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Canucks Army’s Final Top 100 2017 NHL Draft Rankings

The big day is nearly here. The 2017 NHL Entry Draft kicks off tomorrow night, and we couldn’t be more excited. We’ve been preparing for this for months, and the fruits of our labour are all here on display for you. In this article, you’ll find our Final Top 100 rankings for the 2017 draft, complete with some basic information about the prospects, as well as a run down of some of the draft analytics we applied to those players, including SEAL adjusted scoring and pGPS.

As a side note regarding pGPS, you might notice that some of the numbers are different than those displayed in the individual profiles. Part of this is because I’ve updated all of the heights followed those reported at the NHL Combine (and some of them were way off, especially among the vertically challenged crowd). I’ve also rejigged the formula a little bit for a tiny bit more leniency with respect to the height boundaries of cohorts, affording slightly larger sample sizes. By and large, the vast majority of prospects on the list have values that are very similar to what they were before.

I’ve organized our entire giant list into one convenient table for you to scroll through on draft day for quick reference. Then, when you need to dive a little deeper, you’ll find that linked to the name of each player is our full profile from our Top 100 series.

# NAME: Pos League Age Height GP G A Pts SEAL
P/GP
Exp.
Succ%
Exp.
P/82
Exp.
Value
1 Nolan Patrick C/RW WHL 17.99 6.02 33 20 26 46 1.28 52% 49.3 25.5
2 Nico Hischier C QMJHL 17.70 6.01 57 38 48 86 1.32 56% 57.7 32.5
3 Cody Glass C WHL 17.46 6.01 69 32 62 94 1.41 60% 58.7 35.2
4 Gabriel Vilardi C OHL 17.08 6.02 49 29 32 61 1.47 75% 56.7 42.5
5 Elias Pettersson C/LW Allsvenskan 17.84 6.01 43 19 22 41 1.73
6 Timothy Liljegren D SHL 17.38 5.11 19 1 4 5 0.86 21% 41.8 9.0
7 Casey Mittelstadt C/LW USHL 17.82 5.11 19 10 17 27 1.11 26% 69.7 18.3
8 Nicholas Suzuki C OHL 17.10 5.10 65 45 51 96 1.63 88% 58.4 51.5
9 Cale Makar D AJHL 17.88 5.11 54 24 51 75
10 Miro Heiskanen D Liiga 17.16 6.00 37 5 5 10 31% 40.6 12.5
11 Martin Necas C Czech 17.67 6.00 41 7 8 15 1.03 30% 56.3 16.6
12 Kailer Yamamoto C/LW WHL 17.96 5.07 65 42 57 99 1.38 47% 52.1 24.3
13 Owen Tippett RW OHL 17.58 6.00 60 44 31 75 1.38 63% 51.0 32.2
14 Lias Andersson C/LW SHL 17.93 5.10 42 9 10 19 1.49 57% 73.6 41.7
15 Eeli Tolvanen LW USHL 17.40 5.10 46 28 20 48 1.04 22% 56.2 12.1
16 Juuso Valimaki D WHL 17.94 6.01 60 19 42 61 0.98 65% 32.4 20.9
17 Kristian Vesalainen LW/RW SHL 17.29 6.03 26 1 5 6 0.82 49% 60.3 29.5
18 Aleksi Heponiemi C WHL 17.68 5.10 72 28 58 86 1.24 34% 45.1 15.3
19 Nicolas Hague D OHL 17.78 6.05 65 18 28 46 0.73 57% 29.8 17.0
20 Jason Robertson LW OHL 17.15 6.02 68 42 39 81 1.40 74% 58.6 43.2
21 Ryan Poehling C NCAA 17.70 6.01 35 7 6 13 0.53 2% 21.3 0.4
22 Klim Kostin RW Russia 17.37 6.02 8 0 0 0 4% 40.9 1.8
23 Erik Brannstrom D SHL 17.04 5.08 35 1 5 6 0.61 58% 39.8 23.0
24 Filip Chytil LW Czech 17.03 6.02 38 4 4 8 0.72 39% 61.2 24.0
25 Jaret Anderson-Dolan C WHL 17.01 5.10 72 39 37 76 1.12 46% 48.4 22.1
26 Grant Mismash C USHL 17.57 6.00 24 8 15 23 0.91 23% 48.1 11.1
27 Callan Foote D WHL 17.76 6.03 71 6 51 57 0.71 48% 30.6 14.6
28 Maxime Comtois LW QMJHL 17.69 6.01 64 22 29 51 0.74 8% 41.5 3.3
29 Henri Jokiharju D WHL 17.25 5.11 71 9 39 48 0.68 36% 28.1 10.1
30 Joshua Norris C USHL 17.37 6.00 23 11 14 25 1.07 37% 54.2 20.2
31 Urho Vaakanainen D Liiga 17.71 6.01 41 2 4 6 10% 40.2 3.8
32 Michael Rasmussen C WHL 17.42 6.05 50 32 23 55 0.94 53% 58.6 30.9
33 Mason Shaw C WHL 17.87 5.08 71 27 67 94 1.23 34% 44.9 15.5
34 Robert Thomas C OHL 17.21 5.11 66 16 50 66 1.16 31% 42.1 13.1
35 Shane Bowers C USHL 17.13 6.01 53 20 27 47 0.92 21% 31.7 6.7
36 Isaac Ratcliffe LW OHL 17.58 6.05 67 28 26 54 0.90 25% 46.7 11.7
37 Kole Lind RW WHL 17.92 6.00 70 30 57 87 1.17 42% 44.6 18.5
38 Matthew Strome LW OHL 17.69 6.03 66 34 28 62 1.00 31% 42.4 13.3
