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Top 50 of Fall 2023


Below is the Hockey Prophets Top 50 Forwards prospect ranking for the fall of 2023. The full ranking of over 1,000 of the world's top hockey prospects is available for premium members. 

Last list update: 8/20/2023


Top 50 Forward Prospects
RankNamePositionAgeHeightWeightDraft SelectionPre-Draft RankingA/P ScoreComment
1Bedard, ConnorCenter185'918511-5.31Bedard is a generational-level talent. There is no brighter prospect on the planet.
2Fantilli, AdamCenter186'319232-4.06Fantilli brings size, speed and competitive drive to the ice on every shift. The list of 18-year-old Hobey Baker winners is Paul Kariya, Jack Eichel and Adam Fantilli
3Carlsson, LeoCenter186'319423-2.41Drafted above Fantilli because he is a big, super-smart center with a ton of upside.
4Cooley, LoganCenter195'1018033-1.92Arizona's 3rd-overall pick in 2022 put up 60 points for the Gophers last season, and 14 points in 7 WJC games.
5Smith, WillCenter185'1118045-3.38So much to like about Smith's offensive game and pure attacking instincts. Needs to up his work-rate, but a great prospect.
6Michkov, MatveiRight Wing185'1015974-3.78Michkov could be second on the list if there was no risk adjustment. Impossible to take the puck away from him. Elite-level talent.
7Guenther, DylanLeft Wing206'117096-3.71Natural goal scorer and a driver of offense on every shift. Showed his NHL potential in 33 games with Arizona.
8Dvorsky, DaliborCenter186'1200109-2.73Does not have the magic of Michkov or Smith, not as big or aggressive in the attack as Carlsson or Fantilli, but still a top talent and potential NHL star player.
9Leonard, RyanRight Wing185'1119089-2.09Intensity and skill makes Leonard a player that teams want desperately to add to their NHL playoff roster.
10Rossi, MarcoCenter215'917997-3.78Struggled to make an offensive impact for Minnesota last year, but was highly affective in the AHL. Still has all the skill to be an NHL star.
11Benson, ZacharyLeft Wing185'9170139-2.74Small, crafty, highly active and intelligent winger who generates offense
12Perreault, GabeCenter185'101632314-3.41Slipped down the draft table, but his game-breaking scoring ability should prove some people wrong
13Eklund, WilliamLeft Wing205'1017274-2.41Eklund has been slow to adapt to North American hockey, but his 41 points in 54 rookie AHL games points to a bright future.
14Wright, ShaneCenter196'019942-2.12Former top prospect has started to slide due to his lack of counting stat generation, but he still has big upside and NHL mentality.
15Barlow, ColbyLeft Wing186'11871813-1.76A goal-scorer with size and on-ice intellect. He will put pucks in NHL nets.
16Gauthier, CutterLeft Wing196'220058-1.06Continues to improve his offensive game at Boston College, and his physical and defensive play are already NHL-ready.
17Nazar, FrankRight Wing195'101801316-1.17Hip surgery was a big setback last year and limited Nazar to just 13 games in his post-draft season at Michigan. He'll need to make up for lost development time, but his talent is big enough to carry him forward.
18Honzek, SamuelCenter186'31951619-1.51Solid offensive game will be effective at the NHL level, but needs to improve some areas of his play.
19Wood, MatthewRight Wing186'41971513-1.36Great shot, good hands, but his skating needs to improve to vault him up the list.
20Danielson, NateCenter186'1186918-0.99Solid two-way center with skill and a high NHL-floor.
21Musty, QuentinLeft Wing186'12002623-2.37Talented player who needs to become more comfortable not being the prime focus.
22Bolduc, ZacharyCenter206'01751723-1.03Bolduc had a monster year leading Memorial Cup champion Quebec, and is a rare, two-time 50-goal scorer in the QMJHL.
23Kemell, JoakimRight Wing195'9185177-1.70His transition to North America was impactful, as he notched 13 points in 14 AHL games, and another 10 points in the playoffs. Talented scorer who is more effective as the talent around him increases.
24Ritchie, CalumCenter186'11742720-0.77Suffered through injury in his draft year, which hurt his stock overall but not his future.
25McGroarty, RutgerCenter196'12041424-1.37Point-per-game freshman at one of the NCAA's top programs.
26Yager, BraydenCenter185'111701419-1.20Puck magnet who has great vision and passing abilities, keeping all opponents on their heels.
