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

General Information

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 Mitchell Marner for being selected 5th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes!

Who will the New Jersey Devils draft 6th overall?


Current Devils Prospects

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


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


An offensively gifted defenceman who can direct the game's pace when the puck is on his stick. Provorov is a quick and agile skater with an accurate release on his shot, which he can get off anywhere below the blue line; creates many chances on the power play and can even create offense during the penalty kill. Is an adroit and creative passer who knows how to use his teammates well. All-in-all, a complete defenceman who knows how goals are scored and executes accordingly. Source


Matthew Barzal is an offensive forward with very good skating abilities. Has tremendous puck-handling and is poised with the puck, while looking for the perfect pass-option using his strong vision. Owns an excellent wrist shot with a remarkable release. Barzal reads the plays well, looking for interceptions and is not afraid to block shots, playing a reliable two-way game. A complete player with strong hockey sense. Source


An exceptionally talented playmaker and always a consistent threat on the ice; Rantanen is a combination of elite-level hockey sense, silky smooth hands, and nimble skating. Needs to improve his shot and physical play, as he doesn't take advantage of his size in many situations. All-in-all, an intelligent, big-bodied forward that oozes skill. Source


Pavel Zacha is an offensively dynamic center with the size, speed, and skill to make a significant impact on the game. He can play physical, but is at his best when using his high-end offensive abilities, such as his shot, stickhandling, and footspeed, to generate numbers in the opposition's end of the ice. All-in-all, Zacha is a lethal weapon that can be depended upon to create, and finish, dangerous scoring chances whenever he is on the ice. Source

Draft Order

1. Edmonton - Connor McDavid

2. Buffalo - Jack Eichel

3. Arizona - Dylan Strome

4. Toronto - Noah Hanifin

5. Carolina - Mitchell Marner

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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NHL bod, athleticism & skills. No risks as much as not the appeal of some of the higher profile, more questions, guys like Barzal.

IMO Provorov is the best guy on the board here. But these guys are loaded in good young D and def need a boost up front they can count on!

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There is no question that Toronto will be picking either Marner or Hanifin. Either way it would make sense for the Hurricanes to pass on Marner if he is not selected when you look at the make up of their team, they have a very solid set of young centers at their disposal (Lindholm, Skinner, Rask, Wallmark - points don't reflect how good his game is for a 19 year old in the SHL) and can afford to fill a bigger franchise need at wing by picking Lawson Crouse.

Marner or Hanifin will likely go with this pick depending on who Toronto select. I think New Jersey are hoping that Marner is passed by Toronto so they can pick their center. If both are gone, I see them going after Zacha and passing on Barzal (a bit overrated on these boards compared to other prospects) who I have going as 12th in the draft.

Zacha > Barzal

Would be handy to have Czech veterans like Patrick Elias and Martin Havlat as well as former Devil Marek Zidlicky to get in contact with for a young Czech player.

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Gotta be Rantanen. NJD only have 1 RW in their system. And that's Connor Chatham, who they just drafted last year. And the only RWs on their roster are Ryder, Tootoo and Bernier. If they don't take him I'd be really surprised.

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