30 in 30 Toronto Maple Leafs

By |2016-07-28T10:57:20-04:00July 28th, 2016|Feature Story|

As the rebuild continues for the famed franchise, the 2016-17 season might be the most important and intense season since the early 90s. Much of the foundation has been laid, now the bricks get to be put in place. While 13 prospects skated in several games last year to get a taste of what they [...]

Prospect Ramblings: U18 wrap, AHL move to Belleville, prospect news

By |2016-04-25T17:36:26-04:00April 25th, 2016|Prospects Rambling|

Team Finland has won the Gold Medal at the 2016 U18 World Championships with a convincing 6 -1 win over rival Team Sweden. 2016 draft eligible prospect Jesse Puljujarvi led his country to victory with a three goal performance and helped secure his ranking as a top three draft prospect. {source}<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">A [...]

Youngblood Talks WJC – Team Canada

By |2015-12-24T09:40:59-05:00December 24th, 2015|Feature Story|

It’s finally here! No, not Christmas! I’m talking about the World Junior Championships – the best annual hockey competition on the planet. The World Juniors offers a time for people at all levels to invest in hope. The hope that their country’s youngsters lead their nation to hockey supremacy. The hope from players that they’ll [...]

Friday Dobber Prospect Ramblings – January 31st

By |2015-07-28T12:54:30-04:00January 30th, 2015|Prospects Rambling|

Your resource to the 2015 NHL Draft and its midseason rankings - who's too high/low, Maple Leafs rant, Dylan Strome vs. Mitch Marner debate, Johnny Gaudreau and Max Domi post-WJC update...


Friday,January 30th


As a draft enthusiast and one that follows its eligible players religiously, January/February is an extremely busy time of the year. Some of the world’s best prospects have just wrapped up competing in the illustrious World Junior tournament, league play resumes shortly after for them and then the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (as well as USHL Top Prospects Game) unfolds. Following that busy stretch, it marks a time where new rankings are constructed based on first half play and those rankings are usually very close to the final lists that come out pre-draft. Of course, there’s always chance to elevate their stock down the final 20 game stretch in their schedules and a long standout playoff run can certainly help a draft stock but generally speaking, scouts have a good idea of where players will fall in the upcoming draft.


On Wednesday, I put out my updated 2015 NHL Draft rankings (Midseason version). It was the first time that I have included players outside of the OHL. I wanted to make sure that I’ve been able to catch most of the top prospects live (if possible) or through online viewing. The Top 30 ranked prospects have profiles attached to them.


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