2015 NHL Draft Prospects Most Likely to Put Up Big Scoring Numbers in the Majors

January 22nd, 2015 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »
The official midterm rankings for the 2015 draft from the NHL's Central Scouting Service came out on Tuesday, with Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel leading the way.

Any ranking of draft-eligible prospects requires some projection given how young they are, but the scoring numbers posted by those players can be surprisingly predictive of future results. Last summer, for example, a study by the website Canucks Army found that by using Central's rankings and some simple math, even a hugely limited algorithm could draft competitively with an average NHL team. 

So which of Central's top prospects are scoring at a rate that projects especially well to the major leagues? The following slideshow ranks each player in the top 30 among North American or international skaters whose current seasons project to at least 25 points in the NHL.


Statistics taken from HockeyDB.com. NHL translations used are a 50/50 blend between those done by Gabriel Desjardins and Rob Vollman, which appeared in Hockey Abstract. This ranking isn't intended to reflect draft position (among other things, it excludes goalies and heavily penalizes defencemen) but ra ...

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