Draft rumblings and the Top-60


Round one of the draft begins tonight at 5 p.m. MDT and will wrap up around 9 p.m. It is a long night, but a very exciting one for players, families, scouts, management and fans.

History tells us to expect a significant trade, and Oilers fans are hoping it involves their team, but Anaheim, Buffalo, Arizona and Calgary are other teams to watch. There will likely be a trade no one has been discussing either. Those are the best, because they surprise everyone.

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Tonight, 30 young men will fulfill their dream of being drafted, while another 181 will wait until tomorrow to hear their name. What a ride it will be for them, and  for fans across the NHL, who will wait with anticipation to see what moves and selections their teams make.

Let’s get it going.

While Auston Matthews is #1 on the majority of rankings, he wasn’t the consensus #1 pick. A few people ranked Patrick Laine higher, but Matthews is the overwhelming favourite to go to the Maple Leafs, and there is no doubt in my mind Toronto will pick him.

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Laine and fellow Finn, Jesse Puljujarvi, should be the second and third picks, but we’ve seen teams go off the board before.

We put together the top-60 from five different publications. Bob McKenzie’s list is based on conversations he’s had with all 30 NHL teams. They are not his rankings, while the other four are rankings by individuals or scouting services. Every evaluator will have a bias, we all do, and that’s why we see many different names in the top-60 and slotted in varying spots.

If you want a complete scouting report on the players I highly recommend getting the Black Book from HockeyProspect.com. It is extremely detailed. Mark Edwards and his staff do a great job. The names in bold are Edmonton and area players, and ones I wrote about in this piece.

