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The Nation Network’s 2017 Top 100 Draft Eligible: #70-67

We round the corner into the 60’s with the next group of prospects. As we approach the early third round of selections, the players start to get more interesting with better skillets and separators than their predecessors. It’s also where there will be a lot more variance in rankings, as certain teams may have these…

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How is scouting changing?

As we approach the end of May, talk and speculation about the NHL Entry Draft will ramp up. Who is taking who? Who is on the move? Over the last few years, that conversation has grown to include a focus on how scouting is changing. The days of one scout in one region are long…

Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #1 Auston Matthews

Embed from Getty Images We’ve saved the best for last! Coming in as the number one ranked player in our consensus 2016 NHL Draft Rankings, is Scottsdale, Arizona native Auston Matthews. Born two days after the cut-off for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Matthews has been the consensus number one draft eligible player for the…

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Nation Network Prospect Profile: #4 Pierre-Luc Dubois

Embed from Getty Images The number one ranked North American skater, Pierre-Luc Dubois is ranked fourth in our consensus 2016 NHL Entry Draft Rankings. After spending the majority of the season ranked as the second best North American skater, Dubois leapfrogged Matthew Tkachuk and took over the number one spot after a fantastic and dominant second half…

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #6 Clayton Keller

Embed from Getty Images Clayton Keller enters the discussion as our sixth-ranked prospect for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Measuring in at 5’10” and 170 lbs, there are concerns that due to his size, Keller may have issues at the professional level. However it’s clear that his skill level is so high that he should be able…

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Nation Network Prospect Profile: #11 Alexander Nylander

Embed from Getty Images A Alexander Nylander checks in as the 11th ranked prospect in our consensus voting. The younger brother of Toronto Maple Leafs prospect William Nylander, Alexander is a good prospect in his own right.  Playing on a line with two other 2016 draft eligible players, Michael McLoed and Nathan Bastian, Nylander walked…

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Nation Network Prospect Profile: #12 Jake Bean

Embed from Getty Images Jake Bean checks in as the 12th ranked prospect in our consensus rankings.  Bean possesses a very tantalizing skill-set that every team should covet on their back-end. He skates extremely well, reads the play quickly, is lethal on the power play and unlike most offensive defenceman in junior, he can handle himself in his…

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #17 Dante Fabbro

Image: The Hockey News Coming in as our 17th ranked prospect, is Penticton Vees defenceman Dante Fabbro. The smooth skating defenceman was a force for what many expected to be the eventual BCHL champions. but their season was cut short after a 2nd round loss to West Kelowna. For Fabbro personally, the loss may have…

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #22 Max Jones

Embed from Getty Images Coming in at 22nd in our consensus draft rankings is Memorial Cup champion Max Jones. Jones is a hard working, hard nosed and gritty power forward who plays an aggressive style that allows him to use his blend of speed, size and skill to wreak havoc on the ice. That can…

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #23 Pascal Laberge

Embed from Getty Images Pascal Laberge comes in as the 23rd ranked prospect in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by our estimation. The former 2nd overall pick in the 2014 QMJHL draft is an adept playmaker, who can skate well and has the ability to create offence through the use of his varied skill set….

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #29 Tyler Benson

Embed from Getty Images Tyler Benson entered the season as someone who could hear his name called in the Top 15 of the 2016 NHL Entry draft, but injuries derailed his season before it even began.  Now the former first overall WHL bantam pick finds himself falling in draft rankings simply because there are too many…