Monday, April 20, 2009

2009 NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings

Last week, the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau released its final draft list for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Here is the breakdown of the OHL prospects on the North American lists:

1. John Tavares - London
2. Matt Duchene - Brampton
10. Zack Kassian - Peterborough
15. Nazem Kadri - London
16. Ryan Ellis - Windsor
19. Peter Holland - Guelph
25. Calvin de Haan - Oshawa
31. Matt Clark - Brampton
32. Ethan Werek - Kingston
39. Ryan O'Reilly - Erie
44. Alex Hutchings - Barrie
45. Michael Latta - Guelph
47. Jesse Blacker - Windsor
48. Taylor Beck - Guelph
58. Taylor Doherty - Kingston
66. Garrett Wilson - Owen Sound
68. Jordan Szwarz - Saginaw
79. Ben Chiarot - Guelph
92. Casey Cizikas - Mississauga
94. Matthew Tipoff - Belleville
105. Paul Bezzo - Owen Sound
107. Marcus Foligno - Sudbury
108. Bjorn Krupp - Belleville
110. Scott Valentine - Oshawa
116. Tyler Randell - Kitchener
122. Michael Fine - Sault Ste. Marie
129. Luke Judson - Belleville
155. Tyler Hostetter - Erie
157. Darren Archibald - Barrie
168. Andy Andreoff - Oshawa
170. Simon Gronvaldt - Kitchener
172. Phil Varone - London
176. Jordan Mayer - Mississauga
178. Brett Flemming - Mississauga
182. Kyle Clifford - Barrie
185. Marc Cantin - Belleville
189. Daniel Maggio - Sudbury
191. Adam Payerl - Barrie
192. Cody Sol - Saginaw
195. Beau Schmitz - Plymouth

1. Matt Hackett - Plymouth
3. Edward Pasquale - Saginaw
5. Scott Stajcer - Owen Sound
7. Michael Zador - Oshawa
13. Jaroslav Janus - Erie
14. Peter Di Salvo - Barrie
20. Chris Perugini - Ottawa
25. Alain Valiquette - Sudbury

The official release of the rankings (with full order) can be found here.

Should you want to compare this final list with the preliminary and midterm lists, they can be found here and here.

Just a few minor comments on the list and its order.
  • Congrats to Matt Hackett for being named 1st among North American goalies. He earned it after being passed over last year. He was sensational in the playoffs for Plymouth as well.
  • Still no Andrew Agozzino, (or for that matter Chris DeSousa as well) from Niagara. Not sure what he did to the scouts at CSB, but I have a hard time seeing neither of these guys on the list, at least towards the back end. I know that Redline report (another scouting service) thinks very highly of DeSousa.
  • The Zach Tatrn mystery unfolds a little bit more. Tatrn burst on to the the midterm ranking at 86, much to the 'wtf' of myself, considering I didn't consider him anywhere near an NHL draft prospect. Sure enough, he's disappeared off the list completely now. Makes me wonder if his ranking at 86 was a complete knee jerk reaction on their part to a strong performance in a single game.
  • You have to wonder, if these rankings come out after the CHL playoffs have finished, does Phil Varone still drop from 90 on the midterm, to 172 on the final, considering the outstanding playoffs he has had thus far.
  • Besides Tatrn, the others to fall off the list completely are Marc Zanetti and Brandon Foote. The guys who joined the list following an omission on the midterm are Scott Valentine, Beau Schmitz, Cody Sol, Daniel Maggio, and Marc Cantin.
I'll be releasing my final draft ranking sometime following the completion of the OHL playoffs and Memorial Cup. I truly believe that strong playoff performances can earn you significant positive draft attention.


Anonymous said...

What are the qualifications needed to be on this list. Marc Cantin is an early 90. Can anyone be placed on this list? I was under the presumption that it was late 90's and 91's elegible. If I am not mistaken, there are only a couple of early 90's on this list.

Brock Otten said...

This is Central Scouting's list or ranking of ALL eligible players for the 2009 NHL entry draft. For North American born players, you have three years to get drafted if you are an early birthday (Jan. 1 - Sept. 15). Meaning that for this year, players born in 1991, 1990, and 1989 are eligible for the draft and for this list. Thus the inclusion of a guy like Marc Cantin, or for instance BU goaltender Kieran Millian, who is an 89.

Hope that clarifies things a little bit on a confusing subject.

Anonymous said...

Isnt it odd to see the exclusion of the Icedogs, De Sousa, Sisca and Aggozino, all of which were in the 50 point range. Its a shame we cant get away from the old mentality of bigger is better.

Brock Otten said...

To an extent, I absolutely agree about the unfortunate lack of ranking for some of those undersized IceDogs.

Remember, this is only one draft ranking, not the be all and end all. The CSB has long put a ton of stock into size, more so than I believe most NHL teams are now. As I mentioned, I know for a fact that other draft publications have some of the Ice Dog players ranked. I know that Redline is a big fan of Chris DeSousa. I know that Mckeens is a big fan of Andrew Shaw. So you have to think there has to be some interest in these guys from actual NHL scouts.

On the flip side, I do tend to see why some of these guys like Aggy, DeSousa, Sisca, Friesen, aren't ranked. I have trouble placing what their NHL potential could be. Are they scorers or are they energy players? Essentially, what type of role would they play in the future on an NHL team? I look at a guy like Sisca for example. He's skilled, but is he skilled enough to make a teams top 6, and is he fast enough to overcome his size disadvantage. If he isn't a future top 6 forward, is he gritty enough to be a future 3rd-4th line energy player? I fear that a few of our undersized forwards could fall into the trap of being "tweeners." In the sense that they may not be skilled enough to be future top 6 NHL forwards, but they also may not bring enough intangibles to the table to allow them to be effective grinders.

That being said and all, I absolutely believe that a few of them Aggy and DeSousa especially have the potential to find a role in the NHL and should be seriously considered as NHL draft picks.

Sean Keogh said...

It is also worth noting that players not ranked on Central Scouting do get selected all the time. I know Matt Donovan out of the USHL was one example last year. The best NHLer who fits that criteria I think is Brooks Laich. When Ottawa took him in the 6th round in 2001, he was unraked by CSB. They had around 180 North American skaters ahead of him even though he had played all year in the WHL (ie. he wasn't hurt or in an obscure league). Come 2009, there are only half a dozen or so North American forwards who are better than he.

Sean Keogh said...

Note: better from that 2001 draft year...not in the entire league.