Memorial Cup) GP 4, G 2, A 2, PTS 4, PIM 8
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on London Knights Website
Scouting Report: Max Jones is a diligent and hard-working power forward capable of being an impact player every shift. He’s strong on the puck and routinely looks to create separation. He knows his game inside out and has a wide array of tools at his disposal. Strength and speed allow him to bull his way to the front of the net where he is relentless and creates havoc. Makes smart decisions with the puck and doesn’t give the opposition time and space. Possesses high-end finishing ability and “wills” the puck to the back of the net. All-in-all, a determined forward who puts tremendous pressure on his opponents when he’s on the ice. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)
“[Jones] is a strong power forward who possesses great speed and acceleration, has a heavy shot and quick hands,” NHL Central Scouting’s Matt Ryan said. “He loves to drive the net and challenge defenders physically and is a nightmare for defenders below the hash marks in the offensive zone.” (Mike. F Morreale, NHL.com article November 24th, 2015)
Son of Former NHLer Brad Jones.

#21 – RW Julien Gauthier – (Down 6 Spots)
6’3″ 231 lbs
Born: 1997-10-15 (Canada – Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec)
2015-16 Stats
Val-d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL) GP 54, G 41, A 16, PTS 57, PIM 24
Val-d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL-Playoffs) GP 6, G 2, A 3, PTS 5, PIM 8
Canada (WJC) GP 5, G 0, A 2, PTS 2, PIM 0
QMJHL All-Stars (Jr Super Series) GP 2, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on Val-d’Or Foreurs Website
Scouting Report: An explosive power forward who boasts an elite-level skill package. Takes nothing for granted and plays with hard-nosed work ethic. Tremendous vision and outstanding hockey sense; thrives under pressure and doesn’t stray from the high-percentage play. Willingness to play physical and win battles in his own end makes him a vital asset, stepping up at the game’s key moments. Exceptional skating ability allows him to stay with, if not ahead, of each unfolding play. Refined puckhandling skills allow him to maintain puck control at breakneck speeds. All-in-all, a prolific scorer whose attitude and innate abilities will constantly propel him into dominance. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)
Julien Gauthier has drawn well-deserved comparisons to current NHLer Rick Nash. He has an imposing frame, dazzling puck skills, and the drive to win. Learns from his past mistakes and implements new strategies to counteract them. [EliteProspects 2016]
“Gauthier is the prototype power forward who skates well, plays with an edge and can score,” Dan Marr, NHL Director of Central Scouting said. “He’s continuing to grow as a player and has tremendous upside. It’s not often you have the combination of skating, skills and physical assets that are capable of finding ways to contribute.” (Mike. F Morreale, NHL.com article November 24th, 2015)
Nephew of former NHLer Denis Gauthier.

#22 – C Alex DeBrincat – (Up 2 Spots)
5’7″ 165 lbs
Born: 1997-12-18 (USA – Farmington Hills, Michigan)
2015-16 Stats
Erie Otters (OHL) GP 60, G 51, A 50, PTS 101, PIM 28
Erie Otters (OHL-Playoffs) GP 13, G 8, A 11, PTS 19, PIM 13
USA (WJC) GP 5, G 1, A 0, PTS 1, PIM 25
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on Erie Otters Website
Scouting Report: DeBrincat is a small player with a dynamic skill set. He is a pure sniper, scoring over 50 goals in two straight years in the OHL. He is very undersized, but can be very nasty to play against and shies away from no one. He had to deal with injuries at the 2016 World Junior Championship, but that did not hamper his production when he returned to the OHL. He skates well and is very effective around the net. He is hard to contain for such a small player, and has great chemistry with anyone he plays with. A decade player in the OHL. (Tyler Parchem, EP 2016)
“DeBrincat will be one of the more intriguing prospects scouted this year,” said Dan Marr, Director of NHL Central Scouting. “He has an obvious and unique skill set which combines well with his tenacity to score. While his size is not an asset, it’s not affected him from being able to consistently generate offence for his team.” (Mike G. Morreale, NHL.com article September 29th, 2015)

#23 – LW Riley Tufte – (Down 1)
6’5″ 212 lbs
Born: 1998-04-10 (USA – Ham Lake, Minnesota)
2015-16 Stats
Blaine High (USHS) GP 25, G 47, A 31, PTS 78, PIM 53
Blaine High (USHS-Playoffs) GP 2, G 2, A 5, PTS 7, PIM 0
Fargo Force (USHL) GP 27, G 10, A 4, PTS 14, PIM 30
Team Red (USA-S17) GP 5, G 0, A 7, PTS 7, PIM 4
Team USA (Hlinka Memorial) GP 4, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 2
Committed to University of Minnesota-Duluth (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season
Elite Prospect LinkPlayer Profile on USHL Website
Scouting Report: “The 2014 No. 1-overall pick in the USHL draft. Playing in high school now, headed to Minnesota-Duluth.” (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, December 17, 2015)
“Will finish the year in the USHL with Fargo after his high school season ends this season. Drawing Nick Bjugstad comparisons.” (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, February 19th, 2016)

#24 – C Brett Howden – (Up 9 Spots)
6’2″ 190 lbs
Born: 1998-03-29 (Canada – Calgary, Alberta)
2015-16 Stats
Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) GP 68, G 24, A 40, PTS 64, PIM 61
Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL-Playoffs) GP 10, G 4, A 11, PTS 15, PIM 4
Canada (WJC-U18) GP 6, G 5, A 3, PTS 8, PIM 8
Team Red (U18-Dev) GP 3, G 1, A 2, PTS 3, PIM 2
Canada U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 4, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 4
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: “Team Canada’s captain at the summer Ivan Hlinka tourney plays a 200-foot game.” (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, October 14, 2015)
A good skating center who can be a solid offensive contributor. Smart, good puck skills and very difficult to deter because he makes his size work to his advantage. Can make plays in tight or on the rush, and can start them or finish them. (Craig Button, tsn.ca, November 2014)
A two-way forward who uses his large frame to his advantage standing in front of the net screening the goalie and collecting rebounds. Will battle hard in front and in the corners with a real physical edge. He won’t drop the gloves but plays a game that suits his size. Has a real long reach that he uses to protect the puck. Has shown much improved play in the defensive zone over the season and is a real mature puck distributor. Skating needs some work and he needs to remember to keep his feet moving away from the puck. Howden has all the tools NHL teams look for in a high draft pick and he most likely will play in the NHL but how much he can contribute on a consistent basis is the question
(Marhsall Mackinder, hockeynow.ca, April 2016)
Brother of Current Florida Panthers Forward Quinton Howden.

#25 – C/LW Rasmus Asplund – (Down 2 Spot)
5’10.25″ 176 lbs
Born: 1997-12-03 (Sweden – Filipstad)
2015-16 Stats
Farjestad KB (SHL) GP 46, G 4, A 8, PTS 12, PIM 16
Farjestad KB (SHL-Playoffs) GP 3, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Sweden (WJC) GP 7, G 3, A 2, PTS 5, PIM 6
Sweden U20 (Int-Jr.-All) GP 16, G 5, A 4, PTS 9, PIM 4
Elite Prospect LinkPlayer Profile on Farjestad KB Website
Scouting Report: One of Sweden’s better players at the world juniors, Asplund centered the second line with Alexander Nylander (2016) and Dmytro Timashov (Toronto) on his wings. That unit played more like the first line, leading the Tre Kronor in scoring with 21 points in seven games. Coach Rikard Gronborg loved Asplund’s smarts and all-around game and despite being one of the youngest on the squad, Asplund almost made the team last year. Asplund is in his second SHL season with Farjestad and has already doubled his offensive output year over year. And while seven points in 31 games doesn’t sound like much, it’s good for top-12 amongst junior-aged players in Sweden’s best circuit. The top-rated Swede in Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings, Asplund will also be a crucial part of Sweden’s world junior squad next year, when the Tre Kronor try to erase consecutive fourth-place finishes. (Ryan Kennedy, The Hockey News, January 26, 2016 Article)

#26 – D Logan Stanley – (Up 1 Spot)
6’7″ 225 lbs
Born: 1998-05-26 (Canada – Kitchener, Ontario)
2015-16 Stats
Windsor Spitfires (OHL) GP 64, G 5, A 12, PTS 17, PIM 103
Windsor Spitfires (OHL-Playoffs) GP 5, G 1, A 0, PTS 1, PIM 16
Canada (WJC-U18) GP 7, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 12
Elite Prospect Link  – Roster Page on Windsor Spitfires Website
Scouting Report: Stanley is a huge two way defenceman. He loves to play physical and clear the crease, but also can chip in offensively when needed. He has become a nasty player that the other team dreads whenever he is on the ice. Very few players can match him physically due his monster 6’6 frame, and he uses this to his advantage every game. He is a very consistent player who’s offensive game improved as the year went on. He looked very good in a first round series loss to the Kitchener Rangers in the 2016 OHL Playoffs (Tyler Parchem, EP 2016)
One OHL exec says he’s the most improved player in the OHL. Has a mean streak and is very competitive. (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, December 17, 2015)
“Plays tough against small players, tough against big players,” said one scout. Just keeps rising in the eyes of scouts. (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, February 19th, 2016)

#27 – C/RW Pascal Laberge – (Down 1 Spot)
6’1″ 174 lbs
Born: 1998-04-09 (Canada – Chateauguay, Quebec)
2015-16 Stats
Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL) GP 56, G 23, 45 A, 68 PTS, 64 PIM
Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL-Playoffs) GP 5, G 3, 2 A, 5 PTS, 6 PIM
Canada (WJC-18) GP 7, G 2, A 2, PTS 4, PIM 4
Team White (U18-Dev) GP 3, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Pascal Laberge is a tough and spirited two-way forward with a high level of hockey sense. Hunts for turnovers and causes havoc whenever he is on the ice. Uses his size well to shield the puck, exert physical force, and win board battles. Has a good set of goal-scorer’s hands, but tends to use them more to pass than anything. All-in-all, an efficient, yet exciting, two-way forward with potential to develop into a playmaking goal scorer. (Curtis Joe, EP 2014)

#28 – W Vitali Abramov – (Up 3 Spots)
5’9″ 174 lbs
Born: 1998-05-08 (Russia – Chelyabinsk)
2015-16 Stats
Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL) GP 63, G 38, A 55, PTS 93, PIM 36
Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL-Playoffs) GP 10, G 7, A 6, PTS 13, PIM 8
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: – Abramov has proven to be a consistent scorer and offensive threat. While Abramov is small by pro standards, his high-end skill set and skating ability will allow him to be an effective player at higher levels. A dynamic offensive player who possesses excellent vision and offensive creativity. Has a wide array of moves, dekes and toe-drags with explosive acceleration and a high-end top gear. (Peter Harling, Dobberprospects.com February 2016)

#29 – LW Boris Katchouk – (Up 9 Spots)
6’1.25″ 190 lbs
Born: 1998-06-18 (Canada – Vancouver, British Columbia)
2015-16 Stats
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) GP 63, G 24, A 27, PTS 51, PIM 61
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL-Playoffs) GP 12, G 6, A 4, PTS 10, PIM 4
Canada (WJC-U18) GP 5, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 8
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Katchouk is a well rounded forward with decent size and good offensive instincts. He does everything well, but not one thing great. He has a good speed and generates a good amount of offense, he is not overly physical, but will also not shy away. He had a coming out party on a young Greyhounds team and played consistently well all season long. He had a very good first round series against the Sarnia Sting, in what was a huge upset. (Tyler Parchem, EP 2016)

#30 – G Carter Hart – (Up 6 Spots)
6’1″ 180 lbs
Born: 1998-08-13 (Canada – Edmonton, Alberta)
2015-16 Stats
Everett Slvertips (WHL) GP 63, GAA 2.14 , SV% .918
Everett Slvertips (WHL-Playoffs) GP 6, GAA 2.39, SV% .929
Team Red (U18-Dev) GP 3, GAA 2.61 SV% .929
Canada U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 2, GAA 1.50, SV% .903
WHL All-Stars (Jr Super Series) GP 1, GAA 6.16, SV% .667
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: With a 6-foot-1, 170-pound frame, Hart is by no means undersized in the blue paint, but he is a couple of inches shorter than most goalies who elicit attention from NHL scouts. He is well aware of the slight concern over his height, as he’s made adjustments in his game to complement his size.“I have to come out to the top of the crease to cut down angles,” he says. “I also have to be quicker and have the legs to adjust quickly to a play. There are adjustments here and there that I have to make.” (Kelly Friesen, Yahoo Sports, October 2015)
“He’s very poised, patient and calm in the net,” Central Scouting’s Al Jensen said. “He doesn’t get rattled, has an excellent butterfly and seals the ice well with his pads. He can keep his body upright to protect the upper corners, has a good glove hand and good rebound control.” Everett goaltender Carter Hart not only shares the same jersey number as Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals, but the same sports psychologist. ( Mike G. Morreale , NHL.com, April 2016)
Hart has quickly established himself as one of the top young goalies in the WHL this season. His lightning quick glove hand and quick side-to-side movements frustrate his opponents. He steps up in big situations and doesn’t just makes that one big save but shifts the momentum in his teams favour with his confidence. He is a confident butterfly goalie who gets real low to cut off more of an angle while keeping himself looking big.
(Marshall Mackinder, hockeynow.ca, January 2016)

#31 – LW Tyler Benson – (Down 1 Spot)
5’11.5″ 197 lbs
Born: 1998-03-15 (Canada – Edmonton, Alberta)
2015-16 Stats
Vancouver Giants (WHL) GP 30, G 9, A 19, PTS 28, PIM 46
Team White (U18-Dev) GP 3, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 0
Canada U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 4, G 1, A 4, PTS 4, PIM 0
Elite Prospect LinkPlayer Profile on Vancouver Giants Website
Scouting Report: “He reminds so much of Jamie Benn at the same age,” said Craig Button, the TSN commentator, former NHL GM in Calgary and scouting guru. “Tyler can make plays off the wing or score off the wing, and guys like him are rare. He thinks the game at such a high pace, and that translates when you can make plays, when everything around you is busy.” “For the most part, Tyler’s been our best player … you don’t like to say that about a 16-year-old, but he’s been that guy,” said Giants general manager Scott Bonner, “He kills penalties, he leads us in hits, and we have a guy doing Corsi and his puck-possession numbers are the best with those NHL stats,” said Bonner. “He’s more physically mature than most 16-year-olds.” “Tyler has huge legs and a huge trunk,” said Bonner. “He’s not a pretty skater, per se, but he’s quick and powerful.” (Jim Matheson, Edmonton Journal, Articlal, November 20th, 2014)
He’s a very smart player who is capable of seeing opportunity and taking advantage. A rarity in that he can score goals off the wing or make plays off the wing. Gets involved physically and is a determined competitor who uses well in multiple areas. (Craig Button, tsn.ca, November 2014)

#32 – C/RW Tage Thompson – (Down 7 Spots)
6’5.5″ 196 lbs
Born: 1997-10-30 (USA – Oyster Bay, New York) American-Canadian Dual Citizen
2015-16 Stats
University of Connecticut Huskies (NCAA) GP 38, G 14, A 18, PTS 32, PIM 12
Elite Prospect LinkPlayer Profile on USA Hockey Website for 2015 U18 – Player Profile on University of Connecticut Huskies Website
Scouting Report: Has a big shot and is scoring scoring as a freshman with the Huskies. Father Brent was a second-round pick by L.A. in ’89. He played 15 pro seasons. (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, February 19th, 2016)

#33 – D Dennis Cholowski – (Up 4 Spots)
6’1″ 178 lbs
Born: 1998-02-15 (Canada – Langley, British Columbia)
2015-16 Stats
Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL) GP 59, G 12, A 28, PTS 40, PIM 16
Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL-Playoffs) GP 20, G 4, A 11, PTS 15, PIM 4
Canada West U19 (WJAC-19) GP 4, G 0, A 2, PTS 2, PIM 0
Committed to St. Cloud State University (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season.
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Cholowski’s Head Coach Jason Tatarnic says, “I know Jost and Fabbro have received a lot of attention, but I don’t mind blurting out that there are some teams who are giving Cholowski as much attention as Fabbro.” There’s no debate, though, that Cholowski is a compelling prospect. He played spring hockey growing up under former Vancouver Canuck Cliff Ronning. He’s committed to St. Cloud State, a Minnesota-based NCAA program where he plans to study engineering. “He’s a smooth skater, his hockey IQ is extremely high and he has a competitive edge to him,” said Tatarnic. “And what you see if far from the finished product.” (STEVE EWEN, THE PROVINCE, January 2016)

#34 – G Filip Gustavsson – (Up 15 Spots)
6’1.5″ 190 lbs
Born: 1998-06-07 (Sweden – Skelleftea)
2015-16 Stats
Lulea HF J20 (SuperElit) GP 20, GAA 3.22, SV% .893
Lulea HF J20 (SuperElit-Playoffs) GP 1, GAA 3.00, SV% .870
Lulea HF(SHL) GP 6, GAA 2.17, SV% .910
Lulea HF(SHL-Playoffs) GP 1, GAA 0.00, SV% 1.000
Lulea HF (Champions HL) – Backup Only
Sweden (WJC-U18) GP 5, GAA 2.70, SV% .906
Sweden U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 5, GAA 2.11, SV% .930
Sweden U18 (Int-Jr All) GP 15, GAA 2.19, SV% .920
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Sweden got a huge boost when Gustavsson arrived for the under-18s and he has proven to be a great international performer in the past. Big, fast and structured, he’ll be one of the top netminders available this summer. (Ryan Kennedy, thehockeynews.com, April 2016)

#35 – D Kale Clague – (Down 3 Spots)
5’11.75” 183 lbs
Born: 1998-06-05 (Canada – Regina, Saskatchewan)
2015-16 Stats
Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) GP 71, G 6, A 37, PTS 43, PIM 54
Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL-Playoffs) GP 21, G 6, A 8, PTS 14, PIM 8
Brandon Wheat Kings (Memorial Cup) GP 3, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 2
Team White (U18-Dev) GP 3, G 0, A 2, PTS 2, PIM 0
Canada U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 4, G 1, A 0, PTS 1, PIM 2
WHL All-Stars (Jr Super Series) GP 2, G 1, A 0, PTS 1, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: An offensive defenseman in nature, Clague is a tantalizing blend of speed, cunning, and craftiness. Very smooth skater that is mobile at a professional level. Great vision and is able to control plays with the puck on his stick. Creative passer. Will need to work on his shot and consistency moving forward, but has the undeniable raw skills and fundamental attributes of a puck-moving offensive defenseman. All-in-all, a highly skilled defenseman that has the potential to be a proficient producer from the back end. (Curtis Joe, EP 2015)
“Canada’s best defenceman at the Ivan Hlinka summer showcase is silky smooth on the back end.” (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, October 14, 2015)
Clague is an exceptionally smart defenseman who combines vision and creativity to be dangerous anywhere on the ice. Outstanding puck skills and the puck moves to advantageous positions. Great anticipation and is a catalyst in transition. (Craig Button, tsn.ca, November 2014)

#36 – C Sam Steel – (Up 7 Spots)
5’11” 178 lbs
Born: 1998-02-03 (Canada – Edmonton, Alberta)
2015-16 Stats
Regina Pats (WHL) GP 72, G 23, A 47, PTS 70, PIM 24
Regina Pats (WHL-Playoffs) GP 12, G 6, A 10, PTS 16, PIM 4
Team White (U18-Dev) GP 3, G 1, A 0, PTS 1, PIM 2
Canada U18 (Hlinka) GP 4, G 1, A 2, PTS 3, PIM 2
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Steel is an outstanding skater who uses well in so many ways. His speed is threatening and he knows how to use it to keep defenders off balance. He’s quick and able to get free in tight spots. Smart and makes good plays at high speed so a difficult player to keep in check. (Craig Button, tsn.ca, November 2014)

#37 – RW/C Jordan Kyrou – (Up 7 Spots)
6’0″ 170 lbs
Born: 1998-05-08 (Canada – Toronto, Ontario)
2015-16 Stats
Sarnia Sting (OHL) GP 65, G 17, A 34, PTS 51, PIM 14
Sarnia Sting (OHL-Playoffs) GP 7, G 1, A 6, PTS 7, PIM 2
Canada U18 (WJC-18) GP 7, G 5, A 3, PTS 8, PIM 0
Canada U18 (Hlinka) GP 4, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 4
Team Red (U18-Dev) GP 3, G 1, A 0, PTS 1, PIM 0
OHL All-Stars (Jr. Super Series) GP 1, G 1, A 0, PTS 1, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A highly mobile transitional two-way playmaker that always looks poised and reads the game well. A strong skater that moves with a natural ease and accelerates with purpose and drive. Defensively looks to block passing lanes and battle for puck possession. Transitions to offence tremendously well and is very dangerous with the puck. Displays excellent puck control and has a quick release on his shot. His forte is his ability to make plays, as his creativity and hockey sense seem to take over on the attack. All-in-all, a hard-working two-way player that can be relied upon in all situations to make a positive difference. [Curtis Joe, EliteProspects 2016]

#38 – D Libor Hajek – (Down 4 Spots)
6’1.5″ 196 lbs
Born: 1998-02-04 (Czech Rep. – Smrcek)
2015-16 Stats
Saskatoon Blades (WHL) GP 69, G 3, A 23, PTS 26, PIM 76
Czech (WJC-U18) GP 5, G 0, A 2, PTS 2, PIM 6
Czech (Hlinka Memoria) GP 4, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 4
Czech (Int-Jr) GP 1, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 2
Elite Prospect LinkPlayer Profile on Saskatoon Blades Website
Scouting Report: “The second pick of 2015 the CHL Import Draft is a big, physical blueliner” (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, October 14, 2015)
“He’s a very good skater who offers lots of risk and reward.” (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, November 18th, 2015)

#39 – LW Carl Grundstrom – (Up 2 Spots)
5’11.5″ 195 lbs
Born: 1997-12-01 (Sweden – Umea)
2015-16 Stats
Modo Hockey (SHL) GP 49, G 7, A 9, PTS 16, PIM 53
Modo Hockey (SHL-Relegation) GP 7, G 1, A 3, PTS 4, PIM 6
Sweden (WJC-U20) GP 7, G 1, A 0, PTS 1, PIM 6
Sweden (Int-Jr) GP 13, G 3, A 4, PTS 7, PIM 10
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Got good exposure at WJC. He’s a strong skater who was trusted enough to kill penalties for Tre Kronor.
(Damien Cox, Sportsnet Top 30, January 2016)

#40 – F Taylor Raddysh – (Down 12 Spots)
6’1.5″ 203 lbs
Born: 1998-02-18 (Canada – Toronto, Ontario)
2015-16 Stats
Erie Otters (OHL) GP 67, G 24, A 49, PTS 73, PIM 18
Erie Otters (OHL-Playoffs) GP 12, G 4, A 6, PTS 10, PIM 2
OHL All-Stars (Jr Super Series) GP 1, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 2
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Raddysh is strong on the puck, protects it well and reads plays well. He is strong on his skates and difficult to knock off the puck but lacks acceleration, top speed or elite mobility. Raddysh plays a heavy game and is aggressive on the forecheck, delivers hard hits, is a force both in front of the goal and along the wall in board battles. Raddysh has made significant strides in his offensive game with a breakout season seeing his point totals jump from 27 in his rookie season to 73 in his draft year with the Erie Otters. Skating is average but adequate and will need to improve to succeed at the NHL level. Raddysh may not have top six NHL upside, but he plays an all-around game, has size and strength to be effective in a power forward role with low risk. (Dobberprospects.com)

#41 – C Will Bitten – (Down 2 Spots)
5’10” 168 lbs
Born: 1998-07-10 (Canada – Ottawa, Ontario)
2015-16 Stats
Flint Generals (OHL) GP 67, G 30, A 35, PTS 65, PIM 32
Canada (WJC-U18) GP 7, G 3, A 5, PTS 8, PIM 2
Team White (U18-Dev) GP 3, G 2, A 1, PTS 3, PIM 0
Canada U18 (Hlinka) GP 4, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 0
OHL All-Stars GP 1, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A smart offensive catalyst that consistently displays outstanding work ethic, elite hockey sense, and an ability to stay ahead of the play in all three zones. Very naturally gifted skater that moves around the ice with ease. Excels in pressure situations and uses his vision to predict where the puck is going to be, and proactively gets his body into a position where he can either take it away or take off up the ice. Offensively, he has a very creative streak, and knows what kinds of plays he can make in all situations; he also has an exceptional release on his shot, which he can get off quickly. Defensively, he is a buzzsaw that will not let up on the opposition, creating problems for them by causing turnovers and playing strong positionally. Will Bitten has all of the tools to become a very dangerous two-way forward that can produce strong numbers at the next level. [EP]

#42 – D Lucas Johansen – (Down 2 Spot)
6’1.75″ 176 lbs
Born: 1997-11-16 (Canada – Port Moody, British Columbia)
2015-16 Stats
Kelowna Rockets (WHL) GP 69, G 10, A 39, PTS 49, PIM 20
Kelowna Rockets (WHL-Playoffs) GP 18, G 2, A 6, PTS 8, PIM 8
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Here’s NHL Central Scouting’s report on Johansen: “Good size and strength, developing into a solid two-way defenceman. Good hands and puck skills to mange the play at the offensive blue line. Excellent short game and passer, good shot from the point. Effective game with and without the puck.” (STEVE THE PROVINCE, January 2016)
Younger Brother of Nashville Predators Center Ryan Johansen.

#43 – C Dillon Dube – (Down 14 Spots)
5’10.5″ 183 lbs
Born: 1998-07-20 (Canada – Golden, British Columbia)
2015-16 Stats
Kelowna Rockets (WHL) GP 65, G 26, A 40, PTS 66, PIM 50
Kelowna Rockets (WHL-Playoffs) GP 18, G 2, A 5, PTS 7, PIM 16
Team White (U18-Dev) GP 3, G 1, A 0, PTS 1, PIM 2
Canada U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 4, G 1, A 2, PTS 3, PIM 2
Elite Prospect LinkPlayer Profile on Kelowna Rockets Website
Scouting Report: “Small, quick forward. Part of the Rockets’ Memorial Cup final squad last year.” (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, October 15,2015)
“Some see him as a similar prospect to Travis Konecny.” (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, November 18th, 2015)
Dube is just another product of a successful corps of young forwards coming up through Kelowna. Winning is in his blood and he will do whatever it takes to win. A key penalty killer on the team, he will sacrifice his body blocking shots and then transit in his game to offense by using his breakaway speed out of the neutral zone. He will take face offs in the defensive zone and set up the play using real good offensive instincts. Has success from in close and in the slot. Creates a lot of turnovers and uses his speed effectively. A real, hard shot – he likes to shoot from the circles. (Marhsall Mackinder, hockeynow.ca, February 2016)

#44 – C/LW Jonathan Dahlen – (Up 1 Spot)
5’11” 176 lbs
Born: 1997-12-20 (Sweden – Ostersund)
2015-16 Stats
Timra IK (Allsvenskan) GP 51, G 15, A 14, PTS 29, PIM 9
Timra IK (Allsvenskan-Qualification) GP 5, G 6, A 1, PTS 7, PIM 2
Timra IK J20 (SuperElit) GP 3, G 2, A 1, PTS 3, PIM 0
Timra IK J20 (SuperElit-Relegation) GP 2, G 2, A 3, PTS 5, PIM 0
Sweden U19 (Int-Jr) GP 4, G 1, A 2, PTS 3, PIM 2
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Jon Dahlen son of former NHLer Ulf Dahlen, is like his now coaching father, a tricky and agile forward. Special are his offensive instincts and it seems he’s got a good bit of his father’s trickiness. (Chapin Landvogt, April 2015, hockeysfuture.com)

#45 – D Samuel Girard – (Down 10 Spots)
5’10” 161 lbs
Born: 1998-05-12 (Canada – Roberval, Quebec)
2015-16 Stats
Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL) GP 67, G 10, A 64, PTS 74, PIM 10
Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL-Playoffs) GP 21, G 2, A 20, PTS 22, PIM 4
Team Red (U18-Dev) GP 3, G 0, A 2, PTS 2, PIM 0
Canada U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 4, G 1, A 0, PTS 1, PIM 0
QMJHL All-Stars (Jr Super Series) GP 2, G 0, A 3, PTS 3, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A flashy offensive defenceman that takes advantage of opportunities and is always looking to make an impact each shift. Works very hard and isn’t afraid to play the body. Skates with exceptional exuberance and fluidity. Accurate release on his shot and a good eye for open passing lanes. Proactive defensively and puts the pressure on the opposition. Needs to have a more active stick and a more felt presence in shooting lanes, but he has shown a willingness to learn, and these skills will develop. All-in-all, an exciting offensive defenceman who displays noteworthy offensive and defensive instincts. (Curtis Joe, EP 2015)

#46 – RW/C Nathan Bastian – (Down 4 Spots)
6’4.5″ 207 lbs
Born: 1997-12-06 (Canada – Kitchener, Ontario)
2015-16 Stats
Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) GP 64, G 19, A 40, PTS 59, PIM 50
Mississauga Steelheads (OHL-Playoffs) GP 5, G 0, A 4, PTS 4, PIM 0
OHL All-Stars (Jr Super Series) GP 1, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link – Player Profile on Mississauga Steelheads Website
Scouting Report: “Mississauga has been able to stockpile quite a collection of prospects for both the 2016 and 2017 NHL draft class,” Dan Marr, NHL Director of Central Scouting said. “Second-year players McLeod and Bastian continue to develop and contribute while establishing themselves as first-round considerations. Nylander is excelling on the smaller North American ice and the three of these players give Mississauga a uniqueness of having a line of first-round prospects.” (Mike. F Morreale, NHL.com article November 24th, 2015)
“He’s going to have to work on different parts of his game. He’s going to have to get stronger physically. He’s going to have to improve his skating. He’s going to have to improve all facets of his game to be a pro. But he wants it. So his character will push him above some of those other guys.” Steelheads assistant coach James Richmond said. “He’s learning how and when to make certain plays.”  Bastian is the perfect sidekick for the scoring duo of Nylander and McLeod. “He’s the muscle for those two big guys” Richmond said of Bastian. Future Considerations Hockey director of scouting Dan Stewart says. “I really like the game that Bastian plays as he is that big, imposing winger that can complement skilled linemates well,” “Some are bred to play the piano and some are bred to move it. On that Steelheads top line with Nylander and McLeod, he is the piano mover.” Stewart counts Bastian’s offensive skills around the net, penalty-killing acumen and the decisions he makes on the ice as strengths. Becoming more reliable from shift to shift will only help his chances of reaching the NHL. “If he works on adding more strength and being more consistent in his efforts, he could be a real solid addition to an NHL roster a few seasons down the road.”  (Daniel Nugent-Bowman, Buzzing The Net, Yahoo.ca, January 27, 2016)
Bastian is a forward with great size who performs well in all aspects of the game. He has a good shot and can dish the puck as well as any in the OHL. He could benefit from getting a little meaner, but has shown vast improvement throughout his OHL career. He is a good skater for such a large player. Some have compared him to a James Van Riemsdyk. He should be considered a legitimate NHL prospect. (Tyler Parchem, EP 2016)

#47 – D Markus Niemelainen – (Down 1 Spot)
6’6″ 205 lbs
Born: 1998-06-08 (Finland – Kuopio)
2015-16 Stats
Saginaw Spirit (OHL) GP 65, G 1, A 26, PTS 27, PIM 28
Saginaw Spirit (OHL-Playoffs) GP 4, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Finland (WJC-U18) GP 7, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 6
Finland U18 (Hlinka) GP 5, G 0, A 2, PTS 2, PIM 6
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A complete all-around defenceman that makes the game look easy. Natural size and strength compliment his smooth stride. Very mobile skater who moves up and down the ice quickly, with acute recognition of puck and body position. His maturity and poise is actualized in his high-percentage decision-making, with and without the puck, as well as his proactive stick and body play. Very stable defensively and always takes his lane, but is quick to rush the puck up the ice as he recognizes and accounts for how much time his team is spending in their own end. All-in-all, a quick-thinking defenceman that, honestly lacking nothing, has the potential to develop into a reliable two-way defenceman. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)
A very confident four-way skater who is a natural skating defender. Tall and lanky with a long reach and an active stick defending, and uses that reach to break up passes. Very poised with the puck on his stick and can maneuver away from forecheckers. Makes long stretch passes right on the tape and makes it look effortless. Plays a stay-at-home game and does a good job holding his line. Clears his net well and gives his goaltender a clear look at the puck. Doesn’t get too involved in the offence and doesn’t shoot much but will play special teams and keep the puck moving. Shows no panic in his game and has the potential to be a solid shutdown defenceman at the next level.
(Marhsall Mackinder, hockeynow.ca, April 2016)

#48 – D Ryan Lindgren – (New to List)
5’11.75″ 203 lbs
Born: 1998-02-11 (USA – Minneapolis, Minnesota)
2015-16 Stats
USNTDP Juniors (USHL) GP 25, G 4, A 8, PTS 12, PIM 16
US National U18 Team (USHL) GP 61, G 6, A 19, PTS 25, PIM 50
USA U18 (WJC-18) GP 7, G 2, A 3, PTS 5, PIM 4
Committed to University of Minnesota (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season.
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: “Highly Competitive and in the battle. Doesn’t give in and makes opponents work for everything they gain. Will jump into the play and has underrated offensive capability.” (TSN Draft Centre Bob McKenzie’s Final Rankings )
His older brother Charlie Lindgren is a goaltender who signed an entry level deal as free agent with the Montreal Canadiens after a successful NCAA career at St. Cloud State University. Charlie ended up playing one NHL game with the Canadiens before the season was NHL regular season was complete posting a .929 save percentage and letting in only two goals.

#49 -C/LW Janne Kuokkanen – (Down 1 Spot)
6’1″ 179 lbs
Born: 1998-05-25 (Finland – Oulunsalo)
2015-16 Stats
Karpat U20 (Jr. A SM-Liiga) GP 47, G 22, A 31, PTS 53, PIM 53
Karpat U20 (Playoffs) GP 3, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 2
Karpat U18 (Jr. B Sm-sarja-Playoffs) GP 5, G 1, A 4, PTS 5, PIM 0
Karpat (SM-Liiga) GP 1, G 2, A 0, PTS 2, PIM 0
Hokki (Mestis) GP 1, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 2
Finland (WJC-U18) GP 7, G 3, A 4, PTS 7, PIM 4
Finland U18 (Hlinka) GP 5, G 0, A 6, PTS 6, PIM 4
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A playmaker that distributes the puck well, Kuokkanen brings clever offensive awareness and timing. – Marco Bombino, overtheboards.com
Kuokkanen is very smart player with high hockey IQ and smooth hands. He understands the game very well and can control the pace of the play even against grown men or top international competition. He isn’t overly physical but is not afraid of contact either. – Miika Arponen, Finnish scout
Kuokkanen has the potential to become a smart offensive player who uses his high Hockey IQ, good decision making and strong passing skills to setup plays. (Dennis Schellenberg, thehockeywriters.com, April 2016)

#50 – D Adam Fox – (New to List)
5’10.75″ 185 lbs
Born: 1998-02-17 (USA – Jericho, New York)
2015-16 Stats
USNTDP Juniors (USHL) GP 25, G 5, A 17, PTS 22, PIM 2
USA U18 (WJC-18) GP 7, G 1, A 8, PTS 9, PIM 0
Committed to Harvard University (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: “Heady player who has a saavy about him when playing. Takes on the challenges but finds ways to play to his strengths. Excellent puck play and creates opportunities.” (TSN Draft Centre Bob McKenzie’s Final Rankings )

#51 – G Tyler Parsons – (New to List)
6’1” 184 lbs
Born: 1997-09-18 (USA – Chesterfield, Michigan)
2015-16 Stats
London Knights (OHL) GP 49, GAA 2.33, SV% .921
London Knights (OHL-Playoffs) GP 18, GAA 2.15, SV% .925
London Knights (Memorial Cup) GP 4, GAA 1.78, SV% .942
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: “He wins and finds ways to make saves. He has a different style, but is competitive and very good at reading plays and adjusting accordingly. He does what he has to do to stop the puck.” (TSN Draft Centre Bob McKenzie’s Final Rankings )

#52 – G Evan Fitzpatrick – (Up 4 Spots)
6’2″ 203 lbs
Born: 1998-01-28 (Canada – St. John’s, Newfoundland)
2015-16 Stats
Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL) GP 54, GAA 3.42, SV% .896
Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL-Playoffs) GP 5, GAA 3.41, SV% .920
Canada (WJC-U18) GP 5, GAA 3.17, SV% .895
Team Red (U18-Dev) GP 3, GAA 3.94, SV% .854
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A massive goaltender who takes up a lot of space in the net. Athletic and extremely mobile in his net. He needs to have confidence in coming out and playing at the top of his crease rather than staying deep in his net and not challenging shooters. Really battles traffic in front of the net and struggles to find the puck. Has had his share of really good games and some really bad ones. If he can find the value in himself, he can be an extremely good goaltender. His size and mobility are keeping him in the talks but is still working his way to the top of Draft eligible goaltenders. (Marhsall Mackinder, hockeynow.ca, February 2016)

#53 – C/LW Adam Mascherin – (New to List)
5’9″ 193 lbs
Born: 1998-06-06 (Canada – Toronto, Ontario)
2015-16 Stats
Kitchener Rangers (OHL) GP 65, G 35, A 46, PTS 81, PIM 16
Kitchener Rangers (OHL-Playoffs) GP 9, G 6, A 6, PTS 12, PIM 0
Team Red (U18-Dev) GP 3, G 0, A 3, PTS 3, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Prolific scoring winger who combines an exceedingly high work ethic with speed, skill, and a mature approach to the game to overcome size differentials. An intense competitor with a booming shot, Masherin finds ways to score by outworking the opposition. He may not be the tallest player on the ice, but he isn’t a lightweight either. He plays a fast, heavy game and isn’t afraid to battle against tougher opponents. All-in-all, a lightning rod kind of player who will exceed expectations and bring energy to the game with each shift. (Curtis Joe, EP 2015)

#54 – C/RW Cliff Pu – (Down 2 Spots)
6’1″ 187 lbs
Born: 1998-06-03 (Canada – North York, Ontario)
2015-16 Stats
London Knights (OHL) GP 63, G 12, A 19, PTS 31, PIM 24
London Knights (OHL-Playoffs) GP 18, G 8, A 5, PTS 13, PIM 6
London Knights (Memorial Cup) GP 4, G 1, A 2, PTS 3, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A fast player with nice vision and good size, Pu looks to Jeff Carter as an NHL role model and the youngster has been a high-rising prospect thanks to his second half, which saw him tally eight points in his final eight regular season games. “I like to use my speed and find my teammates,” he said. “But it’s all about the team and whatever I need to do, I’m down for it.” (Ryan Kennedy, thehockeynews.com, April 2016)

#55 – D Luke Green – (Down 5 Spots)
6’1″ 185 lbs
Born: 1998-01-12 (Canada – Halifax, Nova Scotia)
2015-16 Stats
Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) GP 61, G 10, A 25, PTS 35, PIM 29
Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL-Playoffs) GP 13, G 1, A 2, PTS 3, PIM 14
Team White (U18-Dev) GP 3, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 4
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: An excellent offensive defenceman whose killer instincts in the offensive zone allow him to materialize scoring chances. Very shifty skater who is highly mobile. Good puckhandling ability and puck control; makes quick decisions with the puck in traffic and under pressure. Reliable defensively, but is much more effective when utilizing his offensive tools at the other end of the ice. All-in-all, a smart, smooth-skating defenceman who can play in most situations and excel in an offensive position. (Curtis Joe, EP 2015)
Dynamic skating defenceman who will push the pace and jump into the attack. Good awareness and makes good plays from the defensive zone and in the offensive zone and plays with confidence. (Craig Button, tsn.ca, November 2014)
Teammates with twin brother Matt Green on Saint John Sea Dogs.

#56 – C Trent Frederic – (New to List)
6’1.75′ ” 204 lbs
Born: 1998-02-11 (USA – St. Louis, Missouri)
2015-16 Stats
USNTDP Juniors (USHL) GP 23, G 4, A 10, PTS 14, PIM 23
US National U18 Team (USDP) GP 61, G 20, A 20, PTS 40, PIM 73
USA U18 (WJC-18) GP 7, G 4, A 3, PTS 7, PIM 4
Committed to University of Wisconsin (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season.
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: “Plays a heavy game wand will lean on opponents and make life uncomfortable for them. Very good awareness and knows how to play both sides of puck. Skating can improve but pace is fine.” (TSN Draft Centre Bob McKenzie’s Final Rankings )

#57 – C/LW Cameron Morrison – (Down 3 Spots)
6’2.5″ 209 lbs
Born: 1998-08-27 (Canada – East York, Ontario)
2015-16 Stats
Youngstown Phantoms (USHL) GP 60, G 34, A 32, PTS 66, PIM 42
Canada (WJC-U18) GP 7, G 1, A 3, PTS 4, PIM 0
Team Red (U18-Dev) GP 3, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 2
Committed to University of Notre Dame (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season.
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A big, strong all-around player that thinks the game at a high level and executes plays with purpose and drive. Accelerates well and has no issues getting around the ice with haste; transition game will need some tweaks. Very good vision and puck skills, and has the size to make a difference driving to the net and causing havoc for the opposition’s defence. Defensively sound, using his size to his advantage along the boards and getting his stick in place to deflect passes out of harm’s way. Moving forward, Morrison will have every opportunity to develop into a smart power forward that can play in all situations and make it difficult on the opposition. [EP]

#58 – D Filip Hronek – (New to List)
6’0” 163 lbs
Born: 1997-11-02 (Czech Rep. – Hradec Kralove)
2015-16 Stats
HK Hradec Kralove (Czech) GP 40, G 0, A 4, PTS 4, PIM 22
HC Litomerice (Czech2) GP 12, G 2, A 2, PTS 4, PIM 18
HC Hradec Kralove U20 (Czech U20) GP 13, G 4, A 12, PTS 16, PIM 12
HC Hradec Kralove U20 (Playoffs) GP 10, G 4, A 5, PTS 9, PIM 28
Czech Republic U20 (WJC-20) GP 5, G 0, A 2, PTS 2, PIM 4
Czech Republic U20 (Int. Jr) GP 3, G 2, A 0, PTS 2, PIM 2
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Hronek has been a decent regular in the top men’s league in the Czech Republic this season, but his best showing came at the WJC. His lackluster point production in professional play is not indicative of his potential, as he is an offense-tilted defenseman. Hronek has quick feet and is able to close his gaps and join the rush effectively. His solid hands and skating allow him to be quite elusive. He has a decent work ethic but his thin, small frame holds him back from winning battles, and he can be manhandled in the defensive zone. His defense isn’t horrible, but improving the physical aspects of his game will go a long way toward rectifying those issues. (Top 100 prospects for the 2016 NHL draft by Corey Pronman via ESPN, May 13, 2016)

#59 – LW/RW Tim Gettinger – (New to List)
6’5.75” 201 lbs
Born: 1998-04-14 (USA – North Olmsted, Ohio)
2015-16 Stats
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) GP 60, G 17, A 22, PTS 39, PIM 32
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL-Playoffs) GP 12, G 1, A 3, PTS 4, PIM 0
Team Gold (USA-S17) GP 5, G 3, A 2, PTS 5, PIM 0
USA U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 4, G 2, A 2, PTS 4, PIM 30
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: After coming into 2015-16 with a fair amount of hype, Gettinger never really found his offensive groove, and I’d count him among the more underwhelming prospects this season. He’s a 6-foot-5 forward with skill, which immediately draws attention. The skill isn’t overwhelming — more in the “slightly above-average” bucket — but it’s very good for a man his size. Gettinger displays solid vision with the puck, has pretty good defensive awareness for a player his age, and can kill penalties at a quality level. I don’t hate his skating given his size, but he has a rough first step and overall has to develop that area of his game a fair amount to have a shot at the NHL. He isn’t the most physical player, which can underplay his size advantage, and scouts point to issues regarding his willingness to compete and maintain proper fitness.(Top 100 prospects for the 2016 NHL draft by Corey Pronman via ESPN, May 13, 2016)

#60 – D Cam Dineen – (Down 13 Spots)
5’11” 185 lbs
Born: 1998-06-19 (USA – Toms River, New Jersey)
2015-16 Stats
North Bay Battalion (OHL) GP 68, G 13, A 46, PTS 59, PIM 18
North Bay Battalion (OHL-Playoffs) GP 11, G 0, A 8, PTS 8, PIM 0
USA U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 4, G 0, A 2, PTS 2, PIM 2
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Dineen was intent on Yale before committing to North Bay last spring. The Toms River, N.J., native is on the compact side at 5-foot-11 and 182 lb., but the hockey IQ is Mensa-worthy. Dineen also has the beyond-his-years confidence to acknowledge that he wants a big stage for his skills. “I think he is pretty underrated,” Battalion assistant coach Ryan Oulahen said of Dineen. “He is very cerebral, great mind for the game, knows his position very well. You don’t see him make very many mistakes.” One prevailing observation about Dineen, is his propensity for getting a point shot through shot blockers. “Cam’s that kind of new-age defenceman,” Oulahen said. “He defends really well, uses his stick well, and doesn’t get himself into bad situations.” (Neate Seager, Sportsnet, February 2016)

#61 – C Noah Gregor – (Down 8 Spots)
5’11” 174 lbs
Born: 1998-01-28 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) GP 72, G 28, A 45, PTS 73, PIM 33
Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL-Playoffs) GP 10, G 3, A 6, PTS 9, PIM 4
Canada (WJC-U18) GP 5, G 0, A 2, PTS 2, PIM 2
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Is not a big kid but can use his speed all over the ice, winning loose pucks and winning battles along the boards. Has tremendous offensive zone instincts and knows where his teammates are and doesn’t hesitate to shoot from anywhere on the ice. Quick, agile skater who can use a sharp change of direction to throw defenders off balance. Good vision on the power play and always seems to find an opening for a good scoring chance. Tends to get caught puck watching but not many more weaknesses in his game. (Marhsall Mackinder, hockeynow.ca, April 2016)

#62 – G Joseph Woll – (New to List)
6’3” 196 lbs
Born: 1998-07-12 (USA – Dardenne Prairie, Missouri)
2015-16 Stats
USNTDP Juniors (USHL) GP 12, GAA 2.60, SV% .898
US National U18 Team (USDP) GP 33, GAA 2.14, SV% .918
USA U18 (WJC-18) GP 3, GAA 1.34, SV% .947
Committed to Boston College (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season.
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Woll is an athletic netminder who struggles with his reactions. While he tends to overcommit and misread some plays, he starts off from a base of good positioning and minimizes rebounds. His numbers look much better when we include the non-league play. Woll is committed to Boston College. (Prospectus Prospecting – Scouting the USNTDP – Ryan Wagman, April 5, 2016)

#63 – LW Artur Kayumov – (New to List)
5’10” 154 lbs
Born: 1998-02-14 (Russia – Podgorny)
2015-16 Stats
Team Russia U18 (MHL) GP 39, G 12, A 19, PTS 31, PIM 12
Team Russia U18 (MHL-Playoffs) GP 3, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 25
Russia U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 5, G 2, A 4, PTS 6, PIM 0
Russia U19 (WJAC-19) GP 4, G 1, A 5, PTS 6, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: One of the players hurt most by the Russian doping scandal was Kayumov, who had been one of the top players on the new Russian under-18 program throughout the season. He’s small, but every other element of his game impresses. Kayumov is a very good skater, displaying above-average to high-end speed and acceleration. He’s able to slow the game down with the puck, making deft touch plays and evading pressure. Kayumov is a game-breaking offensive talent, and he creates a lot of his own opportunities. Despite his size, he’s shown that he can be a useful penalty-killer based on his speed and can even win some battles. He has the intangibles to push himself past his physical deficiencies if a team is willing to take a shot on him this summer. (Top 100 prospects for the 2016 NHL draft by Corey Pronman via ESPN, May 13, 2016)

#64 – Henrik Borgstrom – (New to List)
6’3” 176 lbs
Born: 1997-08-06 (Finland – Helsinki)
2015-16 Stats
HIFK U20 (Jr.A SM-liiga) GP 40, G 29, A 26, PTS 55, PIM 20
HIFK U20 (Playoffs) GP 4, G 4, A 2, PTS 6, PIM 0
Finland U19 (Int. Jr.) GP 3, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Committed to University of Denver (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season.
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Aside from the physical aspect, Borgström is a complete package. He is a constant threat for the defenders with his great vision and quick and accurate wrist shot. If he could add more muscle and learn how to use his large frame, he could be very well turn out to be a steal in the upcoming draft. He has committed to University of Denver for next season. (Arponen – Scouting the 2016 NHL Draft – Four Finnish Forwards – Miika Arponen – April 20, 2016)

