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2010 Final TSN Draft Ranking

On June 25, the best young amateur players in the world will be made available when the 2010 NHL Entry Draft takes place in Los Angeles. Check TSN's final draft rankings - a compilation based on input from various scouts around the National Hockey League.

1-30 | 31-60 | 61-75 and Honourable Mentions

1. TAYLOR HALL

2010 NHL Draft
Profile
2009-10 Team: Windsor League: OHL
Position: Left Wing Height: 6-1
2009-10 Stats: 57 GP, 40 G, 106 PTS Weight: 185 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 2 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 1, The Hockey News: No. 1
The Insider Says
Bob McKenzie: What else is there to say that hasn't already been said? Taylor Hall skates like the wind, absolutely fearless, takes the puck to the net with equal amounts of skill and recklessness and does nothing but score big goals and win hockey games and championships. What's not to like? The only concern, and it's a growing sentiment, is that Hall's fearlessness/recklessness puts him in harm's way too often and that he takes an incredible physical beating at the junior level, leaving himself vulnerable to big hits and potential injury. If he doesn't adjust his game in the NHL, some wonder if his frame, which isn't big by pro standards, will be able to stand up to the wear and tear. All that said, he's the prospect voted by scouts as most ready to step into the NHL.

2. TYLER SEGUIN

2010 NHL Draft
Profile
2009-10 Team: Plymouth League: OHL
Position: Centre Height: 6-1
2009-10 Stats: 63 GP, 48 G, 106 PTS Weight: 186 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 1 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 2, The Hockey News: No. 2
The Insider Says
Bob McKenzie: The more you watch Tyler Seguin, the more you understand why scouts say it's so close between him and Hall. Seguin is a big, rangy centre who skates like the wind with outstanding hockey sense and he's every bit as good a goal scorer as he is a playmaker and he's an exceptional playmaker. He plays more of a perimeter game than Hall and is more cerebral than visceral, but the fact he doesn't take the puck to the net as hard as Hall isn't because he's timid or fearful, it's because he's often able to pull up and break down defences and make plays that lead to goals. Steven Stamkos's success in the NHL has many thinking Seguin may be destined for something similar.

3. ERIK GUDBRANSON

2010 NHL Draft
Profile
2009-10 Team: Kingston League: OHL
Position: Defence Height: 6-4
2009-10 Stats: 41 GP, 2 G, 23 PTS Weight: 201 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 4 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 7, The Hockey News: No. 5
The Insider Says
Bob McKenzie: Erik Gudbranson plays a raw, hard, physical game and projects to be a shutdown defenceman in the NHL who can log big minutes against the best players on the other team. His slapshot is a bomb from the point and while he's not devoid of puck skills or some offensive ability, most scouts believe he has offensive limitations that will be more obvious at the pro level. He's one of the hardest hitters in the draft, he's physically and emotionally mature and he has a bit of a mean streak, certainly not afraid to drop the gloves and fight for his team. He's considered a character guy with leadership qualities and he's the most physical of the Big Three defenceman available this year.

4. BRANDON GORMLEY

2010 NHL Draft
Profile
2009-10 Team: Moncton League: QMJHL
Position: Defence Height: 6-2
2009-10 Stats: 58 GP, 9 G, 43 PTS Weight: 187 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 6 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 3, The Hockey News: No. 7
The Insider Says
Bob McKenzie: Brandon Gormley is as cerebral and measured in his game as Gudbranson is hard and physical. Everything about Gormley is good. He's not big, but he's not small. He's not overly physical but he's not uninvolved. He's not a pure offensive point producer but he's not a one-dimensional defensive guy either. He's the most multi-purpose of the Big Three in terms of playing in any situation – PP, PK, 5 on 5, 4 on 4 – and he's more likely to beat you with brains than brawn, a la Nick Lidstrom. He's a mobile, heady defencemen who's comfortable with the puck on his stick and makes good decisions with and without it. There is no aspect of his game that is weak, but neither is there a “wow” factor in the understated way he makes it all look so easy.

