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April Draft Rankings

from Sam Cosentino of Sportsnet,

1. Owen Power, D, U of Michigan (NCAA): An abrupt end to an otherwise brilliant freshman season where ice-time and special teams play was earned and deserved.

2. Matthew Beniers, C, U of Michigan (NCAA): Work ethic, smarts and a Mercedes Benz engine all but guarantee he will play. It’s simply a matter of how high in the lineup can he go?

3. Luke Hughes, D, USNTDP: Similar path taken to the top five by Jake Sanderson last year. Size, skating and smarts were complemented by a season full of production, that saw nearly point per game numbers.

4. Dylan Guenther, RW, Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL): Came out of the gates hot and has not cooled. Likely to challenge the goal a game mark, but has impressed more this season with his playmaking.

5. Kent Johnson, C, U of Michigan (NCAA): Highlight reel waiting to happen. Dynamic offensive player whose confidence allows him to maximize his creativity.

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Paul's avatar

Thanks TB and fixed.  Lately, Sportsnet has been changing the url, not sure why.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/07/21 at 12:41 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Blashill tells the media Fabbri will still be out tomorrow with an upper body injury.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/07/21 at 01:17 PM ET


There’s not a lot of consensus on these rankings, I saw one the other day that had Owen Power ranked 10th. This one has him first.  That’s a pretty big difference.

Posted by MikeO on 04/07/21 at 02:31 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Watching the U of M in the Frozen Four, I was more impressed with Johnson than either Beniers or Power. Small sample size, I know, but none of them actually looked like huge difference makers to me.

I’m intrigued by goalie Jesper Wallstedt who’s making a name for himself in the SweHL. Sportsnet has him at #15 while EliteProspects has him at #5 and McKeen’s has him at #4. Is this the year the Wings takes a gamble on a goalie?

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 04/07/21 at 02:46 PM ET


From what I have been reading, first 5 of even10 picks are really interchangeable this year

Posted by VPalmer on 04/07/21 at 07:06 PM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar


simon edvinsson has it all. Shocked he is ranked so low.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 04/07/21 at 08:24 PM ET

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simon edvinsson has it all. Shocked he is ranked so low.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 04/07/21 at 08:24 PM ET

I don’t think he’s ranked that low from credible sources. I see him in the at least the top 5-8 in almost every ranking I’ve seen. Bob McKenzie had him at #2 to start the year. He’s not going 19.

1 Owen Power D | Michigan 6’5” 214 lbs 18.4 yrs
2 Matthew Beniers C | Michigan 6’1” 174 lbs18.4 yrs
3 Luke Hughes D | USA U18 6’2” 176 lbs 17.6 yrs
4 Simon Edvinsson D | Frölunda 6’4” 185 lbs 18.2 yrs
5 Jesper Wallstedt G | Luleå HF 6’3” 214 lbs 18.4 yrs
6 Brandt Clarke D | Barrie 6’1” 181 lbs 18.2 yrs
7 William Eklund C/LW | Djurgårdens IF 5’10” 172 lbs 18.5 yrs
8 Dylan Guenther LW | Edmonton 6’1” 170 lbs 17.9 yrs
9 Kent Johnson C | Michigan 6’1” 165 lbs 18.5 yrs
10 Fabian Lysell LW | Frölunda 5’10” 176 lbs 18.2 yrs
11 Aatu Räty C | Kärpät 6’1” 181 lbs 18.4 yrs

Posted by d ca on 04/08/21 at 12:47 AM ET

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