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:
- The OHL officially cancelled their season. Many prospects just aren’t going to get play this season in this league.
- The Memorial Cup, a Championship style tournament held between the WHL, OHL, and QMJHL was cancelled.
- The USHL has a higher and depth calibre of talent this year, a factor that should be considered overall.
- 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.
|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)|