5. CAM FOWLER

2010 NHL Draft
Profile
2009-10 Team: Windsor League: OHL
Position: Defence Height: 6-2
2009-10 Stats: 55 GP, 8 G, 55 PTS Weight: 190 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 5 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 5, The Hockey News: No. 3
The Insider Says
Bob McKenzie: Cam Fowler has some star qualities in terms of offensive ability and how he's able to use his world class skating ability to take pucks up the ice and get his team out of trouble. He sees the ice well with the puck, makes excellent first passes and virtually all his notoriety comes from when he or his team has the puck. He plays well on the point on the power play and has a knack for getting pucks through from the point and has saved his best performances for the biggest stages – the 2010 World Junior Championship, when he was outstanding in Team USA's gold-medal win, and this year's Memorial Cup. Fowler has the greatest offensive upside of any of the Big Three on defence, but scouts note that he's fairly one dimensional insofar as he is not an accomplished defender, doesn't battle hard in his own end and within the OHL has a reputation for being on the soft side when his team doesn't have the puck.

6. RYAN JOHANSEN

2010 NHL Draft
Profile
2009-10 Team: Portland League: WHL
Position: Centre Height: 6-3
2009-10 Stats: 71 GP, 25 G, 69 PTS Weight: 194 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 10 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 8, The Hockey News: No. 12
The Insider Says
Bob McKenzie: No player in this year’s NHL entry draft has come as far as quickly as Ryan Johansen. A year ago, the big, rangy centre was struggling to get fourth-line minutes in the British Columbia Junior League and he was not on the radar for Hockey Canada and any of its elite international competitions such as U-18 or others. As a kid, he didn’t always play AAA and he is by very definition a late-blooming underdog who has emerged in a big way in his one and only season in the WHL. He’s still physically immature and scouts project he could become a large physical presence at centre ice in the mold of a Joe Thornton or Eric Staal. Scouts don’t necessarily see the really high-end skill level/scoring ability of Staal, but still are excited by his strong two-way play and ability to make plays and dominate a game. The theory is that he’s only now discovering how good he can be. He was ranked No. 19 on TSN’s mid-season list and has bulled his way into blue-chip territory.

7. NINO NIEDERREITER

2010 NHL Draft
Profile
2009-10 Team: Portland League: WHL
Position: Left Wing Height: 6-2
2009-10 Stats: 65 GP, 36 G, 60 PTS Weight: 203 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 12 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 6, The Hockey News: No. 8
The Insider Says
Bob McKenzie: The Swiss winger played in 100-plus games this season, starting with the U-18 Ivan Hlinka tournament last August, the WHL regular season and playoffs, to say nothing of a starring performance at the World Junior Championship that also earned him a berth on the Swiss entry at the senior men’s World Championship in April and May. During that time, he demonstrated an uncanny ability to score big goals and provide glimpses of a power forward game that can irritate and infuriate opponents. Those who know him say he’s absolutely driven to become the best Swiss player ever and the first Swiss player to star in the NHL, yet in the conservative world of the NHL scouting fraternity, there may still be some who aren’t entirely sold because of the color of his passport.

8. BRETT CONNOLLY

2010 NHL Draft
Profile
2009-10 Team: Prince George League: WHL
Position: Right Wing Height: 6-2
2009-10 Stats: 16 GP, 10 G, 19 PTS Weight: 181 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 3 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 13, The Hockey News: No. 4
The Insider Says
Bob McKenzie: No one doubts that Brett Connolly possesses elite level offensive ability, specifically goal scoring, but the closer it gets to draft day, the more questions are being raised about the health of the Prince George Cougar winger. He played only 16 regular season games because of hip ailments and while he was able to play for Canada at the Under-18 world championship in April, he didn’t play particularly well – Team Canada had a poor tournament and Connolly was by no means alone. Still, for scouts looking to see the form that took him to a 30-goal rookie season in the WHL last year, there is some trepidation and the contents of Connolly’s much talked-about medical reports will mean a lot. He and his agent maintain those problems are all behind him. Do not, however, read anything into Connolly not being invited to Canada’s national junior team summer evaluation camp. Hockey Canada remains bullish on Connolly but wanted him to invest time in the summer to getting fit and healthy off the ice and not worrying about competing on the ice. HC believed lack of conditioning and game shape hurt him more than anything else at the U-18 and if he plays next season in the WHL like he’s capable, he could still yet be a factor on the 2011 national junior team.

