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HockeyProspect.com’s final rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft have now been released along with our 2016 NHL Draft Black Book.

Auston Matthews goes wire to wire as our top ranked prospect for the June draft in Buffalo. Patrik Laine gained on Matthews as the season progressed but in the end, Matthews remains at the top spot with Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujärvi sitting 2nd and 3rd.

The ranking spot that was the tightest race was the 4th overall spot. For us it’s a very close race between Pierre-Luc Dubois and Matt Tkachuk. We went back and forth several times before sticking with Dubois, who we had ranked 4th back on February 29th.

Our top defenseman this year is Olli Juolevi from the London Knights. Juolevi was ranked high all season long and we never really strayed from our initial thoughts on him. Olli is a very intelligent hockey player who we expect to be selected with a top six pick in the draft.

Our full top 211 prospect rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft are available in our NHL Draft Black Books.

2016 NHL Draft Final Rankings
RANKPLAYERTEAMLEAGUEDOBHEIGHTWEIGHTPOS
1MATTHEWS, AUSTONZURICHSWISS17-Sep-19976' 2.5"210 lbsC
2LAINE, PATRIKTAPPARAFINLAND19-Apr-19986' 4.0"206 lbs *RW
3PULJUJARVI, JESSEKARPATFINLAND07-May-19986' 3.5"203 lbs *RW
4DUBOIS, PIERRE-LUCCAPE BRETONQMJHL24-Jun-19986' 2.25"201 lbs *LW
5TKACHUK, MATTHEWLONDONOHL11-Dec-19976' 1.5"200 lbs *LW
6JUOLEVI, OLLILONDONOHL05-May-19986' 2.0"182 lbs *D
7BROWN, LOGANWINDSOROHL05-Mar-19986' 6.0"220 lbs *C
8SERGACHEV, MIKHAILWINDSOROHL25-Jun-19986' 2.25"208 lbs *D
9KELLER, CLAYTONUSA U-18USHL29-Jul-19985' 9.5"168 lbs *C
10JOST, TYSONPENTICTONBCHL14-Mar-19985' 11.25"191 lbs *C
11FABBRO, DANTEPENTICTONBCHL20-Jun-19986' 0.25"189 lbs *D
12NYLANDER, ALEXANDERMISSISSAUGAOHL02-Mar-19986' 0.5"180 lbs *LW
13MCAVOY, CHARLESBOSTON UH-EAST21-Dec-19976' 0.25"208 lbs *D
14CHYCHRUN, JAKOBSARNIAOHL31-Mar-19986' 2.25"205 lbs *D
15BEAN, JAKECALGARYWHL09-Jun-19986' 0.75"173 lbs *D
16RUBTSOV, GERMANTEAM RUSSIA U18RUSSIA-JR.27-Jun-19986' 0.25"178 lbsC
17KUNIN, LUKEU OF WISCONSINBIG1004-Dec-19975' 11.75"193 lbs *C
18BELLOWS, KIEFFERUSA U-18USHL10-Jun-19986' 0.0"196 lbs *LW
19MCLEOD, MICHAELMISSISSAUGAOHL03-Feb-19986' 2.25"188 lbs *C
20JONES, MAXLONDONOHL17-Feb-19986' 2.5"203 lbs *LW
21ASPLUND, RASMUSFARJESTADSWEDEN03-Dec-19975' 11.0"176 lbsC
22KATCHOUK, BORISSAULT STE. MARIEOHL18-Jun-19986' 1.25"192 lbs *LW
23TUFTE, RILEYBLAINEHIGH-MN10-Apr-19986' 4.75"205 lbs *LW
24DAHLEN, JONATHANTIMRASWEDEN-220-Dec-19975' 11.25"176 lbsC
25GAUTHIER, JULIENVAL-D'ORQMJHL15-Oct-19976' 3.5"225 lbs *RW
26CHOLOWSKI, DENNISCHILLIWACKBCHL15-Feb-19986' 0.25"170 lbs *D
27HOWDEN, BRETTMOOSE JAWWHL29-Mar-19986' 2.0"193 lbs *C
28THOMPSON, TAGEU CONNH-EAST30-Oct-19976' 5.0"185 lbs *C
29ABRAMOV, VITALYGATINEAUQMJHL08-May-19985' 9.25"175 lbs *RW
30STANLEY, LOGANWINDSOROHL26-May-19986' 7.25"225 lbs *D