Welcome to the final Scouching Rankings for the 2019 NHL Draft. If you haven't viewed the accompanying video profiling the higher end of the rankings, be sure to click here and check it out!
As always, thank you all for the support through the year. I think the season was a huge building block for the project and I can't wait to see where we're at in 2020 and beyond. Without you, the reader, none of this would be possible.
This ranking outlines some of the important metrics I track over the year in the Prospect Tracker, so if you need a refresher on what these numbers mean, look no further:
A Brief Note: There are no goalies in this ranking, mostly because they seem to be evaluated on a different plane than skaters, but in short, based on what I've seen with my eyes, Spencer Knight, Pyotr Kochetkov, Mads Sogaard, Dustin Wolf, Ilya Konovalov, Isaiah Saville, Taylor Gauthier, Trent Miner, Erik Portillo and Hunter Jones are a "Top-10" set of goaltenders that I'd have my eye on for varying reasons. Amir Miftakhov is a curious one as well, just off of how many pucks he faced in a pro men's league and his remarkable athleticism.
Tier I - Hughes v. Kakko
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This year's draft to me is characterized by a ton of different players from a variety of different backgrounds. I'm not quite sure of how much Grade-A Talent will be coming out of this draft, but the USA National Program was one of the greatest teams I've ever seen play at this level, and I'm fascinated at where these guys may end up. Jack Hughes and Kappo Kakko are extremely high level talents that should contribute immediately, but beyond that, how you develop these players will be vital. I do strongly believe that once you pass the 2nd round, you could come away with a lot of very interesting prospects at every pick. There are enigmas everywhere, and there could be some great players to come out of places in this draft that you wouldn't expect.
With this article, the pre-draft coverage from Scouching is complete. There will be a post-draft video coming, and be sure to tune in to Scouching's inaugural mock draft, Wednesday, June 19th at 9:30EST, and definitely check out Scouch's Draftathon Friday, June 21st at 7:30PM, as well as Saturday, June 22nd at 10:30AM, where we'll be tracking all 7 rounds live. If you can, donations collected during the streams will go to the YouCanPlay Project, so be sure to come see what we're up to!
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Gut 1 - New Jersey Devils - Jack Hughes - C
Brain 1 - New Jersey Devils - Jack Hughes - C
Gut 2 - New York Rangers - Kaapo Kakko - RW
Brain 2 - New York Rangers - Kaapo Kakko - RW
Gut 3 - Chicago Blackhawks - Alex Turcotte - C
Brain 3 - Chicago Blackhawks - Alex Turcotte - C
Gut 4 - Colorado Avalanche - Kirby Dach - C
Brain 4 - Colorado Avalanche - Kirby Dach
Gut 5 - Los Angeles Kings - Dylan Cozens - C
Brain 5 - Los Angeles Kings - Bowen Byram - D
Gut 6 - Detroit Red Wings - Trevor Zegras - C/W
Brain 6 - Detroit Red Wings - Trevor Zegras - C/W
Gut 7 - Buffalo Sabres - Bowen Byram - D
Brain 7 - Buffalo Sabres - Dylan Cozens - C
Gut 8 - Edmonton Oilers - Peyton Krebs - LW
Brain 8 - Edmonton Oilers - Peyton Krebs - LW
Gut 9 - Anaheim Ducks - Vasili Podkolzin - RW
Brain 9 - Anaheim Ducks - Alex Newhook - C
Gut 10 - Vancouver Canucks - Alex Newhook - C
Brain 10 - Vancouver Canucks - Cole Caufield - C/LW
Gut 11 - Philadelphia Flyers - Matthew Boldy - LW
Brain 11 - Philadelphia Flyers - Vasili Podkolzin - RW
Gut 12 - Minnesota Wild - Spencer Knight - G
Brain 12 - Minnesota Wild - Ryan Suzuki - C
Gut 13 - Florida Panthers - Ryan Suzuki - C
Brain 13 - Florida Panthers - Arthur Kaliyev - RW
Gut 14 - Arizona Coyotes - Cam York - D
Brain 14 - Arizona Coyotes - Matthew Boldy - LW
Gut 15 - Montreal Canadiens - Raphaël Lavoie - C/RW
Brain 15 - Montreal Canadiens - Cam York - D
After publishing this first version, I realize I totally left out Cole Caufield from the gut picks until 16. My hunch is that his size was a factor because NHL, but it seems teams are seeing the forest through the trees on him. I would bet Caufield is gone by the time the 10th pick is made, but he is very tiny, so you never know.
Let's cut right to the chase. Congratulations to the St. Louis Blues/Boston Bruins for their wonderful Stanley Cup victory yadda yadda yadda. Here's the rest of the mock draft!
#16 - Colorado Avalanche