Top 11 remain unchanged in Button's latest Draft Rankings

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2/13/2012 2:06:54 PM
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While the top 11 prospects in Craig Button's monthly NHL Entry Draft Rankings remained the same, some players managed to make big strides.

The highest climber in February's rankings was Prince Albert Raiders centre Mike Winther, who moved up from 40th last month into the Top 30, landing at No. 28.

Winther, has recorded 27 goals and 21 assists in 55 games.

Also moving up was Kitchener Rangers centre Radek Faksa, who moved up seven spots and now occupies No. 14.  Finnish winger Teuvo Teravainen advanced five spots to sit two spots ahead of Faksa at No. 12.

Sarnia Sting forward Nail Yakupov maintains the top spot in the ranking and hasn't lost the spot since the first ranking was released September.

Red Deer Rebels defenceman Matt Dumba, Leksand winger Filip Forsberg along with injured players Morgan Reilly and Alex Galchenyuk round out the top five.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds goaltender Matthew Murray was the highest ranking debut player this month, appearing at No. 42.  In 29 games this season, he's posted an 11-15-1 record with a 4.15 goals-against average.

Click here at ( for the full Top 60 prospect list.

TSN Scout Craig Button is part of TSN and's expanded DraftCentre coverage. Craig started in the NHL as a scout with the Minnesota North Stars and stayed with the organization through the move to Dallas. He later became Director of Player Personnel, helping lead the Stars to a Stanley Cup in 1999. From 2000 to 2003, Craig served as Vice President and General Manager of the Calgary Flames and later joined the Toronto Maple Leafs as a scout.

Nail Yakupov (Photo: Claus Andersen/Getty Images)


(Photo: Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

February's Rankings

  • 1. Nail Yakupov
  • 2. Mathew Dumba
  • 3. Filip Forsberg
  • 4. Morgan Rielly
  • 5. Alex Galchenyuk
  • 6. Griffin Reinhart
  • 7. Mikhail Grigorenko
  • 8. Matt Finn
  • 9. Ryan Murray
  • 10. Jacob Trouba

For the rest of Craig's rankings, click here.

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