Saturday, April 19, 2008

Looking Toward the NHL Draft

Photo by Nathaniel Greenbaum

Awhile back Andy Baggot gave on update on the recent April Red Line Report (RLR) independent rankings for the 2008 NHL Draft. I did some digging around and found the January NHL Central Scouting rankings as well.

W/ the draft about 2 months away, why not compare the two and see where our recruits and young freshman Dman Cody Goloubef (pictured) rank.

Note: These rankings are for North American skaters only.

Format: Player's Name (NHL Central Scouting, RLR)

D Jake Gardiner (22nd, 29th)

D Cody Goloubef (48th, 81st) D Justin Schultz (56th, 90th)

F Derek Stepan (72nd, 182nd) F Tyler Barnes (112nd, 85th)

D Patrick Wiercioch (119th, 224th) F Brock Montpetit (154th, 166th)

F Jordan Murray (191st, 192nd) F Matt Thurber (NR, 89th)

G Aaron Crandall is Top 20 for goalies in both, just couldn't find the exact ranking.

Looking at the rankings, its legitimate that 10 Badgers could be drafted. Though as my note says, this doesn't include European skaters, and I'm sure a good amount of their top talent will be selected throughout.

Its interesting to see the difference between two different scouting agencies looking at the same players. There are a few things I find odd, like Matt Thurber being projected as a 4th or 5th round pick by RLR, but not ranked in the top 230 by the NHL. There is a large variance in opinion on Derek Stepan and Patrick Wiercioch too. I think those two players will hold closer to their NHL Central Scouting position than RLR's. Jake Gardiner will go late 1st round, early 2nd.

NHL Central Scouting is in the process of producing their final rankings for the 2008 Draft. When they are available, I'll take a look at who moved up and how moved down since January. Wouldn't be surprised to see Cody Goloubef and Jordy Murray move up.