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TSN's Top Mid-Season prospects

On June 26, the best young amateur players in the world will be made available when the 2009 NHL Entry Draft takes place in Montreal. Follow TSN's mid-season latest rankings - a compilation based on input from various scouts around the National Hockey League. (Photos: Getty Images)

McKenzie: I must have had a senior moment even before I've become a senior citizen. How else do I explain the omission of Saskatoon Blade defenceman Stefan Elliott in TSN's mid-season Top 30 prospects for the 2009 NHL entry draft. He belongs there. In fact, he should have been No. 23, but as I was putting together the final list Elliott somehow ended up on the cutting room floor. Oops. So our Top 30 just became a Top 31. For the sake of expediency, we're slotting Elliott at No. 22B, right behind Louis Leblanc and just ahead of Landon Ferarro. That's where Elliott currently merits being based on our survey of NHL team scouts. Sorry for the confusion. I will now go to the penalty box and feel shame.

Prospects No. 1 - 15 | Prospects No. 16 - 30

The Top 30

1. JOHN TAVARES

2009 NHL Draft
Profile
2008-09 Team: London League: OHL
Position: Centre Ht/Wt: 6-0, 198 lbs.
Stats through 2/11: 43 GP, 41 G, 78 PTS  
Notes
Tavares made a very strong case as to why he is the top 2009 NHL draft prospect with one of the most dominant WJC performances in recent memory. Named the MVP of the tournament, Tavares has now shifted the debate as to who should be taken second in this year's draft. - From International Scouting Services
Scouting Ranking
International Scouting Services: No. 1
Central Scouting Bureau: No. 1 (North America)

2. VICTOR HEDMAN

2009 NHL Draft
Profile
2008-09 Team: MoDo League: SweJE
Position: Defence Ht/Wt: 6-6, 220 lbs.
Stats through 2/11: 35 GP, 5 G, 18 PTS  
Notes
An incredible skater for his size, Hedman has extremely explosive acceleration and jumps into the play in an instant. A very smart player, he anticipates well at both ends of the ice. - From International Scouting Services
Scouting Ranking
International Scouting Services: No. 2
Central Scouting Bureau: No. 1 (Europe)

3. MATT DUCHENE

2009 NHL Draft
Profile
2008-09 Team: Brampton League: OHL
Position: Centre Ht/Wt: 5-11, 198 lbs.
Stats through 2/11: 44 GP, 27 G, 64 PTS  
Notes
Duchene is ranked second to John Tavares among North American skaters rated by Central Scouting for the draft. His ended his rookie season last April by leading Canada's gold medal-winning team in goals at the 2008 IIHF under-18 championship.
Scouting Ranking
International Scouting Services: No. 5
Central Scouting Bureau: No. 2 (North America)

4. EVANDER KANE

2009 NHL Draft
Profile
2008-09 Team: Vancouver League: WHL
Position: Centre Ht/Wt: 5-11, 160 lbs.
Stats through 2/11: 44 GP, 35 G, 73 PTS  
Notes
A late addition to Team Canada, Kane replaced Dana Tyrell who was injured during the World Juniors. Kane's presence and role on the team adapted as the tournament went on and he provided energy and good strong physical play. A great combination of grit and skill, look for his already high draft stock to rise. - From International Scouting Services
Scouting Ranking
International Scouting Services: No. 6
Central Scouting Bureau: No. 3 (North America)

5. BRAYDEN SCHENN

2009 NHL Draft
Profile
2008-09 Team: Brandon League: WHL
Position: Centre Ht/Wt: 6-0, 196 lbs.
Stats through 2/11: 55 GP, 26 G, 71 PTS  
Notes
The younger brother of Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Luke Schenn played with Team Canada at the 2008 IIHF World U18 Championships in Russia and tallied three goals and eight points in the tournament. He also competed in the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, earning another gold medal.
Scouting Ranking
International Scouting Services: No. 7
Central Scouting Bureau: No. 5 (North America)

6. JARED COWEN

2009 NHL Draft
Profile
2008-09 Team: Spokane League: WHL
Position: Defence Ht/Wt: 6-5, 218 lbs.
Stats through 2/11: 48 GP, 7 G, 21 PTS  
Notes
Cowen is in his second full season of play with the Chiefs after capturing the WHL Championship and Memorial Cup during his rookie campaign in 2007-08.
Scouting Ranking
International Scouting Services: No. 4
Central Scouting Bureau: No. 7 (North America)

