2016 NHL Draft Rankings: HockeyProspect.com October Top 50

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Mikhail Sergachev of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

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)
RANKLAST FIRST TEAMLEAGUEHEIGHTWEIGHTPOS
1MATTHEWSAUSTONZURICHSWISS6'1.5"194C
2CHYCHRUNJAKOBSARNIAOHL6'2.0"215D
3LAINEPATRIKTAPPARAFINLAND6'4.0"206RW
4PULJUJARVIJESSEKARPATFINLAND6'3.5"203RW
5TKACHUKMATTHEWLONDONOHL6'1.25"195LW
6JUOLEVIOLLILONDONOHL6'2.5"179D
7SERGACHYOVMIKHAILWINDSOROHL6'2.5"206D
8MCLEODMICHAELMISSISSAUGAOHL6'2.25"188C
9FABBRODANTEPENTICTONBCHL6'0.25"189D
10DUBOISPIERRE-LUCCAPE BRETONQMJHL6'2.5"202LW/C
11JONESMAXLONDONOHL6'3.0"205LW
12MCAVOYCHARLESBOSTON UH-EAST6'0.25"208D
13GAUTHIERJULIENVAL-D'ORQMJHL6'3.5"225RW
14CLAGUEKALEBRANDONWHL5'11.75"177D
15NYLANDERALEXANDERMISSISSAUGAOHL6'0.5"179RW
16BEANJAKECALGARYWHL5'11.75"173D
17KELLERCLAYTONUSA U-18USHL5'9.5"168C
18STEELSAMREGINAWHL5'11.0"177C
19JOSTTYSONPENTICTONBCHL5'11.0"191C
20KUNINLUKEWISCONSINBIG105'11.75"193C
21BELLOWSKIEFFERUSA U-18USHL6'0.0"196LW
22BENSONTYLERVANCOUVERWHL5'11.75"201LW/C
23NIEMELAINENMARKUSSAGINAWOHL6'4.75"189D
24ABRAMOVVITALYGATINEAUQMJHL5'8.75"172LW/RW
25HAJEKLIBORSASKATOONWHL6'2.0"185D
26GRUNDSTROMCARLMODOSWEDEN6'0.0"194RW
27RUBTSOVGERMANRUSSIA U18RUS-JR.6'2.0"176C
28BROWNLOGANWINDSOROHL6'6.0"222C
29DEBRINCATALEXANDERERIEOHL5'7.0"163RW
30DUBEDILLONKELOWNAWHL5'10.25"180C

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