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Top 200 Big Board for the '17 Draft!

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

DBTB'ers -

Well, we're now just a month out from the 2017 NHL Draft. Our beloved Sabres will select #8, and also with 2 2nds (#37 and #55), and 2 3rds (#68 and #89) will have 8 total selections including 6 in the Top 100.

The question that has plagued me since the Lottery remains. What to do at #8? Reach for much-needed high-end defensive depth? Or take the BPA? If the Board goes the way many anticipate, the latter course would leave BFLO with Elias Pettersson...a supremely talented player, but one who will need a few years of seasoning. Can people wait long enough for their development? Much like Cale Makar, a favorite of many Sabres fans at #8. Will he still be there? And if not, do you go with Timmy Liljegren? All three options bear some considerable risk. Maybe you want to go with the safe pick? Nick Suzuki is probably your guy.

The idea of trading down makes me happy. Ideally, I'd love to wind up in the 13-16 range, and grab a 2nd or 3rd this year and another in 2018. But I'd certainly be willing to move down to the 20's if I could net a 1st in next year's Draft. A tall order, sure, but one that bears watching. Why? Since Botterill's been in Pittsburgh, they've been Cup contenders, and so they've traded off many of their picks over the years. But now he's finishing a rebuild. What will he do? He could buy some time by moving down and get his own people in, without risking a busted selection in his first Draft as a GM.

As we've discussed, a lot of this Draft is a roll of the dice. The tiers, as we typically describe them, are murky at best, and could vary wildly from one list to the next. Predicting who will go where, especially once you get out of the Top 8 or so, will require a lot of luck. My tiers look something like this:

Tier I: 1-4

Tier II: 5-7

Tier III: 8-13

Tier IV: 14-21

Tier V: 22- 46

Tier VI: 47-62

From there, who can guess?

Just for the curious, I tend to take the following aspects as priorities when I'm attaching a grade to a prospect: 1) an elite, or NHL-ready, skill set, 2) smarts/'hockey IQ', 3) size, 4) speed, 5) puck skill, 6) age (late birthdays often trump early ones), 7) compete, 8) versatility, 9) competition (who they play), 10) how they played best on best, usually internationally.

So here we go:

