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We’ve completed the top 10 of our upcoming September ranking of 2019 NHL Draft prospects. It’s short preview of our full HockeyProspect.com list that we will release next week. We are still working on completing our full ranking, but we decided to release this portion of our list early and post it today.

Jack Hughes sits at the top of our ranking and that probably won’t surprise too many people. The dynamic forward is coming off a fantastic year with the USNTDP. Hughes will hope to get selected number one overall and then jump right into the NHL next fall.

Sitting at #2 overall and currently assuming the role of Hughes’ top competition for the #1 overall spot is Kaapo Kakko from Finland. The big winger is already off to a good start with 3 points in two games including two goals. He’s smart, skilled and competes hard all over the ice.

Holding down the 3rd overall spot in our ranking is Alex Turcotte, who also suits up for the USNTDP. Turcotte is speedster with a high hockey IQ, great vision and soft hands.

Just behind Turcotte is Vasili Podkolzin from Russia. Podkolzin moves up from 9th overall on our list back in June, to 4th overall to start the new draft season. Vasili put on a show with his immense skill at the Hlinka tournament in Edmonton in August.

Rounding out our top 5 prospects is Dylan Cozens from the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Like Podkolzin, Cozens got his draft season off to a great start by having a strong tournament in Edmonton. The big centre showed off his great skating ability combined with his 6’3″ frame.

The other members of our top 10 prospects are listed below and you can check back next week when we will release our full September ranking of 2019 NHL Draft prospects.

HockeyProspect.com 2019 NHL Draft Top 31 Prospects

RANKPLAYERTEAMLEAGUEBIRTHHEIGHTWEIGHTPOS
1Jack HughesUSNTDPUSHL14-May-20015' 10.0''168C
2Kaapo KakkoTPSLiiga13-Feb-20016' 1.0"181RW
3Alex TurcotteUSNTDPUSHL26-Feb-20015' 11.0"189C
4Vasili PodkolzinSKA-1946 St. PetMHL24-Jun-20015' 11.0"165RW
5Dylan CozensLethbridgeWHL09-Feb-20016' 3.0"176C
6Bowen ByramVancouverWHL13-Jun-20016.' 1.0"192D
7Alex NewhookVictoriaBCHL28-Jan-20015' 11.0"183C
8Raphaël LavoieHalifaxQMJHL25-Sep-20006' 4.0"192RW
9Peyton KrebsKootenayWHL26-Jan-20015' 11.0"181LW
10Cam YorkUSNTDPUSHL05-Jan-20015' 11.0"171D
11Kirby DachSaskatoonWHL21-Jan-20016' 4.0"185C
12Matthew BoldyUSNTDPUSHL05-Apr-20016' 2.0"187RW
13Victor SöderströmBrynäs IF J20SuperElit26-Feb-20015' 11.0"181D
14Philip BrobergAIKAllsvenskan25-Jun-20016' 3.0"190D
15Spencer KnightUSNTDPUSHL19-Apr-20016' 3.0"197G
16Cole CaufieldUSNTDPUSHL02-Jan-20015' 7.0"155C/RW
17Ryan SuzukiBarrieOHL28-May-20016' 0.0"172C
18Trevor ZegrasUSNTDPUSHL20-Mar-20016' 0.0"169C
19Matthew RobertsonEdmontonWHL09-Mar-20016' 3.0"196D
20Matvei GuskovLondonOHL30-Jan-20016' 1.0"185C
21Valentin NussbaumerShawiniganQMJHL25-Sep-20005' 11.0"181C/LW
22Pavel DorofeyevStalnye Lisy MagnitogorskMHL26-Oct-20006' 0.0"184LW
23John BeecherUSNTDPUSHL05-Apr-20016' 3.0"204C
24Moritz SeiderAdler MannheimDEL06-Apr-20016' 4.0"183D
25Anttoni HonkaJYPLiiga05-Oct-20005' 10.0"170D
26Josh WilliamsMedicine HatWHL08-Mar-20016' 1.0"185RW
27Lassi ThomsonKelownaWHL24-Sept-20006' 0.0"182D
28Simon HolmströmHV71 J20SuperElit24-May-20015' 11.0"181RW
29Jakob PelletierMonctonQMJHL07-Mar-20015' 9.0"159LW
30Alex VlasicUSNTDPUSHL05-Jun-20016' 6.0"193D
31Ryan JohnsonSioux FallsUSHL24-Jul-20015' 11.0"169D