2010 NHL Draft: RT Ranks the Best Prospects

Matthew Rutledge-TaylorContributor IJune 22, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 04:  (L-R) NHL top prospects Taylor Hall, Cam Fowler, Tyler Seguin, Erik Gudbranson and Brett Connolly pose before Game Four of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Wachovia Center on June 4, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Here is the 2010 edition of RT's (Matthew Rutledge-Taylor's) annual NHL draft rankings.

The following list is a composite of various sources including: NHL Central Scouting (CS), International Scouting Services (IIS), The Hockey News (THN), and The Sports Network (TSN).

As we all know, any player can be taken with any pick.  The order that players are drafted often doesn't resemble any previously compiled rankings. 

With that in mind, I've added comments to players who have a chance to be taken earlier than they would according to their ranking listed here. 

Also, players that have been consistently ranked around the same number by various sources are listed as locks to be drafted in a certain range of picks.

 

RankFirst NameLast NamePositionComment
1TaylorHallLWCould fall to No. 2 if the Oilers prefer a centre
2TylerSeguinCCould rise to No. 1 if the Oilers prefer a centre
3CamFowlerDUnlikely to fall out of the Top Five
4ErikGudbransonDUnlikely to fall out of the Top Seven
5BrandonGormleyDUnlikely to fall out of the Top Seven
6BrettConnollyRWTHN ranked No. 4; Could crack the Top Five
7RyanJohansenC 
8NinoNiederreiterRWA lock to go No. 6— No. 10
9DerekForbetDA lock to go early in the first round
10MikaelGranlundC 
11AlexanderBurmistrovCCould crack the Top 10
12VladimirTarasenkoRWIIS ranked No. 4; Could crack the Top 10
13MarkPysykD 
14JackCampbellGIIS No. 1 ranked NA goalie;
15AustinWatsonLW 
16NickBjugstadCCould crack the Top 10
17EmersonEtemRWA lock to go middle of the first round
18EvgenyKuznetsovCA lock to go late in the first round
19TylerPitlickCA lock to go late in the first round
20QuintonHowdenC 
21RileySheahanCA lock to go late in the first round
22JonathonMerrillDCould rise or fall by 10 spots
23DylanMcIlrathD 
24CalvinPickardGCS No. 1 ranked NA goalie;
25JohnMcFarlandLW 
26JadenSchwartzC 
27BrockNelsonCA lock to be taken late in round one or early round two
28TylerToffoliC 
29CharlieCoyleCA lock to be taken late in round one or early round two
30JeffSkinnerCCould crack the Top 10
31CalleJarnkrokCHas been a fast riser all year; could get drafted by the Senators
32StanislavGalievRW 
33LudvigRensfeldtLW 
34BeauBennettRWCould be a first-rounder
35AlexanderPetrovicD 
36JarredTinordiD 
37JordanWealC 
38PetrStrakaRW 
39KirillKabanovLW 
40KevinHayesRWA lock to go middle of the second round
41JasonZuckerLW 
42RyanMartindaleC 
43BradRossLW 
44IvanTeleginC 
45MartinMarincinD 
46MaximKitsynLW 
47JustinFaulkD 
48CurtisHamiltonLW 
49PhilippGrubauerGIIS No. 3 ranked goaltender; could rise
50StephenJohnsD 
51TeemuPulkkinenD 
52JoeyHishonC 
53RyanSpoonerC 
54TomKuehnhacklRW 
55BrockBeukeboomD 
56MattMackenzieDIIS No. 33; could go early in the second round
57JakubCulekLW 
58KentSimpsonG 
59MartinMarincinDTHN No. 34; could go early in the second round
60JustinHollD 
61MarkAltD 
62JohanLarssonLWIIS No. 29; could go in the first round
63DevanteSmith-PellyRW 
64JulianMelchioriD 
65MaxGardinerLW 
66JeromeGauthier-LeducD 
67GregMcKeggC 
68KevinSundherCA lock to go early in the third round
69ConnorBrickleyLW 
70PatrikNemethD 
71LouisDomingueG 
72MarkVisentinG 
73OscarLindbergC 
74JohanGustafssonG 
75DaltonSmithLW 
76ZaneGothbergG 
77BrettBulmerRW 
78AdamPetterssonC 
79SamBrittainG 
80CameronLaniganG 
81FredrikPettersson-WentzelG 
82TylerBunzG 
83AlexeiMarchenkoD 
84SamiAittokallioG 
85NikitaZaytsevD 
86JonathonJohanssonC 
87MathieuCorbeil-TheriaultG 
88BenjaminConzG 
89JoonasDonskoiRW 
90LarsVoldenG