Fantasy Ranking Draft Eligible Prospects

Peter Harling

2016-02-13

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Dobber Prospects is proud to present our first experts consensus fantasy ranking for the NHL Entry Draft.

Many Fantasy Hockey leagues try to emulate the NHL as closely as possible with full keeper formats, and a prospect roster as well. There are several media outlets that provide their rankings for players entering the NHL Draft, and plenty of mock drafts as well. However, as the seasoned fantasy GM knows, these lists don’t always translate accurately to fantasy hockey. I have found it extremely difficult to find a fantasy dedicated ranking which I can use to create a draft list for fantasy drafts.

We have polled a total of 15 expert writers and scouts to help create our experts consensus rankings. We invited the following writers to contribute;

Scott Wheeler (@scottwheeler) – Future Considerations / Pension Plan Puppets

Steve Kournianos (@TheDraftAnalyst) – Draft Analyst

Ryan Wagman (@RAWagman) – Hockey Prospectus / ESPN

Taylor Rocca (@taylorrocca) Kootenay Ice Block / Cranbrook Townsman

Brock Otten (@BrockOtten) OHL Prospects

Brian Fogarty (@Hockey_Prophets) Hockey Prophets

Anthony Mauro (@amdraftbuzz) Draft Buzz Hockey

Dylan Franson (@ISSFranson) International Scouting Service

Robert Nasso Todays Slapshot

Paul Zwambag (@zwambag) Associate Editor Dobber Prospects

Brad Phillips (@BHPScouting) Dallas/Ottawa Scout/Writer Dobber Prospects

Keith Duggan (@KDuggan92) Arizona Scout/Writer Dobber Prospects

Cam Robinson (@CrazyJoeDavola3) San Jose Scout/Writer Dobber Prospects

Phil Kamhi (@NHLRule75) Los Angeles Scout/Writer Dobber Prospects

Joel Henderson (@dathockeydoe) Calgary Scout/Writer Dobber Prospects

Peter Harling (@pharling) Managing Editor Dobber Prospects, McKeens Hockey writer.

The following criteria was considered to compile the following ranking;

  • Based on Points only, keeper leagues
  • Projected upside
  • How quickly they will develop into an NHL player and onto your roster
  • Probability of success, both in reaching the NHL and achieving full potential

 

1. Auston Matthews (USA), Centre – ZSC Lions

Comparable: Evgeni Malkin

Dominant performance at WJC and continues to burn it up playing pro in Switzerland; consensus No. 1 and with good reason. Easily the top fantasy hockey prospect heading into 2016 NHL Entry Draft. –

Taylor Rocca, Kootenay Ice Block

2. Patrick Laine( FIN), RW – Tampere Tappara

Comparable: Alex Ovechkin

The best pure goal scorer available in an entry draft in over a decade who shoots off the pass with near-perfect accuracy. &nda