NHL Draft: Ivan Demidov and Zayne Parekh in Craig Button’s top-3

Boston University Terriers center Macklin Celebrini’s favored status for the 2024 NHL Draft is as certain as death and taxes.

the analyst TSN and former Calgary Flames general manager Craig Button released his most recent rankings in the last few hours.

If the place reserved for Celebrini does not surprise anyone, the jump of three positions by the Russian winger Ivan Demidov, from 5my au 2my level, it is one of the most discussed movements.

Demidov is playing through rain and shine this season in the MHL, Russia’s youth circuit, having racked up 60 points, including 23 goals, in just 30 games in a St. Petersburg uniform.

“I think he’s a better player than (Matvei) Michkov,” Button said. In my opinion, he is like (Nikita) Kucherov. He can pass, he can shoot…he’s a brilliant hockey player. »

“Like Kucherov, Demidov becomes a threat from the moment he steps on the ice. The puck ends up on the blade of the stick, and at that moment get ready because he will stun you,” he emphasized.

In eight MHL playoff games, Demidov accumulated 16 points, maintaining his average of two points per game.

This crop has some serious defensive talent, and Button includes seven riders in his top 15, four of whom are in the top six.

Thus, the Ontario Junior League is well represented with Zayne Parekh (No. 3) and Sam Dickinson (No. 6).

Just behind Parekh, who fans will be able to see in the Memorial Cup with the Saginaw Spirit, Button reserves the fourth spot for Zeev Buium of the University of Denver Pioneers in the NCAA.

Buium is a 6-foot-179 lefty who broke out with a strong performance as a 17-year-old for Team USA at the U-20 World Cup.

Between Buium and Dickinson, Button is the Belarusian defender Artyom Levshyunov, who has had an excellent season First year student with the Michigan State University Spartans.

The latter is a right-hander who made the jump to North America during the 2022-2023 season, having played a campaign in the USHL before being drafted by the Spartans.

Finnish center Konsta Helenius is 7 years oldmy Button’s ranking, after his production of 36 points in 51 games at age 17 in his country’s best league.

“What he achieved in SM-Liiga is more than impressive,” he said of Helenius. The cerebral qualities that he brings to the ice rink are notable. Read the piece a fraction of a second or two before everyone else. (…) He is competitive and I see a lot of Brayden Point in him. »

The biggest drop in the top 10 was that of winger Cole Eiserman, a member of the American development program, who fell from 2my passing in January to the 8thmy 2 months later.

According to Button, it is mostly a reflection of the work done by the other hopefuls that explains why Eiserman fell out of favor.

“I think he is the best scorer in the draft,” he insisted. He is surrounded by other good players (within the roster), but he brings that dynamic element which is the ability to score. »

In 45 games this season, Eiserman has scored 48 goals, putting him within ten goals of Cole Caufield’s mark (126) during his two seasons in the program. Team USA.

Two forwards from the Western Junior League complete the portrait of the top-10, center Cayden Lindstrom, of the Medicine Hat Tigers, and winger Tij Iginla, of the Kelowna Rockets.

“Cayden is that type of center that manages to control the game from the middle of the ice. He is talented, powerful, can score and create for his linemates. He has this presence and this determination. »

With his 47 goals and 84 points in 64 games in Kelowna, the son of Hall of Famer Jarome Iginla is only climbing up the list of many recruiters, including Craig Button.

“He doesn’t have the same aggressiveness as Brad Marchand, but I think he plays the same way as Marchand. He scores a lot of goals, he makes good plays all over the ice… his game sense is very good. »

Outside the top-10, the most meteoric rise is that of Guelph Storm center Jett Luchanko, who went from outside the top-64 to 21my rang.

In his second season in the OHL, Luchanko accumulated 74 points (20-54) in 68 games.

“At first glance, it doesn’t necessarily attract attention. But there are nuances in his game, subtleties that are very interesting. A very intelligent skater. I think he showed enough to be considered a very good prospect. »

