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