2024 NHL Draft

2024 NHL Draft Rankings: Macklin Celebrini Leads FloHockey's List

2024 NHL Draft Rankings: Macklin Celebrini Leads FloHockey's List

NHL Draft analyst Chris Peters ranked the top 50 NHL Draft prospects for 2024 at the mid-term. Boston University's Macklin Celebrini is No. 1.

Feb 15, 2024 by FloHockey Staff

There is no mystery as to who the top prospect is in the 2024 NHL Draft. Macklin Celebrini has pulled away from the field and looks as though he will be the wire-to-wire No. 1 prospect in 2024. 

While No. 1 seems to have consensus both in the public sphere and among NHL teams, the rest of the order has little to no consensus. Part of that is due to an especially intriguing and diverse top half of the first round with multiple positions and styles represented.

As we enter the most critical point in the season with playoff races and major international events on the horizon, Chris Peters – FloHockey’s senior content creator and lead NHL Draft analyst – has prepared a top-50 ranking for the 2024 NHL Draft.

After multiple trips to live games and tournaments, many hours on video and consulting with NHL scouts, Peters breaks down where players stand in his view at this point in the draft season. You can read the full rankings at this link:

FloHockey’s 2024 NHL Draft Mid-Term Rankings From Chris Peters

Who is the No. 1 Prospect For The 2024 NHL Draft?

Boston University freshman center Macklin Celebrini has been the consensus No. 1 pick for the 2024 NHL Draft dating back to last season. He appears poised to go wire-to-wire with the top pick while he is among the NCAA scoring leaders as a 17-year-old playing against older, stronger competition in the college ranks.

Celebrini, who was born in Vancouver and spent a chunk of his youth in the California Bay Area, has surpassed any and all expectations every step of his career. From production at Shattuck-St. Mary’s prep school that rivaled all alumni except Sidney Crosby, to setting the record for most points as a U17 player in USHL history last season with the Chicago Steel, to now making a run at the Hobey Baker Award as a younger-than-true-freshman at BU, Celebrini checks every box of a future No. 1 center in the NHL.

FloHockey was among the first outlets to introduce Macklin Celebrini to the hockey world in this feature filmed during his rookie season with the USHL's Chicago Steel.

Who Are The Top 10 Prospects For The 2024 NHL Draft?

The top 10 for the 2024 NHL Draft are as follows, according to Chris Peters of FloHockey:

1. Macklin Celebrini, C, Boston University

2. Artyom Levshunov, D, Michigan State University

3. Cayden Lindstrom, C, Medicine Hat Tigers

4. Anton Silayev, D, Metallurg Magnitogorsk

5. Ivan Demidov, RW, SKA-1946 St. Petersburg

6. Sam Dickinson, D, London Knights

7. Berkly Catton, C, Spokane Chiefs

8. Cole Eiserman, LW, U.S. National Under-18 Team

9. Konsta Helenius, C, Jukurit

10. Carter Yakemchuk, D, Calgary Hitmen

Full Top 50 Rankings Here

When is the 2024 NHL Draft?

The 2024 NHL Draft is slated to be held June 28 and 29 in Las Vegas, Nevada at The Sphere. The first round will be held June 28, while rounds 2-7 will take place on July 29.

The 2024 NHL Draft is slated to be the last “in-person” draft with all 32 teams sending representatives to the draft floor. In subsequent years, NHL teams will operate the draft out of their own cities while select draft-eligible players will gather at a specific site to be determined at a later date.

When is the 2024 NHL Draft Lottery?

The NHL Draft Lottery date will be determined later in the year. It is often held in late April or early May.

The NHL’s final draft order is determined by a lottery involving teams that did not make the Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

Which NHL Team has the Best Odds of Landing Macklin Celebrini?

As of Feb. 15, the Chicago Blackhawks are currently in last place in the NHL and have the best odds of securing the No. 1 draft pick. They picked first overall last year, moving up two spots from No. 3 to No. 1 via the NHL Draft Lottery.

The last-place team in the NHL has a 25.5% chance of retaining the first overall pick. The second-to-last team, currently the San Jose Sharks, has a 13.5% chance of winning the draft lottery.

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