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The Official Site of the Calgary Flames's top 10 draft-eligible left wingers

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

Here are's top 10 left wings eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft:

1. Matthew Tkachuk, London (OHL): Possesses elite hockey sense and vision to consistently find ways to contribute and be impactful in many roles. Scouts have said Tkachuk reminds them of Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry with his relentless pursuit for loose pucks to set up teammates. Tkachuk scored five goals in four games at the Memorial Cup, including the game-winning goal in overtime in the championship game. He also was fifth in the Ontario Hockey League during the regular season with 107 points, and led the OHL playoffs with 20 goals in 18 games.

2. Pierre-Luc Dubois, Cape Breton (QMJHL): A strong and deceptive skater who is capable of playing all three forward positions. Dubois (6-2, 201) quickly ascended the draft rankings this season after he had 42 goals and 99 points in 62 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League games. He plays with an edge and enjoys using his size to an advantage, as evidenced by his 112 penalty minutes. He also had 10 power play goals and seven shorthanded points. He finished in the top 12 in six of the fitness test categories at the NHL Scouting Combine.

3. Alexander Nylander, Mississauga (OHL): The OHL Rookie of the Year had 28 goals and 75 points in 57 games. Nylander, a right-handed shot, can make plays at full speed, is dangerous 1-on-1, and has high-end goal-scoring instincts. Scouts love the fact he's difficult to defend because he can create offence in so many ways. He had the highest peak power output on the Wingate cycle ergometer, which measures a player's explosiveness, at 21.1 watts per kilogram. He also tied for sixth on the bench press with 13 repetitions at 135 pounds (75-80 percent of his body weight).

4. Kieffer Bellows, USA U-18 (USHL): Committed to Boston University for 2016-17, Bellows led the NTDP U-18 team with 50 goals and second with 81 points in 62 games. He's physical on the forecheck and looks to shoot whenever given the chance. He has a knack for getting shots on goal from all angles and shoots with authority.

5. Max Jones, London (OHL): A prototypical power forward who enjoys hitting hard and playing with an edge. Jones proved to be a consistent scorer in his first season with London with 28 goals and 52 points in 63 games. He has a strong shot with a quick release and is good in tight spaces.

6. Riley Tufte, Blaine (HIGH-MN): Winner of the 2016 Mr. Hockey Award as the top high school senior in Minnesota, Tufte (6-5, 211) is committed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2016-17. A good passer with good finish to his game, he had 47 goals, 78 points, six power play goals and 10 game-winning goals in 25 regular-season games. Tufte also had two goals and seven points in two state playoff games for Blaine. He's had to overcome Type 1 diabetes since the age of 11.

7. Tyler Benson, Vancouver (WHL): The No. 1 pick in the 2013 Western Hockey League bantam draft had nine goals and 28 points in 30 games, but had his season cut short because of injuries. Benson (5-11, 197) missed the first month of 2015-16 after having surgery to remove a cyst near his tailbone. The injury shouldn't affect his draft status as scouts consider him a smart, skilled player with good offensive instincts.

8. Boris Katchouk, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL): Relentless and capable of playing an in-your-face style, Katchouk (6-1, 190) had 24 goals and 51 points in 63 games. He has good hockey sense, instincts and has a good scoring touch. The OHL rookie had six power play goals and six game-winning goals.

9. Jack Kopacka, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL): Kopacka (6-2, 191) is a fluid skater with good hands and offensive instincts. He used his reach and skills effectively in creating offensive opportunities this season, his first in the league. The native of Lapeer, MI had 20 goals and 43 points in 67 games.

10. Timothy Gettinger, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL): Gettinger (6-6, 202) is able to use his size and strength to create offensive opportunities for himself and his teammates. He had 17 goals, 39 points, 10 power play points and 177 shots on goal in 60 games.

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