Butch's List of the top 175 Drafted Prospects

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    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 also put my top 30 of my 30 favorites player under 24 years old , and my top 15 of my favorites prospect for the next draft

    Last list :
    Butch's top 150 Prospect List
    Butch List 115

    1. Quinn Hughes - Hughes is by far my favorite prospect in the world right now . He had one of the greatest skills package of the world , he had just to polish it . His skating ability is impressive , very strong on the ice and on his edge and his hands follow his quickness . He had a very good hockey IQ mostly a good hockey IQ to do these move . I know some people say that his defensive game is bad but a player who his team had the puck 60% of time when is on the ici is automatically a good defensive player . His backward skating ability is not problem to be good on the rush against , but he had to be more powerful on the corner .
    2. Cale Makar - Makar is second on my list , very mobile and a great acceleration and top speed . He had a better shot than Hughes but his IQ move is less good than Hughes . I think he will less dominate and controlate and game than Hughes and is why is second on my list . But great prospect who will be a dominant player for year .
    3. Erik Branstrom - Another D on the list , Branstrom always had been good , but this season he's been very very good . He play a more mature game than the two first in front of him but is overall skills package is lesser . His skating ability is very good , it look like he never skate and always navigate into the pression . He had a great IQ to develop a play to make a exceptional backdoor passes . Definitely a riser and a solid pick by the Knights
    4. Vitali Kravstov - He had amaze me all of the tourney . This guy is a train with a solid skills set . Remind me a little bit of Malkin in the way he skate . Kravstov is very dangerous on the rush , utilise a great range of move .
    5. Kristian Vesalainen - Vesalainen is very underrated . His winger two-way game is very rare . Very Solid in the corners , he will become in my book one of the best Offensive zone play player on the league along guy like Malkin and Wheeler . I don't know yet if he had the upside to be a 75pts+ player , but he reminds me a guy like Rantanen and despite his lack of speed , he could turn with good linemates a very solid first liner .
    6. Kirill Kaprizov -In the top player for third year in row , we know now the type of player he his with is WJ and OG . Very dynamic with the puck .
    7. Henrik Borgstrom - His soft hand is sooo good so he make a lot wide dribble, allow him to make incredible move . Borgstrom is also a specialist of changing the angle of the shot . Great 200 feet player
    8. Eeli Tolvanen - His season is quite disappointing for now . I always love him , rank him 9th in his draft year . I am sure now that he will not become a driver for his line , but could become a 40 goal scorer if he play on a good line et on a good PP .
    9. Adam Fox - Always love this player and this year he put a lot of point on the board in NCCA . Great puck mover and he compensated his lack of size by a great comprehension of the game
    10. Adam Boqvist - I was not my favorite prospect at the last draft , i found his skills good but he was doing nothing concrete with the puck . I found him a lot better in this WJ , and if his transition game keep going better and better , he will be great player .
    11. Evan Bouchard - This prospect amaze me by his inconstancy . Some game i found that he is a special player and other game i found him meh . It's funny because is so a great passer in the Offensive zone , and that show often a good comprehension of the game , but in the D-Zone he don't understand anything . It not a cliche to call him a bad defensively , he can make a good analysis of the other skating to put is stick at the good place of make the good skating tools . Great mobility eastern/western , but not the fastest skater . The only player in the top 11 can turn into a bust .
    12. Martin Necas - Necas had all the tool to become a good top 6 center who drive the play but i'm very concern if he game can translate 100% to the NHL because is not the strongest player .
    13. Filip Zadina - I was not loving him like everyone in the last draft . I found him not that dynamic , especially in his skating but in this WJ i found that i had a better crossover et better speed than last year . I know the result isn't the same but , we have to understand that even he play with 2 good foward , if you had 0 defensemen can give you supernumary on the rush , it's very difficult to put point on the board . I will wait to see her development but if he improve his acceleration et pure speed , he could become a player like Pasternak , but if he doesn't , he will turn a guy like Vanek who can make play on a good scoring line .
    14. Ryan Poehling - Love him since day 1 , he is absolute monster in all three of zone . I think is the best foward prospect in the world for using his stick . I know everybody talk about a futur third center , but i really think that he could turn into a first line player if he improve her pure speed and crossover to be more dynamic . Poehling is very strong on his feet , had a good package of shooting ability and IQ Skills and could turn in something like Bergeron , or at least a Jordan Staal type of guy .
    15. Oliver Wahlstrom - Was one my four favorite prospect in the latest draft , but i have to say that he have a tough year this year , and this season cooled me little bit . But his skills package is awesome , he had a lot of way to put the puck behind the goalie , he just had to find his confidence . Maybe a futur 40 goal per year per year , mostly because whe know that is futur center name is Matthew Barzal
    16. Connor Timmins - What a steal for the Colorado Avs . Play a superb two-way game , he manage the puck like nobody in the prospect . Good become a guy who play 30 min per game without suffering .
    17. Ryan Merkley - Merkley is probably one of my 5 favorite prospect talent wise , but what i heard of is attitude is a little bit scary . But i can put him further on the list , so talented . I think he is better than Hughes or Branstrom on the offensive zone , so patient and never be satisfait with a simple play . His mobility is awesome , i really want that Merkley operates is potentiel because he's a beast .
