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NHL.com's top 10 draft-eligible defencemen

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

Here are NHL.com's top 10 defencemen eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft:

1. Jakob Chychrun, Sarnia (OHL): The left-shot defender is considered an excellent skater with high-end hockey sense and passing ability. He had 11 goals, eight power play goals, 49 points and a plus-23 rating in 62 games, and had four points in seven games for Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.

2. Olli Juolevi, London (OHL): Juolevi had nine points, all assists, in seven games to help Finland win the gold medal at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. The left-shot defender exhibits excellent poise and composure with the puck, and good instincts without the puck. He had nine goals, 42 points and a plus-38 rating in 57 regular season games, and seven points in four games to help London win the Memorial Cup.

3. Mikhail Sergachev, Windsor (OHL): Sergachev, the youngest player to be named the best defenceman in the OHL, led the league's defencemen with 17 goals and was third with 57 points. A solid two-way defenceman with deceptive speed and quickness, he also had 31 power play points and a plus-15 rating in 67 games.

4. Charles McAvoy, Boston University (H-EAST): The 6-foot, 199-pound right-shot defender was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team after he had three goals and 25 points in 37 games. McAvoy can process the game quickly in transition and contribute in all situations. He has a pro-game mentality at this stage in his development. McAvoy also helped the United States win bronze at the 2016 WJC.

5. Jake Bean, Calgary (WHL): Led Western Hockey League defencemen with 24 goals, and had 64 points in 68 games in his second full WHL season. Bean (6-1, 173), a native of Calgary, has a good shot and can defend well using his mobility and smarts.

6. Dante Fabbro, Penticton (BCHL): Fabbro (6-0, 192) led British Columbia Hockey League defencemen with 67 points in 45 games and was named the top defenceman in the league. He also had 14 goals, and led BCHL defencemen with four game-winning goals and was second with eight power play goals. The right-shot defender is committed to Boston University for 2016-17. Scouts liked how he usually was in position to break up most plays and force opponents wide.

7. Dennis Cholowski, Chilliwack (BCHL): The 6-1, 177-pound left-shot defender played in the BCHL last season as a 16-year-old but was more impactful this season with 12 goals and 40 points in 50 games. He finished the season strong with seven goals and 14 points in his final 15 games. He can think and process the game exceptionally well.

8. Logan Stanley, Windsor (OHL): The 6-foot-7, 224-pound left-shot defender, who partnered with Sergachev this season, has enough mobility to handle speed and defend well against most rushes. He is difficult to beat 1-on-1 and has an edge to his game. He had five goals, 17 points and 103 penalty minutes in 64 games.

9. Lucas Johansen, Kelowna (WHL): Johansen (6-1, 175), the brother of Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen, offers a complete game and is smooth in transition. He doesn't do anything great but does a lot of things well and is considered as steady as they come. He had 10 goals, 49 points and 29 power-play points in 69 games.

10. Kale Clague, Brandon (WHL): A strong skater who can elude forecheck pressure and make the solid first pass off the transition, Clague (5-11, 184) had six goals, 43 points and a plus-25 rating in 71 games. Scouts like that he's a composed player who is capable of making good choices in pressure situations.

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