All about the young players preparing to enter the NHL.
So here's our top 20. Who in your opinion is ranked too high? Too low? Overall comments?
Last year I wrote a similar but shorter Hlinka write-up for the Flyers board. Thought I’d share this year's version with you (mostly) fine people. It's in the attached PDF, so you don't have to scroll for 40 days and 40 nights! Been writing this and mulling over the rankings for the last month; obviously prospect watching for longer. I feel reasonably comfortable with where I'm at in my evaluating; maybe the most comfortable in August/September since I've been doing this. If you know me --...
Been working on this a while and I think this is the first list I’ve posted that I’m 100% sure about atm
This draft is stacked and aside from Dahlin, I like this draft’s 1st round better than 2018’s. Not a fan of the depth in the 2019 class though, 2018’s 2nd-4th round was very good and I even said that I think 2018’s 2nd round will be one of the best in a long time. Can’t say the same about 2019’s 2nd round though time will tell
Here's my top 31 for November.
1. Jack Hughes - US18, NTDP - LC - 5'10 - 168
2. Kappo Kaako - TPS, Liiga - RW - 6'2 - 181
3. Kirby Dach - Saskatoon, WHL - RC - 6'4 - 198
4. Dylan Cozens - Lethbridge, WHL - RW/RC - 6'3 - 185
5. Alex Turcotte - US18, NTDP - LC - 5'11 - 194
6. Bowen Byram - Vancouver, WHL - LD - 6'1 - 192
7. Trevor Zegras - US18, USDP - LC - 6'0 - 168
8. Vasili Podkolzin - St. Petersberg, VHL - RW - 6'1 - 190
9. Peyton Krebs - Kootenay, WHL - LC - 5'11 - 181
10. Ryan Suzuki -...
Was initially going to wait until after WJC to post my next list but I feel there’s been so much movement for me that I should update it
Here’s my last list
*Goalies are not ranked
Some recent notes
1. If Dach had more hustle/effort he’d really push Kakko for my 2 spot. The top 3 are all very close, Dach is closer to Hughes than he is to Cozens imo
2. Yes I still have Honka and Newhook that high. I can understand people’s reasoning for dropping Honka but I think he’ll turn it around, kid...
Merry Christmas all, will be back after WJC with updated and potentially very different rankings!
1. RW/C Kaapo Kakko - TPS, Liiga
2. C Jack Hughes - U18’s, USNTDP
3. C Kirby Dach - Saskatoon Blades, WHL
4. LD Bowen Byram - Vancouver Giants, WHL
5. C/RW Dylan Cozens - Lethbridge Hurricanes, WHL
6. RW Vasili Podkolzin - SKA St. Petersburg, MHL
7. C Trevor Zegras - U18’s, USNTDP
8. RD Victor Soderstrom - Brynas IF, SuperElit
9. LW/C Alex Newhook - Victoria Grizzlies, BCHL
10. C Ryan Suzuki -...
Added my top 20 goaltenders due to popular request.
1. RW/C Kaapo Kakko - TPS, Liiga
2. C Jack Hughes - U18’s, USNTDP
3. C Trevor Zegras - U18’s, USNTDP
4. RW Vasili Podkolzin - SKA St. Petersburg, MHL
5. LD Bowen Byram - Vancouver Giants, WHL
6. C Kirby Dach - Saskatoon Blades, WHL
7. C/RW Dylan Cozens - Lethbridge Hurricanes, WHL
8. C Connor McMichael - London Knights, OHL
9. RD Victor Soderstrom - Brynas IF, SuperElit
10. C Alex Turcotte - U18’s, USNTDP
11. C Ryan Suzuki -...
I humbly post my list every January since three year ago of my favorite prospect in the world , not in the NHL . Because of my y lack of knowledge of the Goaltender , i excluded of the list . I don't think i have a crystal ball but i watch a lot of junior hockey and i love to make my personal list . Keep in mind that i'm very far to being a bilingual guy , i usually speak french so it's normal that my sentence is not always good , so sorry for that .
I appreciate question/comment . I...
This draft is very talented...Charles Alexis Legault is a guy who could have went top 5 this year, he is hurt for the year and some are saying it could be career ending I personally do not know how bad the injury is right now but I put him 2nd round because some team is going to take him.
KHL regular season comes to an end and, with Nikita Popugaev already having crossed the pond earlier this month (signed only an AHL deal though), you can say it's about time to take a look at top drafted prospects and RFAs under the age of 27, whose KHL (and, in some cases, VHL) deals are expiring. Tried to make that in a form of a Top20 ranking with players ranked by a combination of the current ability/talent and probability of moving to the NHL. Unfortunately I wasn't able to include...