#65 – D Victor Mete – (New to List)
5’10” 165 lbs
Born: 1998-06-07 (Canada – Toronto, Ontario)
2015-16 Stats
London Knights (OHL) GP 68, G 8, A 30, PTS 38, PIM 18
London Knights (OHL-Playoffs) GP 18, G 4, A 7, PTS 11, PIM 0
London Knights (OHL) GP 4, G 1, A 0, PTS 1, PIM 2
Team Red (U18-Dev) GP 3, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 2
Canada U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 4, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 0
OHL All-Stars (Jr Super Series) GP 1, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 2
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Mete is an offensive juggernaut that has the rare ability to make plays but also possess a strong slap shot that is dangerous to unleash. His calm poise with the puck and patience to understand plays make him an ideal defenceman to have. Unfortunately, his size is an issue as he is not comfortable throwing his body in the defensive zone. If he wants to play professionally he must learn to play a more aggressive style for his height as he will be an easy target in the AHL. (Scott Crawford – HockeyProspectus.com – May 15, 2016)

#66 – RW Wade Allison – (New to List)
6’2” 205 lbs
Born: 1997-10-14 (Canada – Carman, Manitoba)
2015-16 Stats
Tri-City Storm (USHL) GP 56, G 25, A 22, PTS 47, PIM 46
Tri-City Storm (USHL-Playoffs) GP 11, G 9, A 7, PTS 16, PIM 4
Committed to Western Michigan University (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season.
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: “Adds a skill component and a power component. Gets into the critical areas to score and can finish but also is very adept at carving out room for himself and his team. Good pace to his play.” (TSN Draft Centre Bob McKenzie’s Final Rankings )

#67 – D Jacob Moverare – (New to List)
6’2″ 198 lbs
Born: 1998-08-31 (Sweden – Ostersund)
2015-16 Stats
HV71 (SHL) GP 4, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
HV71 (Champions League) GP 3, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 0
HV71 J18 (J18 Elit) GP 1, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 27
HV71 J18 (J18 Allsvenskan) GP 4, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 4
HV71 J20 (SuperElit) GP 41, G 5, A 16, PTS 21, PIM 22
HV71 J20 (SuperElit-Playoffs) GP 3, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 4
Sweden U18 (WJC-18) GP 7, G 1, A 4, PTS 5, PIM 0
Sweden U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 3, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Sweden U18 (Int-Jr-All) GP 19, G 1, A 6, PTS 7, PIM 4
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Bill Placzek, a contributor for draftsite.com had this to say about Moverare: “He is a defender with good size, footwork, and stick handling ability. He is an excellent backward skater with good physical package. A rangy defender who maintains his gaps and seems to make good decisions on when to attack the puck carrier and when to back off.”
Placzek went on to say, “His skating motions are a bit stiff laterally, but there’s no denying he can quickly get to where he wants. A prospect you let develop his feet and attack skills, but looks like a good safe bet for the team that will do just that.”
( Michael Melro, hockeynow.ca, May 6, 2016)

#68 – RW Yegor Korshkov – (New to List)
6’3” 179 lbs
Born: 1996-07-10 (Russia – Novosibirsk)
2015-16 Stats
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL) GP 41, G 6, A 6, PTS 12, PIM 23
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL-Playoffs) GP 4, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Loko Yaroslavl (MHL) GP 4, G 2, A 4, PTS 6, PIM 6
Loko Yaroslavl (MHL-Playoffs) GP 15, G 9, A 10, PTS 19, PIM 10
Russia U20 (WJC-20) GP 7, G 2, A 6, PTS 8, PIM 16
Russia U20 (Int. Jr.- All) GP 15, G 4, A 7, PTS 11, PIM 22
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Korshkov got a lot of attention after a very good performance at the WJC, and he has been a decent bottom-six forward for his KHL team after going undrafted by NHL clubs the past two years. Korshkov is a towering power forward, with a strong 6-foot-4 frame that he uses to bulldoze his way to the front of the net and win many battles along the boards. He’s a good skater for a man his size, showing excellent balance. Korshkov’s hands won’t dazzle, but he can make coordinated plays to avoid a check here or there. He’ll move the puck at a fair level, and he isn’t just a bump-and-grind big man. (Top 100 prospects for the 2016 NHL draft by Corey Pronman via ESPN, May 13, 2016)

#69 – G Zach Sawchenko – (Down 12 Spots)
6’1″ 179 lbs
Born: 1997-12-30 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) GP 51, GAA 3.04, SV% .916
Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL-Playoffs) GP 10, GAA 3.28, SV% .911
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A real minutes-eating goaltender who has seen a lot of rubber over his two plus seasons in the WHL. Stays calm and plays consistently each time between the pipes. Lets pucks hit him and clears rebounds away with quickness. Good glove hand and keeps it up when shot is coming rather than dropping it to make the difficult save. Always seems to know where puck is going and reacts to it. He does a good job of closing off the five hole and stays low to close the bottom corners of the net. Entering his draft year, Sawchekno is in his third WHL season and with a bit more mobility and flexibility, could be a top WHL Goaltending prospect. (Marshall Mackinder, hockeynow.ca, January 2016)

#70 – C Linus Lindstrom – (New to List)
5’11.75” 165 lbs
Born: 1998-01-08 (Sweden – Skelleftea)
2015-16 Stats
Skelleftea AIK (SHL) GP 4, G 1, A 0, PTS 1, PIM 0
Skelleftea AIK J20 (SuperElit) GP 40, G 14, A 30, PTS 44, PIM 28
Skelleftea AIK J20 (Playoffs) GP 6, G 5, A 5, PTS 10, PIM 0
Skelleftea AIK J18 (J18 Elit) GP 2, G 1, A 4, PTS 5, PIM 0
Skelleftea AIK J18 (Playoffs) GP 1, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Sweden U18 (WJC-18) GP 6, G 1, A 3, PTS 4, PIM 6
Sweden U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 5, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 4
Sweden U18 (Int. Jr.-All) GP 20, G 5, A 5, PTS 10, PIM 12
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Lindstrom is not the first player many would think of when they look for a forward to score a goal, yet he has been a very consistent and reliable two-way forward the past few years. In the Swedish 1998 age group, he was the top-line center. He’s often one of the first guys over the boards to kill a penalty, in spite of below-average size, which is because of his very good hockey sense and work ethic. He’s no slouch offensively, either. Lindstrom has above-average vision and can occasionally flash a tick above that level. He’s hard on the puck and can maintain possession fine, thanks to his competitiveness and quality puck skills. He isn’t a slow skater, but he’s certainly not a fast one, and that’s a disappointment, given his size. (Top 100 prospects for the 2016 NHL draft by Corey Pronman via ESPN, May 13, 2016)

#71 – LW Givani Smith – (Down 16 Spots)
6’2″ 205 lbs
Born: 1998-02-27 (Canada – Thornhill, Ontario)
2015-16 Stats
Guelph Storm (OHL) GP 65, G 23, A 19, PTS 42, PIM 146
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Givani Smith can be the offensive-minded pest every team loves to have on board.
(Ryan Pyette, The London Free Press, September 2015)
Smith will make his living by keeping his nose to the grind, agitating and by capitalizing on rebounds in front of the net. Incredibly difficult to contain at this level, he’ll need to display the ability to adapt to larger, heavier defenders at the next level. Not afraid to drop the gloves, he currently has five fighting majors, and a lot of roughing penalties for mucking it up after the play. Smith will consistently have his glove shoved in his opponents face, he’ll do anything to get someone off their game, and he’ll do it early. Prone to taking penalties at inopportune times, teams will love his aggression, but he’ll drive coaches mad early in his career. Definitely needs to mature and learn to select his opportunities so it is the other team’s coach who is fuming. (Krist Hayes, hockeyprospectus.com, March 2016)
Brother Gemel Smith is 2012 4rh Round Pick of the Dallas Stars and current member of the AHL’s Texas Stars.

#72 – D Frederic Allard – (Down 13 Spots)
6’1″ 179 lbs
Born: 1997-12-27 (Canada – Quebec City, Quebec)
2015-16 Stats
Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL) GP 64, G 14, A 45, PTS 59, PIM 34
Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL-Playoffs) GP 6, G 1, A 2, PTS 3, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A tenacious two-way defenceman that has a distinct willingness to do whatever it takes to keep his team up. Battles hard for puck possession and has a very good active stick. Not consistent enough to be relied upon in all situations, especially under high pressure, but is definitely getting there and his game is rounding out well at an accelerated pace. Possesses a hard, accurate shot and is creative with his passes. As such, his primary function as an offensive defenceman is to be played on the forecheck and in situations where pressure is sustained. All-in-all, a hard-nosed two-way defenceman that has the raw tools and the upward-trending tendencies that point to a positive development path. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)
“Strong two-way play. Great offensive instincts and abilities. Not all that flashy, but when he’s on his game he is able to become a difference-making force from the back end. Think Justin Schultz but with a little bit more aggressiveness.” [EP]
Very good puck moving defenceman flying under the radar in the Q. Really good four-way movement skills and likes to skate the puck out of his zone whenever the opportunity is there. Good offensive instincts for a defenceman who is PP quarterback and generates offence from anywhere on the ice. Will get his shot on net through traffic and is not afraid to jump into the play. His defensive game needs work especially away from the puck and when he is working on sealing the boards. (Marhsall Mackinder, hockeynow.ca, April 2016)

#73 – D Chad Krys – (New to List)
5’11” 183 lbs
Born: 1998-04-10 (USA – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Dual American-Canadian Citizen
2015-16 Stats
USNTDP Juniors (USHL) GP 18, G 2, A 11, PTS 13, PIM 19
US National U18 Team (USDP) GP 53, G 3, A 26, PTS 29, PIM 78
USA U20 (WJC-20) GP 7, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 2
USA U18 (WJC-18) GP 7, G 0, A 3, PTS 3, PIM 33
Committed to Boston University (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season.
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Many prospect watchers will be familiar with Krys from his work with the American team in this past WJC. The BU commit is not a very toolsy prospect, with underwhelming puck skills and a lackluster shot. As noted in his biographical data, he is also undersized. What he is, is a heady player who makes more correct decisions than many defenders of his age group. Not an exciting prospect, but a fairly safe one.(Prospectus Prospecting – Scouting the USNTDP – Ryan Wagman, April 5, 2016)
Father Mark Krys a Canadian hockey player was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the 1988 NHL Draft and was a career minor league player who also spent time in Germany.

#74 – RW Joseph “Joey” Anderson – (New to List)
5′ 11” 190 lbs
Born: 1998-06-19 (USA – Roseville, Minnesota)
2015-16 Stats
USNTDP Juniors (USHL) GP 25, G 10, A 10, PTS 20, PIM 14
US National U18 Team (USDP) GP 64, G 27, A 30, PTS 57, PIM 20
USA U18 (WJC-18) GP 7, G 7, A 2, PTS 9, PIM 2
Committed to University of Minnesota-Duluth (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season.
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Anderson gets some notoriety as the most common third wheel on the first line with Keller and Bellows. That said, I find him to be underwhelming. He grinds hard and keeps his feet constantly in motion, moving well in small areas, but his overall skating is only so-so, with below average top speed. He positions himself well in the offensive one to be disruptive and has a solid shot. Anderson will be attending Minnesota-Duluth next season. He has bottom six upside. (Prospectus Prospecting – Scouting the USNTDP – Ryan Wagman, April 5, 2016)

#75 – D Jacob Cederholm – (New to List)
6’3” 187 lbs
Born: 1998-01-30 (Sweden – Helsingborg)
2015-16 Stats
HV71 (SHL) GP 9, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
HV71 (Champions HL) GP 5, G 1, A 0, PTS 1, PIM 12
HV71 J20 (SuperElit) GP 35, G 1, A 4, PTS 5, PIM 28
HV71 J20 (SuperElit-Playoffs) GP 3, G 2, A 0, PTS 2, PIM 0
HV71 J18 (J18 Elit) GP 2, G 0, A 5, PTS 5, PIM 0
HV71 J18 (J18 Allsvenskan) GP 5, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 6
Sweden U18 (WJC-18) GP 7, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 6
Sweden U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 5, G 1, A 0, PTS 1, PIM 12
Sweden U18 (Int. Jr.-All) GP 21, G 1, A 4, PTS 4, PIM 26
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Cederholm is an aggressive shutdown defenseman with limited offensive skills. Has a big body and skates well enough for someone of his size. Excellent reach and does well in 1-on-1 situations. Will not wow anyone with his offensive tools or puck skills. Good team player with leadership qualities, however. (EP 2016)
Brother Anton Cederholm was a 2013 5th Round Draft Pick of the Vancouver Canucks and is currently a member of the ECHL Kalamazoo Wings.

#76 – D Andrew Peeke – (New to List)
6’3” 205 lbs
Born: 1998-03-17 (USA – Parkland, Florida)
2015-16 Stats
Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) GP 56, G 4, A 26, PTS 30, PIM 30
Green Bay Gamblers (USHL-Playoffs) GP 4, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 2
Team Forest (USA-S17) GP 5, G 1, A 3, PTS 4, PIM 0
Team U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 4, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 4
Team U19 (WJAC-19) GP 5, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 2
Committed to University of Notre Dame (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season.
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Big, mobile defenceman with great vision and hockey sense. Possesses a hard, accurate shot, but needs to use it more. Smooth skater, but has room for improvement in his acceleration with the puck. Reads plays well in his own end and has a well-rounded understanding of the defensive game. Starting to play a gritty game, but that will take time to develop. Physical game is definitely ripening. [EP]

#77 – D Joshua Mahura – (New to List)
6’0” 179 lbs
Born: 1998-05-05 (Canada – Edmonton, Alberta )
2015-16 Stats
Red Deer Rebels (WHL) GP 2, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 0
Red Deer Rebels (WHL-Playoffs) GP 17, G 2, A 2, PTS 4, PIM 6
Red Deer Rebels (Memorial Cup) GP 4, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 2
Canada U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 4, G 1, A 0, PTS 1, PIM 2
Team White (U18-Dev) GP 3, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Mahura missed nearly the entire season due to a knee injury, so this is a mostly scouting-based call, though he did play in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and WHL playoffs. Mahura is not incredibly dynamic, but he is a very useful two-way defenseman. He’s an easy, four-way skater who can get up into the attack and recovers very easily on his backward motions. His puck movement is solid, and he shows the ability to be an average power-play quarterback, with some flashes of top-level creativity. Mahura exhibits decent grit in battles and has the hockey IQ to play his position. His decisions aren’t perfect, as I’ve seen situations where he tries to get too cute or misses his check, but that is not a major issue. (Top 100 prospects for the 2016 NHL draft by Corey Pronman via ESPN, May 13, 2016)

#78 – C/LW Matt Filipe – (New to List)
6’2” 203 lbs
Born: 1997-12-31 (USA – Lynnfield, Massachusetts )
2015-16 Stats
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL) GP 56, G 19, A 17, PTS 36, PIM 99
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL-Playoffs) GP 5, G 1, A 2, PTS 3, PIM 15
Committed to Northeastern University (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season.
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Filipe is a power forward who plays the game with an edge. “He’s learning to be more physical on a more consistent basis. He definitely has the toughness. He doesn’t have to fight, but he’s shown he can,” said longtime Cedar Rapids coach Mark Carlson, who also mentioned, “Matt has come a long, long way since the beginning of year. It was a big step up coming from high school. His biggest improvement is he’s learned to play fast and use his speed to his advantage.” (ESPN Boston High School Report, Jeff Cox, Espn.com, April 12, 2016)

#79 – RW Eetu Tuulola – (New to List)
6’3” 227 lbs
Born: 1998-03-17 (Finland – Hameenlinna)
2015-16 Stats
HPK (Liiga) GP 10, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 0
HPK U20 (Jr.A SM-Liiga) GP 29, G 9, A 5, PTS 14, PIM 22
HPK U20 (Jr.A SM-Liiga-Playoffs) GP 6, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 27
Finland U18 (WJC-18) GP 7, G 2, A 2, PTS 4, PIM 0
Finland U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 5, G 2, A 2, PTS 4, PIM 2
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A sizey winger with great offensive instincts. Drives to the net hard and leans into his hits. Displays slick puckhandling skills and a hard shot that he needs to use more. Skates with balance, but needs to get faster. Works very hard and doesn’t take shifts off. Needs to be more active in his own end and pressure the opposition into making more rushed plays. All-in-all, a competitive winger with the size and skills to be a difference maker in games. (Curtis Joe, EP 2015)

#80 – LW Jack Kopacka – (New to List)
6’2” 190 lbs
Born: 1998-03-05 (USA – Lapper, Michigan)
2015-16 Stats
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) GP 67, G 20, A 23, PTS 43, PIM 12
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL-Playoffs) GP 12, G 2, A 2, PTS 4, PIM 2
Team Grey (USA-S17) GP 5, G 3, A 1, PTS 4, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Kopacka is a hard working forward with decent size. He contributes offensively and battles hard down low. He went through improvements all season long and established himself as a good top 6 forward in the OHL and a bonafide NHL draft prospect. Next year should be a coming out party for him in the Soo. He will need continue to improve his physicality, which is something that will be a cornerstone of his game. (Tyler Parchem, EP 2016)

#81 – C/LW Tanner Kaspick – (New to List)
6’1” 201 lbs
Born: 1998-01-28 (Canada – Brandon, Manitoba)
2015-16 Stats
Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) GP 53, G 13, A 18, PTS 31, PIM 37
Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL-Playoffs) GP 21, G 5, A 5, PTS 10, PIM 28
Brandon Wheat Kings (Memorial Cup) GP 3, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Team White (U18-Dev) GP 3, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 2
Canada U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 4, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Future Considerations scout Donesh Mazloum laid out Kaspick’s scouting report: He plays a simple north/south game and he has value as a complementary piece. He is a responsible defender and shows a good understanding of defensive coverage. He is also a player who works smart as opposed to hard. He doesn’t take shortcuts however he is over-aggressive either. He has a very understated hockey sense and shows consistency at both ends of the ice. Offensively, Kaspick does most of his work around the net front. He is a physically strong player who works his way into high scoring areas. Outside of his nose for the net, Kaspick’s O game is limited. He often has difficulty finding teammates and can get caught hesitating and holding onto the puck too long. (Draft Eligible Players Taking Part in 2016 Memorial Cup, Jeremy Davis, Canucksarmy.com, May 20, 2016)

#82 – D James “J.D.” Greenway – (New to List)
6’4” 205 lbs
Born: 1998-04-27 (USA – Potsdam, New York)
2015-16 Stats
USNTDP Juniors (USHL) GP 25, G 2, A 8, PTS 10, PIM 8
US National U18 Team (USDP) GP 64, G 5, A 23, PTS 28, PIM 62
USA U18 (WJC-18) GP 7, G 1, A 6, PTS 7, PIM 4
Committed to University of Wisconsin (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season.
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A big physical player, Greenway’s brother Jordan was drafted by Minnesota last year. James, despite lackluster point totals, has a very intriguing mix of physical tools to go along with his plus size. He has solid speed, occasionally shows interesting puck skills and a willingness to drive the net. Apropos to his frame, he will play very physically and is a knock-down hitter. With patience in his development, he could end up a very good pro. (Prospectus Prospecting – Scouting the USNTDP – Ryan Wagman, April 5, 2016)

#83 – D Max Lajoie – (New to List)
6’0” 181 lbs
Born: 1997-11-05 (Canada – Calgary, Alberta)
2015-16 Stats
Swift Current Broncos (WHL) GP 62, G 8, A 29, PTS 37, PIM 28
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A competitive two-way defenceman that earns his ice time and strives to be a difference-maker. Excellent skating technique: naturally mobile and able to start and stop on a pin’s head. Displays a deceptively accurate shot and is creative on the power play. Proficient playmaker and spots seams in traffic quickly. His habitually conservative style of play in his own end lets him make quick, high percentage decisions with and without the puck. Reacts to different pressure situations with poise and analyzes the situation very quickly to determine the right play to make. All-in-all, a versatile two-way defenceman that keeps his own game in check and plays to the extent of his capabilities. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)

#84 – D Sean Day – (New to List)
6’2” 229 lbs
Born: 1998-01-09 (Belgium – Leuven) Belgian -Canadian Dual Citizen
2015-16 Stats
Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) GP 57, G 6, A 16, PTS 22, PIM 27
Mississauga Steelheads (OHL-Playoffs) GP 7, G 1, A 2, PTS 3, PIM 4
Team Red (U18-Dev) GP 3, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 2
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A mobile two-way defenceman who boasts an elite level skill package. Strong on the forecheck and delivers hard shots and crisp passes. His consistency and enthusiasm exhibited at the game’s defining moments does seem to wane, and the pressure felt seems to impact his decision-making slightly. When focusing on simplifying his game and getting all the little things right, he becomes a forceful impact that is hungry to be a difference maker. All-in-all, a talented two-way defenceman who has all of the raw abilities in place to become an elite defenceman, but has yet to put it all together and prove that he can thrive in the driver’s seat. (Curtis Joe, EP 2015)

#85 – D David Bernhardt – (New to List)
6’3” 203 lbs
Born: 1997-12-01 (Sweden)
2015-16 Stats
Djurgardens IF 20 (SuperElit) GP 45, G 10, A 28, PTS 38, PIM 30
Djurgardens IF 20 (SuperElit-Playoffs) GP 7, G 3, A 3, PTS 6, PIM 2
Djurgardens IF 20 (JCWC) GP 5, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 6
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A big, mobile defenseman who gets very involved with the play, Bernhardt is a top-scoring blueliner in Sweden’s under-20 North League. Consistency is on scouts’ radars, but when he’s on, he’s on. (Ryan Kennedy, thehockeynews.com, November 17, 2015)

#86– G Colton Point – (New to List)
6’4” 220 lbs
Born: 1998-03-04 (Canada – North Bay, Ontario)
2015-16 Stats
Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) GP 33, GAA 2.16, SV% .915
Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL-Playoffs) GP 16, GAA 1.82, SV% .933
Carleton Place Canadians (Fred Page Cup) GP 4, GAA 2.00, SV% .902
Carleton Place Canadians (RBC Cup) GP 4, GAA 3.82, SV% .904
Canada East U19 (WJAC-19) GP 3, GAA 5.40, SV% .814
Committed to Colgate University (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season.
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: The big netminder has been a shutout machine for the Jr. A Canadians, who meet Ottawa in the Central Canada League final. Point is rocking a .955 save percentage and 8-1 playoff record, with four of those wins by goose egg. He’s a Colgate commit and in a draft year without a ton of goalie talent, one to watch for. (Prospect Need to Know – Ryan Kennedy, thehockeynews.com, April 12, 2016)n

#87 – LW Simon Stransky – (New to List)
5’11” 185 lbs
Born: 1997-12-21 (Czech Rep. – Ostrava )
2015-16 Stats
Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) GP 62, G 19, A 43, PTS 62, PIM 19
Prince Albert Raiders (WHL-Playoffs) GP 5, G 0, A 4, PTS 4, PIM 0
Czech Republic U20 (WJC-20) GP 5, G 1, A 0, PTS 1, PIM 2
Czech Republic U19 (Int.-Jr.) GP 3, G 2, A 0, PTS 2, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Stransky was pretty good for Prince Albert in his second WHL season, but he had an average performance at the WJC for the Czech Republic. He is a gifted puck handler who can make difficult, coordinated plays seem easy, and is an unselfish playmaker who makes soft touch plays around the offensive zone to move the puck quickly. His offensive hockey sense gives you optimism about his projection. On the negative side, he is a bit scrawny and will need to bulk up a lot over the next few years. He also isn’t the most gifted skater, having a bit of a sluggish first step and an overall rough stride. He will need patience on the part of the organization that picks him, but he does show some NHL capabilities. (Top 100 prospects for the 2016 NHL draft by Corey Pronman via ESPN, May 13, 2016)
Brother Matej Stransky was a 6th Round Pick of the Dallas Stars in 2011 and is currently a member of the AHL’s Texas Stars.

#88 – D Lucas Carlsson – (New to List)
6’0” 190 lbs
Born: 1997-07-05 (Sweden – Gavle)
2015-16 Stats
Brynas IF (SHL) GP 35 G 4, A 5, PTS 9, PIM 8
Brynas IF (SHL-Playoffs) GP 3 G 0, A 2, PTS 2, PIM 0
Brynas IF J20 (SuperElit) GP 15 G 1, A 10, PTS 11, PIM 53
Brynas IF J20 (SuperElit-Playoffs) GP 1 G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 25
Sweden U19 (Intl. Jr.) GP 4, G 3, A 2, PTS 4, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Carlsson is a re-entry player, and one who I also had ranked in the latter portions of my top 100 last season. He was solid as a regular player for Brynas this season, but doesn’t stand out at either end of the rink. Offensively, he displays solid-to-average stick skills, with fine mobility and straight-line speed. This season he showed a little more creativity than I saw from him in the past. His hockey IQ is what makes him go. He’s a very smart and patient puck mover, and on defense he makes stops using good positioning and stick play. He can also win some battles, and is able to kill penalties. Carlsson gets beat a little too much by speed, but it’s not a huge issue. (Top 100 prospects for the 2016 NHL draft by Corey Pronman via ESPN, May 13, 2016)

#89 – C Aapeli Rasanen – (New to List)
6’0” 196 lbs
Born: 1998-06-01 (Finland – Tampere)
2015-16 Stats
Tappara U20 (Jr.A SM-liiga) GP 50, G 19, A 19, PTS 38, PIM 26
Tappara U20 (Jr.A SM-liiga – Playoffs) GP 3, G 1, A 0, PTS 1, PIM 0
Tappara U18 (Jr.B SM-sarja – Playoffs) GP 3, G 3, A 0, PTS 3, PIM 2
Finland U18 (WJC-18) GP 7, G 3, A 6, PTS 9, PIM 12
Finland U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 5, G 0, A 3, PTS 3, PIM 2
Committed to Sioux City Musketeers (USHL) for 2016-17 Season.
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Rasanen’s point totals weren’t too gaudy this season in the top Finnish junior league, but he’s been an important part of the Finnish 1998 age group the last few years. He’s a very smart center who can slow the game down and create chances while appearing to exert minimal effort. He can deke defenders, but he’s more effective making quick passes and beating opponents with pace. Rasanen is at his best as a playmaker, but he takes his shots when he gets a lane and has a decent cannon when he does so. His skating is his most noticeable hole to me; his top gear is below average, and he can have trouble pushing defenders back too far off the blue line on a rush. He is quite good defensively, often being leaned on for critical defensive situations and faceoffs. (Top 100 prospects for the 2016 NHL draft by Corey Pronman via ESPN, May 13, 2016)

#90 – LW/RW Jesper Bratt – (New to List)
5’10” 174 lbs
Born: 1998-07-30 (Sweden – Stockholm)
2015-16 Stats
AIK (Allsvenskan) GP 48, G 8, A 9, PTS 17, PIM 6
AIK (Allsvenskan-Qualification) GP 10, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 4
AIK J20 (SuperElit) GP 2, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 2
Sweden U18 (WJC-18) GP 6, G 2, A 2, PTS 4, PIM 2
Sweden U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 5, G 3, A 2, PTS 5, PIM 0
Sweden U18 (Int. Jr.) GP 9, G 3, A 4, PTS 7, PIM 4
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Bratt was a useful player for AIK this season and one of the better under-18 scorers in the Allsvenskan the past few seasons. Bratt is a small yet exciting offensive player with dynamic qualities and an above-average skater with an explosive first step. When you add his impressive puck skills, he can be tough to handle coming through the neutral zone for defenders. He’s a pretty smart two-way player as well. Bratt makes good decisions with the puck and sees the ice well, and despite his frame, he shows the ability to be quite solid defensively, even killing penalties in international play. He isn’t the most physical player, and with a long road of bulking up in front of him, his drafting team will need to be patient. (Top 100 prospects for the 2016 NHL draft by Corey Pronman via ESPN, May 13, 2016)

#91 – LW Max Zimmer – (New to List)
5’11” 185 lbs
Born: 1997-10-29 (USA – Medina, Minnesota)
2015-16 Stats
Chicago Steel (USHL) GP 55, G 16, A 21, PTS 37, PIM 14
Chicago Steel (JCWC) GP 5, G 5, A 1, PTS 6, PIM 2
USA (WJAC-19) GP 5, G 5, A 3, PTS 8
Committed to the University of Wisconsin for 2017-18 Season.
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Zimmer’s speed and skating ability are what most NHL teams are attracted to and are big reasons why he’s projected as an early-round pick in the 2016 draft.
NHL scouts are optimistic about Zimmer’s ceiling. He turned 18 on Oct. 28 and will have another USHL season before playing at the University of Wisconsin beginning in the 2017-18 season.
“I like how he projects,” one NHL Western Conference scout said. “He’s a smart player with a real good skill set. He can really skate.” An Eastern Conference assistant general manager said of him, “He has skill and a good hockey sense. He does the little things well. He can make a play.”
Head Coach Dan Muse had this to say “I think the thing that stands out the first time you watch him is his speed, He’s got excellent speed. He’s great on his edges. He can really separate from opponents. That can really stand out. He’s got a strong shot. His shot’s a threat, but he’s also a threat to make plays. He’s got a little 1-2 punch there in terms of how he pressures the offense. At times, he can kind of slow down a little bit, but he can really attack with speed as well. He’s working on using all those tools consistently now.” (Scott Powers, USHL.com, December 10, 2015)

#92 – D Matthew Cairns – (New to List)
6’2” 190 lbs
Born: 1998-04-27 (Canada – Mississaiga, Ontario)
2015-16 Stats
Georgetown Raiders (OJHL) GP 46, G 9, A 24, PTS 33, PIM 42
Georgetown Raiders (OJHL-Playoffs) GP 22, G 3, A 16, PTS 19, PIM 30
Canada East U19 (WJAC-19) GP 5, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 4
Commited to Cornell University for 2017-18 Season.
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: The Ontario Jr. A League doesn’t produce a ton of NHL draft picks these days, but there’s always a couple good reps – such as Jake Walman or Jake Evans, in recent years. Cairns will be a flagbearer in 2016 thanks to his big frame (he’s 6-foot-2, 190 already) and great skating ability from the back end. His Raiders are in the league final and Cairns is tied for tops among OJHL defensemen with 14 points through 17 games.
Cairns actually won the title last year as a member of the Toronto Patriots, but was traded to Georgetown in the summer, a destination he was quite happy with.
“That was very exciting for me,” he said. “Playing in the OJHL, you hear about Georgetown being a premier place to play.” The Patriots had an older defense corps, so Cairns is counted on much more in Georgetown. That can get him in trouble and scouts think he tries to do too much sometimes, but Cairns is aware of that. “I get kinda carried away on the rush sometimes,” he said. “I have to learn to stay in my role.” Cairns would also like to work on his D-zone coverage, but the offensive skills are impossible to ignore, which is why scouts are excited to see what he’ll do next season. He has done all he can in Jr. A and his plan for next season is to join Muskegon in the USHL. After that, he’s slated to attend Cornell. “I’ve always been a good student and that has been a big part of my life,” Cairns said. “I wanted to get a world-class education and play hockey, as well.”
The Big Red will certainly give him that opportunity and by then, Cairns will likely be ready to make an impact as a freshman. He has definitely had that effect on the Raiders. (Prospect Need to Know – Ryan Kennedy, thehockeynews.com, April 12, 2016)

#93 – C Beck Malenstyn – (New to List)
6’2” 192 lbs
Born: 1998-02-04 (Canada – White Rock, British Columbia)
2015-16 Stats
Calgary Hitmen (WHL) GP 70, G 8, A 17, PTS 25, PIM 47
Calgary Hitmen (WHL-Playoffs) GP 5, G 2, A 1, PTS 3, PIM 2
Canada U18 (WJC-18) GP 7, G 1, A 2, PTS 3, PIM 4
Team Red (U18-Dev) GP 3, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 0
Canada U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 4, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 4
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A power forward-type who had a decent showing in Calgary’s first-round playoff loss to Red Deer, Malenstyn now gets a chance to boost his draft stock as part of Canada’s world under-18 team. He had two goals and a helper to kick off exhibition play in a 7-1 drubbing of the Czechs. (Prospect Need to Know – Ryan Kennedy, thehockeynews.com, April 12, 2016)

#94 – D Connor Hall – (New to List)
6’2” 192 lbs
Born: 1998-01-28 (Canada – Kitchener, Ontario)
2015-16 Stats
Kitchener Rangers (OHL) GP 39, G 2, A 7, PTS 9, PIM 49
Kitchener Rangers (OHL-Playoffs) GP 9, G 1, A 4, PTS 5, PIM 19
Elmira Sugar Kings (GOJHL) GP 3, G 1, A 0, PTS 1, PIM 6
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Definitely one of the biggest risers over the course of the season. Struggled out of the gate then missed over a month with a broken jaw. But when he returned to the lineup in the new year, things started to slowly turn around for him. And his strong performance in the playoffs really earned him that spot on Team Canada at the U18’s as the 7th defender. Hall is a solid stay at home defender prospect for a lot of reasons. He’s got good size and he is quite aggressive in using it. He’s especially effective at pinning on the wall and comes away with the majority of loose pucks in one on one battles. Hall is also a pretty good skater, although he needs to keep his feet moving when defending off the rush as he can be caught flat footed at times. Offensively, he plays a relatively simple game. Can make a solid first pass, but does struggle when he tries to do too much with the puck. But he’s definitely a solid stay at home guy with the potential to be an effective third pairing defender at the NHL level. (Brock Otten, ohlprospects.blogspot.ca, May 18, 2016)

#95 – C Otto Somppi – (New to List)
6’1” 183 lbs
Born: 1998-01-12 (Finland – Helsinki)
2015-16 Stats
Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) GP 59, G 13, A 33, PTS 46, PIM 25
Finland U18 (WJC-18) GP 7, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 2
Finland U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 5, G 1, A 2, PTS 3, PIM 14
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Somppi had a somewhat better than expected season in the QMJHL, being one of Halifax’s best players and becoming heavily leaned on especially after San Jose’s top prospect, Timo Meier, was dealt. “Toolsy playmaker,” said one scout. “He’s still a little bit raw, but you see he can make a lot of good plays.” Somppi shows pretty good passing skills. He likes to set up his teammates and passes up shooting opportunities to make a play. He’s a solid skater who can get up and down the ice fine. His work ethic is quality, as he can win battles and will play his defensive position on the back check. Is he the most consistent offensive threat? Probably not, but he does show you he has what it takes to play with pros down the lines. (Top 100 prospects for the 2016 NHL draft by Corey Pronman via ESPN, May 13, 2016)

#96 – C Mitchell Mattson – (New to List)
6’4” 190 lbs
Born: 1998-01-02 (USA – Grand Rapids, Michigan)
2015-16 Stats
Grand Rapids High (USHS) GP 25, G 17, A 29, PTS 46, PIM 22
Grand Rapids High (USHS-Playoffs) GP 3, G 3, A 9, PTS 12, PIM 0
Grand Rapids High (MN State) GP 3, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 2
Bloomington Thunder (USHL) GP 21, G 2, A 0, PTS 2, PIM 8
Bloomington Thunder (USHL-Playoffs) GP 10, G 1, A 0, PTS 1, PIM 0
Team Orange (USA-S17) GP 5, G 0, A 2, PTS 2, PIM 0
Committed to University of North Dakota (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season.
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A big, hard-working player who is still learning the game, Mattson has piled up points for Grand Rapids this year under coach Trent Klatt. (Prospect Need to Know – Ryan Kennedy, thehockeynews.com, February 23, 2016)

#97 – C Brandon Gignac – (New to List)
5’11” 172 lbs
Born: 1997-11-07 (Canada – Repentigny, Quebec)
2015-16 Stats
Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL) GP 67, G 24, A 37, PTS 61, PIM 41
Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL-Playoffs) GP 20, G 7, A 9, PTS 16, PIM 8
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: We’ve been impressed with his progression. Slick playmaker has a knack for finding open ice and open teammates. Not flashy, but has good hockey sense. (Kyle Woodlief, Red Line Report USA Today Sports, October 22, 2015)

#98 – D Benjamin Gleason – (New to List)
6’0” 165 lbs
Born: 1998-03-25 (USA – Ortonville, Michigan)
2015-16 Stats
London Knights (OHL) GP 2, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 0
Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL) GP 64, G 7, A 25, PTS 32, PIM 44
Team Royal (USA-S17) GP 5, G 2, A 3, PTS 5, PIM 6
USA U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 4, G 0, A 1 PTS 1, PIM 6
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Gleason has excellent mobility, which allows him to play a very effective two-way game. He has very good edge work, agility and pivots; allowing him to cover a ton of ice. Gleason’s defensive game improved as the season went on. He got better at winning battles along the boards, and in front of the net. Gleason also became more willing to throw big hits. He is another prospect whose game will improve with added muscle. He also improved offensively, as he showed big improvements in his passing game. He became much better at starting the transition game as his first pass greatly improved. He can be prone to turnovers at times, but this was dramatically reduced as the season went on. Gleason took over the role of powerplay quarterback after Cole Candella was injured.
(Ben Kerr, lastwordonsports.com, June 20, 2016)
Cousin of former NHLer Tim Gleason.

#99 – D Jordan Sambrook – (New to List)
6’2” 187 lbs
Born: 1998-04-11 (Canada – Markham, Ontario )
2015-16 Stats
Erie Otters (OHL) GP 67, G 9, A 18, PTS 27, PIM 30
Erie Otters (OHL-Playoffs) GP 13, G 0, A 4, PTS 4, PIM 14
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Smooth-skating two-way defenceman who displays solid creativity and offensive instincts, as well as a strong defensive game. Can play lengthy shifts due to his conservative style without the puck, and can be relied upon in all situations. Mobile with and without the puck, and could even become a bit quicker. His size allows him to be physically assertive and protect the puck well. All-in-all, a defenceman who has the potential to become a well-rounded all-around player that can log a lot of ice-time. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)

#100 – C Otto Makinen – (New to List)
6’1” 179 lbs
Born: 1998-05-21 (Finland – Tampere)
2015-16 Stats
Tappara U20 (Jr.A SM-liiga) GP 47, G 11, A 19, PTS 30, PIM 39
Tappara U20 (Jr.A SM-liiga-Playoffs) GP 3, G 0, A 2, PTS 2, PIM 0
Tappara U18 (Jr.B SM-sarja-Playoffs) GP 3, G 0 A 5, PTS 5, PIM 10
Finland U18 (WJC-18) GP 7, G 1, A 1, PTS 2
Finland U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 5, G 4, A 1, PTS 5, PIM 0
Tappara (Champions HL) GP 1, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Makinen is the type of smart player you want on your team. A two-way center who always makes the right play and works on the defensive end, the kid is always involved with the play. (Prospect Need to Know – Ryan Kennedy, thehockeynews.com, February 23, 2016)

#101 – LW/RW Vladimir Kuznetsov – (New to List)
6’1” 214 lbs
Born: 1998-02-18 (Russia – Yekaterinburg)
2015-16 Stats
Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL) GP 68, G 25, A 33, PTS 58, PIM 34
Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL-Playoffs) GP 5, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 4
Russia U18 (WJC-18) GP 5, G 0, A 3, PTS 3, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Kuznetsov was the first overall pick in last year’s CHL import draft. He was a very solid addition for Acadie-Bathurst, finishing as one of the top-scoring rookies in the CHL this season. He’s a skilled winger who can stick handle at above average levels. Kuznetsov has a fine wrist shot and shows good vision from the sideboards. They don’t come with any consistently, but he’s capable of “wow” moments, thanks to his natural touch and solid speed. Kuznetsov is a big kid at 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, but he’s not all that physical, losing more battles than he should at his size. His effort and positional play on the defensive end could use some work too. The team that drafts him will be getting a good amount of offensive ability but will also know there are a lot of warts to work around (Top 100 prospects for the 2016 NHL draft by Corey Pronman via ESPN, May 13, 2016)

#102 – LW/D Carsen Twarynski – (New to List)
6’2” 201 lbs
Born: 1997-11-24 (Canada – Calgary, Alberta)
2015-16 Stats
Calgary Hitmen (WHL) GP 67, G 20, A 25, PTS 45, PIM 42
Calgary Hitmen (WHL-Playoffs) GP 5, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Twarynski’s a well-rounded player who uses his size and frame intelligently. He’s not often beaten in corner battles and he plays with a bit of an edge, though he’s not one to take careless penalties. He’s a good skater, passes well and has a good shot, and he’s able to get to the front of the net effectively and create trouble for the opposition. However, his best asset is his compete level: he just keeps working and battling throughout a 60-minute game. You could make a pretty compelling argument that he has no specific holes in his game, but he also doesn’t have many attributes that are truly high-end except for his work ethic and competitiveness. That trait drew him frequent praise from coaches and scouts during the season, and it’s that trait that’s likely to help him improve as his career progresses. His competitiveness elevates every other trait he has.
Few players have the combination of skill, size and competitive fire as Twarynski. He’ll be a unique addition to any club’s prospect pool. (Ryan Pike, thehockeywriters.com, June 20, 2016)

#103 – C Rem Pitlick – (New to List)
5’9” 194 lbs
Born: 1997-04-02 (USA – Plymouth Minnesota)
2015-16 Stats
Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL) GP 56, G 46, A 43, PTS 89, PIM 74
USA U19 (WJAC-19) GP 5, G 2, A 2, PTS 4, PIM 2
Committed to University of Minnesota (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season.
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Pitlick took gigantic strides this season, advancing from a bottom-six forward on his USHL team and going undrafted last season to being the league’s top goal scorer and point producer. He’s a pretty good skater who has a strong first step and top gear. Pitlick displays a solid north-south game as he barrels down with energy and attacks the goal, despite being an undersized forward. Stickhandling is solid for Pitlick, and he also has a very good shot, which helped him to clear the 40-goal mark this season. His size is an issue, as is his lack of top-end playmaking ability. He is committed to the University of Minnesota starting next season. (Top 100 prospects for the 2016 NHL draft by Corey Pronman via ESPN, May 13, 2016)
Son of former NHLer Lance Pitlick.

#104 – C/LW Connor Bunnaman – (New to List)
6’3” 211 lbs
Born: 1998-04-16 (Canada – Guelph, Ontario)
2015-16 Stats
Kitchener Rangers (OHL) GP 68, G 16, A 22, PTS 38, PIM 14
Kitchener Rangers (OHL-Playoffs) GP 9, G 2, A 2, PTS 4, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Bunnaman is a really good checking line prospect who had a very strong year for Kitchener in his sophomore season. While he can play center, I think he’s better suited to the wing where he saw the majority of action this year. He’s got great size at 6’3, 211lbs and he plays a very pro style game. He works the possession game very well in the offensive end, controlling the boards and maintaining positioning near the crease. He knows his role and he plays it to a tee. But he’s not just a grunt. Bunnaman has good hands in close and I like his vision as a playmaker as he’ll surprise you with the things he can do coming off the wall. His skating is only OK, but it’s already better than it was in his OHL rookie year. The one thing I’d really like to see from him is more physicality; using that size to be disruptive on the forecheck/backcheck. While he engages, he’s not necessarily a big hitter. Would love to see him become more physically active in that regard. (Brock Otten, ohlprospects.blogspot.ca, May 18, 2016)

#105 – D Josh Anderson – (New to List)
6’2” 220 lbs
Born: 1998-08-29 (Canada – Nanaimo, British Columbia)
2015-16 Stats
Prince George Cougars (WHL) GP 39, G 1, A 5, PTS 6, PIM 86
Team White (U18-Dev) GP 3, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: “Strong defensively and he doesn’t break down in his positioning. Good agility and mobility and is able to handle the speed and quickness that comes his way. Smart, effective and not outside strengths.” (TSN Draft Centre Bob McKenzie’s Final Rankings )

#106 – C/W Dmitri Sokolov – (New to List)
6’1” 205 lbs
Born: 1998-04-14 (Russia – Omsk)
2015-16 Stats
Sudbury Wolves (OHL) GP 68, G 30, A 22, PTS 52, PIM 13
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Now we come to one of the most perplexing prospects of this draft class. In the summer, he was a no-doubt first-rounder and maybe even a top-10 pick, but he fell off that level quickly. One big issue for scouts has been Sokolov’s skating and weight. His weight has been an issue all season, with him being measured over 220 pounds at times, but he managed to get it down to 205 toward the end of the season. In terms of positives, Sokolov is a highly skilled forward with an elite shot who can dominate based on his puck skills, hockey IQ and power game. He’s a competitive player who notably improved his defensive play as the season went on. Despite all the doom and gloom, he scored 30 goals on a very bad Sudbury team while playing with a dislocated shoulder, and many hockey folks from Russia still believe in his upside. However, it would be an understatement to say there’s risk in picking him. I know some NHL scouts who would highly, highly disagree with my placement of him at No. 27, but I see a big, highly skilled scorer who has worked to improve himself and has huge upside. (Top 100 prospects for the 2016 NHL draft by Corey Pronman via ESPN, May 13, 2016)

#107 – C/RW Jonathan Ang – (New to List)
5’11” 163 lbs
Born: 1998-01-31 (Canada – Markham, Ontario)
2015-16 Stats
Peterborough Petes (OHL) GP 68, G 21, A 28, PTS 49, PIM 44
Peterborough Petes (OHL-Playoffs) GP 7, G 3, A 6, PTS 9, PIM 2
Team Red (U18-Dev) GP 3, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Ang is a former top pick in the OHL who has been a solid yet unspectacular player for the Petes over the past two seasons. He’s a dynamic offensive threat, at times. He’s got a great first step and can jet through the neutral zone as well as most CHL forwards. Highlight-reel plays aren’t uncommon, as Ang can dangle in open ice and otherwise make moves with the puck. He is a small player who has been dinged in the past for his off-the-puck work, but he was able to steadily get more reliable defensive minutes, even killing penalties along the way. I’m not sold on his hockey IQ being of the top-level variety, as he can force the puck and make some bad decisions at times. He also has some trouble winning battles. (Top 100 prospects for the 2016 NHL draft by Corey Pronman via ESPN, May 13, 2016)

#108 – D Vojtech Budik – (New to List)
6’1” 194 lbs
Born: 1998-01-29 (Czech Rep. – Holice)
2015-16 Stats
Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) GP 70, G 3, A 13, PTS 16, PIM 20
Prince Albert Raiders (WHL-Playoffs) GP 5, G 1, A 0, PTS 1, PIM 2
Czech Republic U18 (WJC-18) GP 5, G 0, A 2, PTS 2, PIM 8
Czech Republic U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 4, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Czech Republic U18 (Int. Jr – all) GP 5, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 4
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Scouting Report: Central Scouting has the Czech defenseman as a 4th – 5th round pick. HFBoards The Draft Analyst (has him rated 84th) had the following to say, “Outstanding patience, controlled on breakouts, quick feet, slot coverage very good, doesnt puck gaze, step-ups timely, excellent gap. Doesn’t get fancy with the puck at all. In it goes, out it goes.” (oilersfuture.wordpress.com, April 27, 2016)

#109 – C Adam Brooks – (New to List)
5’10” 174 lbs
Born: 1996-05-06 (Canada – Winnipeg, Manitoba)
2015-16 Stats
Regina Pats (WHL) GP 72, G 38, A 82, PTS 120, PIM 30
Regina Pats (WHL-Playoffs) GP 12, G 7, A 16, PTS 23, PIM 6
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: “Every coach covets a reliable player whose effort and level of play usually falls within a predictable range – and Adam Brooks is that type of player. ‘Quietly efficient’ as opposed to flashy or dynamic, Brooks is a responsible two-way centre whose brain and feet are constantly involved in the game. His high hockey IQ and overall consistency of play have stood out as prime attributes this season. Used in all situations, he sustains a high work rate throughout shifts – and carries this on from shift to shift – and game to game. He sees the ice and anticipates the game intuitively and has a knack of being in the right spot and coming upon loose pucks. Skilled and efficient in possession, Brooks is talented at exploiting those tiny spaces in coverage and executing plays swiftly. He usually makes the right play at the right time. (Iain Morrell, Mckeen’s Hockey, March 25, 2016)
Brooks won the Bob Clarke Trophy as the WHL’s leading scorer with 120 points this season after he got passed over entirely in the past two drafts, but after nearly doubling his point total from the previous season when he had 62 and being a key reason why the Pats had such a successful playoff run, he’s a sure bet to be drafted this year. A little undersized at 5-foot-10 and 174 pounds, his elite level passing ability can’t be denied, 82 assists in a season is impressive and finding the back of the net 38 times lets you know he’s got solid shooting abilities. I had the opportunity to watch him live in their playoff series with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, all though he wasn’t overly flashy, you could tell he was the best players on the ice consistently in the right position at the right time.