7. MAGNUS SVENSSON-PAAJARVI

2009 NHL Draft
Profile
2008-09 Team: Timra League: SweJE
Position: Left Wing Ht/Wt: 6-1, 200 lbs.
Stats through 2/11: 42 GP, 5 G, 14 PTS  
Notes
Already ranked as the second best European skater by CSS, he is a tremendous puck handler with great outside rush ability and an unmatched capability of freezing defenders. - From International Scouting Services
Scouting Ranking
International Scouting Services: No. 3
Central Scouting Bureau: No. 2 (Europe)

8. NAZEM KADRI

2009 NHL Draft
Profile
2008-09 Team: London League: OHL
Position: Centre Ht/Wt: 6-1, 177 lbs.
Stats through 2/11: 43 GP, 21 G, 63 PTS  
Notes
He was a member of the 2008 OHL Champion Kitchener Rangers and participated in the 2008 Memorial Cup. He was acquired by the London Knights last summer and is on pace to eclipse last year's totals of 25 goals and 65 points.
Scouting Ranking
International Scouting Services: No. 9
Central Scouting Bureau: No. 11 (North America)

9. SCOTT GLENNIE

2009 NHL Draft
Profile
2008-09 Team: Brandon League: WHL
Position: Centre Ht/Wt: 6-1, 180 lbs.
Stats through 2/11: 52 GP, 27 G, 66 PTS  
Notes
Glennie was tied for sixth in the WHL scoring race with twenty-seven goals and 66 points before suffering a broken left elbow.
Scouting Ranking
International Scouting Services: No. 19
Central Scouting Bureau: No. 12 (North America)

10. OLIVER EKMAN-LARSSON

2009 NHL Draft
Profile
2008-09 Team: Leksands League: SweAI
Position: Defence Ht/Wt: 6-2, 176 lbs.
Stats through 2/11: 36 GP, 3 G, 17 PTS  
Notes
Ekman-Larsson is playing in Sweden's second-tier league with Lekands, and represented his country at the World Juniors and Under-18's.
Scouting Ranking
International Scouting Services: 43
Central Scouting Bureau: No. 8 (Europe)

11. DMITRI KULIKOV

2009 NHL Draft
Profile
2008-09 Team: Drummondville League: QMJHL
Position: Defence Ht/Wt: 6-1, 195 lbs.
Stats through 2/11: 46 GP, 8 G, 52 PTS  
Notes
Kulikov is an offensive minded defender with good puck skills and quick hands. His skill level is very high and he could mature into a very strong offensive option from the back end at the next level. - From International Scouting Services
Scouting Ranking
International Scouting Services: No. 18
Central Scouting Bureau: No. 17 (North America)

12. JORDAN SCHROEDER

2009 NHL Draft
Profile
2008-09 Team: U of MN League: WCHA
Position: Right Wing Ht/Wt: 5-8, 165 lbs.
Stats through 2/11: 24 GP, 10 G, 30 PTS  
Notes
An agile and speedy playmaker, Schroeder's perimeter quickness gets opponents defences into a panic. His best offensive attribute is his precision passing, Schroeder consistently finds open teammates in dangerous areas. - From International Scouting Services.
Scouting Ranking
International Scouting Services: No. 8
Central Scouting Bureau: No. 4 (North America)

13. RYAN ELLIS

2009 NHL Draft
Profile
2008-09 Team: Windsor League: OHL
Position: Defence Ht/Wt: 5-10, 173 lbs.
Stats through 2/11: 46 GP, 17 G, 69 PTS  
Notes
His ability to create time and space and be aware of all of his options is exceptional. At the World Juniors, Ellis provided undeniable proof that he is an extremely desirable offensive weapon from the back end. - From International Scouting Services
Scouting Ranking
International Scouting Services: No. 12
Central Scouting Bureau: No. 15 (North America)

14. SIMON DESPRES

2009 NHL Draft
Profile
2008-09 Team: Saint John League: QMJHL
Position: Defence Ht/Wt: 6-4, 214 lbs.
Stats through 2/11: 54 GP, 2 G, 25 PTS  
Notes
Despres, the first pick overall at the 2007 QMJHL Entry Draft, has represented the league twice at the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge.
Scouting Ranking
International Scouting Services: No. 14
Central Scouting Bureau: No. 6 (North America)

15. JOHN MOORE

2009 NHL Draft
Profile
2008-09 Team: Chicago League: USHL
Position: Defence Ht/Wt: 6-2, 189 lbs.
Stats through 2/11: 38 GP, 11 G, 29 PTS  
Notes
Moore, who plays for the Chicago Steel, is the highest ranked player among the 27 USHL skaters listed by NHL Central Scouting.
Scouting Ranking
International Scouting Services: No. 21
Central Scouting Bureau: No. 8 (North America)


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