Is Patrik Laine the best prospect in this draft? ESPN thinks so

Ryan Fancey
May 12 2016 09:21AM

Immediately after the Leafs won the draft lottery a couple weekends ago, it started. We began questioning everything. 

Auston Matthews always seemed like a slam dunk number one in every way, like McDavid or Tavares or Stamkos or any other elite center before him. But then it was reported the Leafs themselves had a scout with doubts about taking the American first overall, instead making a case for widely-considered number two Patrik Laine.

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NATION NETWORK PROSPECT PROFILES: #41 NOAH GREGOR

Cammers
May 12 2016 08:00AM

Noah Gregor is a hard-working, two-way centre playing for the Moose Jaw Warriors. 

Gregor is one of those prospects that is projected to go in the mid second round, but could drop because he is not as well known as other prospects projecting to be drafted in the mid second round. He heads into the draft with only one full season of WHL action under his belt, giving us a smaller sample size to use.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #42 Cameron Morrison

Jeremy Davis
May 11 2016 08:00AM

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Cameron Morrison is easily the best player available in the USHL this year from a statistical standpoint (USNTDP players aside). He's being billed as a power forward and rightfully so - he's got the size, shot, and aggressive playing style of a power winger.

In his first season in the USHL, the Ontario native blew away his competition, leading in all relevant statistical categories, all while being one of the youngest members of his draft class.

Cameron Morrison projects to go in the mid second round, but you shouldn't be surprised if his name comes up just a little earlier than that.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #43 Boris Katchouk

Ryan Biech
May 10 2016 08:00AM

Coming in at 43rd in our consensus rankings is Sault St Marie winger Boris Katchouk, who is a player that won't wow you on the ice but will do the little things to generate offence.

He may not be a flashy player but for a second round pick, he is someone that teams will be attracted to.

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2016 NHL Entry Draft Consensus Rankings - May 9, 2016

Shawn Reis
May 09 2016 11:02AM

Jon Steitzer may be moving on from the Nations Network, but his consolidated draft rankings were such a useful little tool for looking at where exactly all of the top prospects stand in the eyes of the scouts that I knew I had to keep the tradition going.  So I made my own.

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