#110 – RW/C Maxime Fortier – (New to List)
5’10” 176 lbs
Born: 1997-12-15 (Canada – Lachine, Quebec)
2015-16 Stats
Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) GP 68, G 31, A 46, PTS 77, PIM 22
QMJHL All-Stars (Jr Super Series) GP 2, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Fortier improved significantly in his 18-year-old season with Halifax, serving as assistant captain and putting Halifax on his back some nights especially after Timo Meier was traded. Fortier has big-time speed, being able to create a lot of scoring chances with how he turns defenders coming through the neutral zone. Fortier can’t go east-west as well as he can go north-south, but he’s certainly got a quality pair of hands on him too. He can make creative plays in tight spaces and angle out defenders well. He’ll create at a fair level for his teammates, making the odd “wow” play, and has a solid wrist shot too. Fortier’s off-the-puck play is a significant issue. He’s small and not the best in one-on-one battles. He also isn’t the most useful player when it comes to defensive positioning. (Top 100 prospects for the 2016 NHL draft by Corey Pronman via ESPN, May 13, 2016)

#111 – RW William Lockwood – (New to List)
5’10” 172 lbs
Born: 1998-06-20 (USA – Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)
2015-16 Stats
USNTDP Juniors (USHL) GP 20, G 3, A 3, PTS 6, PIM 27
U.S. National U18 Team (USDP) GP 59, G 13, A 20, PTS 33, PIM 35
USA U18 (WJC-18) GP 7, G 1, A 6, PTS 7, PIM 0
Committed to the University of Michigan for 2016-17 Season.
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Lockwood is a solid-average skater. He is a good penalty killer with a decent wall game. Although well undersized, he is generally a pretty physical player and a frequent hitter. Committed to the University of Michigan, he has low upside, but plays a coach friendly game. Prospectus Prospecting – Scouting the USNTDP – Ryan Wagman, April 5, 2016)

#112 – D Griffin Luce – (New to List)
6’3” 214 lbs
Born: 1998-03-10 (Canada – St. Thomas, Ontario – Dual American citizen, plays internationally for USA)
2015-16 Stats
USNTDP Juniors (USHL) GP 25, G 1, A 3, PTS 4, PIM 33
U.S. National U18 Team (USHL) GP 64, G 3, A 8, PTS 11, PIM 82
USA U18 (WJC-18) GP 7, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 8
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Grandson of former NHLer and current Toronto Maple Leafs Scout Don Luce. Son of Florida Panthers Director of Player Personnel Scott Luce who is quoted as saying they will not draft Griffin. Griffin was born in Wisconsin and played his minor hockey in London, Ont., so his dual citizenship would have allowed him to play internationally for either Canada or USA. Prior to joining the national team development program, he played prep school hockey for Salisbury. His father has watched him play thousands of times and says that if he had to do a scouting report on his son, it would read something like this: “Good first pass. Strong defensive defenseman. Shutdown guy who will eventually play against other teams’ top lines. A good complementary partner.” (Ken Campbell, The Hockey News, April 22, 2016)

#113 – RW Ty Ronning – (New to List)
5’9” 165 lbs
Born: 1998-10-20 (Canada – Burnaby, British Columbia)
2015-16 Stats
Vancouver Giants (WHL) GP 67, G 31, A 28, PTS 59, PIM 18
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A small but industrious speedster that always seeks to be engaged in the play. Skates very well and has the shiftiness to avoid being rubbed out. Isn’t afraid of physical play, but knows his role as an offensive catalyst and plays to his strengths. Excellent hands and hockey sense. Only knock is his size, but that doesn’t impede his compete level. Possesses the fundamental skills and natural goal scoring instincts that make the players around him better. [EP]
Son of former NHLer Cliff Ronning.

#114 – D Jake Ryczek – (New to List)
5’10” 165 lbs
Born: 1998-03-19 (USA – Ludlow, Massachusetts)
2015-16 Stats
Sioux City Musketeers (USHL) GP 29, G 3, A 11, PTS 14, PIM 8
Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) GP 18, G 4, A 16, PTS 20, PIM 4
Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) GP 9, G 0, A 4, PTS 4, PIM 2
Team Red (USA-S17) GP 5, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 2
Commited to Providence College (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season.
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: An offensive defenseman who can rip the puck and really help a power play, Ryczek was just acquired from Sioux City in a late-season trade. (Prospect Need to Know – Ryan Kennedy, thehockeynews.com, February 23, 2016)

#115 – D David Quenneville – (New to List)
5’8” 183 lbs
Born: 1998-03-13 (Canada – Edmonton, Alberta)
2015-16 Stats
Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) GP 64, G 14, A 41, PTS 55, PIM 30
Canada U18 (WJC-18) GP 7, G 5, A 3, PTS 8, PIM 4
Canada U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 4, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 0
Team White (U18-Dev) GP 3, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: An undersized highly skilled offensive defenceman who likes to jump up on the rush, would likely be near the top of the draft class if he was six inches taller. The hockey bloodlines run strong in his family and there is still a chance he might hit a growth spurt, his brother John Quenneville is a 6-foot-1 New Jersey Devils Prospect who scored that highlight real goal at the Memorial Cup most hockey fans should have seen by now, while his brother Peter Quenneville is 5-foot-11 prospect in the Columbus Blue Jackets system. It doesn’t stop there, the brother are also second cousins with former NHLer and long time current NHL coach Joel Quenneville who has won a couple Stanley Cups so far in his eight year tenure with the Chicago Blackhawks, after stops in St. Louis and Colorado. Cup winners are even married into the family with current NHL defenceman Johnny Boychuk being the brothers uncle through marriage. If teams can get over David’s small stature and focus on the fact he’s still a solid 183 pound kid, he could be a real steal in a few years.

#116 – LW Travis Barron – (New to List)
6’1” 187 lbs
Born: 1998-08-17 (Canada – Brampton, Ontario)
2015-16 Stats
Ottawa 67’s (OHL) GP 60, G 13, A 24, PTS 37, PIM 26
Ottawa 67’s (OHL) GP 5, G 2, A 4, PTS 6, PIM 11
Team Red (U18-Dev) GP 3, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 2
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Barron works hard on both ends of the rink and can excel in either a shutdown, grinding-type role or a top-six scoring role. Offensively, he is an above-average skater whose vision and playmaking abilities could use some work. His shot, however, is a weapon at both even strength and on the power play. (Joseph Aleong, thehockeywriters.com, March 10, 2016)
Barron is the nephew of former NHLer Andrew Cassels and cousin of Vancouver Canucks 2013 3rd Round pick Cole Cassels.

#117 – RW William Knierim – (New to List)
6’3” 218 lbs
Born: 1998-01-22 (USA – Skokie, Illinois)
2015-16 Stats
Dubeque Fighting Saints (USHL) GP 53, G 14, A 13, PTS 27, PIM 161
Dubeque Fighting Saints (USHL-Playoffs) GP 12, G 3, A 1, PTS 4, PIM 8
Team Grey (USA-S17) GP 5, G 1, A 6, PTS 7, PIM 6
USA U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 4, G 1, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 18
USA U19 (WJAC-19) GP 5, G 1, A 3, PTS 4, PIM 2
Committed to Miami University Ohio (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season.
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Knierim is a big guy that has some real upside. “He possesses real good size,” an opposing GM said. “He gets up and down the ice well for a big man. He has a physical element to his game.” “Knierim isn’t afraid to play physical. “He plays hard and likes traffic,” one scout said. (Scott Powers, USHL.com, December 10, 2015)

#118 – LW Brett Murray – (New to List)
6’5” 212 lbs
Born: 1998-07-20 (Canada – Bolton, Ontario)
2015-16 Stats
Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) GP 48, G 14, A 32, PTS 46, PIM 16
Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL-Playoffs) GP 16, G 5, A 8, PTS 13, PIM 4
Carleton Place Canadians (Fred Page Cup) GP 4, G 1, A 3, PTS 4, PIM 0
Carleton Place Canadians (RBC CUP) GP 4, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 2
Canada East U19 (WJAC-19) GP 5, G 2, A 0, PTS 2, PIM 4
Committed to Penn State University(NCAA) for the 2017-18 Season.
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Dennis MacInnis, director of scouting for the Waterloo-based International Scouting Services (ISS), ““Big frame with plenty of room to fill out. Good skater for a player of his size, and demonstrates good hockey sense. Consistently able to find holes in the defence and get open to create scoring chances. Good stick when attacking the puck carrier. A longer-term developmental curve, but projects as a solid two-way power forward.” (Jeff Gard, Northumberland Today, December 9, 2015)

#119 – C/LW Brayden Burke – (Down 61 Spots)
5’10” 163 lbs
Born: 1997-01-01 (Canada – Edmonton, Alberta)
2015-16 Stats
Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL) GP 72, G 27, A 82, PTS 109, PIM 44
Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL-Playoffs) GP 5, G 2, A 2, PTS 4, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: “He has a high skill level with good play-making ability and soft hands, and thrives on the power play where he has more space,” says ISS head scout Dennis MacInnis. “Passed over in the 2015 NHL Draft, Burke has a strong chance to be drafted in 2016 in a later round.”
(Kelly Friesen, Yahoo Sports, March 2016)

#120 – LW Jamie Armstrong – (New to List)
6’2” 190 lbs
Born: 1998-08-07 (USA – Warwick, Rhode Island)
2015-16 Stats
Avon Old Farms School (USHS) GP 27, G 22, A 29, PTS 51, PIM –
Neponset Valley River Rats U18 (MHSL U18) GP 13, G 9, A 12, PTS 21, PIM 20
Team Forest (USA-S17) GP 5, G 1, A 3, PTS 4, PIM 6
Commited to Northeastern University (NCAA) for the 2016-17 Season.
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: The son of St. Louis Blues scouting director Bill Armstrong had a lot of eyes on him this year, for obvious reasons. It will be interesting to see where the Northeastern commit goes in the draft, as he is not a finished product, but does have a good wall game and a pretty good touch around the net. (Prospect Need to Know – Ryan Kennedy, thehockeynews.com, March 15, 2016)
Father is Bill Armstrong the Director of Amateur Scouting for the St. Louis Blues was also a former Minor League player drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1990.

#121 – D Ondej Vala – (New to List)
6’4” 216 lbs
Born: 1998-04-13(Czech Rep. – Pardubice)
2015-16 Stats
Kamloops Blazers (WHL) GP 72, G 4 A 17, PTS 21, PIM 52
Kamloops Blazers (WHL-Playoffs) GP 7, G 0 A 1, PTS 1, PIM 4
Czech Republic U18 (WJC-18) GP 5, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 2
Czech Republic U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 4, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Czech Republic U18 (Int.-Jr) GP 5, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 4
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: At the 100th spot, we have a player that has an intriguing set of skills and tools. Vala is a big defenseman at 6-foot-5, and I think there is some puck-moving upside to his game. Mind you, he’s no Erik Karlsson, but Vala has shown the hockey sense to be competent with the puck. And at the under-18 and WHL levels, he has been effective during his time on the power play. He is decent defensively too, using his big frame to clog up lanes and win battles. His skating is poor, with a real awkward stance and stride. He can be turned horizontally a little too easy by quick forwards, which is a major hurdle that he’ll need to overcome on his way to potentially becoming a top prospect. (Top 100 prospects for the 2016 NHL draft by Corey Pronman via ESPN, May 13, 2016)

#122 – G Dylan Wells – (Down 64 Spots)
6’2″ 183 lbs
Born: 1998-01-03 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Peterborough Petes (OHL) GP 27, GAA 4.59, SV% .871
Canada U18 (Hlinka) GP 2, GAA 0.48, SV% .971
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A very patient goaltender who shows good concentration on the puck. Good at controlling his rebounds and rarely gives up a bad goal. Plays his angles well and squares up to the shooters aggressively at the top of the crease. Good communicator with his defencemen and never loses sight of the puck. Has a unique, uncomfortable hunched over style in net that opens up the corners and doesn’t make him look so big in the net. (Marhsall Mackinder, hockeynow.ca, April 2016)

#123 – LW Mikhail Maltsev – (New to List)
6’3” 198 lbs
Born: 1998-03-12 (Russia – St. Petersburg)
2015-16 Stats
Team Russia U18 (MHL) GP 29, G 11, A 12, PTS 23, PIM 20
Team Russia U18 (MHL-Playoffs) GP 3, G 0, A 2, PTS 2, PIM 0
Russia U19 (WJAC-19) GP 4, G 2, A 2, PTS 4, PIM 2
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Big Russian centre who has returned from a back injury that put him on the shelf last season. He displays speed, size, skill,soft hands, a strong stride, acceleration, and top gears. Hasn’t shown elite creativity, strong decision making or on-ice vision, but that might develop. Wins the puck and is strong when he has it. He moves well laterally and shield the puck well. You can count on him to plant himself in front the net and using his big body to get opportunities. (draftsite.com – Bill Placzek)

#124 – C/RW Oskar Steen – (New to List)
5’9” 187 lbs
Born: 1998-03-09 (Sweden – Karlstad, Sweden)
2015-16 Stats
Farjestad BK (SHL) GP 17, G 0, A 6, PTS 6, PIM 4
Farjestad BK (SHL-Playoffs) GP 5, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 2
Farjestad BK J20 (SuperElit) GP 33, G 8, A 24, PTS 32, PIM 37
Sweden U18 (WJC-18) GP 7, G 2, A 1, PTS 3, PIM 6
Sweden U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 5, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 4
Sweden U18 (Int. Jr.) GP 21, G 6, A 5, PTS 11, PIM 18
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A quick look at Steen’s basic stats would probably leave some folks less than enthusiastic. He’s small and hasn’t put up giant scoring numbers this season at any level or tournament, yet every time I saw him I came away thinking he’s a real NHL prospect. He did manage to work his way into a regular role for an SHL team for a good portion of the season and playoffs, so I’m not alone in that opinion. Steen is a good to a very good skater. He’s an energetic player, and wins battles thanks to that work ethic and having the speed to pressure opponents. His skill is not at an All-World level, but he certainly has solid puck skills and vision, and can pull off some high-level plays on occasion. Steen is also useful defensively, killing penalties at the international level and in junior play before his promotion to the SHL side. (Top 100 prospects for the 2016 NHL draft by Corey Pronman via ESPN, May 13, 2016)

#125 –LW/C Hudson Elynuik – (New to List)
6’5” 201 lbs
Born: 1997-12-10 (Canada – Calgary,. Alberta)
2015-16 Stats
Spokane Chiefs (WHL) GP 56, G 19, A 25, PTS 44, PIM 46
Spokane Chiefs (WHL-Playoffs) GP 6 G 3, A 0, PTS 3, PIM 4
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Elynuik is an intriguing prospect, his father Pat was a 1st round pick of the old Winnipeg Jets. He is big (6’5) and finished the season strong injuries elevated him to the top line. Here is an old scouting report, from Jeff Hollick, “He’s got a lot of skill, he’s got some ability and he’s going to be very hard to play against. He competes hard and he is going to make it tough on he opposition once he fully matures as a player.” (oilersfuture.wordpress.com, April 27, 2016)
Hudson Elynuik is considerably taller than his father, and at 6-foot-5-inches he is an extremely intriguing NHL Draft prospect. He has an excellent shot. His wrist shot is heavy and accurate, and features a very good release. Elynuik gets himself open in the offensive zone in order to take a pass from a teammate and set up for that shot. He also has a powerful one-timer. Elynuik also has the soft hands to finish plays in tight to the net, and is more than willing to battle for position to do so. He bangs in rebounds, gets tip-ins, and generally causes havoc down low. Elynuik is not a huge hitter, but he uses his size to win battles on the boards, to establish his position in front of the net; and to protect the puck in the cycle game and create plays for teammates. Elynuik plays a very straight forward game. His assists come from keeping possession and keeping the play going on the cycle. He is not the most creative playmaker, but does have the passing skills to make the safe and simple plays.
Elynuik is a good skater for his size. While he’s not a speedster, he certainly does not fall behind the play, and keeps up well with his teammates. Elynuik also has good first step quickness and acceleration for a big man. He has a strong lower body which helps him to have balance in battles along the boards and in front of the net. Adding more muscle to what is a bit of a skinny frame would go a long way to making this aspect of his game even better. Elynuik can also work on his agility and edgework, as he could stand to maneuver better through tight spaces and high traffic areas.
Hudson Elynuik is developing a solid defensive game. He uses his big frame to block shots and cut down passing lanes. Elynuik was trusted in key situations by the Chiefs, playing against opponents top lines, taking key defensive zone draws, and even killing penalties. He was extremely good in the role, being a positive player on a poor defensive club overall.
Some analysts may have a concern that Elynuik’s offense really came to the forefront in the second half of the year and is a relatively small sample size. However, with his good shot, excellent size and skating ability, I do believe he can carry it into next season. Even if he doesn’t though, the size, skating ability and defensive game still give him the potential to be a third or fourth line centre at the NHL level.
(Ben Kerr, lastwordonsports.com, June 11, 2016)

#126 – C Dylan Gambrell – (New to List)
6’0” 183 lbs
Born: 1996-08-26 (USA – Bonney Lake, Washington)
2015-16 Stats
University of Denver (NCAA) GP 41, G 15, A 30, PTS 47, PIM 19
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Future Considerations: Gambrell does not panic under pressure and he protects the puck very well with his strength and with his reach when carrying it wide. He has very good vision and decision making ability, and sets up his teammates very well from the perimeter. He is also able to lead a teammate through the middle of the ice with a quick lead pass. More of a pass first player, Gambrell can also put the puck in the net with his quick shot from closer range.

#127 – C Jordan (Jordy) Stallard – (New to List)
6’2” 187 lbs
Born: 1997-09-18 (Canada – Brandon, Manitoba)
2015-16 Stats
Calgary Hitmen (WHL) GP 68, G 21, A 28, PTS 49, PIM 20
Calgary Hitmen (WHL-Playoffs) GP 5, G 2, A 0, PTS 2, PIM 5
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: The Hockey Writers: He’s a good skater and has good mobility, but his defensive-zone awareness isn’t tremendous and because he’s still a bit of a thin, wirey young man he doesn’t have the muscle to effectively out-battle opponents in the corners.
WHL from Above: Another Hitmen player cracks this list, with Stallard possessing plenty of attributes that make him worth tracking. He’s got a good frame at 6’2 and 176 pounds, skating well and possessing decent hands and worth ethic. (oilersfuture.wordpress.com, April 26, 2016)

#128 – C Matthew Phillips – (Down 68 Spots)
5’7″ 161 lbs
Born: 1998-04-06 (Canada – Calgary, Alberta)
2015-16 Stats
Victoria Royals (WHL) GP 72, G 37, A 39, PTS 76, PIM 16
Victoria Royals (WHL-Playoffs) GP 13, G 5, A 3, PTS 8, PIM 2
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Very small, very quick but plays bigger than his frame. Noticeable every shift. Tremendous Work Ethic. Will put his head down and skate to the net constantly going to greasy areas. Elusive and can skate himself out of danger on a nightly basis. Uses his speed to beat anybody down the wing and has contributed nearly at a point-per-game pace. Causes many problems for defenders due to his determination with the puck. Fearless winger is hard to ignore but will need to grow considerably to compete at next level. (Marhsall Mackinder, hockeynow.ca, April 2016)
Phillips was a top-20 scorer in the WHL this season as a rookie and a big part of Victoria being one of the top teams. The reason why he’s not going in the top 45 is that he can’t get onto every ride at an amusement park, coming in at about 5-foot-7 and 140 pounds. He’s a very dynamic offensive player, however. Phillips is one of the better skaters in this draft class. While his top gear is not elite, his ability to elude pressure and his side-to-side movements are elite. He’s a very shifty puck handler with good vision, and despite his size, he can be very difficult to check in open ice. Phillips is a battler who goes to the net, although overall, his off-the-puck play is — and will continue to be — a significant issue. (Top 100 prospects for the 2016 NHL draft by Corey Pronman via ESPN, May 13, 2016)

#129 – D Yegor Rykov – (New to List)
6’2” 205 lbs
Born: 1997-04-14 (Russia – Vidnoe)
2015-16 Stats
SKA St. Petersburg (KHL) GP 10, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 0
SKA St. Petersburg (KHL-Playoffs) GP 2, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 2
SKA-Neva St. Petersburg (VHL) GP 10, G 0, A 2, PTS 2, PIM 8
SKA-Neva St. Petersburg (VHL-Playoffs) GP 5, G 1, A 0, PTS 1, PIM 0
SKA-1946 St. Petersburg (MHL) GP 20, G 3, A 7, PTS 10, PIM 10
SKA-1946 St. Petersburg (MHL-Playoffs) GP 2, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Russia U20 (WJC-20) GP 7, G 1, A 2, PTS 3, PIM 2
Russia Selects U20 (Jr. Super Series) GP 6, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: I was surprised Rykov wasn’t drafted last season. It was possibly due to the “Russian factor,” and while he didn’t have a mind-blowing season, he was solid for an 18-year-old skating in the KHL and had a good WJC. I think any NHL org would benefit from his skills, and he’s cleared the hurdle of being good enough to be worth the risk of a draft pick late in the second round or early in the third. Rykov doesn’t have one standout ability; he’s not going to blaze by on a rush, or lay a crushing hit, but I don’t see a glaring weakness in his game. He skates well, can move the puck, has some offensive creativity, and is a reliable positional defender who has shown the ability to check the best players in his age group as well as older players. (Top 100 prospects for the 2016 NHL draft by Corey Pronman via ESPN, May 13, 2016)

#130 – D Jacob Neveu – (New to List)
6’2” 205 lbs
Born: 1998-01-12 (Canada – Sherbrooke, Quebec)
2015-16 Stats
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL) GP 59, G 2, A 14, PTS 16, PIM 36
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL-Playoffs) GP 20, G 1, A 4, PTS 5, PIM 2
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (Memorial Cup) GP 5, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 0
Team Red (U18-Dev) GP 3, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Rouyn-Noranda Huskies finished first this season in the Q with 113 points in 68 games. Neveu is behind Jeremy Lauzon (Bruins 2nd Round Pick) & Phillippe Myers (Signed an entry level deal with Flyers – helluva find!) on the Rouyn-Noranda depth chart. Neveu is a big defenseman and was invited to Team Canada’s U18 camp this past summer. Not much info on him. Kris Baker ‏@SabresProspects Feb 17 – The Q is not my fave league for D, but like what I see from Jacob Neveu. Shutdown mindset, good leverage on the walls, feet coming around. (oilersfuture.wordpress.com, April 24, 2016)

#131 – D Cole Candella – (New to List)
6’1” 185 lbs
Born: 1998-02-13 (Canada – Fort Erie, Ontario)
2015-16 Stats
Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL) GP 37, G 4, A 16, PTS 20, PIM 12
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A big fan of Candella’s game. He’s just a very solid two-way defender. Early on in the season he was thrust into the role of Hamilton’s #1 defender thanks to injuries and he did well to be the leader of a young blueline (in only his second year). But unfortunately, he too succumbed to the injury bug after fracturing his wrist. This caused him to miss the rest of the season. So we’ve got to base our assessment on what we saw in the first half. Candella has good size, moves well, defends well, and makes a good first pass. A defender without a lot of flaws. The issue is, just how good can he be? What’s his overall potential at the next level? Is his offensive hockey sense and skill level with the puck good enough for him to develop into a solid offensive defender and powerplay QB? Can he develop more of a mean streak and be a more difficult player to play against in his own end, on top of being a solid positional defender? If I had a more definitive answer for those questions, Candella would likely be higher than 29th for me. But that’s the problem with playing only half the year. Could definitely be a diamond in the rough for whatever team selects him (I could see him going as early as the 3rd). (Brock Otten, ohlprospects.blogspot.ca, May 19, 2016)

#132 – D Riley Stillman – (New to List)
6’0” 181 lbs
Born: 1998-03-09 (Canada – Peterborough, Ontario) Dual Canadian-American
2015-16 Stats
Oshawa Generals (OHL) GP 62, G 6, A 15, PTS 21, PIM 69
Oshawa Generals (OHL-Playoffs) GP 5, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 2
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Massive fan of this young kid, especially after talking to him for an article I wrote on him. Was named as one of the OHL’s most improved players this year in the Coaches Poll and it was completely deserving. At the beginning of the year, he was struggling to find ice time. By season’s end, he was arguably Oshawa’s top defender and was wearing an “A” on his chest (mighty impressive for basically a first year player). Stillman has average size (6’0), but he plays much bigger than that in the defensive end. Stillman is an extremely efficient open ice hitter and he’s great at timing up hits as forwards cut across the blueline. Stillman is also very mobile, exhibiting strong lateral and backwards agility, which makes him a tough guy to get around one on one, despite being only 6’0. Offensively, he keeps things simple. Can be effective at leading the rush and has already improved as a powerplay QB, exhibiting an excellent point shot. His hockey sense is also excellent at both ends of the ice. As he becomes more comfortable and continues to add strength and power to his forward stride, I think we’ll see the offensive numbers jump. With a great attitude and an improving skill set (to go with good NHL bloodlines), I wouldn’t hesitate to use a top 75 selection on Stillman. (Brock Otten, ohlprospects.blogspot.ca, May 19, 2016)
Son of former NHLer Cory Stillman and Grandson of former NHLer Bud Stefanski.

#133 – D Gabriel Sylvestre – (New to List)
6’2” 176 lbs
Born: 1998-01-22 (Canada – Blainville, Quebec)
2015-16 Stats
Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL) GP 66, G 1, A 12, PTS 13, PIM 84
Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL-Playoffs) GP 21, G 2, A 2, PTS 4, PIM 22
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: He has good size at 6’2″ and plays an excellent defensive game, using that size, as well as good mobility, to play a physical game and knock his man off the puck. He shows very good positioning and instincts. The offensive game is a work in progress though. Sylvestre has an excellent slap shot, but could use some work on having more poise with the puck and waiting for the right pass, instead of rushing things. ( Ben Kerr, lastwordonsports.com, September 14, 2015)

#134 – LW Kyle Maksimovich – (New to List)
5’9” 172 lbs
Born: 1998-03-10 (Canada – Oakville, Ontario)
2015-16 Stats
Erie Otters (OHL) GP 68, G 27, A 44, PTS 71, PIM 22
Erie Otters (OHL-Playoffs) GP 13, G 5, A 3, PTS 8, PIM 2
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: One of the bigger risers this season, Maksimovich was a former top scorer on his GTHL team (ahead of top prospects such as Michael McLeod), but he never really emerged at the OHL level until this season. He is a highly gifted puck handler, possessing coordination, creativity and the quick-twitch abilities to make plays in tight spaces. He has great hockey sense, showing rapid decision-making and above-average vision. Maksimovich’s size is an issue. He works hard, but he is 5-foot-9 and isn’t the best defensively, either. He’s a lot slower than the ideal skill forwards in his height range. He is fine moving on his edges but lacks a true breakaway gear. (Top 100 prospects for the 2016 NHL draft by Corey Pronman via ESPN, May 13, 2016)

#135 – C Michael Pezzetta – (New to List)
6’1” 192 lbs
Born: 1998-03-13 (Canada – Toronto, Ontario)
2015-16 Stats
Sudbury Wolves (OHL) GP 64, G 10, A 18, PTS 28, PIM 98
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Another player I was very disappointed with this year. A former first rounder, Pezzetta should have been a go to offensive player for the Wolves this year, but he continues to struggle with consistency (which I’m sure can be attributed to the team’s lack of success this year). Pezzetta is the type of player NHL team’s really covet; a power center with size. Pezzetta is noticeable as a physical player and forechecker because he’s quite quick and closes in on opposing defenders with deceptive speed. But in the offensive end, he has a tendency to overhandle the puck and he needs to keep things simple. Tons of potential still here, as a player who could be a very good two-way center (Brock Otten, ohlprospects.blogspot.ca, May 17, 2016)

#136 – C Kristian Reichel – (New to List)
6’0” 168 lbs
Born: 1998-06-11 (Czech Rep. – Litvinov)
2015-16 Stats
HC Litvinov (Czech) GP 15, G 3, A 1, PTS 4, PIM 4
HC Litvinov (Czech-Qualification) GP 3, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 0
HC Litvinov (Czech-Relegation) GP 5, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 2
HC Litvinov U20 (Czech U20) GP 28, G 17, A 7, PTS 24, PIM 16
HC Litvinov U18 (Czech U18) GP 2, G 2, A 4, PTS 6, PIM 0
Czech Republic U18 GP 5, G 0, A 3, PTS 3, PIM 0
Czech Republic U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 4, G 1, A 2, PTS 3, PIM 0
Czech Republic U18 (All) GP 16, G 6, A 4, PTS 10, PIM 8
Czech Republic U19 (WJAC-19) GP 4, G 1, A 2, PTS 3, PIM 4
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: The son of longtime NHL player Robert Reichel (who was also his coach this season at the under-18 level), he was solid in international play and was a regular in the top Czech league this season. There are a fair amount of tools to like from Reichel. He is a 6-foot-1 center with above-average speed and can make skilled plays with the puck. He’s not a dynamic highlight reel, but versus his age group, he has usually found ways to stand out. Reichel can show good vision with the puck and has some creativity too. His off-the-puck play isn’t horrible, and while he’ll make the odd good defensive play and win some battles, there is a lot of room for improvement there — particularly if he wants to stay down the middle. (Top 100 prospects for the 2016 NHL draft by Corey Pronman via ESPN, May 13, 2016)

#137 – F Michael Graham – (New to List)
6’2” 185 lbs
Born: 1997-11-27 (United States – Eden Prairie, Minnesota)
2015-16 Stats
Fargo Force (USHL) GP 14, G 2, A 4, PTS 6, PIM 6
Eden Prairie High (USHS) GP 25, G 14, A 29, PTS 43, PIM 6
Eden Prairie High (USHS-Playoffs) GP 3, G 2, A 4, PTS 6, PIM 2
Eden Prairie High (MN State) GP 3, G 3, A 0, PTS 3, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Late birthday, not a great skater but he’s got good size, will go in the tough areas and can score. (oilersfuture.wordpress.com, April 13, 2016)

#138 – RW Ivan Kosorenkov – (New to List)
6’0” 181 lbs
Born: 1998-01-22 (Russia – Nizhnekamsk)
2015-16 Stats
MHK Spartak Moskva (MHL) GP 11, G 5, A 2, PTS 7, PIM 6
Team Russia U18 (MHL) GP 22, G 13, A 7, PTS 20, PIM 10
Team Russia U18 (MHL-Playoffs) GP 3, G 1, A 0, PTS 1, PIM 2
Russia U19 (WJAC-19) GP 4, G 2, A 0, PTS 2, PIM 8
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A great raw talent with some holes in his game in the defensive side. He also tends to overplay the puck at times, as he still plays too much in a junior hockey style, while he should be focusing a bit more in passing the puck and getting back. That being said, he has great hands and excellent skating abilities, and put in the right situation he can produce on a regular way in any team. ( Alessandro Serren-Rosso, Hockeyprospectus.com, February 12, 2016)

#139 – G Jack Lafontaine – (New to List)
6’2” 185 lbs
Born: 1998-01-06 (Canada – Mississauga, Ontario)
2015-16 Stats
Janesville Jets (NAHL) GP 41, GAA 2.16, SV% .921
Janesville Jets (NAHL-Playoffs) GP 4, GAA 1.89, SV% .926
Committed to the University of Michigan for the 2017-18 Season.
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: As a rookie in the North American League, LaFontaine prides himself on his work ethic, flexibility and intelligence and still wants to calm his game down more. Scouts are very enthusiastic about him thanks to his size and smoothness in net and in a year where the North American goalie field is wide open, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see LaFontaine plucked early in the draft.
(Prospect Need to Know – Ryan Kennedy, thehockeynews.com, November 24, 2015)
Lafontaine is a distant cousin of former NHLer Brian Bradley.

#140 – RW/LW Mathias From – (New to List)
6’1” 187 lbs
Born: 1997-12-16 (Denmark – Frederikshavn)
2015-16 Stats
Rogle BK (SHL) GP 16, G 2, A 2, PTS 4, PIM 0
Rogle BK J20 (SuperElit) GP 36, G 6, A 15, PTS 21, PIM 42
Rogle BK J20 (SuperElit-Playoffs) GP 7, G 2, A 2, PTS 4, PIM 0
Denmark U20 (WJC-20) GP 4, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 4
Denmark U20 (Int-Jr-all) GP 12, G 2, A 1, PTS 3, PIM 4
Denmark (International) GP 8, G 2, A 3, PTS 5, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A strong transitional forward with solid offensive and defensive upside. Defensively, always active and keeps himself mobile to make sure he’s in a good spot to keep the opposition on their toes. Sees lanes well and is excellent at taking pucks away and moving them up the ice for scoring chances. Offensively, he drives to the net and has a great shot. Definitely not afraid of the physical side of the game, and can play that all-important power role. Mathias From is a multidimensional buzzsaw that has the drive and skill to net wins and contribute in multiple areas of the game. [EP]

#141 – D Dmitri Alexeyev – (New to List)
5’11” 179 lbs
Born: 1998-02-17 (Russia – Chelyabinsk)
2015-16 Stats
Team Russia U18 (MHL) GP 30, G 3, A 7, PTS 10, PIM 8
Team Russia U18 (MHL-Playoffs) GP 3, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Russia U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 4, G 0, A 2, PTS 2, PIM 4
Russia U19 (WJAC-19) GP 4, G 2, A 0, PTS 2, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: An intelligent player with a good two-way game, Alexeyev has some interesting potential, especially considering his size, skating, and defensive play. He has some offensive potential that won’t get overlooked, even if that is not his first quality. ( Alessandro Serren-Rosso, Hockeyprospectus.com, February 12, 2016)

#142 – G Mikhail Berdin – (New to List)
6’2” 163 lbs
Born: 1998-03-01 (Russia – Ufa)
2015-16 Stats
Team Russia U18 (MHL) GP 22, GAA 2.07, SV% .928
Russia U19 (WJAC-19) GP 3, GAA 0.80, SV% .968
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: a poised, economical goalie with solid agility and quick reflexes .. plays a technical hybrid of styles – stand-up, butterfly, paddle-down .. does a sound job of tracking pucks and staying aware of his surroundings .. collapses to his knees comfortably – and is quick and efficient getting back to his feet .. moves side-to-side with a strong leg push – and maintains solid body form and control as he moves .. stays calm and shows excellent patience – notably 1-on-1 against shooters .. sustains composure under heavy pressure .. generally plays low to the ice and close to home on plays in and around his net – but will move out and challenge shooters on his feet .. manages rebounds well – quick to mop up loose pucks – using his stick and glove effectively .. will need to develop physically and thicken up a sizeable 6-2 frame .. listed at just 165 pounds. ( Mckeenshockey.com, January 6, 2016)

#143 – D Keaton Middleton – (New to List)
6’6” 235 lbs
Born: 1998-02-10 (Canada – Edmonton, Alberta)
2015-16 Stats
Saginaw Spirit (OHL) GP 66, G 1, A 6, PTS 7, PIM 66
Saginaw Spirit (OHL-Playoffs) GP 4, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 0
Team White (U18-Dev) GP 3, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 6
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Hulking defender (6’6, 235lbs) who is still scratching the surface of his potential. Even if he didn’t have the greatest of seasons, I’m still a fan. Look at it this way. If both players reach their high end potential, is there really much separating Middleton and Logan Stanley? Stanley is without a doubt progressing quicker and demonstrating more now, but is that a guarantee 5 years from now? You’ll have to use a 1st or 2nd on Stanley, but you could have Middleton in the mid rounds. Keaton, the brother of 67’s defender Jacob (and one of the best defensive defenders in the OHL), has so much potential as a stay at home blueliner. He’s got a great stick and he does a great job of using his long reach to disrupt passing lanes. Middleton is also an incredibly physical player who loves to engage forwards cutting across the blueline or in front of the net. The key to his development moving forward is his lateral and backwards mobility, and his puck distribution ability. These two areas of his game remain works in progress and they are why he struggled at times this year. But, it’s not impossible to improve (look at Stanley this year versus his rookie year). (Brock Otten, ohlprospects.blogspot.ca, May 18, 2016)

#144 – LW Kasper Bjorkqvist – (New to List)
6’1” 198 lbs
Born: 1997-07-10 (Finland – Espoo)
2015-16 Stats
Blues U20 (Jr. A SM-liiga) GP 45, G 28, A 38, PTS 66, PIM 32
Blues U20 (Jr. A SM-liiga-Playoffs) GP 2, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 2
Finland U20 (WJC-20) GP 7, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 2
Finland U20 (Int-Jr) GP 3, G 2, A 0, PTS 2, PIM 0
Finland U19 (Int-Jr) GP 3, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 2
Committed to Providence College (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season.
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Björkqvist went undrafted last year when he was first eligible, but it’s almost certain he hears his name called in 2016. He plays with a 110% attitude all the time and can provide everything a team needs from solid PK to offensive contributions.(Arponen – Scouting the 2016 NHL Draft – Four Finnish Forwards – Miika Arponen – April 20, 2016)

#145 – G Evan Cormier – (New to List)
6’3” 201 lbs
Born: 1997-11-06 (Canada – Ajax, Ontario)
2015-16 Stats
Saginaw Spirit (OHL) GP 58, GAA 3.72, SV% .890
Saginaw Spirit (OHL-Playoffs) GP 4, GAA 7.22, SV% .844
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: I definitely had higher expectations for Cormier going into this season. But he continues to battle consistency issues. It was his first full year as a starter though, and there are definitely a lot of things to like about his game. He’s a big guy and fairly athletic despite his size (6’3, 200lbs). He’s definitely capable of making those highlight reel saves and a lot of the time he’s better than his stat line would indicate. That said, he tends to have some trouble finding pucks through traffic and he needs to do a better job of shaking off weak goals. He finished the year pretty poorly and he’ll need to be better next year if he wants to keep Brendan Bonello from stealing his job. I’d still use a mid round pick on him in hopes that he figures it out, but he’s definitely got some work to do. (Brock Otten, ohlprospects.blogspot.ca, May 18, 2016)

#146 – RW Nicholas Caamano – (New to List)
6’1” 183 lbs
Born: 1998-09-07 (Canada – Ancaster, Ontario)
2015-16 Stats
Flint Firebirds (OHL) GP 64, G 20, A 17, PTS 37, PIM 40
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Good sized winger who possesses a lot of redeeming qualities. Has good speed and is able to create space for his linemates by pushing the tempo. But he’s also a very effective player in close to the net, where he’s not afraid to battle for position and shows good hands in close. Caamano also is a solid two-way player who is dedicated to the backcheck. I think I do have questions about just how much offensive potential he has, particularly as a goal scorer. But there’s definitely enough to like about his play this season to warrant, at least, a mid round selection. Just where will he be when he adds strength? Will that make him a dominant force off the rush? Will that improve his shot? Will that allow his physical game to evolve even more? (Brock Otten, ohlprospects.blogspot.ca, May 18, 2016)

#147 – D Tarmo Reunanen – (New to List)
5’11” 163 lbs
Born: 1998-03-01 (Finland – Aanekoski)
2015-16 Stats
TPS U20 (Jr. A SM-liiga) GP 11, G 2, A 4, PTS 6, PIM 14
TPS U20 (Jr. A SM-liiga-Playoffs) GP 2, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 2
TPS U18 (Jr. B SM-sarja-Playoffs) GP 3, G 0, A 3, PTS 3, PIM 2
Finland U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 5, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 6
TPS U20 (JCWC) GP 3, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 14
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Reunanen is an offensive minded defenceman who can carry the puck, dangle through traffic and set up his teammates. While he relies on his offensive skills, he is not a defensive liability. Poised and calm in his own end. Doesn’t shy away from physical play. (EP 2015)

#148 – D Hugo Danielsson – (New to List)
6’3” 187 lbs
Born: 1998-08-28 (Sweden – Sundbyberg)
2015-16 Stats
Skelleftea AIK (SHL) GP 1, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Skelleftea AIK J20 (SuperElit) GP 41, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 56
Skelleftea AIK J20 (SuperElit-Playoffs) GP 6, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 6
Skelleftea AIK J18 (J18 Elit) GP 4, G 2, A 3, PTS 5, PIM 16
Skelleftea AIK J18 (J18 Allsvenskan-Playoffs) GP 1, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Sweden U18 (WJC-18) GP 7, G 0, A 2, PTS 2, PIM 43
Sweden U18 (Int.Jr.-All) GP 12, G 1, A 2, PTS 3, PIM 47
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A rather unspectacular defenseman. Danielsson does most things fairly well, however. Stands out a bit as he combines his size with a good skating ability. Is quite aggressive, especially around the crease and with improved strength, he should become an even more successful shutdown defenseman. Decent puck skills and passing game. Moves the puck fairly well. (EP 2016)

#149 – C Jeffrey De Wit – (New to List)
6’2” 174 lbs
Born: 1998-03-14 (Canada – Red Deer, Alberta)
2015-16 Stats
Red Deer Rebels (WHL) GP 70, G 7 A 15, PTS 22, PIM 25
Red Deer Rebels (WHL-Playoffs) GP 17, G 3 A 4, PTS 7, PIM 4
Red Deer Rebels (Memorial Cup) GP 4, G 0 A 0, PTS 0, PIM 2
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Coming Soon

#150 – LW Ross Colton – (New to List)
6’0” 190 lbs
Born: 1996-09-11 (United States – Robbinsville, New Jersey)
2015-16 Stats
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL) GP 55, G 35, A 31, PTS 66, PIM 79
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL-Playoffs) GP 5, G 1, A 0, PTS 1, PIM 2
USA U19 (WJAC-19) GP 5, G 4, A 1, PTS 5, PIM 0
Committed to the University of Vermont (NCAA) for the 2016-17 Season.
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Ross Colton set the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders single-season goal record with 35, finishing second in the United States Hockey League in goals, behind only Rem Pitlick of Muskegon (46). He essentially doubled his numbers from a season ago in virtually every important category: goals (18 to 35), assists (15 to 31), points (33 to 66) and plus-minus rating (plus-14 to plus-32).
He had a hat trick and five points midseason in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and went from a National Hockey League non-thought to ranked 89th among North American skaters on NHL Central Scouting’s final list of 2016 draft-eligible players.
That means he’ll very likely be picked by some team this summer at the NHL Draft. In short, Colton’s progression has been striking. Teamates noticed Colton gained a lot of weight over the summer, gained a lot of upper-body strength which helped him strengthen his shot. Colton has signed with the University of Vermont. ( Cedar Rapids Gazette, April 14, 2016)

Honorable Mention – LW Alexander Polunin – (New to List)
5’8” 161 lbs
Born: 1997-05-25 (Russia – Moskva)
2015-16 Stats
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL) GP 25, G 7 A 5, PTS 12, PIM 16
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL-Playoffs) GP 4, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 2
Loko Yaroslavl (MHL) GP 7, G 3, A 3, PTS 6, PIM 0
Loko Yaroslavl (MHL-Playoffs) GP 13, G 5, A 5, PTS 10, PIM 4
Russia U20 (WJC-20) GP 7, G 3, A 0, PTS 3, PIM 0
Russia U20 (Int. Jr. – All) GP 10, G 3, A 1, PTS 4, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Polunin is a small winger with high skill level. He has brilliant hockey IQ, great shot and good skating. Doesn’t play physically because of his size. – Anton Vasyatin, EP (2015)
Polunin had a breakout season after going undrafted last summer, skating a regular shift for his KHL team and playing in the top six for Russia at the WJC as an underage player. There are reasons to doubt him, however. He has never been a top player on a team or in a tournament, he’s 5-foot-8, and he isn’tan All-World skill player. But in every game this season, he looked impressive for an 18-year-old. Polunin is a good to very good skater with a quick burst out of every stride and a dangerous top gear. He’s great in open ice and able to dangle defenders with consistency. Polunin is very smart in terms of his creativity with the puck and being able to set his teammates up with tough passes. He can also finish chances from a distance. On the downside, he is a one-dimensional player in terms of his play away from the puck, but he will hang around the net area and get in tight when he anticipates a chance.
(Top 100 prospects for the 2016 NHL draft by Corey Pronman via ESPN, May 13, 2016)

Honorable Mention – D Sebastian Aho – (New to List)
5’10” 176 lbs
Born: 1996-02-17 (Sweden – Umea)
2015-16 Stats
Skelleftea AIK (SHL) GP 39, G 3, A 13, PTS 16, PIM 12
Skelleftea AIK (SHL-Playoffs) GP 16, G 3, A 4, PTS 7, PIM 6
Skelleftea AIK (Champions League) GP 6, G 0, A 3, PTS 3, PIM 2
Sweden U20 (Int. Jr. – All) GP 10, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 2
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A mobile defenseman with tremendous hockey sense. Is on the small side, but usually solves situations easily with his exceptional way of reading the game. Likes to carry the puck and does that with confidence. Very good passer and a defenseman that can be used in most situations. (EP 2014)
This is the third season in a row I’m listing Aho here, so I’ve made peace with the likelihood that he will go undrafted yet again, but here we are (and he is not to be confused with the Finnish forward of the same name, who went 35th overall to the Hurricanes last year). Aho was a solid contributor for the top team in the SHL but missed the WJC due to injury. He is a very mobile skater with top-end hockey sense, moves the puck well, and has some creativity in his game. The main knock against Aho has been that he’s a small defenseman, which hinders his NHL potential. That is true, and he doesn’t project as a top-end player or defensive stalwart, but his IQ allows him to be an effective stickchecker and to execute proper positioning. (Top 100 prospects for the 2016 NHL draft by Corey Pronman via ESPN, May 13, 2016)

Honorable Mention – RW/LW Markus Nurmi – (New to List)
6’4” 176 lbs
Born: 1998-06-29 (Finland – Turku)
2015-16 Stats
TPS (Liiga) GP 2, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
TPS U20 (Jr. A SM-liiga) GP 49, G 19, A 17, PTS 36, PIM 34
TPS U20 (Jr. A SM-liiga-Playoffs) GP 2, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 2
TPS U18 (Jr. B SM-sarja-Playoffs) GP 3, G 1, A 0, PTS 2, PIM 0
Finland U18 (WJC-18) GP 7, G 0, A 2, PTS 2, PIM 0
TPS U20 (JCWC) 4 GP, G 1, A 2, PTS 3, PIM 2
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Nurmi is a 6’3 winger who will need to add some more muscle into his frame. However, he impressed me a few times this season. He already knows how to use his size and reach, with and without the puck. Shows flashes of skill and has a pretty quick release. Lacks some agility; however, once he adds some strength, I think his skating will improve. Could be a good late round pick as I think he projects well for the pro game. ( overtheboards.net)

Honorable Mention – LW/C Brogan O’Brien – (New to List)
6’2” 190 lbs
Born: 1997-08-13 (Canada – Prince George, British Columbia)
2015-16 Stats
Prince George Cougars (WHL) GP 71, G 18, A 38, PTS 56, PIM 28
Prince George Cougars (WHL-Playoffs) GP 4, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 6
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A large two-way forward that plays many simple but effective roles in games. Not the most nimble skater, but pushes hard and can get momentum moving in the right direction with above-average quickness. Defensively active and always makes it hard for the opposition to find time and space. Doesn’t transition to offence very smoothly or quickly, but uses his teammates to help gain zone entry and then his skill takes over. Offensively, he sees the ice extremely well and possesses excellent scoring and playmaking ability. His size allows him to bull his way to the net and create offensive chances. Very effective in multiple roles, Brogan O’Brien is a versatile two-way forward with a lot of potential for future growth. [EP]

Honorable Mention – LW Nick Pastujov – (New to List)
6’0” 196 lbs
Born: 1998-01-21 (USA – Bradenton, Florida)
2015-16 Stats
USNTDP Juniors (USHL) GP 21, G 3, A 5, PTS 8, PIM 22
U.S. National U18 Team (USDP) GP 60, G 13, A 8, PTS 21, PIM 68
USA U18 (WJC-18) GP 7, G 3, A 1, PTS 4, PIM 8
Committed to the University of Michigan (NCAA) for the 2016-17 Season.
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Pastujov has a powerful stride, high compete, protects the puck well and excels below the dots where he can be physical and make plays in traffic. (Top 5 College Hockey Recruiting – neutralzone.net June 10, 2016)

Honorable Mention – D Lukas Doudera – (New to List)
5’11” 165 lbs
Born: 1998-01-03 (Czech Rep. – Klado)
2015-16 Stats
HC Trinec (Czech) GP 30, G 0, A 2, PTS 2, PIM 4
HC Trinec (Czech-Playoffs) GP 1, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 4
HC Trinec (Champions HL) GP 5, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 2
Az Havirov (Czech2) GP 3, G 0, A 2, PTS 2, PIM 2
Az Havirov (Czech2-Playoffs) GP 3, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 2
HC Frydek-Mistek (Czech3) GP 2, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 0
HC Trinec (U20) GP 8, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 2
HC Trinec (U20-Playoffs) GP 7, G 0, A 2, PTS 2, PIM 29
HC Trinec (U18) GP 1, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
HC Trinec (U18-Playoffs) GP 2, G 1, A 4, PTS 5, PIM 0
Czech Republic U18 (WJC-18) GP 5, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 6
Czech Republic U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 4, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 0
Czech Republic U18 (Int. Jr.-all) GP 14, G 2, A 6, PTS 8, PIM 0
Czech Republic U19 (WJAC-19) GP 4, G 1, A 0, PTS 1, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Doudera was a regular all season in the top Czech league and solid in the upper half of the lineup during under-18 international play. He’s not a well-rounded player lacking any big-time attributes. Doudera is an above-average skater displaying good technical footwork and skating power in every direction. His coordination with the puck is sound, moving it up the ice competently and making some plays in open ice. He makes simple yet good decisions consistently and is able to open lanes and get pucks through on the power play. He’s undersized and not too bulky, which can hinder him in one-on-one battles. His positional play is decent, but there is work to be done before he can be a competent defensive player at high levels. (Top 100 prospects for the 2016 NHL draft by Corey Pronman via ESPN, May 13, 2016)

