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.

 

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Fall 2019 Edition

Last Updated August 25, 2019

 

Rank Previous Rank Player Name Tier Birthdate Position Draft Year Age Height Height (CMs) Weight Draft Position Pre-Draft Ranking Age/Production Score Prospect Score NHL
1 11 Victor Soderstrom 1 2/26/2001 D 2019 19 6'0 183 182 11 14 -0.31 -3.92 ARZ
2 1 Bowen Byram 1 6/13/2001 D 2019 19 6'0 183 195 4 3 -2.89 -3.61 COL
3 22 Ville Heinola 2 3/2/2001 D 2019 19 5'11 180 178 20 27 -1.78 -3.33 WPG
4 4 Erik Brannstrom 3 9/2/1999 D 2017 20 5'10 178 172 15 25 -2.50 -2.19 OTT
5 5 Noah Dobson 3 1/7/2000 D 2018 20 6'3 191 176 12 8 -2.47 -2.51 NYI
6 7 Adam Boqvist 3 8/15/2000 D 2018 19 5'11 180 165 8 10 -1.69 -2.75 CHI
7 38 Nils Lundkvist 3 7/27/2000 D 2018 20 5'11 180 173 28 36 -0.70 -2.70 NYR
8 6 Evan Bouchard 3 10/20/1999 D 2018 20 6'2 188 195 10 9 -3.41 -3.09 EDM
9 17 Moritz Seider 3 4/6/2001 D 2019 19 6'3 191 208 6 17 0.40 -2.46 DET
10 20 Rasmus Sandin 3 3/7/2000 D 2018 20 5'11 180 185 29 27 -1.98 -1.96 TOR
11 8 Ty Smith 3 3/24/2000 D 2018 20 5'10 178 176 17 15 -2.72 -2.48 NJD
12 14 Thomas Harley 3 8/19/2001 D 2019 18 6'3 191 193 18 19 -2.08 -2.48 DAL
13 9 K'Andre Miller 4 1/21/2000 D 2018 20 6'3 191 198 22 25 -0.11 -1.54 NYR
14 10 Cam York 4 1/5/2001 D 2019 19 5'11 180 172 14 16 -1.24 -2.32 PHI
15 12 Jake Bean 4 9/6/1998 D 2016 21 6'1 185 170 13 14 -2.56 -2.29 CAR
16 34 Lassi Thomson 4 9/24/2000 D 2019 19 6'0 183 186 19 37 -0.74 -2.20 OTT
17 16 Juuso Valimaki 4 10/6/1998 D 2017 21 6'2 188 211 16 15 -2.24 -2.31 CGY
18 19 Callan Foote 4 12/13/1998 D 2017 21 6'4 193 210 14 19 -1.50 -2.09 TPA
19 32 Timothy Liljegren 4 4/30/1999 D 2017 21 6'0 183 193 17 14 -1.36 -2.00 TOR
20 28 Henri Jokiharju 4 6/17/1999 D 2017 21 6'1 185 180 29 33 -1.33 -1.68 BUF
21 18 Philip Broberg 5 6/25/2001 D 2019 19 6'3 191 200 8 14 0.53 -2.05 EDM
22 26 Conor Timmins 5 9/18/1998 D 2017 21 6'2 188 193 32 35 -1.78 -1.79 COL
23 33 Calen Addison 5 4/11/2000 D 2018 20 5'10 178 178 53 40 -2.34 -1.57 PIT
24 21 Jared McIsaac 5 3/27/2000 D 2018 20 6'1 185 188 36 30 -1.37 -1.56 DET
25 15 Ryan Merkley 5 8/14/2000 D 2018 20 5'11 180 167 21 35 -3.01 -2.12 SJ
26 25 Tobias Bjornfot 5 4/6/2001 D 2019 19 6'0 183 193 22 29 -0.14 -1.49 LAK
27 13 Olli Juolevi 5 5/5/1998 D 2016 22 6'2 188 185 5 7 -1.50 -1.97 VAN
28 64 Anttoni Honka 5 10/5/2000 D 2019 19 5'10 178 178 83 65 -0.16 -1.81 CAR
29 30 Alexander Alexeyev 5 11/15/1999 D 2018 20 6'3 191 195 31 34 -1.53 -1.51 WSH
30 24 Nicolas Beaudin 5 10/7/1999 D 2018 20 5'10 178 172 27 42 -2.24 -1.39 CHI
31 49 Jacob Bernard-Docker 5 6/30/2000 D 2018 20 6'0 183 186 26 44 -0.13 -1.33 OTT
32 27 Bode Wilde 6 1/24/2000 D 2018 20 6'2 188 198 41 22 -0.86 -1.30 NYI
33 36 Sean Durzi 6 10/21/1998 D 2017 21 6'0 183 188 52 52 -2.44 -1.26 LAK
34 42 Matthew Robertson 6 3/9/2001 D 2019 19 6'3 191 200 49 27 -0.84 -1.25 NYR
35 69 Joshua Mahura 6 5/5/1998 D 2016 22 6'1 185 190 85 75 -0.54 -1.15 ANA
36 43 Kale Clague 6 6/5/1998 D 2016 22 6'0 183 181 51 37 -1.02 -1.24 LAK
37 39 Pierre-Olivier Joseph 6 7/1/1999 D 2017 21 6'2 188 168 23 32 -1.17 -1.34 PIT
38 35 Jett Woo 6 7/27/2000 D 2018 20 6'0 183 200 37 46 -0.97 -1.24 VAN
39 40 Urho Vaakanainen 6 1/1/1999 D 2017 21 6'1 185 187 18 24 0.51 -1.20 BOS
40 63 Antii Tuomisto 6 1/20/2001 D 2019 19 6'4 193 193 35 68 -0.73 -1.19 DET
41 57 Scott Perunovich 6 8/18/1998 D 2016 21 5'9 175 165 45 92 -1.52 -1.67 STL
42 60 Artemi Knyazev 6 1/4/2001 D 2019 19 5'10 178 182 48 62 -0.66 -1.13 SJS
43 53 Mattias Samuelsson 6 3/14/2000 D 2018 20 6'4 193 218 32 36 -0.50 -1.13 BUF
44 106 Marcus Pettersson 6 5/8/1996 D 2014 24 6'3 191 161 38 37 0.01 -1.32 PIT
45 37 Kyle Capobianco 6 8/13/1997 D 2015 23 6'2 188 196 63 97 -1.08 -1.11 ARZ
46 54 Kaedon Korczak 6 1/29/2001 D 2019 19 6'3 191 194 41 50 -0.30 -1.26 VGK
47 72 Zac Jones 6 10/18/2000 D 2019 19 5'9 175 175 68 74 -1.61 -1.26 NYR
48 47 Vladislav Kolyachonok 7 5/26/2001 D 2019 19 6'1 185 189 52 38 -0.82 -1.05 FLA
49 41 Ryan Johnson 7 7/24/2001 D 2019 19 6'0 183 170 31 35 -0.53 -1.03 BUF
50 56 Jakub Zboril 7 2/21/1997 D 2015 23 6'2 188 190 13 19 -1.37 -1.00 BOS
 

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