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TOP 30 / McKeen's 2017 NHL Draft Rankings

RANKPLAYERPOSTEAMHT/WTDOBGP-G-A-PTS
1Nico HischierCHalifax (QMJHL)6-1/1751999-01-0421-17-17-34
2Nolan PatrickCBrandon (WHL)6-3/2001998-09-196-4-5-9
3Michael RasmussenCTri-City (WHL)6-6/2151999-04-1722-18-10-28
4Timothy LiljegrenDRogle (Swe)6-0/1901999-04-306-4-0-4
5Klim KostinLWDynamo Moscow (KHL)6-3/1951999-05-058-0-0-0
6Casey MittelstadtCGreen Bay (USHL)6-1/2001998-11-2216-8-13-21
7Nikita PopugaevLWMoose Jaw (WHL)6-5/2051998-11-2021-14-16-30
8Eeli TolvanenRWSioux City (USHL)5-10/1751999-04-2215-9-8-17
9Owen TippettRWMississauga (OHL)6-1/2001999-02-1620-16-8-24
10Kristian VesalainenLWFrolunda (Swe)6-3/2051999-06-0116-1-4-5
11Miro HeiskanenDHIFK Helsinki (Fin)6-0/1701999-07-1817-2-3-5
12Martin NecasCKometa Brno (Cze)6-0/1701999-01-1520-5-6-11
13Maxime ComtoisLWVictoriaville (QMJHL)6-2/2001999-01-0822-6-7-13
14Cal FooteDKelowna (WHL)6-3/2151998-12-1321-1-14-15
15Elias PetterssonCTimra (Swe 2)6-1/1601998-11-1219-8-12-20
16Gabriel VilardiCWindsor (OHL)6-3/2001999-08-1614-8-13-21
17Urho VaakanainenDJyP Jyvaskyla (Fin)6-2/1851999-01-0113-1-0-1
18Ryan PoehlingCSt. Cloud State (NCHC)6-2/1851999-01-039-3-2-5
19Matthew StromeLWHamilton (OHL)6-3/2051999-01-0620-14-12-26
20Juuso ValimakiDTri-City (WHL)6-2/2051998-10-0622-4-18-22
21Lias AnderssonCHV 71 (Swe)5-11/2001998-10-1315-4-4-8
22MacKenzie EntwistleCHamilton (OHL)6-3/1801999-07-1420-9-7-16
23Nicolas HagueDMississauga (OHL)6-6/2151998-12-0519-8-9-17
24Cody GlassCPortland (WHL)6-2/1801999-04-0121-10-20-30
25Ostap SafinLWSparta Praha (Cze)6-4/2001999-02-115-0-1-1
26Shane BowersCWaterloo (USHL)6-1/1801999-07-3015-8-7-15
27Grant MismashLWNTDP (USA)6-0/1851999-02-1920-5-7-12
28Robert ThomasCLondon (OHL)5-11/1851999-07-0219-6-13-19
29Ukko-Pekka LuukkonenGHPK (Fin Jr)6-4/1951999-03-0914 GP, .925
30Conor TimminsDSault Ste Marie (OHL)6-1/1851998-09-1821-2-16-18