It’s been 6 weeks since our last rankings were released just one day before the All Americans Prospects Game in Buffalo. We began viewings for this segment of the draft season with two scouts in attendance at that prospects game in Buffalo. Luke Kunin was one of the players who had a strong performance in the AAPG and is ranked 20th on our list.
Our top 5 has no changes at the top with Auston Matthews still at number one overall, get used to it. The only other change in our top five is Matthew Tkachuk moving into the 5th slot, he was 6th on our pre-season list.
One big faller since our last ranking is the Sudbury Wolves forward Dmitri Sokolov. While the Russian scored two nice goals in our viewings, he has struggled with his weight and fitness level. We will give him some time to work on those areas and catch up with him later on this season. Until then, he sits out of our first round.
Mississauga Steelheads forward, Mike McLeod, has had some impressive performances in games we’ve attended so far. The skills were always there, but McLeod has really improved his consistency starting with his performance at the Ivan Hlinka tournament.
Two euro defensemen continue to impress us. The London Knights Olli Juolevi and Windsor’s Mikhail Sergachyov . These two defenders have been outstanding in our viewings and sit back to back in our top 10.
In the QMJHL, Pierre Luc Dubois moves up our list a few notches. The big forward plays a smart game and is posting points early on this season. Another big forward, Julien Gauthier also moved up our rankings a few notches.
2016 NHL Draft October Top 50 Prospects (Top 30 Free)
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