By JD Lagrange – With the 2023 NHL Draft less than a month away, I have decided, once again, to compile some prospects’ rankings from around the internet, as I did a year ago. Look at it as your “one-stop shopping” to see what “experts” on the internet are thinking ahead of this year’s Draft. As we know, the Canadiens are set to speak at number five and there won’t be any shortage of talent to pick from… although there doesn’t appear to be a consensus.
Last year, of the 15 we compiled, only Corey Pronman from The Athletic, my colleague Bob Trask and myself had Juraj Slafkovsky going number one overall. All others had Shane Wright… wrong.
Without further ado, here are the ranking for several different people following prospects:
Don’t be surprised if Michkov drops drastically from these rankings and in spite of the nonsense displayed by some fans on social media, there is absolutely no guarantee that the Canadiens would select him if he slides to them at number five. As we have recently covered in details, there are just too many red flags and Montreal must thread very carefully with this one.
ByBob Trask – As the end of the NHL playoffs inch closer, more and more fans will be turning their attention to the NHL entry draft and wondering what the prospects for their favorite team will be. Montreal Canadiens fans focus on the #5 overall pick and the fact that Kent Hughes currently holds eleven picks in the upcoming draft. But how does that stack up with the rest of the league?
I did a little exercise that awarded points to each team based on the following. While it is an arbitrary assignment of values, it does provide food for thought.
First round picks – 6 points
Second round picks – 4 points
Third round picks – 3 points
Fourth and fifth round picks – 2 points
Sixth and Seventh round picks – 1 point
First overall pick – 9 bonus points
Second to fifth overall pick – 6 bonus points
Sixth to tenth overall pick – 3 bonus points
I’ve presented this will little comment but this draft holds the potential to shift the balance of power in the NHL down the road.
The Top Ten
San Jose Sharks
Detroit Red Wings
Columbus Blue Jackets
St Louis Blues
The surprise here might be the Nashville Predators who quietly acquired a multitude of early round picks.
The Middle Twelve
Vegas Golden Knights
Los Angeles Kings
New York Rangers
New Jersey Devils
New York Islanders
Toronto Maple Leafs
Tampa Bay Lightning
This table exposes some glaring differences among the current draft capital of varying teams. Having said that, trades can substantially alter the landscape but some teams are going to struggle to add talent on draft day.
Given the perceived depth of this draft and the uncertainty surrounding Russian players there are bound to be a few surprises. Some teams will perform better at the draft than what shows in this ranking and some will fall short.
Keep on eye on the post draft commentary by the experts to find out who they rank as the winners and losers in the 2023 NHL entry draft!
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