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Cam Robinson’s 2019 NHL Draft Rankings – April 2019

by Cam Robinson on April 18, 2019

  1. Jack Hughes, C / 05-14-01 / 5’10 170lbs / USNTDP

Elite skating. Elite edges. Elite puck skills. Vision, creativity, and the spatial awareness to embarrass the opposition on a nightly basis. He’s at his very best with the puck on his stick and surrounded by intelligent mates. The most productive player in USNTDP history will also be the first to ever step out of The Program and directly into the NHL.

  1. Kaapo Kakko, RW / 02-13-01 / 6’2 194lbs / Liiga

The most prolific U18 goal scorer in Liiga history blends power and precision. There are no holes in his game, as he’s a threat to dish it, finish it, or look for another option. Will immediately step into an NHL top six and produce tangible results. This is no consolation prize, Kakko brings first-overall talent.

  1. Alex Turcotte, C / 02-26-01 / 5’11 189lbs / USNTDP

Across-the-board talent with a smart and efficient style. Great offensive instincts, quick acceleration and already the most complete two-way player in the crop. A constant battler, with underrated puck skills. Injuries stole the first portion of his season, but he dominated upon returning. A coach’s dream.

  1. Vasili Podkolzin, RW / 06-24-01 / 6’1 190lbs / VHL

An absolute pit bull. Podkolzin offers high-end offensive awareness, lightning quick hands and a confrontational style. Despite some muted point totals coming from his club team, he’s made a habit of showing up in a big way on the international stage. A potential high-end producer in the NHL.

  1. Trevor Zegras, C / 03-20-01 / 6’ 168lbs / USNTDP

A creative player with exciting puck skills. Zegras blends good speed with unique lines to cause separation through the neutral zone and distribute effectively to his mates. If you weren’t looking at the nameplate, you may confuse him with Hughes on occasion. High-end production follows him around; as does the puck. The best pure passer in the crop. His blend of patience, visions and soft touch will fill more than a few barrels full of apples in the bigs.

  1. Bowen Byram, LHD / 07-13-01 / 6’1 193lbs / WHL

An explosive skater who can act as a one-man breakout. He blends his terrific acceleration and north-south speed with lateral edge work and play creation through the neutral zone. Owns a heavy shot that is effective in all situations. His quick hands that embarrass oncoming forwards at the offensive blueline. Can get caught at times, but you take the good with the bad. An efficient power play quarterback in the making. Set a WHL record with SIX overtime winners. Can you say, clutch?

  1. Kirby Dach, C / 01-21-01 / 6’4 199lbs / WHL

A pass-first centre who owns great awareness and deft puck skills. Uses his body well to protect the puck and exploit seams. He lacks explosiveness with his skating and can stand to play with more pace at times. But this is a player with a huge upside. Can pile up points in bunches. Smart.

  1. Matthew Boldy, LW / 04-05-01 / 6’2 192lbs / USNTDP

Silky, silky, silky. Boldy loves to use his teammates and takes pride in his soft touch and exceptional vision. Owns a deadly release to compliment the play creation. Acts a chameleon by providing exactly what is needed depending on his mates or the situation. Off to Boston College in the fall.

  1. Dylan Cozens, C / 02-09-01 / 6’3 181lbs / WHL

A long, powerful stride drives his elite speed. He’s a complete player with skill to burn in a sizable frame. Cozens owns an accurate and heavy release and uses that threat to look-off defenders and slide crisp passes into his mate’s wheelhouses. Loves to win one-on-one battles. Top-10 production in the WHL in your draft year is nothing to sneeze at.

  1. Peyton Krebs, C / 01-26-01 / 5’11 180lbs / WHL

The supremely skilled forward is elusive and shifty with the puck. Takes creative lines to dangerous areas of the ice. The type of player that sees plays develop before those around him and uses that to exploit the opposition. Owns terrific puck skills. First-line talent with a fourth-line work ethic. A playmaker who can impact the game on any shift. Everything runs through him in Kootenay… I mean Winnipeg.

