NHL Draft

Consolidated midterm 2023 NHL Draft rankings

In mid-January, Central Scouting released their midterm draft rankings for the 2023 NHL draft. This, coupled with the completion of the 2023 World Junior Hockey Championships, has prompted many junior hockey experts and enthusiasts to release updated 2023 draft rankings as well.

The 2023 NHL Draft has a clear cut number one player in Connor Bedard, with an excellent crop of players rounding out the first round or two. Gary Bettman may not believe it, but teams absolutely do tank, and several are doing just that for the chance to take Bedard and change their franchise’s fortunes overnight.

This year’s draft class hails from a wide array of nations, which is becoming somewhat of a trend in the NHL. The game is growing overseas, and players like Leo Carlsson, Matvei Michkov will be fighting for second overall. It’s very possible that the top five draft selections are all of different nationalities.

Regardless, the top spot is owned by Bedard; there is no question about it. There won’t be any surprises like last year when Juraj Slafkovsky went first and the consensus first overall pick Shane Wright slipped all the way down to fourth. The drama of 2022, Wright staring down the Montreal Canadiens’ draft table on his way up the stairs to the stage, will not repeat in 2023. Bedard is the number one ranked player in every single rankings list.

Only one single player received first place votes—Bedard. From there, it spread out, if only slightly. Two players received second place votes. Seven players received at least one top-five ranking, 16 received at least one top-10 ranking, and 54 received at least one top-32 ranking.

Our rankings include those from Future Considerations, Bob McKenzie, Dobber Prospects, Craig Button, THN’s Ryan Kennedy, Yahoo’s Ian Kennedy, THW’s Peter Baracchini, THN’s Tony Ferrari, and EliteProspects. If any notable rankings were missed, please let us know and we will adjust our consolidated rankings accordingly.

Without further ado, here’s the full list.

