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The top 30 NHL draft prospects of the past five years

Where does top 2016 draft prospect Auston Matthews, right, rank against Connor McDavid and other recent top prospects? Getty Images

What follows is my attempt to rank the top 30 NHL draft prospects of the past five years, evaluated based on perspectives when these players were draft-eligible and ignoring what has transpired since.

I realize players such as Michael Dal Colle, Sean Monahan and Morgan Rielly are not listed. That's a combination of this being a "best of the best" list and my reservations about them, relative to the elite players I had ranked at the very top at the time of their draft.