Difference of opinion: Craig Button has Hanifin 12th on final draft rankings

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Did you know there are players besides Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel that will be drafted into the NHL next month?

It’s true. There are like…lots of them.

If you haven’t started learning their names yet, TSN’s Craig Button has compiled his top 100 draft-eligible prospects list.

Yes, McDavid is number one and Eichel is number two. Rounding out Button’s top 10 are Dylan Strome, Mitch Marner, Ivan Provorov, Kyle Connor, Zach Werenski, Timo Meier, Brock Boeser, and Lawson Crouse.

That’s eight forwards and two defensemen. (Four from the OHL, one from the WHL, one from the QMJHL, two from the USHL, and two from the NCAA.)

Of note, Button has Boston College d-man Noah Hanifin ranked 12th overall, as Button is “not yet convinced he will make an impact in the NHL worthy of investing such a high pick.”

NHL Central Scouting had Hanifin at No. 3 among North American Skaters in its final rankings.