2016 NHL Draft: Notes and Numbers from Buffalo

by Ken McKenna
2016 NHL Draft - Patrik Laine (WPG), Auston Matthews (TOR), and Pierre-Luc Dubois (CBJ) - Top 3 Selections

Photo: 2016 NHL Draft selections Patrik Laine (L), Auston Matthews (C), and Pierre-Luc Dubois represented the top three picks of the this year’s draft in Buffalo, NY (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)



There was talk prior to the 2016 NHL Draft that hockey power Canada was in for a disappointing showing at the NHL’s annual re-stocking of young talent. And, while it is true that just two players that identified as Canadian were chosen among the top 10 selections in this year’s draft, the “Great White North” can rest comfortably knowing that they had a stronger showing overall in 2016 than was the case at the last couple of drafts. Read more»

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

by ISS
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. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Hockey’s Future Staff Mock Draft

by HF Staff
2016 NHL Draft Top Prospects - Pierre-Luc Dubois, Auston Matthews, Matthew Tkachuk, Patrik Laine, and Alexander Nylander

Photo: Five top prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft were the guests of the NHL during the Stanley Cup Final, with forwards (L-R) Pierre-Luc Dubois, Auston Matthews, Matthew Tkachuk, Patrik Laine, and Alexander Nylander taking Game Four in San Jose (courtesy of Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)



While the 2016 NHL Draft lacks some of the drama that was provided leading up to last year’s draft, when Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel vied for the right to go first overall, there is nevertheless some very good talent to be had at the top of this year’s event. And even beyond the top 5, NHL clubs drafting in the first round should be able to land some good talent that will almost certainly suit up for NHL action in the not too distant future. Read more»

2016 NHL Draft Preview: A few Czech selection possibilities, but Slovakia lacks homegrown prospects

by Derek O'Brien
Ondrej Najman - Czech Republic - 2015 World Junior A Challenge

Photo: Dukla Jihlava forward and 2016 prospect Ondrej Najman competed for the Czech Republic in international play in 2015-16, performing well at both the World Junior A Challenge and the U18 World Championship (courtesy of Tim Bates/OJHL Images)



As has been the case for a number of years, very few of the top NHL Draft prospects from the Czech Republic and Slovakia play at home nowadays. The top Czechs for this year’s draft play in North America, but there will be at least one homegrown talent who is sure to be drafted, along with a handful of probable late-rounders. Read more»

Wheat Kings, Rockets, Rebels each place two players on list of top NHL properties at center in WHL

by Glen Erickson
Mathew Barzal - Seattle Thunderbird

Photo: Seattle Thunderbirds forward and New York Islanders prospect Mathew Barzal had his best offensive season in his WHL career in 2015-16, posting 27 goals and 88 points in 58 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)



There are many different kinds of centers; those who primarily excel offensively and those who contribute in other ways to the success of their respective teams. One of the biggest challenges across major junior hockey is taking into consideration the versatility of many top forwards. It is not uncommon for the best players down the middle to take a few turns on the wing on a regular basis. Read more»

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