Photo by Rena Laverty. USNTDP

Back on June 7th we released our 2018 NHL Draft Black Book. Every year we include our very early rankings for the following year’s NHL draft in the book. As we enter the ‘summer hockey’ segment of this summer with the showcase in Kamloops and the 2018 Hlinka/Gretzky tournament just around the corner, it seemed like a good time to post the list we released almost 8 weeks ago.

It’s probably not a big surprise that we have Jack Hughes at the top of our ranking. Hughes followed up an excellent season in his OHL Draft year with an outstanding season this past year with the USNTDP U17’s and U18’s.

Following Hughes is his teammate, Alex Turcotte and Alex Newhook who will play in the BCHL again this season in Victoria.

We’ll have scouts in both Edmonton and Kamloops as we kick off the 2019 NHL Draft season.

We are also working on some exciting improvements to our website and hope to have the new features live in a few weeks. Behind the covers our new member management system went into action this morning. We’ve been testing out all the improvements this past week and are very pleased with the results. More info on the changes as we near the features launch.

HockeyProspect.com’s Early 2019 NHL Draft Rankings, June 7th, 2018.

RANKPLAYERTEAMLEAGUEBIRTHHEIGHTWEIGHTPOS
1Jack HughesU.S. National U17 TeamUSDP14-May-20015' 10.0''161C
2Alex TurcotteU.S. National U17 TeamUSDP26-Feb-20015' 11.0"194C
3Alex NewhookVictoria GrizzliesBCHL28-Jan-20015' 11.0"183C
4Kaapo KakkoTPS U20Jr. A SM-liiga13-Feb-20016' 4.0"207RW
5Bowen ByramVancouver GiantsWHL13-Jun-20016.' 0.0"179D
6Maxim CajkovicMalmö Redhawks J20SuperElit03-Jan-20015' 11.0"187RW
7Victor SöderströmBrynäs IF J18J18 Elit26-Feb-20015' 11.0"176D
8Peyton KrebsKootenay IceWHL26-Jan-20015' 11.0"172LW
9Vasili PodkolzinVityaz Podolsk U17Russia U1724-Jun-20015' 11.0"165RW
10Arthur KaliyevHamilton BulldogsOHL26-Jun-20016' 1.0"165LW
11Matthew BoldyU.S. National U17 TeamUSDP05-Apr-20016' 0.0"174RW
12Kirby DachSaskatoon BladesWHL21-Jan-20016' 4.0"185C
13Dylan CozensLethbridge HurricanesWHL09-Feb-20016' 3.0"176C
14Daniil GutikLoko-Yunior YaroslavlNMHL31-Aug-20016' 3.0"179LW
15Raphaël LavoieHalifax MooseheadsQMJHL25-Sep-20006' 4.0"192C
16Cole CaufieldU.S. National U17 TeamUSDP02-Jan-20015' 6.0"154C/RW
17Cam YorkU.S. National U17 TeamUSDP05-Jan-20015' 11.0"165D
18Valentin NussbaumerBiel-BienneNLA25-Sep-20005' 11.0"159C/W
19Blake MurraySudbury WolvesOHL05-Jul-20016' 1.0"179C
20Ryan SuzukiBarrie ColtsOHL28-May-20016' 0.0"172C
21Michael VukojevicKitchener RangersOHL08-Jun-20016' 2.0"201D
22Simon HolmströmHV71 J20SuperElit24-May-20015' 11.0"172RW
23Anttoni HonkaJYPLiiga05-Oct-20005' 10.0"170D
24Jakob PelletierMoncton WildcatsQMJHL07-Mar-20015' 9.0"159LW
25Trevor ZegrasU.S. National U17 TeamUSDP20-Mar-20015' 11.0"159C
26Matthew RobertsonEdmonton Oil KingsWHL09-Mar-20016' 3.0"196D
27John BeecherU.S. National U17 TeamUSDP05-Apr-20016' 2.0"201C
28Tobias BjörnfotDjurgårdens IF J20SuperElit06-Apr-20016' 0.0"187D
29Spencer KnightU.S. National U17 TeamUSDP19-Apr-20016' 3.0"194G
30Ryder DonovanDuluth East HighUSHS-MN04-Oct-20006' 4.0"185C
31Ben BrinkmanEdina HighUSHS-MN04-Oct-20006' 0.0"174D

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