Christopher Ralph

Christopher Ralph
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

Recent Articles by Christopher

Daniel Audette (Photo: Dan and Margaret Hickling)

NHL Trade Deadline: 10 Prospects to Dangle

  GMs of teams that have emerged as buyers leading up to the NHL trade deadline might have to dangle valuable commodities to land the perceived difference making players they desire […]

Jack Eichel: destined to be the number two selection in the 2015 NHL Draft; American superstar potential (Photo: Dan and Margaret Hickling )

Jack Eichel: Hockey’s Ultimate Consolation Prize

by Eldon MacDonald (edited by @ChrisRalphTHW) NHL Draft War Room: Jack Eichel THW’s NHL Draft War Room Rankings – Jan-14: #2 Hashtag: #TheNextGreatAmericanHockeyPlayer Team: #9, Boston University, Hockey East Position: Centre […]

by · February 22, 2015 · 8 comments · NHL Entry Draft, Prospects
Connor McDavid: the inevitable first overall pick for the 2015 NHL Draft is worthy of "The Next Ones" anointment.  (Photo: OHL Images)

Connor McDavid Worthy of “The Next One” Moniker

by Eldon MacDonald (edited by @ChrisRalphTHW) NHL Draft War Room: Connor McDavid THW’s NHL Draft War Room Rankings – Jan-14: #1 Hashtag: #TheNextOne Team: #97, Erie, OHL Position: Centre Shoots: […]

by · February 15, 2015 · 0 comments · NHL Entry Draft, Prospects
Mitch Marner is a magician with the puck and smart without it.  (Photo: OHL Images)

The Next Ones Midterm NHL Draft Rankings

The 2015 NHL Draft to be held on June 26–27, 2015 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida promises to be a talent-laden draft with some potentially franchise-altering players available, even beyond the McDavid-Eichel […]

by · February 2, 2015 · 4 comments · NHL Entry Draft
Timo Meier: The most underrated prospect in the 2015 NHL Draft class? (David Chan Photography)

NHL Draft Stock Watch: CHL Top Prospects Game

by Eldon MacDonald (edited by @ChrisRalphTHW) BMO CHL Top Prospects Game The single game events (e.g. BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game) or short series events (e.g. U18s) should not affect a […]

by · January 29, 2015 · 1 comment · NHL Entry Draft, Prospects
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 · 2 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