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Top 2011 Draft Prospects

Mid-Season Rankings

Updated Jan. 17
There is often much confusion/misunderstanding about how TSN evaluates prospects for its annual pre-season, mid-season and final rankings for the NHL entry draft.

These rankings below are not a subjective view of any one person and certainly not me. I try to be as up on the NHL draft as anyone, but it's foolish to think I have the time or the ability to make hard calls on which prospects should be rated above other prospects. I mean, having to cover the NHL on a daily basis doesn't leave me a lot of time to go out to watch juniors or high schoolers or collegians or jet off to Europe. That's not my job and I've never suggested it is.

But I do know some people who are equipped to do this job and they are, of course, NHL scouts.

So the system used – and I started employing it when I founded The Hockey News Draft Preview way back in the 1980s – is to tap into the scouts' expertise in the form of a survey where I ask scouts to numerically grade or rank the prospects in terms of where the scouts either think the player will be drafted or where they would draft him. The goal is create a consensus ranking or range for each player.

In a sense, once the information is collected, it's more of a mathematical equation to determine where to slot each prospect. Once the numbers are in, there is little or no subjectivity involved. These rankings should not be confused with the various scouting services which personally evaluate prospects and rank them according to who they feel will one day be the best pro.

In other words, the rankings below are not where I would necessarily choose a player so much as they are an indicator of where I believe that prospect is most likely to be selected in the draft. Historically, this list has been a relatively solid indicator of when a prospect is likely to be taken. It's far from perfect – what is the entire draft if not an inexact science – but I'm satisfied with how it works and I think the results over the years speak for themselves so long as people understand what it is they're looking at.

So, without further ado, here's TSN's Mid-Season Top 60 for the 2011 NHL entry draft, based on the results of a consensus ranking from the survey of 10 NHL scouts. TSN's final rankings for the 2011 draft will come out the week of the entry draft in June.

(Photos: Getty Images, Canadian Press, Aaron Bell/OHL Images, USA Hockey, EliteProspects.com)

The Top 60

1. Adam Larsson

Defenceman - Skelleftea (SEL)
Born: 11/12/92
HT/WT: 6-3, 220 lbs.
Stats: 1G - 7A - 8 Pts - 37 PIM

Quick Notes: Larsson played for Sweden at the 2010 and 2011 World Junior Championship, finishing as the team's highest-scoring defenceman in the 2011 tournament with one goal and four points.

2. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

Centre - Red Deer (WHL)
Born: 04/12/93
HT/WT: 6-0, 170 lbs.
Stats: 13 G - 43A - 56 Pts - 31 PIM

Quick Notes: Nugent-Hopkins is the top draft prospect in the WHL and is rated third among North American skaters in NHL Central Scouting's mid-term rankings.

3. Gabriel Landeskog

Right Wing - Kitchener (OHL)
Born: 11/23/92
HT/WT: 6-0, 205 lbs.
Stats: 25G - 20A - 45 Pts - 43 PIM

Quick Notes: Landeskog, who was sidelined at the World Juniors with an ankle injury, is the top North American skater in NHL Central Scouting's mid-season rankings.

4. Sean Couturier

Centre - Drummondville (QMJHL)
Born: 12/07/92
HT/WT: 6-4, 195 lbs.
Stats: 19G - 43A - 62 Pts - 17 PIM

Quick Notes: Couturier scored two goals and tallied three points for Canada at the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championship and finished tied for third in plus-minus with a plus-6.

5. Dougie Hamilton

Defenceman - Niagara (OHL)
Born: 06/17/93
HT/WT: 6-4, 190 lbs.
Stats: 7G - 31A - 38 Pts - 57 PIM

Quick Notes: Hamilton is a a top scholastic player with average marks in the high 90s. His father was a medal-winning Olympic rower for Canada and his mother was a Canadian Olympian in basketball.

6. Ryan Strome

Centre - Niagara (OHL)
Born: 07/11/93
HT/WT: 6-0, 183 lbs.
Stats: 24G - 41A - 65 Pts - 56 PIM

Quick Notes: Strome is Niagara's top scorer and was fourth overall in OHL scoring through January 17. He split last season between Niagara and the Barrie Colts.