Kakko has surpassed Hughes for me for the 2nd time this year. My list for this year seems to be settling, earlier this year I wasn’t confident of my 1st round and was always shuffling around players but lately it’s pretty compact. I don’t see much changing soon unless I’m blown away by a prospect. At this point I think I can give a good scouting report for any prospect in my top 100 and a few past that. Haven’t had as much time lately to watch games
March 2019 Draft Rankings
26. N. Robertson
27. M. Robertson
1. Jack Hughes
2. Kaapo Kakko
3. Bowen Byram
4. Alex Turcotte
5. Kirby Dach
6. Vasili Podkolzin
7. Dylan Cozens
8. Matthew Boldy
9. Trevor Zegras
10. Victor Soderstrom
11. Peyton Krebs
12. Cam York
13. Spencer Knight
14. Arthur Kaliyev
15. Philip Broberg
I realized posting new rankings nearly every month was pointless. I’ve pretty much seen all I’ve needed to see and this list took a while to complete. I may add scouting reports for the top 62 and/or a mock draft later on and I’ll bump the thread if I do. Any questions/thoughts/feedback feel free comment
Let's face it, Podkolzin is a tier of his own here. Everything has been already said and done about him, not sure if I should repeat it. In short: while it is possible to question his offensive upside due to some flaws (possibly fixable ones though), he is a winner.
PROSPECT RANKING WRITE-UP
1. C Jack HughesU18’s, USNTDP
[5’10”. 170lbs. Born on May 14, 2001.]
He’s the superstar of this year’s draft. No, it’s not Kakko despite what some may tell you. Hughes is still number one. His top end skating ability and smaller frame coupled with his high IQ and playmaking ability makes him reminiscent of Patrick Kane, though they play at a different pace. Kane deliberately slows down the game whereas Hughes is a constant motor on a high tempo. Although he lacks a...
I was hoping to get this posted a month ago before the swarm of rankings and mock drafts, but couldn't find the time to finish it.
1) Jack Hughes: Difficult decision at #1 this year. I've had Hughes in #1 for longer periods this year, so I've kept him there for the rankings. His competitiveness reminds me of Sidney Crosby, while a lot of other elements of his game trigger memories of Patrick Kane.
2) Kaapo Kakko: Kakko is #2 because 1 of the 2 had to be. But I've flip-flopped Kakko and...
Final 2019 NHL Mock Draft
1. New Jersey Devils: Jack Hughes
Although Kakko put on quite a show at the worlds, and played remarkable against men this season, the Devils still prefer Hughes to Kakko. Personally, Kakko is my choice and I could very well see Kakko going #1, but New Jersey has been dropping major hints with their social media and management.
2. New York Rangers: Kaapo Kakko
Rangers make the easiest pick of the draft, even more so than #1, Kakko will fit in very nicely and come...
After a long year, it's finally time for my annual draft rankings. In order to avoid a nearly 10,000 word OP, I've included scouting reports for my top 31 on this post and the rest I've done can be viewed at my website at 2019 NHL Draft Final Rankings
I've had at least one viewing of each of the players on this list throughout the year.
Thanks for the continued support, here's my previous annual rankings for laughs -
2018 Final Rankings:...
Tiers are separated with lines.
1. Alexis Lafreniere
2. Quinton Byfield
3. Tim Stutzle
4. Marco Rossi
5. Jamie Drysdale
6. Lucas Raymond
7. Alexander Holtz
8. Cole Perfetti
9. Anton Lundell
10. Noel Gunler
11. Connor Zary
12. Yaroslav Askarov
13. Dylan Holloway
14. Dawson Mercer
15. Jacob Perrault
16. Jeremie Poirier
17. Hendrix Lapierre
18. Rodion Amirov
19. Jack Quinn
20. Brendan Schneider
21. Kaiden Guhle
Here's my second to last draft rankings before the 2020 NHL draft. Skaters only. I'll keep it to the first 93 on the OP and if you have interest in checking out the rest check out my website for the rest; 2020 March Draft Rankings
LW Alexis Lafreniere - Rimouski Oceanic, QMJHL
C Quinton Byfield - Sudbury Wolves, OHL
C Anton Lundell - HIFK, Liiga
C/LW Tim Stutzle - Adler Mannheim, DEL
RW Lucas Raymond - Frolunda, SHL
LW Alexander Holtz - Djurgarden, SHL
C Marco Rossi - Ottawa 67’s, OHL
I know I said it was final when I last posted my ranking a month-and-a-half ago, but I couldn't help but continue to watch these prospects. My rankings have changed a fair bit since then, and I also decided to try something new with this set of rankings: I gave each prospect a number grade and a letter grade. The number grade, 10 being the highest possible, is the prospect's ceiling, which I describe. The letter grade, A being the highest, is how likely they are to reach that ceiling....
Separate names with a comma.