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Kuom: Final Draft Board for the 2019 NHL Draft

Draft fever is in the air as the big day in Vancouver is fast approaching.

My evaluations on over 300 prospects have been finalized and these are the ones I deem worthy of a draft pick. The entire two-year process I have gone through has culminated into the most important piece of work I will release this year. Today, I unveil my official and final draft board, which is the basis for the order in which I would select players, while considering how to maximize value.

In total 127 players made the cut. This draft class is about average, with plenty of skill and talent to go around. The variety of it is very intriguing. Two players are first overall worthy, and the top-7 as a whole looks strong. I have 23 players graded as first round talents, one being a goaltender. This is one of the most remarkable goaltender crops in recent memory. Spencer Knight headlines a collection of four goaltenders who I believe could be starting net-minders in the NHL one day.

As optimistic as I am about the goaltending in this draft class, the antithesis is the defensemen. Bowen Byram is the only top-end defensive prospect up for grabs, compared to the 2018 draft where I felt two defensemen had potential to be special, to go along with a great supporting cast. The quality and quantity after Byram is underwhelming.

Lastly, I want to make it clear that these rankings represent my opinion and my opinion alone. I’ve engaged and discussed the state of this draft with other individuals whose opinions I value, however, this list only depicts my thoughts and no one else.

Anyways, I’ll quit stalling. My final draft board for the 2019 NHL draft, enjoy:

