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Mark Seidel's Blog: Rising, falling and the top 100 for the '09 draft

Victor Hedman will suit up for Team Sweden at the upcoming WJC in Ottawa. (Photo by Mark Wilson)

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Victor Hedman will suit up for Team Sweden at the upcoming WJC in Ottawa. (Photo by Mark Wilson)

Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to begin this blog by wishing everyone a very happy holiday season and I encourage everyone to be safe in this joyous time.

The World Junior Championships are one of the highlights of the scouting season, especially when this tournament is held in Canada. It is particularly exciting and illuminating to see who can play in a pressure-filled atmosphere...
 
Please enjoy NACS's latest top 100 along with some rising and falling players as we head towards June.

NACS Top 100 Draft Prospects
Ranking Name Height Weight Position Team Birthdate
1 Victor Hedman 6-foot-7 225 LD Modo Dec-90
2 John Tavares 6-foot-1 200 RC Oshawa Generals Sep-90
3 Jared Cowen 6-foot-5 220 RD Spokane Chiefs Jan-91
4 Brayden Schenn 6-foot-1 200 LC Brandon Wheat Kings Aug-91
5 Matt Duchene 5-foot-11 194 LC Brampton Battalion Jan-91
6 Evander Kane 5-foot-11 168 LC Vancouver Giants Aug-91
7 Magnus Svensson-Paajarvi 6-foot-1 195 LW Timra Apr-91
8 Nazem Kadri 6-feet 182 LC London Knights Oct-90
9 Dmitry Kulikov 6-feet 190 D Drummondville Oct-90
10 Jordan Schroeder 5-foot-9 180 RW University of Minnesota Sept-90
11 Jeremy Morin 6-foot-1 173 RC US Under 18’s Apr-91
12 Scott Glennie 6-foot-1 182 C Brandon Wheat Kings Feb-91
13 David Rundblad 6-foot-3 190 LD Skelleftea Oct-90
14 Peter Holland 6-foot-2 184 LC Guelph Jan-91
15 Kyle Palmieri 5-foot-11 185 RC US Under 18’s Feb-91
16 Landon Ferraro 6-feet 182 LW Red Deer Rebels Aug-91
17 Jacob Josefson 6-feet 175 LC Djurgarden Mar-91
18 Ryan Ellis 5-foot-10 180 RD Windsor Spitfires Jan-91
19 Zack Kassian 6-foot-3 211 RW Peterborough Petes Jan-91
20 Ryan O’Reilly 6-foot-1 191 LC Erie Otters Feb-91
21 Stefan Elliott 6-foot-2 190 RD Saskatoon Blades Jan-91
22 Calvin de Haan 6-feet 173 LD Oshawa Generals May-91
23 Ethan Werek 6-foot-3 195 LW Kingston Frontenacs Jun-91
24 Richard Panik 6-foot-3 194 LC Trinec Feb-91
25 Casey Cizikas 5-foot-10 188 LC Mississauga Majors Feb-91
26 Drew Shore 6-foot-3 194 RW US Under 18’s Jan-91
27 Tyson Barrie 5-foot-10 176 RD Kelowna Rockets Jul-91
28 Marcus Foligno 6-foot-3 195 LW Sudbury Wolves Aug-91
29 Tommi Kivisto 6-foot-1 192 LD Red Deer Rebels Jun-91
30 Louis Leblanc 5-foot-11 176 RW Omaha Lancers Jan-91
31 Philippe Paradis 6-foot-2 190 C Shawinigan Cataractes Jan-91
32 Toni Rajala 5-foot-10 172 LW Ilves Mar-91
33 Nick Leddy 5-foot-10 183 LD Eden Prairie Mar-91
34 Taylor Doherty 6-foot-5 210 RD Kingston Frontenacs Mar-91
35 Olivier Roy 6-feet 165 G Cape Breton Jul-91
36 Jimmy Bubnick 6-foot-3 195 RC Kamloops Blazers Jan-91
37 Anton Burdasov 6-foot-3 195 RW Chelyabinsk May-91
38 Simon Despres 6-foot-3 208 LD Saint John Jul-91
39 Anton Lander 6-foot-1 190 RC Timra Apr-91
40 Tomas Vincour 6-foot-3 210 LW Edmonton Oil Kings Nov-90
41 Erik Haula 5-foot-11 170 LW Shattuck-St. Mary’s Mar-91