9. JACK CAMPBELL

2010 NHL Draft
Profile
2009-10 Team: USNDTP League: USHL
Position: Goaltender Height: 6-2
2009-10 Stats: 11 GP, 2.21 GAA, .917 SV% Weight: 185 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 2 NAG, International Scouting Services: No. 1 (goaltender), The Hockey News: No. 13
The Insider Says
Bob McKenzie: One could argue no prospect, other than maybe back to back Memorial Cup MVP Taylor Hall, has had a more impactful year than American goalie Jack Campbell. Campbell won the U-18 world championship in 2009 and again in 2010 and managed to sandwich in between a stunning performance that led Team USA to a gold medal at the 2010 World Junior Championship. Campbell is, by all accounts, an incredible teammate with character and leadership and game-stealing capabilities, the traits scouts look for in a franchise-type netminder. It’s said he’s off-the-scale confident but not cocky and he works as hard in practice to shut out teammates as he does in a game and that he’s a goal-oriented individual who will settle for nothing less than being a dominant goalie at the NHL level. He is committed to play for the Windsor Spitfires next season.

10. JEFFREY SKINNER

2010 NHL Draft
Profile
2009-10 Team: Kitchener League: OHL
Position: Centre Height: 5-10
2009-10 Stats: 64 GP, 50 G, 90 PTS Weight: 187 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 34 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 9 The Hockey News: No. 25
The Insider Says
Bob McKenzie: Quite simply, Jeff Skinner is the best natural goal-scorer in the entire draft. He scored 50 goals in the regular season for the Kitchener Rangers and added another 20 in the playoffs. He played on the fourth line for Canada at the U-18 Ivan Hlinka tournament last August and led the team in goal scoring. The former minor midget teammate of Tyler Seguin is not big, he’s not that fast, but he’s got a low centre of gravity, he’s agile and he’s hard on the puck and can score with a quick release from far out or get his nose dirty in the blue paint. Kitchener GM-coach Steve Spott talks about Skinner with the same sort of reverence reserved for former Ranger captain Mike Richards, and that’s saying something. Skinner comes from a family of high achievers – both his parents are lawyers, one sister attends Harvard and the other sister, who has been called to the bar this summer, attends Cornell. When he was 12, Skinner finished third in the national junior figure skating championships and reportedly can do a single axle in full hockey equipment, although Spott said he has yet to witness that. Skinner has been rocketing up the charts all season long as concerns about his skating seem to have dissipated and is a bona find top 10 consideration, although scouts are miffed that NHL Central Scouting ranks him 32nd amongst North American skaters.

11. DEREK FORBORT

2010 NHL Draft
Profile
2009-10 Team: USNTDP League: USHL
Position: Defence Height: 6-5
2009-10 Stats: 26 GP, 4 G, 14 PTS Weight: 198 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 9 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 10, The Hockey News: No. 11
What's Been Said
Bob McKenzie: Derek Forbort isn’t as physically intimidating as U.S. Under-18 teammate Jarred Tinordi and he’s not as offensively gifted as teammate Jonathan Merrill and he doesn’t possess the hardest slapshot in the draft like teammate Justin Faulk, but with his size and mobility, scouts believe Forbort has greater potential than any of the stellar blueliners on what may be the best ever U.S. Under-18 squad and, therefore, is a legit threat to be a Top 10 pick.

12. ALEX BURMISTROV

2010 NHL Draft
Profile
2009-10 Team: Barrie League: OHL
Position: Centre Height: 6-0
2009-10 Stats: 62 GP, 22 G, 65 PTS Weight: 159 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 11 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 14, The Hockey News: No. 6
The Insider Says
Bob McKenzie: The diminutive Russian forward has dynamic qualities that some think might be Pavel Datsyuk-like and he was a well-liked and respected teammate with a wonderful, outgoing personality on the Barrie Colts, so if some team decided to take Alexander Burmistrov in the Top 10, it would come as no surprise, but some size concerns and the unbiquitous Russian Factor have discounted him ever so slightly.