Honorable Mention – RW Marek Zachar – (New to List)
5”9” 165 lbs
Born: 1998-06-11 (Czech Rep.)
2015-16 Stats
Bill Tygri Liberec (Czech) GP 3, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
HC Benatky nad Jizerou (Czech2) GP 4, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
HC Benatky nad Jizerou (Czech2-Playoffs) GP 3, G 1, A 0, PTS 1, PIM 0
Bill Tygri Liberec U20 (Czech U20) GP 37, G 10, A 14, PTS 24, PIM 18
Bill Tygri Liberec U20 (Czech U20-Playoffs) GP 5, G 1, A 5, PTS 6, PIM 4
Bill Tygri Liberec U18 (Czech U18) GP 3, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Bill Tygri Liberec U18 (Czech U18-Playoffs) GP 2, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Bill Tygri Liberec (Czech) GP 3, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Czech Republic U18 (WJC-18) GP 5, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 4
Czech Republic U18 (Hlinka Memorial) GP 4, G 2, A 2, PTS 4
Czech Republic U18 (Int. Jr.-All) GP 16, G 2, A 4, PTS 6, PIM 0
Czech Republic U19 (WJAC-19) GP 4, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A Google search of Zachar would likely leave some underwhelmed. 5-foot-9? Check. Underwhelming point production in a low tier league? Check. Almost no hype or recognition as a draft prospect? Check. But I’ll be darned if every time I watched him I didn’t come away thinking there is something more to him. He is one of the better speedsters available in this year’s class. Zachar has an explosive first step and a great engine to pressure and win the puck, despite a smaller frame. The question many will have for him: How many plays can he make when his legs aren’t moving? And I do think there is some offensive IQ to his game; it just hasn’t matured yet. But you see the flashes of creativity and vision from Zachar. (Top 100 prospects for the 2016 NHL draft by Corey Pronman via ESPN, May 13, 2016)

Honorable Mention – C Nathan Noel – (New to List)
6’0” 179 lbs
Born: 1997-06-21 (Canada – St. John’s, Newfoundland)
2015-16 Stats
Saint John’s Ice Dogs (QMJHL) GP 61, G 21, A 36, PTS 57, PIM 94
Saint John’s Ice Dogs (QMJHL-Playoffs) GP 16, G 3, A 10, PTS 13, PIM 30
QMJHL All-Stars (Jr Super Series) GP 2, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A hard-working offensive forward that seems to compliment his linemates, whoever they may be. Good hockey sense and creativity in the offensive end. Very good puck possession skills; good hands to stay slippery, and a non-stopping motor that bodes nicely with his skating agility. Keen awareness on the ice lets him slip into good scoring positions where he can either pass the puck or tap home a goal. All-in-all, a guy who has a high level of skill and can be relied upon in situations where you need to strike quickly or run down the clock with a lead. (Curtis Joe, EP 2015)

Honorable Mention – C Nolan Stevens – (New to List)
6’2” 185 lbs
Born: 1996-07-22 (USA – Sea Isle City, New Jersey)
2015-16 Stats
Northeastern University (NCAA) GP 42, G 20, A 22, PTS 42, PIM 10
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Perhaps no player in college hockey saw his stock rise during the season as much as Northeastern sophomore left wing Nolan Stevens. The Sea Isle City, NJ native went from three goals and eight assists as a freshman to 20 goals and 22 assists in his second go-around on St. Botolph Street.
His line, with center (and brother) John Stevens and right wing Zach Aston-Reese, spearheaded the Huskies’ resurgence from a 1-11-2 start to eventually finishing 22-14-5 with a Hockey East Tournament Championship on their resume.
The younger Stevens, in his third season of draft eligibility, has the most pro upside of any of the three on Jim Madigan’s top line. It’s an overly-used cliche, but Stevens is heavy and strong on pucks. Despite his offensive outburst this season, if he makes it to the NHL it will be as a bottom six winger.
Stevens has a good shot, but a lot of his offensive production came from good, old fashioned grit. He has a knack for being in the right place at the right time, winning net-front battles and scoring garbage goals.
He’s good in all 200-feet of the ice. He’s responsible defensively, doesn’t cut corners and pays attention to the finer details of the game. His father John Stevens is the associate head coach of the Los Angeles Kings and a former NHL player. He comes from a good hockey family and it shows in his hockey IQ.
The jump in Stevens’ game from his rookie to sophomore seasons is in part due to an off-season spent training. The U.S. NTDP alum worked hard in the weight room and other off-ice training to become stronger, which made him a better player.
(sbncollegehockey.com – Jeff Cox – March 29, 2016)

Honorable Mention – C/RW Todd Burgess – (New to List)
6’2” 179 lbs
Born: 1996-04-03 (USA – Peoria, Arizona)
2015-16 Stats
Fairbanks Ice Dogs (NAHL) GP 60, G 38, A 57, PTS 95, PIM 42
Fairbanks Ice Dogs (NAHL-Playoffs) GP 12, G 5, A 9, PTS 14, PIM 6
Committed to RPI (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season.
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: While the North American League is better known for goalies (Hellebuyck, Stolarz, Ryan Miller back in the day), scouts are keeping an eye on Burgess, a sniper with a Jimmy Vesey vibe who ironically has been more of a set-up guy during the playoffs. Nonetheless, keep an eye on the R.P.I. commit on the second day of the draft. (Prospect Need to Know – Ryan Kennedy, thehockeynews.com, May 3, 2016)

Honorable Mention – C Tanner Laczynski – (New to List)
6’0” 174 lbs
Born: 1997-06-01 (USA – Shorewood, Illinois)
2015-16 Stats
Chicago Steel (USHL) GP 33, G 13, A 27, PTS 40, PIM 20
Lincoln Stars (USHL) GP 19, G 11, A 12, PTS 23, PIM 18
Lincoln Stars (USHL-Playoffs) GP 4, G 1, A 2, PTS 3, PIM 0
Chicago Steel (JCWC) GP 5, G 1, A 7, PTS 8, PIM 6
USA U19 (WJAC-19) GP 5, G 0, A 3, PTS 3, PIM 2
Committed to Ohio State University (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season.
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Tanner Laczynski, a second year NHL Draft eligible forward, got many looks by NHL scouts last season but ultimately did not hear his named called by a NHL team in Sunrise, FL. This year he hopes to prove to an NHL team that he was overlooked last season.
Laczynski worked hard in the offseason, in which he gained 15 pounds of muscle to fill out his six-foot frame. The extra muscle hasn’t slowed down the top forward, as he has been a major contributor to Chicago’s offense dating back to the 2015 Junior Club World Cup (JCWC) this summer.
JCWC and IIHF officials awarded Laczynski with the Best Forward award after leading the tournament with eight points in five games.
“Tanner made a huge effort in the weight room throughout the entire offseason for his overall strength and explosiveness,” Steel head coach Dan Muse said. “The hard work this summer has absolutely paid off and he is making an impact on the game on both ends of the ice. My expectation is that he’s going to continue to improve. He’s absolutely a guy NHL scouts should be watching closely.”
Laczynski doesn’t let the stats, accolades or scouting rumors get to him. He’s been through this process once before and knows what is most important to his game.
“I came into this season more confident, and knowing that I’d be a veteran I wanted to lead the way in the locker room and be a key contributor,” Laczynski said. “This year I wanted the boys to be ready right away and to keep growing off of that.”
However, the strongest aspect of Laczynski’s game may not even be his offensive production.
“As a kid I was always working on my stick defensively, and offensively too, but I like to have a strong stick,” Laczynski explained. “I always want to be ready for the puck. It comes in handy for turning defense into offense.” (Aaron Westendorf, USHL.com, October 15, 2015)

 
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2016 NHL Entry Draft Top 60 Prospect (Late April Rankings)

To come up with the top 60 prospects for late April I have used an average of 8 different well respected lists including Sportsnet (Damien Cox), TSN (Craig Button, Bob McKenzie), HockeyProspects.com, McKeen’s, Central Scouting, ISS and Future Considerations. Like I mentioned with my February rankings, when you can’t physically scout every player yourself, I believe the best you can do is rely on information from other sources and combine it, which is what you’re getting with this list.

Stats as of end of the night April 22nd, 2016

#1 – C Auston Matthews – (No Change)
6’2″ 194 lbs
Born: 1997-09-17 (USA)
2015-16 Stats
Zurich Lions (NLA) GP 36, G 24, A 22, PTS 46, PIM 6
Zurich Lions (NLA-Playoffs) GP 4, G 0, A 3, PTS 3 PIM 2
USA (WJC) GP 7, G 7, A 4, PTS 11, PIM 2
USA (WC) GP 0, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Elite Prospects Link  – Player Profile on Zurich Lions Website – Player Profile on USA Hockey Website for 2015 U18
EP Scouting Report: A high octane dynamo that thrives under the microscope, Auston Matthews is a complete offensive forward who consistently boasts quick hands, feet, and thinking at both ends of the ice. Naturally nimble skater that accelerates to top speed very quickly. An unwavering focus on fine tuning elements of his own game facilitates confidence and competence in his young, but mature, mind. Prolific goal scoring ability and doesn’t wait for opportunities to show themselves. He makes his own luck, so to speak, maximizing the use of his body and stick to gain leverage against the toughest of opponents. All-in-all, a generational talent that has the potential to develop into a top flight franchise center. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016) Matthews will be the youngest member of the USA’s World Championship team this spring, offering one last chance to showcase himself as the top prospect for the 2016 draft.

#2 – W Patrik Laine – (No Change)
6’4″ 207 lbs
Born: 1998-04-19 (Finland)
2015-16 Stats
Tappara Tampere (SM-Liiga) GP 46, G 17, A 16, PTS 33, PIM 6
Tappara Tampere (SM-Liiga-Playoffs) GP 15, G 8, A 3, PTS 11, PIM 6
Finland (WJC) GP 7, G 7, A 6, PTS 13, PIM 6
Finland (Int-Jr) GP 7, G 5, A 2, PTS 7, PIM 2
Finland (EHT) GP 2, G 0, A 0, PTS 2, PIM 2
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on Tappara Tampere Website
EP Scouting Report: Laine is a towering winger with a knack for scoring big goals. A good skater, albeit not the most agile forward in traffic. Has a set of soft hands combined with good vision, but prefers to use his swift and heavy shot. Able to find openings to use his shot. Likes to play physical, but doesn’t get carried away by hitting the opponents. Playing in pro ranks has matured his game considerably. (EP 2016) A natural scorer, Laine’s greatest asset is his intimidating shot. He’s not a speedy skater, but possesses power and a long stride, and protects the puck well with his large frame and longer stick. Overall, skating has been a minor issue through Laine’s development but has improved with some help from his ability to read the game. Laine has the hunger to create chances on his own from the wing and actively looks for and creates opportunities to use his shot. His elite wrist shot is notable for its quick release and his powerful one-timer from the top of the circle is a constant threat on the man-advantage. (Matias Strozyk, 2016)

#3 – RW Jesse Puljujarvi – (No Change)
6’3″ 201 lbs
Born: 1998-05-07 (Finland)
2015-16 Stats
Karpat (SM-Liiga) GP 50, G 13, A 15, PTS 28, PIM 22
Karpat (SM-Liiga-Playoffs) GP 10, G 4, A 5, PTS 9, PIM 2
Finland (WJC) GP 7, G 5, A 12, PTS 17, PIM 0
Finland (WJC-18) GP 2, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 0
Finland (Int-Jr) GP 8, G 4, A 2, PTS 6, PIM1 0
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on Karpat Website
EP Scouting Report: Puljujärvi is a big winger who combines size, skating and skill. A strong skater who can blast past the opposition in full speed. Able to use his size, reach and stickhandling skills to retain the puck in speed. A smart player at both ends of the ice, both on and off the puck. Great work ethic and positive attitude. More of a playmaker than a scorer and could improve his shooting skills. Doesn’t shy away from physical play, but could use his size more to his benefit. (EP 2016) A truly dominant two-way force that consistently demonstrates elite hockey sense, proactive defensive awareness, and a full array of offensive tools. Comparable to Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars, Puljujärvi owns a dangerously accurate shot, as well as exceptional playmaking ability that pairs up quite nicely with his superb vision and enthusiasm. Has the ability to absolutely dominate by using his size and speed to keep possession of the puck until he determines it to be the right time for the rubber to hit the back of the net. Everything that he does, he does well, to the fullest of his ability; there are no empty holes in this electrifying and hard-nosed forward’s game. [EP]

#4 – LW Matthew Tkachuk – (No Change)
6’1″ 194 lbs
Born: 1997-12-11 (USA)
2015-16 Stats
London Knights (OHL) GP 57, G 30, A 77, PTS 107, PIM 80
London Knights (OHL-Playoffs) GP 11, G 13, A 13, PTS 26, PIM 22
USA (WJC) GP 7, G 4, A 7, PTS 11, PIM 6
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on London Knights Website – Player Profile on USA Hockey Website for 2015 U18
Scouting Report: A multi-dimensional energy winger that plays a pro-style, adaptive game. Well-versed as a guy who can consistently put up points, but also as an agitator who plays with a little bit of bite and nastiness. Skates with excellent balance and speed, outclassing many in his age range. No lack of offensive instincts and knows how to score in many different ways. Confidence in his abilities and playing to the extent of his capabilities strengthens his work ethic and creativity. All-in-all, a unique and effective forward who defines his own limits and seeks to exceed them, along with all on-ice expectations. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)
NHL Central Scouting’s David Gregory said. “He brings every element of the game that you need to bring, aside from the fact how skilled he is and what he brings with hockey sense. He’s got one of the best compete levels of anyone in this draft.” Retired NHL player Jeremy Roenick, who coached Tkachuk in the All-American Top Prospects Game, thought the son of U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member Keith Tkachuk was the most impressive player in the game. “I thought his compete level and intelligence really stood out; he knew where to go, and at that age it’s rare to see kids like that knowing where to go with the puck before they get it,” Roenick said. (Mike G. Morreale, NHL.com article September 29th, 2015)
“[Tkachuk] has elite hockey IQ and vision,” NHL Central Scouting’s Matt Ryan said. “He makes the players around him better and has a very good scoring touch around the net. He plays inside the dots and is willing to go to the hard areas to score goals. He brings a physical element and is able to get under the skin of his opponents.” (Mike. F Morreale, NHL.com article November 24th, 2015)

#5 – W Pierre-Luc Dubois – (Up 5 Spots)
6’3″ 201 lbs
Born: 1998-06-24 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL) GP 62, G 42, A 57, PTS 99, PIM 112
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL-Playoffs) GP 12, G 7, A 5, PTS 12, PIM 14
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on Cape Breton Screaming Eagles Website
Scouting Report: A dexterous and driven competitor that has all the makings of a dynamic two-way winger. Not the most electric skater, but is shifty and plays to the extent of his physical capabilities; he knows his limits and plays within them, which facilitates a student-like approach to the growth of his game. Possesses high hockey-IQ and is consistent in his efforts. Not the most physical player, but is when he needs to be. All-in-all, Dubois is an invaluable all-around player who plays in all situations and exceeds expectations when the opportunity arises. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)
A top-end talent that impacts all aspects of the game from different angles. May well be the most complete player in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. His multidimensional play and elite offensive prowess reminds scouts a little bit of James Neal. Competitiveness marks his game and he consistently proves to be a high impact player when he is on the ice. [EP]
“[Dubois] is a big, skilled forward who plays a complete game,” Central Scouting’s Troy Dumville said. “He goes to traffic areas and plays with an edge, has good vision and very good hands in tight.” (Mike. F Morreale, NHL.com article November 24th, 2015)

#6 – W Alexander Nylander – (No Change)
6’0″ 176 lbs
Born: 1998-03-02 (Canada) Swedish Citizen
2015-16 Stats
Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) GP 57, G 28, A 47, PTS 75, PIM 18
Mississauga Steelheads (OHL-Playoffs) GP 6, G 6, A 6, PTS 12, PIM 2
Sweden (WJC) GP 7, G 3, A 5, PTS 9
Sweden (WJC-18) GP 5, G 3, A 5, PTS 8, PIM 0
Sweden (Int-Jr 18/20) GP 15, G 8, A 11, PTS 19, PIM 8
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on Mississauga Steelheads Website
Scouting Report: “Mississauga has been able to stockpile quite a collection of prospects for both the 2016 and 2017 NHL draft class,” Dan Marr, NHL Director of Central Scouting said. “Second-year players McLeod and Bastian continue to develop and contribute while establishing themselves as first-round considerations. Nylander is excelling on the smaller North American ice and the three of these players give Mississauga a uniqueness of having a line of first-round prospects.” (Mike. F Morreale, NHL.com article November 24th, 2015)
Talking to scouts working the Hlinka tournament, they inevitably use William as a measuring stick for Alexander. “Skilled like his big brother, shows a lot on the perimeter on the big ice,” one scout said of Nylander the younger. “Skates like William, same sort of size at the same stage, not physically mature, ” another said. Two scouts I talked to framed it the same way: “Not as flamboyant as his brother,” they said. That might be a comment on William even more than his little draft-eligible brother. “Flamboyant” isn’t a word that comes in many scouting reports. According to those at the tournament, Alexander was the best skater on the ice in any given shift he played in Sweden’s opening 4-3 victory over Switzerland, picking up a goal and assist.” (Gary Joyce, Sportsnet.com August 13th, 2015)
Son of former NHLer Michael Nylander.

#7 – D Jakob Chychrun – (Down 2 Spots)
6’2″ 194 lbs
Born: 1998-03-31 (USA) Canadian Citizen
2015-16 Stats
Sarnia Sting (OHL) GP 62, G 11, A 38, PTS 49, PIM 51
Sarnia Sting (OHL-Playoffs) GP 7, G 2, A 6, PTS 8, PIM 8
Canada (WJC-18) GP 5, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 8
Elite Prospect LinkPlayer Profile on Sarnia Sting Website
Scouting Report: An unyielding two-way defenceman, Jakob Chychrun is a rising star with a toolbox bursting at the seams. Consistently displays elite four-way skating ability and is not afraid to throw his weight around physically. Plays with poise and composure through high pressure situations and, with the puck on his stick, can direct the play up-ice. Exhibits a particularly potent shot that works its magic on the power play and on the forecheck. Excellent first pass and uses his vision and awareness to keep the puck moving in the direction of the opposition’s tail or to a teammate with more time and space. Defensively adept at tracking the puck and staying a step ahead of the opposition. Proactive with his stick and body, exerting pressure on the opposition and forcing them to make hurried decisions.
All-in-all, a well-rounded two-way defender that competes with pro-level drive and makes his authoritative presence felt at both ends of the ice. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)
“Defenseman Jakob Chychrun brings size, speed, toughness and a cracking shot to the ice and really; you can’t ask for much more in a prospect. That’s why the Sarnia Sting sophomore will be the top 2016 draft hopeful to watch in North America this season and by far the most coveted defenseman.” (Ryan Kennedy, The Hockey News September 22, 2015)
“I saw Chychrun a lot last year before his injury, and again after he returned, and he has an all-around game,” Central Scouting’s Al Jensen said. “I haven’t seen a young defenseman with this type of skill set in his draft year since Scott Stevens. Jakob has that drive and determination, and when I look in his eyes you can see it. He’s almost NHL-ready right now.” “People will be very impressed with this kid; he’s got a phenomenal shot, he’s a leader and plays all situations, and his 1-on-1 coverage is great.” (Mike G. Morreale, NHL.com article September 29th, 2015)
Son of former NHLer Jeff Chychrun and Nephew of former NHLer Luke Richardson.

#8 – D Olli Juolevi – (Down 1 Spot)
6’2″ 183 lbs
Born: 1998-05-05 (Finland)
2015-16 Stats
London Knights (OHL) GP 57, G 9, A 33, PTS 42, PIM 16
London Knights (OHL-Playoffs) GP 11, G 2, A 6, PTS 8, PIM 2
Finland (WJC) GP 7, G 0, A 9, PTS 9, PIM 4
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on London Knights Website
Scouting Report: A competitive spark-plug, Olli Juolevi is a complete, all-around defenceman that can hem the opposition in their own end or make things difficult for the opposition at home; either way, he puts the pressure on and lays it on thick. A strong and balanced skater, he can rush the puck through the neutral zone with ease or backcheck with haste. Uses his size to his advantage, but knows his physical limits and plays within them. Instead of playing overly physical, he makes his presence felt by exhibiting his high-end playmaking ability and puck possession play. All-in-all, a well-rounded blueliner who thrives under pressure and can be trusted in all situations. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)
Very sturdily built D-man that leans into his hits, competes hard, and possesses elite-level vision and hockey sense. Looks stronger game-by-game and adapts very quickly to his surroundings and situations. Scouts liken Olli Juolevi to Olli Maatta of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Both are fluid skaters and have deep-rooted understandings of their position. Both have tremendous skill and talent, and both will go far in their careers. [EP]
NHL Central Scouting’s Matt Ryan said he feels Juolevi has proven to be very smart in his first OHL season.”He’s a smooth-skating defenseman with poise and composure,”Ryan also said. “He has the ability to play in every situation.” (Mike. F Morreale, NHL.com article November 24th, 2015)
“The Olli Maatta clone was named the top D-man among Finland under-20s.” (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, October 14, 2015)

#9 – D Mikhail Sergachev – (No Change)
6’2″ 205 lbs
Born: 1998-06-25 (Russia)
2015-16 Stats
Windsor Spitfires (OHL) GP 67, G 17, A 40, PTS 57, PIM 56
Windsor Spitfires (OHL-Playoffs) GP 5, G 2, A 3, PTS 5, PIM 8
Russia (WJC-U18) GP 5, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 8
Elite Prospect Link  – Roster Page on Windsor Spitfires Website
EP Scouting Report: A dominant two-way defenceman whose tenacity and competitiveness characterize his style of play. Plays with a poise and confidence that facilitates his creativity with the puck as well as split-second decision making. Naturally fluid skater who is always looking to be engaged, if not the center, of each unfolding play. All-in-all, a diligent two-way defenceman who excels at finding ways to be a difference-maker in games. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)

#10 – C Michael McLeod – (Down 2 Spots)
6’2″ 187 lbs
Born: 1998-02-03 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) GP 57, G 21, A 40, PTS 61, PIM 71
Mississauga Steelheads (OHL-Playoffs) GP 7, G 3, A 6, PTS 9, PIM 6
Canada (WJC-U18) GP 5, G 2, A 1, PTS 3, PIM 2
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on Mississauga Steelheads Website
Scouting Report: Michael McLeod is a highly skilled power center that relies on nobody but himself to get the job done. His size and skating make him difficult to contain, and his competitiveness gives him an edge against other teams’ best. His deft puckhandling skills and control over his speed are the defining aspects of his offensive abilities. All-in-all, a top talent that is both dynamic and hard to play against. (Curtis Joe, EP 2015)
“Mississauga has been able to stockpile quite a collection of prospects for both the 2016 and 2017 NHL draft class,” Dan Marr, NHL Director of Central Scouting said. “Second-year players McLeod and Bastian continue to develop and contribute while establishing themselves as first-round considerations. Nylander is excelling on the smaller North American ice and the three of these players give Mississauga a uniqueness of having a line of first-round prospects.” (Mike. F Morreale, NHL.com article November 24th, 2015)
“Canada’s second-best forward at the Hlinka event. He has the size to be a No. 1 pivot.” (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, October 14, 2015)

#11 – C Clayton Keller – (Up 2 Spots)
5’10” 170 lbs
Born: 1998-07-29 (USA)
2015-16 Stats
US National U18 Team (USDP) GP 60, G 37, A 66, PTS 103, PIM 38
US National U18 Team (USHL) GP 23, G 13, A 24, PTS 37, PIM 14
USA (WJC-U18) GP 5, G 4, A 6, PTS 10, PIM 0
Committed to Boston University (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on USA Hockey Website for 2015 U18 – Player Profile on US National U18 Team Page
Scouting Report: “An offensive catalyst with USA’s national program, Keller is a world-class puck handler who blends his puck-on-a-string dangles with elite vision to confidently dissect opposing defences. His passing abilities are in a class of their own and he needs very little time and space to execute creative, highly difficult pass attempts. He mixes in deceptive fakes, stick misdirection and paralyzing agility to keep opposing teams guessing. In a similar mold as a Patrick Kane or Mitch Marner, Keller’s the type of player that teams run their offenses through due to their creativity and confidence under pressure. He’s not a one-trick pony either because his shooting abilities have dynamic elements as well.” (Kelly Friesen, Buzzing the Net, Yahoo.ca Article August 24, 2015)

#12 – C/LW Tyson Jost – (Down 1 Spot)
6’0″ 194 lbs
Born: 1998-03-14 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Penticton Vees (BCHL) GP 48, G 42, A 62, PTS 104, PIM 43
Penticton Vees (BCHL-Playoffs) GP 11, G 6, A 8, PTS 14, PIM 4
Canada (WJC-U18) GP 5, G 6, A 8, PTS 14, PIM 0
Committed to University of North Dakota (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on Penticton Vees Website
EP Scouting Report: Tyson Jost is a crafty goal-scorer that carries out plays as quickly as he envisions them. As someone who thinks and plays at a fast tempo, it comes as no surprise that he creates a lot of energy as an offensive catalyst. He sees the ice very well and has the willingness and determination to win battles in the tough areas. All-in-all, a dynamic offensive forward with top-6 potential at the next level. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)

#13 – D Jake Bean – (Up 5 Spots)
6’1″ 172 lbs
Born: 1998-09-06 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Calgary Hitmen (WHL) GP 68, G 24, A 40, PTS 64, PIM 28
Calgary Hitmen (WHL-Playoffs) GP 5, G 0, A 2, PTS 2, PIM 2
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on Calgary Hitmen Website
Scouting Report: A shifty and intelligent defenceman that plays with panache and poise. An excellent skater that is a good puck-carrier up the ice. Makes very good decisions with and without the puck, and plays strong positionally. Works hard and doesn’t give the opposition much to work with, but could stand to be a bit more assertive during high pressure situations. That being said, he is not a one dimentional player. He displays natural talent in the offensive end, but also plays a complete defensive game in his own end. He has a proactive stick and boxes the opposition out, limiting lanes. All-in-all, the type of all-around defenceman that you want to have on the ice as much as possible. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)
It’s a down draft year for the ‘Dub,’ but Bean is one to watch. A whip-smart defenseman with an excellent stick, Bean is probably underrated defensively, where his positioning is excellent. When you put up 43 points in 46 games, that part can get overshadowed. (Ryan Kennedy, The Hockey News, January 26, 2016 Article)

#14 – D Charlie McAvoy – (Up 1 Spot)
6’0″ 205 lbs
Born: 1997-12-21 (USA)
2015-16 Stats
Boston University Terriers (NCAA) GP 37, G 3, A 22, PTS 25, PIM 56
USA (WJC) GP 7, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on USA Hockey Website for 2015 U18 – Player Profile on Boston University Terriers Website
Scouting Report: “We expect Charlie to make an immediate impact and play in all situations,” Boston University coach David Quinn said. “He’s got great skills and vision and he’s a big, strong kid that skates well. He’s one of the top freshman defensemen in college hockey.” (Mike G. Morreale, NHL.com article September 29th, 2015)
Playing very well as a freshman and was terrific at the world juniors on a power-play tandem with Zach Werenski. (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, February 19th, 2016)
Took extra courses to get to BU early. Is family friends with Leafs prospect Jeremy Bracco.
(Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, February 19th, 2016)

#15 – RW Julien Gauthier – (Down 3 Spots)
6’4″ 225 lbs
Born: 1997-10-15 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Val-d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL) GP 54, G 41, A 16, PTS 57, PIM 24
Val-d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL-Playoffs) GP 6, G 2, A 3, PTS 5, PIM 8
Canada (WJC) GP 5, G 0, A 2, PTS 2, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on Val-d’Or Foreurs Website
Scouting Report: An explosive power forward who boasts an elite-level skill package. Takes nothing for granted and plays with hard-nosed work ethic. Tremendous vision and outstanding hockey sense; thrives under pressure and doesn’t stray from the high-percentage play. Willingness to play physical and win battles in his own end makes him a vital asset, stepping up at the game’s key moments. Exceptional skating ability allows him to stay with, if not ahead, of each unfolding play. Refined puckhandling skills allow him to maintain puck control at breakneck speeds. All-in-all, a prolific scorer whose attitude and innate abilities will constantly propel him into dominance. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)
Julien Gauthier has drawn well-deserved comparisons to current NHLer Rick Nash. He has an imposing frame, dazzling puck skills, and the drive to win. Learns from his past mistakes and implements new strategies to counteract them. [EliteProspects 2016]
“Gauthier is the prototype power forward who skates well, plays with an edge and can score,” Dan Marr, NHL Director of Central Scouting said. “He’s continuing to grow as a player and has tremendous upside. It’s not often you have the combination of skating, skills and physical assets that are capable of finding ways to contribute.” (Mike. F Morreale, NHL.com article November 24th, 2015)
Nephew of former Nhler Denis Gauthier.

#16 – C Logan Brown – (Up 4 Spots)
6’6″ 218 lbs
Born: 1998-03-05 (USA) Canadian Citizen
2015-16 Stats
Windsor Spitfires (OHL) GP 59, G 21, A 53, PTS 74, PIM 40
Windsor Spitfires (OHL-Playoffs) GP 5, G 0, A 6 PTS 6, PIM 6
U.S. National U18 Team (USDP) GP 7, G 2, A 8, PTS 10, PIM 6
USA (WJC-U18) GP 5, G 1, A 8, PTS 9, PIM 2
Elite Prospect Link  – Roster Page on Windsor Spitfires Website
Scouting Report:
Brown is a huge center that excels at both ends of the ice. He can be dominant in the offensive zone but takes care of his own end as well. His 6’6 frame is key to his success as he uses his body to shield his puck and his reach to keep it off other players sticks. He is not overly physical for a player his size, but will finish every check and battle down low very effectively. He has a good shot with a pro like release as well as good creativity and maturity when passing the puck. (Tyler Parchem, EP 2016)
“[Brown] is a typical case of bigger players requiring a little more time to develop and he had a slow start which was influenced by injury and suspension,” Dan Marr, NHL Director of Central Scouting said. “But now he is on top of his game and the results are showing. He moves deceptively well for his size and he knows how to utilize that size to dominate on the play and protect the puck. Logan has such good hands and puck skills for a big forward that he’s hard to stop when he’s driving to the net.” (Mike. F Morreale, NHL.com article November 24th, 2015)
Has good vision, thinks the game well and creates chances for teammates. Still growing, much to his chagrin. (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, February 19th, 2016)
Son of former NHLer Jeff Brown.

#17 – C German Rubtsov – (Up 2 Spots)
6’1″ 174 lbs
Born: 1998-06-27 (Russia)
2015-16 Stats
Team Russia U18 (MHL) GP 28, G 12, A 14, PTS 26, PIM 10
Team Russia U18 (MHL-Playoffs) GP 3, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on Team Russia U18 Website
Scouting Report: Owns a projectable frame, great hands and plenty of skill. Also displays loads of two-way ability and is also an excellent playmaker from the center position.
Needs to add plenty of bulk and get physically stronger in order to maximize output at the National Hockey League level. Needs to prove he can produce on smaller ice. (The Hockey News Player Profile)
Impressed scouts with his play at World Junior Challenge in mid-December. (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, February 19th, 2016)

#18 – C/LW Kieffer Bellows – (Down 2 Spots)
6’1″ 194 lbs
Born: 1998-06-10 (USA)
2015-16 Stats
US National U18 Team (USDP) GP 60, G 48, A 31, PTS 79, PIM 99
USNTDP Juniors (USHL) GP 23, G 16, A 16, PTS 32, PIM 41
USA (WJC-U18) GP 5, G 3, A 3, PTS 6, PIM 6
Committed to Boston University (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on US National U18 Team Page
EP Scouting Report: Kieffer Bellows is a skilled power forward that can dominate games. Possesses high end puckhandling ability as well as a crisp, accurate release on his shot. Proficient forechecker and loves to win puck battles, which stands out as a consistent part of his game. Strong skater that can bull through the opposition or go around them. Drives the net hard and is a decisive finisher. All-in-all, a competitor that punishes the opposition physically, as well as on the scoreboard. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)
A pure sniper. He shoots from everywhere and is selfish in the way great goal-scorers need to be. (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, February 19th, 2016)
Son of former NHLer Brian Bellows.

#19 – C Luke Kunin – (Up 2 Spots)
6’0″ 196 lbs
Born: 1997-12-04
2015-16 Stats
University of Wisconsin Badgers (NCAA) GP 34, G 19, A 13, PTS 32, PIM 34
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on University of Wisconsin Badgers Website
Scouting Report: A highly intelligent and offensively gifted forward. Has a keen eye for scoring opportunities and has shown flashes of elite-level finishing capability. Works hard and isn’t afraid to battle for puck possession. Good hands and puck skills, and has a really accurate release on his shot. Needs to work on his explosiveness, staying in motion with the play, and strength behind his shot. All-in-all, a gifted offensive force with the potential to blossom into a highlight reel player. (Curtis Joe, EP 2015)
Plays a simple, strong game and all three forward positions. Strong start at the U.S. Top Prospects Game last fall. 
(Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, February 19th, 2016)

#20 – LW Max Jones – (Down 6 Spots)
6’3″ 201 lbs
Born: 1998-02-17 (USA)
2015-16 Stats
London Knights (OHL) GP 63, G 28, A 24, PTS 52, PIM 106
London Knights (OHL-Playoffs) GP 4, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 19
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on London Knights Website
Scouting Report: Max Jones is a diligent and hard-working power forward capable of being an impact player every shift. He’s strong on the puck and routinely looks to create separation. He knows his game inside out and has a wide array of tools at his disposal. Strength and speed allow him to bull his way to the front of the net where he is relentless and creates havoc. Makes smart decisions with the puck and doesn’t give the opposition time and space. Possesses high-end finishing ability and “wills” the puck to the back of the net. All-in-all, a determined forward who puts tremendous pressure on his opponents when he’s on the ice. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)
“[Jones] is a strong power forward who possesses great speed and acceleration, has a heavy shot and quick hands,” NHL Central Scouting’s Matt Ryan said. “He loves to drive the net and challenge defenders physically and is a nightmare for defenders below the hash marks in the offensive zone.” (Mike. F Morreale, NHL.com article November 24th, 2015)
Son of Former NHLer Brad Jones.

#21 – D Dante Fabbro – (Down 4 Spots)
6’1″ 185 lbs
Born: 1998-06-20 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Penticton Vees (BCHL) GP 45, G 14, A 53, PTS 67, PIM 30
Penticton Vees (BCHL) GP 11, G 0, A 8, PTS 8, PIM 2
Canada (WJC-U18) GP 5, G 0, A 8, PTS 8, PIM 4
Committed to Boston University (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on Penticton Vees Website
Scouting Report: Dante Fabbro is a dependable two-way defenseman with high offensive upside. He plays with poise and makes mature, high-percentage decisions under pressure. In his own end, he is proactive with both his body and stick, and does everything right to interrupt passing lanes and win back possession. With the puck on his stick, he is mobile at an elite level and can direct plays like a quarterback. He possesses a hard and accurate release on his shot, that he gets off quickly and on-net. All-in-all, a complete defenseman that plays a refined game at both ends of the ice. (Curtis Joe, EP 2015)
“Fabbro’s defensive tendencies and polished offensive game have often drawn comparisons to Tyson Barrie of the Colorado Avalanche. As a slick puck mover with excellent individual skill, Fabbro could become a huge difference maker at the next level.” [EP]
“Fabbro is a strong positional player with a very good read-and-react game,” Dan Marr, Director of NHL Central Scouting said. “He’s always in a good position to break up a play. He gets his point shot on the net; he was Canada’s best defenseman at 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament.” (Mike G. Morreale, NHL.com article September 29th, 2015)

#22 – LW Riley Tufte – (No Change)
6’5″ 190 lbs
Born: 1998-04-10 (USA)
2015-16 Stats
Blaine High (USHS) GP 25, G 47, A 31, PTS 78, PIM 53
Blaine High (USHS-Playoffs) GP 2, G 2, A 5, PTS 7, PIM 0
Fargo Force (USHL) GP 27, G 10, A 4, PTS 14, PIM 30
Committed to University of Minnesota-Duluth (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season
Elite Prospect LinkPlayer Profile on USHL Website
Scouting Report: “The 2014 No. 1-overall pick in the USHL draft. Playing in high school now, headed to Minnesota-Duluth.” (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, December 17, 2015)
“Will finish the year in the USHL with Fargo after his high school season ends this season. Drawing Nick Bjugstad comparisons.” (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, February 19th, 2016)

#23 – C/LW Rasmus Asplund – (Up 2 Spots)
5’11” 176 lbs
Born: 1997-12-03 (Sweden)
2015-16 Stats
Farjestad KB (SHL) GP 46, G 4, A 8, PTS 12, PIM 16
Farjestad KB (SHL-Playoffs) GP 3, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Sweden (WJC) GP 7, G 3, A 2, PTS 5, PIM 6
Sweden U20 (Int-Jr.) GP 16, G 5, A 4, PTS 9, PIM 6
Elite Prospect LinkPlayer Profile on Farjestad KB Website
Scouting Report: One of Sweden’s better players at the world juniors, Asplund centered the second line with Alexander Nylander (2016) and Dmytro Timashov (Toronto) on his wings. That unit played more like the first line, leading the Tre Kronor in scoring with 21 points in seven games. Coach Rikard Gronborg loved Asplund’s smarts and all-around game and despite being one of the youngest on the squad, Asplund almost made the team last year. Asplund is in his second SHL season with Farjestad and has already doubled his offensive output year over year. And while seven points in 31 games doesn’t sound like much, it’s good for top-12 amongst junior-aged players in Sweden’s best circuit. The top-rated Swede in Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings, Asplund will also be a crucial part of Sweden’s world junior squad next year, when the Tre Kronor try to erase consecutive fourth-place finishes. (Ryan Kennedy, The Hockey News, January 26, 2016 Article)

#24 – C Alex DeBrincat – (No Change)
5’7″ 161 lbs
Born: 1997-12-18 (USA)
2015-16 Stats
Erie Otters (OHL) GP 60, G 51, A 50, PTS 101, PIM 28
Erie Otters (OHL-Playoffs) GP 10, G 8, A 11, PTS 19, PIM 11
USA (WJC) GP 5, G 1, A 0, PTS 1, PIM 25
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on Erie Otters Website
Scouting Report: DeBrincat is a small player with a dynamic skill set. He is a pure sniper, scoring over 50 goals in two straight years in the OHL. He is very undersized, but can be very nasty to play against and shies away from no one. He had to deal with injuries at the 2016 World Junior Championship, but that did not hamper his production when he returned to the OHL. He skates well and is very effective around the net. He is hard to contain for such a small player, and has great chemistry with anyone he plays with. A decade player in the OHL. (Tyler Parchem, EP 2016)
“DeBrincat will be one of the more intriguing prospects scouted this year,” said Dan Marr, Director of NHL Central Scouting. “He has an obvious and unique skill set which combines well with his tenacity to score. While his size is not an asset, it’s not affected him from being able to consistently generate offence for his team.” (Mike G. Morreale, NHL.com article September 29th, 2015)

#25 – C/RW Tage Thompson – (Up 1 Spot)
6’5″ 189 lbs
Born: 1997-10-30 (USA)
2015-16 Stats
University of Connecticut Huskies (NCAA) GP 38, G 14, A 18, PTS 32, PIM 12
Elite Prospect LinkPlayer Profile on USA Hockey Website for 2015 U18 – Player Profile on University of Connecticut Huskies Website
Scouting Report: Has a big shot and is scoring scoring as a freshman with the Huskies. Father Brent was a second-round pick by L.A. in ’89. He played 15 pro seasons. (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, February 19th, 2016)

#26 – C/RW Pascal Laberge – (New to list)
6’1″ 172 lbs
Born: 1998-04-09 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL) GP 56, G 23, 45 A, 68 PTS, 64 PIM
Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL-Playoffs) GP 5, G 3, 2 A, 5 PTS, 6 PIM
Canada (WJC-18) GP 5, G 1, A 2, PTS 3, PIM 2
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Pascal Laberge is a tough and spirited two-way forward with a high level of hockey sense. Hunts for turnovers and causes havoc whenever he is on the ice. Uses his size well to shield the puck, exert physical force, and win board battles. Has a good set of goal-scorer’s hands, but tends to use them more to pass than anything. All-in-all, an efficient, yet exciting, two-way forward with potential to develop into a playmaking goal scorer. (Curtis Joe, EP 2014)

#27 – D Logan Stanley – (Down 4 Spots)
6’7″ 216 lbs
Born: 1998-05-26 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Windsor Spitfires (OHL) GP 64, G 5, A 12, PTS 17, PIM 103
Windsor Spitfires (OHL-Playoffs) GP 5, G 1, A 0, PTS 1, PIM 16
Canada (WJC-U18) GP 5, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 8
Elite Prospect Link  – Roster Page on Windsor Spitfires Website
Scouting Report: Stanley is a huge two way defenceman. He loves to play physical and clear the crease, but also can chip in offensively when needed. He has become a nasty player that the other team dreads whenever he is on the ice. Very few players can match him physically due his monster 6’6 frame, and he uses this to his advantage every game. He is a very consistent player who’s offensive game improved as the year went on. He looked very good in a first round series loss to the Kitchener Rangers in the 2016 OHL Playoffs (Tyler Parchem, EP 2016)
One OHL exec says he’s the most improved player in the OHL. Has a mean streak and is very competitive. (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, December 17, 2015)
“Plays tough against small players, tough against big players,” said one scout. Just keeps rising in the eyes of scouts. (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, February 19th, 2016)

#28 – F Taylor Raddysh – (New to list)
6’2″ 198 lbs
Born: 1998-02-18 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Erie Otters (OHL) GP 67, G 24, 49 A, 73 PTS, 18 PIM
Erie Otters (OHL-Playoffs) GP 10, G 4, 6 A, 10 PTS, 2 PIM
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Raddysh is strong on the puck, protects it well and reads plays well. He is strong on his skates and difficult to knock off the puck but lacks acceleration, top speed or elite mobility. Raddysh plays a heavy game and is aggressive on the forecheck, delivers hard hits, is a force both in front of the goal and along the wall in board battles. Raddysh has made significant strides in his offensive game with a breakout season seeing his point totals jump from 27 in his rookie season to 73 in his draft year with the Erie Otters. Skating is average but adequate and will need to improve to succeed at the NHL level. Raddysh may not have top six NHL upside, but he plays an all-around game, has size and strength to be effective in a power forward role with low risk. (Dobberprospects.com)

#29 – C Dillon Dube – (No Change)
5’10” 181 lbs
Born: 1998-07-20 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Kelowna Rockets (WHL) GP 65, G 26, A 40, PTS 66, PIM 50
Kelowna Rockets (WHL-Playoffs) GP 15, G 2, A 4, PTS 6, PIM 16
Elite Prospect LinkPlayer Profile on Kelowna Rockets Website
Scouting Report: “Small, quick forward. Part of the Rockets’ Memorial Cup final squad last year.” (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, October 15,2015)
“Some see him as a similar prospect to Travis Konecny.” (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, November 18th, 2015)
Dube is just another product of a successful corps of young forwards coming up through Kelowna. Winning is in his blood and he will do whatever it takes to win. A key penalty killer on the team, he will sacrifice his body blocking shots and then transit in his game to offense by using his breakaway speed out of the neutral zone. He will take face offs in the defensive zone and set up the play using real good offensive instincts. Has success from in close and in the slot. Creates a lot of turnovers and uses his speed effectively. A real, hard shot – he likes to shoot from the circles. (Marhsall Mackinder, hockeynow.ca, February 2016)

#30 – LW Tyler Benson – (Down 2 Spots)
6’0″ 201 lbs
Born: 1998-03-15 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Vancouver Giants (WHL) GP 30, G 9, A 19, PTS 28, PIM 46
Elite Prospect LinkPlayer Profile on Vancouver Giants Website
Scouting Report: “He reminds so much of Jamie Benn at the same age,” said Craig Button, the TSN commentator, former NHL GM in Calgary and scouting guru. “Tyler can make plays off the wing or score off the wing, and guys like him are rare. He thinks the game at such a high pace, and that translates when you can make plays, when everything around you is busy.” “For the most part, Tyler’s been our best player … you don’t like to say that about a 16-year-old, but he’s been that guy,” said Giants general manager Scott Bonner, “He kills penalties, he leads us in hits, and we have a guy doing Corsi and his puck-possession numbers are the best with those NHL stats,” said Bonner. “He’s more physically mature than most 16-year-olds.” “Tyler has huge legs and a huge trunk,” said Bonner. “He’s not a pretty skater, per se, but he’s quick and powerful.” (Jim Matheson, Edmonton Journal, Articlal, November 20th, 2014)
He’s a very smart player who is capable of seeing opportunity and taking advantage. A rarity in that he can score goals off the wing or make plays off the wing. Gets involved physically and is a determined competitor who uses well in multiple areas. (Craig Button, tsn.ca, November 2014)

#31 – W Vitali Abramov – (New to list)
5’9″ 170 lbs
Born: 1998-05-08 (Russia)
2015-16 Stats
Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL) GP 63, G 38, A 55, PTS 93, PIM 36
Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL-Playoffs) GP 10, G 7, A 6, PTS 13, PIM 8
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: – Abramov has proven to be a consistent scorer and offensive threat. While Abramov is small by pro standards, his high-end skill set and skating ability will allow him to be an effective player at higher levels. A dynamic offensive player who possesses excellent vision and offensive creativity. Has a wide array of moves, dekes and toe-drags with explosive acceleration and a high-end top gear. (Peter Harling, Dobberprospects.com February 2016)

#32 – D Kale Clague – (New to list)
6’0″ 179 lbs
Born: 1998-06-05 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) GP 71, G 6, A 37, PTS 43, PIM 54
Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL-Playoffs) GP 12, G 4, A 5, PTS 9, PIM 4
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: An offensive defenseman in nature, Clague is a tantalizing blend of speed, cunning, and craftiness. Very smooth skater that is mobile at a professional level. Great vision and is able to control plays with the puck on his stick. Creative passer. Will need to work on his shot and consistency moving forward, but has the undeniable raw skills and fundamental attributes of a puck-moving offensive defenseman. All-in-all, a highly skilled defenseman that has the potential to be a proficient producer from the back end. (Curtis Joe, EP 2015)
“Canada’s best defenceman at the Ivan Hlinka summer showcase is silky smooth on the back end.” (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, October 14, 2015)
Clague is an exceptionally smart defenseman who combines vision and creativity to be dangerous anywhere on the ice. Outstanding puck skills and the puck moves to advantageous positions. Great anticipation and is a catalyst in transition. (Craig Button, tsn.ca, November 2014)

#33 – C Brett Howden – (New to list)
6’2″ 192 lbs
Born: 1998-03-29 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) GP 68, G 24, A 40, PTS 64, PIM 61
Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL-Playoffs) GP 10, G 4, A 11, PTS 15, PIM 4
Canada (WJC-U18) GP 4, G 5, A 3, PTS 8, PIM 4
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: “Team Canada’s captain at the summer Ivan Hlinka tourney plays a 200-foot game.” (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, October 14, 2015)
A good skating center who can be a solid offensive contributor. Smart, good puck skills and very difficult to deter because he makes his size work to his advantage. Can make plays in tight or on the rush, and can start them or finish them. (Craig Button, tsn.ca, November 2014)
A two-way forward who uses his large frame to his advantage standing in front of the net screening the goalie and collecting rebounds. Will battle hard in front and in the corners with a real physical edge. He won’t drop the gloves but plays a game that suits his size. Has a real long reach that he uses to protect the puck. Has shown much improved play in the defensive zone over the season and is a real mature puck distributor. Skating needs some work and he needs to remember to keep his feet moving away from the puck. Howden has all the tools NHL teams look for in a high draft pick and he most likely will play in the NHL but how much he can contribute on a consistent basis is the question
(Marhsall Mackinder, hockeynow.ca, April 2016)
Brother of Current Florida Panthers Forward Quinton Howden.

