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2019 NHL Draft Rankings

The first two rounds plus one

Jack Hughes

For the Colorado Avalanche, the 2019 NHL Entry Draft means two things - they will finally be able to close the door on the 2017 Matt Duchene trade and with an abundance of picks in the top-65, the team will be able to stock the prospect pool with more high-end talent.

In Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko, this year’s draft has two players that are head an shoulders above the rest. Those two players are going to be stars in the NHL. There's no if, ands or buts about it. Hughes is the most naturally talented player since Connor McDavid, while Kakko is an NHL ready kid who could lead the New York Rangers to great things.

One step bow the big-2, you have Alex Turcotte in a tier by himself. After struggling through early season injuries, Turcotte took off at the start of 2019. Playing in the shadow of Hughes - and to some extend Cole Caufield - Turcotte is a player that is going to make a major impact in the NHL for a long time. Patrice Bergeron and Ryan O'Reilly have shown how important smart all-around players can be. Turcotte is in the mold.

After those three there is a large group of players that are all muddled together.

For me, once you get past the first three three, there is a group of 15-20 prospects that would have a first round grade in any draft. Bowen Byram is the best defender in the draft - by a wide margin - but does that automatically make him the fourth best prospect to some teams? We'll have to see.

Moreso that any other year, the first round this year will be completely unpredictable.

Every summer, we see the draft turn into a total crap shoot by the middle of the second round - this year that’s going to happen a lot earlier.

With that said, here is a list of my top-63 prospects for the 2019 NHL Entry Draft:

2019 Final Draft Rankings

Rank Player Team League
Rank Player Team League
1 Jack Hughes (C) U.S. National U18 Team USDP
2 Kaapo Kakko (RW) TPS Liiga
3 Alex Turcotte (C) U.S. National U18 Team USDP
4 Trevor Zegras (C) U.S. National U18 Team USDP
5 Kirby Dach (C) Saskatoon Blades WHL
6 Bowen Byram (D) Vancouver Giants WHL
7 Peyton Krebs (LW) Kootenay Ice WHL
8 Dylan Cozens (C/RW) Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL
9 Alex Newhook (C) Victoria Grizzlies BCHL
10 Matthew Boldy (LW) U.S. National U18 Team USDP
11 Cole Caufield (C/RW) U.S. National U18 Team USDP
12 Cam York (D) U.S. National U18 Team USDP
13 Arthur Kaliyev (LW) Hamilton Bulldogs OHL
14 Bobby Brink (RW) Sioux City Musketeers USHL
15 Vasili Podkolzin (RW) SKA-1946 St. Petersburg MHL
16 Phillip Tomasino (C) Niagara IceDogs OHL
17 Thomas Harley (D) Mississauga Steelheads OHL
18 Connor McMichael (C) London Knights OHL
19 Matthew Robertson (D) Edmonton Oil Kings WHL
20 Philip Broberg (D) AIK SWE-2
21 Victor Söderström (D) Brynäs IF SHL
22 Ryan Suzuki (C) Barrie Colts OHL
23 Ville Heinola (D) Lukko Liiga
24 Moritz Seider (D) Mannheim DEL
25 Raphaël Lavoie (C/RW) Halifax Mooseheads QMJHL
26 Spencer Knight (G) U.S. National U18 Team USDP
27 Nathan Légaré (RW) Baie-Comeau Drakkar QMJHL
28 Tobias Bjornfot Djurgardens SHL
29 Nils Höglander (LW) Rögle BK SHL
30 Samuel Poulin (LW) Sherbrooke Phoenix QMJHL
31 Jameison Rees (C) Sarnia Sting OHL
32 Nolan Foote (LW) Kelowna Rockets WHL
33 Jakob Pelletier (LW) Moncton Wildcats QMJHL
34 Ethan Keppen (C) Flint Firebirds OHL
35 Nicholas Robertson (C/LW) Peterborough Petes OHL
36 Pavel Dorofeyev (LW/RW) Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk MHL
37 Albin Grewe (C/RW) Djurgårdens IF J20 SWE-U20
38 Lassi Thomson (D) Kelowna Rockets WHL
39 Anttoni Honka (D) JYP Liiga
40 Billy Constantinou (D) Niagara IceDogs OHL
41 John Beecher (C) U.S. National U18 Team USDP
42 Patrik Puistola (LW) LeKI FIN-2
43 Brayden Tracey (F) Moose Jaw Warriors WHL
44 Ryan Johnson (D) Sioux Falls Stampede USHL
45 Mikko Kokkonen (D) Jukurit Liiga
46 Vladislav Kolyachonok (D) Flint Firebirds OHL
47 Kaedan Korczak (D) Kelowna Rockets WHL
48 Michal Teplý (LW) HC Benatky nad Jizerou CZE-2
49 Henry Thrun (D) U.S. National U18 Team USDP
50 Alex Beaucage (RW/LW) Rouyn-Noranda Huskies QMJHL
51 Alex Vlasic (D) U.S. National U18 Team USDP
52 Hunter Jones (G) Peterborough Petes OHL
53 Jake Lee (D) Seattle Thunderbirds WHL
54 Albert Johansson (D) Färjestad BK J20 SWE-U20
55 Brett Leason (C) Prince Albert Raiders WHL
56 Simon Holmström (RW) HV71 J20 SWE-U20
57 Blake Murray (C) Sudbury Wolves OHL
58 Yegor Afanasyev (F) Muskegon Lumberjacks USHL
59 Nando Eggenberger (LW) Oshawa Generals OHL
60 Dillon Hamaliuk (LW) Seattle Thunderbirds WHL
61 Artemi Knyazev (D) Chicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL
62 Yegor Serdyuk (RW) Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL
63 Shane Pinto (F) Lincoln Stars USHL