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Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel started the season as the top ranked NHL prospects and they finish 1-2 on the final Craig's List of the season. The NHL can only hope No. 1-ranked McDavid and No. 2-ranked Eichel develop a rivalry similar to the one Crosby and Ovechkin launched 10 years ago. 

Two Ontario Hockey League rivals are next on my final list: Erie centre Dylan Strome at No. 3 and London right winger Mitch Marner at No. 4. Why Strome over Marner at three? The answer is simple. When players are so close in ability, I choose the centre over the winger. While Marner may eventually score at a higher rate than Strome in the NHL, top line centres are instrumental to team success. Strome has a complete yet unspectacular game in the style of Ron Francis. Strome is an elite complete player.

Marner is a unique and creative player who brings people out of their seats. Arizona is interesting at No. 3 in the draft order because either Strome or Marner would add significantly to an already deep prospect pool that includes Marner's London teammate, Max Domi.

The NHL Central Scouting Service has Boston College defenceman Noah Hanifin ranked third among North American skaters, behind only McDavid and Eichel. But Hanifin is No. 12 on my list. He's a fantastic skater, but I'm not yet convinced he will make an impact in the NHL worthy of investing such a high pick. 

Ivan Provorov is my highest ranked defenceman and No. 5 overall. His game is both complete and thorough. He lacks in nothing and excels in all aspects and there's no challenge in the game that overwhelms him and he can anchor a blue line for years to come.

There hasn't been a goalie selected in the first round since 2012, but that should change this draft. No. 14-ranked Ilya Samsonov has the combination of skill, technique and size that screams No. 1 goalie. A great competitor, he looks to follow in the line of former Russian goalie first-round picks Semyon Varlamov and Andrei Vasilevskiy. 

 

