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Craig Button

TSN Director of Scouting

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The final rankings are in.

Halifax Mooseheads centre Nico Hischier’s slight edge over Brandon Wheat Kings centre Nolan Patrick in the dynamic skill department is the reason he sits atop the final edition of Craig’s List ahead of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

The Swiss pivot put up 86 points in 57 QMJHL games this season, demonstrating his high-end potential to be an elite player at the NHL level. 

Find out which players TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button sees as underrated gems and which players are poised to make the greatest impact as future NHLers.

 

Craig's List - June 7

 
RK Player Team POS HT WT GP G P
1 Nico Hischier Halifax (QMJHL) C 6'1 176 57 38 86
2 Nolan Patrick Brandon (WHL) C 6'2  198 33 20 46
3 Cale Makar Brooks (AJHL) D 5'11 180 54 24 75
4 Cody Glass Portland (WHL) C 6'2 178 69 32 94
5 Miro Heiskanen HIFK (SM Liiga) D 6'0 170 37 5 10
6 Gabe Vilardi Windsor (OHL) C 6'3 201 49 29 61
7 Martin Necas Brno (Czech) C 6'0 167 41 7 15
8 Elias Pettersson Timra (SWE-Als) LW 6'2 161 43 19 41
9 Casey Mittelstadt Eden Prairie (USHS) C 6'1 201 25 21 64
10 Timothy Liljegren Rogle (SWE) D 6'0 191 19 1 5
11 Nick Suzuki Owen Sound (OHL) RW 5'11 183 65 45 96
12 Ryan Poehling St. Cloud St. (NCAA)  C 6'2 183 35 7 13
13 P-Olivier Joseph Charlottetown (QMJHL) D 6'2 161 62 6 39
14 Cal Foote Kelowna (WHL) D 6'4 212 71 6 57
15 Eeli Tolvanen Sioux City (USHL) RW 5'10 170 52 30 54
16 Kailer Yamamoto Spokane (WHL) RW 5'8 153 65 42 99
17 Juuso Välimäki Tri-City (WHL) D 6'2 204 60 19 61
18 Lias Andersson HV71 (SHL) C 5'11 198 42 9 19
19 Erik Brännström HV71 (SWE J20) D 5'10 173 35 1 6
20 Filip Chytil Zlin (CZE-Jr.) LW 6'0 178 38 4 8
21 Michael Rasmussen Tri-City (WHL) C 6'6 215 50 32 55
22 Alexei Lipanov Balashikha (MHL) C 6'0 165 21 3 8
23 Owen Tippett Mississuaga (OHL) RW 6'0 200 59 44 75
24 Klim Kostin Moscow (KHL) RW 6'3 196 9 1 1
25 Josh Norris USA NTDP (USHL) C 6'1 192 52 23 51
26 Kristian Vesalainen HPK (SM Liiga) LW 6'3 207 26 1 6
27 Aleksei Heponiemi Swift Current (WHL) C 5'10 147 72 28 86
28 Shane Bowers Waterloo (USHL) C 6'1 183 60 22 51
29 Jake Oettinger Boston U (NCAA) G 6'4 212 35 2.11 .927
30 Conor Timmins Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) D 6'1 185 67 7 61
31 Urho Vaakanainen Jyvaskala (SM Liiga) D 6'0 185 41 2 6
32 Morgan Geekie Tri-City (WHL) C 6'2 178 72 35 90
33 Evan Barratt USA NTDP (USHL) C 6'0 188 52 15 45
34 Henri Jokiharju Portland (WHL) D 6'0 180 71 9 48
35 Jason Robertson Kingston (OHL) LW 6'2 192 68 42 81
36 Joni Ikonen Frolunda (SWE J20) C 6'0 178 40 22 41
37 Mason Shaw Medicine Hat (WHL) C/LW 5'8 180 71 27 94
38 Michael DiPietro Windsor (OHL) G 6'0 200 51 2.35 .917
39 Grant Mismash USA NTDP (USHL) LW/C 6'0  186 54 23 49
40 Jaret A-Dolan Spokane (WHL) C 5'11 188 72 39 76
41 Jesper Boqvist Timra (SWE-Als) C 6'0 179 19 3 12
42 Marcus Davidsson Djurgårdens (SHL) C 6'0 191 45 5 9
43 Nicholas Hague Mississuaga (OHL) D 6'6 215 64 18 44
44 Matthew Strome Hamilton (OHL) LW 6'4 206 66 34 62
