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2011 Final TSN Draft Ranking

Check TSN's final NHL draft rankings - a compilation based on input from various scouts around the National Hockey League.

Also included in The Top 60 are scouting reports from TSN scout Grant McCagg, a former NHL scout and McKeen's director of scouting.

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1. RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS

2011 NHL Draft
Profile
2010-11 Team: Red Deer Rebels League: WHL
Position: Centre Height: 6-1
2010-11 Stats: 69 GP, 31 G, 106 PTS Weight: 170 lbs.
Scouting Rankings
NHL Central Scouting: 1 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 1, The Hockey News: No. 1
TSN Scout Grant McCagg:
Had a slow start in terms of goal production, including going goalless in 13 games in October, but ended the 2010-11 season with 17 goals in his final 20 games after being cut from Canada's U-20 team. Strengths - high end skills, including amazing vision and agility. Quick elusive skater with superb edges. Soft hands and creative puck handler. Solid work ethic and character. Weaknesses - Needs to add some muscle to compete with NHL defencemen in tight quarters. More of a playmaker than a goal scorer, although he began showing more finish at season's end. NHL Upside - first-line center who draws comparisons to Pavel Datsyuk in terms of style.

2. ADAM LARSSON

2011 NHL Draft
Profile
2010-11 Team: Skelleftea HC League: SEL
Position: Defence Height: 6-3
2010-11 Stats: 37 GP, 1 G, 9 PTS Weight: 200 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 1 ES, International Scouting Services: No. 2, The Hockey News: No. 2
TSN Scout Grant McCagg:
He's already a solid contributor in the Swedish Elite League. Tried to do too much in U-18 competitions last fall and was prone to mistakes, but simplified his game at the WJC and dominated physically and defensively despite playing with a knee injury. Strengths - Thick, physical kid with some jam, poised puck mover, has some power play ability, hard shot, can contribute at both ends of the rink, keen hockey sense, solid positionally. Weaknesses - he's a clunky forward skater. Not most fleet of foot. Loses concentration at times, not fast enough to be a frequent puck carrier. NHL Upside - Has been compared to Victor Hedman, but with more offensive upside. Projects to be a workhorse, a top two defenceman that can do it all.

3. JONATHAN HUBERDEAU

2011 NHL Draft
Profile
2010-11 Team: Saint John Sea Dogs League: QMJHL
Position: Centre Height: 6-1
2010-11 Stats: 67 GP, 43 G, 105 PTS Weight: 168 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 3 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 3, The Hockey News: No. 5
TSN Scout Grant McCagg:
No top-ten prospect improved his draft position more from season's start to season's end. Dominant in the QMJHL playoffs, notching 16 goals and capturing playoff MVP honours. Strengths - Poised puck carrier who sees the whole ice surface, very creative, protects the puck well and uses all of his linemates, dangerous forechecker with excellent anticipation, hard worker who rarely takes a shift off. Just keeps getting better and better, smart player, great hands, hard shot. Weaknesses - Needs to get stronger, particularly in his lower body. Will need to keep working on his quickness. NHL Upside - First or second-line forward with decent size and two-way abilities. One of the draft's safer picks - he'll play a key role on whatever team that drafts him.

4. GABRIEL LANDESKOG

2011 NHL Draft
Profile
2010-11 Team: Kitchener Rangers League: OHL
Position: Left Wing Height: 6-1
2010-11 Stats: 53 GP, 36 G, 66 PTS Weight: 207 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 2 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 5, The Hockey News: No. 3
TSN Scout Grant McCagg:
The first European player to captain the OHL's Rangers, he was on his way to a 50-goal campaign before a high ankle sprain suffered in the WJC sidelined him for six weeks. Strengths - tremendous work ethic and leadership skills, strong and tenacious, plays a North-American style of game, possesses hard shot and good vision. A very safe pick, will contribute soon to an NHL team, perhaps next season. Weaknesses - Good skill, but not on the same level talent-wise as Nugent-Hopkins or Huberdeau, gets it done more with hard work than high-end skill. Skating is above average, but not at an elite level. NHL Upside - the safest pick in the draft - he'll be a consummate pro who can play on any line and fulfill any role asked of him. Future NHL captain.

5. SEAN COUTURIER

2011 NHL Draft
Profile
2010-11 Team: Drummondville Voltigeurs League: QMJHL
Position: Centre Height: 6-4
2010-11 Stats: 58 GP, 36 G, 96 PTS Weight: 195 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 6 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 4, The Hockey News: No. 4
TSN Scout Grant McCagg:
Sidelined by mononucleosis in August, Couturier didn't really get rolling offensively until after the WJC's, scoring 20 goals in 21 games and reaffirming his status as a top-end prospect Strengths - Big, imposing two-way center who can play in any situation, strong character on and off the ice, solid work habits, strong hockey sense and playmaking abilities. Ability to protect the puck from opponents is second to none. Weaknesses: Didn't really show improvement this season, especially in his skating. Needs to work on his quickness. Not naturally mean, could play with more of an edge. NHL Upside - First or second-line center with solid two-way abilities. A Jason Allison type with better defensive awareness.

