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Top 100 NHL Prospects in the NCAA—2019 Preseason Edition

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Los Angeles Kings prospect Alex Turcotte begins the year as the top college prospect
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A new college hockey season is rapidly approaching, and once again, the eyes of the NHL will once again be focused on the next generation of NHLers currently playing in the college ranks.

37 players from my annual top-100 prospects list from last year went on to sign NHL contracts over the summer, including the top four and eight of the top 10. That created a lot of room for some talented newcomers to enter the list, with a lot of quality players returning as well.

Topping the list to begin the season is Wisconsin freshman Alex Turcotte, the fifth overall pick in last summer’s NHL Draft. Turcotte will become just the second top-5 NHL draft pick to play in the NCAA after being drafted in the past decade, joining Cale Makar, who topped last year’s list.

The Badgers also have the top returning prospect in the NCAA in sophomore defenseman K’Andre Miller, who has continued to develop into a dominating force on the blue line since being drafted in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft.

It’s a long season, and much will change once teams start hitting the ice and games begin being played. It’s always a very fluid list. But here is how I see things as the season begins.

  1. Alex Turcotte-F-Wisconsin(Los Angeles Kings)
  2. K’Andre Miller-D-Wisconsin(New York Rangers)
  3. Trevor Zegras-F-Boston University(Anaheim Ducks)
  4. Scott Perunovich-D-Minnesota Duluth(St. Louis)
  5. Matthew Boldy-F-Boston College(Minnesota Wild)
  6. Cole Caufield-F-Wisconsin(Montreal Canadiens)
  7. Spencer Knight-G-Boston College(Florida Panthers)
  8. Jacob Bernard-Docker-D-North Dakota(Ottawa Senators)
  9. Alex Newhook-F-Boston College(Colorado Avalanche)
  10. Dylan Holloway-F-Wisconsin(2020 NHL Draft eligible)
  11. Evan Barratt-F-Penn State(Chicago Blackhawks)
  12. Ian Mitchell-D-Denver(Chicago Blackhawks)
  13. Dylan Samberg-D-Minnesota Duluth(Winnipeg)
  14. Cam York-D-Michigan(Philadelphia Flyers)
  15. Tanner Laczynski-F-Ohio State(Philadelphia Flyers)
  16. Ryan Johnson-D-Minnesota(Buffalo Sabres)
  17. Aarne Talvitie-F-Penn State(New Jersey Devils)
  18. Sammy Walker-F-Minnesota(Tampa Bay Lightning)
  19. Bobby Brink-F-Denver(Philadelphia Flyers)
  20. John Beecher-F-Michigan(Boston Bruins)
  21. Mattias Samuelsson-D-Western Michigan(Buffalo Sabres)
  22. Wade Allison-F-Western Michigan(Philadelphia Flyers)
  23. Shane Pinto-F-North Dakota(Ottawa Senators)
  24. Slava Demin-D-Denver(Vegas Golden Knights)
  25. Tyler Madden-F-Northeastern(Vancouver Canucks)
  26. Jack Dugan-F-Providence(Vegas Golden Knights)
  27. Reilly Walsh-D-Harvard(New Jersey Devils)
  28. David Cotton-F-Boston College(Carolina Hurricanes)
  29. Jack Drury-F-Harvard(Carolina Hurricanes)
  30. Ty Emberson-D-Wisconsin(Arizona Coyotes)
  31. Tyler Wall-G-UMass Lowell(New York Rangers)
  32. Will Lockwood-F-Michigan(Vancouver Canucks)
  33. Cam Morrison-F-Notre Dame(Colorado Avalanche)
  34. Alex Vlasic-D-Boston University(Chicago Blackhawks)
  35. Emilio Pettersen-F-Denver(Calgary Flames)
