#4 – Noah Hanifin, LD – Boston College, HE

TSN – #3
Central Scouting – #3 NAS
ISS – #5
Craig Button – #12
McKeens – #4
THN – #3

NHL COMPARABLE: Ryan McDonaugh

UPSIDE: Top Pairing Two-way D-man

Phenomenal passer and puck mover to go along with a big frame and an excellent skater makes Hanifin the top d-man in this draft class. He didn’t take as big of a step in his development as I was expecting and the reason why other highly rated d-men closed the gap but there is enough of a body of work to justify him being a top-5 pick. I see Hanifin in the same vain as Ryan McDonaugh in the sense that it might take him a bit longer to develop and his impact in the NHL probably won’t come as instantly as other players but with every year he just keeps getting better and better until he’s one of the top d-men in the league. Incredibly safe pick, at worst he’s a middle pairing #3 d-man. Tons of upside with this kid.

REFERENCE via HF BOARDS

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