With the NHL season coming to a close, the focus for all Canadian teams turns to the draft. Over the course of the season, I have spoken with multiple NHL team scouts and executives, NHL CS scouts and OHL scouts. I have also taken into consideration analytics, some of which have not even been made public yet. All of this is in conjunction with the over 200 live OHL games, and 100 viewings of other CHL prospects. All US and Euro players were evaluated based on video watched, and conversations with other scouts.

One of those scouting tools is DEV (see prospect-stats), it is absolutely brilliant. A tool that compares players to others of the same size, age, and primary points to draw comparable players of the past (successful and non-successful). I have spoken with both pioneers about what DEV says regarding CHL prospects, and have taken the results under due considerations. I have also used primary points/G as a major factor for forwards, and general event marking for all players. Events include zone entries (controlled), chances created, pass attempts in all zones, shots (missed, blocked, on net), hits and battles engaged in. While some players have more viewings than others, the pattern of number of events engaged in tells a potential NHL team how involved a player is in the game. These numbers were also kept for every game in the World Juniors, and will be kept for the U18 tournament in Grand Forks.

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  1. Auston Matthews (Zurich)
  2. Patrik Laine (Tappara)
  3. Jesse Puljujarvi (Karpat)
  4. Matthew Tkachuk (London)
  5. Pierre Luc Dubois (Cape Breton)
  6. Olli Juolevi (London)
  7. Jakob Chychrun (Sarnia)
  8. Alexander Nylander (Mississauga)
  9. Michael McLeod (Mississauga)
  10. Mikhail Sergachyov (Windsor)
  11. Jake Bean (Calgary)
  12. Julien Gauthier (Val D’or)
  13. Clayton Keller (US NTDP)
  14. Dante Fabbro (Penticton)
  15. Kieffer Bellows (US NTDP)
  16. Tyson Jost (Penticton)
  17. Riley Tufte (Fargo)
  18. German Rubstov (MHL U18)
  19. Vitali Abramov (Gatineau)
  20. Logan Brown (Windsor)
  21. Max Jones (London)
  22. Luke Kunin (Wisconsin U)
  23. Nathan Bastian (Mississauga)
  24. Samuel Girard (Shawinigan)
  25. Charles McAvoy (Boston U)
  26. Tage Thompson (Connecticut)
  27. Dillon Dube (Kelowna)
  28. Will Bitten (Flint)
  29. Rasmus Asplund (Farjestad)
  30. Tyler Benson (Vancouver)

Honourable Mentions: Logan Stanley, Alex Debrincat, Adam Mascherin and Taylor Raddysh

 

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