1 Nico Hischier, C/W, Halifax, QMJHL

2 Casey Mittlestadt, C/W, Green Bay, USHL

3 Cody Glass, C, Portland, WHL

4 Nolan Patrick, C, Brandon, WHL

5 Miro Heiskanen, LHD, HIFK, FIN

6 Elias Pettersson, C/W, Timra, SWE

7 Gabriel Vilardi, C/W, Windsor, OHL

8 Mike Rasmussen, C, Tri-City, WHL

9 Cale Makar, RHD, Brooks, AJHL

10 Nick Suzuki, C/W, Owen Sound, OHL

11 Timothy Liljegren, RHD, Rogle, SWE

12 Ryan Poehling, C, St. Cloud State, NCAA

13 Martin Necas, C, Brno, CZE

14 Urho Vaakanainen, LHD, JyP, FIN

15 Klim Kostin, RW, Dynamo Moskava, RUS

16 Lias Andersson, C/W, HV71, SWE

17 Owen Tippett, RW, Mississauga, OHL

18 Kailer Yamamoto, RW, Spokane, WHL

19 Nicolas Hague, LHD, Mississauga, OHL

20 Ivan Lodnia, C/W, Erie, OHL

21 Juuso Valimaki, LHD, Tri-City, WHL

22 Nikita Popaguyev, LW, Prince Albert, WHL

23 Kole Lind, LW, Regina, WHL

24 Eeli Tolvanen, LW, Sioux Falls, USHL

25 Josh Brook, RHD, Moose Jaw, WHL

26 Erik Brannstrom, LHD, HV71, SWE

27 Robbie Thomas, C, London, OHL

28 David Farrance, LHD, US NTDP, USHL

29 Shane Bowers, C, Waterloo, USHL

30 MacKenzie Entwistle, C, Hamilton, OHL

31 Aleski Lipanov, C, Balaishikha, RUS

32 Luke Martin, RHD, Michigan, NCAA

33 Jason Robertson, LW, Kingston, OHL

34 Dimitri Samorukov, LHD, Guelph, OHL

35 Alex Formenton, LW, London, OHL

36 Henri Jokiharju, RHD, Portland, WHL

37 Ostap Safin, LW, Sparta Praha, CZE

38 Kristian Veselainen, RW, Frolunda, SWE

39 Jake Oettinger, G, Boston University, NCAA

40 Filip Chytil, C/W, Zlin, CZE

41 Joni Ikonen, C/W, Frolunda, SWE

42 Conor Timmins, RHD, Sault St Marie, OHL

43 Cal Foote, RHD, Kelowna, WHL

44 Ukko-Pekka Luokkanen, G, HPK, FIN

45 Markus Phillips, LHD, Owen Sound, OHL

46 Stuart Skinner, G, Lethbridge, WHL

47 Adam Ruzicka, C/W, Sarnia, OHL

48 Maksim Zhukov, G, Green Bay, USHL

49 Jaret Anderson-Dolan, C/W, Spokane, WHL

50 Nate Knoepke, LHD, US NTDP, USHL

51 Aleski Heponiemi, C, Swift Current, WHL

52 Jonah Gadjovich, RW, Owen Sound, OHL

53 Grant Mismash, C/W, US NTDP, USHL

54 Robin Salo, LHD, Sport, FIN

55 Max Gildon, LHD, US NTDP, USHL

56 Keith Petruzelli, G, Muskegon, USHL

57 Isaac Ratcliffe, RW, Guelph, OHL

58 Stelio Mattheos, C, Brandon, WHL

59 Evan Barratt, C, US NTDP, USHL

60 PO Joseph, LHD, Charlottetown, QMJHL

61 Jake Leschyshyn, LW, Regina, WHL

62 Mike DiPietro, G, Windsor, OHL

63 Maxime Fortier, RW, Halifax, QMJHL **

64 Alexsi Toropchenko, W, Balaishikha, RUS

65 Ben Mirageas, LHD, Bloomington, USHL

66 Maxime Comtois, C/W, Victoriaville, QMJHL

67 Dylan Samberg, LHD, Hermantown, US HS

68 Mason Shaw, C, Medicine Hat, WHL

69 Josh Norris, C, US NTDP, USHL

70 Nick Henry, RW, Regina, WHL

71 Kevin Hancock, C, Owen Sound, OHL **

72 Fabian Zetterlund, RW, Farjestad, SWE

73 Cale Fleury, RHD, Kootenay, WHL

74 Antoine Morand, C/W, Acadie-Bathhurst, QMJHL

75 Kasper Kotkansalo, LHD, Sioux City, USHL

76 Filip Westerlund, LHD, Frolunda, SWE

77 Ian Mitchell, RHD, Spruce Grove, AJHL

78 Cayden Primeau, G, Lincoln, USHL

79 Marcus Davidsson, C, Djurgartens, SWE

80 Tommy Miller, RHD, US NTDP, USHL

81 Sasha Chmelevski, C/W, Sarnia, OHL

82 Igor Shyvryv, C/W, Magnitogorsk, RUS **

83 Nate Schnarr, C, Guelph, OHL

84 Lucas Elvenes, C/W, Rogle, SWE

85 Cameron Crotty, RHD, Brockville, CCHL

86 Jarret Tyzska, RHD, Seattle, WHL

87 Clayton Phillips, LHD, Fargo, USHL

88 Mark Rubinchik, LHD, Saskatoon, WHL

89 Tyler Steenbergen, C, Swift Current, WHL**

90 Ivan Chekovich, RW, Baie-Comeau, QMJHL

91 Zach Gallant, C, Peterborough, OHL

92 Matt Strome, RW, Hamilton, OHL

93 Pavel Koltigyn, C, Drummondville, QMJHL

94 Scott Reedy, C, US NTDP, USHL

95 Olle Eriksson Ek, G, Farjestad, SWE

96 Morgan Frost, C, Sault St. Marie, OHL

97 Brady Lyle, RHD, North Bay, OHL

98 Samuel Bucek, LW, Shawinigan, QMJHL

99 Daniil Tarasov, G, Tolfar Ufa, RUS

100 Kalle Makintenac, C, Frolunda, SWE

101 Georgi Ivanov, C, Yaroslavl, RUS

102 Antoine Crete-Belzile, LHD, Blainville-Boisbriand, QMJHL