7. Ryan Murphy

Defence - Kitchener (OHL)
Born: 03/31/93
HT/WT: 5-10, 168 lbs.
Stats: 17G - 35A - 52 Pts - 20 PIM

Quick Notes: Murphy, among the last cuts from Canada's 2011 World Junior team, leads all OHL defencemen in scoring.

8. Brandon Saad

Left Wing - Saginaw (OHL)
Born: 10/27/92
HT/WT: 6-1, 208 lbs.
Stats: 23G - 20A - 43 Pts - 26 PIM

Quick Notes: Saad scored 12 goals and 26 points in 24 games with the USNTDP U-18 team last season and joined the OHL's Saginaw Spirit for the 2010-11 season.

9. Jonathan Huberdeau

Centre - Saint John (QMJHL)
Born: 06/04/93
HT/WT: 6-1, 168 lbs.
Stats: 27G - 40A - 67 Pts - 53 PIM

Quick Notes: Huberdeau leads the Saint John Sea Dogs in scoring and is second in QMJHL scoring with 67 points.

10. Tyler Biggs

Right Wing - USA U-18 Program
Born: 04/30/93
HT/WT: 6-2, 210 lbs.
Stats: 4G - 2A - 6 Pts - 35 PIM

Quick Notes: Biggs grabbed the spotlight last January scoring both goals in the United States' 2-1 win over Ontario to win gold at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

11. Duncan Siemens

Defence - Saskatoon (WHL)
Born: 09/07/93
HT/WT: 6-3, 197 lbs.
Stats: 4G - 23A - 27 Pts - 72 PIM

12. Jonas Brodin

Defence - Farjestad (SEL)
Born: 07/12/93
HT/WT: 6-1, 172 lbs.
Stats: 0G - 1A - 1 Pts - 8 PIM

13. Nathan Beaulieu

Defence - Saint John (WHL)
Born: 12/05/92
HT/WT: 6-2, 185 lbs.
Stats: 8G - 22A - 30 Pts - 31 PIM

14. Sven Bartschi

Left Wing - Portland (WHL)
Born: 10/05/92
HT/WT: 5-10, 185 lbs.
Stats: 24G - 28A - 52 Pts - 36 PIM

15. Joel Armia

Right Wing - Assat (SM-Liiga)
Born: 05/31/93
HT/WT: 6-3, 191 lbs.
Stats: 14G - 7A - 21 Pts - 12 PIM

16. Victor Rask

Centre - Leksand (SWE-1)
Born: 03/01/93
HT/WT: 6-2, 194 lbs.
Stats: 4G - 6A - 10 Pts - 8 PIM

17. Ty Rattie

Right Wing - Portland (WHL)
Born: 02/05/93
HT/WT: 6-0, 170 lbs.
Stats: 18G - 35A - 53 Pts - 35 PIM

18. Matt Puempel

Left Wing - Peterborough (OHL)
Born: 01/24/93
HT/WT: 6-0, 198 lbs.
Stats: 26G - 29A - 55 Pts - 37 PIM

19. Mika Zibanejad

Centre - Djurgarden (SWE Jr)
Born: 04/18/93
HT/WT: 6-2, 191 lbs.
Stats: 11G - 9A - 20 Pts - 12 PIM

20. Rickard Rackell

Right Wing - Plymouth (OHL)
Born: 05/05/93
HT/WT: 6-1, 191 lbs.
Stats: 16G - 16A - 32 Pts - 12 PIM

21. Mark Scheifele

Centre - Barrie (OHL)
Born: 03/15/93
HT/WT: 6-2, 177 lbs.
Stats: 10G - 35A - 45 Pts - 18 PIM

22. Mark McNeill

Centre - Prince Albert
Born: 02/22/93
HT/WT: 6-2, 210 lbs.
Stats: 20G - 32A - 52 Pts - 40 PIM

23. Jamie Oleksiak

Defence - Northeastern University (H-East)
Born: 12/21/92
HT/WT: 6-7, 242 lbs.
Stats: 2G - 3A - 5 Pts - 18 PIM

