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It was a short turnaround from the 2022 draft cycle as the hockey calendar begins to return to normal, and our group is excited to bring you our preliminary rankings for the 2023 NHL Draft.
While it is important not to get too carried away this early on, the 2023 class looks to be one of the deepest and most talented classes in recent memory. The group is headlined by a trio of players who have all the makings of true franchise players and bonafide NHL superstars, but there is a wealth of high-end talent beyond that as well. It appears to be an especially deep forward class, but there are likely to be more defensemen who emerge and propel themselves into the first-round conversation as the season unfolds.
A new season and new draft class to evaluate and scrutinize also means changes to our draft team, so before we get to the rankings, let’s meet the DP Scouting Team for the 2022-23 season.
Eetu Siltanen | Head of Scouting/Director of European Scouting (@siltaneneetu)
Nick Richard | Director of North American Scouting (@_NickRichard)
Hadi Kalakeche | QMJHL Regional Scout (@HadiK_Scouting)
Sebastian High | OHL/OJHL Regional Scout (@high_sebastian)
Chris Horvat | WHL/BCHL/AJHL Regional Scout (@chrishorvat_)
Evan Pace | USA Regional Scout (@evanpace17)
Alexander Annun | North American Crossover Scout (@Annun_Scouting)
Alexa Potack | Swedish Regional Scout (@alexa_potack)
Jordan Harris | Russian Regional/European Crossover Scout (@Jordan_NHLDraft)
Sasha Lagarde | Central European Regional Scout (@sashalaGarde)
Colin Hunter | Goaltending Scout (@colinhunter0)
Dave Hall | Managing Editor/Crossover Scout (@hall1289)
This list is sure to evolve and go through significant changes over the course of the season, but without further ado, here are the DP Scouting Team’s preliminary top-32 prospects for the 2023 NHL Draft:
C | Regina (WHL) | 5-10 | 185 lbs | Shoots: R
Nick Richard: Bedard headlines a trio of potential superstars at the top of the draft class and figures to take the NHL by storm from day one. He i