42 Alex Hutchings 5-foot-10 170 LC Barrie Colts Nov-90
43 Michael Latta 5-foot-11 192 RC Guelph Storm May-91
44 Brandon Maxwell 6-feet 195 G US Under 18’s Mar-91
45 Seth Helgeson 6-foot-5 225 LD Sioux City (USHL) Oct-90
46 Daniil Sobchenko 6-feet 180 RC Yaroslavl Apr-91
47 Daniel DeLisle 6-foot-4 223 LC Totino Grace Sep-90
48 Gabriel Lemieux 6-foot-1 170 D Shawinigan Cataractes Sep-90
49 Zach Budish 6-foot-2 230 RC Edina May-91
50 Nate Schmidt 6-foot-1 199 LD St. Cloud Cathedral Jul-91
51 Blake Thompson 6-foot-4 204 RD Sioux Falls (USHL) Jul-91
52 Cassidy Mappin 6-feet 186 LW Red Deer Rebels Dec-90
53 Filip Novotny 5-foot-11 185 G Sparta May-91
54 Ryan Bourque 5-foot-7 155 RC US Under 18’s Jan-91
55 John Moore 6-foot-2 183 LD Chicago (USHL) Nov-90
56 Brandon Pirri 6-feet 185 LC Georgetown Apr-91
57 Oliver Ekman-Larsson 6-foot-1 175 LD Leksand Jul-91
58 Marek Hrivik 6-foot-1 181 LW Slovakia U20 Aug-91
59 Carl Klingberg 6-foot-4 202 LW Frolunda Jan-91
60 Dmitri Orlov 5-foot-10 200 LD Novokuznetsk Jul-91
61 Dylan Olsen 6-foot-2 207 LD Camrose Kodiaks Jan-91
62 Brooks Herrington 6-foot-3 210 RC N.H. Jr. Monarchs Nov-90
63 Dmitri Shikin 6-feet 190 G Elektrostal Aug-91
64 David Gilbert 6-foot-2 183 LC Quebec Remparts Feb-91
65 Charles-Olivier Roussel 6-foot-1 198 D Shawinigan Cataractes Sep-91
66 Daniel Weiss 6-foot-3 200 RW Berlin Feb-91
67 Bjorn Krupp 6-foot-3 190 LD Belleville Bulls Mar-91
68 Michael Fine 6-feet 192 LC Sault Ste. Marie May-91
69 Yegor Dugin 5-foot-11 175 RC Chelyabinsk Nov-90
70 Sami Vatanen 5-foot-9 160 RD JYP Jr. Jun-91
71 Simon Bertilsson 6-feet 185 D Brynas Apr-91
72 Collin Bowman 6-foot-3 200 LD Kelowna Rockets Jun-91
73 Edward Pasquale 6-foot-3 215 G Saginaw Spirit Nov-90
74 Joonas Nattinen 6-foot-2 180 RC Blues Jr. Jan-91
75 Frederic Piche 6-feet 180 G Acadie-Bathurst Aug-91
76 Carter Ashton 6-foot-5 212 RW Lethbridge Hurricanes Apr-91
77 Bryce Williamson 6-feet 190 RW St. Albert Steel Dec-89
78 Andrej Stastny 6-foot-3 200 C Trencin Jr. Jan-91
79 Chris Brown 6-foot-2 190 RC US Under 18’s Feb-91
80 Matej Stritesky 5-foot-11 180 RD Most Sep-90
81 Tyler Randell 6-foot-1 191 RW Belleville Bulls Jun-91
82 Daniel Maggio 6-foot-2 197 LD Sudbury Wolves Mar-91
83 Ryan Howse 5-foot-11 198 LW Chilliwack Bruins Jul-91
84 Antti Raanta 6-feet 190 G Lukko Jr. May-89
85 Anton Myllari 6-foot-2 230 D Vasteras Feb-91
86 Jesse Blacker 6-foot-1 190 RD Windsor Spitfires Apr-91
87 Pavel Taraskin 5-foot-11 170 RC Spartak Apr-89
88 Nathan Lieuwen 6-foot-4 190 G Kootenay Ice Aug-91
89 Eddie Lack 6-foot-4 185 G Leksands Jan-88
90 Jamie Tucker 5-foot-11 160 G Vancouver Giants Apr-91
91 Joel Hanley 6-feet 180 RD Newmarket Hurricanes Jun-91
92 Thomas Brandl 5-foot-10 180 RW Landshut Cannibals Feb-91
93 Semen Valuysky 5-foot-10 185 LW Togliatti Feb-91
94 David Pacan 6-foot-2 172 LW Cumberland Grads Mar-91
95 Adam Hughesman 5-foot-11 185 LW Tri-City Americans Feb-91
96 Tomas Tatar 5-foot-11 170 C Zvolen Dec-90
97 Chris Perugini 5-foot-10 155 G Ottawa 67’s Jun-91
98 Matt Mackay 5-foot-11 190 LC Calgary Canucks Nov-90
99 Michael Zador 6-foot-2 175 G London Knights May-91
100 Ben Sexton 6-feet 190 LC Nepean Raiders Jun-91