  1. Cole Caufield, RW / 01-02-01 / 5’6 162lbs / USNTDP

Hyper-skilled but undersized winger brings all the offensive tools you can handle. Owns the best release in the class and that helped him click at a goal-per-game with The Program. Owns good edge work and a non-stop motor but could use that extra gear at his stature. A pure finisher.

  1.  Victor Söderström, RHD / 02-26-01 / 5’11 176lbs / SHL

A puck-moving and fast-paced blueliner who loves to create offence. Enjoys controlling the pace of play. Quick outlets, sharp edges and nice vision. Could use more power on his shot. Maybe not as high an offensive ceiling as some other blueliners in this group, but has a very high floor.

  

  1. Bobby Brink, C / 07-08-01 / 5’10 165lbs / USHL

A deadly offensive player with quick hands, quick feet, and a nose for finishing plays. Tore the USHL apart this season while adding a standout performance at the World Junior A Championships. The Denver commit may not go this early, but he should.

 

  1. Ville Heinola, LHD / 03-02-01 / 5’11 178lbs / Liiga

A talented and effective offensive defenseman who boasts quick acceleration and expert edgework. Makes smart decisions with the puck and already looks confident in the top men’s league. He’ll need to continue to improve his positioning as his stature doesn’t allow him to outmuscle. Had a very nice WJC on the top pair for Finland. Already a pro.

 

For a more in-depth look, check out our Deep Dive on Heinola

  

  1. Alex Newhook, C / 01-28-01 / 5’11 195lbs / BCHL

Speed for days and the disregard for safety to use it anywhere. Dangerous hands, good hockey sense and is equally deadly with the pass or the shot. Already a strong defensive player and effective penalty-killer. Destroyed the BCHL the last two seasons. A new challenge awaits as he heads to Boston College in the fall.

 

  1. Pavel Dorofeyev, W / 10-26-00 / 6’ 163lbs / MHL

Shoot-first winger has a knack for scoring big goals. Slight and slippery, he is elusive in the offensive end. Smooth puck skills and the heavy release highlight his skill package. Good balance in traffic despite lacking some strength.

 

  1. Cam York, LHD / 01-05-01 / 5’11 175lbs / USNTDP

A mobile and calm defender with tremendous skating ability. Effective on the power play and owns the mobility needed to clean up any mistakes he makes. Defensively, his positioning and use of stick continue to improve. Lots to like about his upside. An all-around player.

 

  1. Arthur Kaliyev, RW / 06-26-01 / 6’2 190lbs / OHL

Shoot-first winger who knows how to find the back of the net. Somewhat one-dimensional but that dimension is spectacular. Changes the release point and angle to exploit netminders. Protects the puck well. Engagement is an issue. As are his first few strides. There’s a potential boom here with a hint of bust sprinkled in.

 

  1. Moritz Seider, RHD / 6’4 183lbs / 04-06-01 / DEL

Mobile right-shot defender with good instincts and a projectable frame. A little rough around the edges, but that doesn’t hide his massive upside. An athletic piece of clay just waiting to be moulded into a work of art.

  

  1. Philip Broberg, LHD / 06-25-01 / 6’3 199lbs / Allsvenskan

One of the more powerful skating strides in this class. At his size, his ability to wheel out of the zone is unique. Lacks the puck-handling skills necessary to be proficient offensively at it at this stage though. Can be accused of trying to do too much. Oozes potential. A raw prospect with big upside.

 

  1. Spencer Knight, G / 04-19-01 / 6’3 194lbs / USNTDP

Talented netminder who blends quickness and strong positioning. Size, athleticism and a strong pedigree. Isn’t shaken by a soft goal or bad outing  – a great sign for the mental side of the position.

  

  1. Thomas Harley, LHD / 08-19-01 / 6’3 188lbs /OHL

An efficient and play-driving defender with good size and speed. He not only accepted a larger role with Mississauga this year, but he’s also thrived with it. Improved lateral quickness and overall speed from last season make him more of a threat off the rush. Just a few weeks shy of being eligible for the 2020 class. High upside.

