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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
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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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