    18. Timothy Liljegren - He had a really nice release , great mobility but his decision is not always good . But he had all the tools to do a good top 3 defensemen
    19. Cody Glass - Is a riser on my list , i found is game really different than other player . Glass is physical , good in the corner ,can pass and can shoot . I think i was underestimated his offensive IQ , but i think he could be a good 50+ pts producer in the Show
    20. Barrett Hayton - Another play that amaze me this year , i was not thinking last year that he have that skills package in his bag . Possess very soft hands , i think he had to polish certain aspect of his game , but he's a rise for sur .
    21. Joe Veleno - He was not a fans of him when i was playing against him . I was not exceptional , just a beautiful player to watch but not efficient offensively and last year after christmas my opinion had change : He will be able to put couple point of the board , in addition of his superb good defensive game .
    22. Grigori Denisenko - Great speed with hands who follow the speed . Always try to do something with the puck , very creative . A riser
    23. Rasmus Sandin - Great defenseman to make break-out by himself , his decision taking is not the best be he had so a good skating that i'm not afraid of is potentiel to become a good top 4 player , with PP time
    24. Ty Smith - Very mobile and dynamic skater , make good decision but i don't have the wow factor . Play a high IQ game , remind me sometimes Duncan Keith
    25. Maxim Comtois - His attitude scare me of what i heard in what he had to in his time in Victoriaville . Great player , was a very tough player when i had to watch him when we play against in Midget AAA , so strong on his feet . I found him that he play a rare game , combine speed , goal and good on the forecheck .
    26. Rasmus Kupari - A riser on my personal list , found his skating so powerful in his stride and so good on the puck protection . I think he had to polish is game offensively , but he could become a good second center
    27. Morgan Frost - Great offensive player , i dont know if his offensive game will translate in the Show but he had the tools to be a player who can put 60pts per year on the board
    28. Nick Suzuki - He was awful at the WJ , but Suzuki is exciting to watch and he had the hands , the speed and the IQ to be a good offensively player in the NHL
    29. Lias Anderson - Great character player , love his attitude . He's a winner , and want to make the difference . Could become a good second winger , who's complete a good duo but he will be not the driver off his line .
    30. Drake Batherson - Don't know if i had to put him on this list , but Batherson had so improved in the last couple year . I already look like a NHLer , and a good complementary player on a first line in the NHL .
    31. Sam Steel
    32. Jason Robertson
    33. Kale Clague
    34. Martin Kaut
    35. Jordan Kyrou
    36. Urhoo Vakanainen
    37. Alexander Romanov
    38. Noah Dobson
    39. Olivier Kylington
    40. Adam Gaudette
    41. Josh Brook
    42. Jonathan Berggren
    43. Nic Hague
    44. Klim Kostin
    45. Janne Kuokkanen
    46. Phillipe Myers
    47. Ian Mitchell
    48. Aleksi Heponiemi
    49. Josh Mahura
    50. Troy Terry
    51. Cal Foote
    52. Jonathan Dahlen
    53. Jaret Anderson-Dolan
    54. Isaac Lundestrom
    55. Bode Wilde
    56. Evan Barratt
    57. Owen Tippet
    58. Gabriel Vilardi
    59. Dominic Bokk
    60. Dylan Gambrell
    61. Olli Juolevi
    62. Alex Formenton
    63. Jet Woo
    64. Jake Bean
    65. Logan Brown
    66. Ty Dellandrea
    67. Taylor Raddysh
    68. Joel Farabee
    69. Nils Lunkvist
    70. Roope Hintz
    71. Josh Norris
    72. Serron Noel
    73. Alexander Nylander
    74. Victor Mete
    75. Keiffer Bellows
    76. Dante Fabbro
    77. Ryan Donato
    78. A.J Greer
    79. Aarnan Talvitie
    80. Jack Studnicka
    81. Joey Anderson
    82. Adam Mascherin
    83. Tyler Madden
    84. Nicolas Beaudin
    85. K'Andre Miller
    86. Alexander Alexeyev
    87. Michael McLoed
    88. Liam Foudy
    89. Calen Addison
    90. Jesper Boqvist
    91. Scott Perunovich
    92. Jacob Bernard-Docker
    93. Sebastian Aho
    94. Jared McIsaac
    95. Max Jones
    96. Shane Bowers
    97. Yegor Korshkov
    98. Sami Niku
    99. Akil Thomas
    100. P-O Joseph
    101. Sammy Blais
    102. Jacob Forsbacka-Karlsson
    103. Jesse Ylonen
    104. Andrew Peeke
    105. Joachim Blichfeld
    106. Eetu Luostarinen
    107. Libor Hajek
    108. Ben Gleason
    109. Connor Garland
    110. Dilon Dubé
    111. Stelio Mattheos
    112. Emil Bemstrom
    113. Jachym Kondelik
    114. Mitchell Vande Sompel
    115. Robin Salo
    116. Jacob Olofsson
    117. Eeetu Tuulola
    118. Jordan Sambrook
    119. Otto Koivula
    120. Anatoly Golishev
    121. Chad Krys
    122. Jay O'Brien
    123. Denis Gurianov
    124. Tim Gettinger
    125. Nick Merkley
    126. Alexander Volkov
    127. Vitali Abramov
    128. Adam Ginning
    129. Filip Hallander
    130. Tyler Steenbergen
    131. Dmitri Sokolov
    132. Niklas Nordgren
    133. Mario Ferraro
    134. Rudolfs Balcers
    135. Trent Frederic
    136. Lucas Johansen
    137. Julien Gauthier
    138. Andrew Mangiapane
    139. Jake Wise
    140. Mathias Samuelsson
    141. Caleb Jones
    142. Filip Johansen
    143. German Rubstov
    144. Joni Ikonen
    145. Phillip Kurashev
    146. Stephen Starkov
    147. Jack Drury
    148. Lucas Elvenes
    149. Cam Morrison
    150. Johnny Tychonick
    151. Riley Tufte
    152. Brandon Gignac
    153. William Lockwood
    154. Frederic Allard
    155. John Quenneville
    156. Nikita Scherbak
    157. Alexander Khonavov
    158. Alexandre Texier
    159. Marcus Davidson
    160. Boris Katchouk
    161. Cale Fleury
    162. Nathan Bastien
    163. Ivan Chekhovich
    164. Rickard Hugg
    165. Jacob Lauko
    166. Mathias Emillo Pettersen
    167. Milos Roman
    168. Logan Stanley
    169. Cam Dineen
    170. Emeli Rasanen
    171. Tyler Benson
    172. Jordan Bellerive
    173. Ramus Asplund
    174. Santeri Virtanen
    175. Otto Somppi
    176. Mitchell Stephens


