Leading up to the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Wild.com will take a look at the top 30 ranked skaters according to the International Scouting Service. The Minnesota Wild owns the 15th pick in the first round, which will take place Friday, June 24 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
Jesse Puljujarvi, Forward
2015-16 Team: Karpat (Finnish Elite League)
2015-16 Statistics: 50 games played, 13 goals, 15 assists, 28 points, 22 penalty minutes
Final ISS Ranking: 3
Mock Draft Projections: NHL.com (3, 3); Hockey Prospect (3); ESPN (3); TSN (3); USA Today (3)
Scout Analysis: "Puljujarvi is the ultimate power forward package. He is a big, mobile, highly skilled, well-rounded winger who is both a scorer and a playmaker. He is a powerful skater with excellent offensive instincts, puck skills and determination." – Dan Marr, Director of NHL Central Scouting
Matthew Tkachuk, Forward
2015-16 Team: London Knights (Ontario Hockey League)
2015-16 Statistics: 57 games played, 30 goals, 77 assists, 107 points, 80 penalty minutes
Final ISS Ranking: 4
Mock Draft Projections: NHL.com (5, 4); Hockey Prospect (5); ESPN (4); TSN (6); USA Today (4)
Scout Analysis: "Tkachuk is unique in that he brings both skill and a physical package to game situations. He possesses elite hockey sense and vision, has a very good scoring touch and makes players around him better. One of the best puck protection players eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft, he is difficult to check and willing to go to the hard areas to score goals." – Dan Marr, Director of NHL Central Scouting
Key: NR – Not Ranked; NHL.com has two mock drafts, completed by Adam Kimelman and Mike G. Morreale. Their respective predictions appear in that order.