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    By Ryan Wagman, April 4th, 2019
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    By McKeen's Hockey, April 4th, 2019
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  • CHELYABINSK, RUSSIA - APRIL 19: Finland's Kaapo Kakko #33 plays the puck while while Slovakia's Nicolas Ferenyi #11 looks on during preliminary round action at the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. (Photo by Andrea Cardin/HHOF-IIHF Images)
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    By Jimmy Hamrin, May 20th, 2019
    A talented forward with speed, smarts and skill, but who lacks in strength, size and physicality. His size is what it is, but he can work on his strength, as his lower body strength needs [...]
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    By Jimmy Hamrin, May 18th, 2019
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    By Marco Bombino, May 17th, 2019
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  • 190427 Elmer Söderblom of Sweden during the ice hockey semi final game in The IIHF U18 World Championship between Canada and Sweden on April 27 in Örnsköldsvik.
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    By Jimmy Hamrin, May 16th, 2019
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    By Ryan Wagman, May 15th, 2019
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    By Vince Gibbons, May 14th, 2019
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  • CHELYABINSK, RUSSIA - APRIL 24: Russia's Yegor Spiridonov #7 plays the puck while Slovakia's Alexander Zekucia #5 defends during preliminary round action at the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. (Photo by Andrea Cardin/HHOF-IIHF Images)
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  • 190104 Goaltender Pyotr Kochetkov of Russia during the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship semifinal game between Russia and USA on January 4, 2019 in Vancouver.
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    By Ryan Wagman, May 13th, 2019
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  • ORNSKOLDSVIK, SWEDEN - APRIL 22: LatviaÕs Arturs Silovs #30 makes a glove save during preliminary round action against Slovakia at the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship at Fjallraven Center on April 22, 2019 in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden. (Photo by Steve Kingsman/HHOF-IIHF Images)
    By Jimmy Hamrin, May 13th, 2019
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TOP 31 / McKeen's 2019 NHL Draft Rankings

RANKPLAYERPOSTEAMHT/WTDOB
1Jack HughesCNTDP (USHL)5-10/1702001-05-14
2Kaapo KakkoRWTPS Turku (Fin)6-2/1952001-02-13
3Kirby DachCSaskatoon (WHL)6-3/2002001-01-21
4Bowen ByramDVancouver (WHL)6-1/1952001-06-13
5Vasili PodkolzinRWSKA-1946 St. Petersburg (Rus)6-1/1902001-06-24
6Dylan CozensCLethbridge (WHL)6-3/1852001-02-09
7Trevor ZegrasCNTDP (USHL)6-0/1652001-03-20
8Peyton KrebsCKootenay (WHL)5-11/1802001-01-26
9Alex TurcotteCNTDP (USHL)5-11/1952001-02-26
10Victor SoderstromDBrynas (Swe)5-11/1802001-02-26
11Matthew BoldyLWNTDP (USHL)6-1/1852001-04-05
12Philip BrobergDAIK (Swe)6-3/2002001-06-25
13Cole CaufieldRWNTDP (USHL)5-7/1552001-01-02
14Simon HolmstromRWHV 71 (Swe)6-0/1852001-05-24
15Cam YorkDNTDP (USHL)5-11/1702001-01-05
16Alex NewhookCVictoria (BCHL)5-10/1952001-01-28
17Tobias BjornfotDDjurgardens (Swe)6-0/2002001-04-06
18Ryan SuzukiCBarrie (OHL)6-0/1802001-05-28
19Arthur KaliyevRWHamilton (OHL)6-1/1902001-06-26
20Marshall WarrenDNTDP (USHL)5-11/1702001-04-20
21Thomas HarleyDMississauga (OHL)6-3/1902001-08-19
22Raphael LavoieCHalifax (QMJHL)6-3/1952000-09-25
23Connor McMichaelCLondon (OHL)5-11/1752001-01-15
24Philip TomasinoCNiagara (OHL)6-0/1802001-07-28
25Matthew RobertsonDEdmonton (WHL)6-3/2002001-03-09
26Moritz SeiderDAdler Mannheim (Ger)6-3/1852001-04-06
27Albert JohanssonDFarjestads (Swe)5-11/1652001-01-04
28Robert MastrosimoneLWChicago (USHL)5-10/1702001-01-24
29Pavel DorofeyevLWStalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk (Rus)6-1/1702000-10-26
30Samuel PoulinLWSherbrooke (QMJHL)6-1/2052001-02-25
31Lassi ThomsonDKelowna (WHL)6-0/1902000-09-24