  

  1. Nils Höglander, LW / 12-20-00 / 5’9 185lbs / SHL

A skilled winger with good acceleration and a better release. Plays bigger than his size and has looked capable in the SHL this season. Quick cuts and quicker hands allow him to dart in and out of traffic.

  

  1. Ryan Suzuki, C / 05-28-01 / 6’ 176lbs / OHL

Creative and efficient playmaking pivot. He boasts a level of vision and soft touch that few possess in this class. Very poised and patient with the puck. Plus speed. Can get lost on the perimeter for stretches.

  

  1. Nicholas Robertson, LW / 09-11-01 / 5’9 168lbs / OHL

A great skater who blends quick acceleration with quick edges. Owns high-end puck skills, vision, and a developing release. One of the youngest players in the crop. A fun player to root for.

  

  1. Philip Tomasino, C / 07-28-01 / 6’ 181lbs / OHL

A highly intelligent, two-way centre with good puck skills and a penchant for scoring big goals. Quick stride, good puck-skills and a heavy release. Underrated playmaker. His developmental arc has been racing upwards while being a standout on an elite OHL team – no easy feat for a 17-year-old. 

  

  1. Jakob Pelletier, LW/C / 03-07-01 / 5’9 161lbs / QMJHL

Lightning quick hands, tight edges, and a flair for the dramatic. Despite his size, he’s not afraid to cut into the dirty area of the rink. Already a deft two-way threat and can play all three forward positions. Would like to see even better acceleration and top-end speed for his size.

 

  1. Albin Grewe (Gree-veh), RW / 03-22-01 / 6’ 187lbs / SHL

A high-energy player with speed, physicality and offensive instincts. Terrific one-on-one skills. Is likely projected to a middle six role, but his blend of tools will make him a fan favourite and an opponent’s nightmare.

  

  1. Ilya Nikolayev, C / 06-26-01 / 6’ 190lbs / MHL

A capable and all-around centre who shines in pressure situations. Is as effective on the penalty kill as he is on the power play. Nice vision, an accurate release and a non-stop motor.

  

  1. Matthew Robertson, LHD / 03-09-01 / 6’3 201lbs / WHL

A smart defender who blends size and mobility. Can impact any situation while chewing up big minutes. Won’t blow you away with his offensive creativity, but makes intelligent plays and has a heavy shot from the point. A safe selection.

  

  1. Raphaël Lavoie, C / 09-25-00 / 6’4 192lbs / QMJHL

Powerful forward boasts a deadly release that’s as heavy as it is accurate.  Protects the puck well and forces his way into dangerous areas. Just 10 days shy of being eligible for the 2018 crop. Gets around well for his size, but quicker acceleration is needed.

 

