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Welcome to the 2016 NHL Entry Draft Rankings Roundup. We have compiled ten of the most reliable draft expert rankings and included them in one place so that Capitals fans have a one-stop shop for a glimpse into what prospects the experts think will be available for the Capitals to take in the First Round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft on June 24, 2016 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY.
The Washington Capitals own the following picks in the 2016 draft:
Because the Capitals pick 26th in the First Round, we decided to focus the snapshots of the rankings around that pick. We included the players ranked 22 through 30 in each expert’s list to give an idea of which players actually have a good chance to be available when the Caps pick. Without further ado, here is the comprehensive compilation:
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A total of 35 different prospects are included in these ten lists covering rankings 22-30. Fourteen of them appear on only one list. These are the guys that are usually ranked much higher (Logan Brown) or much lower (Adam Mascherin).
Only 14 prospects appeared on more than two lists. Based off the average ranking of those 14 prospects on three or more lists, the five players most likely to be picked by the Caps (average within 1.5 spots of 26) are Rasmus Asplund, Vitali Abramov, Alex DeBrincat, Pascal Laberge and Kale Clague.
Stay tuned to RMNB for more draft coverage including a full mock draft rundown after the majority of mocks are released following the Stanley Cup, write-ups on possible selections and our predictions. In the meantime, here is a sneak peak of the NHL Mock Draft Rundown with the mocks already released:
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What do you think the Caps should do with their first pick?
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