FC’s November ranking for 2016 NHL Draft

Press Release2016 Draft Center, Draft Rankings


CALGARY, AB — Auston Matthews of the ZSC Lions tops Future Considerations’ November ranking for the 2016 NHL Draft. 

Matthews continues to claim the top spot in the ranking, having retained his position from Future Considerations’ Preliminary and October rankings. The 18-year-old Lions standout has seven goals and 17 points in just 14 games this season with Zurich in the Swiss league. He was also named to Team USA’s entry for the Deutschland Cup but has been unable to play after sustaining a back injury that continues to sideline him.

Jakob Chychrun of the Sarnia Sting trails Matthews. Chychrun, the highest ranked defenseman for the 2016 NHL Draft, has four goals and 12 points in 18 games this season. The 6-foot-2, 214-pound blueliner is also a plus-11 on the season.

Jesse Puljujarvi, third, also retains his ranking from October. Puljujarvi, a Swedish-born Finnish player, has five goals and nine points in 19 games for Karpat, and two goals and two assists in five games for Finland internationally. He also had three goals and five points in four games at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial in August.

Matthew Tkachuk of the London Knights sits fourth in the ranking. Tkachuk, the son of former NHLer Keith Tkachuk, has shredded the opposition in the Ontario Hockey League, amassing 23 assists and 30 points through the first 16 games of the season.

Patrik Laine of Tappara is fifth in the ranking. Laine has four goals and seven points in 13 games this season, and three goals and five points in four games in international competition for Finland.

Here are the top-30 ranked players in Future Considerations’ November ranking for the 2016 NHL Draft:

1Auston MatthewsZSCNLAC6'2"195
2Jakob ChychrunSarniaOHLD6'2"215
3Jesse PuljujarviKarpatLiigaRW6'4"195
4Matthew TkachukLondonOHLLW6'1"195
5Patrik LaineTapparaLiigaRW6'4"205
6Julien GauthierVal-d'OrQMJHLRW6'4"225
7Pierre-Luc DuboisCape BretonQMJHLLW6'3"200
8Alexander NylanderMississaugaOHLRW6'1"180
9Max JonesLondonOHLLW6'3"205
10Dante FabbroPentictonBCHLD6'0"190
11Olli JuoleviLondonOHLD6'2"180
12Tyler BensonVancouverWHLLW6'0"205
13Logan BrownWindsorOHLC6'6"225
14Mikhail SergachyovWindsorOHLD6'3"205
15Michael McLeodMississaugaOHLC6'2"190
16Kieffer BellowsU.S. National U18USHLC6'0"195
17Tyson JostPentictonBCHLC5'11"190
18Charlie McAvoyBoston UniversityNCAAD6'0"210
19Clayton KellerU.S. National U18USHLC5'10"170
20Kale ClagueBrandonWHLD6'0"175
21Samuel GirardShawiniganQMJHLD5'10"160
22Sam SteelReginaWHLC5'11"175
23Vitali AbramovGatineauQMJHLLW5'9"170
24Jake BeanCalgaryWHLD6'0"175
25Chad KrysU.S. National U18USHLD5'11"185
26Luke KuninUniversity of WisconsinNCAAC6'0"195
27Libor HajekSaskatoonWHLD6'2"190
28Alex DeBrincatErieOHLRW5'7"160
29Dmitri SokolovSudburyOHLLW6'0"220
30Carl GrundstromMODOSHLLW6'0"195