#34 – D Libor Hajek – (Down 7 Spots)
6’2″ 196 lbs
Born: 1998-02-04 (Czech Rep.)
2015-16 Stats
Saskatoon Blades (WHL) GP 69, G 3, A 23, PTS 26, PIM 76
Czech (WJC-U18) GP 5, G 0, A 2, PTS 2, PIM 6
Czech (Int-Jr) GP 5, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 6
Elite Prospect LinkPlayer Profile on Saskatoon Blades Website
Scouting Report: “The second pick of 2015 the CHL Import Draft is a big, physical blueliner” (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, October 14, 2015)
“He’s a very good skater who offers lots of risk and reward.” (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, November 18th, 2015)

#35 – D Samuel Girard – (New to list)
5’10” 161 lbs
Born: 1998-05-12 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL) GP 67, G 10, A 64, PTS 74, PIM 10
Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL-Playoffs) GP 12, G 1, A 13, PTS 14, PIM 2
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A flashy offensive defenceman that takes advantage of opportunities and is always looking to make an impact each shift. Works very hard and isn’t afraid to play the body. Skates with exceptional exuberance and fluidity. Accurate release on his shot and a good eye for open passing lanes. Proactive defensively and puts the pressure on the opposition. Needs to have a more active stick and a more felt presence in shooting lanes, but he has shown a willingness to learn, and these skills will develop. All-in-all, an exciting offensive defenceman who displays noteworthy offensive and defensive instincts. (Curtis Joe, EP 2015)

#36 – G Carter Hart – (New to list)
6’1″ 170 lbs
Born: 1998-08-13 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Everett Slvertips (WHL) GP 63, GAA 2.14 , SV% .918
Everett Slvertips (WHL-Playoffs) GP 6, GAA 2.39, SV% .929
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: With a 6-foot-1, 170-pound frame, Hart is by no means undersized in the blue paint, but he is a couple of inches shorter than most goalies who elicit attention from NHL scouts. He is well aware of the slight concern over his height, as he’s made adjustments in his game to complement his size.“I have to come out to the top of the crease to cut down angles,” he says. “I also have to be quicker and have the legs to adjust quickly to a play. There are adjustments here and there that I have to make.” (Kelly Friesen, Yahoo Sports, October 2015)
“He’s very poised, patient and calm in the net,” Central Scouting’s Al Jensen said. “He doesn’t get rattled, has an excellent butterfly and seals the ice well with his pads. He can keep his body upright to protect the upper corners, has a good glove hand and good rebound control.” Everett goaltender Carter Hart not only shares the same jersey number as Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals, but the same sports psychologist. ( Mike G. Morreale , NHL.com, April 2016)
Hart has quickly established himself as one of the top young goalies in the WHL this season. His lightning quick glove hand and quick side-to-side movements frustrate his opponents. He steps up in big situations and doesn’t just makes that one big save but shifts the momentum in his teams favour with his confidence. He is a confident butterfly goalie who gets real low to cut off more of an angle while keeping himself looking big.
(Marshall Mackinder, hockeynow.ca, January 2016)

#37 – D Dennis Cholowski – (New to list)
6’1″ 165 lbs
Born: 1998-02-15 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL) GP 59, G 12, A 28, PTS 40, PIM 16
Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL-Playoffs) GP 18, G 4, A 9, PTS 13, PIM 2
Committed to St. Cloud State University (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season.
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Cholowski’s Head Coach Jason Tatarnic says, “I know Jost and Fabbro have received a lot of attention, but I don’t mind blurting out that there are some teams who are giving Cholowski as much attention as Fabbro.” There’s no debate, though, that Cholowski is a compelling prospect. He played spring hockey growing up under former Vancouver Canuck Cliff Ronning. He’s committed to St. Cloud State, a Minnesota-based NCAA program where he plans to study engineering. “He’s a smooth skater, his hockey IQ is extremely high and he has a competitive edge to him,” said Tatarnic. “And what you see if far from the finished product.” (STEVE EWEN, THE PROVINCE, January 2016)

#38 – LW Boris Katchouk – (New to list)
6’1″ 179 lbs
Born: 1998-06-18 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) GP 63, G 24, A 27, PTS 51, PIM 61
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL-Playoffs) GP 12, G 6, A 4, PTS 10, PIM 4
Canada (WJC-U18) GP 3, G 1, A 0, PTS 1, PIM 6
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Katchouk is a well rounded forward with decent size and good offensive instincts. He does everything well, but not one thing great. He has a good speed and generates a good amount of offense, he is not overly physical, but will also not shy away. He had a coming out party on a young Greyhounds team and played consistently well all season long. He had a very good first round series against the Sarnia Sting, in what was a huge upset. (Tyler Parchem, EP 2016)

#39 – C Will Bitten – (New to list)
5’10” 163 lbs
Born: 1998-07-10 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Flint Generals (OHL) GP 67, G 30, A 35, PTS 65, PIM 32
Canada (WJC-U18) GP 5, G 1, A 5, PTS 6, PIM 0
Canada U18 (Hlinka) GP 4, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A smart offensive catalyst that consistently displays outstanding work ethic, elite hockey sense, and an ability to stay ahead of the play in all three zones. Very naturally gifted skater that moves around the ice with ease. Excels in pressure situations and uses his vision to predict where the puck is going to be, and proactively gets his body into a position where he can either take it away or take off up the ice. Offensively, he has a very creative streak, and knows what kinds of plays he can make in all situations; he also has an exceptional release on his shot, which he can get off quickly. Defensively, he is a buzzsaw that will not let up on the opposition, creating problems for them by causing turnovers and playing strong positionally. Will Bitten has all of the tools to become a very dangerous two-way forward that can produce strong numbers at the next level. [EP]

#40 – D Lucas Johansen – (New to list)
6’1″ 176 lbs
Born: 1997-11-16 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Kelowna Rockets (WHL) GP 69, G 10, A 39, PTS 49, PIM 20
Kelowna Rockets (WHL-Playoffs) GP 15, G 2, A 5, PTS 7, PIM 20
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Here’s NHL Central Scouting’s report on Johansen: “Good size and strength, developing into a solid two-way defenceman. Good hands and puck skills to mange the play at the offensive blue line. Excellent short game and passer, good shot from the point. Effective game with and without the puck.” (STEVE THE PROVINCE, January 2016)
Younger Brother of Nashville Predators Center Ryan Johansen.

#41 – LW Carl Grundstrom – (New to list)
6’0″ 194 lbs
Born: 1997-12-01 (Sweden)
2015-16 Stats
Modo Hockey (SHL) GP 49, G 7, A 9, PTS 16, PIM 53
Modo Hockey (SHL-Relegation) GP 7, G 1, A 3, PTS 4, PIM 6
Sweden (WJC-U20) GP 7, G 1, A 0, PTS 1, PIM 6
Sweden (Int-Jr) GP 20, G 4, A 4, PTS 8, PIM 16
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Got good exposure at WJC. He’s a strong skater who was trusted enough to kill penalties for Tre Kronor.
(Damien Cox, Sportsnet Top 30, January 2016)

#42 – RW/C Nathan Bastian – (Down 12 Spots)
6’4″ 207 lbs
Born: 1997-12-06 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) GP 64, G 19, A 40, PTS 59, PIM 50
Mississauga Steelheads (OHL-Playoffs) GP 5, G 0, A 4, PTS 4, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link – Player Profile on Mississauga Steelheads Website
Scouting Report: “Mississauga has been able to stockpile quite a collection of prospects for both the 2016 and 2017 NHL draft class,” Dan Marr, NHL Director of Central Scouting said. “Second-year players McLeod and Bastian continue to develop and contribute while establishing themselves as first-round considerations. Nylander is excelling on the smaller North American ice and the three of these players give Mississauga a uniqueness of having a line of first-round prospects.” (Mike. F Morreale, NHL.com article November 24th, 2015)
“He’s going to have to work on different parts of his game. He’s going to have to get stronger physically. He’s going to have to improve his skating. He’s going to have to improve all facets of his game to be a pro. But he wants it. So his character will push him above some of those other guys.” Steelheads assistant coach James Richmond said. “He’s learning how and when to make certain plays.”  Bastian is the perfect sidekick for the scoring duo of Nylander and McLeod. “He’s the muscle for those two big guys” Richmond said of Bastian. Future Considerations Hockey director of scouting Dan Stewart says. “I really like the game that Bastian plays as he is that big, imposing winger that can complement skilled linemates well,” “Some are bred to play the piano and some are bred to move it. On that Steelheads top line with Nylander and McLeod, he is the piano mover.” Stewart counts Bastian’s offensive skills around the net, penalty-killing acumen and the decisions he makes on the ice as strengths. Becoming more reliable from shift to shift will only help his chances of reaching the NHL. “If he works on adding more strength and being more consistent in his efforts, he could be a real solid addition to an NHL roster a few seasons down the road.”  (Daniel Nugent-Bowman, Buzzing The Net, Yahoo.ca, January 27, 2016)
Bastian is a forward with great size who performs well in all aspects of the game. He has a good shot and can dish the puck as well as any in the OHL. He could benefit from getting a little meaner, but has shown vast improvement throughout his OHL career. He is a good skater for such a large player. Some have compared him to a James Van Riemsdyk. He should be considered a legitimate NHL prospect. (Tyler Parchem, EP 2016)

#43 – C Sam Steel – (New to list)
5’11” 176 lbs
Born: 1998-02-03 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Regina Pats (WHL) GP 72, G 23, A 47, PTS 70, PIM 24
Regina Pats (WHL-Playoffs) GP 12, G 6, A 10, PTS 16, PIM 4
Canada U18 (Hlinka) GP 4, G 1, A 2, PTS 3, PIM 2
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Steel is an outstanding skater who uses well in so many ways. His speed is threatening and he knows how to use it to keep defenders off balance. He’s quick and able to get free in tight spots. Smart and makes good plays at high speed so a difficult player to keep in check. (Craig Button, tsn.ca, November 2014)

#44 – RW/C Jordan Kyrou – (New to list)
6’0″ 179 lbs
Born: 1998-05-08 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Sarnia Sting (OHL) GP 65, G 17, A 34, PTS 51, PIM 14
Sarnia Sting (OHL-Playoffs) GP 7, G 1, A 6, PTS 7, PIM 2
Canada U18 (Hlinka) GP 4, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 4
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A highly mobile transitional two-way playmaker that always looks poised and reads the game well. A strong skater that moves with a natural ease and accelerates with purpose and drive. Defensively looks to block passing lanes and battle for puck possession. Transitions to offence tremendously well and is very dangerous with the puck. Displays excellent puck control and has a quick release on his shot. His forte is his ability to make plays, as his creativity and hockey sense seem to take over on the attack. All-in-all, a hard-working two-way player that can be relied upon in all situations to make a positive difference. [Curtis Joe, EliteProspects 2016]

#45 – C/LW Jonathan Dahlen – (New to list)
5’11” 176 lbs
Born: 1997-12-20 (Sweden)
2015-16 Stats
Timra IK (Allsvenskan) GP 51, G 15, A 14, PTS 29, PIM 9
Timra IK (Allsvenskan-Qualificiation) GP 5, G 6, A 1, PTS 7, PIM 2
Timra IK J20 (SuperElit) GP 3, G 2, A 1, PTS 3, PIM 0
Timra IK J20 (SuperElit-Relegation) GP 2, G 2, A 3, PTS 5, PIM 0
Sweden U19 (Int-Jr) GP 4, G 1, A 2, PTS 3, PIM 2
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Jon Dahlen son of former NHLer Ulf Dahlen, is like his now coaching father, a tricky and agile forward. Special are his offensive instincts and it seems he’s got a good bit of his father’s trickiness. (Chapin Landvogt, April 2015, hockeysfuture.com)

#46 – D Markus Niemelainen – (New to list)
6’6″ 205 lbs
Born: 1998-06-08 (Finland)
2015-16 Stats
Saginaw Spirit (OHL) GP 65, G 1, A 26, PTS 27, PIM 28
Saginaw Spirit (OHL-Playoffs) GP 4, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Finland (WJC-U18) GP 5, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 2
Finland U18 (Hlinka) GP 5, G 0, A 2, PTS 2, PIM 6
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A complete all-around defenceman that makes the game look easy. Natural size and strength compliment his smooth stride. Very mobile skater who moves up and down the ice quickly, with acute recognition of puck and body position. His maturity and poise is actualized in his high-percentage decision-making, with and without the puck, as well as his proactive stick and body play. Very stable defensively and always takes his lane, but is quick to rush the puck up the ice as he recognizes and accounts for how much time his team is spending in their own end. All-in-all, a quick-thinking defenceman that, honestly lacking nothing, has the potential to develop into a reliable two-way defenceman. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)
A very confident four-way skater who is a natural skating defender. Tall and lanky with a long reach and an active stick defending, and uses that reach to break up passes. Very poised with the puck on his stick and can maneuver away from forecheckers. Makes long stretch passes right on the tape and makes it look effortless. Plays a stay-at-home game and does a good job holding his line. Clears his net well and gives his goaltender a clear look at the puck. Doesn’t get too involved in the offence and doesn’t shoot much but will play special teams and keep the puck moving. Shows no panic in his game and has the potential to be a solid shutdown defenceman at the next level.
(Marhsall Mackinder, hockeynow.ca, April 2016)

#47 – D Cam Dineen – (New to list)
5’11” 183 lbs
Born: 1998-06-19 (USA)
2015-16 Stats
North Bay Battalion (OHL) GP 68, G 13, A 46, PTS 59, PIM 18
North Bay Battalion (OHL-Playoffs) GP 11, G 0, A 8, PTS 8, PIM 0
USA U18 (Hlinka) GP 4, G 0, A 2, PTS 2, PIM 2
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Dineen was intent on Yale before committing to North Bay last spring. The Toms River, N.J., native is on the compact side at 5-foot-11 and 182 lb., but the hockey IQ is Mensa-worthy. Dineen also has the beyond-his-years confidence to acknowledge that he wants a big stage for his skills. “I think he is pretty underrated,” Battalion assistant coach Ryan Oulahen said of Dineen. “He is very cerebral, great mind for the game, knows his position very well. You don’t see him make very many mistakes.” One prevailing observation about Dineen, is his propensity for getting a point shot through shot blockers. “Cam’s that kind of new-age defenceman,” Oulahen said. “He defends really well, uses his stick well, and doesn’t get himself into bad situations.” (Neate Seager, Sportsnet, February 2016)

#48 -C/LW Janne Kuokkanen – (New to list)
6’1″ 179 lbs
Born: 1998-05-25 (Finland)
2015-16 Stats
Karpat U20 (Jr. A SM-Liiga) GP 47, G 22, A 31, PTS 53, PIM 53
Karpat U20 (Playoffs) GP 3, G 0, A 1, PTS 1, PIM 2
Karpat U18 (Jr. B Sm-sarja-Playoffs) GP 5, G 1, A 4, PTS 5, PIM 0
Karpat (SM-Liiga) GP 1, G 2, A 0, PTS 2, PIM 0
Hokki (Mestis) GP 1, G 1, A 1, PTS 2, PIM 2
Finland (WJC-U18) GP 5, G 3, A 1, PTS 4, PIM 4
Finland U18 (Hlinka) GP 5, G 0, A 6, PTS 6, PIM 4
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A playmaker that distributes the puck well, Kuokkanen brings clever offensive awareness and timing. – Marco Bombino, overtheboards.com
Kuokkanen is very smart player with high hockey IQ and smooth hands. He understands the game very well and can control the pace of the play even against grown men or top international competition. He isn’t overly physical but is not afraid of contact either. – Miika Arponen, Finnish scout
Kuokkanen has the potential to become a smart offensive player who uses his high Hockey IQ, good decision making and strong passing skills to setup plays. (Dennis Schellenberg, thehockeywriters.com, April 2016)

#49 – G Filip Gustavsson – (New to list)
6’2″ 185 lbs
Born: 1998-06-07 (Sweden)
2015-16 Stats
Lulea HF J20 (SuperElit) GP 20, GAA 3.22, SV% .893
Lulea HF J20 (SuperElit-Plsyoggd) GP 1, GAA 3.00, SV% .870
Lulea HF(SHL) GP 6, GAA 2.17, SV% .910
Lulea HF(SHL-Playoffs) GP 1, GAA 0.00, SV% 1.000
Sweden (WJC-U18) GP 3, GAA 1.34, SV% .929
Sweden U18 (Int-Jr) GP 10, GAA 1.93, SV% .928
Sweden U18 (Hlinka) GP 5, GAA 2.11, SV% .930
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Sweden got a huge boost when Gustavsson arrived for the under-18s and he has proven to be a great international performer in the past. Big, fast and structured, he’ll be one of the top netminders available this summer. (Ryan Kennedy, thehockeynews.com, April 2016)

#50 – D Luke Green – (New to list)
6’1″ 185 lbs
Born: 1998-01-12 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) GP 61, G 10, A 25, PTS 35, PIM 29
Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL-Playoffs) GP 9, G 1, A 2, PTS 3, PIM 8
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: An excellent offensive defenceman whose killer instincts in the offensive zone allow him to materialize scoring chances. Very shifty skater who is highly mobile. Good puckhandling ability and puck control; makes quick decisions with the puck in traffic and under pressure. Reliable defensively, but is much more effective when utilizing his offensive tools at the other end of the ice. All-in-all, a smart, smooth-skating defenceman who can play in most situations and excel in an offensive position. (Curtis Joe, EP 2015)
Dynamic skating defenceman who will push the pace and jump into the attack. Good awareness and makes good plays from the defensive zone and in the offensive zone and plays with confidence. (Craig Button, tsn.ca, November 2014)
Teammates with twin brother Matt Green on Saint John Sea Dogs.

#51 – G Dylan Wells – (New to list)
6’2″ 183 lbs
Born: 1998-01-03 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Peterborough Petes (OHL) GP 27, GAA 4.59, SV% .871
Canada U18 (Hlinka) GP 2, GAA 0.48, SV% .971
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A very patient goaltender who shows good concentration on the puck. Good at controlling his rebounds and rarely gives up a bad goal. Plays his angles well and squares up to the shooters aggressively at the top of the crease. Good communicator with his defencemen and never loses sight of the puck. Has a unique, uncomfortable hunched over style in net that opens up the corners and doesn’t make him look so big in the net. (Marhsall Mackinder, hockeynow.ca, April 2016)

#52 – C/RW Cliff Pu – (New to list)
6’1″ 187 lbs
Born: 1998-06-03 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
London Knights (OHL) GP 63, G 12, A 19, PTS 31, PIM 24
London Knights (OHL-Playoffs) GP 11, G 7, A 1, PTS 8, PIM 6
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A fast player with nice vision and good size, Pu looks to Jeff Carter as an NHL role model and the youngster has been a high-rising prospect thanks to his second half, which saw him tally eight points in his final eight regular season games. “I like to use my speed and find my teammates,” he said. “But it’s all about the team and whatever I need to do, I’m down for it.” (Ryan Kennedy, thehockeynews.com, April 2016)

#53 – C Noah Gregor – (New to list)
5’11” 163 lbs
Born: 1998-01-28 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) GP 72, G 28, A 45, PTS 73, PIM 33
Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL-Playoffs) GP 10, G 3, A 6, PTS 9, PIM 4
Canada (WJC-U18) GP 3, G 0, A 2, PTS 2, PIM 2
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Is not a big kid but can use his speed all over the ice, winning loose pucks and winning battles along the boards. Has tremendous offensive zone instincts and knows where his teammates are and doesn’t hesitate to shoot from anywhere on the ice. Quick, agile skater who can use a sharp change of direction to throw defenders off balance. Good vision on the power play and always seems to find an opening for a good scoring chance. Tends to get caught puck watching but not many more weaknesses in his game. (Marhsall Mackinder, hockeynow.ca, April 2016)

#54 – C/LW Cameron Morrison – (New to list)
6’2″ 203 lbs
Born: 1998-08-27 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Youngstown Phantoms (USHL) GP 60, G 34, A 32, PTS 66, PIM 42
Canada (WJC-U18) GP 5, G 1, A 3, PTS 4, PIM 0
Committed to University of Notre Dame (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season.
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A big, strong all-around player that thinks the game at a high level and executes plays with purpose and drive. Accelerates well and has no issues getting around the ice with haste; transition game will need some tweaks. Very good vision and puck skills, and has the size to make a difference driving to the net and causing havoc for the opposition’s defence. Defensively sound, using his size to his advantage along the boards and getting his stick in place to deflect passes out of harm’s way. Moving forward, Morrison will have every opportunity to develop into a smart power forward that can play in all situations and make it difficult on the opposition. [EP]

#55 – LW Givani Smith – (New to list)
6’1″ 196 lbs
Born: 1998-02-27 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Guelph Storm (OHL) GP 65, G 23, A 19, PTS 42, PIM 146
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Givani Smith can be the offensive-minded pest every team loves to have on board.
(Ryan Pyette, The London Free Press, September 2015)
Smith will make his living by keeping his nose to the grind, agitating and by capitalizing on rebounds in front of the net. Incredibly difficult to contain at this level, he’ll need to display the ability to adapt to larger, heavier defenders at the next level. Not afraid to drop the gloves, he currently has five fighting majors, and a lot of roughing penalties for mucking it up after the play. Smith will consistently have his glove shoved in his opponents face, he’ll do anything to get someone off their game, and he’ll do it early. Prone to taking penalties at inopportune times, teams will love his aggression, but he’ll drive coaches mad early in his career. Definitely needs to mature and learn to select his opportunities so it is the other team’s coach who is fuming. (Krist Hayes, hockeyprospectus.com, March 2016)
Brother of Dallas Stars Prospect Gemel Smith.

#56 – G Evan Fitzpatrick – (New to list)
6’2″ 223 lbs
Born: 1998-01-28 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL) GP 54, GAA 3.42, SV% .896
Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL-Playoffs) GP 5, GAA 3.41, SV% .920
Canada (WJC-U18) GP 3, GAA 1.00, SV% .967
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A massive goaltender who takes up a lot of space in the net. Athletic and extremely mobile in his net. He needs to have confidence in coming out and playing at the top of his crease rather than staying deep in his net and not challenging shooters. Really battles traffic in front of the net and struggles to find the puck. Has had his share of really good games and some really bad ones. If he can find the value in himself, he can be an extremely good goaltender. His size and mobility are keeping him in the talks but is still working his way to the top of Draft eligible goaltenders. (Marhsall Mackinder, hockeynow.ca, February 2016)

#57 – G Zach Sawchenko – (New to list)
6’1″ 179 lbs
Born: 1997-12-30 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) GP 51, GAA 3.04, SV% .916
Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL-Playoffs) GP 10, GAA 3.28, SV% .911
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A real minutes-eating goaltender who has seen a lot of rubber over his two plus seasons in the WHL. Stays calm and plays consistently each time between the pipes. Lets pucks hit him and clears rebounds away with quickness. Good glove hand and keeps it up when shot is coming rather than dropping it to make the difficult save. Always seems to know where puck is going and reacts to it. He does a good job of closing off the five hole and stays low to close the bottom corners of the net. Entering his draft year, Sawchekno is in his third WHL season and with a bit more mobility and flexibility, could be a top WHL Goaltending prospect. (Marshall Mackinder, hockeynow.ca, January 2016)

#58 – C/LW Brayden Burke – (New to list)
5’10” 163 lbs
Born: 1997-01-01 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL) GP 72, G 27, A 82, PTS 109, PIM 44
Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL-Playoffs) GP 5, G 2, A 2, PTS 4, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: “He has a high skill level with good play-making ability and soft hands, and thrives on the power play where he has more space,” says ISS head scout Dennis MacInnis. “Passed over in the 2015 NHL Draft, Burke has a strong chance to be drafted in 2016 in a later round.”
(Kelly Friesen, Yahoo Sports, March 2016)

#59 – D Frederic Allard – (New to list)
6’1″ 179 lbs
Born: 1997-12-27 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL) GP 64, G 14, A 45, PTS 59, PIM 34
Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL-Playoffs) GP 6, G 1, A 2, PTS 3, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: A tenacious two-way defenceman that has a distinct willingness to do whatever it takes to keep his team up. Battles hard for puck possession and has a very good active stick. Not consistent enough to be relied upon in all situations, especially under high pressure, but is definitely getting there and his game is rounding out well at an accelerated pace. Possesses a hard, accurate shot and is creative with his passes. As such, his primary function as an offensive defenceman is to be played on the forecheck and in situations where pressure is sustained. All-in-all, a hard-nosed two-way defenceman that has the raw tools and the upward-trending tendencies that point to a positive development path. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)
“Strong two-way play. Great offensive instincts and abilities. Not all that flashy, but when he’s on his game he is able to become a difference-making force from the back end. Think Justin Schultz but with a little bit more aggressiveness.” [EP]
Very good puck moving defenceman flying under the radar in the Q. Really good four-way movement skills and likes to skate the puck out of his zone whenever the opportunity is there. Good offensive instincts for a defenceman who is PP quarterback and generates offence from anywhere on the ice. Will get his shot on net through traffic and is not afraid to jump into the play. His defensive game needs work especially away from the puck and when he is working on sealing the boards. (Marhsall Mackinder, hockeynow.ca, April 2016)

#60 – C Matthew Phillips – (New to list)
5’7″ 161 lbs
Born: 1998-04-06 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Victoria Royals (WHL) GP 72, G 37, A 39, PTS 76, PIM 16
Victoria Royals (WHL-Playoffs) GP 13, G 5, A 3, PTS 8, PIM 2
Elite Prospect Link
Scouting Report: Very small, very quick but plays bigger than his frame. Noticeable every shift. Tremendous Work Ethic. Will put his head down and skate to the net constantly going to greasy areas. Elusive and can skate himself out of danger on a nightly basis. Uses his speed to beat anybody down the wing and has contributed nearly at a point-per-game pace. Causes many problems for defenders due to his determination with the puck. Fearless winger is hard to ignore but will need to grow considerably to compete at next level. (Marhsall Mackinder, hockeynow.ca, April 2016)

 
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2016 NHL Entry Draft Top 30 Prospects (Late February Rankings)

I have looked at numerous scouting lists and breaking down the ranking of a variety of different list theses are the top 30 prospects I have come up with  for the 2016 NHL draft as of late February averaging out the differing ranking between each of the lists I compared. When you can’t physically scout every player yourself, I believe the best you can do is rely on information from other sources and combine it, so that’s what you’re getting with the list.

Stats as of end of the night February 20th, 2016

#1 – C Auston Matthews
6’2″ 194 lbs
Born: 1997-09-17 (USA)
2015-16 Stats
Zurich Lions (NLA) GP 32, G 23, A 15, PTS 38, PIM 6
USA (WJC) GP 7, G 7, A 4, PTS 11, PIM 2
Elite Prospects Link  – Player Profile on Zurich Lions Website – Player Profile on USA Hockey Website for 2015 U18
EP Scouting Report: A high octane dynamo that thrives under the microscope, Auston Matthews is a complete offensive forward who consistently boasts quick hands, feet, and thinking at both ends of the ice. Naturally nimble skater that accelerates to top speed very quickly. An unwavering focus on fine tuning elements of his own game facilitates confidence and competence in his young, but mature, mind. Prolific goal scoring ability and doesn’t wait for opportunities to show themselves. He makes his own luck, so to speak, maximizing the use of his body and stick to gain leverage against the toughest of opponents. All-in-all, a generational talent that has the potential to develop into a top flight franchise center. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)

#2 – W Patrik Laine
6’4″ 207 lbs
Born: 1998-04-19 (Finland)
2015-16 Stats
Tappara Tampere (SM-Liiga) GP 38, G 15, A 15, PTS 30, PIM 2
Finland (WJC) GP 7, G 7, A 6, PTS 13, PIM 6
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on Tappara Tampere Website
EP Scouting Report: Laine is a towering winger with a knack for scoring big goals. A good skater, albeit not the most agile forward in traffic. Has a set of soft hands combined with good vision, but prefers to use his swift and heavy shot. Able to find openings to use his shot. Likes to play physical, but doesn’t get carried away by hitting the opponents. Playing in pro ranks has matured his game considerably. (EP 2016)

#3 – RW Jesse Puljujarvi
6’3″ 201 lbs
Born: 1998-05-07 (Finland)
2015-16 Stats
Karpat (SM-Liiga) GP 46, G 11, A 14, PTS 25, PIM 20
Finland (WJC) GP 7, G 5, A 12, PTS 17, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on Karpat Website
EP Scouting Report: Puljujärvi is a big winger who combines size, skating and skill. A strong skater who can blast past the opposition in full speed. Able to use his size, reach and stickhandling skills to retain the puck in speed. A smart player at both ends of the ice, both on and off the puck. Great work ethic and positive attitude. More of a playmaker than a scorer and could improve his shooting skills. Doesn’t shy away from physical play, but could use his size more to his benefit. (EP 2016)

#4 – LW Matthew Tkachuk
6’1″ 194 lbs
Born: 1997-12-11 (USA)
2015-16 Stats
London Knights (OHL) GP 45, G 22, A 64, PTS 86, PIM 74
USA (WJC) GP 7, G 4, A 7, PTS 11, PIM 6
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on London Knights Website – Player Profile on USA Hockey Website for 2015 U18
Scouting Report: A multi-dimensional energy winger that plays a pro-style, adaptive game. Well-versed as a guy who can consistently put up points, but also as an agitator who plays with a little bit of bite and nastiness. Skates with excellent balance and speed, outclassing many in his age range. No lack of offensive instincts and knows how to score in many different ways. Confidence in his abilities and playing to the extent of his capabilities strengthens his work ethic and creativity. All-in-all, a unique and effective forward who defines his own limits and seeks to exceed them, along with all on-ice expectations. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)
NHL Central Scouting’s David Gregory said. “He brings every element of the game that you need to bring, aside from the fact how skilled he is and what he brings with hockey sense. He’s got one of the best compete levels of anyone in this draft.” Retired NHL player Jeremy Roenick, who coached Tkachuk in the All-American Top Prospects Game, thought the son of U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member Keith Tkachuk was the most impressive player in the game. “I thought his compete level and intelligence really stood out; he knew where to go, and at that age it’s rare to see kids like that knowing where to go with the puck before they get it,” Roenick said. (Mike G. Morreale, NHL.com article September 29th, 2015)
“[Tkachuk] has elite hockey IQ and vision,” NHL Central Scouting’s Matt Ryan said. “He makes the players around him better and has a very good scoring touch around the net. He plays inside the dots and is willing to go to the hard areas to score goals. He brings a physical element and is able to get under the skin of his opponents.” (Mike. F Morreale, NHL.com article November 24th, 2015)

#5 – D Jakub Chychrun
6’2″ 194 lbs
Born: 1998-03-31 (USA) Canadian Citizen
2015-16 Stats
Sarnia Sting (OHL) GP 53, G 9, A 30, PTS 39, PIM 36
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on Sarnia Sting Website
Scouting Report: “Defenseman Jakob Chychrun brings size, speed, toughness and a cracking shot to the ice and really; you can’t ask for much more in a prospect. That’s why the Sarnia Sting sophomore will be the top 2016 draft hopeful to watch in North America this season and by far the most coveted defenseman.” (Ryan Kennedy, The Hockey News September 22, 2015)
“I saw Chychrun a lot last year before his injury, and again after he returned, and he has an all-around game,” Central Scouting’s Al Jensen said. “I haven’t seen a young defenseman with this type of skill set in his draft year since Scott Stevens. Jakob has that drive and determination, and when I look in his eyes you can see it. He’s almost NHL-ready right now.” “People will be very impressed with this kid; he’s got a phenomenal shot, he’s a leader and plays all situations, and his 1-on-1 coverage is great.” (Mike G. Morreale, NHL.com article September 29th, 2015)

#6 – W Alexander Nylander
6’0″ 176 lbs
Born: 1998-03-02 (Canada) Swedish Citizen
2015-16 Stats
Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) GP 48, G 28, A 41, PTS 69, PIM 8
Sweden (WJC) GP 7, G 3, A 5, PTS 9
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on Mississauga Steelheads Website
Scouting Report: “Mississauga has been able to stockpile quite a collection of prospects for both the 2016 and 2017 NHL draft class,” Dan Marr, NHL Director of Central Scouting said. “Second-year players McLeod and Bastian continue to develop and contribute while establishing themselves as first-round considerations. Nylander is excelling on the smaller North American ice and the three of these players give Mississauga a uniqueness of having a line of first-round prospects.” (Mike. F Morreale, NHL.com article November 24th, 2015)
Talking to scouts working the Hlinka tournament, they inevitably use William as a measuring stick for Alexander. “Skilled like his big brother, shows a lot on the perimeter on the big ice,” one scout said of Nylander the younger. “Skates like William, same sort of size at the same stage, not physically mature, ” another said. Two scouts I talked to framed it the same way: “Not as flamboyant as his brother,” they said. That might be a comment on William even more than his little draft-eligible brother. “Flamboyant” isn’t a word that comes in many scouting reports. According to those at the tournament, Alexander was the best skater on the ice in any given shift he played in Sweden’s opening 4-3 victory over Switzerland, picking up a goal and assist.” (Gary Joyce, Sportsnet.com August 13th, 2015)

#7 – D Olli Juolevi
6’2″ 183 lbs
Born: 1998-05-05 (Finland)
2015-16 Stats
London Knights (OHL) GP 45, G 6, A 25, PTS 31, PIM 12
Finland (WJC) GP 7, G 0, A 9, PTS 9, PIM 4
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on London Knights Website
Scouting Report: A competitive spark-plug, Olli Juolevi is a complete, all-around defenceman that can hem the opposition in their own end or make things difficult for the opposition at home; either way, he puts the pressure on and lays it on thick. A strong and balanced skater, he can rush the puck through the neutral zone with ease or backcheck with haste. Uses his size to his advantage, but knows his physical limits and plays within them. Instead of playing overly physical, he makes his presence felt by exhibiting his high-end playmaking ability and puck possession play. All-in-all, a well-rounded blueliner who thrives under pressure and can be trusted in all situations. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)
NHL Central Scouting’s Matt Ryan said he feels Juolevi has proven to be very smart in his first OHL season.”He’s a smooth-skating defenseman with poise and composure,”Ryan also said. “He has the ability to play in every situation.” (Mike. F Morreale, NHL.com article November 24th, 2015)

#8 – C Michael McLeod
6’2″ 187 lbs
Born: 1998-02-03 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) GP 50, G 19, A 37, PTS 56, PIM 55
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on Mississauga Steelheads Website
Scouting Report: Michael McLeod is a highly skilled power center that relies on nobody but himself to get the job done. His size and skating make him difficult to contain, and his competitiveness gives him an edge against other teams’ best. His deft puckhandling skills and control over his speed are the defining aspects of his offensive abilities. All-in-all, a top talent that is both dynamic and hard to play against. (Curtis Joe, EP 2015)
“Mississauga has been able to stockpile quite a collection of prospects for both the 2016 and 2017 NHL draft class,” Dan Marr, NHL Director of Central Scouting said. “Second-year players McLeod and Bastian continue to develop and contribute while establishing themselves as first-round considerations. Nylander is excelling on the smaller North American ice and the three of these players give Mississauga a uniqueness of having a line of first-round prospects.” (Mike. F Morreale, NHL.com article November 24th, 2015)

#9 – D Mikhail Sergachev
6’2″ 205 lbs
Born: 1998-06-25 (Russia)
2015-16 Stats
Windsor Spitfires (OHL) GP 55, G 14, A 29, PTS 43, PIM 46
Elite Prospect Link  – Roster Page on Windsor Spitfires Website
EP Scouting Report: A dominant two-way defenceman whose tenacity and competitiveness characterize his style of play. Plays with a poise and confidence that facilitates his creativity with the puck as well as split-second decision making. Naturally fluid skater who is always looking to be engaged, if not the center, of each unfolding play. All-in-all, a diligent two-way defenceman who excels at finding ways to be a difference-maker in games. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)

#10 – W Pierre-Luc Dubois
6’3″ 201 lbs
Born: 1998-06-24 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL) GP 55, G 35, A 47, PTS 82, PIM 91
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on Cape Breton Screaming Eagles Website
Scouting Report: A dexterous and driven competitor that has all the makings of a dynamic two-way winger. Not the most electric skater, but is shifty and plays to the extent of his physical capabilities; he knows his limits and plays within them, which facilitates a student-like approach to the growth of his game. Possesses high hockey-IQ and is consistent in his efforts. Not the most physical player, but is when he needs to be. All-in-all, Dubois is an invaluable all-around player who plays in all situations and exceeds expectations when the opportunity arises. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)
“[Dubois] is a big, skilled forward who plays a complete game,” Central Scouting’s Troy Dumville said. “He goes to traffic areas and plays with an edge, has good vision and very good hands in tight.” (Mike. F Morreale, NHL.com article November 24th, 2015)

#11 – C/LW Tyson Jost
6’0″ 194 lbs
Born: 1998-03-14 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Penticton Vees (BCHL) GP 45, G 39, A 56, PTS 95, PIM 39
Committed to University of North Dakota (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on Penticton Vees Website
EP Scouting Report: Tyson Jost is a crafty goal-scorer that carries out plays as quickly as he envisions them. As someone who thinks and plays at a fast tempo, it comes as no surprise that he creates a lot of energy as an offensive catalyst. He sees the ice very well and has the willingness and determination to win battles in the tough areas. All-in-all, a dynamic offensive forward with top-6 potential at the next level. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)

#12 – RW Julien Gauthier
6’4″ 225 lbs
Born: 1997-10-15 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Val-d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL) GP 43, G 39, A 10, PTS 49
Canada (WJC) GP 5, G 0, A 2, PTS 2, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on Val-d’Or Foreurs Website
Scouting Report: An explosive power forward who boasts an elite-level skill package. Takes nothing for granted and plays with hard-nosed work ethic. Tremendous vision and outstanding hockey sense; thrives under pressure and doesn’t stray from the high-percentage play. Willingness to play physical and win battles in his own end makes him a vital asset, stepping up at the game’s key moments. Exceptional skating ability allows him to stay with, if not ahead, of each unfolding play. Refined puckhandling skills allow him to maintain puck control at breakneck speeds. All-in-all, a prolific scorer whose attitude and innate abilities will constantly propel him into dominance. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)
Julien Gauthier has drawn well-deserved comparisons to current NHLer Rick Nash. He has an imposing frame, dazzling puck skills, and the drive to win. Learns from his past mistakes and implements new strategies to counteract them. [EliteProspects 2016]
“Gauthier is the prototype power forward who skates well, plays with an edge and can score,” Dan Marr, NHL Director of Central Scouting said. “He’s continuing to grow as a player and has tremendous upside. It’s not often you have the combination of skating, skills and physical assets that are capable of finding ways to contribute.” (Mike. F Morreale, NHL.com article November 24th, 2015)

#13 – C Clayton Keller
5’10” 170 lbs
Born: 1998-07-29 (USA)
2015-16 Stats
US National U18 Team (USDP) GP 44, G 28, A 52, PTS 80, PIM 28
Commited to Boston University (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on USA Hockey Website for 2015 U18 – Player Profile on US National U18 Team Page
Scouting Report: “An offensive catalyst with USA’s national program, Keller is a world-class puck handler who blends his puck-on-a-string dangles with elite vision to confidently dissect opposing defences. His passing abilities are in a class of their own and he needs very little time and space to execute creative, highly difficult pass attempts. He mixes in deceptive fakes, stick misdirection and paralyzing agility to keep opposing teams guessing. In a similar mold as a Patrick Kane or Mitch Marner, Keller’s the type of player that teams run their offenses through due to their creativity and confidence under pressure. He’s not a one-trick pony either because his shooting abilities have dynamic elements as well.” (Kelly Friesen, Buzzing the Net, Yahoo.ca Article August 24, 2015)

#14 – LW Max Jones
6’3″ 201 lbs
Born: 1998-02-17 (USA)
2015-16 Stats
London Knights (OHL) GP 51, G 21, A 19, PTS 40, PIM 92
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on London Knights Website
Scouting Report: Max Jones is a diligent and hard-working power forward capable of being an impact player every shift. He’s strong on the puck and routinely looks to create separation. He knows his game inside out and has a wide array of tools at his disposal. Strength and speed allow him to bull his way to the front of the net where he is relentless and creates havoc. Makes smart decisions with the puck and doesn’t give the opposition time and space. Possesses high-end finishing ability and “wills” the puck to the back of the net. All-in-all, a determined forward who puts tremendous pressure on his opponents when he’s on the ice. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)
“[Jones] is a strong power forward who possesses great speed and acceleration, has a heavy shot and quick hands,” NHL Central Scouting’s Matt Ryan said. “He loves to drive the net and challenge defenders physically and is a nightmare for defenders below the hash marks in the offensive zone.” (Mike. F Morreale, NHL.com article November 24th, 2015)

#15 – D Charlie McAvoy
6’0″ 205 lbs
Born: 1997-12-21 (USA)
2015-16 Stats
Boston University Terriers (NCAA) GP 30, G 2, A 16, PTS 18, PIM 47
USA (WJC) GP 7, G 0, A 0, PTS 0, PIM 0
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on USA Hockey Website for 2015 U18 – Player Profile on Boston University Terriers Website
Scouting Report: “We expect Charlie to make an immediate impact and play in all situations,” Boston University coach David Quinn said. “He’s got great skills and vision and he’s a big, strong kid that skates well. He’s one of the top freshman defensemen in college hockey.” (Mike G. Morreale, NHL.com article September 29th, 2015)
Playing very well as a freshman and was terrific at the world juniors on a power-play tandem with Zach Werenski. (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, February 19th, 2016)

#16 – C/LW Kieffer Bellows
6’1″ 194 lbs
Born: 1998-06-10 (USA)
2015-16 Stats
US National U18 Team (USDP) GP 45, G 36, A 24, PTS 60, PIM 72
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on US National U18 Team Page
EP Scouting Report: Kieffer Bellows is a skilled power forward that can dominate games. Possesses high end puckhandling ability as well as a crisp, accurate release on his shot. Proficient forechecker and loves to win puck battles, which stands out as a consistent part of his game. Strong skater that can bull through the opposition or go around them. Drives the net hard and is a decisive finisher. All-in-all, a competitor that punishes the opposition physically, as well as on the scoreboard. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)
A pure sniper. He shoots from everywhere and is selfish in the way great goal-scorers need to be. (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, February 19th, 2016)

#17 – D Dante Fabbro
6’1″ 185 lbs
Born: 1998-06-20 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Penticton Vees (BCHL) GP 42, G 14, A 49, PTS 63, PIM 28
Committed to Boston University (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on Penticton Vees Website
Scouting Report: Dante Fabbro is a dependable two-way defenseman with high offensive upside. He plays with poise and makes mature, high-percentage decisions under pressure. In his own end, he is proactive with both his body and stick, and does everything right to interrupt passing lanes and win back possession. With the puck on his stick, he is mobile at an elite level and can direct plays like a quarterback. He possesses a hard and accurate release on his shot, that he gets off quickly and on-net. All-in-all, a complete defenseman that plays a refined game at both ends of the ice. (Curtis Joe, EP 2015)
“Fabbro’s defensive tendencies and polished offensive game have often drawn comparisons to Tyson Barrie of the Colorado Avalanche. As a slick puck mover with excellent individual skill, Fabbro could become a huge difference maker at the next level.” [EP]
“Fabbro is a strong positional player with a very good read-and-react game,” Dan Marr, Director of NHL Central Scouting said. “He’s always in a good position to break up a play. He gets his point shot on the net; he was Canada’s best defenseman at 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament.” (Mike G. Morreale, NHL.com article September 29th, 2015)

#18 – D Jake Bean
6’1″ 172 lbs
Born: 1998-09-06 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Calgary Hitmen (WHL) GP 57, G 22, A 31, PTS 53, PIM 24
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on Calgary Hitmen Website
Scouting Report: A shifty and intelligent defenceman that plays with panache and poise. An excellent skater that is a good puck-carrier up the ice. Makes very good decisions with and without the puck, and plays strong positionally. Works hard and doesn’t give the opposition much to work with, but could stand to be a bit more assertive during high pressure situations. That being said, he is not a one dimentional player. He displays natural talent in the offensive end, but also plays a complete defensive game in his own end. He has a proactive stick and boxes the opposition out, limiting lanes. All-in-all, the type of all-around defenceman that you want to have on the ice as much as possible. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)
It’s a down draft year for the ‘Dub,’ but Bean is one to watch. A whip-smart defenseman with an excellent stick, Bean is probably underrated defensively, where his positioning is excellent. When you put up 43 points in 46 games, that part can get overshadowed. (Ryan Kennedy, The Hockey News, January 26, 2016 Article)

#19 – C German Rubtsov
6’1″ 174 lbs
Born: 1998-06-27 (Russia)
2015-16 Stats
Team Russia U18 (MHL) GP 24, G 10, A 14, PTS 24, PIM 4
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on Team Russia U18 Website
Scouting Report: Owns a projectable frame, great hands and plenty of skill. Also displays loads of two-way ability and is also an excellent playmaker from the center position.
Needs to add plenty of bulk and get physically stronger in order to maximize output at the National Hockey League level. Needs to prove he can produce on smaller ice. (The Hockey News Player Profile)
Impressed scouts with his play at World Junior Challenge in mid-December. (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, February 19th, 2016)

#20 – C Logan Brown
6’6″ 218 lbs
Born: 1998-03-05 (USA) Canadian Citizen
2015-16 Stats
Windsor Spitfires (OHL) GP 47, G 11, A 41, PTS 52, PIM 34
Elite Prospect Link  – Roster Page on Windsor Spitfires Website
Scouting Report: “[Brown] is a typical case of bigger players requiring a little more time to develop and he had a slow start which was influenced by injury and suspension,” Dan Marr, NHL Director of Central Scouting said. “But now he is on top of his game and the results are showing. He moves deceptively well for his size and he knows how to utilize that size to dominate on the play and protect the puck. Logan has such good hands and puck skills for a big forward that he’s hard to stop when he’s driving to the net.” (Mike. F Morreale, NHL.com article November 24th, 2015)
Has good vision, thinks the game well and creates chances for teammates. Still growing, much to his chagrin. (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, February 19th, 2016)

#21 – C Luke Kunin
6’0″ 196 lbs
Born: 1997-12-04
2015-16 Stats
University of Wisconsin Badgers (NCAA) GP 27, G 13, A 10, PTS 23, PIM 26
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on University of Wisconsin Badgers Website
Scouting Report: A highly intelligent and offensively gifted forward. Has a keen eye for scoring opportunities and has shown flashes of elite-level finishing capability. Works hard and isn’t afraid to battle for puck possession. Good hands and puck skills, and has a really accurate release on his shot. Needs to work on his explosiveness, staying in motion with the play, and strength behind his shot. All-in-all, a gifted offensive force with the potential to blossom into a highlight reel player. (Curtis Joe, EP 2015)
Plays a simple, strong game and all three forward positions. Strong start at the U.S. Top Prospects Game last fall. (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, February 19th, 2016)

#22 – LW Riley Tufte
6’5″ 190 lbs
Born: 1998-04-10 (USA)
2015-16 Stats
Blaine High (USHS) GP 25, G 47, A 31, PTS 78, PIM 53
Fargo Force (USHL) GP 12, G 5, A 1, PTS 6, PIM 8
Commited to University of Minnesota-Duluth (NCAA) for 2016-17 Season
Elite Prospect LinkPlayer Profile on USHL Website
Scouting Report: “The 2014 No. 1-overall pick in the USHL draft. Playing in high school now, headed to Minnesota-Duluth.” (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, December 17, 2015)
“Will finish the year in the USHL with Fargo after his high school season ends this season. Drawing Nick Bjugstad comparisons.” (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, February 19th, 2016)

#23 – D Logan Stanley
6’7″ 216 lbs
Born: 1998-05-26 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Windsor Spitfires (OHL) GP 53, G 5, A 11, PTS 16, PIM 97
Elite Prospect Link  – Roster Page on Windsor Spitfires Website
Scouting Report: One OHL exec says he’s the most improved player in the OHL. Has a mean streak and is very competitive. (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, December 17, 2015)
“Plays tough against small players, tough against big players,” said one scout. Just keeps rising in the eyes of scouts. (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, February 19th, 2016)

#24 – C Alex DeBrincat
5’7″ 161 lbs
Born: 1997-12-18 (USA)
2015-16 Stats
Erie Otters (OHL) GP 47, G 42, A 37, PTS 79, PIM 24
USA (WJC) GP 5, G 1, A 0, PTS 1, PIM 25
Elite Prospect Link  – Player Profile on Erie Otters Website
Scouting Report: “DeBrincat will be one of the more intriguing prospects scouted this year,” said Dan Marr, Director of NHL Central Scouting. “He has an obvious and unique skill set which combines well with his tenacity to score. While his size is not an asset, it’s not affected him from being able to consistently generate offence for his team.” (Mike G. Morreale, NHL.com article September 29th, 2015)

#25 – C/LW Rasmus Asplund
5’11” 176 lbs
Born: 1997-12-03 (Sweden)
2015-16 Stats
Farjestad KB (SHL) GP 39, G 4, A 7, PTS 11, PIM 12
Sweden (WJC) GP 7, G 3, A 2, PTS 5, PIM 6
Elite Prospect LinkPlayer Profile on Farjestad KB Website
Scouting Report: One of Sweden’s better players at the world juniors, Asplund centered the second line with Alexander Nylander (2016) and Dmytro Timashov (Toronto) on his wings. That unit played more like the first line, leading the Tre Kronor in scoring with 21 points in seven games. Coach Rikard Gronborg loved Asplund’s smarts and all-around game and despite being one of the youngest on the squad, Asplund almost made the team last year. Asplund is in his second SHL season with Farjestad and has already doubled his offensive output year over year. And while seven points in 31 games doesn’t sound like much, it’s good for top-12 amongst junior-aged players in Sweden’s best circuit. The top-rated Swede in Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings, Asplund will also be a crucial part of Sweden’s world junior squad next year, when the Tre Kronor try to erase consecutive fourth-place finishes. (Ryan Kennedy, The Hockey News, January 26, 2016 Article)

#26 – C/RW Tage Thompson
6’5″ 189 lbs
Born: 1997-10-30 (USA)
2015-16 Stats
University of Connecticut Huskies (NCAA) GP 32, G 12, A 16, PTS 28, PIM 10
Elite Prospect LinkPlayer Profile on USA Hockey Website for 2015 U18 – Player Profile on University of Connecticut Huskies Website
Scouting Report: Has a big shot and is scoring scoring as a freshman with the Huskies. Father Brent was a second-round pick by L.A. in ’89. He played 15 pro seasons. (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, February 19th, 2016)

#27 – D Libor Hajek
6’2″ 196 lbs
Born: 1998-02-04 (Czech Rep.)
2015-16 Stats
Saskatoon Blades (WHL) GP 56, G 3, A 19, PTS 22, PIM 62
Elite Prospect LinkPlayer Profile on Saskatoon Blades Website
Scouting Report: “The second pick of 2015 the CHL Import Draft is a big, physical blueliner” (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, October 15,2015)
“He’s a very good skater who offers lots of risk and reward.” (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, November 18th, 2015)

#28 – LW Tyler Benson
6’0″ 201 lbs
Born: 1998-03-15 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Vancouver Giants (WHL) GP 28, G 8, A 18, PTS 26, PIM 40
Elite Prospect LinkPlayer Profile on Vancouver Giants Website
Scouting Report: “He reminds so much of Jamie Benn at the same age,” said Craig Button, the TSN commentator, former NHL GM in Calgary and scouting guru. “Tyler can make plays off the wing or score off the wing, and guys like him are rare. He thinks the game at such a high pace, and that translates when you can make plays, when everything around you is busy.” “For the most part, Tyler’s been our best player … you don’t like to say that about a 16-year-old, but he’s been that guy,” said Giants general manager Scott Bonner, “He kills penalties, he leads us in hits, and we have a guy doing Corsi and his puck-possession numbers are the best with those NHL stats,” said Bonner. “He’s more physically mature than most 16-year-olds.” “Tyler has huge legs and a huge trunk,” said Bonner. “He’s not a pretty skater, per se, but he’s quick and powerful.” (Jim Matheson, Edmonton Journal, Articlal, November 20th, 2014)

#29 – C Dillon Dube
5’10” 181 lbs
Born: 1998-07-20 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Kelowna Rockets (WHL) GP 53, G 22, A 34, PTS 56, PIM 46
Elite Prospect LinkPlayer Profile on Kelowna Rockets Website
Scouting Report: “Small, quick forward. Part of the Rockets’ Memorial Cup final squad last year.” (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, October 15,2015)
“Some see him as a similar prospect to Travis Konecny.” (Damien Cox, Sportsnet Draft Rankings, November 18th, 2015)

#30 – F Nathan Bastian
6’4″ 207 lbs
Born: 1997-12-06 (Canada)
2015-16 Stats
Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) GP 53, G 18, A 34, PTS 52, PIM 46
Elite Prospect Link – Player Profile on Mississauga Steelheads Website
Scouting Report: “Mississauga has been able to stockpile quite a collection of prospects for both the 2016 and 2017 NHL draft class,” Dan Marr, NHL Director of Central Scouting said. “Second-year players McLeod and Bastian continue to develop and contribute while establishing themselves as first-round considerations. Nylander is excelling on the smaller North American ice and the three of these players give Mississauga a uniqueness of having a line of first-round prospects.” (Mike. F Morreale, NHL.com article November 24th, 2015)
“He’s going to have to work on different parts of his game. He’s going to have to get stronger physically. He’s going to have to improve his skating. He’s going to have to improve all facets of his game to be a pro. But he wants it. So his character will push him above some of those other guys.” Steelheads assistant coach James Richmond said. “He’s learning how and when to make certain plays.”  Bastian is the perfect sidekick for the scoring duo of Nylander and McLeod. “He’s the muscle for those two big guys” Richmond said of Bastian. Future Considerations Hockey director of scouting Dan Stewart says. “I really like the game that Bastian plays as he is that big, imposing winger that can complement skilled linemates well,” “Some are bred to play the piano and some are bred to move it. On that Steelheads top line with Nylander and McLeod, he is the piano mover.” Stewart counts Bastian’s offensive skills around the net, penalty-killing acumen and the decisions he makes on the ice as strengths. Becoming more reliable from shift to shift will only help his chances of reaching the NHL. “If he works on adding more strength and being more consistent in his efforts, he could be a real solid addition to an NHL roster a few seasons down the road.”  (Daniel Nugent-Bowman, Buzzing The Net, Yahoo.ca, January 27, 2016)

 
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Entering it’s second season the Champions League has 48 teams battling it out for the European Trophy which got underway Thursday, August 20th. There are teams from 12 different leagues competing and although you won’t find any Kontinental Hockey League teams competing, there are still quite a few very talented players in this tournament. A lot of these players competing have either been drafted into or have previously played in the National Hockey League. There will also be a few of the top rated prospects for the upcoming 2016 NHL draft, including the top rated player Forward Auston Matthews of NLA’s ZSC, along with Forward Jesse Puljujarvi of SM-Ligga’s Karpat who’s expected to be a top three pick and some expect he may even challenge for top spot, and also a little further down the rankings Forward Patrik Laine of the SM-Liiga Tappara who is expected to be a potential top ten pick. There are 182 players in this tournament who have at least suited up for an NHL game, before a couple back up only goalies included, to go along with 294 players who have had the honour of being drafted into the NHL.