  1. Samuel Poulin, LW / 02-25-01 / 6’1 208lbs / QMJHL

  2. Ryan Johnson, LHD / 07-24-01 / 5’11 169lbs / USHL

  3. Connor McMichael, C / 01-15-01 / 6’ 170lbs / OHL

  4. Mikko Kokkonen, LHD / 01-18-01 / 5’11 190lbs / Liiga

  5. Samuel Fagemo, W / 03-14-00 / 5’11 190lbs / SHL *

  6. Robert Mastrosimone, C / 01-24-01 / 5’10 170lbs / USHL

  7. Tobias Bjornfot, LHD / 04-06-01 / 6’ 187lbs / SuperElit

  8. Antti Tuomisto, LHD / 01-20-01 / 6’3 191 / Jr. A SM-liiga

  9. Brett Leason, C / 04-30-99 / 6’4 205lbs / WHL **

  10. Yegor Afanasyev, LW / 01-23-01 / 6’4 201lbs / USHL

  11. Patrik Puistola, LW / 01-11-01 / 6’ 170lbs / Mestis

  12. Lassi Thomson, RHD / 09-24-00 / 6’ 187lbs / WHL

  13. Albert Johansson, LHD / 01-04-01 / 6’ 168lbs /SuperElit

  14. Yegor Spiridonov, C/LW / 01-22-01 / 6’2 192lbs / MHL

  15. Kaedan Korczak, RHD / 01-29-01 / 6’3 192lbs / WHL

  16. Vladislav Firstov, LW / 06-19-01 / 6’1 181lbs / USHL

  17. Nathan Légaré, RW / 01-11-01 / 6’ 196lbs / QMJHL

  18. Brayden Tracey, LW / 05-28-01 / 6’ 168lbs / WHL

  19. Blake Murray, C / 07-05-01 / 6’1 179lbs / OHL

  20. Shane Pinto, C / 11-12-00 / 6’2 185lbs / USHL

  21. John Beecher, C / 05-04-01 / 6’3 201 / USNTDP

  22. Anttoni Honka, RHD / 10-05-00 / 5’10 170lbs / Liiga

  23. Nolan Foote, LW / 11-29-00 / 6’3 187lbs / WHL

  24. Alex Vlasic, LHD / 07-25-01 / 6’6 192lbs / USNTDP

  25. Pyotr Kochetkov, G / 07-25-99 / 6’3 205lbs / KHL *

  26. Danil Misyul, LHD / 10-20-00 / 6’3 176lbs / MHL

  27. Simon Holmstrom, W / 05-24-01 / 5’11 172lbs / SuperElit

  28. Michal Teply, LW / 05-27-01 / 6’2 163lbs / Czech

  29. Tuukka Tieksola, RW / 06-22-01 / 5’10 157lbs / Jr. A SM-liiga

  30. Jordan Spence, RHD / 02-24-01 / 5’10 165lbs / QMJHL

  31. Henry Thrun, LHD / 03-12-01 / 6’1 183lbs / USNTDP

  32. Sasha Mutala, RW / 05-06-01 / 6’ 190lbs / WHL

  33. Henri Nikkanen, C / 04-28-01 / 6’2 185lbs / Jr. A SM-liiga

  34. Vladislav Kolyachonok, LHD / 05-26-01 / 6’2 181lbs / OHL

  35. Adam Beckman, LW / 05-10-01 / 6’1 168lbs / WHL

  36. John Farinacci, C / 02-14-01 / 6’ 181lbs / USHS-Prep

  37. Matias Maccelli, LW / 10-14-00 / 5’11 170lbs / USHL

  38. Daniil Gutik, LW / 08-31-01 /6’3 179lbs / MHL

  39. Maxim Cajkovic, RW / 01-03-01 / 5’10 187lbs / QMJHL

  40. Hugo Alnefelt, G / 06-04-01 / 6’3 194lbs / SuperElit

  41. Marshall Warren, LHD / 04-20-01 / 5’11 170lbs / USNTDP

  42. Jackson LaCombe, LHD / 01-09-01 /6’1 176lbs / USHS-Prep

  43. Billy Constantinou, RHD / 03-25-01 / 6’ 185lbs / OHL

  44. Graeme Clarke, RW / 04-24-01 / 5’11 175lbs / OHL

  45. Nikita Alexandrov, C / 09-16-00 / 5’11 183lbs / QMJHL

  46. Mads Søgaard, G / 12-13-00 / 6’7 190lbs / WHL

  47. Karl Henriksson, C / 02-05-01 / 5’9 174lbs / SuperElit

  48. Yaroslav Likhachyov, RW/ 09-02-01 / 5’11 168lbs /QMJHL

  49. Antti Saarela, C / 06-27-01 / 5’11 176lbs/ Jr. SM-Liiga

  50. Dustin Wolf, G / 04-16-01 / 6’ 150lbs / WHL

  51. Lucas Feulk, C / 02-19-01 / 6’ 185lbs / SuperElit

  52. Matvei Guskov, C / 01-30-01 / 6’1 172lbs / OHL

  53. Marcus Kallionkieli, LW / 03-20-01 / 6’1 176lbs / USHL

  54. Jamieson Rees, C / 02-26-01 / 5’10 172lbs / OHL

  55. Reece Newkirk, C / 02-20-01 / 5’11 170lbs / WHL

  56. Artemi Knyazev, LHD / 01-04-01 / 5’11 176lbs / QMJHL

  57. Martin Hugo Has, RHD / 02-02-01 / 6’4 187lbs / Jr. A SM-liiga

  58. Kristian Tanus, LW / 08-17-00 / 5’8 160lbs / Liiga *

  59. Luke Toporowski, LW / 04-12-01 / 5’10 170lbs / WHL

  60. Ben Brinkman, LHD / 10-04-00 / 6’1 215lbs / NCAA

  61. Dillon Hamaliuk, LW / 10-30-00 / 6’3 201lbs / WHL

  62. Erik Portillo, G / 09-03-00 / 6’6 207lbs / SuperElit *

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9 minutes ago, Roger Neilsons Towel said:

Trade up from 10th to 6th and draft Bowen Byram (assuming he is still there at 6th).

 

