NHL PROSPECT RANKINGS RELEASED

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NHL PROSPECT RANKINGS RELEASED
Americans Johnson and Kessel Top-Rated Among North American Skaters

A pair of American players who were members of the 2006 U.S. World Junior Team, defenseman Erik Johnson (Bloomington, MN) of the U.S. National Under-18 team and center Phil Kessel (Madison, WI) of the University of Minnesota, are ranked one-two in North America in the mid-season ranking of eligible players for the 2006 NHL Entry Draft as compiled by the League's Central Scouting Service.

A record total of 12 U.S.-born players are ranked in the first round. The highest number of Americans drafted in the first round is eight, set in 2005. American-born players have never been selected one-two in NHL Draft history.  Brian Lawton (New Brunswick, NJ) and Pat LaFontaine (St. Louis, MO) were selected first and third overall by Minnesota and the New York Islanders in the 1983 draft.

Jonathan Bernier (Laval, QC) of the Lewiston Maineiacs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League is the top-rated North American goaltender, while right wing Michael Frolik (Kladno, CZ) of the Czech Republic and goaltender Jhonas Enroth (Sodertalje, SW) of the Swedish Junior league are the top ranked skater and goalie in Europe.

Joining Johnson and Kessel among the top North American skaters are:
#3 Jonathan Toews (pronounced TAVES) (Winnipeg, MAN), a winger with the University of North Dakota (NCAA) and a member of the 2006 Canadian team that won the gold medal at the World Junior Championships; and  #4 center Jordan Staal (Thunder Bay, ONT) of the Peterborough Petes (OHL), who will become the third Staal brother to be drafted into the NHL.  Staal's brother, Eric, has 26 goals and 54 points this season with the Carolina Hurricanes, while Marc, a defenseman, was drafted in the first round of the 2005 Draft by the New York Rangers and played on Canada's gold medal-winning World Junior team.

The mid-season ranking features the top 210 skaters and 30 goaltenders in North America and top 170 skaters and 15 goaltenders from Europe.

Johnson, in his second season with the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, was a dominant player earlier this month at the World Junior Championships in Vancouver. The 6'4", 225-pound defenseman has scored three goals, five assists for eight points in seven games with the Under-18 team that competes in the North American Hockey League.  The former Minnesota high school player lists Colorado Avalanche defenseman Rob Blake as the player he tries to emulate.

In addition to Staal, a number of 2006 top ranked prospects have family ties to the NHL.

#6 ranked Derick Brassard of Drummondville (QMJHL) - father, Pierre, was drafted in 1976 by the Montreal Canadiens.

#8 ranked Chris Stewart of Kingston (OHL) - brother Anthony plays for the Florida Panthers.

#17 ranked Nick Foligno of Sudbury (OHL) - father Mike played 15 seasons in the NHL with Detroit, Buffalo, Toronto and Florida.

#31 ranked Francois Bouchard of Baie Comeau (QMJHL) - brother Pierre-Marc plays for the Minnesota Wild.

#45 ranked Blake Geoffrion of U.S. National Under-18 team - grandson of former NHL great and member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, Bernie Geoffrion.

#1 ranked goalie Jonathan Bernier's brother, Marc-Andree, was drafted by Vancouver in 2003.

The 2006 NHL Entry Draft will take place on Saturday, June 24, in Vancouver.

2006 Midterm Rankings:
* North American skaters (PDF)
* North American goalies(PDF)
* European skaters (PDF)
* European goalies (PDF)

 

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 76 34 40 -3 74
R. Strome 75 15 32 19 47
K. Okposo 54 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 75 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 76 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 70 23 16 12 39
J. Bailey 64 15 23 4 38
J. Boychuk 66 8 25 9 33
T. Hamonic 66 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 72 10 19 15 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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