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TOP 30 / McKeen's 2016 NHL Draft Rankings

RANKPLAYERPOSHT/WTBORNTEAMGP-G-A-PTS
1Patrik LaineLW6-4/2101998-04-19Tappara (Fin)46-17-16-33
2Auston MatthewsC6-2/2101997-09-17ZSC Lions (Sui)36-24-22-46
3Jesse PuljujarviRW6-4/2051998-05-07Karpat Oulu (Fin)50-13-15-28
4Matthew TkachukLW6-1/2001997-12-11London (OHL)57-30-77-107
5Olli JuoleviD6-2/1851998-05-05London (OHL)57-9-33-42
6Alexander NylanderLW6-0/1801998-03-02Mississauga (OHL)58-28-47-75
7Michael McLeodC6-2/1901998-02-03Mississauga (OHL)57-21-40-61
8Pierre-Luc DuboisLW6-2/2001998-06-24Cape Breton (QMJHL)62-42-57-99
9Logan BrownC6-6/2201998-03-05Windsor (OHL)59-21-53-74
10Jake BeanD6-0/1751998-06-09Calgary (WHL)68-24-40-64
11Clayton KellerC5-9/1701998-07-29USA (NTDP-18)62-37-70-107
12Charles McAvoyD6-0/2101997-12-21Boston University (HE)37-3-22-25
13Jakob ChychrunD6-2/2051998-03-31Sarnia (OHL)62-11-38-49
14Mikhail SergachevD6-2/2101998-06-25Windsor (OHL)67-17-40-57
15Tyson JostC5-11/1901998-03-14Penticton (BCHL)48-42-62-104
16Luke KuninLW6-0/1951997-12-04Wisconsin (B1G)34-19-13-32
17Max JonesLW6-2/2051998-02-17London (OHL)63-28-24-52
18Dennis CholowskiD6-0/1701998-02-15Chilliwack (BCHL)50-12-28-40
19Kieffer BellowsLW6-0/1951998-06-10USA (NTDP-18)62-50-31-81
20Julien GauthierRW6-3/2251997-10-15Val d'Or (QMJHL)54-41-16-57
21Riley TufteLW6-5/2051998-04-10Blaine (USHS-MN)25-47-31-78
22German RubtsovC6-2/1801998-06-27Team Russia U18 (MHL)28-12-14-26
23Rasmus AsplundC5-11/1751997-12-03Farjestads (Swe)46-4-8-12
24Dante FabbroD6-0/1901998-06-20Penticton (BCHL)45-14-53-67
25Tage ThompsonRW6-5/1851997-10-30Connecticut (HE)36-14-18-32
26Brett HowdenC6-2/1951998-03-28Moose Jaw (WHL)68-24-40-64
27Adam FoxD5-10/1851998-02-17USA (NTDP-18)64-9-50-59
28Jordan KyrouRW6-0/1801998-05-08Sarnia (OHL)65-17-34-51
29Lucas JohansenD6-1/1751997-11-16Kelowna (WHL)69-10-39-49
30Pascal LabergeRW6-1/1751998-04-09Victoriaville (QMJHL)56-23-45-68