He is exactly what this team needs. 

 

Trade anyone necessary to get the deal done other than Pettersson, Boeser, Horvat, and Hughes. 

 

Get it done JB. 

When is the last time someone was able to trade up? Doesn't happen much now. I'd love to see Byram with the Canucks, but I doubt it's going to happen. 

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31 minutes ago, Roger Neilsons Towel said:

Trade up from 10th to 6th and draft Bowen Byram (assuming he is still there at 6th).

 

He is exactly what this team needs. 

 

Trade anyone necessary to get the deal done other than Pettersson, Boeser, Horvat, and Hughes. 

 

Get it done JB. 

I believe that Byram is gone 3rd OA, although I could see him falling as low as 5 OA. I agree that if he is still available at 6OA, that you make the trade happen, but I don't think its realistic that Byram is still there. 

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26 minutes ago, Fateless said:

I believe that Byram is gone 3rd OA, although I could see him falling as low as 5 OA. I agree that if he is still available at 6OA, that you make the trade happen, but I don't think its realistic that Byram is still there. 

It would be prudent if we were to target him to have tentative deals with teams in his range and try to gauge during the draft when to pull the trigger. 

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Dynasty teams build from goal out to forward.  Already have Marky,  Demko,  DiP.  Because of this, it's got to be Soderstrom, Broberg or another rising defenceman.   Hughes and OJ simply aren't enough to become an elite team imo.  Can always look for size, scoring,  grit to round out forward group in later rounds.   It needs to be a possession dominating PMD capable of playing 20-25min per night while QH43 plays another 20-25 min and the other d play the rest. 

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I see some of the media in Vancouver are saying that Mr. Bennings job is on the line this coming season.

I personally say, it doesn't matter who we have as GM,if we continually get screwed by the LOTTO DRAFT,four consecutive drops in position at that B.S. LOTTO DRAFT. .

This team will not get better any time soon, IF THIS CONTINUES.

You have a playoff team getting better draft postions than us ,therefore this system is messed up.

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59 minutes ago, DADDYROCK said:

I see some of the media in Vancouver are saying that Mr. Bennings job is on the line this coming season.

I personally say, it doesn't matter who we have as GM,if we continually get screwed by the LOTTO DRAFT,four consecutive drops in position at that B.S. LOTTO DRAFT. .

This team will not get better any time soon, IF THIS CONTINUES.

You have a playoff team getting better draft postions than us ,therefore this system is messed up.

The only reason a playoff team has better position than us is because ottawa traded them their pick.

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1 hour ago, 10pavelbure96 said:

The only reason a playoff team has better position than us is because ottawa traded them their pick.

Still a flawed system though. 

 

The draft lottery was put into place to prevent teams purposely tanking but when it interferes with the whole point of the draft seeding, which is to promote parity in the league, that’s inherently flawed.

 

Especially seeing how the only two offenders, the oilers and the sabres , haven’t been able to do much with all those top two picks, why are we even concerned with teams tanking? 

 

The parity goal goal is much more important than preventing tanking crimes. 

 

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