Christopher Ralph Christopher Ralph | @ChrisRalphTHW

Chris is THW's senior draft/prospect analyst and a Managing Editor. Watch for Chris' regular column "The Next Ones" Prospect Profile series as well as the annual THW NHL Entry Draft Guide. Follow @ChrisRalphTHW on Twitter as he infiltrates, dissects and analyzes all happenings of hockey prospects and the NHL entry draft. Email: cralph[at]thehockeywriters[dot]com

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Recent Articles by Christopher

Power forward Lawson Crouse is regarded very highly as his place in NHL Central Scouting's Midterm rankings depitcts. (OHL Images)

2015 NHL Draft War Room: NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings Combined

by Eldon MacDonald (edited by @ChrisRalphTHW) Rationale Behind the Combined Rankings As you are aware, NHL Central Scouting produces a segregated set of rankings. That is, they are separated based on North […]

by · January 25, 2015 · 0 comments · NHL Entry Draft
Jakub Zboril (David Connell/Saint John Sea Dogs)

NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings: Top 10 Surprises

by Eldon MacDonald (edited by @ChrisRalphTHW) The Top 10 Surprises Like all lists, NHL Central Scouting’s rankings contain a few surprises – players ranked higher or lower than you would have […]

Daniel Sprong: The FLying Dutchman from the Q eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft. (Darrell Theriault/Charlottetown Islanders)

NHL Draft War Room: Year of the Q Part Deux

by Eldon MacDonald (edited by @ChrisRalphTHW)   Another “Year of the Q” 2014 was a rough year for NHL draft prospects from the QMJHL (Q) as only one prospect (Nikolaj Ehlers […]

by · January 17, 2015 · 0 comments · NHL Entry Draft
Will be tough to find a 2015 NHL Mock Draft without Connor McDavid going first overall. (Photo: OHL Images)

2015 NHL Mock Draft: New Year’s Edition

Whether it be the Philadelphia Flyers going off the board to take Samuel Morin, the rapid rise of a Swedish blueliner’s stock, or Anthony Duclair slip sliding to the third round, […]

by · January 11, 2015 · 10 comments · NHL Entry Draft
Nick Merkley: one of the top forwards available for the 2015 NHL Draft. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)

2015 NHL Draft War Room: Top 5 Undersized Forwards

by Eldon MacDonald (edited by @ChrisRalphTHW) Usually I am the one ranking the smaller forwards lower than others. Not this year; the top ranked smaller forwards have exceeded expectations as a […]

by · December 30, 2014 · 0 comments · NHL Entry Draft
Mathew Barzal: one of the top average-sized forwards available for the 2015 NHL Draft. (Photo: Christopher Mast)

NHL Draft: Top 5 Average-Sized Forwards Not Named McDavid or Eichel

by Eldon MacDonald (edited by @ChrisRalphTHW) The mid-sized forwards (6’0 to 6’2) have been okay as a group but most have issues of some sort – injury, offensive game or defensive […]

by · December 29, 2014 · 1 comment · NHL Entry Draft
2015 NHL Draft War Room: Top Five Forwards Over 6’2

2015 NHL Draft War Room: Top Five Forwards Over 6’2

by Eldon MacDonald (edited by @ChrisRalphTHW) Let’s face it, most of the big-name big forwards over 6’2 not named Dylan Strome are having a hard time living up to lofty preseason […]

by · December 28, 2014 · 1 comment · NHL Entry Draft
MacKenzie Blackwood: one of the top goalie prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft. (Photo: Dan and Margaret Hickling)

2015 NHL Draft War Room: The Top Five Goalies

by Eldon MacDonald (edited by @ChrisRalphTHW) Here are the top five goaltenders eligible for the 2015 draft. Note that none of these lads have really stood out head and shoulders above the […]

by · December 27, 2014 · 0 comments · NHL Entry Draft
Oliver Kylington: one of the top defenseman eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft.  (Photo: Elite Prospects)

2015 NHL Draft War Room: The Top Five Defensemen

by Eldon MacDonald (edited by @ChrisRalphTHW) The defensemen have generally met or exceeded pre-season expectations. Although, this could be considered more of a forward year, there are still a number of […]

by · December 27, 2014 · 0 comments · NHL Entry Draft
THW’s 2015 NHL Draft Ultimate Prospect Tracker – Holiday Edition

THW’s 2015 NHL Draft Ultimate Prospect Tracker – Holiday Edition

by Eldon MacDonald (edited by @ChrisRalphTHW) The 2015 NHL Draft Rankings War Room: This holiday edition brings you the Top 100 ranked prospects as compiled by THW’s Eastern Canada based hockey bird dog, Eldon MacDonald. The Next […]

by · December 21, 2014 · 0 comments · NHL Entry Draft
Connor McDavid is the consensus number one prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft early in the season. (Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

THW’s 2015 NHL Draft Ultimate Prospect Tracker October Edition

by Eldon MacDonald (edited by @ChrisRalphTHW) The 2015 NHL Draft Rankings War Room: October Edition brings you the Top 60 ranked prospects along with the incomparable Ultimate Prospect Tracker as compiled by […]

by · October 19, 2014 · 0 comments · NHL Entry Draft
Jack Eichel is just one of highly coveted prospects available for the 2015 NHL Draft.  (USA Hockey/Ellen DeLuca)

2015 NHL Draft War Room: October Edition Intro

by Eldon MacDonald (edited by @ChrisRalphTHW) The 2015 NHL Draft Rankings War Room: October Edition brings you the Top 60 ranked prospects as compiled by THW’s Eastern Canada based hockey bird dog, Eldon MacDonald. The Next Ones Early […]

by · October 19, 2014 · 0 comments · NHL Entry Draft