NHL Central Scouting on Tuesday completed the next phase on the road to the 2013 NHL Draft with the release of its league preliminary rankings for the top levels of North American junior hockey and Europe.
27 players from the Canadian Junior Hockey League have been identified in the preliminary rankings. The breakdown by league is as follows:
- AJHL – 6 players
- BCHL – 12 players, 2 goalies
- SJHL – 1 player
- MJHL – 1 player
- OJHL – 4 players
- CCHL – 1 players
Players have been identified using the following criteria:
• A Rating — Indicates a 1st round candidate
• B Rating — Indicates a 2nd/3rd round candidate
• C Rating — Indicates a 4th/5th/6th round candidate
See full rankings here.
While the lists certainly offer a good look into which players could be chosen in the early rounds, NHL Central Scouting director Dan Marr is quick to note that the rankings are subject to refinement by the time the organization releases its composite mid-term report in January 2013.
The 2013 NHL Draft will be held on June 28 at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.