NHL Draft 2016 Class
The 2015 draft is a once in a generation occurrence. We won’t get to see 2 franchise players in the same draft year. I’m talking about Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel in case you missed a full year of NHL hockey. Although last year is hard to beat talent wise, one name has been on everyone’s lips, Auston Matthews. This kid is one of the first 17 year old born american to go and play in the Swiss-A league with men.
Every year the draft prospects moves up and down in the rankings but this year everything seems to be steady. Not sure if this is good or bad news but this should still be a good year for the first 3 teams drafting. So here is our top 5 prospects and a quick view at what the top 5(last 5) teams would need and who they would probably draft.
#5 Dante Fabbro, 6’0″, 172, D-men
Penticton Vees, BCHL
The fact that he’s ranked that high while playing in the junior “A” league in British-Columbia might sound weird. The main reason that he decided to stick with the BCHL and not play in the WHL is to keep his NCAA door open in just in case. This proves that the kid has a good head without a doubt. Once you see this big D-men pile-up the points during a game, you’ll think that he’s already NHL caliber. So far during his draft season he’s averaging 1.5 points per game, this kid is proving that he can produce offense big time!
#4 Pierre-Luc Dubois, 6’1″, 181, Left Winger
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, QMJHL
Pierre-Luc is racking up the points in the Q with an average of 1.53 points per game, doing so at only 17 years old. This kid as a knack for offense and any team looking for a scorer that can play wing and center. At 6’1 and 181 pounds, there’s a lot of room for him to add muscle mass.
He’s known to be a strong competitor, I wouldn’t be surprise if he would be picked earlier in the draft.
#3 Alexander Nylander, 6’0″, 172, Left Winger
Mississauga Steelheads, OHL
After giving it a shot in the Swedish Hockey League, where he wasn’t playing as much as he was hopping for, Nylander moved to Canada to play with the Mississauga Steelheads. He quickly got really at ease playing the North American hockey style and his the leading scorer of his team. And yes he is the son of Micheal Nylander and also the brother of the Maples Leafs’ very promising prospect, William Nylander.
#2 Matthew Tkachuk, 6’1”, 188, Left Winger
Yes, Matthew Tkachuk is the son of former NHLer Keith Tkachuk. And yes, he plays like his father did, leads by example and gives it all shift after shift. At his first year in junior hockey with the London Knights he averages 2 points per game so far. A lot of this is because of he’s playing with the Leafs prospect, Mitch Marner, he’s still one of the top scorer in the league. Not a scorer, but a winner that’s for sure!
#1 Auston Matthews, 6’2”, 194, Right Winger
No doubt that Matthews will be the last kid to be named at the 2016 draft, he’s already playing with men and he’s also one of the best scorer in that league. It ain’t no NHL but I’m pretty sure he’ll be able to start in the CHEL next year no matter the team that drafts him. He’s a big body with skilled hands and a HIGH hockey sense. Auston Matthews choose to go play in Europe instead of going the NCAA and it certainly paid of for him.