2016 NHL Draft Rankings: HockeyProspect.com September Top 50

Our first 2016 NHL Draft ranking list of the season is a top 50 list (top 30 free). Auston Matthews is our top ranked prospect as we enter the season. The late 97’ birthday prospect has been on scouts radars for quite some time and continues to impress. The Sarnia Sting’s Jacob Chychrun is the 2nd ranked player on our list. The huge D-man plays a complete game and only injuries have hindered him since entering the OHL. Patrick Laine from Finland completes our top three players on our list. We first saw Laine live at the Mac’s Midget tourney in Calgary. He has always been a staff fave.

Looking through our list it’s worth mentioning a few players. Logan Brown has all the tools to be drafted very high in June but we feel he needs to bring a lot more consistent effort to each shift.He had a very poor showing this summer in Calgary. Olli Juolevi has shown us great offensive instincts and begins the season way up our list. He is the 3rd of three London Knights ranked consecutively on our list. Sudbury’s Dmitri Sokolov can really shoot the puck, we will keep an eye on his fitness level this year. Pierre-Luc Dubois does a lot of things well. He is the type of player that coaches love having on their roster. Michael McLeod is beginning to show more consistency in his game. He showed flashes of greatness to us in the past, it’s beginning to happen more often. Alexander Nylander has joined McLeod in Mississauga, his game resembles his older brothers. Vitali Abramov isn’t very big but he has skill. He’s not afraid to go get his own pucks either. Samuel Girard is challenged in the size department, but he is super talented. Another undersized D-man is Victor Mete from London, he sits just outside our top 30. His skating is fantastic. Givani Smith made our top 30. He is a pain in the ass to play against and finished his season playing great hockey for Guelph last season. Markus Niemelainen will suit up in Saginaw this year. He really impressed us at the U17 in Sarnia but has regressed a bit in our viewings since. He sits outside our top 30 but has the tools to move up.

Filip Gustavsson enters the season as our top ranked goalie. It’s a tight battle for us in the goalie department. We like several goalies in our top 50. We think it will be interesting to watch goalies progress this season and see where they come out in the wash in June. We like quite a few other goalies who didn’t make our top 50 list.

As we begin the season we like the quality of the players and depth trickling into the late second round. It’s very early, but so far so good for the 2016 NHL Draft class.

2016 NHL Draft Top 50
1Auston MatthewsCZurich (SUI)6' 2"194
2Jacob ChychrunDSarnia (OHL)6' 2"214
3Patrik LaineRWTappara Tampere(SM-liiga)6' 4"209
4Jesse PuljujärviRWKärpät (SM-liiga)6' 3"198
5Dante FabbroDPenticton (BCHL)6' 1"189
6Matthew TkachukLWLondon (OHL)6' 1"194
7Max JonesLWLondon (OHL)6' 3"200
8Olli JuoleviDLondon (OHL)6' 2"182
9Dmitri SokolovCSudbury (OHL)6' 0"216
10Clayton KellerCUSNTDP U185' 9"168
11Charles McAvoyDBoston U (NCAA)6' 0"206
12Kale ClagueDBrandon (WHL)6' 0"178
13Mikhail SergachyovDWindsor (OHL)6' 2"205
14Kieffer BellowsCUSNTDP (USHL)6' 0"195
15Sam SteelCRegina (WHL)5' 11"175
16Pierre-Luc DuboisCCape Breton (QMJHL)6' 3"202
17Tyson JostRWPenticton (BCHL)5' 11"192
18Michael McLeodCMississauga (OHL)6' 1"184
19Julien GauthierRWVal-d'Or (QMJHL)6' 4"224
20Alexander NylanderLWMississauga (OHL)6' 0"172
21Vitali AbramovRWGatineau (QMJHL)5' 9"170
22Tyler BensonLWVancouver (WHL)6' 0"196
23Jake BeanDCalgary Hitmen (WHL)6' 1"170
24Carl GrundströmLWModo Hockey (SHL)6' 0"189
25Brett HowdenLWMoose Jaw (WHL)6' 3"190
26Samuel GirardDShawinigan (QMJHL)5' 9"165
27Libor HájekDSaskatoon (WHL)6' 1"198
28Givani SmithRWGuelph (OHL)6' 1"197
29German RubtsovCRussia U18 (MHL)6' 1"174
30Logan BrownCWindsor (OHL)6' 6"218

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31Vojtěch BudikDPrince Albert (WHL)6' 1"186
32Victor MeteDLondon (OHL)5' 10"165
33Markus NiemelainenDSaginaw (OHL)6' 4"190
34Rasmus AsplundLWFärjestad (SHL)5' 11"176
35Jacob CederholmDHV71 J20 (SuperElit)6' 3"180
36Luke GreenDSaint John (QMJHL)6' 1"186
37Dillon DubéCKelowna (WHL)5' 10"180
38Taylor RaddyshRWErie (OHL)6' 2"198
39Tim GettingerLWSoo (OHL)6'5"216
40Jonathan DahlenCTimra5' 11"168
41Riley TufteLWFargo (USHL)6'5"210
42Max LajoieDSwift Current (WHL)6' 1"183
43Filip GustavssonGLulea J20 (SWE)6' 2"185
44Tye FelhaberCSaginaw (OHL)5' 10"174
45Jacob MoverareDHV71 J20 (SuperElit)6' 1"185
46Chad KrysDUSNTDP U185' 11"184
47Dylan WellsGPeterborough (OHL)6' 1"177
48Carter HartGEverett (WHL)6' 0"165
49Michael CampoliDUSNTDP U186' 2"190
50Alex DeBrincatRWErie (OHL)5' 7"161