2016 NHL Entry Draft Rankings by North American Central Scouting
Many of our followers and fans across twitter have been asking the same question: Who are the best prospects in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft?
Leafs Hub has been very fortunate to have a great working relationship with Mark Seidel of North American Central Scouting, so in order to answer the previous question we asked Mark how the rankings look early in the 2015-16 season.
Mark is not only the Chief Scout for NACS, but has worked as a Draft Analyst for ESPN, Hockey Night in Canada and The Hockey News. Surrounded by a staff of scouts, this ranking is not just the opinion of one man, but many individuals coming together to form what is relied upon by many in the media and throughout the hockey world.
Clearly, we have very little idea at this time, who and at what pick our beloved Maple Leafs will be drafting in June. The top 3 picks (new for this Draft) will all be selected via lottery. This is a change from previous drafts where it was only the Top pick that was drawn by lottery. We also do not know if the Pittsburgh Penguins (hello Phillip) will make the NHL playoffs and afford us another first round pick. As you can see there are a myriad of possibilities and considerations. The one thing we can all do as fans is research the names available and pretend we know what we are talking about. Ok, that’s just me, maybe…
We at Leafs Hub would love to thank Mark for his time and generosity in sharing this rankings with us, we also hope that his scouting staff is recognized for the long hours and tireless hours spent in every rink from Victoria to Helsinki and beyond.
So without further adieu, here is the November Draft Update for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft as compiled by North American Central Scouting. There shouldn’t be any surprises with the first two names on the list, but as the season progresses there will be change in the names that follow the consensus first two picks.
Thanks for reading.