2016 NHL Draft Rankings: Early List

Photo by Tom Sorensen.

On June 1st we completed our Top 30 list of prospects for our initial 2016 NHL Draft rankings. The list was completed prior to the release of our 2015 NHL Draft Black Book. Our next 2016 NHL Draft rankings list will be released prior to the 2015/2016 season.

Auston Matthews sits as the number #1 ranked prospect on our initial list. There is a very high probability that he will be ranked in the same spot on June 1st, 2016.

At the number #2 position on our list is Jacob Chychrun from the Sarnia Sting. Chychrun just completed a very successful rookie season in the OHL.

Jesse Puljujärvi is a huge forward from Finland who grabs the number #3 spot on our list. Puljujärvi is one player amongst a strong group of prospects from Finland eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft.

Filling out our top five spots on our list are a couple of players who will be suiting up for the London Knights next fall. Matthew Tkachuk and Max Jones will join two other Knights, Victor Mete and the recently drafted Olli Juolevi, who are also included on our top 30 list for the 2016 NHL Draft.

We also included an honourable mentions group of players to round out our very early look at the 2016 NHL Draft which takes place in Buffalo next June.

2016 NHL Draft Rankings

List compiled June 1, 2015

RANKPLAYERPOS2014/2015 TEAMHEIGHTWEIGHT
1Auston MatthewsC/RWUSNTDP U186' 2"194
2Jacob ChychrunDSarnia (OHL)6' 2"194
3Jesse PuljujärviRWKärpät (SM-liiga)6' 2"181
4Matthew TkachukLWUSNTDP U186' 1"187
5Max JonesLWUSNTDP U176' 2"190
6Charles McAvoyDUSNTDP U186' 0"205
7Logan BrownCWindsor (OHL)6' 6"216
8Patrik LaineLWTappara Tampere(SM-liiga)6' 4"209
9Clayton KellerCUSNTDP U185' 9"165
10Dmitri SokolovCOmsk (KHL)6' 2"212
11Dante FabbroDPenticton (BCHL)6' 1"165
12Kale ClagueDBrandon (WHL)6' 0"194
13Kieffer BellowsCSioux Falls (USHL)6' 0"185
14Olli JuoleviDJokerit Helsinki (Jr SM-liiga)6' 2"185
15Sam SteelCRegina (WHL)5' 11"172
16Pierre-Luc DuboisCCape Breton (QMJHL)6' 1"181
17Mikhail SergachyovDKazan (MHL)6' 2"201
18Carl GrundströmLWModo Hockey (SEL)6' 0"190
19Brett HowdenLWMoose Jaw (WHL)6' 1"190
20Tyson JostRWPenticton (BCHL)6' 0"194
21Chad KrysDUSNTDP U185' 11"183
22Alex NylanderLWSodertalje SK(Allsvenskan)5' 10"157
23Taylor RaddyshRWErie (OHL)6' 0"190
24Victor MeteDLondon (OHL)5' 10"165
25Jacob CederholmDHV71 J20 (SuperElit)6' 3"176
26Luke GreenDSaint John (QMJHL)5' 11"174
27Tyler BensonLWVancouver (WHL)6' 0"196
28Julien GauthierRWVal-d'Or (QMJHL)6' 4"212
29Rasmus AsplundLWFärjestad BK (Sweden)5' 11"176
30Vitali AbramovRWChelyabinsk Mechel (Slov U-20)5' 9"159
HMAlex DeBrincatRWErie (OHL)5' 7"161
HMTye FelhaberCSaginaw (OHL)5' 10"174
HMJacob MoverareDHV71 J20 (SuperElit)6' 1"185
HMSamuel GirardDShawinigan (QMJHL)5' 9"154
HMEvan SarthouGTri-City (WHL)6' 1"179
HMJake BeanDCalgary Hitmen (WHL)6' 0"174
HMLibor HájekCKometa Brno (Czech U20)6' 2"196
HMWill BittenCPlymouth (OHL)5' 9"154
HMJonathan DahlenCTimra U20 (SuperElit)5' 11"168
HMGarret WaitLWEdina High (USHS)6' 1"170