ISS hockey has released their first rankings for the 2016 NHL draft, and there is an OHL flair to the list. Nine players earned a spot in the top 30, all of whom are among the top 15.
The top ranked OHLer is Sarnia Sting D-man Jakob Chychrun at the second spot. Chychrun shouldn’t need any introduction to OHL fans, as the 2014 OHL first overal pick has been as good as advertised for the Sting. Good health would go a long way towards potentially competing for the top spot.
Immediately after Chychrun are a pair of London Knights newcomers, with Americans Max Jones and Matt Tkachuk holding down the third and fourth spots. Jones may only have one point thus far, but his size and compete level ensure that the points will come. Tkachuk on the other hand has been near unstoppable, with 10 points in his first four games.
With the NHL always looking for big centremen, it should be no surprise that Mississauga’s Michael McLeod and Windsor’s Logan Brown also crack the top ten. At 6’2 and 6’5, respectively, the two also have been quite capable on the offensive end too. McLeod has posted six points in five games, while Brown has led his team in scoring with 6 points in only three games.
The rest of the OHLers on the list are made up of import players, including McLeod’s Mississauga teammate, Alex Nylander. The slick Swede has put up nearly identical numbers to McLeod, with seven points in five games, good enough to be 11th on the list. He’s followed up by Brown’s teammate in Windsor, Russian D-man Mikhail Sergachev, who has been part of a surprisingly strong Spitfires squad.
Finally, Dimitri Sokolov and Olli Juolevi round out the top 15. Sokolov has two points for a weak Sudbury team, but scouts aren’t holding that against him, as his high skill level is apparent upon watching. Juolevi has been playing top four minutes for a high powered Knights team, and will likely see his stock rise as the Knights keep scoring.
For the entire list, be sure to check out the ISS Hockey website