13. MIKAEL GRANLUND

2010 NHL Draft
Profile
2009-10 Team: HIFK Helsinki League: SM-liiga
Position: Left Wing Height: 5-10
2009-10 Stats: 43 GP, 13 G, 40 PTS Weight: 180 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 1 ES, International Scouting Services: No. 15, The Hockey News: No. 10
The Insider Says
Bob McKenzie: NHL scouts surveyed by TSN voted Finnnish centre Mikael Granlund the “smartest player” in the entire draft class, edging out Tyler Seguin for that honor. The savvy playmaker played better in the Finnish Elite League against men than he did against his peers at the WJC and there are some who are concerned about his skating. He could easily slide into the top 10 but could also slide to the second half of the first round. A mini wild card, if you will.

14. AUSTIN WATSON

2010 NHL Draft
Profile
2009-10 Team: Peterborough League: OHL
Position: Right Wing Height: 6-3
2009-10 Stats: 52 GP, 20 G, 54 PTS Weight: 185 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 14 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 12, The Hockey News: No. 15
The Insider Says
Bob McKenzie: Austin Watson is a prototypical pro winger with size, strength and speed and the ability to use it all to get in on the forecheck and provide physical play, though some wonder whether the Windsor Spitfiire turned Peterborough Pete can be an offensive factor at the pro level. Many of the same things were being said about Ryan Kesler at the same age.

15. DYLAN MCILRATH

2010 NHL Draft
Profile
2009-10 Team: Moose Jaw League: WHL
Position: Defence Height: 6-4
2009-10 Stats: 65 GP, 7 G, 24 PTS Weight: 215 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 17 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 31, The Hockey News: No. 26
The Insider Says
Bob McKenzie: Moose Jaw Warrior defenceman Dylan McIlrath is a big, physical, mean and tough defensive defenceman who is the unanimous choice of scouts surveyed by TSN as the “toughest player” in the entire draft. He had 19 fighting majors this season and didn’t lose too many, by all accounts. Say no more.

16. VLADIMIR TARASENKO

2010 NHL Draft
Profile
2009-10 Team: Novosibirsk League: KHL
Position: Right Wing Height: 5-11
2009-10 Stats: 42 GP, 13 G, 24 PTS Weight: 202 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 2 ES, International Scouting Services: No. 4, The Hockey News: No. 14
The Insider Says
Bob McKenzie: Russian forward Vladimir Tarasenko is a gifted goal-scorer and elite offensive talent and showed up to the NHL combine with one of the most physically mature and impressive physiques, a Russian tank of sorts (think Vladimir Krutov in really, really good shape), but he is a draft wild card because of the Russian Factor. Top 10 ability, where he ends up is anybody’s guess.

17. EMERSON ETEM

2010 NHL Draft
Profile
2009-10 Team: Medicine Hat League: WHL
Position: Centre Height: 6-0
2009-10 Stats: 72 GP, 37 G, 65 PTS Weight: 190 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 8 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 18, The Hockey News: No. 17
The Insider Says
Bob McKenzie: The California kid from Long Beach comes from a family of elite athletes and is arguably the fastest skater in the entire draft. With a hard, heavy shot that allows him to score off the rush from far out, it’s difficult to envision the Medicine Hat Tiger winger as anything but a mid-first round pick.

18. BEAU BENNETT

2010 NHL Draft
Profile
2009-10 Team: Penticton League: BCHL
Position: Right Wing Height: 6-1
2009-10 Stats: 56 GP, 41 G, 120 PTS Weight: 176 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 32 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 34, The Hockey News: No. 35
The Insider Says
Bob McKenzie: Another native Californian, from Gardena, who could be the talk of the draft if he gets selected as high as some teams have his ranked. A true wild card, cited as everything from Top 10 overall to the late second round, he scored 120 points for Penticton of the BCJHL. Still physically immature, he could suffer from “weaker league” syndrome but he’s bound to be one of the really interesting stories of this draft.

19. NICK BJUGSTAD

2010 NHL Draft
Profile
2009-10 Team: Blaine League: MS-HS
Position: Centre Height: 6-5
2009-10 Stats: 25 GP, 29 G, 60 PTS Weight: 188 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 13 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 21, The Hockey News: No. 9
The Insider Says
Bob McKenzie: The winner of the prestigious Mr. Hockey Award, which goes to the top Minnesota high schooler each year, is a 6-foot-5 physical specimen who placed top 10 in 13 of 31 measurables for NHL Central Scouting. He is the nephew of former pro Scott Bjugstad and accelerated his studies in order to enter University of Minnesota a year early.

