HockeyProspect.com 2017 NHL Draft Final Rankings

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Our Top Prospect for the 2017 NHL Draft, Nico Hischier Photo: Kathy Kocur, HockeyProspect.com

Last June after the NHL Draft finished up in Buffalo, we drove 15 minutes away to a local rink to begin scouting for the 2017 NHL Draft. It was our first look at prospects such as Ryan Poehling of the season. Eleven and a half months later we are releasing our final rankings for the 2017 NHL Draft.

It was a difficult choice at the very top of the draft. Nolan Patrick and Nico Hischier are both worthy of the top spot. We only confirmed our number one overall in a meeting a the day after the combine. It was tight and not a unanimous choice, but Nico Hischier is HockeyProspect.com’s top prospect for the 2017 NHL Draft.

Nico is a very complete player and got better and better as the season progressed. He showed himself to be a big game player and flashed his talent on big stages such as the World Junior Championship at Christmas.

Nolan Patrick held onto our top ranked spot up until our last list we released back in February. Miro Heiskanen won a tight battle to win out at the number three position and Cale Makar from the Brooks Bandits is ranked fourth overall.

It was very tight between several prospects in our top 10. We have included our Top 31 for FREE.

Our full list which includes our top 217 prospects for the 2017 NHL Draft and our top 31 for the 2018 NHL Draft in our 2017 NHL Draft Black Books.

HPPLAYERTEAMLEAGUEHEIGHTWEIGHTPOS
1HISCHIER, NICOHALIFAXQMJHL6' 0.75"176 lbs *C
2PATRICK, NOLANBRANDONWHL6' 2.0"198 lbs *C
3HEISKANEN, MIROHIFKFINLAND6' 0.75"170 lbs *D
4MAKAR, CALEBROOKSAJHL5' 11.25"180 lbs *D
5PETTERSSON, ELIASTIMRASWEDEN-26' 2.0"161 lbsC
6GLASS, CODYPORTLANDWHL6' 1.75"178 lbs *C
7VILARDI, GABRIELWINDSOROHL6' 2.75"201 lbs *C
8MITTELSTADT, CASEYEDEN PRAIRIEHIGH-MN6' 0.75"201 lbs *C
9NECAS, MARTINBRNOCZREP6' 0.5"167 lbs *C
10LILJEGREN, TIMOTHYROGLESWEDEN6' 0.0"191 lbs *D
11VAAKANAINEN, URHOJYPFINLAND6' 1.25"185 lbs *D
12ANDERSSON, LIASHV 71SWEDEN5' 11.25"198 lbsC
13RATCLIFFE, ISAACGUELPHOHL6' 5.5"200 lbs *LW
14FOOTE, CALLANKELOWNAWHL6' 3.75"212 lbs *D
15RASMUSSEN, MICHAELTRI-CITYWHL6' 5.75"215 lbs *C
16BRANNSTROM, ERIKHV 71SWEDEN5' 09"179 lbs *D
17VALIMAKI, JUUSOTRI-CITYWHL6' 1.75"204 lbs *D
18SUZUKI, NICKOWEN SOUNDOHL5' 10.75"183 lbs *C
19KOSTIN, KLIMDYNAMO MOSCOWRUSSIA6' 3.0"196 lbsC/LW
20OETTINGER, JAKEBOSTON UNIVERSITYH-EAST6' 4.0"212 lbs *G
21POEHLING, RYANST. CLOUD STATENCHC6' 1.75"183 lbs *C
22TIPPETT, OWENMISSISSAUGAOHL6' 0.5"200 lbs *RW
23THOMAS, ROBERTLONDONOHL5' 11.5"188 lbs *C
24TOLVANEN, EELISIOUX CITYUSHL5' 10.5"170 lbs *RW
25LIND, KOLEKELOWNAWHL6' 1.25"178 lbs *RW
26BOWERS, SHANEWATERLOOUSHL6' 1.25"183 lbs *C
27DAVIDSSON, MARCUSDJURGARDENSWEDEN6' 0.0"191 lbsC
28CHYTIL, FILIPZLINCZREP6' 2.25"178 lbs *C
29JOKIHARJU, HENRIPORTLANDWHL5' 11.75"180 lbs *D
30BOQVIST, JESPERBRYNASSWEDEN6' 0.0"179 lbsC
31ROBERTSON, JASONKINGSTONOHL6' 1.75"192 lbs *LW