(h/t to Mark Stepneski)
Bob McKenzie just posted his final prospect rankings for the forthcoming draft. As expected, the top three consist of John Tavares, Victor Hedman, and Matt Duchene. Evander Kane and Brayden Schenn round out the Top 5.
But guess who's at #6?
6. OLIVER EKMAN-LARSSON
BTW, McKenzie's ratings have Nazem Kadri rates as the 8th highest draft prospect where the Stars are drafting. Magnus Paajarvi-Svenssen has dropped to 10 on this list.
It's a good read, but do keep this disclaimer in mind:
This is not a prediction of which team will take which prospect. In fact, when TSN puts its rankings together it doesn't even take into account the order of selection at the draft. It is a ranking based on consensus opinion from 10 NHL scouts surveyed by McKenzie, who has been using the same process and formula for draft rankings since he originated The Hockey News Draft Preview in 1984, over 25 years ago. And neither is it the personal or subjective opinion of McKenzie, who instead relies on the combined expertise of the scouts surveyed to calculate where prospects should be slotted on consensus from Nos. 1 through 60. Historically, it has been a good barometer of which players will be chosen in the first round.