2019 NHL Draft Fantasy Rankings

Peter Harling

2019-02-03

 

A fantasy ranking of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft

 

Sure there are plenty of places to find NHL Draft rankings, Jokke Nevalainen has an excellent consolidated draft rankings post, but this is the only draft ranking for fantasy hockey poolies.

 

As we all know, the draft rankings typically project what players will have the best NHL impact. However, this is not always the same for fantasy hockey.

 

As you prepare for you off-season fantasy draft, this is the list you want to use to rank the NHL draft eligible prospects.

 

This is also a consolidated ranking as six different writers have contributed to this list. DobberProspects draft experts

Managing Editor Cam Robinson

Associate Editor Jokke Nevalainen

and myself Content Manager Peter Harling

as well as guest experts

Steven Ellis

Ryan Wagman (McKeens)

and Aynsley Scott (Sportsnet).

 

The following criteria were considered to compile the rankings:

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

 

  1. Jack Hughes, C – USDP

 

Patrick Kane type franchise player with high-end offensive upside. – Jokke Nevalainen

 

It’s hard to argue against Hughes being the top prospect in the draft. Despite missing seven games with the US National Development Team, he still leads the program in scoring and is on pace for 108 points, which would be the third-highest single-season total in USNTDP history. He has the potential to produce at a similar rate as Matthews in the NHL, providing a major source of offence for years to come for whoever gets the honour of drafting first. – Steven Ellis

 

  1. Kaapo Kakko, RW – TPS (Liiga)

 

A do-it-all offensive winger. Did more at the WJC than just break American hearts. Ready for the NHL next fall. – Ryan Wagman

 

The next Mikko Rantanen, although Kakko can also play down the middle. – Jokke Nevalainen

 

Excellent across the board skills. Can beat you in any number of ways. First line future. – Cam Robinson

 

  1. Vasili Podkolzin, RW – SKA (MHL)

                  

Feisty winger with high-end offensive upside. Gabriel Landeskog with a bit more talent perhaps. – Jokke Nevalainen

 

Russia seldom brings draft eligible players to the WJC and Podkolzin was excellent with limited ice time. Proceed with caution however as the Russian factor could be a factor. – Peter Harling

 

The World Junior A Challenge and World Junior Hockey Championships really boosted Podkolzin’s profile as he showed how good of a playmaker and power play specialist he can be. His game will remind you of Alex DeBrincat or Timo Meier. – Steven Ellis

 

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