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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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11. NATHAN BEAULIEU

2011 NHL Draft
Profile
2010-11 Team: Saint John Sea Dogs League: QMJHL
Position: Defence Height: 6-2
2010-11 Stats: 65 GP, 12 G, 45 PTS Weight: 185 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 5 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 14, The Hockey News: No. 18
TSN Scout Grant McCagg:
Duplicated his 45-point season from 2009-10, leading a veteran, star-studded Saint John blueline in scoring, and running the power play on the CHL's top team. Strengths - An elite puck carrying defenceman, soft hands, smart puck distributor. Creates lanes with strong lateral movement, intelligent shooter, transition is excellent, has some jam to his game. Works hard and displays strong character, intelligent. Weaknesses - needs to keep working on defensive end of game, not great going backwards or pivoting. Will have to add 15-20 pounds to compete with NHL forwards. NHL Upside - Third or fourth defenceman who can quarterback the power play.

12. MARK SCHEIFELE

2011 NHL Draft
Profile
2010-11 Team: Barrie Colts League: OHL
Position: Centre Height: 6-2
2010-11 Stats: 66 GP, 22 G, 75 PTS Weight: 177 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 16 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 18, The Hockey News: No. 41
TSN Scout Grant McCagg:
A seventh round pick of Saginaw in 2009, he was the proverbial 'good player on a very bad team', collecting 75 points on a Barrie squad that finished with 34 points. Showed he could score goals when playing with better players at the U-18's. Strengths - Good head and hands, puck competitive, sees the ice well, nifty stickhandler, hard shot and quick release, excellent playmaker. Weaknesses - has to add some muscle and improve his quickness, lacks power and needs to lengthen stride, not a bruiser. Needs to learn to bring his 'A' game every night. NHL Upside - A bit raw, but if his skating comes along has the potential to be a productive center who is responsible at both ends of the ice.

13. DUNCAN SIEMENS

2011 NHL Draft
Profile
2010-11 Team: Saskatoon Blades League: WHL
Position: Defence Height: 6-3
2010-11 Stats: 72 GP, 5 G, 43 PTS Weight: 197 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 10 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 12, The Hockey News: No. 12
TSN Scout Grant McCagg:
A blueline stalwart on one of the top teams in the CHL, Siemens provided hard blasts, quick passes, hard hits and momentum-swinging fights all season long. Strengths - A strapping 6-3 defenceman with a powerful skating stride and a surly attitude. Decent puck skills and vision, competent puck distributor, hard point shot. Will stick up for teammates and fight for his team. Weaknesses - Must work on correcting mental mistakes, will try to do too much. Average hockey sense. NHL Upside - Top four defenceman with plenty of grit who will be tough to play against. Has enough offensive skill to see limited power-play time in the NHL, likely on second unit.

14. JOEL ARMIA

2011 NHL Draft
Profile
2010-11 Team: Assat League: FinE
Position: Right Wing Height: 6-3
2010-11 Stats: 48 GP, 18 G, 29 PTS Weight: 191 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 4 ES, International Scouting Services: No. 13, The Hockey News: No. 15
TSN Scout Grant McCagg:
Scored 18 goals in the Finnish Elite League, yet Armia saw his stock drop slightly this season due to inconsistent efforts on the international stage. Led Finland with 13 points in the U-18's. Strengths - Already has the size and skill to compete against men, decent skater, strong, good hands, can really dangle with the puck, hard shot. Weaknesses - Questionable work ethic, would rather poke check than hit an opponent, lacks competitiveness. NHL Upside - May be a boom or bust prospect, has the size and offensive abilities to be a top six forward, but will have to work harder on and off the ice to achieve that goal. He's risky, but the rewards may be worth the risk.

15. TYLER BIGGS

2011 NHL Draft
Profile
2010-11 Team: USA U-18 League: USHL
Position: Right Wing Height: 6-2
2010-11 Stats: 55 GP, 19 G, 31 PTS Weight: 210 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 22 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 31, The Hockey News: No. 20
TSN Scout Grant McCagg:
Perhaps the most rugged forward to ever come out of the US development program, Biggs impressed scouts throughout the season with his robust and pro-style game. Strengths - Already built like a man, Biggs dominated his age group in terms of physical maturity and strength. Not afraid to drop the gloves or run over an opponent. Solid positional player, drives hard to the net, possesses a hard shot, strong character. Weaknesses - Feet and hands are average, limited offensive upside, lacks creativity. Prone to taking bad penalties, will need more discipline. NHL Upside - Has been compared to Los Angeles Kings' forward Kyle Clifford. Should be a tough, intimidating second or third-line winger who will battle hard.

