CSS Preliminary Rankings Released - Big Surprise!

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NHL Central Scouting has released the preliminary rankings today with a big surprise in the OHL rankings.

It's still early, with a long way to go before June's draft and so of course these rankings will be changing all year. Last season Tavares came in as the clear cut number one, but as the year progressed, Viktor Hedman made a strong point and there came a point in the year when many experts believed that Hedman would be taken 1st overall. But Tavares overtook Hedman as the season came to a close and was the best fit for the Islanders who held the first pick.

Here are the CSS North American Preliminary Rankings:

OHL Skaters

Rank
Player
Position
Team
1.
Tyler Seguin
C
Plymouth
2.
Taylor Hall
C
Windsor
3.
Cam Fowler
D
Windsor
4.
Erik Gudbranson
D
Kingston
5.
Alexander Burmistrov
C
Barrie
6.
John McFarland
C
Sudbury
7.
Ryan Martindake
C
Ottawa
8.
Austin Watson
RW
Windsor
9.
Ivan Telegin
RW
Saginaw
10.
Andrew Yogan
C
Erie

OHL Goalies

Rank
Player
Position
Team
1.
Mark Visentin
G
Niagara
2.
Phillipp Grubauer
G
Belleville
3.
Michael Houser
G
London

QMJHL Skaters

Rank
Player
Position
Team
1.
Brandon Gormley
D
Moncton
2.
Kirill Kabanov
LW
Moncton
3.
Petr Straka
RW
Rimouski
4.
Jakub Culek
LW
Rimouski
5.
Michael Bournival
LW
Shawinigan
6.
Louis-Marc Aubry
C
Montreal
7.
Stanislav Galiev
RW
Saint John
8.
Danick Gauthier
RW
Saint John
9.
Jerome Gauthier-Leduc
D
Rouyn-Noranda
10.
Samueal Carrier
D
Lewiston

QMJHL Goalies

Rank
Player
Position
Team
1.
Louis Domingue
G
Moncton
2.
Mathieu Corbeil-Theriault
G
Halifax
3.
Maxime Clermont
G
Gatineau

WHL Skaters

Rank
Player
Position
Team
1.
Brett Connolly
LW
Prince George
2.
Mark Pysyk
D
Edmonton
3.
Alexander Petrovic
D
Red Deer
4.
Emerson Etem
C
Medicine Hat
5.
Troy Rutkowski
D
Portland
6.
Nino Niederreiter
RW
Portland
7.
Dylan Mcilrath
D
Moose Jaw
8.
Quinton Howden
C
Moose Jaw
9.
Ryan Johansen
C
Portland
10.
Jordan Weal
C
Regina

WHL Goalies

Rank
Player
Position
Team
1.
Calvin Pickard
G
Seattle
2.
Kent Simpson
G
Everett
3.
Cam Lanigan
G
Edmonton

USA Skaters

Rank
Player
Position
Team
1.
Derek Forbort
D
USA U-18
2.
Jaden Schwartz
C
Tri-City
3.
Stephen Johns
D
USA U-18
4.
Justin Faulk
D
USA U-18
5.
Jarred Tinordi
D
USA U-18

USA Goalies

Rank
Player
Position
Team
1.
Jack Campbell
G
USA U-18
2.
Jared Coreau
G
Lincoln
3.
Willie Yanakeff
G
Sioux City

If you want to check out the rest of the North American Rankings , check out this link: http://www.nhl.com/league/ext/Central%20Scouting/2010/PrelimRankingsDome...