Next is a breakdown of how many teams from each of these 12 leagues will be competing.
SHL (Sweden) (8 of 14 Teams – Linkoping HC, Djurgarden IF, HV71 Jonkoping, Skelleftea AIK, Farjestad Karlstad, Lulea Hockey, Frolunda Gothenburg, Vaxjo Lakers HC)
SM-Liiga (Finland) (8 of 15 Teams – HIFK, Tappara Tampere, Lukko Rauma, KalPa Kuopio, JYP Jyvaskyla, Espoo Blues, TPS Turku, Karpat Oulu)
Czech Extraliga (Czech Republic) (6 of 14 Teams – Ocelari Trinec, Sparta Praha, Bili Tygri Liberec, Dynamo Pardubice, HC Litvinov, Vitkovice Ostrava)
DEL (Germany) (6 of 14 Teams – ERC Ingolstadt, Eisbaren Berlin, Dusseldorfer EG, Red Bull Munich, Adler Mannheim, Krefeld Pinguine)
NLA (Switzerland) (6 of 12 Teams – SC Bern, EV Zug, HC Davos, Fribourg-Gotteron, Geneve-Servette, ZSC Lions Zurich)
Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Italy) (4 of 12 Teams – Red Bull Salzburg, Black Wings Linz, KAC Klagenfurt, Vienna Capitals)
EIHL (Great Britain) (2 of 10 Teams – Sheffield Steelers, Braehead Clan)
Slovak Extraliga (Slovakia) (2 of 11 Teams – HK Nitra, HC Kosice)
GET-ligaen (Norway) (2 of 10 Teams – Stavanger Oilers, Storhamar Hamar)
Ligue Magnus (France) (2 of 14 Teams – Grenoble Brûleurs de Loups, Gap Rapaces)
Metal Ligaen (Denmark) (1 of 10 Teams – SonderjyskE Vojens)
Belarusian Extraleague (Belarus) (1 of 12 Teams – Neman Grodno)

The tournament starts will runs throughout the season with the championship game slated for February 9th, 2016. There are 16 Groups of three teams which make up the 48 teams competing. Each group of three teams will play each other with the top two teams from each group advancing to the playoff round bracket of 32 teams.
A break down of who is in each groups can be found below, if you click on the Group title it will allow you to jump to the part of the page where you can find out which players on the teams from each group are former NHL players, Picks, North American born players who were not drafted and haven’t played in the NHL, or any players born in 1996 or later who very well could end up being a draft pick in the 2016 draft, along with any other interesting notes I have found. There will also be links to each team and players Eliteprospects.com profiles.

Group A – Group A Standings Page at championshockeyleague.net
SC Bern (Bern, Switzerland) – NLA (Switzlerland)
Linkoping HC (Linkoping, Sweden) – SHL (Sweden)
HIFK (Helsinki, Finland) – SM-liiga (Finland)

Schedule and Results
Game Day 1 – Fri, 21.08.2015 – SC Bern 1 @ IFK Helsinki 3 – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 2 – Sun, 23.08.2015 – Linkoping HC 3 @ SC Bern 2 (Penalty Shots) – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 3 – Fri, 28.08.2015 – IFK Helsinki 2 @ SC Bern 3 (Penalty Shots) – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 4 – Sun, 30.08.2015 – IFK Helsinki 0 @ Linkoping HC 2Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 5 – Thu, 03.09.2015 – Linkoping HC 2 @ IFK Helsinki 1Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 6 – Sat, 05.09.2015 – Linkoping HC 7 @ SC Bern 1Game Page at championshockeyleague.net

Group BGroup B Standings Page at championshockeyleague.net
Tappara Tampere (Tampere, Finland) – SM-liiga (Finland)
EV Zug (Zug, Switzerland) – NLA (Switzerland)
Djurgarden IF (Stockholm, Sweden) – SHL (Sweden)

Schedule and Results
Game Day 1 – Thu, 20.08.2015 – Tappara Tampere 4 @ Stockholm 2Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 2 – Sat, 22.08.2015 – Tappara Tampere 7 @ EV Zug 0Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 3 – Thu, 27.08.2015 – Djurgarden Stockholm 3 @ Tappara Tampere 2 (OT) – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 4 – Sat, 29.08.2015 – Djurgarden Stockholm 3 @ EV Zug 2Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 5 – Fri, 04.09.2015 – EV Zug @ Djurgarden Stockholm – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 6 – Sun, 06.09.2015 – EV Zug @ Tappara Tampere – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net

Group CGroup C Standings Page at championshockeyleague.net
Red Bull Salzburg (Salzburg, Austria) – Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Italy)
HV71 Jonkoping (Jonkoping, Sweden) – SHL (Sweden)
SonderjyskE Vojens (SonderjyskE, Denmark) – Metal Ligaen (Denmark)

Schedule and Results
Game Day 1 – Thu, 20.08.2015 – Red Bull Salzburg 1 @ SonderjyskE Vojens 4Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 2 – Sat, 22.08.2015 – Red Bull Salzburg 1 @ HV71 Jonkoping 4Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 3 – Thu, 27.08.2015 – SonderjyskE Vojens 2 @ Red Bull Salzburg 7Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 4 – Sat, 29.08.2015 – SonderjyskE Vojens 1 @ HV71 Jonkoping 7Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 5 – Thu, 03.09.2015 – HV71 Jonkoping @ SonderjyskE Vojens – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 6 – Sat, 05.09.2015 – HV71 Jonkoping @ Red Bull Salzburg – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net

Group D – Group D Standings Page at championshockeyleague.net
Skelleftea AIK (Skellefrea, Sweden) – SHL (Sweden)
Bili Tygri Liberec (Liberec, Czech Republic) – Czech Extaliga (Czech Republic)
HK Nitra (Nitra, Slovakia) – Slovak Extraliga (Slovakia)

Schedule and Results
Game Day 1 – Fri, 21.08.2015 – Skelleftea AIK 4 @ HK Nitra 2Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 2 – Sun, 23.08.2015 – Skelleftea AIK 4 @ Bili Tygri Liberec 0Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 3 – Thu, 27.08.2015 – HK Nitra 2 @ Skelleftea AIK 3 (Penalty Shots) – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 4 – Sat, 29.08.2015 – Bili Tygri Liberec 9 @ HK Nitra 0Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 5 – Thu, 03.09.2015 – HK Nitra @ Bili Tygri Liberec – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 6 – Sat, 05.09.2015 – Bili Tygri Liberec @ Skelleftea AIK – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net

Group E – Group E Standings Page at championshockeyleague.net
HC Davos (Davos, Switzlerland) – NLA (Switzlerand)
Dynamo Pardubice (Pardubice, Czech Republic) – Czech Extraliga (Czech Republic)
Farjestad Karlstad (Farjestad, Sweden) – SHL (Sweden)

Schedule and Results
Game Day 1 – Fri, 21.08.2015 – HC Davos 4@ Farjestad Karlstad 0Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 2 – Sat, 22.08.2015 – HC Davos 3 @ Dynamo Pardubice 2Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 3 – Fri, 28.08.2015 – Farjestad Karlstad 1 @ HC Davos 0 (OT) – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 4 – Sun, 30.08.2015 – Farjestad Karlstad 3 @ Dynamo Pardubice 2Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 5 – Thu, 03.09.2015 – Dynamo Pardubice @ Farjestad Karlstad – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 6 – Sat, 05.09.2015 – Dynamo Pardubice @ HC Davos – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net

Group F – Group F Standings Page at championshockeyleague.net
HC Litvinov (Litvinov, Czech Republic) – Czech Extraliga (Czech Republic)
Espoo Blues (Espoo, Finland) – SM-liiga (Finland)
Grenoble Brûleurs de Loups (Grenoble, France) – Ligue Magnus (France)

Schedule and Results
Game Day 1 – Fri, 21.08.2015 – HC Litvinov 4 @ Grenoble 1Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 2 – Sun, 23.08.2015 – HC Litvinov 1 @ Espoo Blues 0Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 3 – Thu, 27.08.2015 – Grenoble 4 @ HC Litvinov 6Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 4 – Sat, 29.08.2015 – Grenoble 2 @ Espoo Blues 4Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 5 – Fri, 04.09.2015 – Espoo Blues @ Grenoble – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 6 – Sun, 06.09.2015 – Espoo Blues @ HC Litvinov – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net

Group G – Group G Standings Page at championshockeyleague.net
Black Wings Linz (Linz, Austria) – Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Italy)
Dusseldorfer EG (Dusseldorf, Germany) – DEL (Germany)
TPS Turku (Turku, Finland) – SM-liiga (Finland)

Schedule and Results
Game Day 1 – Thu, 20.08.2015 – Black Wings Linz 1 @ TPS Turku 6Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 2 – Sat, 22.08.2015 – Black Wings Linz 3 @ Dusseldorfer EG 6Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 3 – Thu, 27.08.2015 – TPS Turku 3 @ Black Wings Linz 2 (OT) – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 4 – Sat, 29.08.2015 – TPS Turku 5 @ Dusseldorfer EG 4Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 5 – Thu, 03.09.2015 – Dusseldorfer EG @ TPS Turku – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 6 – Sun, 06.09.2015 – Dusseldorfer EG @ Black Wings Linz – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net

Group H – Group H Standings Page at championshockeyleague.net
Red Bull Munich (Munich, Germany) – DEL (Germany)
KAC Klagenfurt (Klagenfurt, Austria) – Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Italy)
HC Kosice (Kosice, Slovakia) – Slovak Extraliga (Slovakia)

Schedule and Results
Game Day 1 – Thu, 20.08.2015 – Red Bull Munich 4 @ HC Kosice 2Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 2 – Sun, 23.08.2015 – Red Bull Munich 4 @ KAC Klagenfurt 1Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 3 – Fri, 28.08.2015 – HC Kosice 0 @ Red Bull Munich 1Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 4 – Sun, 30.08.2015 – HC Kosice 3 @ KAC Klagenfurt 2Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 5 – Thu, 03.09.2015 – KAC Klagenfurt @ HC Kosice – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 6 – Sun, 06.09.2015 – KAC Klagenfurt @ Red Bull Munich – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net

Group I – Group I Standings Page at championshockeyleague.net
Adler Mannheim (Mannheim, Germany) – DEL (Germany)
Vitkovice Ostrava (Ostrava, Czech Republic) – Czech Extraliga (Czech Republic)
Neman Grodno (Grodno, Belarus) – Belarusian Extraleague (Belarus)

Schedule and Results
Game Day 1 – Fri, 21.08.2015 – Adler Mannheim 0 @ Neman Grodno 2Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 2 – Sun, 23.08.2015 – Adler Mannheim 2 @ Vitkovice Ostrava 1Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 3 – Thu, 27.08.2015 – Neman Grodno 1 @ Adler Mannheim 2Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 4 – Sun, 30.08.2015 – Vitkovice Ostrava 2 @ Neman Grodno 0Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 5 – Fri, 04.09.2015 – Neman Grodno @ Vitkovice Ostrava – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 6 – Sat, 05.09.2015 – Vitkovice Ostrava @ Adler Mannheim – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net

Group J – Group J Standings Page at championshockeyleague.net
Karpat Oulu (Oulu, Finland) – SM-Liiga (Finland)
Vienna Capitals (Vienna, Austria) – Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Italy)
Krefeld Pinguine (Krenfeld, Germany) – DEL (Germany)

Schedule and Results
Game Day 1 – Thu, 20.08.2015 – Karpat Oulu 2 @ Krefeld Pinguine 0Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 2 – Sat, 22.08.2015 – Karpat Oulu 2 @ Vienna Capitals 0Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 3 – Thu, 27.08.2015 – Krefeld Pinguine 1 @ Karpat Oulu 4Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 4 – Sat, 29.08.2015 – Krefeld Pinguine 3 @ Vienna Capitals 2 (Penalty Shots) – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 5 – Thu, 03.09.2015 – Vienna Capitals @ Krefeld Pinguine – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 6 – Sat, 05.09.2015 – Vienna Capitals @ Karpat Oulu – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net

Group K – Group K Standings Page at championshockeyleague.net
Lukko Rauma (Rauma, Finland) – SM-liiga (Finland)
Lulea Hockey (Lulea, Sweden) – SHL (Sweden) – *Winners of the 2014-15 Season Champions League
Fribourg-Gotteron (Fribourg, Switzerland) – NLA (Switzerland)

Schedule and Results
Game Day 1 – Thu, 20.08.2015 – Lukko Rauma 4 @ Fribourg-Gotteron 3 (Penalty Shots) – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 2 – Sat, 22.08.2015 – Lukko Rauma 3 @ Lulea Hockey 4 (Penalty Shots) – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 3 – Thu, 27.08.2015 – Fribourg-Gotteron 2 @ Lukko Rauma 4Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 4 – Sat, 29.08.2015 – Fribourg-Gotteron 2 @ Lulea Hockey 4Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 5 – Fri, 04.09.2015 – Lulea Hockey @ Fribourg-Gotteron – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 6 – Sun, 06.09.2015 – Lulea Hockey @ Lukko Rauma – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net

Group L – Group L Standings Page at championshockeyleague.net
Ocelari Trinec (Trinrc, Czech Republic) – Czech Extraliga (Czech Republic)
KalPa Kuopio (Kuopio, Finland) – SM-liiga (Finland)
Stavanger Oilers (Stravanger, Norway) – GET-ligaen (Norway)

Schedule and Results
Game Day 1 – Thu, 20.08.2015 – Ocelari Trinec 1 @ Stavanger Oilers 4Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 2 – Sat, 22.08.2015 – Ocelari Trinec 3 @ KalPa Kuopio 4Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 3 – Fri, 28.08.2015 – Stavanger Oilers 3 @ Ocelari Trinec 4 (OT) – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 4 – Sun, 30.08.2015 – Stavanger Oilers 1 @ KalPa Kuopio 2Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 5 – Thu, 03.09.2015 – KalPa Kuopio @ Stavanger Oilers – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 6 – Sat, 05.09.2015 – KalPa Kuopio @ Ocelari Trinec – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net

Group M – Group M Standings Page at championshockeyleague.net
Sparta Praha (Prague, Czech Republic) – Czech Extraliga (Czech Republic)
Geneve-Servette (Gemeva, Switzerland) – NLA (Switzerland)
Storhamar Hamar (Hamar, Norway) – GET-ligaen (Norway)

Schedule and Results
Game Day 1 – Thu, 20.08.2015 – Sparta Prague 3 @ Storhamar Hamar 2 Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 2 – Sat, 22.08.2015 – Sparta Prague 3 @ Geneve-Servette 4 (OT) – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 3 – Fri, 28.08.2015 – Storhamar Hamar 2 @ Sparta Prague 1Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 4 – Sat, 29.08.2015 – Storhamar Hamar 3 @ Geneve-Servette 0Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 5 – Thu, 03.09.2015 – Geneve-Servette @ Storhamar Hamar – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 6 – Sat, 05.09.2015 – Geneve-Servette @ Sparta Prague – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net

Group N – Group N Standings Page at championshockeyleague.net
Frolunda Gothenburg (Gothenburg, Sweden) – SHL (Sweden)
JYP Jyvaskyla (Jyvaskyla, Finland) – SM-liiga (Finland)
Sheffield Steelers (Sheffield, England) – EIHL (Great Britain)

Schedule and Results
Game Day 1 – Thu, 20.08.2015 – Sheffield Steelers 1  @ Frolunda Gothenburg 9Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 2 – Sat, 22.08.2015 – Sheffield Steelers 0 @ JYP Jyvaskyla 3Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 3 – Fri, 28.08.2015 – JYP Jyvaskyla 2 @ Frolunda Gothenburg 3Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 4 – Sun, 30.08.2015 – JYP Jyvaskyla 4 @ Sheffield Steelers 2Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 5 – Thu, 03.09.2015 – Frolunda Gothenburg @ JYP Jyvaskyla – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 6 – Sat, 05.09.2015 – Frolunda Gothenburg @ Sheffield Steelers – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net

Group O – Group O Standings Page at championshockeyleague.net
Vaxjo Lakers HC (Vaxjo, Sweden) – SHL (Sweden)
ERC Ingolstadt (Ingolstadt, Germany) – DEL (Germany)
Braehead Clan (Renfrew, Scotland) – EIHL (Great Britain)

Schedule and Results
Game Day 1 – Thu, 20.08.2015 – Braehead Clan 2 @ Vaxjo Lakers 10Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 2 – Sat, 22.08.2015 – Braehead Clan 2 @ ERC Ingolstadt 5Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 3 – Thu, 27.08.2015 – ERC Ingolstadt 2 @ Vaxjo Lakers 4Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 4 – Sat, 29.08.2015 – Vaxjo Lakers 3 @ Braehead Clan 1Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 5 – Thu, 03.09.2015 – Vaxjo Lakers @ ERC Ingolstadt – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 6 – Sat, 05.09.2015 – ERC Ingolstadt @ Braehead Clan – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net

Group P – Group P Standings Page at championshockeyleague.net
ZSC Lions Zurich (Zurich, Switzerland) – NLA (Switzerland)
Eisbaren Berlin (Berlin, Germany) – DEL (Germany)
Gap Rapaces (Gap, Huates-Alpes, France) – Ligue Magnus (France)

Schedule and Results
Game Day 1 – Thu, 20.08.2015 – ZSC Lions Zurich 5 @ Gap Rapaces 4 Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 2 – Sat, 22.08.2015 – ZSC Lions Zurich 6 @ Eisbaren Berlin 3 – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 3 – Thu, 27.08.2015 – Gap Rapaces 1 @ ZSC Lions Zurich 6Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 4 – Sat, 29.08.2015 – Gap Rapaces 1 @ Eisbaren Berlin 6Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 5 – Fri, 04.09.2015 – Eisbaren Berlin @ ZSC Lions Zurich – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net
Game Day 6 – Sun, 06.09.2015 – Eisbaren Berlin @ Gap Rapaces – Game Page at championshockeyleague.net


Group A
SC Bern (Bern, Switzerland) – NLA (Switzlerland)
Former NHLers on Roster (6)
– D Timo Helbling – 11 NHL GP (Tampa Bay Lightning, Washignton Capitals)
– F Cory Conacher – 141 Regular Season NHL GP, 8 Playoff NHL GP (Tampa Bay Lightning, Ottawa Senators, Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders)
– F Andrew Ebbett – 224 Regular Season NHL GP, 19 Playoff NHL GP (Anaheim Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild, Phoenix Coyotes, Vancouver Canucks, Pittsburgh Penguins)
– F Chuck Kobasew – 601 Regular Season NHL GP, 44 Playoff NHL GP (Calgary Flames, Boston Bruins, Minnesota Wild, Colorado Avalanche, Pittsburgh Penguins)
– F Simon Moser – 6 NHL GP (Nashville Predators)
– F Trevor Smith – 106 NHL GP (New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning, Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (3)
– D Timo Helbling – Nashville Predators 6th Round Pick, 162th Overall 1999
– F Justin Krueger – Carolina Hurricans 7th Round Pick, 213th Overall 2006
– F Chuck Kobasew – Calgary Flames 1st Round Pick, 14th Overall 2001
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (0)
– None
Other North American Players (2)
– D Justin Kruger German Born player who also grew up in Switzerland, is the son of Canadian former NHL player and former Edmonton Oilers Coach Ralph Krueger.
– F Thomas Rufenacht American Born Swiss Player

Linkoping HC (Linkoping, Sweden) – SHL (Sweden)
Former NHLers on Roster (4)
– D Chad Billins – 10 NHL GP (Calgary Flames)
– D Jonas Junland – 4 NHL GP (St. Louis Blues)
– F Andrew Gordon – 55 NHL GP (Washington Capitals, Anaheim Ducks, Vancouver Canucks)
– F Rhett Rakhshani – 7 NHL GP (New York Islanders)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (11)
– G Marcus Hogberg – Ottawa Senators 3rd Round Pick, 78th Overall 2013
– D Gabriel Carlsson – Columbus Blue Jackets 1st Round Pick, 29th overall 2015
– D Carl Dahlstrom – Chicago Blackhawks 2nd Round Pick, 51st Overall 2013
– D Gustav Forsling – Vancouver Canucks 5th Round Pick, 126th Overall 2014
– D Petter Hansson – New York Islanders 7th Round Pick, 202nd Overall 2015
– D Jonas Junland – St. Louis Blues 3rd Round Pick, 64th Overall 2006
– D Daniel Rahimi – Vancouver Canucks 3rd Round Pick, 82nd Overall 2006
– F Andrew Gordon – Washington Capitals 7th Round Pick, 197th Overall 2004
– F Rhett Rakhshani – New York Islanders 4th Round Pick, 100th Overall 2006
– F Garrett Roe – Los Angeles Kings 7th Round Pick, 183rd Overall 2008
– F Nick Sorensen – Anaheim Ducks 2nd Round Pick, 45th Overall 2013
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (1)
– F Henrik Tornqvist – Born: 1996
Other North American Players (1)
– F Broc Little 71 PTS in 75 Games in total last season with Linkoping HC, Born in Phoenix, Arizona only has 21 Games of AHL experience. Also played NCAA at Yale.

HIFK (Helsinki, Finland) – SM-liiga (Finland)
Former NHLers on Roster (2)
– F Corey Elkins – 3 NHL GP (Los Angeles Kings)
– F Joonas Rask – 2 NHL GP (Nashville Predators)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (8)
– G Ville Husso – St. Louis Blues 4th Round Pick, 94th Overall 2014
– D Matt Generous – Buffalo Sabres 7th Round Pick, 208th Overall 2005
– D Miro Karjalainen – Dallas Stars 5th Round Pick, 135th Overall 2014
– F Roope Hintz – Dallas Stars 2nd Round Pick, 49th Overall 2015
– F Arttu Luttinen – Ottawa Senators 3rd Round Pick, 75th Overall 2002
– F Juuso Puustinen – Calgary Flames 5th Round Pick, 149th Overall 2006
– F Joonas Rask – Nashville Predators 7th Round Pick, 198th Overall 2010
– F Tomas Zaborksy – New York Rangers 5th Round Pick, 137th Overall 2006
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (2)
– G Christian Heljanko – Born: 1997
– D Sebastien Moberg – Born: 1996
Other North American Players (2)
– F Austin Farley – 1993 Born American NCAA player on a Tryout agreement
– F Anthony Greco – 1993 Born American NCAA player on a Tryout agreement
Other Instersting Note
– F Joonas Rask is the younger brother of current Boston Bruins Goaltender Tuukka Rask.
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Group B
Tappara Tampere (Tampere, Finland) – SM-liiga (Finland)
Former NHLers on Roster (1)
– G Mika Noronen – 71 NHL GP (Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (4)
– G Mika Noronen – Buffalo Sabres 1st Round Pick, 21st Overall 1997
– D Markus Kankaanpera – Vancouver Canucks 8th Round Pick, 218th Overall 1999
– F Stephen Dixon – Pittsburgh Penguins 7th Round Pick, 229th Overall 2003
– F Jani Lajunen – Nashville Predators 7th Round Pick, 201st OVerall 2008
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (4)
– D Jere Rouhiainen – Born: 1996
– F Manu Honkanen – Born: 1996
– F Patrik Laine – Born: 1998 *Top Prospect for 2016 NHL Draft
– F Otto Makinen – Born: 1998
Other Notable North American Players (1)
– D Nick Plastino – Canadian born former NOJHL, OPJHL, OHL and ECHL Player. Plays internationally for Italy.

EV Zug (Zug, Switzerland) – NLA (Switzerland)
Former NHLers on Roster (5)
– G Tobias Stephan – 11 NHL GP (Dallas Stars)
– D Tim Ramholt – 1 NHL GP (Calgary Flames)
– F Pierre-Marc Bouchard – 593 NHL Regular Season GP, 21 Playoff NHL GP (Minnesota Wild, New York Islanders)
– F Josh Holden – 60 NHL GP (Vancouver Canucks, Carolina Hurricanes, Toronto Maple Leafs)
– F Jarkko Immonen – 20 NHL GP (New York Rangers)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (6)
– G Tobias Stephan – Dallas Stars 2nd Round Pick, 34th Overall 2002
– D Tim Ramholt – Calgary Flames 2nd Round Pick, 39th Overall 2003
– F Pierre-Marc Bouchard – Minnesota Wild 1st Round Pick, 8th Overall 2002
– F Josh Holden – Vancouver Canucks 1st Round Pick, 12th Overall 1996
– F Jarkko Immonen – Toronto Maple Leafs 8th Round Pick, 254th Overall 2002
– F Emanuel Peter – Calgary Flames 5th Round Pick, 142nd Overall 2002
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (4)
– G Noel Bader – Born: 1996
– D Livio Stadler – Born: 1998
– F Calvin Thurkauf – Born: 1997
– F Dominik Volejnicek – Born: 1998
Other Notable North American Players (1)
– F Nicolas Thibaudeau – Canadian born player who never played higher than QJAAAHL (Quebec Jr. A) before heading to Switzerland.

Djurgarden IF (Stockholm, Sweden) – SHL (Sweden)
Former NHLers on Roster (3)
– G Mikael Tellqvist – 113 NHL GP (Toronto Maple Leafs, Phoenix Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres)
– F Matt Anderson – 2 NHL GP (New Jersey Devils)
– F Patrick Thoresen – 106 NHL Regular Season GP, 14 NHL Playoff GP (Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (12)
– G Mikael Tellqvist – Toronto Maple Leafs 3rd Round Pick, 70th Overall 2000
– D Andreas Englund – Ottawa Senators 2nd Round Pick, 40th Overall 2014
– D Daniel Fernholm – Pittsburgh Penguins 4th Round Pick, 101st Overall 2002
– D Robin Norell – Chicago Blackhawks 4th Round Pick, 111th Overall 2013
– D Adam Ollas Mattsson – Calgary Flames 6th Round Pick, 175th Overall 2014
– D Robin Press – Chicago Blackhawks 7th Round Pick, 211th Overall 2013
– D Wilhelm Westlund – Colorado Avalanche 7th Round Pick, 183rd Overall 2013
– F Daniel Bernhardt – New York Rangers 4th Round Pick, 119th Overall 2015
– F Daniel Brodin – Toronto Maple Leafs 5th Round Pick, 146th Overall 2010
– F Alexander Fallstrom – Minnesota Wild 4th Round Pick, 116th Overall 2009
– F Marcus Sorensen – Ottawa Senators 4th Round Pick, 106th Overall 2010
– F Lukas Vejdemo – Montreal Canadiens 3rd Round Pick, 87th Overall 2015
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (0)
– None
Other North American Players (0)
– None
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Group C
Red Bull Salzburg (Salzburg, Austria) – Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Italy)
Former NHLers on Roster (5)
– D Brian Fahey – 7 NHL GP (Washington Capitals)
– D Zdenek Zutlak – 16 NHL GP (Boston Bruins)
– F Benn Ferriero – 98 NHL Regular Season GP, 8 NHL Playoff GP (San Jose Sharks, New York Rangers, Vancouver Canucks)
– F Brett Sterling – 30 NHL GP (Atlanta Thrashers, Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues)
– F Ben Walter – 24 NHL GP (Boston Bruins, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (7)
– D Brian Fahey – Colorado Avalanche 4th Round Pick, 119th Overall 2000
– D Matthias Trattnig – Chicago Blackhawks 4th Round Pick, 94th Overall 1998
– D Zdenek Zutlak – Boston Bruins 8th Round Pick, 237th Overall 2000
– F Kyle Beach – Chicago Blackhawks 1st Round Pick, 11th Overall 2008
– F Benn Ferriero – Phoenix Coyotes 7th Round Pick, 196th Overall 2006
– F Brett Sterling – Atlanta Thrashers 5th Round Pick, 145th Overall 2003
– F Ben Walter – Boston Bruins 5th Round Pick, 160th Overall 2004
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (0)
– None
Other North American Players (4)
– D Brian Connelly – American born players with 220 points in 359 Regular season AHL games and 9 points in 20 AHL Playoff games.
– D Layne Viveiros – Canadian born Austrian national player who played last 3 seasons with the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks.
– F Ryan Duncan – Canadian born undersized former NCAA player with 66 career AHL games. 69 Points in 73 Games last season with EC Salzburg.
– F John Hughes – Canadian born undersized former OHL player with 296 pts in 275 OHL regular season and playoff games. 80 Points in 74 Games last season with EC Salzburg.
Other Interesting Note
– F Ben Walter is the son of former long time NHL F Ryan Walter.

HV71 Jonkoping (Jonkoping, Sweden) – SHL (Sweden)
Former NHLers on Roster (7)
– G Erik Ersberg – 53 Regular Season NHL GP, 1 Playoff NHL GP (Los Angeles Kings)
– D Chris Campoli – 440 Regular Season NHL GP, 18 Playoff NHL GP (New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal Canadiens)
– D Jere Karalahti – 149 Regular Season NHL GP, 17 Playoff NHL GP (Los Angeles Kings)
– D Ryan O’Byrne – 308 Regular Season NHL GP, 25 Playoff NHL GP (Montreal Canadiens, Colorado Avalanche, Toronto Maple Leafs)
– F Erik Christensen – 387 Regular Season NHL GP, 17 Playoff NHL GP (Pittsburgh Penguins, Atlanta Thrashers, Anaheim Ducks, New York Rangers, Minnesota Wild)
– F Bjorn Melin – 3 NHL GP (Anaheim Ducks)
– F Mattias Tedenby – 120 NHL GP (New Jersey Devils)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (14)
– G Fredrik Pettersson Wentzel – Atlanta Thrashers 5th Round Pick, 128th Overall 2010
– D Kristofer Berglund – St. Louis Blues 5th Round Pick, 125th Overall 2008
– D Chris Campoli – New York Islanders 7th Round Pick, 227th Overall 2004
– D Niklas Hansson – Dallas Stars 3rd Round Pick, 68th Overall 2013
– D Emil Johansson – Boston Bruins 7th Round Pick, 206th Overall 2014
– D Jere Karalahti – Los Angeles Kings 6th Round Pick, 146th Overall 1993
– D Simon Karlsson – Nashville Predators 5th Round Pick, 142nd Overall 2011
– D Ryan O’Byrne – Montreal Canadiens 3rd Round Pick, 79th Overall 2003
– F Filip Ahl – Ottawa Senators 4th Round, Pick 109th Overall 2015
– F Erik Christensen – Pittsburgh Penguins 3rd Round Pick, 69th Overall 2002
– F Teemu Laine – New Jersey Devils 2nd Round Pick, 39th Overall 2000
– F Bjorn Melin – New York Islanders 6th Round Pick, 163rd Overall 1999
– F Kevin Stenlund – Columbus Blue Jackets 2nd Round Pick, 58th Overall 2015
– F Mattias Tedenby – New Jersey Devils 1st Round Pick, 24th Overall 2008
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (0)
– None
Other North American Players (1)
– F Chris Abbott – Former Canadian NCAA player who has spent the past 7 seasons in the SHL. Had 44 Pts in 69 Games last season with Lulea HF. His twin bother Cam Abbott who he played with for the past several years retired after last season.

SonderjyskE Vojens (SonderjyskE, Denmark) – Metal Ligaen (Denmark)
Former NHLers on Roster (0)
– None
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (1)
– F Thomas Spelling New York Rangers 5th Round Pick, 142nd Overall 2012
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (1)
– F Martiin B. Eskildsen
Other North American Players (2)
– F Scott Campbell – Canadian born former NCAA, AHL and ECHL player.
– F Cory Quirk – American born former USHL, NCAA and AHL player a bit undersized.
Other Interesting Note
– D Mads Bodker is the older brother of Arizona Coyotes F Mikkel Bodker
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Group D
Skelleftea AIK (Skellefrea, Sweden) – SHL (Sweden)
Former NHLers on Roster (2)
– F Janne Pesonen – 7 NHL GP (Pittsburgh Penguins)
– F Mattias Ritola – 43 Regular Season NHL GP, 2 Playoff NHL GP (Detroit Red Wings, Tampa Bay Lightning)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (8)
– D Tim Heed – Anaheim Ducks 5th Round Pick, 132nd Overal 2010
– D Anton Lindholm – Colorado Avalanche 5th Round Pick, 144th Overall 2014
– D Marcus Pettersson – Anaheim Ducks 2nd Round Pick, 38th Overall 2014
– F Axel Holmstrom – Detroit Red Wings 7th Round Pick, 196th Overall 2014
– F Janne Pesonen – Anaheim Ducks 9th Round Pick, 269th Overall 2004
– F Pontus Petterstrom – New York Rangers 7th Round Pick, 226th Overall 2001
– F Mattias Ritola – Detroit Red Wings 4th Round Pick, 103rd Overall 2005
– F Patrik Zackrisson – San Jose Sharks 6th Round Pick, 165th Overall 2007
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (1)
– D Sebastian Aho – Born: 1996
Other North American Players (2)
– F Terry Broadhurst – American Former NCAA and AHL player.
– F Andrew Calof – Canadian Former NCAA player.
Other Interesting Note
– D Sebastian Aho is a cousins of fellow Champions League player G Pekka Tuokkola of KAC Klagenfurt (Erste Bank Eishockey Liga – Austria).

Bili Tygri Liberec (Liberec, Czech Republic) – Czech Extaliga (Czech Republic)
Former NHLers on Roster (4)
– G Jan Lasak – 6 NHL GP (Nashville Predators)
– G Marek Schwarz – 6 NHL GP (St. Louis Blues)
– F Branko Radivojevic – 399 Regular Season NHL GP, 31 Playoff NHL GP (Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Minnesota Wild)
– F Michal Repik – 72 NHL GP (Florida Panthers)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (5)
– G Jan Lasak – Nashville Predators 2nd Round Pick, 65th Overall 1999
– G Marek Schwarz – St. Louis Blues 1st Round Pick, 17th Overall 2004
– F Michal Birner – St. Louis Blues 4th Round Pick, 116th Overall 2004
– D Branko Radivojevic – Colorado Avalanche 3rd Round Pick, 93rd Overall 1999
– F Michal Repik – Florida Panthers 2nd Round Pick, 40th Overall 2007
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (1)
– F Domink Lakatos – Born: 1997
Other North American Players (0)
– None

HK Nitra (Nitra, Slovakia) – Slovak Extraliga (Slovakia)
Former NHLers on Roster (2)
– D Branislav Mezei – 240 NHL GP (New York Islanders, Florida Panthers)
– F Jozef Stumpel – 957 Regular Season NHL GP, 55 Playoff NHL GP (Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, Florida Panthers)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (3)
– G Michal Valent – Buffalo Sabres 5th Round Pick, 145th Overall 2004
– D Branislav Mezei – New York Islanders 1st Round Pick, 10th Overall 1999
– F Jozef Stumpel – Boston Bruins 2nd Round Pick, 40th Overall 1991
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (1)
– D Jakub Garay – Born: 1996
2017 Draft Eligible Prospect on Roster (1)
– F Samuel Bucek – Born: December 12, 1998
Other North American Players (1)
– D Jamie Milam – American Former NAHL, NCAA, UHL, ECHL and CHL Player.
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Group E
HC Davos (Davos, Switzlerland) – NLA (Switzlerand)
Former NHLers on Roster (1)
– F Perttu Lindgren – 1 NHL GP (Dallas Stars)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (5)
– D Beat Forster – Phoenix Coyotes 3rd Round Pick, 78th Overall 2001
– F Dick Axelsson – Detroit Red Wings 2nd Round Pick, 62nd Overall 2006
– F Mauro Jorg – New Jersey Devils 7th Round Pick, 204th Overall 2010
– F Perttu Lindgren – Dallas Stars 3rd Round Pick, 75th Overall 2005
– F Marcus Paulsson – New York Islanders 5th Round Pick, 149th Overall 2002
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (4)
– G Gilles Senn – Born: 1996
– D Alessandro Spinetti – Born: 1997
– F Fabian Heldner – Born: 1996
– F Simon Kindschi – Born: 1996
Other North American Players (0)
– None

Dynamo Pardubice (Pardubice, Czech Republic) – Czech Extraliga (Czech Republic)
Former NHLers on Roster (1)
– F Petr Sykora – 12 NHL GP (Nashville Predators, Washington Capitals)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (4)
– G Brandon Maxwell – Colorado Avalanche 6th Round Pick, 154th Overall 2009
– G Karel Vejmelka – Nashville Predators 5th Round Pick, 145th Overall 2015
– F Tomas Marcinko – New York Islanders 4th Round Pick, 115th Overall 2006
– F Petr Sykora – Detroit Red Wings 3rd Round Pick, 76th Overall 1997
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (3)
– D Ondrej Vala – Born: 1998
– F David Tomasek – Born: 1996
– F Daniel Vozenilek – Born: 1996
Other North American Players (0)
– None

Farjestad Karlstad (Farjestad, Sweden) – SHL (Sweden)
Former NHLers on Roster (6)
– G Justin Pogge – 7 NHL GP (Toronto Maple Leafs, Phoenix Coyotes as a backup only)
– D Jonas Holos – 39 NHL GP (Colorado Avalanche)
– D Ole-Kristian Tollefson – 163 NHL GP (Columbus Blue Jackets, Philadelphia Flyers)
– F Robbie Earl – 47 NHL GP (Toronto Maple Leafs, Minnesota Wild)
– F John Persson – 10 NHL GP (New York Islanders)
– F Rickard Wallin – 79 NHL GP (Minnesota Wild, Toronto Maple Leafs)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (13)
– G Justin Pogge – Toronto Maple Leafs 3rd Round Pick, 90th Overall 2004
– D Daniel Gunnarsson – Minnesota Wild 5th Round Pick, 128th Overall 2012
– D Jonas Holos – Colorado Avalanche 6th Round Pick, 170th Overall 2008
– D Magnus Nygren – Montreal Canadiens 4th Round Pick, 113th Overall 2011
– D Ole-Kristian Tollefson – Columbus Blue Jackets 3rd Round Pick, 65th Overall 2002
– D Mikael Wikstrand – Ottawa Senators 7th Round Pick, 196th Overall 2012
– F Robbie Earl – Toronto Maple Leafs 6th Round Pick, 187th Overall 2004
– F Joel Eriksson EK – Minnesota Wild 1st Round Pick, 20th Overall 2015
– F Marius Holtet – Dallas Stars 2nd Round Pick, 42nd Overall 2002
– D Mikael Johansson – Detroit Red Wings 9th Round Pick, 289th Overall 2003
– F John Persson – New York Islanders 5th Round Pick, 125th Overall 2011
– F Johan Ryno – Detroit Red Wings 5th Round Pick, 137th Overall 2005
– F Rickard Wallin – Phoenix Coyotes 6th Round Pick, 160th Overall 1998
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (2)
– F Rasmus Asplund – Born: 1997 *Projected 2016 First Rounder
– F August Gunnarsson – Born: 1996
Other North American Players (0)
– None
Other interesting note
– F August Gunnarsson is the younger brother of St. Louis Blues D Carl Gunnarsson
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Group F
HC Litvinov (Litvinov, Czech Republic) – Czech Extraliga (Czech Republic)
Former NHLers on Roster (1)
– F Kamil Piros – 28 NHL GP (Atlanta Thrashers, Florida Panthers)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (5)
– G Jaroslav Janus – Tampa Bay Lightning 6th Round Pick, 162nd Overall 2009
– F Viktor Hubl – Washington Capitals 9th Round Pick, 284th Overall 2001
– F Frantisek Lukes – Phoenix Coyotes 8th Round Pick, 243rd Overall 2001
– F Kamil Piros – Buffalo Sabres 8th Round Pick, 212th Overall 1997
– F Michal Travnicek – Toronto Maple Leafs 8th Round Pick, 228th Overall 1998
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (0)
– None
Other North American Players (0)
– None

Espoo Blues (Espoo, Finland) – SM-liiga (Finland)
Former NHLers on Roster (1)
– D Olli Malmivaara – 2 NHL GP (New Jersey Devils)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (5)
– G Kaapo Kahkonen – Minnesota Wild 4th Round Pick, 109th Overall 2014
– D Olli Malmivaara – Chicago Blackhawks 4th Round Pick, 117th Overall 2000
– D Veeti Vainio – Columbus Blue Jackets 5th Round Pick, 141st Overall 2015
– F Kim Hirschovits – New York Rangers 6th Round Pick, 194th Overall 2002
– F Eero Somervuori – Tampa Bay Lightning 7th Round Pick, 170th Overall 1997
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (0)
– None
Other North American Players (1)
– F Kai Kantola – Canadian Born, American Raised former NAHL, NCAA and AHL player of Finnish decent.

Grenoble Brûleurs de Loups (Grenoble, France) – Ligue Magnus (France)
Former NHLers on Roster (3)
– D Sebastien Bisaillon – 2 NHL GP (Edmonton Oilers)
– F Eric Chouinard – 90 NHL GP (Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, Minnesota Wild)
– F Petr Kalus – 11 NHL GP (Boston Bruins, Minnesota Wild)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (3)
– F Eric Chouinard – Montreal Canadiens 1st Round Pick, 16th Overall 1998
– F Petr Kalus – Boston Bruins 2nd Round Pick, 39th Overall 2005
– F David Labrecque – Philadelphia Flyers 6th Round Pick, 153rd Overall 2009
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (2)
– D Arthur Montenoise – Born: 1996
– F Julien Guillaume – Born: 1996
Other North American Players (6)
– D Ryan Barlock – American Former NAHL, NCAA Div III and CHL Player.
– D Jonathan Harty – German Born Canadian raised player, who played AJHL, WHL, CIS and ECHL.
– D Danick Bouchard – Canadian former QMJHL, ECHL, AHL, LNAH Player.
– F Sebastien Gauthier – Canadian former QMJHL Player.
– F Robin Lamboley – American born, but grew up in France, played in USPHL Elite.
– F Sebastien Thinel – Canadian born former QMJHL, ECHL, CHL player.
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Group G
Black Wings Linz (Linz, Austria) – Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Italy)
Former NHLers on Roster (1)
– F Brett McLean – 385 Regular Season NHL GP, 8 Playoff NHL GP (Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (2)
– F Andrew Kozek – Atlanta Thrashers 2nd Round Pick, 53rd Overall 2005
– F Brett McLean – Dallas Stars 9th Round Pick, 242nd Overall 1997
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (2)
– D Erik Kirschschlager – Born: 1996
– F Stefan Gaffal – Born: 1996
Other North American Players (8)
– G Michael Ouzas – Canadian born former OGL, CIS, ECHL, AHL player.
– D Marc-Andre Dorion – Canadian born former QMJHL, CIS player.
– D Brett Palin – Canadian born former WHL, AHL player.
– D Sebastien Piche – Canadian born former QMJHL, AHL, ECHL player.
– F Dan Dasilva – Canadian born former WHL, AHL, ECHL player.
– F Rob Hisey – Canadian born former OHL, ECHL, CHL, AHL player.
– F Olivier Latendresse – Canadian former QMJHL, ECHL, AHL, CHL, ECHL player.
– F Jason Ulmer – Canadian born former SJHL, NCAA, UHL, IHL, AHL player.
Other interesting note
– F Olivier Latendresse is the older brother of retired NHL F Guillaume Latendresse.

Dusseldorfer EG (Dusseldorf, Germany) – DEL (Germany)
Former NHLers on Roster (5)
– D Tim Conboy – 59 Regular Season NHL GP, 3 Playoff NHL GP (Carolina Hurricanes)
– F Rob Collins – 8 NHL GP (New York Islanders)
– F Norm Milley – 29 NHL GP (Buffalo Sabres, Tampa Bay Lightning)
– F Chris Minard – 40 NHL GP (Pittsburgh Penguins, Edmonton Oilers)
– F Travis Turnbull – 3 NHL GP (Buffalo Sabres)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (3)
– G Bobby Goepfert – Pittsburgh Penguins 6th Round Pick, 171st Overall 2002
– D Tim Conboy – San Jose Sharks 7th Round Pick, 217th Overall 2002
– F Norm Milley – Buffalo Sabres 2nd Round Pick, 47th Overall 1998
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (3)
– D Hagen Kaisler – Born: 1996
– F Maximilian Kammerer – Born: 1996
– F Leon Niederberger – Born: 1996
Other North American Players (1)
– D Kurt Davis – American born former USHL, NCAA player.
Other interesting note
– F Chris Minard is the younger brother of G Mike Minard who also played one NHL Game.

