International Scouting Services recently released their November rankings for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, which can be viewed here: http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/10697/iss_top302009_prospects_november/
Some Quick Notes:
– Brayden Schenn drops from 6th to 10th (eerily where the Leafs currently slated to pick). He hasn’t looked all that impressive so far to start the season, but there isn’t a whole lot not to like about a physical PPG player in the WHL. Gotta start seeing some more offensive production from him though.
– Evander Kane makes the jump from 13th to 8th. He is the current WHL scoring leader (37 points in 21 games played) and has played 5 less games than the 2nd place scorer. A multi-talented sniper with plenty of heart, he was one of the players I touched on in my last draft blog. Kane is very quickly becoming my favourite player of this draft, and I will go on record saying that he is a top 5-6 pick on draft day.
– The top 5 players remain unchanged. Hedman at #1, and Tavares still at #2 despite a slow start so far. Matt Duchene of the Brampton Battalion, currently ranked 4th, is quietly having a breakout campaign with 31 points through 22 games played.
Of my â€œPlayers to Watchâ€œ from the last blog:
– Jimmy Bubnick, power forward, drops from 12th to 11th.
– Richard Panik, power forward, remains in 9th.
– Ryan Ellis, offensive defenseman, jumps from 16th to 21st.
Prospect Watching Season is well under way!
Always a pleasure,