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With the NHL 2009 Entry Draft a little less than, The Hockey Spy is filtering through loads of information on the draft-eligible candidates and will incorporate his own instincts and intuition to bring you valuable draft previews, prospect profiles and mock drafts.
Operation: Eagle Eye Scouting will be your quintessential guide to this year's draft.
Until The Hockey Spy reveals information from the infiltration of the amateur hockey world for draft-eligible player rankings and projections, let's take a look at some preliminary rankings from some important resources:
Of course, CSB's rankings are not segregated, rather than comprehensive.
They are divided into North American and Europe, and further sub-divided into skaters and goalies.
As Gare Joyce sates in his book “Future Greats and Heartbreaks,” CSB's preliminary and mid-season ranking are of more use to professional NHL scouts. A quote from Blue Jackets' head scout Don Boyd sums up the value of CSB rankings quite nicely:
"It's like a road map for us. That is, a list to cherry-pick from - names to chase down and see. The final list is useful for the media and the fans, but by the time it's issued NHL teams are more concerned about the lists offered up by their own scouts in the field."
They released their latest Top 30 2009 rankings March 16 and feature a list of “Rising” and “Falling” prospects.
3. TSN's Mid-Season Top 30 Prospects for the 2009 Entry Draft
It actually features 31 players as Bob MacKenzie experienced a brain freeze and omitted Stefan Elliott from his initial list.
4. USA Today's Red Line Report: 2009 draft should be deep than 2008
Kyle Woodlief is a former NHL scout with the Nashville Predators.
I admittedly often disagree with plenty of his ratings. Here he simply provides some insight on the 2009 draft and a Top 10 list.
5. DC Pro Sports Report
This site contains a mock draft database from various sources. Expect a preliminary version from The Hockey Spy to appear soon!
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