2016 NHL Draft: Matthews, Laine finish atop final ISS rankings

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2016 NHL Draft - Auston Matthews - USA; Patrik Laine - Finland

Photo: Forwards Auston Matthews of the ZSC Lions and Patrik Laine of Tappara Tampere are the top two prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft according to ISS Hockey (courtesy of John Crouch/Icon Sportswire and Melanie Duchene/EQ Images/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

The first round of the 2016 NHL Draft is now just a couple of days away, with the remainder of the draft taking place on Saturday at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY.

Earlier this month, ISS Hockey released their final top 30 for this year’s draft, along with their 2016 draft guide. The order in June barely changed from the list presented in May, but there was some minor shuffling within the top 10.

There was no change at the top, however, as Auston Matthews went wire-to-wire as the top prospect for 2016 in the ISS rankings. The Scottsdale, AZ native did not look out of place playing against men in Switzerland’s National League A over the course of the 2015-16 campaign, nor did he shrink away from the higher level of competition at the IIHF World Championship in May. Matthews passed all the tests in eyes of the ISS scouts.

Matthews closest rival for first overall through the season’s second half, Finnish winger Patrik Laine, actually had to move up one spot to secure his only second placement in the ISS rankings for the season. Fellow countryman Jesse Puljujarvi held the second slot in 2016 until the June rankings where he and Laine flipped places to rank second and third.

Being an overtime hero in a championship game paid off in the rankings for London Knights winger Matthew Tkachuk. Another Scottsdale, AZ native, Tkachuk netted the Memorial Cup-winning goal in overtime on the final weekend of May, capping a strong postseason showing in which he produced 40 points in 18 games. That performance was enough to move Tkachuk from the sixth slot up to #4 in the final rankings.

Pierre-Luc Dubois of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles remained in fifth place, a position he has held since the April rankings. Dropping to the sixth slot is Mississauga Steelheads winger Alexander Nylander, who was displaced by Tkachuk in the final list.

From that point on, the rankings remain unchanged from the May list, not surprising since virtually none of the final 24 prospects competed in the month of May. Rounding out the top 10 are center Logan Brown (#7) of the Windsor Spitfires; defenseman Jakob Chychrun (#8) of the Sarnia Sting; winger Tyson Jost (#9) of the Penticton Vees; and defenseman Mikhail Sergachev (#10) of the Windsor Spitfires.

There was no change for the top goaltender in this draft according to ISS Hockey, with Sherbrooke Phoenix goalie Evan Fitzpatrick holding the top spot in June, as he did in May. Supplanting May’s second-ranked goaltender, the U.S. NTDP’s Joseph Woll, is Lulea netminder Filip Gustavsson.

Below is ISS Hockey’s final top-30 ranking for the 2016 NHL Draft.

Rank

Player

Position

Birth

Shot

Height

Weight

Team

League

1

MATTHEWS, Auston

C

9/17/1997

L

6.01.5

210

Zurich ZSC

SuiA

2

LAINE, Patrik

RW

4/19/1998

R

6.04

209

Tappara

FinE

3

PULJUJARVI, Jesse

RW

5/7/1998

R

6.03

203

Karpat

FinE

4

TKACHUK, Matthew

LW

12/11/1997

L

6.01.25

195

London

OHL

5

DUBOIS, Pierre-Luc

C

6/24/1998

L

6.02.5

202

Cape Breton

QMJHL

6

NYLANDER, Alexander

RW

3/2/1998

R

6.00.5

179

Mississauga

OHL

7

BROWN, Logan

C

3/5/1998

L

6.06

222

Windsor

OHL

8

CHYCHRUN, Jakob

LD

3/31/1998

L

6.02

215

Sarnia

OHL

9

JOST, Tyson

RW

3/14/1998

L

5.11

191

Penticton

BCHL

10

SERGACHEV, Mikhail

RD

6/25/1998

L

6.02.5

206

Windsor

OHL

11

JUOLEVI, Olli

LD

5/5/1998

L

6.02.5

179

London

OHL

12

KELLER, Clayton

C

7/29/1998

L

5.09.5

168

NTDP USA Under-18

USHL

13

MCLEOD, Michael

C

2/3/1998

R

6.02.25

188

Mississauga

OHL

14

JONES, Max

LW

2/17/1998

L

6.03

205

London

OHL

15

RUBTSOV, German

C

6/27/1998

L

6.02

178

Russia MHL 98

RusJr

16

BEAN, Jake

LD

6/9/1998

L

5.11.75

173

Calgary

WHL

17

BELLOWS, Kieffer

LW

6/10/1998

L

6.00

196

NTDP USA Under-18

USHL

18

KUNIN, Luke

RW

12/4/1997

R

5.11.75

193

Wisconsin

BigTen

19

FABBRO, Dante

RD

6/20/1998

R

6.00.25

189

Penticton

BCHL

20

HOWDEN, Brett

C

3/29/1998

L

6.02.25

193

Moose Jaw

WHL

21

GAUTHIER, Julien

RW

10/15/1997

R

6.03.5

225

Val-d’Or

QMJHL

22

TUFTE, Riley

LW

4/10/1998

L

6.04.75

205

Blaine

MN-HS

23

MCAVOY, Charles

RD

12/21/1997

R

6.00.25

208

Boston Univ

H.E.

24

THOMPSON, Tage

C

10/30/1997

R

6.05

185

Connecticut

H.E.

25

STANLEY, Logan

LD

5/26/1998

L

6.06.75

220

Windsor

OHL

26

DEBRINCAT, Alexander

RW

12/18/1997

R

5.07

163

Erie

OHL

27

KATCHOUK, Boris

LW

6/18/1998

L

6.01

181

S.S. Marie

OHL

28

RADDYSH, Taylor

RW

2/18/1998

R

6.01.75

203

Erie

OHL

29

MOVERARE, Jacob

LD

8/31/1998

L

6.02

198

HV71

SweJE

30

LABERGE, Pascal

RW

4/9/1998

R

6.01

175

Victoriaville

QMJHL

         

Goalies

        
         

1

FITZPATRICK, Evan

G

1/28/1998

L

6.02.5

222

Sherbrooke

QMJHL

2

GUSTAVSSON, Filip

G

6/7/1998

L

6.02

185

Lulea

SweJE

 

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