My goal coming in to this years draft was to make my rankings completely independent of widely published lists. One thing I have always respected about Craig Button, is that he creates his draft list by trusting his own instincts.
With that in mind, the list below is an unconventional one. Nolan Patrick’s injury history and underwhelming production, led me to be far less impressed with him compared to a year ago.
The QMJHL has always been a high scoring league, and Hischier failed to dominate down the stretch. Hardly becoming of a player ranked first overall by many scouts.