20. MARK PYSYK

2010 NHL Draft
Profile
2009-10 Team: Edmonton League: WHL
Position: Defence Height: 6-1
2009-10 Stats: 48 GP, 7 G, 24 PTS Weight: 175 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 7 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 17, The Hockey News: No. 6
The Insider Says
Bob McKenzie: Mark Pysyk is considered a “safe” first round pick, which is to suggest he has limited upside but is projected as a prospect who could play many years on the blueline in the NHL. The Edmonton Oil King defenceman doesn’t make a lot of mistakes, doesn’t take a lot of risks and plays a smart, solid two-way game. If he slides it will be because teams in the first round may be looking for a potentially higher impact prospect.

21. RILEY SHEAHAN

2010 NHL Draft
Profile
2009-10 Team: Notre Dame League: CCHA
Position: Centre Height: 6-2
2009-10 Stats: 37 GP, 6 G, 17 PTS Weight: 195 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 22 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 22, The Hockey News: No. 19
The Insider Says
Bob McKenzie: University of Notre Dame forward Riley Sheahan (pronounced Shay-en) had to explain himself at the NHL Scouting Combine for a minor off-ice episode involving underage drinking, but NHL scouts are more interested to find out what his offensive upside is, though that’s not easy to tell when you play in the defence-first system of the Fighting Irish. Sheahan was perceived as a big, skilled point producer in junior before college and scouts are trying to rationalize meager offensive numbers as a CCHA freshman.

22. JONATHAN MERRILL

2010 NHL Draft
Profile
2009-10 Team: USNTDP League: USHL
Position: Defence Height: 6-3
2009-10 Stats: 22 GP, 8 A, 9 PTS Weight: 198 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 21 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 11, The Hockey News: No. 31
The Insider Says
Bob McKenzie: The Team USA Under-18 defenceman was suspended for eight games by USA Hockey for off-ice disciplinary reasons related to misbehaving in the school/social setting and many NHL scouts say Jonathan Merrill’s interviews at the NHL Central Scouting Combine were poor to say the least, but this is a talented offensive defenceman with terrific pro potential who, by all accounts, is focused on being a hockey player. If a team thinks the kid is simply immature as opposed to flawed, the sky’s the limit. If he slides, though, it suggests teams have concerns. He’s off to the University of Michigan next.

23. JARRED TINORDI

2010 NHL Draft
Profile
2009-10 Team: USNDTP League: USHL
Position: Defence Height: 6-6
2009-10 Stats: 26 GP, 4 G, 9 PTS Weight: 205 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 38 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 25, The Hockey News: No. 22
The Insider Says
Bob McKenzie: The son of former NHL defenceman Mark Tinordi is an absolute physical beast, almost 6-foot-6 and still filling out a frame that is more than 200 pounds. He blew scouts away with physical testing at the Combine. He’s naturally aggressive, a heavy hitter, with outstanding leadership and character, as evidenced by his captaincy on what may be the best U.S. U-18 team ever. Tinordi will attend Notre Dame in the fall.

24. EVGENY KUZNETSOV

2010 NHL Draft
Profile
2009-10 Team: Chelyabinsk League: KHL
Position: Left Wing Height: 6-0
2009-10 Stats: 35 GP, 2 G, 9 PTS Weight: 174 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 3 ES, International Scouting Services: No. 19, The Hockey News: No. 18
The Insider Says
Bob McKenzie: Evgeny Kuznetsov is the stereotypical highly-skilled Russian forward who can be the dominant force in one game and then invisible the next. Most teams have Burmistrov and Tarasenko rated ahead of Kuznetsov but not all of them and it’s not inconceivable, albeit an outside shot, that he could still be the first Russian player taken in the draft. But, again, the Russian Factor leaves us all befuddled in terms of where and when he could be selected.

25. TYLER PITLICK

2010 NHL Draft
Profile
2009-10 Team: Minnesota State League: WCHA
Position: Centre Height: 6-2
2009-10 Stats: 38 GP, 11 G, 19 PTS Weight: 194 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 18 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 20, The Hockey News: No. 21
The Insider Says
Bob McKenzie: Tyler Pitlick is the nephew of former NHL defenceman Lance Pitlick and scored 11 goals as a freshman at Mankato State University. A late 1991 birthdate, he was an offensive player in the Minnesota high school system but will have to prove he can put up numbers with each step up in competition, but he plays a solid enough all-around game to garner first round consideration.