16. SVEN BARTSCHI

2011 NHL Draft
Profile
2010-11 Team: Portland Winterhawks League: WHL
Position: Left Wing Height: 5-11
2010-11 Stats: 66 GP, 34 G, 85 PTS Weight: 175 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 7 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 11, The Hockey News: No. 8
TSN Scout Grant McCagg:
Followed up an 85-point regular season with an even more impressive 27-points in Portland's 20-game playoff run. Competed for Switzerland at the U-20's and didn't look out of place. Strengths - has a high revving engine, rarely stops skating or competing, reads the play well and has good vision and passing skills, soft hands, knows how to score goals. quick release on the fly. Weaknesses - won't be able to dominate physically at the pro level due to a lack of size. Good skill package, but not elite. NHL Upside - a pretty safe bet to play in the NHL, may be ready to play within a couple of seasons. Has the drive to be a second-line winger.

17. JAMIE OLEKSIAK

2011 NHL Draft
Profile
2010-11 Team: Northeastern League: H-East
Position: Defence Height: 6-7
2010-11 Stats: 38 GP, 4 G, 13 PTS Weight: 244 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 13 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 16, The Hockey News: No. 17
TSN Scout Grant McCagg:
Stepped right into Hockey East at 17 years of age and didn't look out of place, playing 38 games and establishing himself as a player to look out for in upcoming seasons. Strengths - Decent puck skills and hands, good mobility for his size. Imposing size and strength. Hard to beat one-on-one with hislong stick and wingspan. Weaknesses - can get caught in between trying to move into the play when he should be retreating, not an overly creative passer, doesn't create lanes, shooting technique needs refinement, needs work on his reads and decision making. NHL Upside - Still quite raw, but has the physical makeup to be an imposing defensive presence in the near future.

18. J.T. MILLER

2011 NHL Draft
Profile
2010-11 Team: USA U-18 League: USHL
Position: Centre Height: 6-1
2010-11 Stats: 56 GP, 15 G, 50 PTS Weight: 198 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 23 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 17, The Hockey News: No. 59
TSN Scout Grant McCagg:
His last impression for the scouts was his best one, leading the gold-medal winning US team with 13 points at the U-18's. Will attend the University of North Dakota next season. Strengths - Hard working, versatile forward with a good motor, sees the ice well, effective puckhandler with good puck protection abilities, good along the walls. Powerful straight-ahead skater, drives to the net, smart puck distributor, hard-nosed, likes to throw hits. Weaknesses - Limited agility, more north-south than east-west, not overly creative, lacks finishing skills. NHL Upside - Second-line power-type winger with decent size and offensive abilities. Has been compared to Dustin Brown, but may not have his scoring touch.

19. MARK MCNEILL

2011 NHL Draft
Profile
2010-11 Team: Prince Albert Raiders League: WHL
Position: Centre Height: 6-1
2010-11 Stats: 70 GP, 32 G, 81 PTS Weight: 204 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 14 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 21, The Hockey News: No. 16
TSN Scout Grant McCagg:
Had plenty of opportunities but was unable to finish plays at the U-18's, going scoreless in the tournament after a 32-goal, 81-point WHL campaign. Strengths - Big body, good straight ahead speed, pretty good puck skills, crafty playmaker, effective cycling the puck, smart two-way winger. Capable fighter. Weaknesses - Doesn't always compete for space in heavy traffic, sometimes lacks emotion and drive. Limited agility, doesn't win a lot of battles despite his size. NHL Upside - The tools are there for a successful NHL career, but it all depends on how much he wants it. Has the size to be a physical offensive presence, but will need to be more assertive.

20. JOE MORROW

2011 NHL Draft
Profile
2010-11 Team: Portland Winterhawks League: WHL
Position: Defence Height: 6-1
2010-11 Stats: 60 GP, 9 G, 49 PTS Weight: 196 lbs.
Scouting Ranking
NHL Central Scouting: 12 NAS, International Scouting Services: No. 33, The Hockey News: No. 34
TSN Scout Grant McCagg:
Portland's second-round pick from the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft stepped up offensively in the WHL playoffs and leading all blueliners with six goals, and finishing behind only Brayden McNabb with 20 points, Strengths - Athletic, swift skating puck mover, really gritty, not afraid to lay the lumber on opponents. Has a big shot from the point. One of the better skaters in the draft. Weaknesses - has sense issues in the defensive zone, doesn't always make the right decisions and reads. Will need to learn to pick his spots offensively. NHL Upside - Number three or four defenceman who will see lots of power play time, providing he corrects some risky defensive habits.

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