2019 NHL Draft Rankings –
We’re well into the scouting season and players are doing their usual shuffle up and down the draft boards. However, there remains a fine line in not placing too much stock in early results while still giving credit to developmental arcs.
Many hesitate to anoint a player for their early success if they hadn’t shown such promise six months earlier. The opposite can be said for players who were expected to produce at a high-level but haven’t yet for whatever reason. It’s easier to knock those players down and call it a lack of progress.
Credit must be given to the sharp changes in development that can occur at this age.
A big offseason of training coupled with physical and emotional maturity can produce a starkly different looking player over the course of a few months. As I said, it’s a tricky line to walk.
I’ve bumped the rankings up to the top 85 for this edition. This is how I like to work. As the year goes on I get opportunities to see more players more often. When I have a nice sample size to draw on, I can add (or subtract) them from the list.
As always, my assessments are limited. I am but one man who also has a three-year-old son, a teaching career, and many writing commitments. However, I’m fortunate enough to have a patient wife and some more experienced scouts to bounce things off of. I’ve had eyes on each of the players listed. If I haven’t been able to get a firm grasp on a player yet (which can be the case at this point of the process), that player may sit further down then they eventually will after some more viewings.
This is not intended to mock up what the selections will end up as next June. This is how I perceive the player today in conjunction with how I believe they’ll progress and develop. Once again, I’m limited to on-ice products as well. Knowing these young men as individuals would be telling towards their drive and determination. Something that cannot be understated.