2016 NHL Draft Guide: The Next Ones

THW’s 2016 NHL Draft Guide

Updated June 24th, 2016

The 2016 edition of the NHL Entry Draft takes place June 24th–25th at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. This draft class possesses a plethora of talent with potentially franchise-altering players available led by American Auston “Powers” Matthews plus the fabulous Finns – Jesse Puljujarvi and Patrick Laine.

Consider this your live home page for information for the 2016 NHL entry draft. Bookmark and check back often as it will be constantly updated leading up to hockey’s version of Christmas. THW’s 2016 NHL Entry Draft Guide – The Next Ones is your quintessential draft resource featuring:

  • Detailed unique prospect profiles in The Next Ones format
  • Mock Drafts
  • Exclusive rankings
  • Fantasy-based rankings
  • Team Previews
  • Looking ahead to the 2017 draft and beyond


Highlights – Just In:

The Next Ones Four Round NHL Mock Draft

NHL Draft 2016: Live Tracker

The Next Ones 2016 NHL Draft Final Rankings

Ready, Set, Draft!


Other Articles you just have to read:


The Next Ones 2016 NHL Draft Final Rankings

  • a.k.a. Chris’s List
  • The Top 120
  • Spreadsheet and PDF versions
  • Prospect Profiler Notes on all players

Other THW Rankings:


Mock Drafts

The Next Ones Four Round NHL Mock Draft


Prospect Profiles & Interviews

(Alphabetical order by surname: click on name/link for detailed prospect profiles)


  1. Players born between January 1, 1996, and September 15, 1998, are eligible for selection in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
  2. Additionally, un-drafted, non-North American players born in 1995 are eligible for the draft
  3. As well, those players who were drafted in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, but not signed by an NHL team and who were born after June 30, 1996, are also eligible to re-enter the draft.
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Auston Matthews (Dominik Hew/doem.ch)


Historical Essential Reads


Team Specific Prospect Articles

  • Anaheim Ducks:


  • Arizona Coyotes

  • Boston Bruins:

  • Buffalo Sabres:

  • Calgary Flames

  • Carolina Hurricanes

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  • Chicago Blackhawks

  • Colorado Avalanche

  • Dallas Stars

  • Detroit Red Wings:

  • Edmonton Oilers:

  • Florida Panthers

  • Los Angeles Kings:

  • Minnesota Wild:

  • Montreal Canadiens

  • Nashville Predators:

  • New Jersey Devils:

  • New York Islanders:

  • New York Rangers:

  • Ottawa Senators:

  • Philadelphia Flyers:

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  • Pittsburgh Penguins

  • San Jose Sharks:

  • St. Louis Blues:

  • Tampa Bay Lightning:


The Next, Next Ones – Beyond the 2016 Draft:



Extra Reading:


THW The Next Ones Draft Guide Archives:

For prior year’s detailed draft previews/guides:


Special thanks to fellow THW  writers, prospect profilers, integral contributors:


THW’s The Next Ones prospect profile template design architect: Chris Ralph