The National Hockey League released its preliminary rankings for the 2009 Entry Draft on Tuesday, with Oshawa Generals forward John Tavares leading the Ontario Hockey League's rankings and Swedish defenceman Victor Hedman ranked No. 1 among European skaters.
Tavares, in his fourth season with the Generals, has scored 174 goals and 191 assists in 214 OHL games. This season, he has 17 goals and 36 points in 23 games.
Hedman, considered top-ranked defenceman in next year's class, has eight points in 21 games with MoDo of the Swedish Elite League this season. Hedman is out three weeks with a separated shoulder, but should return in time for the World Junior Hockey Championship in Ottawa in December.
In the QMJHL, Simon Despres of the Saint John Sea Dogs is the top-ranked skater. The defenceman six-foot-four, 214-pound blueliner has one goal and 14 points in 26 games this season.
Click on to TSN.ca soon for the full list provided by NHL Central Scouting.