He started at the top, and Auston Matthews will finish at the top.
Matthews, first in Future Considerations’ preliminary ranking last June, tops Future Considerations’ final ranking for the 2016 NHL Draft.
The 18-year-old scored 24 goals and 46 points in 36 games for Zurich, and tied for fourth overall in league scoring in goals and points-per-game (1.28), and second in even-strength goals (19).
He was awarded the NLA’s Rising Star award and finished second in voting for most valuable player, including six-first place votes. The award went to Pierre-Marc Bouchard, who finished with eight first-place votes.
Matthews also led the Americans in goals (6), power play goals (3), and tied Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin for the team lead in points (9) at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.
He was named one of the United States’ three best players of the tournament despite, at 18-years-old, being the youngest player on the roster.
There’s plenty of talent after him, too.
Dig into Future Considerations’ FREE final ranking, which features the top 100 prospects eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft.
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