RANKPLAYERMEAN
RANK
POSTEAMLEAGUEDOBHTWTS
1Connor Bedard1.0CRegina PatsWHLJul 17, 20055’10”185R
2Adam Fantilli2.0CUniv. of MichiganNCAAOct 12, 20046’2″187L
3Leo Carlsson3.1C/WÖrebro HKSHLDec 26, 20046’3″194L
4Matvei Michkov4.0RWHK SochiKHLDec 9, 20045’10”148L
5Zach Benson5.7FWinnipeg IceWHLMay 12, 20055’10”159L
6Will Smith6.3CU.S. National U18 TeamUSDPMar 17, 20056’0″172R
7Andrew Cristall7.6LWKelowna RocketsWHLFeb 4, 20055’10”165L
8Eduard Sale7.9RWHC Kometa BrnoCzechiaMar 10, 20056’1″168L
9Dalibor Dvorsky11.3CAIKHockeyAllsvenskanJun 15, 20056’1″201L
10Axel Sandin Pellikka11.7DSkellefteå AIK J20J20 NationellMar 11, 20055’11”181R
11Brayden Yager12.4CMoose Jaw WarriorsWHLJan 3, 20056’0″165R
12Ryan Leonard12.9CU.S. National U18 TeamUSDPJan 21, 20055’11”181R
13Oliver Moore15.6CU.S. National U18 TeamUSDPJan 22, 20055’11”176L
14Riley Heidt15.6FPrince George CougarsWHLMar 25, 20055’11”179L
15Colby Barlow16.7LWOwen Sound AttackOHLFeb 14, 20056’1″187L
16Mikhail Gulyayev17.1DOmskie YastrebyMHLApr 26, 20055’10”170L
17Otto Stenberg19.8C/WFrölunda HC J20J20 NationellMay 29, 20055’11”181L
18Calum Ritchie19.9COshawa GeneralsOHLJan 21, 20056’2″187R
19Jayden Perron20.2FChicago SteelUSHLJan 11, 20055’8″157R
20David Reinbacher21.0DKlotenNLOct 25, 20046’2″187R
21Ethan Gauthier21.4RWSherbrooke PhoenixQMJHLJan 26, 20055’11”176R
22Matthew Wood22.0FUniv. of ConnecticutNCAAFeb 6, 20056’3″190R
23Nate Danielson22.0CBrandon Wheat KingsWHLSep 27, 20046’1″185R
24Gavin Brindley22.5RWUniv. of MichiganNCAAOct 5, 20045’9″157R
25Quentin Musty23.0LWSudbury WolvesOHLJul 6, 20056’2″205L
26Gabe Perreault23.3RWU.S. National U18 TeamUSDPMay 7, 20055’11”165L
27Kasper Halttunen24.5RWHIFKLiigaJun 7, 20056’3″207R
28Bradly Nadeau29.3CPenticton VeesBCHLMay 5, 20055’10”163R
29Luca Pinelli29.5COttawa 67’sOHLApr 5, 20055’9″161L
30Koehn Ziemmer30.0RWPrince George CougarsWHLDec 8, 20046’0″194R
31Lukas Dragicevic30.2DTri-City AmericansWHLApr 25, 20056’2″181R
32Samuel Honzek30.6CVancouver GiantsWHLNov 12, 20046’4″185L
33Charlie Stramel31.2FUniv. of WisconsinNCAAOct 15, 20046’3″216R
34Dmitri Simashev31.4DLokomotiv YaroslavlKHLFeb 4, 20056’4″201L
35William Whitelaw32.5CYoungstown PhantomsUSHLFeb 5, 20055’9″172R
36Michael Hrabal34.3GOmaha LancersUSHLJan 20, 20056’6″209L
37Caden Price34.5DKelowna RocketsWHLAug 24, 20056’1″181L
38Daniil But36.3LWLoko YaroslavlMHLFeb 15, 20056’5″203R
39Cameron Allen36.8DGuelph StormOHLJan 7, 20055’11”190R
40Oscar Fisker Molgaard38.0FHV71SHLFeb 18, 20056’0″163L
41Luca Cagnoni39.0DPortland WinterhawksWHLDec 21, 20045’10”172L
42Oliver Bonk39.3DLondon KnightsOHLJan 9, 20056’1″176R
43Tanner Molendyk40.0DSaskatoon BladesWHLFeb 3, 20055’11”176L
44Timur Mukhanov41.0COmskie YastrebyMHLJun 17, 20055’8″170R
45Carson Rehkopf41.0C/LWKitchener RangersOHLJan 7, 20056’1″194L
46Maxim Strbak41.5DSioux Falls StampedeUSHLApr 13, 20056’2″198R
47Noah Dower Nilsson42.0CFrölunda HC J20J20 NationellApr 25, 20056’0″183L
48Theo Lindstein42.0DBrynäs IFSHLJan 5, 20056’0″181L
49Emil Jarventie42.0FIlves U20U20 SM-sarjaApr 4, 20055’10”168L
50Lenni Hameenaho42.5FÄssätLiigaNov 7, 20046’0″174R
51Tom Willander43.7DRögle BK J20J20 NationellFeb 9, 20056’1″179R
52Alex Ciernik43.8LW/RWSödertälje SK J20J20 NationellOct 8, 20045’10”179L
53Mathieu Cataford44.5RWHalifax MooseheadsQMJHLMar 1, 20055’11”187R
54Hunter Brzustewicz46.3DKitchener RangersOHLNov 29, 20046’0″187R
55Etienne Morin46.7DMoncton WildcatsQMJHLMar 9, 20056’0″183L
56Kalan Lind48.0FRed Deer RebelsWHLJan 25, 20056’0″154L
57Jordan Tourigny49.0DShawinigan CataractesQMJHLFeb 28, 20055’11”168R
58Denver Barkey49.5CLondon KnightsOHLApr 27, 20055’8″174L
59Trey Augustine50.0GU.S. National U18 TeamUSDPFeb 23, 20056’1″179L
60Roman Kantserov51.0FStalnye Lisy MagnitogorskMHLSep 20, 20045’9″176L
61Beau Akey51.7DBarrie ColtsOHLFeb 11, 20056’0″170R
62Jesse Nurmi52.0LWKooKoo U20U20 SM-sarjaMar 7, 20055’11”165L
63Andrew Strathmann52.5DYoungstown PhantomsUSHLFeb 27, 20055’11”174L
64Carson Bjarnason54.7GBrandon Wheat KingsWHLJun 30, 20056’3″181L
65Ondrej Molnar57.0LWErie OttersOHLFeb 8, 20056’0″176L
66Noel Nordh58.5LW/RWBrynäs IF J20J20 NationellJan 25, 20056’2″194L
67Aram Minnetian60.0DU.S. National U18 TeamUSDPMar 19, 20056’0″170R
68Gracyn Sawchyn61.3CSeattle ThunderbirdsWHLJan 19, 20055’11”165R
69Ethan Miedema64.0LWWindsor SpitfiresOHLMar 22, 20056’3″181L
70Martin Misiak65.0CHC Nove ZamkySlovakiaSep 30, 20046’2″198L
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