6. DOUGIE HAMILTON

2011 NHL Draft
Profile
2010-11 Team: Niagara IceDogs League: OHL
Position: Defence Height: 6-4
2010-11 Stats: 67 GP, 12 G, 58 PTS Weight: 193 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 4 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 6, The Hockey News: No. 10
TSN Scout Grant McCagg:
Hamilton made steady progress on the Niagara blueline, and averaged more than a point per game in 14 playoff games while leading the Ice Dogs to the third round. Parents were Olympic athletes and older brother Freddie was an NHL draft pick last season. Strengths - Excellent mobility and reach make him difficult to beat one-on-one. Uses his strong, smooth stride to skate his way out of trouble in own zone. deft playmaking abilities on power play. Weaknesses - not overly physical despite imposing size. Prone to mental errors when fatigued, still raw, needs to get stronger. NHL Upside - Size, mobility and offensive could translate into top pairing duties at the NHL level as he fills out.

7. RYAN STROME

2011 NHL Draft
Profile
2010-11 Team: Niagara IceDogs League: OHL
Position: Centre Height: 6-0
2010-11 Stats: 65 GP, 33 G, 106 PTS Weight: 183 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 8 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 9, The Hockey News: No. 6
TSN Scout Grant McCagg:
Enjoyed a CHL-best 79-point improvement in his second season, finishing third in the OHL with 106 points. OHL Player of the Month for January. Strengths - Quick, elusive skater with top-notch agility and playmaking skills. Crafty, adept at finding time and space, soft hands, quick release, skilled in tight quarters. Worked hard in offseason to improve fitness, clutch scorer. Solid anticipation and smarts at both ends of the rink. Weaknesses - Not a physically intimidating player who will punish opponents, still needs to add some strength. Can be a little lackadaisical at times. Work ethic could improve. NHL Upside - Top-line offensive center with point-per game potential.

8. RYAN MURPHY

2011 NHL Draft
Profile
2010-11 Team: Kitchener Rangers League: OHL
Position: Defence Height: 5-11
2010-11 Stats: 63 GP, 26 G, 79 PTS Weight: 176 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 9 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 8, The Hockey News: No. 7
TSN Scout Grant McCagg:
One of the most offensively talented blueliners to enter the draft in the past decade, Murphy led all defencemen and set an all-time Canadian record with 13 points at the U-18 championship, capturing Top Defenceman honours. Strengths - has the rare ability to go end-to-end several times per game, an outstanding skater and puck carrier, superb agility, soft hands, hard, accurate slapshot. Slick passer in all three zones, crafty poke checker. Competitive, despite small stature eager to throw bodychecks. Weaknesses - neither tall nor muscular, must add some weight for NHL rigors. Sacrifices defence for offence at times, must be more patient with his offensive forays. NHL Upside - has drawn comparisons to Ryan Ellis, Paul Coffey and Phil Housley. Not exactly like an of them, but has the skating and puck skills to be an offensive in any league. Will quarterback a power play.

9. MIKA ZIBANEJAD

2011 NHL Draft
Profile
2010-11 Team: Djurgarden League: SEL
Position: Centre Height: 6-2
2010-11 Stats: 26 GP, 5 G, 9 PTS Weight: 191 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 2 ES, International Scouting Services: No. 7, The Hockey News: No. 11
TSN Scout Grant McCagg:
Played 26 games in the Swedish Elite League as a 17-year-old and didn't look out of place. Had eight points in six games at the U-18 championships. Strengths - Intelligent two-way center with a heavy shot. Above average sense and anticipation, uses his size and strength for both offensive and defensive purposes, not afraid to play physically and likes to initiate contact. Powerful skater and a non-stop motor, excellent on faceoffs. Weaknesses - Minor concern with his quickness, didn't show natural finish at times, fumbled several scoring opportunities during the U-18's. NHL Upside - Has been compared to Mike Fisher and Nicklas Backstrom. May not have Backstrom's offensive upside, but could develop into a formidable two-way second-line center.

10. JONAS BRODIN

2011 NHL Draft
Profile
2010-11 Team: Farjestad League: SEL
Position: Defence Height: 6-1
2010-11 Stats: 42 GP, 0 G, 4 PTS Weight: 165 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 3 ES, International Scouting Services: No. 20, The Hockey News: No. 22
TSN Scout Grant McCagg:
Impressed scouts playing a regular shift in the Swedish elite league and killing penalties. Didn't produce much offensively at the U-18's, but reconfirmed his top ten status with a smart, steady effort. Strengths - Natural skater with excellent mobility in all directions. Excellent gap control, reads the play well, good vision. Smart defender who rarely gets beat or caught out of position, poised puck mover. Weaknesses - Not overly physical, needs to add some muscle. Could play with more of a sense of urgency, has some offensive skills but often defers to others. NHL Upside - there have been quiet whispers about him being compared to a young Nicklas Lidstrom, but his offensive game would need to develop. Top-two defenceman potential.

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