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Inside the NHL draft’s top North American prospects

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Here’s a snapshot of the top prospects for the 2011 NHL entry draft as ranked by NHL Central Scouting.

Top 10 North American Skaters

1. Ryan nugent-Hopkins

Red Deer Rebels, Western Hockey League Hometown: Burnaby, B.C. Position/shoots: Centre/left Height, weight: six feet, 170 pounds 2010-11 regular-season stats: 31 goals, 75 assists in 69 games Mid-season NHL Central Scouting ranking: Third Internatio­nal Scouting Service ranking (Final): First Tidbits: Scored three hat tricks in the last two months of the regular season, including a three goal, three assist outburst Feb. 4 against Moose Jaw. . . . The Rebels used the first overall pick in the 2008 WHL bantam draft to pick NugentHopk­ins. . . . No WHL player has been taken first overall in the NHL entry draft since Ottawa picked Chris Phillips (Prince Albert Raiders) in 1996.

2. Gabriel landeskoG • Kitchener Rangers, Ontario Hockey League Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden Pos./shoots: Wing/left Height, weight: six feet, 195 pounds 2010-11 regular-season stats: 36 goals, 30 assists in 53 games Mid-season NHL Central Scouting ranking: First Internatio­nal Scouting Service ranking (Final): Fifth Tidbits: Had a six-game goal-scoring streak in November, potting eight goals over that span. . . . Was the first European captain of the OHL Rangers. . . . Has played in two IIHF world junior championsh­ips for Sweden.

3. JonatHan HubeRdeau

Saint John Sea Dogs, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Hometown: St-Jerome, Que. Position/shoots: Centre/left Height, weight: six foot one, 168 pounds 2010-11 regular-season stats: 43 goals, 62 assists in 67 games Mid-season NHL Central Scouting ranking: Fourth Internatio­nal Scouting Service ranking (Final): Third Tidbits: Won the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as the most valuable player at the Memorial Cup. Had three goals and three assists in six games as the event as the Sea Dogs won their first national title. . . . Peaking at the right time for the draft as he had 16 goals and 14 assists in 19 QMJHL playoff games. . . . Has played himself into contention as a possible first-overall pick.

4. douGie Hamilton • Niagara IceDogs, OHL Hometown: Toronto Pos./shoots: Defence/right Height, weight: six foot four, 193 pounds 2010-11 regular-season stats: 12 goals, 46 assists in 67 games Mid-season NHL Central Scouting ranking: Seventh Internatio­nal Scouting Service ranking (Final): Sixth Tidbits: Both of Hamilton’s parents are Olympians. His father won bronze in the men’s quad sculls rowing in 1984. His mother placed fourth as a member of the Canadian women’s basketball team in ‘84. . . . Was named the OHL’s scholastic player of the year in 2011. . . . His brother Freddie was a fifth-round pick of the San Jose Sharks in the 2010 draft.

5. natHan beaulieu • Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL Hometown: Strathroy, Ont. Pos./shoots: Defence/left Height, weight: six foot one, 185 pounds 2010-11 regular-season stats: 12 goals, 33 assists in 65 games Mid-season NHL Central Scouting ranking: Ninth Internatio­nal Scouting Service ranking (Final): 14th Tidbits: Beaulieu was drafted by his father Jacques, who was the Sea Dogs’ head coach and general manager from 2006 until he was fired in 2009. The elder Beaulieu is now the head coach of the OHL’s Sarnia Sting. . . . Very consistent, had the same goal and assist totals in 2009-10 and 2010-11, but accomplish­ed it in one fewer game this past season. . . . Cracked the Sea Dogs’ lineup as a 16-yearold, playing in 49 games in his rookie season.

6. sean Couturier • Drummondvi­lle Voltigeurs, QMJHL Hometown: Phoenix Position/shoots: Centre/left Height, weight: six foot four, 195 pounds 2010-11 regular-season stats: 36 goals, 60 assists in 58 games Mid-season NHL Central Scouting ranking: Second Internatio­nal Scouting Service ranking (Final): Fourth Tidbits: Born in Phoenix when his father Sylvain was playing for the Internatio­nal Hockey League’s Roadrunner­s. . . . His fall from second to sixth in the Central Scouting rankings was a result of other players improving, not Couturier regressing, scout Chris Bordeleau told NHL.com in April. . . . Was named the best profession­al prospect at the QMJHL’s regularsea­son awards gala.

Portland Winterhawk­s, WHL Hometown: Langenthal, Switzerlan­d Position/shoots: Wing/left Height, weight: five foot 11, 175 pounds 2010-11 regular-season stats: 34 goals, 51 assists in 66 games Mid-season NHL Central Scouting ranking: Sixth Internatio­nal Scouting Service ranking (Final): 11th Tidbits: Was a WHL rookie in 2010-11 after playing parts of three seasons in the Swiss under-20 league. . . . Could challenge fellow Winterhawk­s Nino Niederreit­er as the top drafted Swiss player. Niederreit­er was taken fifth overall in the 2010 draft by the New York Islanders. . . . Bartschi could become the third top-five pick out of the Winterhawk­s organizati­on in two years.

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8. ryan strome •

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10. dunCan siemens • Hometown: Mississaug­a, Ont. Pos./shoots: Centre/right Height, weight: six feet, 183 pounds 2010-11 regular-season stats: 33 goals, 73 assists in 65 games Mid-season NHL Central Scouting ranking: 19th Internatio­nal Scouting Service ranking (Final): Ninth. Tidbits: Strome had 27 points as a rookie in the OHL with Barrie and Niagara, but put 106 on the board as a sophomore. . . . In his rookie year Strome was traded to Niagara in exchange for Alex Pietrangel­o, who was a first-round draft pick of the St. Louis Blues. . . . Strome was lights out in January scoring four goals and 22 assists in just 13 games.

Kitch- ener Rangers, OHL Hometown: Aurora, Ont. Pos./shoots: Defence/right Height, weight: five foot 10, 176 pounds 2010-11 stats: 26 goals, 53 assists in 63 games Mid-season NHL Central Scouting ranking: 10th Internatio­nal Scouting Service ranking (Final): Eighth Tidbits: Was second only to Windsor’s Ryan Ellis in scoring among OHL defenceman this past season. . . . Had 11 points in seven playoff games this season. . . . Was a surprise cut from Canada’s entry at the under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in 2010. Saskatoon Blades, WHL Hometown: Sherwood Park. Pos./shoots: Defence/left Height, weight: six foot three, 197 pounds 2010-11 regular-season stats: Five goals, 38 assists in 72 games Mid-season NHL Central Scouting ranking: 14th Internatio­nal Scouting Service ranking (Final): 12th Tidbits: One of the youngest players in the draft, born eight days before the Sept. 15, 1993 cut off. . . . Was a plus-40, fifth best on the Blades during the regular season and had 121 penalty minutes, fourth most on the team.

 ?? Postmedia News Archive ?? Ryan nugent-Hopkins looks fit to be a top pick at the nHL entry draft.
Postmedia News Archive Ryan nugent-Hopkins looks fit to be a top pick at the nHL entry draft.
 ?? Herald Archive, Reuters ?? saint John ice dogs forward Jonathan Huberdeau is a top3 north american prospect for the nHL draft.
Herald Archive, Reuters saint John ice dogs forward Jonathan Huberdeau is a top3 north american prospect for the nHL draft.

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