NHL Central Scouting releases final rankings

Mon Jul 25
The National Hockey League's Central Scouting Service has released its final rankings of prospects for the upcoming 2005 entry draft.
rSidney Crosby, to no one's surprise, tops the list of North American draft-eligible skaters, while three WHL skaters - Gilbert Brule (5), Kenndal McArdle (7), and Devin Setoguchi (10) - cracked the top 10.
rMeanwhile, Carey Price of the Tri-City Americans tops the list of North American draft-eligible goaltenders while Brandon's Tyler Plante - the 2004-05 WHL Rookie of the Year - and Kootenay Ice netminder Taylor Dakers both cracked the top ten, coming in at no. 3 and no. 8 respectively.
rHere's a look at how the WHL's draft-eligible contingent placed in the final rankings:
rNorth American Skaters:
r(5). C - Gilbert Brule, Vancouver Giants
r(7). LW - Kenndal McArdle, Moose Jaw Warriors
r(10). RW - Devin Setoguchi, Saskatoon Blades
r(16). D - Brendan Mikkelson, Portland Winter Hawks
r(21). D - Scott Jackson, Seattle Thunderbirds
r(22). D - Michael Sauer, Portland Winter Hawks
r(28). C - Chris Durand, Seattle Thunderbirds
r(29). C - Nicholas Drazenovic, Prince George Cougars
r(33). C - Blair Jones, Moose Jaw Warriors
r(37). D - Paul Kurceba, Red Deer Rebels
r(53). D - Jeff May, Prince Albert Raiders
r(61). D - Cody Franson, Vancouver Giants
r(62). C - Wacey Rabbit, Saskatoon Blades
r(67). D - Dalyn Flatt, Saskatoon Blades
r(69). D - Dustin Kohn, Calgary Hitmen
r(71). D - Raymond Macias, Kamloops Blazers
r(77). C - Brodie Dupont, Calgary Hitmen
r(81). C - Riley Merkley, Calgary Hitmen
r(85). D - Bretton Stamler, Seattle Thunderbirds
r(86). D - Mike Gauthier, Prince Albert Raiders
r(90). C - Joe Barnes, Saskatoon Blades
r(95). D - Kris Russell, Medicine Hat Tigers
r(103). LW - Matt Kassian, Kamloops Blazers
r(124). D - Sean Zimmerman, Spokane Chiefs
r(128). LW - Blair Stengler, Prince George Cougars
r(141). RW - J.D. Watt, Vancouver Giants
r(146). LW - Colton Yellow Horn, Lethbridge Hurricanes
r(152). C - Kyle Bailey, Portland Winter Hawks
r(156). D - Myles Rumsey, Swift Current Broncos
r(158). D - Kalvin Sagert, Kamloops Blazers
r(170). D - John Flatters, Red Deer Rebels.
r(185). D - Mark Louis, Brandon Wheat Kings
r(189). LW - Troy Ofukany, Kelowna Rockets
r(195). D - Jason Lynch, Spokane Chiefs
r(207). D - Pierre-Paul Lamoureux, Red Deer Rebels
r(222). D - Curtis Patterson, Regina Pats
r(228). RW - Ryan Reaves, Brandon Wheat Kings
r(238). C - Ryan Russell, Kootenay Ice
r(241). D - Gord Baldwin, Medicine Hat Tigers
r(242). C - Adam Hobson, Spokane Chiefs
r(249). F - Brett Sutter, Kootenay Ice
rNorth American Goaltenders:
r(1). Carey Price, Tri-City Americans
r(3). Tyler Plante, Brandon Wheat Kings
r(8). Taylor Dakers, Kootenay Ice
r(14). Real Cyr, Prince George Cougars
r(17). Kristofer Westblom, Kelowna Rockets
r(19). Joey Perricone, Moose Jaw Warriors
r(21). David Reekie, Regina Pats
r(28). Matt Keetley, Medicine Hat Tigers
rFor the complete CSS rankings, click here.