27Savoie, MatthewCenter195'9175910-1.81Size is still a factor, and his counting stats were limited last season as Winnipeg scoring was spread out across all that talent, but he has the goods to be a top-flight NHLer.
28Ostlund, NoahCenter195'101641627-0.86Solid season distributing pucks for Djurgardens, and a top U20 player in the AllSvensken (see Liam Ohgren).
29Kulich, JiriCenter195'111782820-0.21Highly successful first season in North America saw Kulich score 46 points in 62 games, then another 11 in 12 in the playoffs. He will see some games in the NHL this season, and might make it stick.
30Knies, MatthewLeft Wing206'22005751-0.26NHL-type, big-bodied winger who just keeps getting better. Turned pro after two excellent seasons at Minnesota, and should be a starting middle six to start the NHL season.
31Ohgren, LiamLeft Wing196'02011921-2.13Solid season scoring for Djurgardens, and a top U20 player in the AllSvensken (see Noah Ostlund).
32Dumais, JordanRight Wing195'91659684-2.60Dumais continues to score at a torid pace, finishing last season behind only Conor Bedard for the CHL scoring lead. Scored 54 goals, 86 assists, and led an underpowered Halifax team toe to toe against the champion Remparts.
33Pelletier, JakobLeft Wing225'91652633-1.92Over a point-per-game in the AHL, and had a good showing in for the Flames despite his grumpy coach not knowing his name.
34Mesar, FilipRight Wing195'91742632-1.18Transitioned well to North American play in his first season with Kitchener, and looks to have a better year two. Skill and speed, and as he develops, should become a second-line NHL winger.
35Coronato, MatthewLeft Wing205'101801315-2.15Got a one-game debut for the Flames at the end of last season, and may need a year in the AHL, but he'll be in the show to stay soon enough.
36Moore, OliverCenter185'111951913-1.15Speed kills, and Moore has a lot of it. Brilliant skater, with offensive abilities.
37Lekkerimaki, JonathanCenter195'11172159-1.23Underwhelming year in Sweden's Tier 2 men's league, with just 9 points in 29 games. Moving to Orebro in the SHL this season, which could be a pivotal year for him.
38Sale, EduardRight Wing186'11752021-0.49If the Sale who energizes the game can show up on every shift, he will make his spot on this list look much too low.
39Foerster, TysonCenter216'11942329-1.57His hard work continues to pay off, and he just keeps getting better and better. Relentless.
40Cristall, AndrewLeft Wing185'91754027-2.93His lack of size and physical play was the likely source of his draft day fall, but the scoring ability is there.
41Snuggerud, JimmyRight Wing196'11882319-0.93Fun to watch, and his skating is improving. He has an NHL mentality and the shot to make it.
42Kasper, MarcoCenter196'0187812-0.07Will get his first good chance in North America this year. Works so hard, his success if inevitable, but his scoring upside still looks limited.
43But, DaniilLeft Wing186'41981222-0.26His talent is apparent outside of the dots. Inside the dots? Arizona thinks it will work.
44Geekie, ConorCenter196'31961118-1.25Still has not shown an explosive offensive game, and probably never will. He has the size and physicallity to be a bottom-six NHLer, though.
45Holtz, AlexanderLeft Wing216'018379-1.70Holtz just hasn't been able to put it all together yet, or he'd likely be graduated by now. As it is, this is probably the last time he's on this list.
46Evangelista, LukeRight Wing215'111724250-0.77Had a nice professional debut season, throwing up 41 points in 49 games in the AHL, and adding 15 in 24 end-of-season games in the NHL for the Predators. Just keeps getting better.
47Lysell, FabianRight Wing205'101762117-0.49Quality rookie season in the AHL with 37 points in 54 games. Needs one more year at the AHL level to hone his craft, but could see some NHL games this season.
48Sokolov, EgorRight Wing236'42406188-1.94The only thing holding Sokolov back is his pace, but it's getting there, at least in the way he plays if not in his actual skating (but the skating is getting a little better, too).
49Stankoven, LoganRight Wing205'81704732-2.70Filled to the brim with skill and talent. His faceoff prowess might be enough on its own to get him NHL minutes
50Edstrom, DavidCenter186'31853234-0.16Quality two-way Center that plays a quiet, effective game.