103 Linus Nyman, C, Kingston, OHL

104 Austen Keating, LW, Ottawa, OHL

105 Jonas Rondbjerg, RW, Vaxjo, SWE

106 Macauley Carson, LW, Sudbury, OHL

107 Ian Scott, G, Prince Albert, WHL

108 Reilly Walsh, RHD, Chicago, USHL

109 Jordie Bellerive, C/W, Lethbridge, WHL

110 Stephen Dhillon, G, Niagara, OHL **

111 Shawn Boudrias, RW, Gatineau, QMJHL

112 Jesper Boqvist, C, Brynas, SWE

113 Santeri Virtanen, C/W, TPS, FIN

114 Filip Sveningsson, RW, HV71, SWE

115 Emil Bemstrom, C, Leksands, SWE

116 Dylan Coghlan, RHD, Tri-City, WHL **

117 Kirill Maximov, RW, Niagara, OHL

118 Mario Ferraro, LHD, Des Moines, USHL

119 Yegor Zaitsev, LHD, Balashikha, RUS **

120 Noel Hoefenmayer, LHD, Ottawa, OHL

121 Patrick Hrehorcek, LW, Trinec, CZE

122 Jake Christiansen, LHD, Everett, WHL

123 Noah Cates, W, Stillwater, US HS

124 Aarne Talvitie, C, Espoo Blues, FIN

125 Jakob Sirota, LHD, Cedar Rapids, USHL

126 Tyler Inamoto, LHD, US NTDP, USHL

127 Otto Latvala, RHD, HPK, FIN

128 Matteo Pietroniro, LHD, Baie-Comeau, QMJHL

129 Gustav Lindstrom, RHD, Almtuna, SWE

130 Dayton Rasmussen, G, Tri-Cities, USHL

131 Scooter Brickley, RHD, Des Moines, USHL

132 Hayden Davis, LHD, Saginaw, OHL

133 Jakub Galvas, RHD, Olomouc, CZE

134 Jocktan Chainey, LHD, Halifax, QMJHL

135 Kyle Olson, C/RW, Tri-City, WHL

136 Jack Studnicka, C, Ottawa, OHL

137 Jack Rathbone, LHD, Dexter, US HS

138 Gera Poddubnyi, C, Erie, OHL

139 Oliver Castleman, RW, Niagara, OHL

140 Alexander Polunin, LW, Yaroslavl, RUS **

141 Patrick Khodorenko, C, Michigan State, NCAA

142 D'Artagnan Joly, RW, Baie-Comeau, QMJHL

143 Greg Meireles, C/W, Kitchener, OHL

144 Daniel Bukac, RHD, Brandon, WHL

145 Mikey Anderson, LHD, Waterloo, USHL

146 Jacob Paquette, LHD, Kingston, OHL

147 Sebastian Walfridsson, LHD, MODO, SWE

148 Pavel Voronkov, C, Yekaterinaberg, RUS

149 Ivan Provetsov, G, Minnesota, NAHL

150 AJ Pratt, LW, Red Deer, WHL

151 Alex D'Orio, G, Saint John, QMJHL

152 Jakub Lacka, LW, Trinec, CZE

153 Emil Oksanen, RW, Espoo Blues, FIN

154 Max Martin, LHD, Prince Albert, WHL

155 Mike Pastujov, RW, US NTDP, USHL

156 Joel Teasdale, C, Blainville-Boisbriand, QMJHL

157 Lane Zablocki, C, Red Deer, WHL

158 Joey Keane, RHD, Barrie, OHL

159 Georgi Dronov, LHD, Magnitogorsk, RUS**

160 Alex Limoges, C, Penn State, NCAA **

161 Artyom Minulin, RHD, Swift Current, WHL

162 Zach Solow, C, Dubuque, USHL

163 Martin Bodak, RHD, Tappara, FIN

164 Graham Slaggert, C/W, US NTDP, USHL

165 Marcus Sylvegard, LW, Malmo, SWE

166 Patrick Bajkov, LW, Everett, WHL **

167 Kirill Slepets, C/W, Yaroslavl, RUS

168 Dylan Plouffe, LHD, Vancouver, WHL

169 Denis Smirnov, LW, Penn State, NCAA **

170 Jacob Peterson, C, Frolunda, SWE

171 Ivan Korosenkov, RW, Victoriaville, OHL **

172 Dalimil Mikyska, LHD, Brno, CZE

173 Jesse Korsenkorva, C, Karpat, FIN

174 Brannon MacManus, RW, Chicago, USHL

175 Grant Anderson, RHD, Wayzata, US HS

176 Jonathan Smart, LHD, Regina, WHL

177 Paul Washe, C, Fargo, USHL

178 Nick Leivermann, RHD, Eden Prairie, US HS**

179 Johnny Kovacevic, RHD, Merrimack, NCAA **

180 Bobby Dow, RW, Kemptville, CCHL

181 Simon Johanssen, RHD, Djurgartens, SWE

182 Matt Fontyne, LW, Everett, WHL **

183 Linus Weissbach, C/RW, Tri-Cities, USHL **

184 Maxim Marushev, C, Irbis Kazan, RUS

185 Jacob Tortora, C/W, US NTDP, USHL

186 Maxim Sushko, RW, Owen Sound, OHL

187 Finn Evans, RW, St Michaels, OJHL

188 Marian Studenic, C/W, Hamilton, OHL

189 Leon Gawanke, RHD, Cape Breton, QMJHL

190 August Berg, RHD, Brynas, SWE

191 Regan O'Grady, RHD, Sudbury, OHL

192 Issac Johnson, C, Des Moines, USHL

193 Jack St Ivany, RHD, Sioux Falls, USHL

194 Matt Brassard, RHD, Oshawa, OHL **

195 William Lindgren, LHD, Oreboro, SWE

196 Matt Quercia, LW, Sioux Falls, USHL

197 Kristian Reichel, C, Litinov, CZE **

198 Nick Swaney, C/W, Waterloo, USHL **

199 Renars Krastenbergs, C, Oshawa, OHL

200 Josef Korenar, G, Lincoln, USHL **

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