45 David Farrance USA NTDP (USHL) D 5'11 189 53 5 30
46 Robert Thomas London (OHL) C 6'0 188 66 16 66
47 Isaac Ratcliffe Guelph (OHL) LW 6'6 200 67 28 54
48 Jonah Gadjovich Owen Sound (OHL) LW 6'2 209 60 45 73
49 Morgan Frost Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) C 5'11 170 67 20 62
50 Cayden Primeau Lincoln (USHL) G 6'3 181 30 3.16 .895
51 U-P Luukkonen HPK (SM Jr Liiga) G 6'4 196 35 1.78 .916
52 Dylan Samberg Hermantown (USHSW) D 6'3 190 31 11 34
53 Dmitri Samorukov Guelph (OHL) D 6'2 180 67 4 20
54 Kole Lind Kelowna (WHL) RW 6'1 178 70 30 87
55 Antoine Morand A-Bathurst (QMJHL) C 5'10 178 67 28 74
56 Markus Phillips Owen Sound (OHL) D 6'0 202 66 13 43
57 Noel Hoefenmayer Ottawa (OHL) D 6'0 191 62 14 40
58 Maxime Comtois Victoriaville (QMJHL) LW 6'2  200 64 22 51
59 Jonas Rondbjerg Växjö (SWE J20) RW 6'2 187 42 9 31
60 Cale Fleury Kootenay (WHL) D 6'1 201 70 11 38
61 Tyler Inamoto USA NTDP (USHL) D 6'2 194 40 2 11
62 Tyler Steenbergen Swift Current (WHL) LW 5'10 188 72 51 90
63 Alex Formenton London (OHL) LW 6'2 165      
64 Maxim Zhukov Green Bay (USHL) G 6'2 187      
65 Ian Scott Prince Albert (WHL) G 6'3 172      
66 Nick Henry Regina (WHL) RW 5'11 191      
67 Jake Leschyshyn Regina (WHL) C 5'11 185      
68 Stelio Mattheos Brandon (WHL) C 6'1 192      
69 Adam Ruzicka Sarnia (OHL) C 6'4 202      
70 Antoine Crête-Belzile B-Boisbriand (QMJHL) D 6'0 188      
71 Jack Studnicka Oshawa (OHL) C 6'4 202      
72 Pavel Koltygin Drummondville (QMJHL) LW 6'0 195      
73 Zach Gallant Peterborough (OHL) C 6'2 188      
74 Mackenzie Entwistle Hamilton (OHL) RW 6'3 175      
75 Eemeli Rasanen Kingston (OHL) D 6'7 208      
76 Robin Salo Vassan (SM Liiga) D 6'1 187      
77 Artyom Minulin Swift Current (WHL) D 6'2 197      
78 Max Gildon USA NTDP (USHL) D 6'3 191      
79 Fabian Zetterlund Farjestad Jr. (SWE J20) RW 5'11 195      
80 Stuart Skinner Lethbridge (WHL) G 6'3 205      
81 Keith Petruzzelli Muskegon (USHL) G 6'5 180      
82 Ostap Safin Sparta (CZE-Jr.) RW 6'4 191      
83 Nikita Popugaev Prince George (WHL) LW 6'6 217      
84 Cameron Crotty Brockville (CJHL) D 6'3 182      
85 Sebastian Walfridsson MoDo (Swe J20) D 6'0 194      
86 Kevin Hancock Owen Sound (OHL) C 5'11 182      
87 Ian Mitchell Spruce Grove (AJHL) D 5'11  173      
88 Ivan Chekhovich Baie Comeau (QMJHL) LW 5'10 177      
89 Jarrett Tyszka Seattle (WHL) D 6'2 190      
90 Kirill Maksimov Niagara (OHL) RW 6'2 192      
91 Skyler McKenzie Portland (WHL) LW 5'8 154      
92 Scott Reedy USA NTDP (USHL) C 6'2 204      
93 Lane Zablocki Red Deer (WHL) RW 5'11 179      
94 Ivan Lodnia Erie (OHL) RW 5'10 182      
95 Lukas Elvenes Rogle (SWE J20) RW 6'0 173      
96 Clayton Phillips Fargo (USHL) D 5'10 182      
97 Tim Söderlund Skellefteå (SHL) LW/C 5'9 163      
98 Ben Mirageas Bloomington (USHL) D 6'1  180      
99 Michael Anderson Waterloo (USHL) D 6'0 197      
100 Jacob Paquette Kingston (OHL) D 6'3 200      
101 Mario Ferraro Des Moines (USHL) D 5'10 184      
102 David Noel Val D'Or (QMJHL) D 6'1 175      
103 Alexander Chmelevski Ottawa (OHL) C 5'11 179      
104 Kyle Olson Tri-City (WHL) RW 5'10 161      
105 Finn Evans St. Michaels (OJHL) RW 6'4 175