24. Boone Jenner

Centre - Oshawa (OHL)
Born: 06/15/93
HT/WT: 6-2, 196 lbs.
Stats: 13G - 25A - 38 Pts - 34 PIM

25. Scott Mayfield

Defence - Youngstown (USHL)
Born: 10/14/92
HT/WT: 6-4, 197 lbs.
Stats: 2G - 3A - 5 Pts - 94 PIM

26. Nicklas Jensen

Right Wing - Oshawa (OHL)
Born: 03/16/93
HT/WT: 6-3, 188 lbs.
Stats: 21G - 21A - 42 Pts - 26 PIM

27. David Musil

Defence - Vancouver (WHL)
Born: 04/09/93
HT/WT: 6-4, 200 lbs.
Stats: 4G - 14A - 18 Pts - 36 PIM

28. J.T. Miller

Left Wing - USA U-18 Program
Born: 03/14/93
HT/WT: 6-1, 198 lbs.
Stats: 1G - 9A - 10 Pts - 37 PIM

29. Lucas Lessio

Forward - Oshawa (OHL)
Born: 01/23/93
HT/WT: 6-1, 196 lbs.
Stats: 18G - 20A - 38 Pts - 34 PIM

30. Daniel Catenacci

Centre - Sault St. Marie (OHL)
Born: 03/09/93
HT/WT: 5-10, 185 lbs.
Stats: 20G - 30A - 50 Pts - 76 PIM

31. Rocco Grimaldi

Centre - USA U-18 Program
Born: 02/08/93
HT/WT: 5-6, 163 lbs.
Stats: 9G - 8A - 17 Pts - 14 PIM

32. Zack Phillips

Centre - Saint John (QMJHL)
Born: 10/28/92
HT/WT: 6-0, 180 lbs.
Stats: 27G - 35A - 62 Pts - 14 PIM

33. Joe Morrow

Defence - Portland (WHL)
Born: 12/09/92
HT/WT: 6-1, 196 lbs.
Stats: 4G - 19A - 23 Pts - 36 PIM

34. Vladislav Namestnikov

Right Wing - London (OHL)
Born: 11/22/92
HT/WT: 6-0, 170 lbs.
Stats: 19G - 23A - 42 Pts - 20 PIM

35. Shane Prince

Left Wing - Ottawa (OHL)
Born: 11/16/92
HT/WT: 5-11, 185 lbs.
Stats: 21G - 56A - 76 Pts - 14 PIM

36. Tomas Jurco

Right Wing - Saint John (QMJHL)
Born: 12/28/92
HT/WT: 6-0, 193 lbs.
Stats: 18G - 15A - 33 Pts - 8 PIM

37. Colin Jacobs

Centre - Seattle (WHL)
Born: 01/20/93
HT/WT: 6-2, 204 lbs.
Stats: 15G - 15A - 30 Pts - 47 PIM

38. Brett Ritchie

Right Wing - Sarnia (OHL)
Born: 07/01/93
HT/WT: 6-3, 190 lbs.
Stats: 19G - 13A - 32 Pts - 28 PIM

39. Adam Clendening

Defence - Boston University (HE)
Born: 10/26/92
HT/WT: 5-11, 190 lbs.
Stats: 1G - 6A - 7 Pts - 20 PIM

40. Mario Lucia

Forward - USA U-18 Program
Born: 08/25/93
HT/WT: 6-2, 183 lbs.
Stats: 3G - 0A - 3 Pts - 0 PIM

41. Xavier Ouellet

Defence - Montreal (QMJHL)
Born: 07/29/93
HT/WT: 6-1, 177 lbs.
Stats: 5G - 27A - 32 Pts - 30 PIM

42. Alexander Khokhlachev

Centre - Windsor (OHL)
Born: 09/09/93
HT/WT: 5-10, 172 lbs.
Stats: 22G - 29A - 51 Pts - 24 PIM

43. Dmitri Jaskin

Forward - Slavia (CZE JR)
Born: 03/23/93
HT/WT: 6-1, 196 lbs.
Stats: 3G - 5A - 8 Pts - 12 PIM