    under 24 to advance with a franchise
    1. Connor McDavid
    2. Auston Matthews
    3. Nathan Mackinnon
    4. Rasmus Dahlin
    5. Jack Eichel
    6. Charlie McCavoy
    7. Elias Petterson
    8. Miro Heinskanen
    9. Alexander Barkov
    10. David Pasternak
    11. Thomas Chabot
    12. Zach Werenski
    13. Matt Barzal
    14. Mikko Rantanen
    15. Quinn Hughes
    16. Ivan Provorov
    17. Mitchell Marner
    18. Patrick Laine
    19. Leon Draisatil
    20. Cale Makar
    21. Sam Girard
    22. Brock Boeser
    23. Clayton Keller
    24. Pier-Luc Dubois
    25. Mathew Tkachuk
    26. Erik Branstrom
    27. Aaron Ekblad
    28. Brayden Point
    29. Sebastian Aho
    30. Vitali Kravstov

    Next Draft
    1. Jack Hughes
    2. Dylan Cozen
    3. Kappo Kakko
    4. Vasili Podkolzin
    5. Raphael Lavoie
    6. Kirby Dach
    7. Trevor Zegras
    8. Phillip Broberg
    9. Alex Turcotte
    10. Peyton Krebs
    11. Tobias Bjornfot
    12. Bowen Byram
    13. Cole Caufield
    14. Albin Grewe
    15. Cam York
     
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    Our lists are my reference for the last 3 year, keep your good work !
     
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    I’ve been so impressed with branstrom. Just seems like everything you want in a modern dman.
     
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    Thanks for the good word , always a pleasure to heard that .
     
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    Yeah , his edge work and his transition/offensive IQ game is exceptional . VGK had a futur #1 D-man in their hands
     
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    Curious what you think of K'Andre Miller. Most Rangers fans rank over not only Lundkvist but Lias Andersson as well. 17 points in 18 games as a freshman defenseman in the NCAA.
     
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    Nice list, thanks for sharing.

    When I look at the top 30 on your list I’m surprised by the low position of Farabee. I feel that he would fit right in in that top 30. Big fan of him. Curious as to what your thoughts are about him.
     