TPS Turku (Turku, Finland) – SM-liiga (Finland)
Former NHLers on Roster (7)
– D Tomas Mojzis – 17 NHL GP (Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues, Minnesota Wild)
– D Petteri Nummelin – 139 Regular Season NHL GP, 7 Playoff NHL GP (Columbus Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild)
– D Henrik Tallinder – 678 Regular Season NHL GP, 39 Playoff NHL GP (Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils)
– F Tomi Kallio – 140 NHL GP (Atlanta Thrashers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Philadelphia Flyers)
– F Eric Perrin – 245 Regular Season NHL GP, 18 Playoff NHL GP (Tampa Bay Lightning, Atlanta Thrashers)
– F Ilkka Pikkarainen – 31 NHL GP (New Jersey Devils)
– F Lauri Tukonen – 5 NHL GP (Los Angeles Kings)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (8)
– G Teemu Lassila – Nashville Predators 4th Round Pick, 117th Overall 2003
– D Tomas Mojzis – Toronto Maple Leafs 8th Round Pick, 246th Overall 2001
– D Petteri Nummelin – Columbus Blue Jackets 5th Round Pick, 133rd Overall 2000
– D Henrik Tallinder – Buffalo Sabres 2nd Round Pick, 48th Overall 1997
– F Tomi Kallio – Colorado Avalanche 4th Round Pick, 81st Overall 1995
– F Ilkka Pikkarainen – New Jersey Devils 7th Round Pick, 218th overall 2002
– F Lauri Tukonen – Los Angeles Kings 1st Round Pick, 11th Overall 2004
– F Julius Vahatalo – Detroit Red Wings 6th Round Pick, 166th Overall 2014
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (4)
– G Alexander Georgiyev – Born: 1996
– G Karolus Kaarlehto – Born: 1997
– D Tarmo Reunanen – Born: 1998
– F Patrik Virta – Born: 1996
2017 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster (1)
– D Aleksi Anttalainen – Born: 1999
Other North American Players (1)
– F Dave Spina – American born former NAHL, USHL, NCAA, AHL, ECHL player.
Other interesting note:
– Team owners include Former NHLers G Miikka Kiprusoff, F Saku Koivu and current Minnesota Wild F Mikko Koivu.
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Group H
Red Bull Munich (Munich, Germany) – DEL (Germany)
Former NHLers on Roster (7)
– D Richie Regehr – 20 NHL GP (Calgary Flames)
– D Matt Smaby – 122 NHL GP (Tampa Bay Lightning)
– D Frederic St-Denis – 21 NHL GP (Montreal Canadiens, Columbus Blue Jackets)
– F Keith Aucoin – 145 Regulars Season NHL GP, 20 Playoff NHL GP (Carolina Hurricanes, Washington Capitals, New York Islanders, St. Louis Blues)
– F Jason Jaffray – 49 NHL GP (Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames, Winnipeg Jets)
– F Steve Pinizzotto – 36 Regular Seasom NHL GP, 1 Playoff NHL GP (Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers)
– F Jerome Samson – 46 NHL GP (Carolina Hurricanes)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (1)
– D Matt Smaby – Tampa Bay Lightning 2nd Round Pick, 41st Overall 2003
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (3)
– D John Rogl – Born: 1996
– F Andreas Eder – Born: 1996
– F Tobias Eder – Born: 1998
Other North American Players (3)
– D Daryl Boyle – Canadian born former AJHL, WHL, AHL, ECHL player.
– D Jeremy Dehner – American born former USHL, NCAA, AHL player. *Nephew of former NHLer Gary Suter and cousin of current NHLer Ryan Suter.
– F Daniel Sparre – Canadian born former OPJHL, QMJHL, AHL, ECHL player.
Other interesting notes
– F Yannic Seidenberg is the younger brother of Boston Bruins D Dennis Seidenberg. Yannic is 4 years younger and 5 inches shorter than Dennis. Yannic was also a member of the Medicine Hat Tigers WHL team that played in the 2004 Memorial Cup.
– D Richie Regehr is the younger brother of retired NHL D Robyn Regehr.
– D Jeremy Dehner is the nephew of former NHL D Gary Suter and cousin of current Minnesota Wild D Ryan Suter.
– Teammates F Andreas Eder and F Tobias Eder are brothers, with Andreas being 2 years older.

KAC Klagenfurt (Klagenfurt, Austria) – Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Italy)
Former NHLers on Roster (6)
– D Mark Popovic – 81 NHL GP (Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Atlanta Thrashers)
– D Thomas Pock – 118 Regular Seasom NHL GP, 4 Playoff NHL GP (New York Rangers, New York Islanders)
– D Mike Siklenka – 2 NHL GP (Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers)
– F Jean-Francois Jacques – 166 NHL GP (Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks)
– F Jamie Lundmark – 295 Regular Season NHL GP, 6 Playoff NHL GP (New York Rangers, Phoenix Coyotes, Calgary Flames, Los Angeles Kings, Toronto Maple Leafs)
– F Jonas Nordqvist – 3 NHL GP (Chicago Blackhawks)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (5)
– D Mark Popovic – Anaheim Mighty Ducks 2nd Round Pick, 35th Overall 2001
– F Jean-Francois Jacques – Edmonton Oilers 2nd Round Pick, 68th Overall 2003
– F Jamie Lundmark – New York Rangers 1st Round Pick, 9th Overall 1999
– F Jonas Nordqvist – Chicago Blackhawks 2nd Round Pick, 49th Overall 2000
– F Oliver Setzinger – Nashville Predators 3rd Round Pick, 76th Overall 2001
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (1)
– G Thomas Stroj – Born: 1996
Other North American Players (3)
– D Jason Desantis – American born former NAHL, NCAA, AHL, ECHL player.
– D Kevin Kapstad – American born former NCAA player.
– F Steven Strong – Austrian born Canadian raised former OHL, CIS player. Son of former NHL and Austrian league player Ken Strong.

HC Kosice (Kosice, Slovakia) – Slovak Extraliga (Slovakia)
Former NHLers on Roster (3)
– D Matrin Strback – 49 NHL GP (Los Angeles Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins)
– F Peter Bartos – 13 NHL GP (Minnesota Wild)
– F Jiri Bicek – 62 Regular Season NHL GP, 7 Playoff NHL GP (New Jersey Devils)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (5)
– D Tomas Slovak – Nashville Predators 2nd Round Pick, 42nd Overall 2001
– D Matrin Strback – Los Angeles Kings 9th Round Pick, 224th Overall 1993
– F Marek Bartanus – Tampa Bay Lightning 4th Round Pick, 92nd Overall 2005
– F Peter Bartos – Minnesota Wild 7th Round Pick, 214th Overall 2000
– F Jiri Bicek – New Jersey Devils 5th Round Pick, 131st Overall 1997
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (1)
– D Christian Michalcin – Born: 1996
Other North American Players (0)
– None
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Group I
Adler Mannheim (Mannheim, Germany) – DEL (Germany)
Former NHLers on Roster (9)
– D Mathieu Carle – 3 NHL GP (Montreal Canadiens)
– D Danny Richmond – 49 NHL GP (Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks)
– D Steve Wagner – 46 NHL GP (St. Louis Blues)
– F Jochen Hecht – 833 Regular Season NHL GP, 59 Playoff NHL GP (St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers, Buffalo Sabres)
– F Andrew Joudrey – 1 NHL GP (Washington Capitals)
– F Glen Metropolit – 407 Regular Season NHL GP, 30 Playoff NHL GP (Washington Capitals, Tampa Bay Lightning, Atlanta Thrashers, St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers, Montreal Canadiens)
– F Jon Rheault – 5 NHL GP (Florida Panthers)
– F Jamie Tardif – 2 NHL GP (Boston Bruins)
– F Brandon Yip – 174 Regular Season NHL GP, 16 Playoff NHL GP (Colorado Avalanche, Nashville Predators, Phoenix Coyotes)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (10)
– D Mathieu Carle – Montreal Canadiens 2nd Round Pick, 53rd Overall 2006
– D Denis Reul – Boston Bruins 5th Round Pick, 130th Overall 2007
– D Danny Richmond – Carolina Hurricanes 2nd Round Pick, 31st Overall 2003
– F Jochen Hecht – St. Louis Blues 2nd Round Pick, 49th Overall 1995
– F Kai Hospelt – San Jose Sharks 3rd Round Pick, 216th Overall 2003
– F Andrew Joudrey – Washington Capitals 8th Round Pick, 249th Overall 2003
– F Ryan MacMurchy – St. Louis Blues 9th Round Pick, 284th Overall 2002
– F Jon Rheault – Philadelphia Flyers 5th Round Pick, 145th Overall 2006
– F Jamie Tardif – Calgary Flames 4th Round Pick, 112th Overall 2003
– F Brandon Yip – Colorado Avalanche 9th Round Pick, 239th Overall 2004
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (1)
– G Florian Proske – Born: 1996
Other North American Players (1)
– F Brent Raedeke – Canadian born former WHL, AHL, ECHL player.
Other interesting note
– D Nikolai Goc is the younger brother of current NHL F Marcel Goc and former NHL D Sascha Goc who still plays in the DEL as captain of the Schwenninger Wild Wings.

Vitkovice Ostrava (Ostrava, Czech Republic) – Czech Extraliga (Czech Republic)
Former NHLers on Roster (1)
– F Rostislav Olesz – 365 NHL GP (Florida Panthers, Chicago Blackhawks, New Jersey Devils)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (5)
– D Peter Ceresnak – New York Rangers 6th Round Pick, 172nd Overall 2011
– D Tomas Kudelka – Ottawa Senators 5th Round Pick, 136th Overall 2005
– D Lukas Zib – Edmonton Oilers, 3rd Round Pick, 57th Overall 1995
– F Stanislav Balan – Nashville Predators 7th Round Pick, 209th Overall 2004
– F Rostislav Olesz – Florida Panthers 1st Round Pick, 7th Overall
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (3)
– D Ivan Puzic – Born: 1996
– F Filip Kutak – Born: 1996
– F Samuel Ollender Born: 1996
Other North American Players (0)
– None

Neman Grodno (Grodno, Belarus) – Belarusian Extraleague (Belarus)
Former NHLers on Roster (0)
– None
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (1)
– F Benjamin Breault – Buffalo Sabres 7th Round Pick, 207th Overall 2006
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (0)
– None
Other North American Players (0)
– None
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Group J
Karpat Oulu (Oulu, Finland) – SM-Liiga (Finland)
Former NHLers on Roster (6)
– G Sami Aittokallio – 2 NHL GP (Colorado Avalanche)
– G Iiro Tarkki – 1 NHL GP (Anaheim Ducks)
– D Lasse Kukkonen – 159 Regular Season NHL GP, 14 Playoff NHL GP (Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers)
– F Ivan Huml – 49 NHL GP (Boston Bruins)
– F Esa Pirnes – 57 NHL GP (Los Angeles Kings)
– F Mika Pyorala – 36 NHL GP (Philadlephia Flyers)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (11)
– G Sami Aittokallio – Colorado Avalanche 4th Round Pick, 107th Overall 2010
– D Jani Hakanpaa – St. Louis Blues 4th Round Pick, 104th Overall 2010
– D Lasse Kukkonen – Chicago Blackhawks 5th Round Pick, 151st Overall 2003
– D Arto Laatikainen – New York Rangers, 7th Round Pick, 197th Overall 1999
– D Markus Nutivaara – Columbus Blue Jackets 7th Round Pick, 189th Overall 2015
– D Dan Spang – San Jose Sharks 2nd Round Pick, 52nd Overall 2002
– F Miro Aaltonen – Anaheim Ducks 6th Round Pick, 177th Overall 2013
– F Sebastian Aho – Carolina Hurricanes 2nd Round Pick, 35th Overall 2015
– F Ivan Huml – Boston Bruins 2nd Round Pick, 59th Overall 2000
– F Saku Maenalanen – Nashville Predators 5th Round Pick, 125th Overall 2013
– F Esa Pirnes – Los Angeles Kings 6th Round Pick, 174th Overall 2003
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (3)
– G Sami Valiharju – Born: 1996
– F Antti Kalapudas – Born: 1996
– F Jesse Puljujarvi – Born: 1998 *Top Ranked Prospect for 2016 NHL Entry Draft
Other North American Players (0)
– None
Other interesting note
– F Mika Pyorala is the brother-in-law of Nashville Predators G Pekka Rinne

Vienna Capitals (Vienna, Austria) – Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Italy)
Former NHLers on Roster (9)
– G Nathan Lawson – 11 NHL GP (New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators)
– D Jamie Fraser – 1 NHL GP (New York Islanders)
– F Danny Bois – 1 NHL GP (Ottawa Senators)
– F Jonathan Ferland – 7 NHL GP (Montreal Canadiens)
– F Simon Gamache – 48 NHL GP (Atlanta Thrashers, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs)
– F Kurtis McLean – 4 NHL GP (New York Islanders)
– F Andreas Nodl – 183 Regular Season NHL GP, 12 Playoff NHL GP (Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes)
– F Macgregor Sharp – 8 NHL GP (Anaheim Ducks)
– F Derek Whitmore – 2 NHL GP (Buffalo Sabres)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (4)
– F Danny Bois – Colorado Avalanche 3rd Round Pick, 97th Overall 2001
– F Jonathan Ferland – Montreal Canadiens 7th Round Pick, 212th Overall 2002
– F Simon Gamache – Atlanta Thrashers 9th Round Pick, 290th Overall 2000
– F Andreas Nodl – Philadelphia Flyers 2nd Round Pick, 39th Overall 2006
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (1)
– D Dominic Hackl – Born: 1996
Other North American Players (2)
– D Troy Milam – American born former NAHL, NCAA, AHL, ECHL player.
– F Matt Dzieduszycki – Canadian born former NCAA, OHL, CIS, AHL, ECHL player.

Krefeld Pinguine (Krenfeld, Germany) – DEL (Germany)
Former NHLers on Roster (1)
– F Herberts Vasiljevs – 51 NHL GP (Florida Panthers, Atlanta Thrashers, Vancouver Canucks)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (2)
– G Tomas Duba – Pittsburgh Penguins 7th Round Pick, 217th Overall 2001
– F Yared Hagos – Dallas Stars 3rd Round pick 70th overall 2001
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (2)
– D Tom Schmitz – Born: 1997
– F Lukas Koziol – Born: 1996
Other North American Players (5)
– D David Fischer – American born former NCAA, ECHL, AHL player.
– D Kyle Sonnenburg – Canadian born former OHL, CIS player.
– D Nick St. Pierre – Canadian born former CJHL, NCAA, AHL, ECHL player.
– F Hunter Bishop – American born former AWHL, NAHL, BCHL, NCAA, AHL, ECHL player.
– F Mike Collins – American born former BCHL, NCAA, AHL player)
Other interesting note
– Teammates D Tom Schmitz and D Mike Schmitz are brothers.
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Group K
Lukko Rauma (Rauma, Finland) – SM-liiga (Finland)
Former NHLers on Roster (2)
– D Janne Niskala – 6 NHL GP (Tampa Bay Lightning)
– F Aaron Gagnon – 38 NHL GP (Dallas Stars, Winnipeg Jets)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (4)
– D Ilkka Mikkola – Montreal Canadiens 3rd Round Pick, 65th Overall 1997
– D Janne Niskala – Nashville Predators 5th Round Pick, 147th Overall 2004
– F Aaron Gagnon – Phoenix Coyotes 8th Round Pick, 240th Overall 2004
– F Toni Koivisto – Florida Panthers 7th Round Pick, 200th Overall 2001
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (0)
– None
Other North American Players (1)
– G Ryan Zapolski – American born former NAHL, NCAA, ECHL, AHL player.

Lulea Hockey (Lulea, Sweden) – SHL (Sweden) *2014-15 Champions League Winner
Former NHLers on Roster (6)
– G Daniel Larsson – 0 NHL GP (Backup only with Detroit Red Wings)
– D Brendan Mikkelsson – 131 NHL GP (Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, Tampa Bay Lightning)
– D Jonathan Sigalet – 1 NHL GP (Boston Bruins)
– F Johan Harju – 10 NHL GP (Tampa Bay Lightning)
– F Lennart Petrell – 95 NHL GP (Edmonton Oilers)
– F Bill Sweatt – 3 NHL GP (Vancouver Canucks)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (13)
– G Daniel Larsson – Detroit Red Wings 3rd Round Pick, 92nd Overall 2006
– D Christian Jaros – Ottawa Senators 5th Round Pick, 139th Overall 2015
– D Brendan Mikkelsson – Anaheim Ducks 2nd Round Pick, 21st Overall 2005
– D Jan Sandstrom – Anaheim Mighty Ducks 6th Round Pick, 173rd Overall 1999
– D Jonathan Sigalet – Boston Bruins 4th Round Pick, 100th Overall 2005
– D Pontus Sjalin – Minnesota Wild 6th Round Pick, 160th Overall 2014
– F Peter Cehlarik – Boston Bruins 3rd Round Pick, 90th Overall 2013
– F Johan Harju – Tampa Bay Lightning 6th Round Pick, 167th Overall 2007
– F Anton Hedman – Boston Bruins 8th Round Pick, 255th Overall 2004
– F Jacob Legace – Buffalo Sabres 5th Round Pick, 134th Overall 2008
– F Lennart Petrell – Columbus Blue Jackets 6th Round Pick, 190th Overall 2004
– F Toni Rajala – Edmonton Oilers 4th Round Pick, 101st Overall 2009
– F Bill Sweatt – Chicago Blackhawks 2nd Round Pick, 38th Overall 2007
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (1)
– F Christopher Mastomaki – Born: 1996
Other North American Players (2)
– D Craig Schira – Canadian born former WHL, AHL player.
– F Jacob Micflikier – Canadian born former USHL, NCAA, AHL, ECHL player.
Other interesting note
– D Brendan Mikkelsson is the great nephew of former NHL F Jim McFadden, Son of former NHL D Bill Mikkelson, and brother of Canadian Women’s Olympic D Meaghan Mikkelson

Fribourg-Gotteron (Fribourg, Switzerland) – NLA (Switzerland)
Former NHLers on Roster (4)
– D Joel Kwiatkowski – 282 Regular Season NHL GP, 6 Playoff NHL GP (Ottawa Senators, Washington Capitals, Florida Panthers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Atlanta Thrashers)
– D Alexandre Picard – 253 NHL GP (Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Ottawa Senators, Carolina Hurricanes, Montreal Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins)
– F Greg Mauldin – 36 NHL GP (Columbus Blue Jackets, New York Islanders, Colorado Avalanche)
– F Marc-Antoine Pouliot – 192 Regular Seasom NHL GP, 8 Playoff NHL GP (Edmonton Oilers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Phoenix Coyotes)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (5)
– D Joel Kwiatkowski – Dallas Stars 8th Round Pick, 194th Overall 1996
– D Alexandre Picard – Philadelphia Flyers 3rd Round Pick, 85th Overall 2003
– F Greg Mauldin – Columbus Blue Jackets 7th Round Pick, 199th Overall 2002
– F Marc-Antoine Pouliot – Edmonton Oilers 1st Round Pick, 22nd Overall 2003
– F Julien Sprunger – Minnesota Wild 4th Round Pick, 117th Overall 2004
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (2)
– G Ludovic Waeber – Born: 1996
– F Nathan Marchon – Born: 1997
Other North American Players (2)
– F John Fritsche – American born former NAHL, USHL player.
– F Ryan Gardner – Canadian born former OHL player.
Other interesting notes
– F Ryan Gardner is the son of former NHLer F Dave Gardner, Nephew of former NHLer F Paul Gardner, Grandson of former NHL F Cal Gardner.
– F John Fritsche is the younger brother of former NHL F Dan Fritsche who is a member of fellow Champions League team the ZSC Lions of the NLA (Switzlerland)
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Group L
Ocelari Trinec (Trinrc, Czech Republic) – Czech Extraliga (Czech Republic)
Former NHLers on Roster (4)
– D Rostislav Klesla – 654 Regular Season NHL GP, 23 Playoff NHL GP (Columbus Blue Jackets, Phoenix Coyotes)
– F Jakub Klepis – 66 NHL GP (Washington Capitals)
– F Kamil Kreps – 232 NHL GP (Florida Panthers)
– F Tomas Plihal – 89 Regular Season NHL GP, 4 Playoff NHL GP (San Jose Sharks)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (9)
– G Peter Hamerlik – Pittsburgh Penguins 3rd Round Pick, 84th Overalll 2000 / Boston Bruins 5th Round Pick, 153rd Overall
– D Josef Hrabal – Edmonton Oilers 8th Round Pick, 248th Overall 2003
– D Rostislav Klesla – Columbus Blue Jackets 1st Round Pick, 4th Overall 2000
– D Tomas Linhart – Montreal Canadiens 2nd Round Pick, 45th Overall 2002
– F Zbynek Irgl – Nashville Predators 6th Round Pick, 197th Overall 2000
– F Lukas Jasek – Vancouver Canucks 6th Round Pick, 174th Overall 2015
– F Jakub Klepis – Ottawa Senators 1st Round Pick, 16th OVerall 2002
– F Kamil Kreps – Florida Panthers 2nd Round Pick, 38th Overall 2003
– F Tomas Plihal – San Jose Sharks 5th Round Pick, 140th Overall 2001
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (2)
– D Marian Adamek – Born: 1997
– D Lukas Doudera – Born: 1998
Other North American Players (0)
– None

KalPa Kuopio (Kuopio, Finland) – SM-liiga (Finland)
Former NHLers on Roster (3)
– D Mikko Jokela – 1 NHL GP (Vancouver Canucks)
– D Jussi Timonen – 14 NHL GP (Philadelphia Flyers)
– F Patrick Davis – 9 NHL GP (New Jersey Devils)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (8)
– G Eero Kilpelaien – Dallas Stars 5th Round Pick, 144th Overall 2003
– G Samu Perhonen – Edmonton Oilers 3rd Round Pick, 62nd Overall 2011
– D Mikko Jokela – New Jersey Devils 4th Round Pick, 96th Overall 1998
– D Joonas Lyytinen – Nashville Predators 5th Round Pick, 132nd Overall 2014
– D Niko Mikkola – St. Louis Blues 5th Round Pick, 127th Overall 2015
– D Jussi Timonen – Philadelphia Flyers 5th Round Pick, 146th Overall 2001
– F Patrick Davis – New Jersey Devils 4th Round Pick, 99th Overall 2005
– F Jonne Tammela – Tampa Bay Lightning 4th Round Pick, 118th Overall 2015
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (3)
– D Otto Leskinen – Born: 1997
– F Topi Piipponen – Born: 1997
– F Miikka Pitkanen – Born: 1996
Other North American Players (0)
– None
Other interesting note
– D Jussi Timonen is the younger brother of NHL D Kimmo Timonen who recently retired after winning his first Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks this past season.

Stavanger Oilers (Stravanger, Norway) – GET-ligaen (Norway)
Former NHLers on Roster (0)
– None
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (2)
– D Andy Sertich – Pittsburgh Penguins 5th Round Pick, 136th Overall 2002
– F Rudolfs Balcers – San Jose Sharks 5th Round Pick, 142nd Overall 2015
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (1)
– D Johannes Johannesen – Born: 1997
Other North American Players (3)
– D Nick Bruneteau – American born former NCAA, ECHL player.
– F Dan Kissel – American born former USHL, NCAA, ECHL, AHL player.
– F Josh Soares – Canadian born former OPJHL, NCAA, AHL, ECHL player.
Other interesting note
– D Nick Bruneteau is the grandson of former NHL F Eddie Bruneteau, the Great Nephew of former NHL F Modere “Mud” Bruneteau and also has three other hockey playing brothers with older brother D Matt Bruneteau playing for Strasbourg of Ligue Magnus (France) and older brother F Brett Bruneteau a former Washington Capitals draft pick.
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Group M
Sparta Praha (Prague, Czech Republic) – Czech Extraliga (Czech Republic)
Former NHLers on Roster (3)
– G Tomas Popperle – 2 NHL GP (Columbus Blue Jackets)
– D Michal Barinka – 34 NHL GP (Chicago Blackhawks)
– F Jaroslav Hlinka – 63 Regular Season NHL GP, 1 Playoff NHL GP (Colorado Avalanche)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (7)
– G Tomas Popperle – Columbus Blue Jackets 5th Round Pick, 131st Overall 2005
– D Michal Barinka – Chicago Blackhawks 2nd Round Pick, 59th Overall 2003
– D Ryan Glenn – Montreal Canadiens 5th Round Pick, 145th Overall 2000
– D Juraj Mikus – Toronto Maple Leafs 5th Round Pick, 134th Overall 2007
– D Adam Polasek – Vancouver Canucks 5th Round Pick, 145th OVerall 2010
– F Daniel Pribyl – Montreal Canadiens 6th Round Pick, 168th Overall 2011
– F Martin Reway – Montreal Canadiens 4th Round Pick, 116th Overall 2013
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (1)
– F Jiri Cernoch – Born: 1996
Other North American Players (0)
– None
Other interesting note
– F Jaroslav Hlinka is the Brother-In-Law of former NHL F David Vyborny.

Geneve-Servette (Gemeva, Switzerland) – NLA (Switzerland)
Former NHLers on Roster (7)
– G Robert Mayer – 0 NHL GP (Back up only Montreal Canadiens)
– D Goran Bezina – 3 NHL GP (Phoenix Coyotes)
– F Cody Almond – 25 NHL GP (Minnesota Wild)
– F Matt D’Agostini – 321 Regular Season NHL GP, 7 Playoff NHL GP (Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues, New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins, Buffalo Sabres)
– F Matthew Lombardi – 536 Regular Seasom NHL GP, 40 Playoff NHL GP (Calgary Flames, Phoenix Coyotes, Nashville Predators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Anaheim Ducks)
– F Alexandre Picard – 67 NHL GP (Columbus Blue Jackets)
– F Tom Pyatt – () – 245 Regular Season NHL GP, 26 Playoff NHL GP (Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lighting)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (9)
– D Goran Bezina – Phoenix Coyotes 8th Round Pick, 234th Overall 1999
– D Johan Fransson – Dallas Stars 2nd Round Pick, 34th Overall 2004
– F Cody Almond – Minnesota Wild 5th Round Pick, 140th Overall 2007
– F Matt D’Agostini – Montreal Canadiens 6th Round Pick, 190th Overall 2005
– F Matthew Lombardi – Edmonton Oilers 7th Round Pick 215th Overall / Calgary Flames 3rd Round Pick 90th Overall 2002
– F Alexandre Picard – Columbus Blue Jackets 1st Round Pick, 8th Overall 2004
– F Tom Pyatt – New York Rangers 4th Round Pick, 107th Overall 2005 *Son of former NHLer F Nelson Pyatt ( http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=35878), Younger Brother of former NHLer F Taylor Pyatt (http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=5372)
– F Noah Rod – San Jose Sharks 2nd Round Pick, 53rd OVerall 2014
– F Kevin Romy – Philadelphia Flyers 4th Round Pick, 108th Overall 2003
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (1)
– G Gauthier Descloux – Born: 1996
Other North American Players (2)
– D Daniel Vukovic – Canadian born former OPJHL, NCAA player.
– RW Jeremy Wick – Canadian born former OPJHL, OJHL, OJAHL, NCAA player.

Storhamar Hamar (Hamar, Norway) – GET-ligaen (Norway)
Former NHLers on Roster (0)
– None
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (1)
– F Christian Larrivee – Montreal Canadiens 4th Round pick 114th Overall 2000
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (3)
– D Christian Bull – Born: 1996
– F Vetle Lindstad – Born: 1996
– F Martin Ronnild – Born: 1996
Other North American Players (1)
– D Scott Hotham – Canadian born former OPJHL, OHL, UHL, CIS, ECHL, AHL player. Son of former NHL D Greg Hotham
Other interesting note
– D Erik De La Rose is the older brother of Montreal Canadiens F Jacob De La Rose
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Group N
Frolunda Gothenburg (Gothenburg, Sweden) – SHL (Sweden)
Former NHLers on Roster (5)
– G Johan Gustafsson – 0 NHL GP (Backup only Minnesota Wild)
– D Oliver Lauridsen – 16 NHL GP (Philadelphia Flyers)
– F Spencer Abbott – 1 NHL GP (Toronto Maple Leafs)
– F Joel Lundqvist – 134 Regular Season NHL GP, 25 Playoff NHL GP (Dallas Stars)
– F Johan Sundstrom – 11 NHL GP (New York Islanders)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (13)
– G Johan Gustafsson – Minnesota Wild 6th Round Pick, 159th Overall 2010
– D Jacob Larsson – Anaheim Ducks 1st Round Pick, 27th Overall 2015
– D Oliver Lauridsen – Philadelphia Flyers 7th Round Pick, 196th Overall 2009
– D Henrik Tommernes – Vancouver Canucks 7th Round Pick, 210th Overall 2011
– F Anton Axelsson – Detroit Red Wings 6th Round Pick, 192nd Overall 2004
– F Robin Figren – New York Islanders 3rd Round Pick, 70th Overall 2006
– F Mattias Janmark – Detroit Red Wings 3rd Round Pick, 79th Overall 2013
– F Andreas Johnson – Toronto Maple Leafs 7th Round Pick, 202nd Overall 2013
– F Anton Karlsson – Arizona Coyotes 3rd Round Pick, 87th Overall 2014
– F Nicklas Lasu – Atlanta Thrashers 5th Round Pick, 124th Overall 2008
– F Artturi Lehkonen – Montreal Canadiens 2nd Round Pick, 55th Overall 2013
– F Joel Lundqvist – Dallas Stars 3rd Round Pick, 68th Overall 2000
– F Johan Sundstrom – New York Islanders 2nd Round Pick, 50th Overall 2011
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (0)
– None
Other North American Players (1)
– F Ryan Lasch – American born former CJHL, NCAA, AHL, ECHL player.
Other interesting notes
– F Sebastian Stalberg is the younger brother of New York Rangers F Viktor Stalberg.
– F Joel Lundqvist is the twin brother of New York Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist.
– F Anton Axelsson is the younger brother of former NHL F P.J Axelsson

JYP Jyvaskyla (Jyvaskyla, Finland) – SM-liiga (Finland)
Former NHLers on Roster (6)
– D Mikko Luoma – 3 NHL GP (Edmonton Oilers)
– D Nolan Yonkman – 76 NHL GP (Washington Capitals, Phoenix Coyotes, Florida Panthers, Anaheim Ducks)
– F Darryl Boyce – 84 NHL GP (Toronto Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets)
– F Petr Hubacek – 6 NHL GP (Philadelphia Flyers)
– F Joonas Nattinen – 1 NHL GP (Montreal Canadiens)
– F Tuomas Pihlman – 15 NHL GP (New Jersey Devils)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (9)
– D Mikko Kalteva – Colorado Avalanche 4th Round Pick, 107th Overall 2002
– D Mikko Luoma – Edmonton Oilers 6th Round Pick, 181st Overall 2002
– D Sami Niku – Winnipeg Jets 7th Round Pick, 198th Overall 2015
– D Nolan Yonkman – Washington Capitals 2nd Round Pick, 37th Overall 1999
– F Petr Hubacek – Philadelphia Flyers 8th Round Pick, 243rd Overall 1998
– F Janne Kolehmainen – Ottawa Senators 4th Round Pick, 115th Overall 2005
– F Joonas Nattinen – Montreal Canadiens 3rd Round Pick, 65th Overall 2009
– F Julius Nattinen – Anaheim Ducks 2nd Round Pick, 59th Overall 2015
– F Tuomas Pihlman – New Jersey Devils 2nd Round Pick, 48th Overall 2001
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (1)
– G Veini Vehvilainen – Born: 1997
Other North American Players (0)
– None
Other interesting notes
– G Tuomas Tarkki is the older brother of G Iiro Tarkii who has one NHL game with the Anaheim Ducks and is on the roster of Karpat which is also competing in the Champions League.
– Teammates F Joonas Nattinen and F Julius Nattinen are brother, while teammate F Topi Nattinen is their cousin.

Sheffield Steelers (Sheffield, England) – EIHL (Great Britain)
Former NHLers on Roster (3)
– G Tyler Plante – 0 NHL GP (As Backup only Florida Panthers)
– D Zack Fitzgerald – 1 NHL GP (Vancouver Canucks)
– F Mike Duco – 18 NHL GP (Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (6)
– G Tyler Plante – Florida Panthers 2nd Round Pick, 32nd Overall 2005
– D Zack Fitzgerald – St. Louis Blues 3rd Round Pick, 88th Overall 2003
– D Darrell Hay – Vancouver Canucks 9th Round Pick, 271st Overall 1999
– D Rod Sarich – Florida Panthers 4th Round Pick, 109th Overall 1999
– F Colton Fretter – Atlanta Thrashers 8th Round Pick, 230th Overall 2002
– F Levi Nelson – Boston Bruins 6th Round Pick, 158th overall 2006
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (0)
– None
Other North American Players (7)
– D Jace Coyle – Canadian born former BCHL, WHL, AHL, ECHL player.
– D Cullen Eddy – American born former NCAA, ECHL, AHL player.
– D Russ Moyer – Canadian born former OHL, CIS, IHL, AHL, CHL player.
– D Ben O’Connor – British born player with Canadian Citizenship as father D Mike O’Connor played hockey in Great Britain. Ben played in OPJHL and OHL.
– F Jeff Legue – Canadian born former CJHL, NCAA, ECHL player.
– F Tyler Mosienko – Canadian born former WHL, ECHL, AHL player.
– F Mathieu Roy Canadian born former QMJHL, ECHL, AHL player.
Other interesting notes
– G Tyler Plante is the son of D Cam Plante who played 2 NHL games and the older brother of D Alex Plante who played in 10 NHL games.
– D Zack Fitzgerald is the younger brother of Rusty Fitzgerald who appeared in 25 Regular Season NHL games and 5 Playoff NHL games.
– D Darrell Hay is also the teams assistant coach and is the son of former NHL coach and current WHL Kamloops Blazers coach Don Hay.
– D Rod Sarich is the younger brother of retired NHL D Cory Sarich and Brother-In-Law of NHL D Nick Schultz.
– F Tyler Mosienko is the Grandson of NHL Hall of Famer Bill Mosienko who holds the record for the quickest NHL Hat Trick which he scored in 21 seconds in 1952.
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Group O
Vaxjo Lakers HC (Vaxjo, Sweden) – SHL (Sweden)
Former NHLers on Roster (6)
– G Cristopher Nihlstorp – 6 NHL GP (Dallas Stars)
– D Ilkka Heikkinen – 7 NHL GP (New York Rangers)
– D Teemu Laakso – 17 NHL GP (Nashville Predators)
– D Cory Murphy – 91 NHL GP (Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, New Jersey Devils)
– F Josh Hennesssy – 23 NHL GP (Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins)
– F Liam Reddox – 100 NHL GP (Edmonton Oilers)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (3)
– D Teemu Laakso – Nashville Predators 3rd Round Pick, 78th Overall 2005
– F Josh Hennesssy – San Jose Sharks 2nd Round Pick, 43rd Overall 2003
– F Liam Reddox – Edmonton Oilers 4th Round Pick, 112th Overall 2004
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (0)
– None
Other North American Players (0)
– None

ERC Ingolstadt (Ingolstadt, Germany) – DEL (Germany)
Former NHLers on Roster (6)
– G Timo Pielmeier – 1 NHL GP (Anaheim Ducks)
– D Brian Salcido – 2 NHL GP (Anaheim Ducks)
– F Danny Irmen – 2 NHL GP (Minnesota Wild)
– F Tomas Kubalik – 12 NHL GP (Columbus Blue Jackets)
– F Jared Ross – 13 NHL Regular Season GP, 9 NHL Playoff GP (Philadelphia Flyers)
– F Peter Taticek – 3 NHL GP (Florida Panthers)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (8)
– G Timo Pielmeier – San Jose Sharks 3rd Round Pick, 83rd Overall 2007
– D Patrick McNeill – Washington Capitals 4th Round Pick, 118th Overall 2005
– D Brian Salcido – Anaheim Ducks 5th Round Pick, 141st Overall 2005
– F David Elsner – Nashville Predators 7th Round Pick, 194th Overall 2010
– F Danny Irmen – Minnesota Wild’s 3rd Round Pick, 78th Overall 2003
– F Tomas Kubalik – Columbus Blue Jackets 5th Round Pick, 135th Overall 2008
– F John Laliberte – Vancouver Canucks 4th Round Pick, 114th Overall 2002
– F Peter Taticek – Florida Panthers 1st Round Pick, 9th Overall 2002
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (1)
– D Simon Schutz – Born: 1997
Other North American Players (3)
– D Dustin Friesen – Canadian born former WHL, CIS, ECHL, AHL player.
– F Brandon Buck – Canadian born former MWJHL, OHL, AHL, ECHL player.
– F Brian Lebler – Austrian born, Canadian raised former BCHL, NCAA, AHL, ECHL player. Father Edward Lebler played pro hockey in Austria.
Other interesting note
– Teammates G Timo Pielmeier and F Thomas Pielmeier are brothers.

Braehead Clan (Renfrew, Scotland) – EIHL (Great Britain)
Former NHLers on Roster (6)
– G Chris Holt – 2 NHL GP (New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues)
– D Jamie Fritsch – 1 NHL GP (Philadelpha Flyers)
– D Ric Jackman – 231 NHL Regular Season GP and 7 NHL Playoff GP (Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Florida Panthers, Anaheim Ducks)
– D Nathan McIver – 36 NHL GP (Vancouver Canucks, Anaheim Ducks)
– F Matt Keith – 27 NHL GP (Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders)
– F Stefan Meyer – 20 NHL GP (Florida Panthers, Calgary Flames)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (5)
– G Chris Holt – New York Rangers 6th Round Pick, 180th Overall 2003
– D Ric Jackman – Dallas Stars 1st Round Pick, 5th Overall 1996
– D Nathan McIver – Vancouver Canucks 8th Round Pick, 254th Overall 2003
– F Matt Keith – Chicago Blackhawks 2nd Round Pick, 59th Overall 2001
– F Stefan Meyer – Florida Panthers 2nd Round Pick, 55th Overall 2003
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (0)
– None
Other North American Players (6)
– D Scott Aarssen – Canadian born OHL, CIS player.
– F Brendan Brooks – Canadian born OHL, ECHL, UHL, AHL player.
– F Chris Bruton – Canadian born former WHL, CIS, AHL, ECHL player.
– F Alex Leavitt – Canadian born former SJHL, NCAA, WHL, ECHL, AHL, CHL player.
– F Thomas Nesbitt – Canadian born former OHL, CIS, ECHL player.
– F Scott Pitt – Canadian born former CJHL, NCAA, ECHL, AHL player.
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Group P
ZSC Lions Zurich (Zurich, Switzerland) – NLA (Switzerland)
Former NHLers on Roster (6)
– D Marc-Andre Bergeron – 490 Regular Season NHL GP, 57 Playoff NHL GP (Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Anaheim Ducks, Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning, Carolina Hurricanes)
– F Dan Fritsche – 256 NHL GP (Columbus Blue Jackets, New York Rangers, Minnesota Wild)
– F Ryan Keller – 6 NHL GP (Ottawa Senators)
– F Robert Nilsson – 252 NHL GP (New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers)
– F Ryan Shannon – 305 NHL Regular Season GP, 12 NHL Playoff GP (Anaheim Ducks, Vancouver Canucks, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning)
– F Roman Wick – 7 NHL GP (Ottawa Senators)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (7)
– D Severin Blindenbacher – Phoenix Coyotes 9th Round Pick, 273rd Overall 2001
– D Jonas Siegenthaler – Washington Capitals 2nd Round Pick, 57th Overall 2015
– F Patrick Bartschi – Pittsburgh Penguins 7th Round Pick, 202nd Overall 2002
– F Luca Cunti – Tampa Bay Lightning 3rd Round Pick, 7th Overall 2007
– F Dan Fritsche – Columbus Blue Jackets 2nd Round Pick, 46th Overall 2003
– F Fabrice Herzog Toronto Maple Leafs 5th Round Pick, 152nd Overall 2013
– F Denis Malgin – Florida Panthers 4th Round Pick, 102nd Overall 2015
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (1)
– F Auston Matthews – #1 Ranked Prospect for 2016 NHL Draft
Other North American Players (0)
– None

Eisbaren Berlin (Berlin, Germany) – DEL (Germany)
Former NHLers on Roster (6)
– G Kevin Nastiuk – 0 NHL GP (As Backup only Carolina Hurricanes)
– D Micki Dupont – 23 NHL GP (Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues)
– D Bruno Gervais – 418 Regular Season NHL GP, 5 Playoff NHL GP (New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning, Philadelphia Flyers)
– F Mark Bell – 450 Regular Season NHL GP, 9 Playoff NHL GP (Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Anaheim Ducks)
– F Spencer Machacek – 25 NHL GP (Atlanta Thrashers, Winnipeg Jets)
– F Barry Tallackson – 11 NHL GP (New Jersey Devils)
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (10)
– G Kevin Nastiuk – Carolina Hurricanes 4th Round Pick, 126th Overall 2003
– D/F Constantin Braun – Los Angeles Kings 6th Round Pick, 164th OVerall 2006
– D Micki Dupont – Calgary Flames 9th Round Pick, 270th Overall 2000
– D Bruno Gervais – New York Islanders 6th Round Pick, 182nd Overall 2003
– F Mark Bell – Chicago Blackhawks 1st Round Pick, 8th Overall 1998
– F Spencer Machacek – Atlanta Thrashers 3rd Round Pick, 67th Overall 2007
– F Marcel Noebels – Philadelphia Flyers 4th Round Pick, 118th Overall 2011
– F Darin Olver – New York Rangers 2nd Round Pick, 36th Overall 2004
– F Petr Pohl – Columbus Blue Jackets 5th Round Pick, 133rd Overall 2004
– F Barry Tallackson – New Jersey Devils 2nd Round Pick, 53rd Overall 2002
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (1)
– D Kai Wissmann – Born: 1996
Other North American Players (2)
– F TJ Mulock – Canadian Born former WHL, BCHL player.
– F Julian Talbot – Canadian Born former WOHL, OHL, ECHL, AHL player.
Other interesting notes
– Teammates D/F Constantin Braun and F Laurin Braun are brothers.
– F TJ Mulock who was born in Canada has played internationaly for Germany. His older brother F Tyson Mulock also plays in the DEL, but for Grizzlys Wolfburg.

Gap Rapaces (Gap, Huates-Alpes, France) – Ligue Magnus (France)
Former NHLers on Roster (0)
– None
NHL Draft Picks on Roster (1)
– F Marc-Andre Bernier – Vancouver Canucks 2nd Round Pick, 60th Overall 2003
2016 Draft Eligible Prospects on Roster Born 1996 or younger (2)
– D Loic Chapelier – Born: 1996
– D Louis Seignez – Born: 1996
Other North American Players (5)
– D Chad Langlais – American born former USHL, NCAA, CHL, ECHL player.
– D Matthew Maher – American born former EJHL, BCHL, NCAA player.
– D Patrick McEachen – Canadian born former OPHJL, OJHL, CCHL, OHL, CIS, ECHL player.
– F Matt Carter – Canadian born former OPJHL, OHL, ECHL, CIS player.
– F Patrick Doherty – American born former EJHL, NCAA player.

 
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2015 NHL Draft, how my consensus rank compared

I had make a consensus ranking list for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft for Puckoffeh.com Top 50 Prospects, here’s a look at where the players were ranked and where they actually went. Nobody climbed more than Boston Bruins selection Right Winger Zachary Senyshyn who went 15th overall jumping up 33 spots from being tied for 48th. The biggest faller was Defenceman Ryan Pilon nephew of former NHLer Rich Pilon who went 147th overall after being ranked 40th on the list, a massive drop of 107 spots and potentially one heck of a steal by his uncle’s former team the New York Islanders who picked him in the 5th Round.  The two other biggest fallers of the draft were Mitch Van Sompel who went 35 picks lower than his 47 ranking at 82 again getting snagged by the New York Islanders, and then there was Oliver Kylington who went 60th overall to the Calgary Flames, 33 spots lower than his 27th rank and significantly lower than expected for a guy who at one time was projected as a top five for this very draft. I had only four of my picks end up right on the rank out of 50, not great considering #1 Mcdavid, and #2 Eichel were mulligans with #8 Werenski and #24 Konecny being the only others who were picked exactly where they were ranked. A good portion of the picks ended up somewhat close to there rank including five others that were only one off of where they went.

My Rank

Position Drafted

Player

Pos.

Nationality

Current
Team

1

1 (Even)

Connor
McDavid

C

Canadian

Erie
Otters (OHL)

2

2 (Even)

Jack
Eichel

C

American

Boston
University (NCAA)

3

5 (-2)

Noah
Hanifin

D

American

Boston
College (NCAA)

4

3 (+1)

Dylan
Strome

C

Canadian

Erie
Otters (OHL)

5

4 (+1)

Mitchell
Marner

C

Canadian

London
Knights (OHL)

6

7 (-1)

Ivan
Provorov

D

Russian

Brandon
Wheat Kings (WHL)

7

11 (-4)

Lawson
Crouse

LW

Canadian

Kingston
Frontenacs (OHL)

8

8 (Even)

Zachary
Werenski

D

American

University
of Michigan (NCAA)

9

10 (-1)

Mikko
Rantanen

C/W

Finnish

TPS
(Liiga)

10

6 (+4)

Pavel
Zacha

C/LW

Czech

Sarnia
Sting (OHL)

11

16 (-5)

Mathew
Barzal

C

Canadian

Seattle
Thunderbirds (WHL)

12

9 (+3)

Timo
Meier

RW/C

Swiss

Halifax
Mooseheads (QMJHL)

13

17 (-4)

Kyle
Connor

C

American

Youngstown
Phantoms (USHL)

14

30 (-16)

Nick
Merkley

C

Canadian

Kelowna
Rockets (WHL)

15

13 (+2)

Jakub
Zboril

D

Czech

Saint
John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)

16

19 (-3)

Yevgeni
Svechnikov

LW

Russian

Cape
Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)

17

18 (-1)

Thomas
Chabot

D

Canadian

Saint
John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)

18

31 (-13)

Jeremy
Roy

D

Canadian

Sherbrooke
Phoenix (QMJHL)

19

21 (-2)

Colin
White

RW/C

American

U.S.
National U18 Team (USDP)

20

14 (+6)

Jake
DeBrusk

LW

Canadian

Swift
Current Broncos (WHL)

21

47 (-26)

Jansen
Harkins

C

Canadian

Prince
George Cougars (WHL)

22

38 (-16)

Paul
Bittner

LW

American

Portland
Winterhawks (WHL)

23

20 (+3)

Joel
Eriksson Ek

C

Swedish

Farjestad
(SHL)

24

24 (Even)

Travis
Konecny

C/RW

Canadian

Ottawa
67’s (OHL)

25

29 (-4)

Garbiel
Carlsson

D

Swedish

Linkoping
J20 (SuperElit)

26

37 (-11)

Brandon
Carlo

D

American

Tri-City
Americans (WHL)

27

60 (-33)

Oliver
Kylington

D

Swedish

Farjestad
(SHL)

28

46 (-18)

Daniel
Sprong

RW

Netherlands

Charlottetown
Islanders (QMJHL)

29

12 (+17)

Denis
Guryanov

RW/LW

Russian

Ladia
Togliatti (MHL)

30

23 (+7)

Brock
Boeser

RW

American

Waterloo
Black Hawks (USHL)

31

26 (+5)

Noah
Juulsen

D

Canadian

Everett
Silvertips (WHL)

32

27 (+5)

Jacob
Larsson

D

Swedish

Frolunda
(SHL)

33

22 (+11)

Ilya
Samsonov

G

Russian

Stalnye
Lisy Magnitogorsk (MHL)

34

48 (-14)

Filip
Chlapik

C

Czech

Charlottetown
Islanders (QMJHL)

35

25 (+10)

Jack
Roslovic

C/RW

American

U.S.
National U18 Team (USDP)

36

45 (-9)

Jakob
Forsbacka-Karlsson

C

Swedish

Omaha
Lancers (USHL)

37

61 (-24)

Jeremy
Bracco

C/RW

American

U.S.
National U18 Team (USDP)

38

56 (-18)

Vince
Dunn

D

Canadian

Niagara
IceDogs (QMJHL)

39

50 (-11)

Jordan
Greenway

LW

American

U.S.
National U18 Team (USDP)

40

147 (-107)

Ryan
Pilon

D

Canadian

Brandon
Wheat Kings (WHL)

41

57 (-16)

Jonas
Siegenthaler

D

Swiss

ZSC
(NLA)

42

85 (-43)

Thomas
Novak

C

American

Waterloo
Black Hawks (USHL)

43

34 (+9)

Travis
Dermott

D

Canadian

Erie
Otters (OHL)

44

40 (-4)

Nicolas
Meloche

D

Canadian

Baie-Comeau
Drakkar (QMJHL)

45

28 (+17)

Anthony
Beauvillier

LW/C

Canadian

Shawinigan
Cataractes (QMJHL)

46

42 (+4)

Mackenzie
Blackwood

G

Canadian

Barrie
Colts (OHL)

47

82 (-35)

Mitch
Vande Sompel

D/F

Canadian

Oshawa
Generals (OHL)

T-48,49

59 (-11,-10)

Julius
Nattinen

F

Finnish

JYP-Akatemia
(Mestis)

T-48,49

15 (+33,+34)

Zachary
Senyshyn

RW

Canadian

Sault
Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)

50

32 (+18)

Christian
Fischer

C

American

U.S.
National U18 Team (USDP)

 

 
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Puckoffeh’s Top 50 Draft Prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft

I won’t claim to be an expert on ranking players for the 2015 NHL draft, but by using a variety of ranking sources like the Central Scouting Bureau, the Hockey News, tsn.ca and others I developed a formula to come up with a ranking system using the experts themselves based on 2020 maximum points a player could accumulate depending on where they were ranked on each individual list. Here are the  top 50 that came from that formula that I believe offers a fairly accurate representation of where a person can expect these players to be drafted give or take a few positions. There will always be surprises and like any die hard hockey fan I can’t wait to see what will transpire when the NHL draft does get underway. Click on each players individual name to access their eliteprospects.com profile page.

