TSN analyst Bob McKenzie released his final ranking list for the 2016 NHL Draft. McKenzie's list is based on a survey of scouts and other management and is typically one of the most accurate lists in terms of what the actual first round of the Draft will look like.
A few thoughts on the noteworthy items on the list...
-Overall, this is mostly what one would expect. I can't spot many rankings that are way off from the conventional wisdom.
-8/10 scouts picked Auston Matthews as the top overall pick in the Draft over Patrik Laine.
-Clayton Keller rose up to 8th in the rankings. I still think he's good enough to go higher. It appears he's pretty likely to go in the top-10, which is better than most mock drafts I've seen.
-The ranking of the top defensemen available has been interesting to watch all spring. McKenzie's list has them like this: 1. Juolevi(6th) 2. Sergachev(9th) 3. Bean(12th) 4. Chychrun(13th) 5. McAvoy(14th) 6. Fabbro(16th)
-Dennis Cholowski has consistently been sneaking into the first round of many mock drafts, and coming in at 25th on this list is a good sign for him to become the first St. Cloud State player selected in the first round.