The Draft Analyst | 2019 NHL Draft: Top-100 (November) Here's the link to the SN article that may read better on mobile devices: 2019 NHL Entry Draft Top 31: Is Jack Hughes' position as the projected first-overall pick safe? I wanted to sneak a quick ranking in before all the tournaments that start this weekend. I'l release the December 500 right before the WJC, and then another one before the February 5 Nations. Lots of early-season underachievers have messed things up, specifically CHL imports. The NTDP is going to dominate the early rounds regardless of what the stats look like. Seems like there are far more scouts and media at NTDP games this year than in 2016, 2017 or 2018, and for good reason. I still think Hughes will end up No. 1, but I understand if people sour on him. To me, he's been outstanding and worth the price of admission. Doubtful Podkolzin goes No. 2 because he's adamant about not heading over until he's ready, but to me he's the draft's best all-around player (don't just judge by low VHL stats -- he's been excellent). And I'm happy for Western Canada getting its mojo back. Last year's draft crop stunk. Looks like the OHL will be on the outside looking in this year.