The DobberProspects Fantasy Ranking of 2016 NHL Draft eligible prospects feature we created back in February quickly became the top viewed post in DobberProspects history. Given its success and great feedback, and the fact we have had a second half of the season to view the eligible prospects combined with the impact of the NHL draft; we decided to update the feature just in time for most leagues fantasy drafts.
If you missed the first edition, I have recruited the input from several external scouts and writers as well as several DobberProspects scouts to provide the consensus top 30 overall ranking for players from the 2016 draft based on Fantasy Hockey value.
The following criteria were considered to compile the ranking;
Based on Points only, keeper leagues
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
We have polled a total of 14 expert writers and scouts to help create our experts consensus rankings. We invited the following writers to contribute;
Ryan Kennedy @THNRyanKennedy – The Hockey News
Mark Seidel @MarkSeidel – NA Central Scouting
Scott Wheeler (@scottwheeler) – Future Considerations / Pension Plan Puppets
Steve Kournianos (@TheDraftAnalyst) – Draft Analyst
Ryan Wagman (@RAWagman) – Hockey Prospectus / ESPN
Brock Otten (@BrockOtten) – OHL Prospects
Brennen York @DraftGeek – Draftgeek.ca
Zachary Devine @zakkthebear – Hockey Prophets, Last Word on Sports, DobberProspects San Jose Sharks Scout/Writer
Aynsley Scott @HockeyMinister – Prospect Radio Producer on SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, DobberProspects Winnipeg Jets Scout/Writer
Cam Robinson (@CrazyJoeDavola3) Philadelphia Flyers Scout/Writer DobberProspects Philadelphia Flyers Scout, DobberHockey, Frozen Pool
Joel Henderson (@dathockeydoe) Calgary Scout/Writer DobberProspects Calgary Flames Scout
Kevin LeBlanc @kleblanchockey Carolina Hurricanes Scout/Writer DobberProspects, DobberHockey
Brad Phillips @BradHPhillips – Ottawa Senators, St Louis Blues Scout/Writer DobberProspects
Peter Harling (@pharling) Managing Editor DobberProspects, McKeens Hockey writer.
Each contributor provided a list of their top 30 players, the average score was used to determine the rankings and is included after the position listing.
1. Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs – Center (1.3)
Comparable: Evgeni Malkin
“I still think Matthews is the best player in the draft, but that's different than the best fantasy player. He'll get his points with Toronto, but I could see him winning a Selke rather than an Art Ross.” Ryan Kennedy – THN
“Auston Matthews – Franchise