CRAIG'S LIST - FINAL RANKING

 
RK NAME TEAM POS HT WT GP G P
1 Connor McDavid Erie (OHL) C 6'0 195 47 44 120
2 Jack Eichel Boston U (NCAA) C 6'2 195 41 26 71
3 Dylan Strome Erie (OHL) C 6'3 187 68 45 129
4 Mitch Marner London (OHL) RW 5'11 160 63 44 126
5 Ivan Provorov Brandon (WHL) D 6'0 193 60 15 61
6 Kyle Connor Youngstown (USHL) LW/C 6'1 170 56 34 80
7 Zach Werenski Michigan (NCAA) D 6'1 201 35 9 25
8 Timo Meier Halifax (QMJHL) RW 6'1 208 61 44 90
9 Brock Boeser Waterloo (USHL) RW 6'0 187 57 35 68
10 Lawson Crouse Kingston (OHL) LW 6'4 211 56 29 51
11 Nick Merkley Kelowna (WHL) C/RW 5'10 188 72 20 90
12 Noah Hanifin Boston C (NCAA) D 6'2 201 37 5 23
13 Joel Eriksson Ek Farjestad (SHL) C 6'1 180 34 4 6
14 Ilya Samsonov Magnitorgorsk (MHL) G 6'3 203 18 2.66 2
15 Mathew Barzal Seattle (WHL) C 5'11 178 44 12 57
16 Mikko Rantanen TPS (SM Liiga) RW 6'3 211 56 9 28
17 Evgeni Svechnikov Cape Breton (QMJHL) RW 6'1 180 55 32 78
18 Anthony Beauvillier Shawinigan (QMJHL) C/LW 5'10 171 67 42 94
19 Thomas Chabot Saint John (QMJHL) D 6'1 181 66 12 41
20 Denis Guryanov Togilatti 2 (MHL) RW 6'2 183 23 15 25
21 Jake Debrusk Swift Current (WHL) LW 5'11 171 72 42 81
22 Jacob Larsson Frolunda (Swe-J20) D 6'2 191 20 1 3
23 Jansen Harkins Prince George (WHL) C 6'0 181 70 20 79
24 Pavel Zacha Sarnia (OHL) C 6'3 210 37 16 34
25 M. Vande Sompel Oshawa (OHL) D 5'10  182 58 12 63
26 Jakub Zboril Saint John (QMJHL) D 6'0 184 44 13 33
27 Jérémy Roy Sherbrooke (QMJHL) D 5'11 189 46 5 43
28 Jack Roslovic USA NTDP (USHL) C/RW 6'0 182 65 27 67
29 Thomas Novak Waterloo (USHL) C 6'0 174 46 14 48
30 Erik Foley Cedar Rapids (USHL) LW 5'11 185 55 27 52
31 Rasmus Andersson Barrie (OHL) D 6'0 210 67 12 64
32 Colin White USA NTDP (USHL) C 6'0  183 54 23 54
33 Travis Konecny Ottawa (OHL) RW 5'9 173 60 29 68
34 Denis Malgin Zurich (Swiss A) C 5'8 163 23 2 8
35 Paul Bittner Portland (WHL) LW 6'4 206 66 34 71
36 Nicolas Meloche Baie Comeau (QMJHL) D 6'2 199 44 10 34
37 Vladislav Gavrikov Lokomotiv (KHL) D 6'2 205 16 0 1
38 Daniel Sprong Charlottetown (QMJHL) RW 6'1 189 68 39 88
39 Gustav Bouramman Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) D 5'11 184 67 5 44
40 Travis Dermott Erie (OHL) D 5'11 197 61 8 43
41 Noah Juulsen Everett (WHL) D 6'1 175 68 9 52
42 Christian Fischer USA NTDP (USHL) RW 6'1 212 66 31 64
43 Conor Garland Moncton (QMJHL) RW 5'8 163 67 35 129
44 Andrew Mangiapane Barrie (OHL) RW 5'10 170 68 43 104
45 Mitchell Stephens Saginaw (OHL) C/RW 5'11 188 62 22 48
46 Filip Chlapik Charlottetown (QMJHL) C 6'0 194 64 33 75
47 Oliver Kylington Farjestad (SHL) D 6'0  180 18 2 5
48 Felix Sandström Brynas Jr. (Swe-J20) G 6'2 191 8 2.19 0
49 Zachary Senyshyn S. S. Marie (OHL) RW 6'1 192 66 26 45
50 Sebastian Aho Karpat (SM Liiga) RW 5'11 172 27 4 11
51 Ryan Pilon Brandon (WHL) D 6'1 212 68 11 52
52 Brandon Carlo Tri-City (WHL) D 6'4 198 63 4 25
53 Jonas Siegenthaler GCK Zurich (Swiss 2) D 6'2 220 41 0 3
54 Vince Dunn Niagara (OHL) D 5'11 182 68 18 56
55 Guillaume Brisebois A-Bathurst (QMJHL) D 6'1 170 63 4 28
56 Gabriel Carlsson Linkoping (Swe-J20) D 6'4 183 39 0 7
57 Julius Nattinen JYP (Finland Jr.) C 6'1 191 39 11 29
58 Dennis Yan Shawinigan (QMJHL) LW 6'1 180 59 33 64
59 Parker Wotherspoon Tri-City (WHL) D 6'0 171 72 9 42
60 Jeremy Bracco USA NTDP (USHL) RW 5'9 173 65 30 94
61 Blake Speers S. S. Marie (OHL) C 5'11 177 57 24 67
62 Mackenzie Blackwood Barrie (OHL) G 6'4 215 51 3.09 2
63 Michael Spacek Pardubice (Czech Jr.) RW 5'11 187 40 5 12
64 J. Forsbacka-Karlsson Omaha (USHL) C/RW 6'0 192 50 15 53
65 Adam Marsh Saint John (QMJHL) LW 6'0 160 60 24 44
66 Brad Morrison Prince George (WHL) LW/C 5'11 154 67 23 50
67 Austin Wagner Regina (WHL) LW 6'1 178 61 20 39
68 Brendan Warren USA NTDP (USHL) LW 6'0 191 61 19 38
69 David Kase Chomutov (Czech B) C 5'11 169 30 7 14
70 Veeti Vainio Blues (Finland Jr.) D 6'1 169 42 13 44
71 Nathan Noel Saint John (QMJHL) C 5'10 170 66 24 62
72 Deven Sideroff Kamloops (WHL) RW 5'11 171 64 17 42
73 Yakov Trenin Gatineau (QMJHL) C/LW 6'1 192 58 18 67
74 Filip Ahl HV71 (Swe-J20) LW 6'3 211 34 20 42
75 Mathieu Joseph Saint John (QMJHL) LW 6'0 166 59 21 42
76 Roope Hintz Ilves (SM Liiga) C/LW 6'2 185 42 5 17
77 Ethan Bear Seattle (WHL) D 5'11 202 69 13 38
78 Anthony Richard Val-D’or (QMJHL) C 5'9 163 66 43 91
79 Adam Gaudette Cedar Rapids (USHL) C 6'0 170 50 13 30
80 Jens Lööke Brynas (SHL) RW 6'0 180 43 2 6
81 Caleb Jones USA NTDP (USHL) D 5'11 194 65 6 24
82 Stephen Desrocher Oshawa (OHL) D 6'3 198 66 10 23
83 Keegan Kolesar Seattle (WHL) RW 6'1 217 64 19 38
84 Aleksi Saarela Assat Pori (Finland Jr.) C 5'10 198 51 6 12
85 J. Van Pottelberghe Linkoping (Swe-J18) G 6'2 187  - -
86 Ziyat Paygin Ak Bars Kazan (KHL) D 6'5 209 33 1 2
87 Yegor Rykov St. Peterbsburg (MHL) D 6'1 216 42 5 21
88 Christian Jaros Lulea Jr. (Swe-J20) D 6'3 201 23 4 12
89 Spencer Smallman Saint John (QMJHL) RW 6'0 184 66 23 56
90 Jordan Greenway USA NTDP (USHL) LW 6'4 222 53 9 44
91 Gabriel Gagné Victoriaville (QMJHL) RW 6'4 186 67 35 59
92 Ryan Gropp Seattle (WHL) LW 6'2 184 67 30 58
93 Vyacheslav Lyschenko Atlant Mytishchi (KHL) RW 6'0 185 34 5 9
94 Samuel Dove-McFalls Saint John (QMJHL) C/LW 6'2 207 66 14 34
95 Giorgio Estephan Lethbridge (WHL) C 6'0 188 64 23 51
96 Kyle Capobianco Sudbury (OHL) D 6'1 178 68 10 40
97 Alexander Dergachyov St.Petersburg (MHL) RW 6'4 200 45 10 39
98 Tyler Soy Victoria (WHL) C/LW 5'11 172 69 28 63
99 Brendan Guhle Prince Albert (WHL) D 6'1 184 72 5 32
100 Nicolas Roy Chicoutimi (QMJHL) C 6'4 202 68 16 50