Rank

Total
Rank Pts

Player

Pos.

Nationality

Current
Team

1

2020

Connor
McDavid

C

Canadian

Erie
Otters (OHL)

2

2010

Jack
Eichel

C

American

Boston
University (NCAA)

3

1988

Noah
Hanifin

D

American

Boston
College (NCAA)

4

1987

Dylan
Strome

C

Canadian

Erie
Otters (OHL)

5

1980

Mitchell
Marner

C

Canadian

London
Knights (OHL)

6

1964

Ivan
Provorov

D

Russian

Brandon
Wheat Kings (WHL)

7

1957

Lawson
Crouse

LW

Canadian

Kingston
Frontenacs (OHL)

8

1939

Zachary
Werenski

D

American

University
of Michigan (NCAA)

9

1932

Mikko
Rantanen

C/W

Finnish

TPS
(Liiga)

10

1928

Pavel
Zacha

C/LW

Czech

Sarnia
Sting (OHL)

11

1913

Mathew
Barzal

C

Canadian

Seattle
Thunderbirds (WHL)

12

1910

Timo
Meier

RW/C

Swiss

Halifax
Mooseheads (QMJHL)

13

1907

Kyle
Connor

C

American

Youngstown
Phantoms (USHL)

14

1856

Nick
Merkley

C

Canadian

Kelowna
Rockets (WHL)

15

1850

Jakub
Zboril

D

Czech

Saint
John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)

16

1844

Yevgeni
Svechnikov

LW

Russian

Cape
Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)

17

1841

Thomas
Chabot

D

Canadian

Saint
John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)

18

1824

Jeremy
Roy

D

Canadian

Sherbrooke
Phoenix (QMJHL)

19

1802

Colin
White

RW/C

American

U.S.
National U18 Team (USDP)

20

1776

Jake
DeBrusk

LW

Canadian

Swift
Current Broncos (WHL)

21

1676

Jansen
Harkins

C

Canadian

Prince
George Cougars (WHL)

22

1669

Paul
Bittner

LW

American

Portland
Winterhawks (WHL)

23

1643

Joel
Eriksson Ek

C

Swedish

Farjestad
(SHL)

24

1624

Travis
Konecny

C/RW

Canadian

Ottawa
67’s (OHL)

25

1547

Garbiel
Carlsson

D

Swedish

Linkoping
J20 (SuperElit)

26

1541

Brandon
Carlo

D

American

Tri-City
Americans (WHL)

27

1463

Oliver
Kylington

D

Swedish

Farjestad
(SHL)

28

1435

Daniel
Sprong

RW

Netherlands

Charlottetown
Islanders (QMJHL)

29

1427

Denis
Guryanov

RW/LW

Russian

Ladia
Togliatti (MHL)

30

1381

Brock
Boeser

RW

American

Waterloo
Black Hawks (USHL)

31

1333

Noah
Juulsen

D

Canadian

Everett
Silvertips (WHL)

32

1255

Jacob
Larsson

D

Swedish

Frolunda
(SHL)

33

1227

Ilya
Samsonov

G

Russian

Stalnye
Lisy Magnitogorsk (MHL)

34

1120

Filip
Chlapik

C

Czech

Charlottetown
Islanders (QMJHL)

35

1109

Jack
Roslovic

C/RW

American

U.S.
National U18 Team (USDP)

36

1104

Jakob
Forsbacka-Karlsson

C

Swedish

Omaha
Lancers (USHL)

37

1099

Jeremy
Bracco

C/RW

American

U.S.
National U18 Team (USDP)

38

1086

Vince
Dunn

D

Canadian

Niagara
IceDogs (QMJHL)

39

1081

Jordan
Greenway

LW

American

U.S.
National U18 Team (USDP)

40

1071

Ryan
Pilon

D

Canadian

Brandon
Wheat Kings (WHL)

41

1055

Jonas
Siegenthaler

D

Swiss

ZSC
(NLA)

42

1036

Thomas
Novak

C

American

Waterloo
Black Hawks (USHL)

43

1035

Travis
Dermott

D

Canadian

Erie
Otters (OHL)

44

1000

Nicolas
Meloche

D

Canadian

Baie-Comeau
Drakkar (QMJHL)

45

982

Anthony
Beauvillier

LW/C

Canadian

Shawinigan
Cataractes (QMJHL)

46

959

Mackenzie
Blackwood

G

Canadian

Barrie
Colts (OHL)

47

956

Mitch
Vande Sompel

D/F

Canadian

Oshawa
Generals (OHL)

T-48,49

939

Julius
Nattinen

F

Finnish

JYP-Akatemia
(Mestis)

T-48,49

939

Zachary
Senyshyn

RW

Canadian

Sault
Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)

50

919

Christian
Fischer

C

American

U.S.
National U18 Team (USDP)

 

 
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Players Drafted in the 90’s Still in NHL during 2014-15 Season

69 players drafted from 1990-1999 played in the NHL this season. A few of these players have also decided to retire, their names will be listed in italics. We will take a look at who’s decided to hang them up this year out of this group and the impact each player has had on the game over their career and how they fit into the NHL at this point.

1999 Draft Class (15)

  • D Barret Jackman – Drafted 17th overall by the St. Louis Blues – Born: 1981 – First NHL Season: 2001-02 – Played 2014-15 Season with the St. Louis Blues with 15 points in 80 games, the same Blues team he has spent his entire 13 year NHL career and winning the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year in 2002-03. He will suit up for a new team next year as he wasn’t offered a new contract by the Blues and became an Unrestricted Free Agent this summer signing with the Nashville Predators. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • F Ryan Malone –  Drafted 115th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins – Born: 1979 – First NHL Season: 2003-04 – Played 2014-15 Season with the New York Rangers with no points in 6 games and 24 games with the AHL affiliate Hartford Wolfpack before retiring. Has run into substance abuse problems the past few seasons, derailing the once top six forwards career. He has since retired. During his career he was a all-rookie team member during the 2003-04 season and also won a silver medal with team USA in 2010. hockeydb.com profile link
  • RW Brian McGrattan – Drafted 104th overall by the Los Angeles Kings – Born: 1981 – First NHL Season: 2005-06 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Calgary Flames with no points in 8 games and also 16 games with the AHL affiliate Adirondack Flames. Has spent his career as a fourth line enforcer and it looks like his chance to get into many more NHL games is going to be limited for the rest of his career. He signed with the Anaheim Ducks this past offseason and is expected to spend most of his time with the AHL San Diego Gulls.hockeydb.com profile link
  • C Chris Kelly – Drafted 94th overall by the Ottawa Senators – Born: 1980 – First NHL Season: 2003-04 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Boston Bruins with 28 points in 80 games. Chris Kelly has spent time with  hockeydb.com profile link
  • G Rob Zepp – Drafted 99th overall by the Atalanta Thrashers in 1999 and later on re-entry 110th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2001 – Born: 1981 – First NHL Season: 2014-15 – Played 2014-15 Season his first at the age of 33 with the Philadelphia Flyers getting in 10 games with a record of five wins, two losses a 2.89 goal against average to go with a .888 save percentage. Zepp also played 47 games with the Flyers AHL Affiliate the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Zepp is one of 12 goaltenders to make their NHL debut after the age of 33 according to this NHL.com article. His trek after junior hockey included four seasons where he played in the East Coast Hockey League, three seasons in the American Hockey League including the current, two seasons in Finland’s top league Sm-Liiga and seven years as the starting goaltender for the Berlin Polar Bears of Germans top league DEL. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • RW Radim Vrbata – Drafted 212th overall by the Colorado Avalanche – Born: 1981 – First NHL Season: 2001-02 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Vancouver Canucks with 63 points in 79 games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • RW Martin Erat – Drafted 191st overall by the Nashville Predators – Born: 1981 – First NHL Season: 2001-02 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Arizona Coyotes with 32 points in 79 games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • LW Daniel Sedin – Drafted 2nd overall by the Vancouver Canucks – Born: 1980 – First NHL Season: 2000-01 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Vancouver Canucks with 76 points in 82 games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • C Henrik Sedin – Drafted 3rd overall by the Vancouver Canucks – Born: 1980 – First NHL Season: 2000-01 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Vancouver Canucks with 73 points in 82 games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • D Jordan Leopold – Drafted 44th overall by the Anaheim Ducks – Born: 1980 – First NHL Season: 2002-03 – Played 2014-15 Season with the St. Louis Blues, Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild with 4 points in 42 games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • RW Martin Havlat – Drafted 26th overall by the Ottawa Senators – Born: 1981 – First NHL Season: 2000-01 – Played 2014-15 Season with the New Jersey Devils with 14 points in 40 games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • G Craig Anderson – Drafted 77th overall by the Calgary Flames in 1999 and later on re-entry 73rd overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2001 – Born: 1981 – First NHL Season: 2002-03 – Played 2014-15 Season with with the Ottawa Senators with 35 regular season and 4 playoff games. Anderson had a .923 save percentage during the regular season with a 14-13-8 record and a 2.49 goal against. In the playoff he went 2-2-1 with a .972 save percentage and a 0.97 goals against. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • LW Henrik Zetterberg – Drafted 210th overall by the Detroit Red Wings – Born: 1980 – First NHL Season: 2002-03 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Detroit Red Wings with 66 points in 77 games. Zetterberg also had 3 points in 7 playoff games. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP during the 2007-08 season when the Red Wings last won the Stanley Cup. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • C Derek MacKenzie – Drafted 128th overall by the Atlanta Thrashers – Born: 1981 – First NHL Season: 2001-02 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Florida Panthers with 11 points in 82 games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • G Ryan Miller – Drafted 138th overall by the Buffalo Sabres – Born: 1980 – First NHL Season: 2002-03 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Vancouver Canucks with a 29-15-1 record, .911 saver percentage and 2.53 goal against. He also played in 3 playoff games going 1-1 with a 2.31 goals against and .910 save percentage. – hockeydb.com profile link

1998 Draft Class (20)

  • D Robyn Regehr – Drafted 19th overall by the Colorado Avalanche – Born: 1980 – First NHL Season: 1999-2000 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Los Angeles Kings with 14 points in 67 games and announced his retirement at the end of the season. Regehr a big shut down defenceman who was born in Brazil and spent his early childhood in Indonesia before setting with his parents in Saskatchewan. Regehr finishes his career with 199 points in 1090 games to go with 18 points in 67 playoff games, One Stanley Cup with the Los Angeles Kings in 2013-14 and he was also a major part of the Calgary Flames run to the finals in 2003-04. He spent 11 seasons with the Calgary Flames to start his career before being traded to the Buffalo Sabres where he spent part of two season before being traded to the Los Angeles Kings where he spent part of three seasons. He was slowing down a bit near the end of his career but was still very effective. Internationally he has won gold with Canada at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, and Silver at the 1999 World Juniors and 2005 World Championship. At the age of 19 Regehr became the youngest player ever nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perserverence, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • G Jason Labarbera – Drafted 66th overall by the New York Rangers – Born: 1980 – First NHL Season: 2000-01 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Anaheim Ducks with a 2-0-1 record 2.61 goals against and .909 save percentage in only 5 games, spent majority of the season with AHL affiliate Norfolk Admirals playing 34 games with a .912 save percentage and 2.62 goals against. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • C Brad Richards – Drafted 64th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning – Born: 1980 – First NHL Season: 2000-01 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Chicago Blackhawsk with 37 points in 76 games and turning things up for the playoffs. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • RW Simon Gagne – Drafted 22nd overall by the Philadelphia Flyers – Born: 1980 – First NHL Season: 1999-2000 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Boston Bruins with 4 points in 23 games. Has gone on record saying he would like to play again next NHL season. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • LW Alex Tanguay – Drafted 12th overall by the Colorado Avalanche – Born: 1979 – First NHL Season: 1999-2000 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Colorado Avalanche with 55 points in 80 games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • C Mike Fisher – Drafted 44th overall by the Ottawa Senators – Born: 1980 – First NHL Season: 1999-2000 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Nashville Predators with 39 points in 59 games and 1 point in 3 playoff games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • C Manny Malhotra – Drafted 7th overall by the New York Rangers – Born: 1980 – First NHL Season: 1998-99 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Montreal Canadiens with 4 points in 58 games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • RW Brian Gionta – Drafted 82nd overall by the New Jersey Devils – Born: 1979 – First NHL Season: 2001-02 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Buffalo Sabres with 35 points in 69 games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • RW Chris Neil – Drafted 161st overall by the Ottawa Senators – Born: 1979 – First NHL Season: 2001-02 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Ottawa Senators with 7 points in 38 games and no points in 2 playoff games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • D Andrei Markov – Drafted 162nd overall by the Montreal Canadiens – Born: 1978 – First NHL Season: 2000-01 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Montreal Canadiens with 50 points in 81 games and 2 points in 12 playoff games. hockeydb.com profile link
  • C Scott Gomez – Drafted 27th overall by the New Jersey Devils – Born: 1979 – First NHL Season: 1999-2000 – Played 2014-15 Season with the New Jersey Devils with 34 points in 58 games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • D Rob Scuderi – Drafted 134th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins – Born: 1978 – First NHL Season: 2003-04 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Pittsburgh Penguins with 10 points in 82 games and no points in 5 playoff games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • C David Legwand – Drafted 2nd overall by the Nashville Predators – Born: 1980 – First NHL Season: 1998-99 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Ottawa Senators with 27 points in 80 games and no points in 3 playoff games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • D Bryan Allen – Drafted 4th overall by the Vancouver Canucks – Born: 1980 – First NHL Season: 2000-01 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Montreal Canadiens with 1 point in 5 games and also with the AHL affiliate Hamilton Bulldogs for 36 games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • D Francois Beauchemin – Drafted 75th overall by the Montreal Canadiens – Born: 1980 – First NHL Season: 2002-03 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Anaheim Ducks with 23 points in 64 games and 8 points in 15 playoff games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • LW Erik Cole – Drafted 71st overall by the Carolina Hurricanes – Born: 1978 – First NHL Season: 2001-02 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Dallas Stars and the Detroit Red Wings with 39 points in 68 games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • C Pavel Datsyuk – Drafted 171st overall by the Detroit Red Wings – Born: 1978 – First NHL Season: 2001-02 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Detroit Red Wings with 65 points in 63 games and 5 points in 7 playoff games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • D Brad Stuart – Drafted 3rd overall by the San Jose Sharks – Born: 1979 – First NHL Season: 1999-2000 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Colorado Avalanche with 13 points in 65 games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • C Vincent Lecavalier – Drafted 1st overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning – Born: 1980 – First NHL Season: 1998-99 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Philadelphia Flyers with 20 points in 57 games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • RW Michael Ryder – Drafted 216th overall by the Montreal Canadiens – Born: 1980 – First NHL Season: 2002-03 – Played 2014-15 Season with the New Jersey Devils with 19 points in 47 games. – hockeydb.com profile link

1997 Draft Class (15)

  • C Joe Thornton –  Drafted 1st overall by the Boston Bruins – Born: 1979 – First NHL Season: 1997-98 – Played 2014-15 Season with the San Jose Sharks with 65 points in 78 games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • LW Patrick Marleau – Drafted 2nd overall by the San Jose Sharks – Born: 1979 – First NHL Season: 1997-98 – Played 2014-15 Season with the San Jose Sharks with 57 points in 82 games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • LW Brenden Morrow – Drafted 25th overall by the Dallas Stars – Born: 1979 – First NHL Season: 1999-2000 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Tampa Bay Lightning with 8 points in 70 games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • C Olli Jokinen – Drafted 3rd overall by the Los Angeles Kings – Born: 1978 – First NHL Season: 1997-98 – Played 2014-15 Season with Nashville Predators, Toronto Maple Leafs and St. Louis Blues with 10 points in 62 games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • D Andrew Ference – Drafted 208th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins – Born: 1979 – First NHL Season: 1999-2000 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Edmonton Oilers with 14 points in 70 games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • RW Shawn Thornton – Drafted 190th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs – Born: 1977 – First NHL Season: 2002-03 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Florida Panthers with 5 points and 50 penatly minutes in 46 games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • D Scott Hannan – Drafted 23d overall by the San Jose Sharks – Born: 1979 – First NHL Season: 1998-99 – Played 2014-15 Season with the San Jose Sharks with 7 points in 58 games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • LW Matt Cooke – Drafted 144th overall by the Vancouver Canucks – Born: 1978 – First NHL Season: 1998-99 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Minnesota Wild with 10 points in 29 games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • D Eric Brewer – Drafted 5th overall by the New York Islanders – Born: 1979 – First NHL Season: 1998-99 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs with 11 points in 44 games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • RW Daniel Cleary – Drafted 13th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks – Born: 1978 – First NHL Season: 1997-98 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Detroit Red Wings with 2 points in 17 games. hockeydb.com profile link
  • G Scott Clemmensen – Drafted 215th overall by the New Jersey Devils – Born: 1977 – First NHL Season: 2001-02 – Played 2014-15 Season with the New Jersey Devils appearing in only 3 games, while playing the majority of the season with the AHL affiliate Albany Devils. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • G Roberto Luongo – Drafted 4th overall by the New York Islanders – Born: 1979 – First NHL Season: 1999-2000 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Florida Panthers appearing in 61 games with a 2.35 goals against and a .921 saver percentage. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • RW Marian Hossa – Drafted 12th overall by the Ottawa Senators – Born: 1979 – First NHL Season: 1997-98 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Chicago Blackhawks with 61 points in 82 games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • LW Jason Chimera – Drafted 121st overall by the Edmonton Oilers – Born: 1979 – First NHL Season: 2000-01 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Washington Capitals with 19 points in 77 games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • D Brian Campbell – Drafted 156th overall by the Buffalo Sabres – Born: 1979 – First NHL Season: 1999-2000 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Florida Panthers with 27 points in 82 games. – hockeydb.com profile link

1996 Draft Class (8)

  • D Zdeno Chara – Drafted 56th overall by the New York Islanders – Born: 1977 – First NHL Season: 1997-98 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Boston Bruins with 20 points in 63 games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • C Matt Cullen – Drafted 35th overall by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks – Born: 1976 – First NHL Season: 1997-98 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Nashville Predators with 25 points in 74 games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • RW Craig Adams – Drafted 223rd overall by the Harford Whalers – Born: 1977 – First NHL Season: 2000-01 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Pittsburgh Penguins with 7 points in 70 games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • D Willie Mitchell – Drafted 199th overall by the New Jersey Devils – Born: 1977 – First NHL Season: 1999-2000 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Florida Panthers with 8 points in 44 games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • C Dainius Zubrus – Drafted 15th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers – Born: 1978 – First NHL Season: 1996-97 – Played 2014-15 Season with the New Jersey Devils with 10 points in 74 games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • D Michal Rozsival – Drafted 105th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins – Born: 1978 – First NHL Season: 1999-2000 – Played 2014-15 Season for the Chicago Blackhawks with 13 points in 65 games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • C Daniel Briere – Drafted 24th overall by the Phoenix Coyotes – Born: 1977 – First NHL Season: 1997-98 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Colorado Avalanche registering only 12 points in 57 games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • D Chris Phillips – Drafted 1st overall by the Ottawa Senators – Born: 1978 – First NHL Season: 1997-98 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Ottawa Senators a team he has spent his entire NHL career spanning 17 seasons, injuries limited him to just 3 points in 36 games with past season. – hockeydb.com profile link

1995 Draft Class (3)

  • RW Shane Doan – Drafted 7th overall by the Winnipeg Jets – Born: 1976 – First NHL Season: 1995-96 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Arizona Coyotes, his 19th season with the franchise and remains the last original Winnipeg Jets player still in the NHL, where he played his rookie season before they moved to Arizona. He has been captain of the Coyotes since the 2003-04 season. He’s been an instramental part of the Coyotes throughout their entire time in Arizona and has consitently put up decent point totals with his best output being 78 points in 80 games in 2007-08. If he can play a few more seasons and step up his production he will get close to 1000 points. Doan currently sits with 898 points in 1394 games. Prior to his NHL career, Doan along with future NHLer regulars Jerome Iginla, Darcy Tucker, Hnat Domenichelli, Tyson Nash, and Brad LukoWich were part of back to back WHL and Memorial Cup Championships teams in 1994 and 1995. Those teams were coached by Don Hay who also coached Doan during the Phoenix Coyotes 1996-97 season. Internationally Doan has been the Captain for team Canada several times at world championships and has won Gold twice in 2003 and 2007 to go along with Silver medals in 2005, 2008 and 2009. He also represented Canada at the 2006 Olympics but the team did not medal. Doan is also second cousins with Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price. Doan is definitely on the down turn of his career but can still contribute some offence to go with his leadership ability on a young Coyotes squad. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • RW Jarome Iginla – Drafted 11th overall by the Dallas Stars – Born: 1977 – First NHL Season: 1995-96 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Colorado Avalanche with 59 points and 29 goals in 82 games. Iginla has slowed down a bit from his prime years were he put up over a point a game, but he is still putting up right around 30 goals every year which is a pretty solid accomplishment for a 37 year old. After getting traded from the Dallas Stars with Corey Millen for Joe Nieuwendyk back in 1995, Iginla spent his first 17 NHL seasons with the Calgary Flames, which included the first year were all he got into was 2 playoff games, but still put up 2 point. Around the 2013 trade deadline he was dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins, who he played with for the remainder of one season and the playoffs, before signing with the Boston Bruins the following year. He only spent one year in Boston before signing a 3 year deal with the Colorado Avalanche. To this point in his career Iginla has 1226 points with 589 goals in 1392 games, which are very solid numbers. He has scored 28 or more goals 15 times, 35 or more 8 times and has even topped 50 goals twice. He has taken home some hardware over his career in 2001-02 he won the Art Ross as League MVP, Maurice Richard Trophy as top goal scorer and the Lester B. Pearson Trophy for leagues most outstanding player judged by the NHLPA, which has since been renamed the Ted Lindsay Award since 2010. The 2003-04 season saw him win his second Maurice Richard Trophy as top goal scorer and also the King Clancy Trophy for his humanitarian efforts being heavily involved in all the Flames Community programs and donating $1000 to charity for every goal he scored that season. Then in 2009 he took home the Mark Messier Leadership Award for being a superior leader and contributing member of society. He was the face of the Calgary Flames franchise for a long time taking over the reigns when Theoren Fleury was traded away and was a fan favourite there for so many years. His combination of skill and toughness througout his career made him one of the games greatest power forwards of all time. Internationally he has represented Canada several times and has lots of hardware to show it. He’s won Olympic Gold in both 2002 and 2010, a World Championship Gold in 1997, Gold at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and a World Junior Championship Gold in 1996. He was also a memeber of two Memorial Cup teams in 1994 and 1995 during his time with the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers. The only thing Iginla is left to chase is a Stanley Cup getting ever so close in 2004 when the Flames lost to the Lightning in 7 games. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • D Stephane Robidas – Drafted 164th overall by the Montreal Canadiens – Born: 1977 – First NHL Season: 1999-2000 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Toronto Maple Leafs with 7 points in 52 games. Robidas signed a three year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs last summer and was expected to be a steady veteran presence on the blue line to help guide along Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner, he’s been okay, but has definitely slowed from his prime and provided very limited offence after being injured, it appears his career will wind down once his contract is up. He’s a shadow of the player he was back in 2009-10 when he put up 41 points in 82 games with the Dallas Stars. He’s spent 16 seasons in the NHL, spending three with the Montreal Canadiens, parts of 11 seasons with the Dallas Stars and parts of a season with both the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks to go with the past season with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He has racked up 258 points in 937 regular season NHL games and will likely get close to if not reach the 1000 game mark next season. He has represented Canada a couple times at World Championships, but has no medals to show for it. He did play in the 2009 NHL All Star Game and has had a very solid career for a guy picked in the 7th round of a draft. – hockeydb.com profile link

1994 Draft Class (3 Currently Active, 1 Retired Mid Season)

  • LW Patrik Elias – Drafted 51st overall by the New Jersey Devils – Born: 1976 – First NHL Season: 1995-96 – Played 2014-15 Season with the New Jersey Devils and tallied 34 points in 69 games. Elias saw his production drop significantly this past year. He’s always been a skilled player who plays more of a finesse game. He’s never hit 100 points, but came very close in 2000-01 with the Devils when he had 40 goals and 96 points. In 19 seasons with the Devils he has racked up an impressive 1017 points in 1224 games and has also brought home two Stanley Cups in 2000 and 2003. Internationally Bronze has been the colour for Elias, with the Czech team’s he’s played for placing third in the 2006 Olympics and 1998 and 2011 World Championships. He is the Devils team leader in multiple categories including regular season and playoff goals, assists and points. And the single season point record with 96 to go along with a number of other records listed here. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • LW Eric Boulton – Drafted 234th overall by the New York Rangers – Born: 1976 – First NHL Season: 2000-01 – Played 2014-15 Season with the New York Islanders with 2 goals and 30 penalty minutes in 10 games. For a guy who’s played 648 career NHL games you might not be as familiar with a guy like Eric Boulton, but he’s grinded out a pretty solid stay in the NHL spending his first four seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, before spending the next six with the Atlanta Thrashers, followed by a year with the New Jersey Devils and his current three year stint with the New York Islanders. Boulton has seen a lot of time in the press box over his career and only got into 10 games with the Islanders this past season, his 1419 career penalty minutes have him sitting 166th all time. The Halifax native has dropped the gloves 157 times in the NHL 142 regular season and 15 preseason bouts. He’s also won his fair share of fights during his career and has fought some of the leagues toughest included the late Bob Probert and Wade Belak to go along with bouts against Georges Laraque, Tie Domi, Brad May, Sandy McCarthy, Donald Brashear, Chris Neil, George Parros, Shawn Thornton, Cam Janssen, Eric Goddard, Jared Boll, Mike Rupp, Krys Barch, Colton Orr, Todd Fedoruk, Milan Lucic and may other, having slugged it out with most multiple times. He has also dropped the mits with current hockey analyst P.J Stock four times. I would like to see those two on the same panel when Boulton retires. If that isn’t ironic enough for you he also was the last player who fought former NHL disciplinarian and current Toronto Maple Leaf president Brendan Shanahan. His fightcard at hockeyfights.com – hockeydb.com profile link
  • D Bryce Salvador – Drafted 138th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning – Born: 1976 – First NHL Season: 2000-01 – Played 2014-15 Season with the New Jersey Devils, but only got into 15 games with 2 assists because of a back injury. The Devils captain since 2013 Salvador has proved to be a steady stay at home defenceman who can dish out hits and provide leadership, he’s never been one to rack up huge point totals, but he has logged solid minutes on the blueline over his career. Salvador intends to come back with Devils next season, but as a 39 year old UFA Defenceman coming off of a back injury time will tell if he gets a deal. His career started with the St. Louis Blues back in 2000-01 where he developed his reputation as a tough Defenceman to play against with three fights in his first 15 games. He spent seven seasons with the Blues before being dealt to the Devils during the 2008 trade deadline and has spent the past eight years in New Jersey. He is only the third black NHL player to be named a team captain along with Jerome Iginla (Calgary) and Dirk Graham (Chicago). – hockeydb.com profile link
  • G Evgeni Nabakov –  Drafted 219th overall by the San Jose Sharks – Born: 1975 – First NHL Season: 1999-2000 – Played part of 2014-15 Season with the Tampa Bay Lighting before retiring mid season. When you think of how solid the San Jose Sharks goaltending was from 2000-2010, you immediately think of Nabakov, he started his career bringing home the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year in 2000-01, but he never won a Vezina over his career, he was however very close during his best season in 2007-08 when he won 46 games and had a 2.14 Goals Against Average, good enough for first team All Star honours, but ironically not enough to beat out fellow retiree Martin Broduer for the Vezina Trophy, just 7 votes shy according to hockeyreference.com. When contract negotiations broke down between Nabakov and the Sharks after the 2010 season due to Salary Cap limitations, he wasn’t able to find another NHL team willing to offer him what he was looking for, so he decided to a long term deal with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL, however that deal was terminated in Decemeber of that year after he played 22 games, reportedly for family reasons, but his 8-8-5 record with a 3.02 Goals Against and .888 Save Percentage probably didn’t help matters. Nabakov then negotiated a contract with the Red Wings in January of 2011, but as anyone who followed hockey at the time will know he ended up having to clear waivers and was claimed by the New York Islanders, who he didn’t report to and was suspended for the rest of the season by, but worked out a deal to play with them the following season eventually becoming their starting and helping add stability to the crease on Long Island for the next three seasons as their starter. After the Islanders went out and signed a younger Jarloslav Halak for the 2014-15 season, Nabakov signed on to be the Tampa Bay Lightnings backup goalie, after a poor 3-6-2 record he was placed on waivers at the start of February and decided he would retire, but not before the Lightning traded him to the Sharks for future considerations so he could retire with the team he started his career and made a name for himself with. Internationally Nabakov has represented both Kazakstan and Russia. He brought how a gold medal with Russia at the 2008 World Championships. Having played in 697 NHL games with a record of 353-227-86 a 2.44 GAA and a .911 Save Percentage Nabakov had career numbers nobody can scoff at and good enough for 18th on the all time win list, but with Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Miller and Marc-Andre Fleury not far behind he’ll likely settle into 21st after the next couple seasons. – hockeydb.com profile link

1993 Draft Class (1 Player Currently Active)

  • D Kimmo Timonen – Drafted 250th overall by the Los Angeles Kings – Born: 1975 – First NHL Season: 1998-99 – Played late in 2014-15 Season getting in 16 regular season games with the Chicago Blackhawks but registerd no points and has been used sparingly in the playoffs after being traded from the Philadelphia Flyers, returning from blood clots in his lungs and legs that had kept him sidelined the entire season prior to the deal. It’s likely closing in on the end of a solid career for a 10th round pick who broke into the NHL with the Nashville Predators and after eight seasons with them spent seven seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers before being traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in the 8th season with the Flyers where he did play for them. Timonen has scored over 40 points 8 times in his 16 seasons and over 30 points 12 times making his a very consistent point producer from the blue line. His 571 points in 1108 regular season games are very respectable numbers. His diminishing role and health will likely lead to his retirement this summer, although he might see if he can latch on for one more season. He has played in five All Star Games. Internationally with Finland he’s won medals at four Olympics with Bronze in 1998, 2010 and 2014 along with Silver in 2006. He has also won Silver at World Championships in 1998, 1999 and 2001. – hockeydb.com profile link

1992 Draft Class (1 Player Currently Active)

  • D Sergei Gonchar – Drafted 14th overall by the Washington Capitals – Born: 1974 – First NHL Season: 1994-95 – Played 2014-15 Season with the Dallas Stars before being traded to the Montreal Canadiens for Travis Moen. Gonchar’s offensive pace has slowed significantly from his hay day only putting up 14 points in 48 games this season. He is currently the all time point leader among active NHL defencemen with 811 regular season points in 1301 games and sits in 17th place when retired defenceman are included 12 points behind Red Kelly for 16th, 16 points behind Doug Wilson for 15th and 33 behind Gary Suter for 14th. If Gonchar who is currently an Unrestricted Free Agent finds a NHL team next year climbing up to 15th on the list wouldn’t be out of the question. He’d need another 2 solid seasons to likely reach Suter, which is doubtful. In his prime Gonchar was one of the best point producing Defenceman the games has seen and a force on the powerplay putting up 50 or more point seasons 8 times in his 20 year career and over 40 points 10 times. He topped out at 67 points twice. His career has saw him star with the Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins and also put in solid years with the Ottawa Senators before slowing down with the Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens. He won a Stanley Cup in 2009 with the Penguins. Internationally Gonchar has brought home Olympic medals twice with Russia a Silver in 1998 and Bronze in 2002. He also has a Bronze at the 2007 World Championships followed by a Silver in 2010. – hockeydb.com profile link

1991 Draft Class (0 Player Currently Active)

1990 Draft Class (2 Players – 1 Currently Active, 1 Retired Mid Season)

  • RW Jaromir Jagr – Drafted 5th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins – Born: 1973 – First NHL Season: 1990-01 – Started 2014-15 Season with the New Jersey Devils and finished with the Florida Panthers putting up 29 points in 57 games with the Devils and really came on strong after the trade to the Panthers with 18 points in 20 games. He signed a 1 year contract extention with the Panthers in April. Jagr is a veteran of 21 NHL seasons and would likely be approaching some of the all time scoring records had he not spent a three year hiatus from the NHL playing in the KHL for Omsk Avangard combined with the various lockouts throughout his career. He’s played for 8 different NHL teams to date the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils and Florida Panthers. He is currently fourth on the all time points list with 1802, If he plays 2 more seasons there is a good chance he will retire second, only 48 back of Gordie Howe for 3rd and 85 back of Mark Messier for 2nd. On the all time goals list with 722 he’s 5th and only 9 away from catching Marcel Dionne for 4th all time and 19 of off Brett Hull’s 3rd place total of 741, where he’ll probably finish as Gordie Howe’s 801 or Gretzky’s 894 seam to be out of reach. He’s 5th all time in NHL playoff points with 199 in 202 games and being 15 back of Glenn Anderson it’s doubtful he’ll pass him unless he makes it to the playoff the next 2 years and puts up decent numbers. How dominant was Jaromir Jagr over his career you ask? From 1981 to 2001 only two other players won the Art Ross as the leagues top scorer Wayne Gretzky and Jagr’s former teammate Mario Lemieux. Jagr’s 5 Scoring Championships were in 1995 and then 4 straight years from 1998 to 2001. He raised the Stanley Cup with the Penguins twice in 1991 and 1992 and has won numerous other honours throughout his career. Internationally with the Czech Republic he has won gold at the 1998 Olympic Games and Bronze at the 2006 Olympic Games to go with numerous other medals at World Championships and other international events. When he decides to retire he will go down as one of the greats point producers of all time, who with his ability to control the puck and keep it away from players with his size to help create and finish plays being one of his greatest assets. – hockeydb.com profile link
  • G Martin Brodeur – Drafted 20th Overall by the New Jersey Devils – Born: 1972 – First NHL Season: 1991-92 – Played part of 2014-15 season with St. Louis Blues getting in 7 games with a 3-3 record, 2.87 GAA and .899 Save % before retiring when the teams other goaltenders Jake Allen and Brian Elliot where both available. Had spent 21 seasons with the New Jersey Devils winning 3 Stanley Cups in 1995, 2000 and 2003 before playing his 22nd and final season as a fill in with the St. Louis Blues. Throughout his career he was won the Calder for Rookie of the Year, Vezina as Best Goaltender of the year four times and Jennings for having the least team goals against in the league for a year five times. Internationally he has helped Canada win Olympic Gold twice in 2002 and 2010 along with winning silver twice at the World Championships in 1996 and 2005. He also holds down a good amount of the all time goaltending records with 691 regular season wins, 125 regular season shutouts and more, for the full list click here. Broduer will be recognized as one of the greatest goaltenders off all time and has recently signed on to become the assisiant general manager of the St. Louis Blues – Story Link. – hockeydb.com profile link
 
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AHL’s Western Shift, the new Pacific Divison

As many hockey fans already know there will be five American Hockey League teams making California home next year to create a new Pacific Division in the AHL. The NHL’s Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks will all have their AHL affiliates moving West to California for the 2015-2016 Season, significantly reducing the travel time for their call ups and allowing them to keep a closer eye on their prospects. I’ll be taking a look at some of the benefits the move will make for each of the teams affiliates.

Calgary Flames

The Calgary Flames who will take the Adirondack Flames from Glens Falls, New York a city of 14,700 (2010 Census) with a metro region of only 128,774 (2009 Estimate) to the significantly bigger market of Stockton, California a city with 300,899 people and 710,731 in their metro according to 2014 estimates. We’ll start our overview with the market the Flames are abandoning after just one season, Glen Falls, which has a fairly long history of minor professional hockey since the doors opened on the 4,794 seat Glen Falls Civic Center in 1979, that same season the Adirondack Red Wings, the former farm team of Detroit Red Wings played their first of 20 season before suspending operation in 1999 and later becoming the San Antonio Rampage in 2002, the Florida Panthers AHL affiliate.

An United Hockey League team served the market from 2000-2006 first named the Adirondack IceHawks and later renamed the Adirondack Frostbite after being purchased by former Los Angeles Kings head coach Barry Melrose and ESPN sportscenter Anchor Steve Levy.

The AHL returned to the market in 2009 when the Philidalphia Flyers moved their farm team out of their own city to Adirondack retaining the Phantoms moniker there until 2014 when they moved to nearby Allenstown, Pennsylvania to play at the newly built 8,447 PPL Center as the Leigh Valley Phantom.

After the Flames sole AHL season in Adirondack raps up, the ECHL’s Stockton Thunder will relocate to Adirondack after the Flames finalized their purchase of the team to be their ECHL affiliate. The Thunder have played in Stockton since 2005 after moving from Atlantic City. The Thunder were currently affiliated with the New York Islanders after former partnerships with the San Jose Sharks, and Flames fans will love this one, the Edmonton Oilers on multiple occasions.

The 9,737 waterfront Stockton Arena has been home to the Thunder since part way through their first season in 2005 which they played in front of an average of 6343 fans leading the ECHL that season.  Their average attendance peaked the following season at 6780 and has dropped off ever since hovering over 4400 this season which is still among the league average. The Thunder still drew significantly more in a lower league than the just shy of 3600 the Adirondack Flames have averaged at the gate to this point of the season. I would anticipate the new Stockton AHL team may return to the earlier attendance numbers their ECHL team drew and will probably average closer to 7000 or more with a higher level product on the ice, making it a very profitable move for the Flames. This combined with the fact that Stockton is close to half the travel distance of Adirondack. Obviously connecting flights are likely with travel from smaller markets, but at 994 direct flight miles (1600km) from Stockton to Calgary compared to the 1960 direct flight miles (3155km) from Adirondack it will make it significantly easier and more cost effective when bringing minor leaguers up to the NHL. I can see the Flames happy with their main farm team in Stockton for years to come after previous stops in Adirondack, Abbotsford, Quad City (Moline), Omaha, Lowell, Saint John, Salt Lake, Moncton, Denver, Oklahoma City and Birmingham since 1980.

Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers are moving their farm team the shortest distance of the five teams ending up in California. After a five year stint in Oklahoma City, the Barons will move 1221 miles away (1965km) and make Bakersfield, California their new home for the 2015-16 AHL Season. The move shouldn’t be a huge shock either with average attendance for the Barons highest in their first season at only 4155 at the 13,399 seat Cox Convention Center which opened back in 1972. Those totals have been in a decline ever since with a small rebound this season from last, averaging just under 3500 so far this season. The Oilers will be the only one of the five organizations  moving their farm team to a smaller center with Oklahoma City having 610,613 in the city and a metro population of 1,319,677 compared to Bakersfield at 363,630 in the city and 839,631 in the metro, all 2013 estimates. It appears that having the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder consistently selling out the 18,203 seat Chesapeake Energy Arena and dominating the local sports page along with having the Thunders NBA D-League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Blue move into the Cox Convention Center this season has left the Barons in a situation where there is too much competition for the cities entertainment dollars with already poor attendance. They shouldn’t have that same problem in Bakersfield with the city being far enough north of the major sports teams in Los Angeles and only having a NBA D-League team of their own the Bakersfield Jam which will hardly compete for crowds as they choose to play out of the Dignity Health Event Center which only seats 500 as a cost saving measure. The Jam do consistently sell out, leaving lots of room for the new Bakersfield AHL team to grow on the steady attendance numbers the ECHL Bakersfield Condors have been able to put up as the main tenant at the 8,800 seat Rabobank Arena which opened in 1998. The Condors have average anywhere from 4513 in 2003-04 to 5848 in 2006-07 and just under 4800 this season.  It would be safe to assume that with a more competitive AHL product the Oilers farm team should be able to hit numbers a lot closer to capacity at Rabobank Arena, probably closer to the 7000 mark, which would put them near the top of the league, significantly stronger attendance than their time in Oklahoma City. The travel distances for prospects to get to Edmonton from the farm team will be a little shorter with the team saving 999 miles (1608km) in flight distance with the move. The Oilers have had quite a few other minor league affiliates since 1979 including Houston, Wichita, Moncton, Nova Scotia (Halifax), Cape Breton, Kansas City, Hamilton, Iowa, and Springfield. The Bakersfield Condors will continue on in a new city, relocating the ECHL team to Norfolk after the Ducks move their AHL team from Norfolk to San Diego. The move to Bakersfield should be a definite win for the Oilers organization and a profitable one compared to Oklahoma City.

San Jose Sharks

The San Jose Sharks will be the only NHL team to share the same arena with their AHL team next season when the Worcester Sharks moves from Massachusetts to California. The Sharks will be able to keep a very close eye on their prospects while sharing their arena and training facilities with them and call ups will be nothing more than a paper transaction. If another hockey team isn’t found for Worcester there will be a lot of empty seats in the 12,239 seat DCU Center which opened back in 1982 and doesn’t have another major tenant. This should be an ideal spot for another ECHL or even another relocation of an AHL team down the road with 182,544 in the city and 923,672 in the metro area. It’s not expected the city will have a team next fall, but it’s likely the will end up with a team by the 2016-17 season. Despite having a solid sized arena the attendance was lacking for the AHL Sharks in Worcester filling only 28-38% of the seats as their annual average attendance from 2006 until now. The peak was a mere 4602 their first season, dipping to under 3400 this season.  Worcester has been home to an AHL team since the IceCats who were affiliated with the St. Louis Blues and New York Islanders first played in 2004 before moving to Peoria in 2005 and later Utica in 2013 as the Vancouver Canucks farm team. The IceCats had slightly better attendance numbers over the years with a peak average of 6800 and low point of 4391 over their time in Worcester, so there has been steady support in the market over the years all be it not what it could have been, since 6800 is still only 56% of capacity. Not having the farm team a 2645 Mile flight (4257km) away is going to be a huge change for sure. The 17,562 SAP Center is always near capacity for Sharks games, but if will be hard to say how the San Jose market will embrace the minor league team. Sharing the same rink may work, but I think it would be smart to look outside of San Jose who as of 2014 Estimates had 1,000,536 people in the city and 1,975,342 in the Metro and see if they can capitalize on strengthening the Sharks brand throughout the San Francisco-San Jose-Oakland area which has a 8,469,854 combined area population in that same 2014 estimate. It may be significantly cheaper to keep the team playing in the Sharks home area, and even though teams have failed in the past in both Oakland and San Francisco, some home dates for the AHL team at the same 11,089 seat Cow Palace  just south of San Francisco in Daly City where the Sharks played their first two season, and a few more games at the 17,200 seat Oracle Arena in Oakland could lead to a better permanent spot for their AHL club. That’s just my food for though on it as I think moving the minor league team into the northern cities can only benefit the Sharks exposure through the region. The Sharks have spent a decent amount of time in each of their former affiliate cities spending at least five years in each of Kansas City, Kentucky and Cleveland before spending nine in Worcester.  The real winner in this move will be fans in San Jose who have a harder time either getting their hands on or possible being able to afford tickets to the Sharks games, giving them the cheaper option of watching their minor league affiliate. It’s doubtful it will impact the Sharks nightly attendance.

Los Angeles Kings

The Los Angeles Kings are bringing their farm team back to the greater Los Angeles Area out to the suburb of Ontario, California which is home to 167,500 as of a 2013 estimate, but more importantly on the outskirts of the 18,081,569 estimated 2011 population of the Los Angeles Metro Region. Fan support has been no problem in Ontario for the Reign over their time in the ECHL having topped the league in attendance five of their seven seasons and ending up in second the other two years. Their average of 6929 over those seasons is very impressive by ECHL standards and last seasons 8158 average should be easily attainable with an AHL team. It wouldn’t be a stretch to expect the Reign to regularly sell out the 9,736 seat Citizen Business Arena which opened in 2008. Keeping a close eye on their farm team and making call ups will be very easy for the Kings with it now being about 37 miles (60 km) away compared to the 2578 miles (4149 km) in the air to Manchester, New Hampshire. The Reign were the ECHL affiliate for both the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings and the Winnipeg Jets, they will carry on as an ECHL affiliate as the Manchester Monarchs, with the AHL’s Monarchs adopting the Reign moniker in Ontario. Over 14 AHL seasons in Manchester the Monarchs averaged 6963 fans, however, they haven’t had more than a 5900 average since 2007-08. Their highest numbers were in 2003-04 with a 9140 average, but the decline in fan support over the past few years made the move that much easier for the Kings organization to make. Manchester’s Verizon Wireless Arena built in 2001 does have a few more seats than Citizen Bank Arena with 9852, but it’s unlikely the ECHL team will fill that to capacity very often. Since 1967 the Kings have had 16 other farm teams located in 13 different cites Springfield (4 times), Denver, Seattle, Porland (Oregon), Salt Lake, Fort Worth, Binghamton, Houston, New Haven, Phoenix, Fredricton, Long Beack, and Lowell. The move to Ontario, California is a huge win for the Kings organization.

Anaheim Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks farm team will move back to the same city that hosted their first minor league affiliate, a short 96 mile (155km) drive south to San Diego, California, where the IHL’s San Diego Gulls served as the Ducks farm team from 1993-95. The ability to monitor their players and make quick call ups will be significantly easier than from their current affiliate in Norfolk, Virginia which is 2331 miles (3751km) away by air. According to the Ducks website, the new team name, logo and colors will be announced at an event they will host to celebrate the team’s arrival called San Diego’s Hockeyfest. San Diego is one of the large US markets that doesn’t currently have any professional hockey in it, but has had a long history of ice hockey teams playing in several leagues including the WHA, IHL, WCHL, ECHL, WHL and PCHL. San Diego even had a Roller Hockey team from 1993-1996 playing in the RHI. The last Professional ice hockey team to lace up in San Diego was 2006 when the Gulls team folded after being unprofitable despite average attendance of 5821 in their final season, good enough for third best in the 25 team league. The highest season attendance average of any San Diego ice hockey team is held by the IHL Gulls during the 1992-1993 season where they averaged 7728. One would hope that the new AHL team in San Diego should be able to draw closer to 8000 or more in the 12,920 seat Valley View Casino Center which has hosted the cities hockey teams since it opened in 1966. San Diego has 1,435,895 people in the city and 3,095,313 in the Metro according to 2014 estimates, so there is no lack of potential draw for the team despite having the NFL’s Chargers and MLB’s Padres, two professional sports teams to compete with in San Diego. The situation was different with no major sports teams in Norfolk which has 246,392 in the city and 1,672,319 in the metro making for a viable argument that it’s a comparable market for entertainment dollars for an AHL team. However, over 15 years in Norfolk and only 3 of which were as the Ducks farm team the Admirals average attendance was only 4519, with a low of 3855 in 2009-10 and a high of 5451 in 2012-2013. All of the Admirals games were played at the Norfolk Scope which opened in 1971 and seats 8701. The fact that the Gulls through their 15 years in the IHL, WCHL and ECHL averaged 6087 fans from 1991-2006 and never averaged lower than 4591 which is still higher than the Admirals average over their 15 years, drills home the fact that San Diego is a more viable AHL market than Norfolk. The Ducks since 1993 have also had previous affiliations with Baltimore, Cincinnati, Portland (Maine), Iowa and Syracuse. Norfolk won’t be left without a team in their market as the Bakersfield Condors will be relocating their ECHL after the Oilers set up their AHL team in the city. It will be great to see San Diego get a pro hockey team back after a 9 year hiatus, and if the support is strong enough I feel it could set the city up as a viable expansion option down the road.

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