Cam Robinson’s 2019 NHL Draft Rankings – April 2019

Cam Robinson

2019-05-15

 

Here we are. Many players have cleaned out their lockers and are preparing for a massive offseason of training. Some are still fighting it out in their league playoffs, and a handful more are beginning the U18 Worlds which will be the final opportunity to impress the scouts before the combine.

 

This edition of the rankings will take the entire body of work into consideration. The views have been many. The decisions have been difficult. This list will set the tone for my final edition in June where I spend far too much time going back over notes and tape in an attempt to lock down a spot for 150 draft-eligible talents.

 

This round I’m trying something a little different. I will publicly release the top 93 prospects and put the remainder (with additional scouting reports) behind a very reasonably priced paywall ($3). Members of my Patreon group receive full access as well

 

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 very patient (and pregnant!) wife. Additionally, I’m privileged to have several experienced scouts to bounce things off of.

 

This is not intended to mock up what the selections will eventually be this June. This is how I perceive the player today in conjunction with how I believe they will progress and develop. I’m limited to mostly assessing these players on their on-ice achievements. Knowing these young men as individuals would be telling towards their drive and determination. Something that cannot be understated.

 

Regarding my method, I place immense value on skating ability and processing speed. Physical attributes are great, but if you can’t see the play develop or recognize your options quickly, both offensively and defensively, you’ll be destined for an uphill battle. It’s hard not to love a creative player with a rocket of a shot or incredibly slick puck skills. But those attributes come behind speed and smarts.

 

Regarding tiers, Tier 1 isn’t as roomy for Jack Hughes any longer. Kaapo Kakko has joined him and created a 1A/1B situation. It’s still Hughes in the pole position, but Kakko is right there.

 

Tier two is home to picks 3-10. Tier three is where things start to thicken up. It consists of players in the 11-21 range, while tier four is comprised of picks 21-35. Call tier five 35-55, tier six 56-75, tier seven is 76-100, tier eight is 101-150 and let’s call it a day.