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We're back for the 2nd annual CDC Draft Rankings!

As per normal, the vote will be specific to the team drafting in that slot, you will have 10 players to choose from in the vote (starting with the top 10 players ranked in the ISS Top 30 draft eligible players) . Make your choice not only by skill, but by team needs as well. Every couple of days I will create a new thread with the results of the vote, and a new vote for the next team. I will also post information about the next 5 players in the ISS top 30. Below the team's logo, you can click to see their current prospects over at Hockey's Future to have more organizational insight. Enjoy and make sure to come back for each vote!

(Remember that you're voting for what team will pick who in their position. Not just what team should draft what player.)

Congratulations to Connor McDavid for being selected 1st overall by the Edmonton Oilers!

Who will the Buffalo Sabres draft 2nd overall?


Current Sabres Prospects

According to the ISS Rankings, these are the next top 5 draft eligible players.


When Jack Eichel is on the ice, the pace of the play shifts; if players can't keep up, they are left behind. A consistent scoring threat on the ice, Eichel possesses next-level hockey-IQ, an elite-level skillset, and the natural size and work ethic to let him play his role as a scoring power center. All-in-all, Jack Eichel is that uncontainable, dynamic centre that can make other players look out of place in his wake. Source

7GbYhkA.jpg"Ryan Strome told me that his brother plays with a little more of an edge than he did his draft year. Similarly, both Ryan and Dylan have that competitive edge and grittiness. Dylan wants the puck and wants to score and wants to win. He's driven and has that competitive edge. I think a fair comparison is a Ryan Kesler or a Cory Perry type; a guy who's a strong skater, has agility and that reach that scouts love to see." Source


Hanifin is a shade under 6-foot-3 and weighs 205 pounds. The scouting report says he has world-class wheels, elite offensive skills, can run a power play and use his size effectively to play physically when it's required. He's not quite as big as Nashville Predator Seth Jones, the last prospect, before Hanifin, who went into his NHL draft year billed as the next great American defenceman. Some scouts like Hanifin better than Jones at the same stage of development. Others think the jury is still out on that. Regardless, Hanifin is certainly viewed as being in the same universe as the top defenceman from the 2013 NHL draft, who was ranked No. 1 much of his draft year before going fourth overall to Nashville. Source


A big-bodied power winger with the ability to physically dominate, making him a prominent forechecking presence every night. Possesses good hands that can be used to make crisp passes or to let loose accurate, NHL-level shots; paired with his strength and skating ability, his skill set allows him to contribute offensively, as well as create space for teammates. Source


A dynamic offensive forward that backchecks hard and establishes his presence through playing smart, puck-possession hockey. A very quick skater gifted with great hands and hockey sense. Battles hard in all three zones and shows a willingness to do whatever it takes to get the puck to the back of the net; an unselfish player. Embodies the definition of a dynamic number-generating machine who makes the players around him better. Source

Draft Order

1. Edmonton - Connor McDavid

2. Buffalo -

3. Arizona -

4. Toronto -

5. Carolina -

6. New Jersey -

7. Philadelphia -

8. Columbus -

9. San Jose -

10. Colorado -

11. Florida -

12. Dallas -

13. Los Angeles -

14. Boston -

















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Was pretty clear who #1 would be so I decided to throw up #2 today! If it swings heavily to Eichel i'll do #3 today as well but you never know, buffalo could use some defence plus they burned a bridge with Eichel on the lottery day!

Edit: Plus they have Reinhart so choosing Hanifin could benefit them!

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I can't believe someone voted Hanifin. He may turn out to be a fine player but this year its 100% clear who's going 1-2. Hanifin may even drop to 4.

I say 5. Marner --> ARZ, Strome --> TOR, Hanifin --> CAR. Would make a nice pairing with Fleury, IMO.

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I say 5. Marner --> ARZ, Strome --> TOR, Hanifin --> CAR. Would make a nice pairing with Fleury, IMO.

Today Ron Francis said today he would be opened to trading the 5th overall. Imagine if Hanifin dropped to 5, and Edmonton picked up Carolina's 5th overall. Deadly team in the next couple years.

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