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2010 NHL Entry Draft Prospect Power Rankings: March

WINDSOR, ON - JANUARY 20:  Cam Fowler #24 of Team Cherry waits for a faceoff during the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects game against Team Orr on January 20, 2010 at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario. Team Cherry defeated Team Orr 4-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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Joel DundasCorrespondent IMarch 31, 2010



Once a month leading up to the 2010 NHL entry draft, I will release a power rankings of available prospects. The ranking is based upon a collaboration of scouting reports and my own personal scouting.  


The “PR” column is the previous rank I had given to the players, in the three articles that are linked below. Individual in-depth reports on all players will also be in these articles.  Any newcomers to the list will have reports below.  




30. Washington Capitals: Jarred Tinordi (PR: 30, +/- 0)

29. San Jose Sharks: Ryan Spooner (PR: 29, +/- 0)

28. Chicago Blackhawks: Calvin Pickard (PR: 28, +/- 0)

27. Phoenix Coyotes: Tyler Toffoli (PR: 25, +/- -2)

26. Vancouver Canucks: John McFarland (PR: 21, +/- -5)

25. Atlanta Thrashers: Stanislav Galiev (PR: 24, +/- -1)

24. Pittsburgh Penguins: Jon Merrill (PR: 27, +/- +3)

23. Nashville Predators: Quinton Howden (PR: NA, +/- +7)

22. Buffalo Sabres: Brock Nelson (PR: 22, +/- 0)

21. Los Angeles Kings: Emerson Etem (PR: 17, +/- -4)

20. Colorado Avalanche: Ryan Johansen (PR: 19, +/- -1)

19. Detroit Red Wings: Evgeny Kuznetsov (PR: 16, +/- -3)

18. Ottawa Senators: Nick Njugstad (PR: 15, +/- -3)

17. Phoenix Coyotes: Jeff Skinner (PR: 20, +/- +3)

16. Montreal Canadiens: Austin Watson (PR: 18, +/- +2)

15. Anaheim Ducks: Riley Sheahan (PR: 14, +/- -1)

14. St. Louis Blues: Jack Campbell (PR: 13, +/- -1)

13. Boston Bruins: Mark Pysyk (PR: 11, +/- -2)

12. Minnesota Wild: Derek Forbort (PR: 12, +/- 0)

11. Dallas Stars: Brett Connolly (PR: NA, +/- +19)

10. Anaheim Ducks: Alexander Burmistrov (PR: 10, +/- 0)

09. Atlanta Thrashers: Mikael Granlund (PR: 9, +/- 0)

08. New York Rangers: Nino Niederreiter (PR: 8, +/- 0)

07. Tampa Bay Lightning: Vladimir Tarasenko (PR: 6, +/- -1)

06. Columbus Blue Jackets: Kirill Kabanov (PR: 7, +/- +1)

05. Florida Panthers: Erik Gudbranson (PR: 5, +/- 0)

04. Carolina Hurricanes: Brandon Gormley (PR: 4, +/- 0)

03. New York Islanders: Cam Fowler (PR: 3, +/- 0)

02. Boston Bruins: Tyler Seguin (PR: 2, +/- 0)

01. Edmonton Oilers: Taylor Hall (PR: 1, +/- 0)




23. Nashville Predators: Quinton Howden (LW)

       Current Team: Moose Jaw Warriors

       Ht/Wt: 6’3”/183

       Stats: 65GP, 28G, 37A, 65P


Quinton Howden was the first overall selection in the 2007 WHL priority draft, and was for good reason. With plenty of expectations Howden has delivered. Averaging a point a game in his second season Howden has proven that their is plenty of potential on the offensive side of the ice, but his ability to play defence is the reason he should be a first round selection. Howden is quick, hard on the puck and usually wins the battles. Give another year or two for development and Howden could be an effective NHL forward.


11. Dallas Stars: Brett Connolly (LW)

       Current Team: Prince George Cougars

       Ht/Wt: 6’2”/181

       Stats: 16GP, 10G, 9A, 19P


Brett Connolly has not played many games due a hip injury, but the scouts have seen enough that the Prince George native will be a high pick in the 2010 NHL entry draft. Connolly is a very physical forward that can really put the numbers on the scoreboard. In his rookie season Connolly led his entire team in scoring with 60 points in 65 games, and was third overall in rookie scoring. Connolly has a hard, accurate shot, and is quick on his feet. The team who drafts him may be taking a risk, but the reward is tremendous


To view previous rankings and player profiles please follow the links below:


Picks 30-21: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/359823-nhl-2010-mock-draft-30-21


Picks 20-11: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/362095-2010-nhl-mock-draft-picks-20-11


Picks 10-1: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/366434-2010-nhl-mock-draft-picks-10-1

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