  36. Cole Guttman-F-Denver(Tampa Bay Lightning)
  37. Jackson LaCombe-D-Minnesota(Anaheim Ducks)
  38. Jonny Tychonick-D-North Dakota(Ottawa Senators)
  39. Jachym Kondelik-F-Connecticut(Nashville Predators)
  40. Brett Stapley-F-Denver(Montreal Canadiens)
  41. Jordan Harris-D-Northeastern(Montreal Canadiens)
  42. Blake McLaughlin-F-Minnesota(Anaheim Ducks)
  43. Ruslan Ishkakov-D-Connecticut(New York Islanders)
  44. Hugh McGing-F-Western Michigan(St. Louis Blues)
  45. Jack McBain-F-Boston College(Minnesota Wild)
  46. Morgan Barron-F-Cornell(New York Rangers)
  47. Brandon Kruse-F-Bowling Green(Vegas Golden Knights)
  48. Jack Rathbone-D-Harvard(Vancouver Canucks)
  49. Noah Cates-F-Minnesota Duluth(Philadelphia)
  50. Vladislav Firstov-F-Connecticut(Minnesota Wild)
  51. Colton Poolman-D-North Dakota(Free Agent)
  52. Max Gildon-D-New Hampshire(Florida Panthers)
  53. Layton Ahac-D-Ohio State(Vegas Golden Knights)
  54. Linus Weissbach-F-Wisconsin(Buffalo Sabres)
  55. David Farrance-D-Boston University(Nashville Predators)
  56. Max Johnson-F-Bowling Green(Free Agent)
  57. Ben Brinkman-D-Minnesota(Dallas Stars)
  58. Jasper Weatherby-F-North Dakota(San Jose Sharks)
  59. Mike Robinson-G-New Hampshire(San Jose Sharks)
  60. Peter DiLiberatore-D-Quinnipiac(Vegas Golden Knights)
  61. Jack St. Ivany-D-Yale(Philadelphia Flyers)
  62. Sampo Ranta-RW-Minnesota(Colorado Avalanche)
  63. Tyce Thompson-F-Providence(New Jersey Devils)
  64. Drew Helleson-D-Boston College(Colorado Avalanche)
  65. Demetrios Koumontzis-F-Arizona State(Calgary Flames)
  66. Nick Perbix-D-St. Cloud State(Tampa Bay Lightning)
  67. Jeremy Swayman-G-Maine(Boston Bruins)
  68. Jack Badini-F-Harvard(Anaheim Ducks)
  69. Jayden Struble-D-Northeastern(Montreal Canadiens)
  70. Alex Limoges-F-Penn State(Free Agent)
  71. Wyatt Kalynuk-D-Wisconsin(Philadelphia Flyers)
  72. Michael Callahan-D-Providence(Arizona Coyotes)
  73. Matt Stienburg-F-Cornell(Colorado Avalanche)
  74. Jack Gorniak-F-Wisconsin(Montreal Canadiens)
  75. Mitchell Chaffee-F-UMass(Free Agent)
  76. Judd Caulfield-F-North Dakota(Pittsburgh Penguins)
  77. John Farinacci-F-Harvard(Arizona Coyotes)
  78. Parker Tuomie-F-Minnesota State(Free Agent)
  79. Nick Wolff-D-Minnesota Duluth(Free Agent)
  80. Logan Cockerill-F-Boston University(New York Islanders)
  81. Curtis Hall-F-Yale(Boston Bruins)
  82. Case McCarthy-D-Boston University(New Jersey Devils)
  83. Jack Perbix-F-Minnesota(Anaheim Ducks)
  84. Logan Hutsko-F-Boston College(Florida Panthers)
  85. Johnny Walker-F-Arizona State(Free Agent)
  86. Trevor Janicke-F-Notre Dame(Anaheim Ducks)
  87. Jack Ahcan-D-St. Cloud State(Free Agent)
  88. Henry Thrun-D-Harvard(Anaheim Ducks)
  89. Grant Mismash-F-North Dakota(Nashville Predators)
  90. Seth Barton-D-UMass Lowell(Detroit Red Wings)
  91. Ben Mirageas-D-Providence(New York Islanders)
  92. Jack Adams-F-Union(Detroit Red Wings)
  93. Angus Crookshank-F-New Hampshire(Ottawa Senators)
  94. Marshall Warren-D-Boston College(Minnesota Wild)
  95. Jared Moe-G-Minnesota(Winnipeg Jets)
  96. Cole Hults-D-Penn State(Los Angeles Kings)
  97. Jack Malone-F-Cornell(Vancouver Canucks)
  98. Connor Mackey-D-Minnesota State(Free Agent)
  99. Scott Reedy-F-Minnesota(San Jose Sharks)
  100. Keith Petruzelli-G-Quinnipiac(Detroit Red Wings)