These consensus lists are compiled using a point system, based on recent draft rankings from reputable sources around the hockey world. Without further ado, we kick off our 2017 Draft coverage with the preseason ranking.
Preseason Consensus Rankings
By all accounts, Timothy Liljegren is the best defenseman in the 2017 class. But the same could have been said about Jakob Chychrun at this point last year. There will surely be some big risers and fallers as the season progresses. San Jose's first round pick in 2015, Timo Meier, was an unknown at the start of the season. It wasn't until late January when he came into the discussion as a potential first rounder. Fast forward a few months, and he was picked ninth overall by the Sharks.
It's hard to put a label on this draft class right now. It seems relatively deep, but lacks in the quality and quantity of top-end talents we saw in 2015 and 2016. That description can change once we see how well these prospects perform in their draft year, though.
Another season of hockey is upon us!