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NHL draft 2017: Top 32 prospects

(Ranking. Name, Position, Height/Weight, Shoots, Date of birth, Team.)

1. Nolan Patrick (*Injury), C, 6-3/198, R, 19 Sep 98, Brandon: The big, skilled, poised center every team is looking for.

2. Nico Hischier, C, 6-0/176, L, 04 Jan 99, Halifax: Smooth, superbly skilled, and progressing rapidly.

3. Cody Glass, C, 6-2/179, R, 01 Apr 99, Portland: Lanky playmaker has hockey IQ that is off the charts.

4. Gabriel Vilardi, C, 6-3/203, R, 16 Aug 99, Windsor: Big, strong, rugged character center with skill. Foot speed is a question mark.

5. Nick Suzuki, C, 5-11/187, R, 10 Aug 99, Owen Sound: Excels in every facet of the game, and makes teammates better.

6. Kristian Vesalainen, LW, 6-3/207, L, 01 Jun 99, Frölunda: Huge, skilled winger had a tough year, but we still believe.

7. Casey Mittelstadt, C, 6-0/198, L, 22 Nov 98, Eden Prairie H.S.: Tremendous speed and dominates at every level.

8. Michael Rasmussen (*Injury), C, 6-6/215, L, 17 Apr 99, Tri-City: Enormous! Most physically gifted player in the draft.

9. Jason Robertson, LW, 6-2/196, L, 22 Jul 99, Kingston: The most underrated player in the draft — period.

10. Cale Makar, D, 5-11/179, R, 30 Oct 98, Brooks: Erik Karlsson-lite?

11. Erik Brännström, D, 5-10/178, L, 02 Sep 99, HV 71 Jrs.: Erik Karlsson-lite? Part Deux!

12. Miro Heiskanen, D, 6-0/172, L ,18 Jul 99, IFK Helsinki: Quintessential poised, puck-moving modern defenseman.

13. Owen Tippett, RW, 6-1/204, R, 16 Feb 99, Mississauga: Best pure sniper in the draft — scores from anywhere.

14. Martin Necas, C, 6-1/167, R, 15 Jan 99, Brno: Terrific skater, puckhandler, and an imaginative passer.

15. Klim Kostin (*Injury), RW, 6-3/183, L, 05 May 99, Dynamo: Big, nasty bull had his season shortened by injury.

16. Eeli Tolvanen, RW, 5-11/178, L, 22 Apr 99, Sioux City: Has the best one-timer since Brett Hull/Mike Bossy.

17. Juuso Välimäki, D, 6-2/204, L, 06 Oct 98, Tri-City: Long, tall, smooth blueliner contributes at both ends.

18. Elias Pettersson, RW, 6-1/168, L, 12 Nov 98, Timrå: Thin as a rail, but offensively gifted with a great shot.

19. Nikita Popugayev, LW, 6-5/204, R, 20 Nov 98, Prince George: Gargantuan size, wicked shot, and a natural scorer.

20. Lias Andersson, C, 5-11/198, L, 13 Oct 98, HV 71: Aggressive and competitive with underrated skills.

21. Cal Foote, D, 6-4/198, R, 13 Dec 98, Kelowna: Big, skilled rearguard with fine offensive instincts.

22. Kailer Yamamoto, RW, 5-8/160, R, 29 Sep 98, Spokane: Highly skilled and super productive, but small.

23. Michael DiPietro, G, 6-0/193, L, 09 Jun 99, Windsor: Best goalie in the draft is a top 10 talent, except for his height.

24. Nicolas Hague, D, 6-5/216, L, 05 Dec 98, Mississauga: Huge defenseman with a rocket shot, but lacks awareness in his own end.

25. Conor Timmins, D, 6-1/182, R, 18 Sep 98, Sault Ste. Marie: Surprised us with rapidly developing offensive game.

26. Isaac Ratcliffe, LW, 6-6/195, L, 15 Feb 99, Guelph: Looks like a Sasquatch on skates. Wait till he fills out.

27. Pierre-Olivier Joseph, D, 6-1/158, L, 01 Jul 99, Charlottetown: His footwork is so smooth, he could win “Dancing with the Stars.”

28. Timothy Liljegren, D, 5-11/189, R, 30 Apr 99, Rögle: Elite skater. Decision-making needs a lot of work.

29. Robert Thomas, C, 6-0/184, R, 02 Jul 99, London: Smooth, rangy center is a complete all-around player.

30. Jaret Anderson-Dolan, C, 5-10/180, L, 12 Sep 99, Spokane: Only 2 inches and 20 pounds separate him from the top 15.

31. Filip Chytil, C, 6-1/176, L, 05 Sep 99, Zlin: Dynamic speed and puck skills; always looking to create.

32. Ryan Poehling, LW, 6-2/188, L, 03 Jan 99, St. Cloud State: Rugged and versatile. Solid, safe pick, but lacks upside.

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