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NHL Central Scouting Releases Their Final Rankings For The 2016 Draft

Since the Oilers aren't in the playoffs, we're looking ahead to the draft.

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The final draft rankings from Central Scouting are out and Auston Matthews tops the list. From the NHL's press release:

"Auston Matthews is an extraordinary prospect with NHL size, speed and smarts combined with an exceptional work ethic and a relentless compete level," said Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr. "The other players in the mix for the top five selections have all improved their stock, but Matthews is our clear choice as the top prospect available for the 2016 NHL Draft."

Having played in Zurich this season, Matthews is ranked as the top European skater in this year's draft class. He is followed on that list by two players from the Finnish Elite League, Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi, numbers two and three on the list, respectively. If the pre-draft rankings are to be believed it'll be these three players that go to the three lottery winning teams at this summer's draft.

The rest of the European top ten and the entire North American top ten can be found in the tables below. For the complte rankings you can visit the NHL website.

Final Rank Midterm Rank Player Position Last Amateur Club League
1 1 Auston Matthews Center Zurich SWISS
2 3 Patrik Laine Right Wing Tappara FINLAND
3 2 Jesse Puljujarvi Right Wing Karpat FINLAND
4 4 Rasmus Asplund Center Farjestad SWEDEN
5 6 German Rubtsov Center Team U18 RUSSIA-JR.
6 5 Carl Grundstrom Right Wing Modo SWEDEN
7 7 Yegor Korshkov Right Wing Yaroslavl RUSSIA
8 10 Filip Hronek Defenseman HR. Kralove CZREP
9 11 Henrik Borgstrom Center HIFK Jr. FINLAND-JR.
10 8 Linus Lindstrom Center Skelleftea Jr. SWEDEN-JR.

Final Rank Midterm Rank Player Position Last Amateur Club League
1 7 Pierre-Luc Dubois Left Wing Cape Breton QMJHL
2 1 Matthew Tkachuk Left Wing London OHL
3 3 Alexander Nylander Left Wing Mississauga OHL
4 2 Jakob Chychrun Defenseman Sarnia OHL
5 5 Olli Juolevi Defenseman London OHL
6 9 Charles McAvoy Defenseman Boston University H-EAST
7 14 Logan Brown Center Windsor OHL
8 10 Mikhail Sergachev Defenseman Windsor OHL
9 8 Clayton Keller Center USA U-18 USHL
10 12 Kieffer Bellows Left Wing USA U-18 USHL