2010 NHL Draft: RT Ranks the Best Prospects

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2010 NHL Draft: RT Ranks the Best Prospects
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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.

 

Rank First Name Last Name Position Comment
1 Taylor Hall LW Could fall to No. 2 if the Oilers prefer a centre
2 Tyler Seguin C Could rise to No. 1 if the Oilers prefer a centre
3 Cam Fowler D Unlikely to fall out of the Top Five
4 Erik Gudbranson D Unlikely to fall out of the Top Seven
5 Brandon Gormley D Unlikely to fall out of the Top Seven
6 Brett Connolly RW THN ranked No. 4; Could crack the Top Five
7 Ryan Johansen C  
8 Nino Niederreiter RW A lock to go No. 6— No. 10
9 Derek Forbet D A lock to go early in the first round
10 Mikael Granlund C  
11 Alexander Burmistrov C Could crack the Top 10
12 Vladimir Tarasenko RW IIS ranked No. 4; Could crack the Top 10
13 Mark Pysyk D  
14 Jack Campbell G IIS No. 1 ranked NA goalie;
15 Austin Watson LW  
16 Nick Bjugstad C Could crack the Top 10
17 Emerson Etem RW A lock to go middle of the first round
18 Evgeny Kuznetsov C A lock to go late in the first round
19 Tyler Pitlick C A lock to go late in the first round
20 Quinton Howden C  
21 Riley Sheahan C A lock to go late in the first round
22 Jonathon Merrill D Could rise or fall by 10 spots
23 Dylan McIlrath D  
24 Calvin Pickard G CS No. 1 ranked NA goalie;
25 John McFarland LW  
26 Jaden Schwartz C  
27 Brock Nelson C A lock to be taken late in round one or early round two
28 Tyler Toffoli C  
29 Charlie Coyle C A lock to be taken late in round one or early round two
30 Jeff Skinner C Could crack the Top 10
31 Calle Jarnkrok C Has been a fast riser all year; could get drafted by the Senators
32 Stanislav Galiev RW  
33 Ludvig Rensfeldt LW  
34 Beau Bennett RW Could be a first-rounder
35 Alexander Petrovic D  
36 Jarred Tinordi D  
37 Jordan Weal C  
38 Petr Straka RW  
39 Kirill Kabanov LW  
40 Kevin Hayes RW A lock to go middle of the second round
41 Jason Zucker LW  
42 Ryan Martindale C  
43 Brad Ross LW  
44 Ivan Telegin C  
45 Martin Marincin D  
46 Maxim Kitsyn LW  
47 Justin Faulk D  
48 Curtis Hamilton LW  
49 Philipp Grubauer G IIS No. 3 ranked goaltender; could rise
50 Stephen Johns D  
51 Teemu Pulkkinen D  
52 Joey Hishon C  
53 Ryan Spooner C  
54 Tom Kuehnhackl RW  
55 Brock Beukeboom D  
56 Matt Mackenzie D IIS No. 33; could go early in the second round
57 Jakub Culek LW  
58 Kent Simpson G  
59 Martin Marincin D THN No. 34; could go early in the second round
60 Justin Holl D  
61 Mark Alt D  
62 Johan Larsson LW IIS No. 29; could go in the first round
63 Devante Smith-Pelly RW  
64 Julian Melchiori D  
65 Max Gardiner LW  
66 Jerome Gauthier-Leduc D  
67 Greg McKegg C  
68 Kevin Sundher C A lock to go early in the third round
69 Connor Brickley LW  
70 Patrik Nemeth D  
71 Louis Domingue G  
72 Mark Visentin G  
73 Oscar Lindberg C  
74 Johan Gustafsson G  
75 Dalton Smith LW  
76 Zane Gothberg G  
77 Brett Bulmer RW  
78 Adam Pettersson C  
79 Sam Brittain G  
80 Cameron Lanigan G  
81 Fredrik Pettersson-Wentzel G  
82 Tyler Bunz G  
83 Alexei Marchenko D  
84 Sami Aittokallio G  
85 Nikita Zaytsev D  
86 Jonathon Johansson C  
87 Mathieu Corbeil-Theriault G  
88 Benjamin Conz G  
89 Joonas Donskoi RW  
90 Lars Volden G  
 

 
 


 


 
         
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