January 15th, 2015, Oakville, Ontario.
HockeyProspect.com’s 2015 NHL Draft rankings list has been updated to the top 60 prospects this month for subscribers (top 30 free). It’s been 6 weeks since we posted our last rankings and our new list has numerous changes, including a few in the first round.
One thing that hasn’t changed this month is Connor McDavid remaining at the top of our list. In our opinion, McDavid widened the gap a little bit more between himself and 2nd ranked prospect, Jack Eichel, over the holiday hockey season.
A big riser this month is Ivan Provorov from the Brandon Wheat Kings. Several of our scouts saw him in Toronto over the holidays and the opinions on him were unanimous. Ivan was very impressive and has shot up our rankings from the #27 spot on our list on November 30th, to #11 overall this month.
A newcomer to our top 30 and a big riser is Denis Guryanov, a forward from Russia. Guryanov impressed us this time last year in the World U17 tournament, but he has raised his game to another level of late, especially since our last rankings list was released approximately 6 weeks ago. Denis will get a chance to impress scouts even further in April, when more than 100 NHL scouts will watch him in Switzerland at the U18 Championship. Guryanov rose on our list from just outside our top 50 back in November to #26 overall this month. Blazing speed and a great shot are just a couple of reasons for his top 30 placement.
Also new to our first round this time around is Thomas Chabot from the Saint John Sea Dogs. Chabot was close to breaking into our top 30 six weeks ago, when he sat 35th on our list. He jumps up all the way up to #21 this month.
Jake De Brusk from Swift Current in the WHL and Jonas Siegenthaler from the ZSC Lions are also new to our top 30 this month. As we wrote in our 2014 NHL Draft Black Book, we liked Siegenthaler’s game last April at the U18 in Finland and as a collective group we thought he played very well during the recent World Junior tournament. Jonas is a smart player who played a poised, panic free game from the back-end. His overall performance was enough for us to value him at the end of the 1st round.
|1||Connor McDavid||C||Erie||OHL||6' 0"||185|
|2||Jack Eichel||C||Boston U||NCAA||6' 1"||195|
|3||Noah Hanifin||D||Boston College||NCAA||6' 2"||201|
|4||Pavel Zacha||LW||Sarnia||OHL||6' 3"||210|
|5||Mitchell Marner||C||London||OHL||5' 11"||155|
|6||Zack Werenski||D||Michigan||NCAA||6' 2"||201|
|7||Lawson Crouse||LW||Kingston||OHL||6' 4"||211|
|8||Dylan Strome||C||Erie||OHL||6' 2"||187|
|9||Jérémy Roy||D||Sherbrooke||QMJHL||6' 0"||182|
|10||Oliver Kylington||D||AIK||Allsvenskan||6' 0"||181|
|11||Ivan Provorov||D||Brandon||WHL||5' 11"||180|
|12||Yevgeni Svechnikov||RW||Cape Breton||QMJHL||6' 3"||205|
|13||Kyle Connor||C/W||Youngstown||USHL||6' 1"||170|
|14||Nick Merkley||C||Kelowna||WHL||5' 11"||188|
|15||Matthew Barzal||C||Seattle||WHL||5' 11"||178|
|16||Brock Boeser||RW||Waterloo||USHL||6' 0"||187|
|17||Mikko Rantanen||C/W||TPS||SM-Liiga||6' 4"||195|
|18||Daniel Sprong||RW||Charlottetown||QMJHL||6' 0"||192|
|19||Jansen Harkins||C||Prince George||WHL||6' 1"||170|
|20||Travis Konecny||C||Ottawa||OHL||5' 10"||173|
|21||Thomas Chabot||D||Saint John||QMJHL||6'1"||177|
|22||Jakub Zboril||D||Saint John||QMJHL||6' 1"||184|
|24||Jake DeBrusk||LW||Swift Current||WHL||6'0"||171|
|26||Denis Guryanov||RW||Ladia Togliatti||MHL||6' 2"||183|
|27||Colin White||C||USNTDP||USHL||6' 0"||175|
|28||Thomas Novak||C||Waterloo||USHL||6' 1"||178|
|29||Nicolas Roy||C||Chicoutimi||QMJHL||6' 4"||190|
|30||Jonas Siegenthaler||D||ZSC Lions||NLA||6'3"||220|
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