April is the month normally when most scouts and NHL teams have finalized draft rankings.  However, for many scouts, their work is just beginning for some prospects.  The Under-18 World Championships are taking place in Texas beginning April 26th.  This will be the closest experience many scouts will have to compare similar talent levels

Here are a few factors to take into consideration:

  1. The OHL officially cancelled their season.  Many prospects just aren’t going to get play this season in this league.
  2. The Memorial Cup, a Championship style tournament held between the WHL, OHL, and QMJHL was cancelled.
  3. The USHL has a higher and depth calibre of talent this year, a factor that should be considered overall.
  4. Luke Hughes, my second-ranked prospects will not participate in the U-18’s due to injury.

A few players have also moved up and down my list significantly. Chicago’s dynamic duo moved my list significantly.  Matthew Coronato finished the season with 46 goals, an outstanding feat considering the high level of talent in the USHL.  Dylan Guenther moved up two spots on my list and could easily continue to climb with a solid U-18’s.  He is averaging a goal-per-game in the shortened WHL season.  Both Carson Lambos and Aatu Raty dropped a bit.  Questions continue to arise about their offensive ceiling and while I still think they are likely first-rounders, other players have accelerated on my list.

Without further ado, here are my April Draft Rankings.

Ranking Name Height/Weight Team/Leauge
1. D Owen Power 6’5 209 U. of Michigan (NCAA)
2. D Luke Hughes 6’2 182 USA U-18 (USHL)
3. C Matthew Beniers 6’0 179 U. of Michigan (NCAA)
4. D Brandt Clarke 6’1 181 Barrie (OHL)
5. C William Eklund 5’10 172 Djurgardens (SWEHL)
6. W Dylan Guenther 6’1 170 Edmonton (WHL)
7. D Simon Edvinsson 6’4 185 Frolunda (SWEHL)
8. C Kent Johnson 6’1 170  U. of Michigan (NCAA)
9. G Jesper Wallstedt 6’3 214 Luleau (SWEHL)
10. W Fabian Lysell 5’10 176 Frolunda (SWEHL)
11. W Matthew Coronato 5’10 181 Chicago (USHL)
12. C Matthew Samoskevich 5’9 172 Chicago (USHL)
13. C Aatu Raty 6’1 181 Karpat (FIN)
14. C Cole Sillinger 6’0 187 Medecine Hat (WHL)
15. D Carson Lambos 6’1 200 Winnipeg (WHL)
16. C Zachary L’Heureux 5’11 194 Halifax (QMJHL)
17. C Chaz Lucius 6’0 172 USA U-18 (USHL)
18. C Mason McTavish 6’1 196 Peterborough (OHL)
19. W Nikita Chibrikov 5’10 170 SKA (MHL-RUS)
20. D Corson Ceulemans 6’2 190 Brooks (AJHL)
21. G Sebastian Cossa 6’6 210 Edmonton (WHL)
22. C Francesco Pinelli 6’0 176 Kitchener (OHL)
23. C Zachary Bolduc 6’0 161 Rimouski (QMJHL)
24. D Stanislav Svozil 5’11 167 HC Kometa (CZE)
25. D Danill Chayka 6’2 187 Guelph (OHL)
26. C Xavier Bourgault 5’11 154 Shawinigan (QMJHL)
27. W Simon Robertsson 6’0 181 Skelleftea (SWEHL)
28. W Isak Rosen 5’10 154 Leksand (SWEHL)
29. W Logan Stankoven 5’8 170 Kamloops (WHL)
30. W Oskar Olausson 6’2 182 HV71 (SWEHL)
31. W Brennan Othman 6’0 175 Olten (SUI)
32. C Brett Harrison 6’1 172 Oshawa (OHL)