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TSN Releases Mid-Year NHL Draft Rankings

Michigan's JT Compher is the only future NCAA player to crack the top 30.

Bruce Bennett

TSN released their mid-season draft rankings this evening. The rankings, compiled by the great Bob McKenzie, are compiled by input from numerous NHL scouts and front office people. Their rankings are regarded as the gold standard for what the people that will actually be making picks in June are thinking.

The big story is that the rankings confirm that American Seth Jones has become the consensus choice to go number one overall, passing Nathan MacKinnon, thanks to his fantastic World Juniors tournament. Otherwise, the rankings were pretty rough for both Americans and future NCAA prospects. Other Americans joining Jones in the first round of the rankings were QMJHL forward Adam Erne at 16th, OHL forward Ryan Hartman at 28th, and Michigan recruit JT Compher at 30th.

Boston College had three recruits make the list: Ian McCoshen at 32, Steve Santini at 41, and Ryan Fitzgerald at 56. North Dakota recruit Keaton Thompson was 43rd, Western Michigan recruit Mike McCarron was 49th, Minnesota recruit Hudson Fasching was 53rd, Notre Dame recruit Connor Hurley was 55th, Yale recruit John Hayden was 58th, and Tommy Vannelli, another Minnesota recruit, was 60th.

Future college players to make the Honourable Mention list included: Michigan Downing(MIchigan), Eamon McAdam(Penn State), Gustav Olofsson(Colorado College), Brett Pesce(New Hampshire), Cal Peterson(Notre Dame), and Adam Tambellini(North Dakota)