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Mark Seidel's Blog: 2008 NHL draft grades, Part 1

Mark Seidel's Blog: 2008 NHL draft grades, Part 1

by Mark Seidel - July 2, 2008 3:04 PM EDT

In part 1 of 3 of grading teams on their picks at the entry draft, NACS head scout Mark Seidel analyzes the Central and Pacific divisions.
CENTRAL DIVISION A, St. Louis Blues – Unlike some teams, the Blues did the majority of their great work at the start of the draft with the selections of Alex Pietrangelo, Phil McRae and Jake Allen.


Mark Seidel's Blog: How the first round of the draft will go

Mark Seidel's Blog: How the first round of the draft will go

by Mark Seidel - June 18, 2008 11:40 AM EDT

NACS's chief scout provides his mock draft for Round 1.
Mock drafts have always been difficult to formulate because a single trade - or thousands of other variables - can make the most accurate projection look flawed, but I’ll take a stab at this year’s draft anyway.


Mark Seidel's Blog: 2009 Draft Rankings

Mark Seidel's Blog: 2009 Draft Rankings

by Mark Seidel - April 8, 2008 12:19 PM EDT

The chief scout for North American Central Scouting lists his top 10 for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and lists the top 100 for '08.
I have released our newest rankings for the 2008 NHL Entry Draft in Ottawa (listed at the bottom of this blog) but I also want to focus on next year’s draft that will be held in Montreal.


Mark Seidel's Blog: Top 20 for the 2008 draft

Mark Seidel's Blog: Top 20 for the 2008 draft

by Mark Seidel - March 10, 2008 2:08 PM EDT

The NACS's chief scout lays out his selections for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft and examines players with rising and dropping stocks.
In my newest rankings, a few guys have gone up and a few have dropped. In this week’s blog, I’ll give the top 20 with a comment on each, as well as some players that have been shooting up the rankings and a few that are dropping like stones.


Mark Seidel’s Blog: Prospects who should be part of deadline deals

Mark Seidel’s Blog: Prospects who should be part of deadline deals

by Mark Seidel - February 19, 2008 12:24 PM EST

The NACS's chief scout looks at the top five prospects for each team looking to load up in preparation for a Cup run this season.
The following list includes the five prospects from each team who will be looking to add a major piece at the trade deadline. North American Central Scouting has listed, in order, the young players who will be the most coveted in any deadline deal.


Mark Seidel's Blog: Revamped draft rankings, Pt. 4

Mark Seidel's Blog: Revamped draft rankings, Pt. 4

by Mark Seidel - February 14, 2008 11:59 AM EST

The NACS's chief scout continues his countdown of his top picks for the upcoming NHL entry draft.
With the top 15 prospects for the 2008 entry draft already taken care of (read the previous blog entries HERE), let’s finish off with Nos.


Mark Seidel's Blog: Revamped draft rankings, Pt. 3

Mark Seidel's Blog: Revamped draft rankings, Pt. 3

by Mark Seidel - February 11, 2008 11:53 AM EST

The NACS's chief scout continues his countdown of his top picks for the upcoming NHL entry draft.
Last week I looked at my new selections for the top 10 prospects for the 2008 entry draft. Today we continue with Nos. 11-15. I’ll provide the final 15 with brief bios Thursday, Feb.


Mark Seidel's Blog: Revamped draft rankings, Pt. 2

Mark Seidel's Blog: Revamped draft rankings, Pt. 2

by Mark Seidel - February 7, 2008 11:42 AM EST

The NACS's chief scout continues his countdown of his top picks for the upcoming NHL entry draft.
On Feb. 5, I looked at my new selections for the top five prospects for the 2008 entry draft. Here are Nos. 6-10. My run down will continue next week.


Mark Seidel's Blog: Revamped draft rankings, Pt. 1

Mark Seidel's Blog: Revamped draft rankings, Pt. 1

by Mark Seidel - February 5, 2008 10:59 AM EST

The NACS's chief scout counts down his top picks for the upcoming NHL entry draft.
The busy holiday season saw every highly regarded prospect play at some level. In some cases the rankings have changed as a result, while in others my opinion on them hardened.


Mark Seidel's Blog: First half standouts from the Ontario League

Mark Seidel's Blog: First half standouts from the Ontario League

by Mark Seidel - January 9, 2008 2:32 PM EST

The NACS's chief scout hands out some hardware for both the East and West Divisions of the OHL.
Folks, sorry for the delay in my second posting, but it has been a hectic month of December. Here are my mid-term OHL Awards with a recipient from each conference.


Mark Seidel's Blog: The top prospects for the 2008 draft

Mark Seidel's Blog: The top prospects for the 2008 draft

by Mark Seidel - December 5, 2007 3:14 PM EST

NACS chief scout Mark Seidel breaks down the top 10 and lists 11-20 in his first THN Insider Blog.
For my first blog, I will lay out my top 20 prospects for the 2008 NHL entry draft to be held in Ottawa. No. 1: Drew Doughty; D, Guelph Storm Although there has been much talk about Steve Stamkos being the best prospect for the draft, in my opinion, the opportunity to secure a franchise defenseman takes precedence over a franchise center because of the scarcity of the position.


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