Auston Matthews is the clear cut favourite to be selected first overall in the 2016 NHL Draft. . Previous drafts have offered either/or options: Taylor or Tyler in 2010. Nathan or Seth in 2013, and this year, Mac or Jack. No such scenario exists yet for 2016. If you don’t know the runaway frontrunner to go No. 1, here is a primer. For this weeks TSN Hockey List, check out the other ranked talents in the same draft class with Matthews - many of whom are playing this week at the 2014 World Under-17 Challenge in Sarnia, Ontario. -- 1. Auston Matthews Matthews is far and away the best 2016 prospect. He faced off against 2015 top uber-prospect Jack Eichel on Oct. 18 in a game vs. Boston University and the two played a game of “whatever you can do, I can do better.” Each finished with two goals and one assist. Team Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. Natl USA NTDP C Sept. 17, 1997 6-1 1/2 194 USA 2. Kale Clague Representing Team Canada (Black) at the World Under-17 Challenge, Clague is an exceptionally smart defenseman who combines vision and creativity to be dangerous anywhere on the ice. Outstanding puck skills and the puck moves to advantageous positions. Great anticipation and is a catalyst in transition. Team Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. Natl Brandon (WHL) D June 5, 1998 5-11 185 CAN 3. Jakub Chychrun An injury has prevented him from participating at this years World Under-17s. But Jakub is a player with smarts, skills and power. He can use any of them to impact the game depending on the requirements. Team Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. Natl Sarnia (OHL) D Mar. 31, 1998 6-2 195 CAN 4. Jesse Puljujarvi Has played 10 games in the Finnish Elite League. A big, rangy winger with the ability to score. Hes not a one-dimensional scorer and is capable of setting up goals as well as finishing them. Gets himself into dangerous spots and has a shot that can beat goalies. Team Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. Natl Karpat (SM Liiga) RW May 7, 1998 6-3 198 FIN 5. James Greenway A great athlete who has excellent skating ability and can move in any direction to support the offence or negate opponents. He makes good plays with the puck and has a physical element where he can be a challenge to get around, but also will eliminate opponents with strong physical play. Team Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. Natl USA NTDP D Apr. 27, 1998 6-4 1/4 204 USA 6. Tyson Jost A well-rounded centre whos playing at the World Under-17s and can play in every situation. Has the smarts, the skills and the competitiveness to make a difference through all areas of the game. Has a style of play that reminds me of how Hall-of-Famer Bryan Trottier performed. Team Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. Natl Penticton (BCHL) C Mar. 14, 1998 5-10 1/2 188 CAN 7. Dmitry Sokolov Big, strong, skilled and able to impact the game with all of those elements. A smart player with and without the puck and his impact is positive in any type of game. Very difficult to deter because he can skate past an opponent or power past one. Team Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. Natl Omskiye Yastreby Omsk (MHL) RW Apr. 14, 1998 6-2 203 RUS 8. Clayton Keller Excellent skater with speed, quickness and agility and he uses all of those elements to be constantly dangerous. He’s elusive and very hard to ’trap’ and with a sense, awareness and poise he’s able to be a consistent threat with the puck. Team Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. Natl USA NTDP C July 29, 1998 5-9 1/4 165 USA 9. Sam Steel Steel, whos playing for Team Canada (Black) at the World Under-17 Challenge, is an outstanding skater who uses well in so many ways. His speed is threatening and he knows how to use it to keep defenders off balance. He’s quick and able to get free in tight spots. Smart and makes good plays at high speed so a difficult player to keep in check. Team Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. Natl Regina (WHL) C Feb. 3, 1998 5-10 1/4 167 CAN 10. Dante Fabbro Great confidence playing and he initiates the play from a defensive aspect and in transition also. Given an opening, he will take it but is very adept at understanding what play is available to him and adjusting accordingly. An all situations player who wants to make a difference. Team Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. Natl Penticton (BCHL) D June 20, 1998 6-0 183 CAN 11. Max Jones Combining speed and power along with a very good skill level, he becomes a very challenging player to play against. He uses all of the elements to his advantage and has a determination in his game that forces opponents out of their comfort zone. Team Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. Natl USA NTDP LW Feb. 17, 1998 6-1 3/4 189 USA 12. Luke Green Dynamic skating defenceman who will push the pace and jump into the attack. Good awareness and makes good plays from the defensive zone and in the offensive zone and plays with confidence. Team Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. Natl Saint John (QMJHL) D Jan. 12, 1998 5-11 174 CAN 13. Tarmo Reunanen Poised and smart, he may not ‘catch your eye’ with flash but he knows where his options are. He doesn’t panic under pressure and he can make plays that alleviate pressure defensively or apply it offensively. Team Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. Natl TPS Turku (Finland Jr.) D Mar. 1, 1998 5-11 166 FIN 14. Brett Howden A good skating center who can be a solid offensive contributor. Smart, good puck skills and very difficult to deter because he makes his size work to his advantage. Can make plays in tight or on the rush, and can start them or finish them. Team Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. Natl Moose Jaw (WHL) C Mar. 29, 1998 6-1 1/4 190 CAN 15. Tyler Benson Hes a very smart player who is capable of seeing opportunity and taking advantage. A rarity in that he can score goals off the wing or make plays off the wing. Gets involved physically and is a determined competitor who uses well in multiple areas. Team Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. Natl Vancouver (WHL) LW Mar. 15, 1998 5-11 1/2 198 CAN 16. Matthew Tkachuk At times you watch him score and you see glimpses of his 500-plus NHL goal scoring father, Keith. He cans score in multiple ways; from out with a good shot or in tight with quick hands. He gets to scoring position and reads play well and plays with an assertiveness to make a difference. Team Pos. Birthdate Ht. Wt. Natl USA NTDP LW Dec. 11, 1997 6-0 1/2 188 USA . In the other Group A game, the Czech Republic stunned Canada, 5-4 in a shootout. Dominik Simon scored the deciding goal in the tiebreaker. The United States scored its first three goals on power plays. "Overall, I love to see the power-play goals we were able to get tonight," said U. . They signed their first kicker. Ottawa inked Nick Setta, a 32-year-old native of Lockport, Illinois, to a contract.VERNON, B.C. -- Vinny Post scored the winner at 15:32 of the third period as the Carleton Place Canadians edged the Vernon Vipers 3-2 on Saturday in preliminary action at the RBC Cup. Dylan Gareau and Adam Lloyd also scored for the Canadians (1-0-0) while Luke Edwards tacked on two assists. Colton Sparrow and Demico Hannoun supplied the scoring for the Vipers (0-1-0). Carleton Places Guillaume Therien kicked out 25 shots for the win as Vernons Austin Smith allowed three goals on 29 shots. The Canadians went 1 for 6 on the power play while the Vipers failed to score on four chances with thhe man advantage. . In earlier preliminary action, Michael Stiliadis made 41 saves, including 16 in the final period, as the Dauphin Kings came from behind to defeat the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots 2-1. Tanner Butler put the Kings (1-0-0) on the board at 7:57 of the third period to tie the game and Jesse Bernard scored the eventual with just 1:17 remaining in regulation. Jacob Hayhurst gave the Patriots (0-1-0) a 1-0 lead early in the second period. Torontos Evan Buitenhuis turned aside 27-of-29 shots in a losing cause. Both clubs went 0 for 3 on the power play. ' ' '