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2019 NHL Draft Rankings Countdown: 20-1

Welcome to the conclusion of our 2019 NHL Draft Rankings. We’ve been going over the top 100 prospects eligible for the draft and ranking them based on their fantasy hockey league potential.

Today we’ll finish the countdown with the players ranked 1 to 20. If you missed them please check out the previous rankings: 100 – 81 | 80 – 61 | 60 – 41

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NHL Draft Rankings

 20. Brett Leason, RW, Prince Albert (WHL)

Brett Leason

Passed over in the two previous drafts, there’s no chance of Leason slipping through the cracks again. A previous knock on him was his skating, but he’s drastically improved that over the past year.

19. Arthur Kaliyev, RW, Hamilton (OHL)

Arthur Kaliyev

Kaliyev’s 51 goals are the second-highest of the draft class. He boasts tremendous skill, but his lack of effort in the defensive zone make him a boom-or-bust pick.

18. Bobby Brink, RW, Sioux City (USHL)

Bobby Brink

Brink has great hockey sense and quick hands with the puck. He was named forward of the year for the USHL.

17. Raphael Lavoie, RW, Halifax (QMJHL)

Raphael Lavoie

Lavoie uses his 6’4″ frame to shield off opponents, giving him a strong puck-possession game. His defensive game is lacking, but he has the tools to be effective in every zone.

16. Moritz Seider, D, Mannheim (DEL)

Moritz Seider

Seider can shut down the opposition with his size and skating ability. His offensive game could use some work, but he looks to be one of the more complete defenders in the draft.

15. Cam York, D, U.S. NTDP (USHL)

Cam York

York has some troubles in the defensive zone, but is one of the most offensively gifted blueliners in the draft. This is likely a case of a player that will have more value in a fantasy league as opposed to real-life value.

14. Alex Newhook, C, Victoria (BCHL)

Alex Newhook

Newhook was one of four players in his age group to crack 100 points. His skating is top notch and has quality playmaking skills.

13. Philip Broberg, D, AIK (SWE)

Philip Broberg

Broberg is a proficient skater and can control the pace of the play. He should end up as a top pairing defenseman for the team that drafts him.

12. Spencer Knight, G, U.S. NTDP (USHL)

Spencer Knight

Knight is in a class of his own for goaltenders in the draft. He has all the tools to be a sure-fire number one netminder at the NHL level.

11. Peyton Krebs, C, Kootenay (WHL)

Peyton Krebs

Krebs may fall in the draft after needing surgery on his Achilles. However, he still projects to be a quality top six playmaking center.

10. Kirby Dach, C, Saskatoon (WHL)

Kirby Dach

Dach has a great mix of size and skill, allowing him to overpower most opponents. He could become a solid number two centerman.

9. Dylan Cozens, C, Lethbridge (WHL)

Dylan Cozens

Cozens has all the tools of an effective power forward. His mix of speed, size, and shot make him enticing to add to your top six forward group.

8. Matthew Boldy, LW, U.S NTDP (USHL)

Matthew Boldy

Boldy has an NHL-ready frame and always finds a way to get the puck to his teammates. He is the top left wing available in the draft.

7. Cole Caufield, RW, U.S. NTDP (USHL)

Cole Caufield

Despite his 5’7″ stature, Caufield is quick with his hands and his feet, while boasting an electric shot. He had 21 more goals than anyone else in the draft. He’s the best pure goal scorer available.

6. Vasili Podkolzin, RW, SKA-Neva (VHL)

Vasili Podkolzin

Podkolzin never quits on the play. He’s tenacious, but also talented. His stick-handling is top notch and looks to have the makeup of a top line two-way winger.

5. Trevor Zegras, C, U.S. NTDP (USHL)

Trevor Zegras

Zegras can anticipate the play and boasts elite playmaking abilities. He should no doubt become a top-six forward that’s a key cog on the power play.

4. Alex Turcotte, C, U.S. NTDP (USHL)

Alex Turcotte

Turcotte is a highly skilled centerman that can skate and play physical. He’ll be a high-end number two centre at the very least, with the potential to anchor a team’s top line.

3. Bowen Byram, D, Vancouver (WHL)

Bowen Byram

Byram is the clear cut top defender in the draft. He led WHL playoff scoring with 26 points. He has the potential to be a true number one defenseman.

2. Kaapo Kakko, RW, TPS (Liiga)

Kaapo Kakko

Kakko has both skill and size, and has put that on display internationally. He has the tools to be a franchise winger, and the only other player capable of being draft first overall.

1. Jack Hughes, C, U.S. NTDP (USHL)

Jack Hughes

There may be some temptation for New Jersey to select Kakko, but Hughes has the highest ceiling of anyone. He’s the U.S. program’s all-time leading scorer, and will be a franchise player for years to come.

Check out all of Brandon’s NHL Draft Rankings: 100 – 81| 80 – 61 | 60 – 41 | 40 – 21 | 20 – 1

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