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TOP 30 / McKeen's 2016 NHL Draft Rankings

RANKPLAYERPOSTEAMHT/WTDOBGP-G-A-PTS
1Patrik LaineRWTappara (Fin)6-4/2101998-04-1926-8-9-17
2Auston MatthewsCZSC Zurich (Sui)6-1/1951997-09-1725-18-12-30
3Jesse PuljujarviRWKarpat Oulu (Fin)6-4/2051998-05-0734-6-8-14
4Michael McLeodCMississauga (OHL)6-2/1901998-02-0340-17-29-46
5Olli JuoleviDLondon (OHL)6-2/1851998-05-0530-4-20-24
6Alexander NylanderCMississauga (OHL)6-0/1801998-03-0235-23-28-51
7Jakob ChychrunDSarnia (OHL)6-2/2151998-03-3137-6-19-25
8Matthew TkachukLWLondon (OHL)6-1/1951997-12-1132-15-47-62
9Mikhail SergachyovDWindsor (OHL)6-2/2051998-06-2542-11-18-29
10Charles McAvoyDBoston University (HE)6-0/2051997-12-2120-1-11-12
11Tyson JostCPenticton (BCHL)5-11/1901998-03-1434-26-41-67
12Jake BeanDCalgary (WHL)6-0/1751998-09-0643-15-25-40
13Pierre-Luc DuboisLWCape Breton (QMJHL)6-2/2001998-06-2441-26-35-61
14Logan BrownCWindsor (OHL)6-6/2251998-03-0534-6-30-36
15Julien GauthierRWVal d'Or (QMJHL)6-3/2251997-10-1531-30-8-38
16German RubtsovCTeam Russia U18 (Rus)6-2/1801998-06-2720-9-11-20
17Kieffer BellowsLWNTDP (USA)6-0/1951998-06-1034-26-18-44
18Max JonesLWLondon (OHL)6-3/2051998-02-1736-19-17-36
19Libor HajekDSaskatoon (WHL)6-2/1851998-02-0444-3-15-18
20Tage ThompsonCConnecticut (HE)6-5/1851997-10-3022-9-9-18
21Clayton KellerCNTDP (USA)5-9/1701998-07-2933-21-43-64
22Dante FabbroDPenticton (BCHL)6-0/1901998-06-2030-10-36-46
23Riley TufteLWBlaine (USHS-MN)6-5/2051998-04-1012-22-15-37
24Sam SteelCRegina (WHL)5-11/1801998-02-0345-15-27-42
25Rasmus AsplundCFarjestads (Swe)5-11/1751997-12-0329-4-2-6
26William BittenCFlint (OHL)5-10/1701998-07-1041-20-23-43
27Luke KuninCWisconsin (B1G)6-0/1951997-12-0419-8-9-17
28Tyler BensonLWVancouver (WHL)6-0/2001998-03-1528-8-18-26
29Markus NiemelainenDSaginaw (OHL)6-5/1901998-06-0841-1-21-22
30Carl GrundstromRWMoDo (Swe)6-0/1951997-12-0130-3-5-8