NHL Top-50 Prospects – Final Edition


After months of counting down the best prospects, the National Hockey League Entry-Level Draft is set to get underway on Friday from the First Niagara Center in Buffalo.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are set to pick with the first overall pick in the Draft after winning the NHL Draft Lottery back in late April. With the first overall pick, the Leafs are expected to select Auston Matthews from Zurich in the National-A League in Switzerland.

After Matthews, two Finns in Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujärvi are expected to go second and third overall to either the Winnipeg Jets or the Columbus Blue Jackets.

After the top-three, the group of prospects consist of many prospects with rich blood lines in the NHL. Some of these players include Matthew Tkachuk, Logan Brown, Alexander Nylander, and Jakob Chychrun. The other prospects available will look to make their mark at the NHL level.

Where do these prospects slot in behind the top-three? Who are the notable prospects to pay attention to on Friday and Saturday.

Here is the final top-50 ranking of the year for the 2016 NHL Draft:

1Auston MatthewsCenterZurich Lions (NLA)6' 2"216LeftUnited States09-17-1997
2Patrik LaineLeft WingTappara (Liiga)6' 4"201RightFinland04-19-1998
3Jesse PuljujärviRight WingKärpät (Liiga)6' 3"201RightFinland05-07-1998
4Matthew TkachukLeft WingLondon Knights (OHL)6' 1"195LeftUnited States12-11-1997
5Pierre-Luc DuboisLeft WingCape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)6' 2"205LeftCanada06-24-1998
6Jakob ChychrunDefenseSarnia Sting (OHL)6' 2"200LeftCanada03-31-1998
7Olli JuoleviDefenseLondon Knights (OHL)6' 2"180LeftFinland05-05-1998
8Alexander NylanderRight WingMississauga Steelheads (OHL)6' 1"178RightSweden03-02-1998
9Clayton KellerCenterUnited States National Team Development Program (USHL)5' 10"164LeftUnited States07-29-1998
10Mikhail SergachevDefenseWindsor Spitfires (OHL)6' 2"221LeftRussia06-25-1998
11Logan BrownCenterWindsor Spitfires (OHL)6' 6"220LeftUnited States03-05-1998
12Tyson JostCenterPenticton Vees (BCHL)5' 11"190LeftCanada03-14-1998
13Michael McLeodCenterMississauga Steelheads (OHL)6' 2"185RightCanada02-03-1998
14Jake BeanDefenseCalgary Hitmen (WHL)6' 1"173LeftCanada06-09-1998
15Julien GauthierRight WingVal-d'Or Foreurs (QMJHL)6' 3"231RightCanada10-15-1997
Charlie McAvoyDefenseBoston University Terriers (NCAA)6' 0"199RightUnited States12-21-1997
17Kieffer BellowsLeft WingUnited States National Team Development Program (USHL)6' 0"197LeftUnited States06-10-1998
18Max JonesLeft WingLondon Knights (OHL)6' 3"200LeftUnited States02-17-1998
19Dante FabbroDefensePenticton Vees (BCHL)6' 1"192RightCanada06-20-1998
20Luke KuninCenterUniversity of Wisconsin Badgers (NCAA)5' 11"193RightUnited States12-04-1997
21German RubtsovCenterTeam Russia U-18 (MHL)6' 1"190LeftRussia06-27-1998
22Riley TufteLeft WingBlaine High School (USHS)6' 5"211LeftUnited States04-10-1998
23Rasmus AsplundCenterFärjestad BK (SHL)5' 10"176RightSweden12-03-1997
24Alex DeBrincatRight WingErie Otters (OHL)5' 7"165RightUnited States12-18-1997
25Tyler BensonLeft WingVancouver Giants (WHL)6' 0"197LeftCanada03-15-1998
26Pascal LabergeCenterVictoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)6' 1"174RightCanada04-09-1998
27Logan StanleyDefenseWindsor Spitfires (OHL)6' 7"224LeftCanada05-26-1998
28Tage ThompsonCenterUniversity of Connecticut Huskies (NCAA)6' 6"195RightUnited States10-30-1997
29Vitaly AbramovRight WingGatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)5' 9"175LeftRussia05-08-1998
30Dennis CholowskiDefenseChilliwack Chiefs (BCHL)6' 1"177LeftCanada02-15-1998
31Carl GrundstromLeft WingMODO Hockey (SHL)6' 0"195LeftSweden12-01-1997
32Brett HowdenCenterMoose Jaw Warriors (WHL)6' 2"190LeftCanada03-29-1998
33Libor HajekDefenseSaskatoon Blades (WHL)6' 2"196LeftCzech Republic02-04-1998
34Boris KatchoukLeft WingSault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)6' 1"190LeftCanada06-18-1998
35Markus NiemeläinenDefenseSaginaw Spirit (OHL)6' 6"205LeftFinland06-08-1998
36Lucas JohansenDefenseKelowna Rockets (WHL)6' 2"175LeftCanada11-16-1997
37Jordan KyrouCenterSarnia Sting (OHL)6' 0"169RightCanada05-08-1998
38Sam SteelCenterRegina Pats (WHL)5' 11"178LeftCanada02-03-1998
39Kale ClagueDefenseBrandon Wheat Kings (WHL)6' 0"184LeftCanada06-05-1998
40Markus NiemeläinenDefenseSaginaw Spirit (OHL)6' 6"205LeftFinland06-08-1998
41Jack KopackaLeft WingSault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)6' 2"191LeftUnited States03-05-1998
42Will BittenCenterFlint Firebirds (OHL)5' 10"167RightCanada07-10-1998
43Nathan BastianRight WingMississauga Steelheads (OHL)6' 5"206RightCanada12-06-1997
44Wade AllisonRight WingTri-City Storm (USHL)6' 2"206RightCanada10-14-1997
45Adam MascherinCenterKitchener Rangers (OHL)5' 9"193LeftCanada06-06-1998
46Cam DineenDefenseNorth Bay Battalion (OHL)5' 11"185LeftUnited States06-19-1998
47Samuel GirardDefenseShawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)5' 9"160LeftCanada05-12-1998
48Simon StranskyLeft WingPrince Albert Raiders (WHL)5' 11"185LeftCzech Republic12-21-1997
49Taylor RaddyshRight WingErie Otters (OHL)6' 2"203RightCanada02-18-1998
50Chad KrysDefenseUnited States National Team Development Program (USHL)5' 11"187LeftUnited States04-10-1998

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Written by Brayton Wilson

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