# Bob McKenzie  Craig Button  Hockey Prospect  Hockey Prospectus  Corey Pronman
1. Auston Matthews Auston Matthews  Auston Matthews Auston Matthews Patrik Laine
2. Patrik Laine Patrik Laine Patrik Laine Patrik Laine Auston Matthews
3. Jesse Puljujarvi Jesse Puljujarvi Jesse Puljujarvi Jesse Puljujarvi Jesse Puljujarvi
4. Matthew Tkachuk Pierre-Luc Dubois  Pierre-Luc Dubois Jakob Chychrun Clayton Keller
5. Pierre-Luc Dubois Matthew Tkachuk Matthew Tkachuk Alex Nylander Pierre-Luc Dubois
6. Olli Juolevi Clayton Keller Olli Juolevi Matthew Tkachuk Matthew Tkachuk
7. Alex Nylander Logan Brown Logan Brown Olli Juolevi Alex Nylander
8. Clayton Keller Mikhail Sergachev Mikhail Sergachev Clayton Keller Olli Juolevi
9. Mikhail Sergachev Olli Juolevi Clayton Keller Michael McLeod Tyson Jost
10. Logan Brown Alex Nylander Tyson Jost Pierre-Luc Dubois Dante Fabbro
11. Tyson Jost Tyson Jost Dante Fabbro Charles McAvoy Jakob Chychrun
12. Jake Bean Jake Bean Alex Nylander Luke Kunin Logan Brown
13. Jakob Chychrun Kieffer Bellows Charles McAvoy Alexander DeBrincat German Rubstov
14. Charlie McAvoy German Rubstov Jakob Chychrun Dante Fabbro Kieffer Bellows
15. Michael McLeod Charlie McAvoy Jake Bean Mikhail Sergachev Alex DeBrincat
16. Dante Fabbro Dante Fabbro German Rubtsov Tyson Jost Mikhail Sergachev
17. Julien Gauthier Jakob Chychrun Luke Kunin German Rubtsov Luke Kunin
18. Kieffer Bellows Brett Howden Kieffer Bellows Wade Allison Tyler Benson
19. Max Jones Michael McLeod Michael McLeod Logan Brown Jake Bean
20. Luke Kunin Luke Kunin Max Jones Kieffer Bellows Michael McLeod
21. Riley Tufte Alex DeBrincat Rasmus Asplund Jake Bean Vitali Abramov
22. Logan Stanley Cam Dineen Boris Katchouk Tyler Benson Kale Clague
23. German Rubstov Vitali Abramov Riley Tufte Vitaly Abramov Samuel Girard
24. Brett Howden Carter Hart Jonathan Dahlen Riley Tufte Julien Gauthier
25. Dennis Cholowski Dennis Cholowski Julien Gauthier Jonathan Dahlen Rasmus Asplund
26. Libor Hajek Will Bitten Dennis Cholowski Julien Gauthier Max Jones
27. Tage Thompson Samuel Girard Brett Howden William Bitten Charlie McAvoy
28. Lucas Johansen Dillon Dube Tage Thompson Trent Frederic Dmitri Sokolov
29. Boris Katchouk Jordan Kyrou Vitaly Abramov Sam Steel Carl Grundstrom
30. Kale Clague Logan Stanley Logan Stanley Max Jones Sam Steel
31. Rasmus Asplund Janne Kuokkanen Tyler Parsons Rem Pitlick Adam Fox
32. Pascal Laberge Tage Thompson Libor Hajek Dillon Dube Brett Howden
33. Alex DeBrincat  Matthew Phillips Alex DeBrincat Max Zimmer Joey Anderson
34. Jordan Kyrou Henrik Borgstrom Tyler Benson Jake Ryczek Will Bitten
35. Henrik Borgstrom Pascal Laberge Filip Gustavsson Mitchell Eliot Jordan Kyrou
36. Nathan Bastian Rasmus Asplund Carl Grundstrom Rasmus Asplund Alexander Polunin
37. Dillon Dube Mitchell Mattson Joseph Woll Ivan Kosorenkov Pascal Laberge
38. Markus Niemelainen Adam Fox Lucas Johansen Evan Fitzpatrick Ryan Lindgren
39. Tyler Benson Tyler Parsons William Bitten Ryan Lindgren Adam Mascherin
40. Carl Grundstrom Taylor Raddysh Connor Hall Luke Green Jonathan Dahlen
41. Sam Steel James Greenway Givani Smith Matt Filipe Riley Tufte
42. Taylor Raddysh Max Jones Mark Niemelainen Cam Dineen Cam Dineen
43. Janne Kuokkanen Julien Gauthier Carter Hart Adam Mascherin Victor Mete
44. Filip Gustavsson Tyler Benson Adam Mascherin Janne Kuokkanen Linus Lindstrom
45. Samuel Girard Riley Tufte Kale Clague Tage Thompson Dillon Dube
46. Ryan Lindren Braydon Burke Taylor Raddysh Brett Howden Jacob Moverare
47. Will Bitten Cameron Morrison Nathan Bastian James Greenway Libor Hajek
48. Tyler Parsons Noah Gregor Pascal Laberge Carl Grundstrom Anatoli Golyshev
49. Filip Hronek Boris Katchouk David Bernhardt Jacob Moverare Taylor Raddysh
50. Cliff Pu Lucas Johansen Cameron Morrison Carter Hart Jesper Bratt
51. Vitali Abramov Givani Smith Henrik Borgstrom Colton Point James Greenway
52. Wade Allison Aapeli Rasanen Timothy Gettinger Tyler Parsons Sebastian Aho
53. Adam Mascherin Adam Brooks Frederic Allard Dennis Cholowski Filip Hronek
54. Trent Frederic Jonathan Dahlen Evan Fitzpatrick Henrik Borgstrom Frederic Allard
55. Adam Fox Kale Clague Sam Steel Logan Stanley Logan Stanley
56. Joey Anderson Sam Steel Noah Gregor Lucas Johansen Aapeli Rasanen
57. Carter Hart Adam Mascherin Janne Kuokkanen Kale Clague David Quenneville
58. Sean Day Markus Niemelainen  Wade Allison Artur Kayumov Janne Kuokkanen
59. Cameron Morrison Artur Kayumov Jordan Sambrook Adam Fox Yegor Rykov
60. Luke Green David Quenneville Dillon Dube Victor Mete Simon Stransky

It is interesting to compare how will these ranking will look compared to what actually unfolds tonight and tomorrow.

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  • Both the Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens are interested in Cam Fowler. The Sabres won the eighth pick, while the Habs have #9. Could we see a significant trade in the first ten picks? I sure hope so. There is always a lot of talk and conjecture leading up to the draft, and often most of it doesn’t come to fruition. Hopefully this year we see a few deals.
  • I fully expect to see more trades on Saturday. And not just trading up or down in the draft, I mean NHL players moving teams. They might not be big names, but keep in mind that starting at midnight EST NHL teams can start discussions with unrestricted free agents. If a team feels comfortable they have a deal with a UFA, they will make moves accordingly to fit them into their payroll.
  • The Minnesota Wild really want an NHL centre, and they’d be willing to move Jonas Brodin or Marco Scandella. Keep an eye on the Wild.
  • Edmonton product Mark McNeill was drafted 18th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2011. He hasn’t been able to crack their lineup, and he’s been very good in the AHL. He was the team captain and he is a name I would expect to move over the weekend. I could see Nail Yakupov moving and also Quinton Howden out of Florida with the new management in place.
  • It made sense for the Oilers and other teams to see if Marc Bergevin was interested in trading P.K Subban, but I doubt it happens. There are very few legitimate #1 defenders in the league and Subban is one of them.

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