Top Prospects: The Defensemen

Below are the Top 50 Under-24 defensemen prospects that are not regular NHL players. There is no set limit for NHL games played before a player is no longer condsidered a prospect, but in general if he has played more than half of a season on an NHL roster he will graduate from this list.

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Note: As an added reference, here is a chart of the prospect scores for players ranked 1 to 75. Various tiers of prospects can be loosely grouped by noticeable drops in scores.For example, players four through eight form a basic tier. Also, notice that the shape of the curve flattens out quickly after about pick 30 or so, meaning that the relative rank becomes less consequential from about 30 to 75. So, as a rule of thumb, there is not a huge disparity between these ranks.

 

TopD 2018

 

Spring 2018 Edition

Last Updated April 2, 2018

 

Rank Previous Rank Player Name Birthdate Position Draft Year Age Height Height (CMs) Weight Draft Position Pre-Draft Ranking Age/Production Score Prospect Score NHL
1 1 Heiskanen, Miro 7/18/1999 D 2017 19 6'0 183 174 3 4 -0.92 -5.99 DAL
2 7 Juolevi, Olli 5/5/1998 D 2016 20 6'2 188 185 5 7 -1.43 -3.58 VAN
3 8 Makar, Cale 10/30/1998 D 2017 19 5'10 178 176 4 6 -0.63 -3.53 COL
4 10 Brannstrom, Erik 9/2/1999 D 2017 19 5'10 178 172 15 25 -2.40 -3.10 VGK
5 9 Valimaki, Juuso 10/6/1998 D 2017 19 6'2 188 211 16 15 -2.12 -2.93 CGY
6 15 Foote, Callan 12/13/1998 D 2017 19 6'4 193 210 14 19 -1.42 -2.93 TPA
7 24 Jokiharju, Henri 6/17/1999 D 2017 19 6'1 185 180 29 33 -1.28 -2.76 CHI
8 3 Bean, Jake 9/6/1998 D 2016 20 6'1 185 170 13 14 -2.46 -2.84 CAR
9 16 Fabbro, Dante 6/20/1998 D 2016 20 6'1 185 192 17 15 -1.24 -2.37 NAS
10 18 Timmins, Conor 9/18/1998 D 2017 20 6'2 188 193 32 35 -1.67 -2.30 COL
11 11 Liljegren, Timothy 4/30/1999 D 2017 19 6'0 183 193 17 14 -1.30 -2.22 TOR
12 56 Vaakanainen, Urho 1/1/1999 D 2017 19 6'1 185 187 18 24 0.50 -2.10 BOS
13 49 Clague, Kale 6/5/1998 D 2016 20 6'0 183 181 51 37 -0.98 -1.99 LAK
14 29 Dermott, Travis 12/22/1996 D 2015 21 5'11 180 181 34 43 -1.17 -1.85 TOR
15 30 Hague, Nicolas 12/5/1998 D 2017 19 6'5 196 216 34 29 -1.03 -1.83 VGK
16 22 Fox, Adam 2/17/1998 D 2016 20 5'10 178 183 66 49 -1.59 -1.82 CGY
17 60 Joseph, Pierre-Olivier 7/1/1999 D 2017 19 6'2 188 168 23 32 -1.12 -1.71 ARZ
18 236 Aho (D), Sebastian 2/17/1996 D 2014 22 5'9 175 165 250 56 -0.96 -1.61 NYI
19 38 Zboril, Jakub 2/21/1997 D 2015 21 6'2 188 190 13 19 -1.30 -1.60 BOS
20 27 Hronek, Filip 11/2/1997 D 2016 20 6'0 183 178 53 63 -1.88 -1.54 DET
21 46 Krys, Chad 4/10/1998 D 2016 20 6'0 183 185 45 78 -1.32 -1.51 CHI
22 45 Kylington, Oliver 5/19/1997 D 2015 21 6'1 185 185 60 29 -1.63 -1.47 CGY
23 69 Cholowski, Dennis 2/15/1998 D 2016 20 6'1 185 200 20 32 0.19 -1.43 DET
24 51 Johansen, Lucas 11/16/1997 D 2016 20 6'2 188 182 28 38 -1.01 -1.35 WAS
25 42 Myers, Philippe 1/25/1997 D 2015 21 6'5 196 202 250 152 1.08 -1.29 PHI
26 36 Juulsen, Noah 4/2/1997 D 2015 21 6'2 188 175 26 33 -1.48 -1.29 MON
27 21 Andersson, Rasmus 10/27/1996 D 2015 21 6'0 183 209 53 60 -1.98 -1.26 CGY
28 19 Vande Sompel, Mitchell 2/11/1997 D 2015 21 5'10 178 190 82 52 -2.63 -1.25 NYI
29 41 Larsson, Jacob 4/29/1997 D 2015 21 6'2 188 191 27 32 -0.17 -1.19 ANA
30 34 Meloche, Nicolas 7/18/1997 D 2015 21 6'3 191 205 40 43 -1.71 -1.18 COL
31 68 Morin, Samuel 7/12/1995 D 2013 23 6'7 201 227 5 19 -0.05 -1.16 PHI
32 63 Brook, Josh 6/17/1999 D 2017 19 6'1 185 192 56 54 -0.90 -1.13 MON
33 57 Dineen, Cam 6/19/1998 D 2016 20 5'11 180 185 68 64 -2.02 -1.11 ARZ
34 25 Allard, Frederic 12/27/1997 D 2016 20 6'1 185 184 78 81 -1.91 -1.10 NAS
35 232 Mitchell, Ian 1/18/1999 D 2017 19 5'11 180 175 57 62 0.42 -1.08 CHI
36 39 Bear, Ethan 6/26/1997 D 2015 21 6'0 183 202 124 81 -0.81 -0.97 EDM
37 101 Mahura, Joshua 5/5/1998 D 2016 20 6'1 185 190 85 75 -0.51 -1.07 ANA
38 78 Stanley, Logan 5/26/1998 D 2016 20 6'7 201 240 18 28 0.36 -1.25 WPG
39 71 Capobianco, Kyle 8/13/1997 D 2015 21 6'2 188 196 63 97 -1.04 -1.04 ARZ
40 52 Hajek, Libor 2/4/1998 D 2016 20 6'2 188 210 37 38 0.13 -1.03 NYR
41 58 Cernak, Erik 5/28/1997 D 2015 21 6'3 191 221 43 47 -1.80 -1.07 TPA
42 37 Roy, Jeremy 5/14/1997 D 2015 21 6'0 183 185 31 25 -2.22 -1.01 SJS
43 96 Anderson, Mikey 5/25/1999 D 2017 19 6'0 183 200 103 81 -0.81 -0.88 LAK
44 80 Ferraro, Mario 9/17/1998 D 2017 20 5'11 180 179 49 88 -0.56 -0.86 SJS
45 129 Belpedio, Louis 5/14/1996 D 2014 22 6'0 183 185 80 128 0.06 -0.86 MIN
46 75 Guhle, Brendan 7/29/1997 D 2015 21 6'2 188 184 51 81 -0.46 -0.83 BUF
47 20 Salo, Robin 10/13/1998 D 2017 19 6'0 183 181 46 77 -0.42 -0.80 NYI
48 93 Green, Luke 1/12/1998 D 2016 20 6'1 185 193 79 65 -0.59 -0.80 WPG
49 50 Wotherspoon, Parker 8/24/1997 D 2015 21 6'0 183 190 112 56 -1.05 -0.80 NYI
50 73 Brisebois, Guillaume 7/21/1997 D 2015 21 6'3 191 189 66 49 -0.44 -0.77 VAN
 

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