44. Miikka Salomaki

Left Wing - Karpat (FIN)
Born: 03/09/93
HT/WT: 5-11, 198 lbs.
Stats: 2G - 1A - 3 Pts - 8 PIM

45. Oscar Klefbom

Defence - Farjestad (SWE)
Born: 07/20/93
HT/WT: 6-3, 200 lbs.
Stats: 1G - 1A - 2 Pts - 2 PIM

46. John Gibson

Goaltender - USA U-18 Program
Born: 07/14/93
HT/WT: 6-3, 205 lbs.
Stats: 3-3-3 Record - .926 SP - 2.50 GAA

47. Phillip Danault

Left Wing - Victoriaville (QMJHL)
Born: 02/24/93
HT/WT: 6-0, 178 lbs.
Stats: 19G - 31A - 50 Pts - 38 PIM

48. Stefan Noesen

Right Wing - Plymouth (OHL)
Born: 02/12/93
HT/WT: 6-1, 195 lbs.
Stats: 20G - 30A - 50 Pts - 50 PIM

49. Christopher Gibson

Goaltender - Chicoutimi (QMJHL)
Born: 12/27/92
HT/WT: 6-1, 198 lbs.
Stats: 9-8-6 Record - .930 SP - 2.07 GAA

50. Seth Ambroz

Centre - Omaha (USHL)
Born: 04/03/93
HT/WT: 6-2, 211 lbs.
Stats: 14G - 11A - 25 Pts - 35 PIM

51. Scott Harrington

Defence - London (OHL)
Born: 03/10/93
HT/WT: 6-1, 203 lbs.
Stats: 5G - 12A - 17 Pts - 24 PIM

52. Samu Perhonen

Goaltender - Jyvaskyla (FIN)
Born: 03/07/93
HT/WT: 6-3, 174 lbs.
Stats: .927 SP - 2.65 GAA

53. Nick Shore

Forward - Denver (WCHA)
Born: 09/26/92
HT/WT: 6-0, 190 lbs.
Stats: 2G - 7A - 9 Pts - 8 PIM

54. Stuart Percy

Defence - Mississauga (OHL)
Born: 05/18/93
HT/WT: 6-1, 186 lbs.
Stats: 2G - 17A - 19 Pts - 44 PIM

55. Philippe Hudon

Right Wing - Choate (CT-HS)
Born: 04/15/93
HT/WT: 6-0, 190 lbs.
Stats: NA

56. Myles Bell

Defence - Regina (WHL)
Born: 08/19/93
HT/WT: 6-0, 202 lbs.
Stats: 11G - 15A - 26 Pts - 52 PIM

57. Michael St. Croix

Centre - Edmonton (WHL)
Born: 04/10/93
HT/WT: 5-11, 176 lbs.
Stats: 21G - 31A - 52 Pts - 30 PIM

58. Matthew Nieto

Forward - Boston (NCAA)
Born: 11/05/92
HT/WT: 5-11, 183 lbs.
Stats: 6G - 3A - 9 Pts - 4 PIM

59. Michael Paliotta

Defence - USA U-18 Program
Born: 04/16/93
HT/WT: 6-3, 198 lbs.
Stats: 0G - 4A - 4 Pts - 25 PIM

60. Vincent Trocheck

Centre - Saginaw (OHL)
Born: 07/11/93
HT/WT: 5-11, 180 lbs.
Stats: 19G - 24A - 43 Pts - 40 PIM

Honourable Mentions

Bob McKenzie: Five more prospects were on the verge of cracking the Top 60. These players were just edged out but voting was so tight, it's reasonable to assume they will challenge the players who are ranked inside the first two rounds. They are listed in alphabetical order.

RANK NAME TEAM POS. BIRTHDATE HT WT
61. Austen Brassard Belleville (OHL) RW 01/14/93 6-2 191
62. Max Friberg Skovde (SWE-3) LW 11/20/92 5-11 185
63. Joseph Labate Holy Angels (MN-HS) C 04/16/93 6-4 180
64. Connor Murphy USA U-18 D 03/26/93 6-3 185
65. Dillon Simpson North Dakota (WCHA) D 02/10/93 6-2 205


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