Put some of the top draft ranking lists in a blender, turn it on and Kootenay’s Sam Reinhart comes out as the consensus No. 1 pick for Friday’s draft. Here’s what we annually call the Ultimate draft ranking list.
Two hundred and 10 players will be chosen in this year’s NHL draft, Friday and Saturday in Philadelphia. If you look around hard enough, you’ll find 210 mock drafts or draft rankings out there in cyberspace.
Here’s another one.
The difference with this one is it blends the rankings of six of the top independent rankings out there. They include The Hockey News Draft Preview, International Scouting Services, Bob McKenzie from TSN, Craig Button from TSN, McKeen’s and hockeyprospect.com.
In amalgamating the ultimate list, I used the same scoring system that we use for Future Watch. Those in the top 10 get sequentially more points than those outside the top 10.
Kootenay center Sam Reinhart was first on three of the six lists and finishes first overall on this ultimate list. Barrie defenseman Aaron Ekblad had one first-place vote, but three second-place vote and finishes second overall. In third is Kingston left winger Sam Bennett, who had two first-place votes, but just one second-place vote.
Here’s the blended rankings for the first round, plus 10 extras who just missed the top 30.
1. Sam Reinhart, C, Kootenay (WHL)
2. Aaron Ekblad, D, Barrie (OHL)
3. Sam Bennett, LW, Kingston (OHL)
4. Leon Draisaitl, C, Prince Albert (WHL)
5. Michael Dal Colle, LW, Oshawa (OHL)
6. Nikolaj Ehlers, LW, Halifax (QMJHL)
7. Willie Nylander, RW, Modo (Swe.)
8. Nick Ritchie, LW, Peterborough (OHL)
9. Haydn Fleury, D, Red Deer (WHL)
10. Jake Virtanen, LW, Calgary (WHL)
11. Brendan Perlini, LW, Niagara (OHL)
12. Kasperi Kapanen, RW, KalPa (Fin.)
13. Dylan Larkin, C, U.S. NTDP (USHL)
14. Kevin Fiala, LW, HV 71 (Swe.)
15. Jared McCann, C, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
16. Robby Fabbri, C, Guelph (OHL)
17. Alex Tuch, RW, U.S. NTDP (USHL)
18. Travis Sanheim, D, Calgary (WHL)
19. Ivan Barbashev, LW, Halifax (QMJHL)
20. Sonny Milano, LW, U.S. NTDP (USHL)
21. Nikita Scherbak, RW, Saskatoon (WHL)
22. Jakub Vrana, LW, Linkoping (Swe.)
23. Adrian Kempe, LW, Modo (Swe.)
24. Julius Honka, D, Swift Current (WHL)
25. David Pastrnak, RW, Sodertalje (Swe.)
26. Nick Schmaltz, RW, Green Bay (USHL)
27. Conner Bleackley, C, Red Deer (WHL)
28. Thatcher Demko, G, Boston College (HE)
29. Nikolay Goldobin, RW, Sarnia (OHL)
30. Anthony DeAngelo, D, Sarnia (OHL)
Best of the rest:
31. Josh Ho-Sang, RW, Windsor (OHL)
32. Ryan MacInnis, C, Kitchener (OHL)
33. Brendan Lemieux, LW, Barrie (OHL)
34. Jack Dougherty, D, U.S. NTDP (USHL)
35. Marcus Pettersson, D, Skelleftea (Swe.)
36. Dominik Masin, D, HC Slavia (Cze.)
37. Brett Pollock, LW, Edmonton (WHL)
38. Roland McKeown, D, Kingston (OHL)
39. Vladislav Kamenev, C, Magnitogorsk (KHL)
40. John Quenneville, C, Brandon (WHL)
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