TSN hockey insider Bob McKenzie released his mid-term draft rankings for this summer's NHL Draft. McKenzie's rankings are considered among the most accurate in the business, in large part because his rankings are based off the opinions of NHL scouts and other high-ranking decision-makers.
At the top of the board, Erie(OHL) forward Connor McDavid has solidified himself as the top available player in the draft. After the beginning of the season in which seven of the scouts polled had McDavid first overall with three choosing Boston University's Jack Eichel, all ten scouts had McDavid ranked first overall this time around. Eichel was the unanimous choice for second overall, with Boston College's Noah Hanifin being ranked third on nine of the ten ballots, and fourth on the remaining ballot.
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"We usually debate the top three picks in any draft for quite some time at our scouting meetings," one scout said. "This year, it took about one minute to say, McDavid-Eichel-Hanifin and there was no debate. We moved on to who's No. 4 almost immediately."
Other current/future NCAA players factored into the list as well. Michigan's Zach Werenski was ranked 8th overall, and future Wolverine Kyle Connor was ranked 13th. Other potential college players to rank in the first round included 18. Colin White(BC) 22. Jordan Greenway(BU) 26. Brock Boeser(uncommitted) and 29. Jeremy Bracco(BC).
Three other college commits--Notre Dame's Christian Fischer, Minnesota's Tom Novak, and North Dakota's Matej Tomek--were ranked outside the top 30.