February 15 2015

Peter Harling


Auston Matthews - planetehockey.com

Auston Matthews – planetehockey.com

The Dobber Prospects and experts consensus fantasy ranking of the 2016 NHL entry draft top 30 list continues to gain momentum.

Digging a little deeper into the submissions sheds some further light on the rankings.

There were 16 submissions in total with the unanimous number on overall being Auston Matthews. The two fins, Patrick Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi were neck and neck each at second and third overall with a 2.6 and 2.8 average scores. Neither player received a rank outside the top five, with only Puljujarvi receiving one vote at the fifth overall.

After that there was some separation in the rankings as Matthew Tkachuk and Alex Nylander received 4.0 and 5.3 rankings. After the two top ranked OHL stars there is another gap with a varying degree of rankings among the next consensus group. Jacob Chychrun scored an 8.5 average with rankings ranging from 12 to 4. Pierre-Luc Dubois was close with a 9.0 score with rankings ranging from 14 to four rankings at four.

Mike McLeod (more on him below) and Clayton Keller were tied with a 10.2 score. Keller was not ranked in the top 30 in one list, and for unranked players I assigned a score of 31. Keller was also ranked as high as third overall and also received rankings of 15, 17, and 19. McLeod was ranked on all lists and as high as six, but also received three 16th overall rankings as his lowest score.

Perhaps the most polarizing player is Russian prospect German Rubstov. He was unranked six times, but was also ranked as high as ninth overall. Rubstov is a player not seen by many scouts in North America, but is gaining plenty of recognition as his draft year develops.

Players who received 100% top 30 rankings also included Julein Gauthier (Val Dore), Olli Juolevi (London), Alex DeBrincat (Erie), Jake Bean (Calgary), and Logan Brown (Windsor).

There were over 40 players ranked, so several fell outside the top 30. Some of the more prominent and closer to the top 30 included Taylor Raddysh (Erie), Alex Mascherin (Kitchener), Simon Stransky (Prince Albert), Will Bitten(Flint) and Tage Thompson (univ of Connecticut)

Thanks again to our guest contributors who participated, who have their own rankings on their sites.

The Hockey Prophets has a ranking for the 2016 draft the ‘98’s that is goes 166 players deep. The site is a must view for fantasy prospect scouting.

Scott Wheeler from future considerations has their top 30 here

Steve Kournianos of the Draft Analyst has extensive coverage of prospects. Their 2016 draft coverage includes mock drafts, player profiles and a monthly update of the top 250 draft eligible prospects all found here.

ISS Hockey regional scout Dylan Franson is a WHL/BCHL scout. ISS provides their top 30 rankings

Draft Buzz Hockey founder Anthony Mauro has player profiles and rankings with extensive coverage found here

Note: The lists submitted to Dobber Prospects is different from the lists on their own sites, as the Dobber rankings was for fanta