rang Player Equipment Pos. Greatness Weight mj b TO
1 Macklin Celebrini Boston University (NCAA) c 6’0 190 35 31 59
2 Ivan Demidov Saint Petersburg (MHL) AG 5’11 181 30 23 60
3 Zayne Parekh Saginaw (OHL) d 6’0 179 66 33 96
4 Zeev Buium Denver (NCAA) d 6’0 183 38 eleven 48
5 Artem Levshunov Michigan State (NCAA) d 6’2 208 36 9 3. 4
6 Samuel Dickinson London (OHL) d 6’2 ½ 199 68 18 70
7 Konsta Helenius Jukurit (SM League) c 5’10¾ 180 51 14 36
8 Cole Eiserman US NTDP (USHL) AG 6’0 195 Four. Five 48 73
9 Cayden Lindstrom Medicine hat (WHL) c 6’3¼ 210 32 27 46
10 Tij Iginla Kelowna (WHL) AG 5’11¾ 182 64 47 84
eleven Carter Yakemchuk Calgary (WHL) d 6’2¾ 201 66 30 71
12 Anton Silayev Nizhny Novgorod (KHL) d 6’7 211 63 3 eleven
13 Liam Greentree Windsor (OHL) ADVERTISEMENT 6’2 ¼ 207 64 36 90
14 Adam Jiricek HC Pilsen (Czech) d 6’2 ½ 178 19 0 1
fifteen Berkley Catton Spokane (WHL) c 5’10 170 68 54 116
sixteen scorching parascak Prince George (WHL) ADVERTISEMENT 5’11 ½ 173 68 43 105
17 Julius Miettinen Everett (WHL) c 6’2 ½ 203 66 31 67
18 Igor Chernyshov Moscow (MHL) AG 6’2 192 22 13 28
19 Emilio Hemming TPS (SM League) ADVERTISEMENT 6’0 ¾ 201 40 7 eleven
twenty Trevor Connelly Tri-City (USHL) AG 6’0 ¾ 156 48 26 66
twenty-one Jett Luchanko Guelph (OHL) c 5’11 180 68 twenty 74
22 EJ Emery US NTDP (USHL) d 6’3 185 49 0 10
23 Michael Hage Chicago (USHL) SCOUNDREL 6’0 ½ 187 fifty 31 68
24 Sacha Boisvert Muskegon (USHL) c 6’2 176 55 33 59
25 Jakub Fibigr Mississauga (OHL) d 6’0 171 61 7 43
26 Marek Vanacker Brantford (OHL) AG 6’0 ½ 174 68 36 82
27 andres basha Medicine hat (WHL) AG 5’11 174 63 30 85
28 Maxim Massé Chicoutimi (LHJMQ) ADVERTISEMENT 6’1¾ 186 67 36 75
29 Michael Brandsegg-Nygård Mora (SWE J20)

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6’1 198 41 8 18
30 matvei shuravin Moscow (MHL) d 6’3 195 22 0 7
31 Aron Kiviharju HIFK (SM League) d 5’9¼ 170 7 1 2
32 ryder ritchie Prince Albert (WHL) SCOUNDREL 5’11¾ 175 47 19 44
33 Egor Surin Yaroslavl (MHL) SCOUNDREL 6’1 191 42 22 52
3. 4 Cole Hutson US NTDP (USHL) d 5’10¼ 165 43 eleven 38
35 Max Plant US NTDP (USHL) L.W. 5’10¾ 170 39 12 48
36 Veeti Vaisanen KooKoo (SM Jr. League) d 6’0 177 37 3 22
37 Henry Mews Ottawa (OHL) d 6’0 181 Sixty-five fifteen 61
38 Raul Boilard Comeau Bay (LHJMQ) c 6’1 188 68 22 62
39 Beckett Sennecke Oshawa (OHL) ADVERTISEMENT 6’2 ¼ 177 63 27 68
40 Luca Marrelli Oshawa (OHL) d 6’1¼ 181 67 6 57
41 Niilopekka Muhonen Kalpa (SM-Junior League) d 6’4 ¼ 195 32 4 10
42 Tom Galvas Liberec (Czech) d 5’10 ½ 148 32 2 7
43 Leon Muggli TRAIN (SUI) d 5’11¾ 165 42 3 12
44 Spencer Gill Rimouski (QMJHL) d 6’3¾ 185 Sixty-five 12 46
Four. Five Stian Solberg Oslo (NOR) d 6’2 194 42 5 fifteen
46 Wallenius by Leo Sahl Vaxjo Jr. (SWE J20) d 5’11 ½ 176 43 eleven 42
47 charlie elick Brandon (WHL) d 6’3¼ 194 Sixty-five 4 27
48 Juan Mostaza Waterloo (USHL) c 6’0 ½ 180 53 25 fifty
49 Alphonse Freij Växjo (SWE J20) d 6’0 ½ 187 40 14 33
fifty Sebastian Soini KOOVEE (END) d 6’2 182 32 0 8
51 Nikita Artamonov Nizhny Novgorod (KHL) AG 5’11 187 54 7 23
52 Adam Jecho Edmonton (WHL) ADVERTISEMENT 6’4¾ 197 54 23 47
53 Kamil Bednarik US NTDP (USHL) c 6’0 185 49 22 56
54 Cole Beaudoin Barrie (OHL) c 6’2 209 67 28 62
55 Jack Berglund Färjestad (SHL) AG 6’3 209 41 fifteen 3. 4
56 Kasper Pikkarainen TPS (SM Jr. League) ADVERTISEMENT 6’2 190 3. 4 12 28
57 Tarin Smith Everett (WHL) d 6’1 175 67 8 46
58 Jacob Battaglia Kingston (OHL) AG 6’0 ½ 196 67 31 Sixty-five
59 Alexander Zetterberg Örebro (SWE J20) c 5’7 158 Four. Five twenty-one 58
60 Gridin Food Trail Muskegon (USHL) AG 6’1¼ 182 54 33 73
61 Javon Moore Minnetonka (USHS) AG 6’3 190 28 26 53
62 Sam O’Reilly London (OHL) ADVERTISEMENT 6’1 178 68 twenty 56
63 Linus Eriksson Djurgardens (SUE J20) c 5’11¾ 183 245 5 twenty-one
64 Will Skahan US NTDP (USHL) d 6’4 ¼ 209 48 2 10

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