2017 NHL Draft Final Rankings

Peter Harling


2017 NHL Draft Final Rankings

Peter Harling – June 7, 2017

There was plenty of movement in my final draft rankings, some minor, some significant. Making the top 31 this month are centers Josh Norris, and Robert Thomas. That bumped out Kole Lind and Henri Jokiharju. Again no goalies are projected in the first round either. No change at the top as the top two spots still belong to Nolan Patrick and Nico Hischier.

The biggest gains in the rankins belong to Nick Suzuki and Erik Brannstrom, both jumping up nine spots with Kailer Yamamoto up four.

The biggest fallers are Klim Kostin and Isaac Ratcliffe who dropped nine spots each, while Eric Rasmussen dropped six.

Timothy Liljegren, Martin Necas and Urho Vaakanainen each fell five spots

LR/ Last Ranked

1. Nolan Patrick, LR/1 –

Centre, 6-3, 198 (Brandon, WHL)

Proved to be healthy at the Combine and has been the top prospect for years.

2. Nico Hischier, LR/2 –

Centre, 6-1, 176 (Halifax, QMJHL)

Dominated the QMJHL as a rookie, and at the World Junior and was exceptional in the Top Prospects game. He is a dynamic offensive player, but an underrated defensive player as well.

3. Miro Heiskanen, LR/6 +3

 Defence, 6-0, 170 (HIFK, Liiga)

Some scouts rank him as high as first overall based on his elite hockey sense

4. Casey Mittelstadt, LR/3 -1

Centre, 6-1, 201 (Eden Prairie, USHS)

Dominated for USA internationally, and in USHS and at USHL. Arguably the mos dynamic offensive player in the draft.

5. Cale Makar, LR/8 +3

 Defence, 5-11, 179 (Brooks, AJHL)

Considered by some scouts to be a potential generational defense talent the way he thinks the game and skates

6. Cody Glass, LR/9 +3

Centre/RW, 6-2, 180 (Portland, WHL)

A steady riser all year and is arguably the top playmaking centre in the draft.

7. Gabriel Vilardi, LR/7 –

Centre, 6-2, 193 (Windsor, OHL)

Was a key contributor for Windsor in the Memorial Cup in a tournament dominated by 20-year-old NHL drafted stars prospects. Simply dominated the puck below the faceoff circles.

8. Elias Pettersson, LR/10 +2

Left Wing, 6-1, 160 (Timra, Allsvenskan)

Needs a few more years in Sweden to grow and develop but has one of the highest upsides in the draft.

9. Timothy Liljegren, LR/4 -5

Defence, 6-0, 191 (Rogle, SHL)

A terrible draft year plagued by Mono and limited minutes in the SHL, but still draws Erik Karlsson style comparisons.

10. Martin Necas, LR/5 -5

Centre, 6-1, 167 (Brno, Extraliga)

Similar to Pettersson, tremendous upside but needs more time developing in Europe.

11. Kristian Vesalainen, LR/13 +2

Left Wing, 6-3, 207 (Frolunda, SHL)

Struggled with limited minutes in SHL, but dominated the U18 for Finland