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    Farabee and Dobson way too low. Other than that I like it, nicely done
     
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    Probably the guy between 50-100 who's have more potential to be higher next year . I was loving him at U18 , i find that he was mobile for his stature and bring lot of puck on the net , but i was loving him to draft Miller at the 21th spot last year . This year , i only had able to catch one game of Wisconsin , and i didn't see a wow factor at the WJ to put him higher than last year .

    Miller is strong on his feet and always skate with heads up and with open ankle , allow him to carrier the puck on . From what i saw he don't do to much on the blue line but he's effective with his shoot . He had to work on his pivot and on his start
     
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    Noah Dobson -
    I know that some people with not agree of my ranking , and i understand why . He's the type of defensemen who want on the ice in the Junior to be on the ice for any situation . He will be able to translate it's simple game on the NHL , but he will be not a player who generate offensive or rushing for his team . It's not that i don't love him , it just that i dont see his upside for what i want for a 2019 defensemen

    His hands is very so so , and same for is offensive IQ . But he win is 1 vs 1 battle , very strong on his feet . The word for his game is mature , but no upside so it's why i prefer a guy like Boqvist , Bouchard or Smith .

    Joel Farabee - It's hard for me to identify what Farabee will do in the NHL , he's score goal but he have a good shoot but not that much , he had a good skating but no that much , he have a good passing game but no that much .... Farabee is good , a good all around player and have all the tools in his bag but he don't have the wow factor . It will be a thing of good place at the good moment and with the good player to be a legit top 6
     
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    No Yamamoto?
     
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    Also, Caleb Jones is misspelled Calendar Jones.
     
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    Yeah good call , i put him on the graduate but he could definitely been on the list . Always love his skills package , how he finish to play for a goal but i don't see him be dominant like in the junior . Futur good top 6 guy , but not the driver of the play he has been in the junior

    I see him around the 30 spot

    And thanks for the little error of Jones .
     
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    Exactly as I see him. Not a play driver but a top 6 winger who can play both sides and plays a tenacious gritty game.

    Overall not a bad list :thumbu:
     
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    No rykov?
     
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    Lack of seeing play
     
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    I think in your rankings overall their is a slight over-valuing of defenders at the expense of wingers in the U-24 rankings. I wouldn't take Provorov, McAvoy, Chabot, Werenski or Heiskanen over Marner, Barzal, Rantanen or Laine (although you have Provorov behind Barzal and Rantanen). Those guys just drive goal differential too significantly to ignore.
     
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    Yeah your probably right , i always over-valuing good defenseman who bring offense . My opinion it's you have to have that on your team if you want that your winger have time and space

    I think the offensive game start with your D-Core and i value more that time of player than offensive winger . It's more philosophical than evaluation of a player i guess
     
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    Fair enough. I think high-end wingers can significantly drive scoring production/goal differential to an extent it can't be ignored. Very few offensive D unless you are talking Karlsson or Brent Burns can drive offense by themselves. Otherwise, they are extremely dependent on forwards capitalizing on outlet passes or on the PP. Its much easier for one offensive player to drive scoring, than it is for one defender to reduce goal production, due to defense being such a heavy 5v5 creation (and so reliant on your own goaltender), whereas its easier for a single guy to create high-danger chances (although, it is also team dependent, but not to the same extent). Teams like the Avs, Leafs and Isles, don't have particularly great Defensive units, but these guys can produce despite that because they create so much time on the puck either through elite skating/hands (Barzal), edgework and hands (Marner) or strength/hands (Rantanen), Laine is a bit different because he is mostly a pure finisher, which makes him more reliant on his teammates than other elite offensive guys, although he is so elite at that one ability in converting goals it has to be acknowledged. I know Barzal is a center, but I just used him in these rankings due to placement.

    If you offer me an average top 4 defender over an average top 6 forward, I'll take the D most times. But, with elite wingers its a bit different.
     
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    Just want to say thanks and lots of respect for the time and effort it takes to put this type of list together.
     
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    Thanks for your effort putting this together!

    A couple spelling mistakes I saw... in the interest of making this post a better reference for us all...

    Emil Bemstrom, Chad Krys, Lucas Johansen, John Quenneville
     
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    Disagree that you don't have Oskari Laaksonen up there. I have higher hopes for him than Mathias Samuelsson, for instance.
     
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    Thanks a lot !
     
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    Could have been there , it's okay that you love more Laaksonen than Samuelson , at this ranking it's difficult to me to say ''hey this guy is really better than this one'' Samuelsson could turn into a good 6th defensemen , big size and not under skilled
     
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    Appreciate it , thanks !
     

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