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Mark Seidel's Blog: The latest NACS prospect rankings

Mark Seidel's Blog: The latest NACS prospect rankings

by Mark Seidel - March 10, 2010 2:10 PM EST

The chief scout for North American Central Scouting looks at whose stock is going up and down, and counts down the latest top 30.
RISING Erik Gudbranson: Kingston Frontenacs, OHL Current Rank, No. 3; Dec. 1 Rank, No. 8 The more we at North American Central Scouting watch this kid, the more we are convinced he has the potential to become a franchise defenseman who can quarterback a power play.


Mark Seidel's Blog: Hidden prospect gems

Mark Seidel's Blog: Hidden prospect gems

by Mark Seidel - November 8, 2009 12:10 AM EST

The chief scout for North American Central Scouting takes a look at some low-profile players who should be getting more attention.
As we travel around evaluating players of all ages for the various drafts, one of our favorite parts of the job is to find those who others have passed over or deemed not good enough.


Mark Seidel's Blog: Early risers and fallers for 2010

Mark Seidel's Blog: Early risers and fallers for 2010

by Mark Seidel - October 24, 2009 8:55 AM EDT

The chief scout for North American Central scouting indicates whose stock is going up and down early on, as well as the latest top 50 ranking.
For my second blog of the new season, I will highlight some players who are rising and falling in the early going: RISING Tyler Seguin, Plymouth Whalers – Previous No.


Mark Seidel's Blog: The NACS 2010 Top 50 prospects

Mark Seidel's Blog: The NACS 2010 Top 50 prospects

by Mark Seidel - September 25, 2009 12:10 PM EDT

The chief scout at the North American Central Scouting service profiles the top 10 and lists the top 50 prospects for the '10 NHL draft.
I have released North American Central Scouting’s newest rankings of the top 50 prospects for the 2010 NHL draft in June. There will be interesting battles at the top this year, namely the one between two players from the same Ontario League team who are vying for the distinction of No.


Mark Seidel’s Blog: Unheralded coach helping develop top prospects

Mark Seidel’s Blog: Unheralded coach helping develop top prospects

by Mark Seidel - March 26, 2009 9:40 AM EDT

The head chief scout for North American Central Scouting looks at Windsor Spitfires associate coach Bobby Jones.
Historically, the Ontario League has been a breeding ground for not only players, but coaches and executives as well. In my opinion, there is another coach currently plying his trade in the OHL who has a very bright future.


Mark Seidel's Blog: Keeping perspective and the NACS Top 100

Mark Seidel's Blog: Keeping perspective and the NACS Top 100

by Mark Seidel - March 6, 2009 10:50 AM EST

North American Central Scouting's chief scout tells the stories of a couple valuable lessons and drops the latest NACS prospect rankings.
Folks, it's good to be back writing my blog and I certainly hope you enjoyed the mock draft we put together. After reading some of the comments, I wanted to remind readers the mock draft is designed to show who we think each team will take, as opposed to our overall rankings.


Mark Seidel's Blog: Early mock draft

Mark Seidel's Blog: Early mock draft

by Mark Seidel - February 2, 2009 3:35 PM EST

The NHL Entry Draft is still months away, but it's not too early for NACS's chief scout to slot who he thinks each team will take.
Mark Seidel is the chief scout for North American Central Scouting and co-hosts the radio show "Breakout; The Hockey Show; NHL 2009" on the Prime Sports Network.


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

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

by Mark Seidel - December 19, 2008 10:23 AM EST

The chief scout for North American Central Scouting lays out who's moving up and down the NACS rankings for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft.
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.


Mark Seidel's Blog: Frequently asked questions and the top 50

Mark Seidel's Blog: Frequently asked questions and the top 50

by Mark Seidel - November 4, 2008 2:10 PM EST

The chief scout for North American Central Scouting lays out his top draft prospects and reveals what he is most often asked.
To begin the next blog feature, I’m including North American Central Scouting’s most recent Top 50 prospects for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft in Montreal and at the conclusion of this list I’m going to address some of the questions people in the scouting industry are continually asked with my own opinion.


Mark Seidel's Blog: Top 30 prospects for the 2009 draft

Mark Seidel's Blog: Top 30 prospects for the 2009 draft

by Mark Seidel - October 2, 2008 3:21 PM EDT

Chief scout for NACS, Mark Seidel looks forward to the 2009 draft and ranks eligible players as the season begins.
Here are the newest top 30 rankings for the 2009 NHL entry draft from North American Central Scouting. This year may prove to be one of the most exciting in the 15-plus years I’ve been working in the industry.


Mark Seidel's Blog: 2008 NHL draft grades, Part 3

Mark Seidel's Blog: 2008 NHL draft grades, Part 3

by Mark Seidel - August 19, 2008 11:50 AM EDT

In his final entry grading teams on their picks at the entry draft, NACS head scout Mark Seidel analyzes the Northeast and Southeast divisions.
I must apologize for the wait between Parts 2 and 3 of the draft grades. I took July off after a long season and when I got back it was one thing after another and I couldn’t get this report finished.


Mark Seidel's Blog: 2008 NHL draft grades, Part 2

Mark Seidel's Blog: 2008 NHL draft grades, Part 2

by Mark Seidel - July 10, 2008 1:38 PM EDT

In part 2 of 3 of grading teams on their picks at the entry draft, NACS head scout Mark Seidel analyzes the Northwest and Atlantic divisions.
NORTHWEST DIVISION C+, Calgary Flames – Greg Nemisz is a lot like Joe Colborne in that he has the potential to become a big-time player, but the clock is ticking and he hasn’t shown enough consistency yet.


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