Rank Player Name Position Team
1. Jack Hughes C U.S. U18 (USNTDP)
2. Kaapo Kakko RW TPS (Liiga)
3. Alex Newhook C Victoria (BCHL)
4. Matthew Boldy LW U.S. U18 (USNTDP)
5. Bowen Byram D Vancouver (WHL)
6. Dylan Cozens C Lethbridge (WHL)
7. Peyton Krebs C Kootenay (WHL)
8. Alex Turcotte C U.S. U18 (USNTDP)
9. Jamieson Rees C Sarnia (OHL)
10. Philip Tomasino C/RW Niagara (OHL)
11. Vasili Podkolzin RW SKA (VHL/MHL)
12. Bobby Brink RW Sioux City (USHL)
13. Trevor Zegras C/LW U.S. U18 (USNTDP)
14. Cole Caufield LW U.S. U18 (USNTDP)
15. Thomas Harley D Mississauga (OHL)
16. Patrik Puistola LW LeKi (Mestis)
17. Egor Afanasyev LW Muskegon (USHL)
18. Spencer Knight G U.S. U18 (USNTDP)
19. Philip Broberg D AIK (Allsvenskan)
20. Moritz Seider D Mannheim (DEL)
21. Nils Hoglander LW Rogle (SHL)
22. Ville Heinola D Lukko (Liiga)
23. Kirby Dach C Saskatoon (WHL)
24. William Constantinou D Kingston (OHL)
25. Graeme Clarke LW/RW Ottawa (OHL)
26. Trevor Janicke C Central Illinois (USHL)
27. Pavel Dorofeyev RW Metallurg (KHL)
28. Nicholas Robertson LW Peterborough (OHL)
29. Cam York D U.S. U18 (USNTDP)
30. Connor McMichael LW London (OHL)
31. Samuel Fagemo LW Frolunda (SHL)
32. Tobias Bjornfot D Djurgardens (SuperElit)
33. Jakob Pelletier LW Moncton (QMJHL)
34. Victor Soderstrom D Brynas (SHL)
35. Karl Henriksson C Frolunda (SuperElit)
36. Cameron Rowe G U.S. U18 (USNTDP)
37. Brett Leason RW Prince Albert (WHL)
38. Hugo Alnefelt G HV71 (SuperElit)
39. Ryan Suzuki C Barrie (OHL)
40. Egor Serdyuk RW Victoriaville (QMJHL)
41. Anttoni Honka D Jukurit (Liiga)
42. Domenick Fensore D U.S. U18 (USNTDP)
43. Mikko Petman LW Lukko (Jr. A SM-Liiga)
44. Case McCarthy D U.S. U18 (USNTDP)
45. Vladislav Kolyachonok D Flint (OHL)
46. Taylor Gauthier G Prince George (WHL)
47. Ilya Nikolayev C Loko (MHL)
48. Jakub Rychlovsky LW Benatky (Czech2)
49. Alexander Campbell LW Victoria (BCHL)
50. Michal Teply LW Benatky (Czech2)
51. Tuukka Tieksola RW Karpat (Jr. A SM-Liiga)
52. Arthur Kaliyev LW Hamilton (OHL)
53. Nikita Alexandrov C Charlottetown (QMJHL)
54. Juuso Parssinen C TPS (Jr. A SM-Liiga)
55. Matthew Robertson D Edmonton (WHL)
56. Samuel Poulin LW Sherbrooke (QMJHL)
57. Jordan Spence D Moncton (QMJHL)
58. Keean Washkurak C Mississauga (OHL)
59. Marshall Warren D U.S. U18 (USNTDP)
60. Marcus Kallionkieli LW Sioux City (USHL)
61. Artemi Knyazev D Chicoutimi (QMJHL)
62. Vladislav Firstov LW Waterloo (USHL)
63. Maxim Cajkovic LW/RW Saint John (QMJHL)
64. Liam Keeler C Edmonton (WHL)
65. Rhett Pitlick LW Chaska (USHS)
66. Luke Toporowski LW/RW Spokane (WHL)
67. Leevi Aaltonen LW KalPa (Jr. A SM-Liiga)
68. Nathan Legare LW Baie-Comeau (QMJHL)
69. Maxim Denezhkin C Loko (MHL)
70. Ryan Johnson D Sioux Falls (USHL)
71. Alexander Daryin LW/RW Loko (MHL)
72. Albin Grewe RW Djurgardens (SuperElit)
73. Aku Raty LW Karpat (Jr. A SM-Liiga)
74. Roman Bychkov D Loko (MHL)
75. Carter Berger D Victoria (BCHL)
76. Henry Thrun D U.S. U18 (USNTDP)
77. Shane Pinto C Tri-City (USHL)
78. Mikko Kokkonen D Jukurit (Liiga)
79. Vojtech Strondala C Kometa (Czech)
80. Zachary Jones D Tri-City (USHL)
81. Alex Beaucage RW Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL)
82. Reece Newkirk C Portland (WHL)
83. Robert Mastrosimone LW Chicago (USHL)
84. Semyon Chistyakov D Tolpar (MHL)
85. Kaedan Korczak D Kelowna (WHL)
86. Kalle Loponen D Karpat (Jr. A SM-Liiga)
87. Mikhail Abramov C Victoriaville (QMJHL)
88. Raphael Lavoie LW Halifax (QMJHL)
89. Layton Ahac D Prince George (BCHL)
90. Simon Holmstrom RW HV71 (SuperElit)
91. John Farinacci C Dexter School (USHS)
92. Yaroslav Likhachyov RW Gatineau (QMJHL)
93. Matias Maccelli LW/RW Dubuque (USHL)
94. Brayden Tracey LW Moose Jaw (WHL)
95. Justin Bergeron D Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL)
96. Alexei Protas LW Prince Albert (WHL)
97. Trent Miner G Vancouver (WHL)
98. Travis Treloar RW Chicago (USHL)
99. Trevor Kuntar RW/C Youngstown (USHL)
100. Kyen Sopa RW Niagara (OHL)
101. Zachary Okabe RW Grande Prairie (AJHL)
102. Pyotr Kochetkov G Ryazan (VHL)
103. Alexander Gordin LW SKA (MHL)
104. Adam Najman C Benatky (Czech2)
105. Aarne Intonen LW TPS (Jr. A SM-Liiga)
106. Christopher Merisier-Ortiz D Baie-Comeau (QMJHL)
107. Mads Sogaard G Medicine Hat (WHL)
108. Nolan Foote LW Kelowna (WHL)
109. Vladimir Alistrov LW Edmonton (WHL)
110. Keighan Gerrie C Thunder Bay (SIJHL)
111. Daniil Gutik LW Loko (MHL)
112. Yannik Valenti RW Vancouver (WHL)
113. Albert Johansson D Farjestad (SuperElit)
114. Isaiah Seville G Tri-City (USHL)
115. Nikola Pasic LW Linkoping (SuperElit)
116. Kirill Slepets LW/RW Lokomotiv (KHL)
117. Dmitri Tyuvilian D Loko (MHL)
118. Ronnie Attard D Tri-City (USHL)
119. Jami Krannila C Sioux Falls (USHL)
120. Cale Zimmerman RW Calgary (WHL)
121. Daniel D’Amico LW Windsor (OHL)
122. Marc Del Gaizo D UMass (Hockey East)
123. Eric Ciccolini RW Toronto (OJHL)
124. Valentin Nussbaumer C Shawinigan (QMJHL)
125. Judd Caulfield RW U.S. U18 (USNTDP)
126. Simon Boyko RW Brooks (AJHL)
127. Jaxon Nelson C Omaha (USHL)

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2019 NHL Draft – Do Not Draft List

Best Skill-Sets of the 2019 NHL Draft

Sleeper Picks for the 2019 NHL Draft