Chasing the Draft – Consolidated Rankings

By Bob Trask – With another Saturday night in the books, the projected draft order of the teams continues to change as do the rankings of various players expected to go in the first round. Elite Prospects provides a consolidated ranking of the players that I will match up with my projected draft order to create a hypothetical scenario of how things could play out at the draft table

1Blue JacketsConnor BedardC5’1018533394281
2DucksAdam FantilliC6’218722162339
3Black HawksLeo CarlssonC6’31943151318
4CoyotesMatvei MichkovRW5’1014814426
5SharksZach BensonF5’1015940254166
6CanadiensEduard SaleRW6’116833358
7CanucksBrayden YagerC6’016548203555
8BluesWill SmithC6’017236284169
9SenatorsDalibor DvorksiC6’1201274711
10Red WingsAndrew CristallLW5’1016536263662
11FlyersOliver MooreC5’1117637212647
12CanadiensCalum RitchieC6’218742192342
13IslandersColby BarlowLW6’118742362763
14SabresRiley HeidtF5’1117944194160
15CapitalsMikhail GulyayevD5’101701621618
16PredatorsAxel Sandin PellikkaD5’1118121131427
17Golden KnightsRyan LeonardC5’1118134252752
18KingsNate DanielsonC6’118545233355
19FlamesEthan GauthierRW5’1117644173148
20WildOtto StenbergF5’111812381220
21PenguinsMatthew WoodF6’31902791524
22RangersGabe PerreaultRW5’1117039354176
23JetsJayden PerronF5’815736151833
24OilersQuentin MustyLW6’220532123648
25AvalancheKasper HalttunenRW6’320724011
26LightningGavin BrindleyRW5’91572631417
27KrakenLucas DragicevicD6’218143134255
28RangersDavid ReinbacherD6’21873621719
29Maple LeafsCharlie StramelF6’321623549
30HurricanesDmitri SimashevD6’420115000
31DevilsCaden PriceD6’11814451924
32BruinsSamuel HonzakC6’318131172643

A word of caution when comparing offensive statistics. Some of these players are competing in high level men’s leagues like the KHL, the SHL and Liiga. Others are playing against junior A competition, major junior competition or in the NCAA.

Having said that, even if you exclude Bedard and Fantilli, there seems to be some offensive gems at various positions who could be available when the Habs turn at the podium comes up. A name like Lucas Dragicevic jumps off the page as a RD who creates offense. It makes you wonder if he would be a player the Habs would target if they could acquire one more mid to later 1st round pick. Another is RW Gabe Perreault who is scoring at nearly a goal per game pace in the USHL. While it’s not the strongest competition for draft eligible players, it still impressive.

A name that doesn’t appear on this list or in many first round rankings is 6’6 goaltender Michael Hrabal. The Czech native is currently playing in the USHL and if the Habs happened to draft him, they would have 4 more years before they would need to sign him.

As mentioned, this draft order is matched up against the consolidated rankings on Elite Prospects. There are many other services including FC Hockey, Bob McKenzie, Craig Button, Grant McCagg, McKeens, Dobber Prospects, Smaht Scouting and others that rank the players differently.

Check out Elite Prospects Draft Center for the top 32 picks that the various scouting services have on their boards and compare the rankings to your favourites.

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