Welcome to the Thursday/Friday ramblings. I will share my top 31 prospects for the NHL draft Friday, but mine will be different than most. I will not be picking how I think the draft will go but I will be giving away my fantasy rankings for the top 31 players from the number one potential in the draft to 31st largest potential in the draft.
For my rankings though I will base it on positional rankings instead of just players and the upside they possess. Wingers tend to be valued higher than centres, since a 70 point winger is a lot harder to come by than a 70 point centre, and some offensive defensemen can be ranked higher than a centre as well. Also I will assume goaltending is of medium importance, so perhaps 25% of you leagues categories. This ranking goes along with the idea that whichever team drafts the prospect, they develop them correctly, and the prospect lines up in the optimal position. So even if Edmonton drafted them the player would not be screwed up.
Standard scoring as well (G, A, Special Teams Points) as predicting hits, blocks, GWGs, and shots for the future is quite difficult. I will add notes where applicable but do not expect there to be a lot of notes.
As always before the draft I post this hilarious bit by Bill Burr (NSFW) on people who watch drafts. For the record I have watched the NHL draft for the past 10+ years
Here they come. Enjoy
#1 – Kaapo Kakko (RW)
- If I was creating this list with positions not consequential for forwards then Hughes would be first, but in a league where LW/RW’s are more valuable than C’s Kakko gets the edge.
#2 – Jack Hughes (C)
#3 – Alex Turcotte (C)
#4 – Cole Caufield (RW)
- No idea where he will go in the NHL draft because #Size but he should still go quite high in a fantasy draft
#5 – Bowen Byram (D)
#6 – Trevor Zegras (C)
#7 – Vasili Podkolzin (RW)
#8 – Matthew Boldy (LW)
- Left Wingers are always hard to find, so one with potential to surpass 60 points is always better to have than a centre that may pass 70 points
#9 – Kirby Dach (C)
#10 – Dylan Cozens (C)
- Dach and Cozens are almost interchangeable here. These two picks more depend one which team is mo