39 Conor Timmins D OHL 17.99 6.01 67 7 54 61 0.94 50% 34.4 17.2
40 Jonah Gadjovich LW OHL 17.93 6.00 60 46 28 74 1.17 46% 46.7 21.4
41 Ivan Lodnia RW OHL 17.04 5.10 66 24 32 56 1.03 24% 43.5 10.3
42 Marcus Davidsson C/W SHL 17.83 6.00 45 5 4 9 0.82 37% 39.5 14.6
43 Antoine Morand C QMJHL 17.57 5.10 67 28 46 74 1.05 15% 48.3 7.4
44 Nikita A. Popugayev RW WHL 17.82 6.05 71 29 40 69 0.96 29% 37.9 11.1
45 Morgan Frost C OHL 17.34 5.10 67 20 42 62 1.11 26% 38.3 10.0
46 Evan Barratt C USHL 17.57 5.10 24 9 14 23 1.03 22% 47.5 10.3
47 Jesper Boqvist C/W SHL 17.88 5.11 16 0 6 6 1.49 78% 35.2 27.6
48 Stelio Mattheos C WHL 17.26 6.00 69 26 35 61 0.91 28% 43.4 12.1
49 Nicholas Henry RW WHL 17.20 5.10 72 35 46 81 1.10 43% 46.9 20.1
50 Josh Brook D WHL 17.25 6.00 69 8 32 40 0.54 32% 24.3 7.7
51 Robin Salo D Liiga 17.93 6.01 54 1 15 16 45% 43.2 19.4
52 Kyle Olson C/RW WHL 17.49 5.10 72 20 37 57 0.90 15% 39.3 5.8
53 Jake Oettinger G NCAA  17.74 6.04  35
54 Artyom Minulin D WHL 17.96 6.01 70 8 42 50 0.69 33% 25.0 8.2
55 Pierre-Olivier Joseph D QMJHL 17.21 6.02 62 6 33 39 0.51 17% 25.1 4.2
56 Lukas Elvenes RW SHL 17.08 6.00 12 0 0 0 0.00 37% 60.8 22.4
57 Jake Leschyshyn C WHL 17.52 5.10 47 17 23 40 0.74 20% 40.5 8.1
58 Fabian Zetterlund C/RW SHL 17.06 5.10 14 0 0 0 0.00 32% 60.1 19.4
59 Alexander Chmelevski C OHL 17.27 5.11 58 21 22 43 0.75 18% 36.1 6.5
60 Max Gildon D USHL 17.33 6.02 24 5 9 14 0.61 24% 36.3 8.6
61 Austen Keating C OHL 17.53 6.00 67 22 41 63 1.04 27% 39.7 10.7
62 Adam Ruzicka C/W OHL 17.35 6.03 61 25 21 46 0.86 23% 40.2 9.3
63 David Farrance D USHL 17.23 5.11 23 1 14 15 0.80 23% 37.3 8.6
64 Mackenzie Entwistle C/RW OHL 17.18 6.02 54 12 13 25 0.55 15% 34.0 5.2
65 Alex Formenton LW OHL 17.01 6.01 65 16 18 34 0.61 15% 35.4 5.2
66 Noel Hoefenmayer D OHL 17.69 6.00 62 14 26 40 0.70 25% 28.5 7.3
67 Jonas Rondbjerg RW Superelit 17.46 6.01 42 9 22 31 3% 24.7 0.6
68 Alexei Lipanov C Russia2  17.11 6.00  21  3  5  8
69 Nathan Schnarr C OHL 17.25 6.03 54 18 18 36 0.68 20% 39.4 7.8
70 Ivan Chekhovich LW/C QMJHL 17.70 5.10 60 26 33 59 0.88 11% 46.6 5.0
71 Scott Reedy C/RW USHL 17.45 6.00 19 8 4 12 0.65 11% 37.9 4.0
72 Eemeli Rasanen D OHL 17.53 6.06 66 6 33 39 0.60 65% 26.6 17.4
73 Lane Zablocki C WHL 17.72 5.11 64 28 26 54 0.82 16% 37.5 6.0
74 Jack Studnicka C OHL 17.57 6.00 64 18 34 52 0.83 19% 39.3 7.5
75 Filip Westerlund D SHL 17.42 5.10 33 0 4 4 0.44 35% 31.7 11.1
76 Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen G Jr. A Liiga  17.52 6.04  35
77 Ryan Hughes F WHL 17.14 5.07 70 27 30 57 0.91 19% 38.0 7.2
78 Pavel Koltygin C/LW QMJHL 17.58 6.00 65 22 25 47 0.66 7% 45.6 3.3
79 Jarret Tyszka D WHL 17.51 6.02 54 6 19 25 0.47 21% 20.5 4.3
80 Ostap Safin F Czech 17.59 6.05 8 1 1 2 0.66 30% 52.6 15.7
81 Rickard Hugg C/LW SHL 17.66 5.10 11 0 1 1 0.44 15% 39.1 5.8
82 Marcus Sylvegard RW/LW SHL 17.37 6.00 14 0 0 0 0.00 21% 42.3 8.7
83 Logan Cockerill RW USHL 17.54 5.09 14 4 4 8 0.51 0% 37.6 0.2
84 Joel Teasdale C QMJHL 17.52 5.11 60 18 29 47 0.78 9% 45.8 4.1
85 Markus Phillips D OHL 17.49 6.00 66 13 30 43 0.68 32% 32.4 10.3
86 Morgan Geekie C/RW WHL 18.16 6.02 72 35 55 90 1.15 36% 43.5 15.8
87 Mikey Anderson D USHL 17.31 5.10 48 5 25 30 0.65 18% 33.9 6.2
88 Michael DiPietro G OHL  17.27 6.00  51
89 Emil Bemstrom C/RW Superelit 17.29 5.10 28 21 12 33 15% 56.2 8.6
90 Olle Eriksson Ek G Jr. A Liiga  17.24 6.03  30
91 Joni Ikonen C/RW SHL 17.42 5.10 10 0 0 0 0.00 15% 44.7 6.7
92 Patrick Khodorenko C NCAA 17.93 6.00 35 7 11 18 0.92 18% 48.2 8.9
93 Alexander Polunin LW Russia 19.31 5.08 45 9 10 19 6% 69.5 4.0
94 D’Artagnan Joly RW QMJHL 17.44 6.02 66 16 32 48 0.74 10% 43.4 4.4
95 Linus Nyman F OHL 17.18 5.10 68 26 24 50 0.86 16% 38.0 6.0
96 Jordy Bellerive C WHL 17.37 5.10 70 27 29 56 0.79 21% 42.7 8.8
97 Macauley Carson LW OHL 17.51 6.00 68 30 20 50 0.81 20% 35.2 6.9
98 Mark Kastelic C WHL 17.52 6.03 67 13 22 35 0.56 7% 28.5 2.0
99 Tyler Inamoto D USHL 17.36 6.01 15 2 5 7 0.51 14% 34.0 4.8
100 Ryan Peckford C WHL 17.54 6.00 45 13 21 34 0.72 14% 37.6 5.2