26. QUINTON HOWDEN

2010 NHL Draft
Profile
2009-10 Team: Moose Jaw League: WHL
Position: Left Wing Height: 6-2
2009-10 Stats: 65 GP, 28 G, 65 PTS Weight: 183 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 19 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 16, The Hockey News: No. 23
The Insider Says
Bob McKenzie: Quinton Howden, who was selected first overall in the WHL Bantam Draft, is one of the fastest skaters available in this year’s draft. A reliable two-way centre with smarts, he hasn’t put up huge offensive numbers in junior and the scouts’ projections have him a potential third-line NHL centre who’s as good without the puck as he is with it.

27. TYLER TOFFOLI

2010 NHL Draft
Profile
2009-10 Team: Ottawa League: OHL
Position: Centre Height: 6-0
2009-10 Stats: 65 GP, 37 G, 79 PTS Weight: 181 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 16 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 38, The Hockey News: No. 40
The Insider Says
Bob McKenzie: The knock on Ottawa 67s winger Tyler Toffoli is that he’s not a great skater, but he didn’t have a big problem keeping up with his Team Canada U-18 linemates Tyler Seguin and John McFarland, two of the better skaters in the draft. He’s plays a smart and sound positional game and can be the defensive conscious on an offensive line and still contribute offensively.

28. JOHN MCFARLAND

2010 NHL Draft
Profile
2009-10 Team: Sudbury League: OHL
Position: Centre Height: 6-0
2009-10 Stats: 64 GP, 20 A, 50 PTS Weight: 192 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 15 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 39, The Hockey News: No. 20
The Insider Says
Bob McKenzie: What are we to make of John McFarland of the Sudbury Wolves? His stock would appear to be plummeting this season, going from No. 6 on our pre-season list to No. 17 at mid-season and now No. 28. Once thought to be a legitimate challenger to the elite forwards at the top of the draft, he’s now a full-fledged wild card after a poor performance in Sudbury this season. A sub-par Under-18 tourney in April didn’t help but prior to that he did have a good international resume, where he seems to play better wearing the Maple Leaf than the wolf. One of the faster skaters in the entire draft, he has a good shot but scouts didn’t like his body language this season when things went poorly. He had a strong effort at the Combine and where he goes is a complete mystery at this point. A team could easily step up at any point between Nos. 15 and 30 and take him, but if he slipped to the second round, few would be surprised.

29. JADEN SCHWARTZ

2010 NHL Draft
Profile
2009-10 Team: Tri-City League: USHL
Position: Centre Height: 5-10
2009-10 Stats: 60 GP, 33 G, 83 PTS Weight: 180 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 28 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 23, The Hockey News: No. 30
The Insider Says
Bob McKenzie: What Jaden Schwartz lacks in size he makes up for in offensive ability. The southern Saskatchewan native, originally from the Regina area but who moved with his family to Wilcox to attend Notre Dame College, led the United States Hockey League in scoring this season playing for Tri-City. He’s off to Colorado College next season to join his brother, Rylan, a sophomore. Jaden’s sister Mandi, who plays hockey at Yale University, is battling leukemia and desperately needs a stem cell transplant in the next 30 to 45 days to survive and a there’s a worldwide search in progress to find a suitable match for a donor.

30. JUSTIN FAULK

2010 NHL Draft
Profile
2009-10 Team: USNTDP League: USHL
Position: Defence Height: 6-0
2009-10 Stats: 21 GP, 9 G, 12 PTS Weight: 196 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 56 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 67, The Hockey News: No. 45
The Insider Says
Bob McKenzie: Justin Faulk is the fourth member of the USA Hockey Under-18 team to be ranked in TSN’s first round. Faulk, along with Erik Gudbranson, is rated by scouts to have the hardest slapshot of any player in this draft. Faulk is more inclined to be an offensive defenceman and though he isn’t big, he is compact and solid and a strong skater. The South St. Paul native is headed to Minnesota-Duluth next season.

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