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RISING
Marcus Foligno – Sudbury, LW
Foligno is following in his brother’s footsteps playing for his legendary father in the Nickel City, but his style of play is nothing like Nick’s. Marcus is robust and takes tremendous pleasure in laying out big hits, while driving to the net with reckless abandon. He undoubtedly improves each night and with his huge frame, the sky is the limit for this burgeoning power forward.

Olivier Roy – Cape Breton, G
The stud goaltender in this year’s crop continues to impress at every turn. He’s had a couple performances where he’s given up some bad goals, but he quickly puts those incidents behind him and rallies his team. Roy follows a long line of Quebec goaltenders and if he continues at this rate, he may be some team’s first selection in June.

Scott Glennie – Brandon, RC
The ying to Brayden Schenn’s yang, Scott Glennie has been putting up points all season long. Some have questioned whether he will translate that into NHL success, but we have no doubt his success in the Western League will lead him to greater heights. Glennie has become the straw that stirs the Wheat Kings’ drink and while some have suggested he is riding Schenn’s coattails, we think they help each other equally.

Dmitry Kulikov – Drummondville, LD
The Russian import has been phenomenal in his transition to the North American game. He has scouts drooling over his overall skill set and we think he will become a top-10 pick because of it. He is already recording more than a point per game in Drummondville and at times looks like a man among boys with how he can control a game.

Joel Hanley – Newmarket, LD
A relative unknown when the season began, the young Newmarket defender is taking the Ontario Provincial Junior A League by storm. Although he doesn’t crack the 6-foot barrier, Hanley has a very strong base, excellent vision and a defensive game that will translate at any level. The more we watch him, the more we realize he is better than a lot of the Ontario League defensemen he is up against and as a result, he has been shooting up in our rankings.

FALLING

Casey Cizikas - Mississauga, LC
His rookie year brought fantastic things for the young star, but Cizikas has suffered through a sophomore jinx. We still have him placed higher than most because we hope it’s only a phase, but unless he begins to show the skill set and passion he displayed last year, he will take a significant tumble.

Anton Lander - Timra, RC
The Swedish center started off the year well, playing with and against guys old enough to be his father. But his play has trailed off of late, to the point where we are questioning his role in the NHL in a few years. Along with improving on his slow start, we’d like to see more of the competitiveness Lander has displayed in the past.

Blake Thompson - Sioux Falls, RD
We originally thought Thompson may be a larger version of last year’s stud John Carlson, but as the season has progressed, we have seen some cracks in the game of this hulking defender. There have been nights when he has struggled with the speed of United States League forwards, which doesn’t bode well for his future in the NCAA or the NHL. Furthermore, his offensive game has been non-existent, although, quite frankly, we didn’t hold out much hope for that part of his game.

Philip Samuelsson – Chicago, RD
We have always been huge proponents of the family gene aspect with players, which was evident with Sam Gagner, Colin Wilson and Alex Steen to name but a few. In the case of Philip Samuelsson, though, the buck stops here. We don’t question his effort, but watching Samuelsson handle the puck or make a play can be difficult at times. His size and reach initially had us excited, but the more we watch him, the more we realize his long-term potential doesn’t lie in hockey.

Mark Seidel is the chief scout for North American Central Scouting and appears as a host on Leafs Lunch on AM 640 radio in Toronto. He is also a regular contributor to Hockey Night in Canada on Sirius Radio as their draft and junior hockey insider. Read his other blog entries HERE.

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