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2015 NHL Draft Guide: Top 5 Playmakers

Best playmaker 

Whenever a draft eligible prospect averages close to two assist per game you are dealing with a special passer.  "He's got it all in terms of playmaking," said one scout who figures Connor McDavid will regularly lead the NHL in assists.  "His speed, smarts, vision and puck skills are elite...above elite. Like all the great ones he sees plays before others can process them."

  Any other year Marner would be at the top of the list with his one-ice awareness and stickhandling prowess, while the crafty Merkley can make passes on the tape equally well on both his forehand and backhand. Barzal brings many of the same playmaking assets as Marner, and Strome's puck protection skills, hands and patience make him a dangerous playmaking threat.  

Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
1. Connor McDavid
2. Mitch Marner
3. Nick Merkley
4. Matt Barzal
5. Dylan Strome





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