Regarding the data omissions: there is obviously no SEAL adjusted scoring for goaltenders, and unfortunately we don’t have a cohort model for goalies up and running yet either. As for the skaters, SEAL covers the CHL, USHL, NCAA, SHL, Allsvenskan and Czech Extraliga, but misses Liiga, Russian leagues, and Junior A leagues. pGPS includes Liiga, the KHL and the AJHL, but doesn’t cover the VHL at this point, which is why there’s nothing for Alexei Lipanov.

  • Thumbs up:

    Suzuki ranking is nice to see.

    Gadjovich and Chytil a touch higher than most and they are certainly worthy.

    Bold rankings overall…but you gotta get the bad with the good as a result:

    Thumbs down:

    Heiskanen ranking is shockingly bad. He’s a mortal lock for top 4, and worthy of it.

    Heponiemi may be a super talented player, but his size is a legitimate concern. No way I burn a first rounder on him.

    Comtois has been very poor. He physically matured at a young age. He has Alex Burrows upside, but I’m not sure he is smart enough to hit those heights.

    DiPietro way too low

    Lipanov too low

    Popugaev far too high. This guy has massive bust written all over him. The biggest waste of physical gifts in the draft.

  • It would be great if you guys could do a comparison of where the players actually landed in comparison to your rankings. That said, you guys must be sick of this. I appreciate all of the work that went in – it was awesome.