2010 NHL Entry Draft

Draft Prospects -- Defense

Prior to the June 25-26 NHL Entry Draft at Los Angeles, newyorkrangers.com looks at the top 2010 draft prospects at each position to help give fans a sense of players who might be available to the Blueshirts when they make the No. 10 overall pick. Here are the top available defensemen.
OTHER POSITIONS: Center | Left Wing | Right Wing | Goaltenders

MORE DEFENSEMEN: Consensus Round 2

CONSENSUS ROUND 1
Listed to the right of each player's name is his final ranking from NHL Central Scouting as well thehree major scouting publications. These are The Hockey News (THN), The International Scouting Service Draft Guide (ISS) and Red Line Report (RLR).  Please note that these rankings are for informational purposes only, based on widely published reports with no relationship to preferences of the New York Rangers scouting staff.

DEFENSEMEN ELIGIBLE FOR DRAFT
RANKINGS 

Derek Forbort
Derek Forbort Drafted in Round 1
No. 15 Overall Pick
Defense (U.S. National Team Development Program, USHL)
Height: 6-5 - Weight: 198 - Shot: Left - Born: March 4, 1992
2009-10: 26 games; 4 goals; 10 assists; 14 points; 26 PIM; Plus-12
NOTES: Skates remarkably well for a player his size and has offensive flair. Potential to be a top-tier NHL defenseman. Was plus-9 at the World Under-18 Championship. Will play at University of North Dakota nex year.
Hometown: Duluth, Minnesota  (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 9
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
11 10 11

Cam Fowler
Cam Fowler Drafted in Round 1
No. 12 Overall Pick
Defense (Windsor Spitfires, OHL)    VIDEO: Highlight | Profile
Height: 6-1 - Weight: 190 - Shot: Left - Born: Dec. 6, 1991
2009-10: 55 games; 8 goals; 47 assists; 55 points; 14 PIM; Plus-38
NOTES: Won gold at 2010 World Juniors and the 2009 Under-18 World Championship where he was named the tournament's Top Defenseman. Oustanding skater and passer who will quarterback an NHL power play.
Hometown: Northville, Michigan  (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 5
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
3 5 6

Brandon Gormley
Brandon Gormley Drafted in Round 1
No. 13 Overall Pick
Defense (Moncton Wildcats, QMJHL)    VIDEO: A Big Goal | Profile
Height: 6-2 - Weight: 185 - Shot: Left - Born: Jan. 31, 1992
2009-10: 58 games; 9 goals; 34 assists; 43 points; 54 PIM; Plus-31
NOTES: Named to the QMJHL Second All-Star Team and awarded Bossy Trophy as the Top Professional Prospect. Ranked third in playoff scoring among QMJHL blueliners with 17 points en route to league championship.
Hometown: Murray River, Prince Edward Island  (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 6
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
7 3 5

Erik Gudbranson
Erik Gudbranson Drafted in Round 1
No. 3 Overall Pick
Defense (Kingston Frontenacs, OHL)    VIDEO: On His Injury | Profile
Height: 6-4 - Weight: 195 - Shot: Right - Born: Jan. 7, 1992
2009-10: 41 games; 2 goals; 21 assists; 23 points; 68 PIM; Plus-11
NOTES: Played only 41 regular-season games due to knee injury and mononucleosis, but was healthy for playoffs. Has tremendous grit, and is often compared to Chris Pronger. Was OHL Scholastic Player of the Year.
Hometown: Orleans, Ontario  (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 4
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
5 7 14

Dylan McIlrath
Dylan McIlrath Drafted in Round 1
No. 10 Overall Pick
Defense (Moose Jaw Warriors, WHL)   VIDEO: At Combine | Profile
Height: 6-4 - Weight: 212 - Shot: Right - Born: April 20, 1992
2009-10: 65 games; 7 goals; 17 assists; 24 points; 169 PIM; Plus-20
NOTES: Had 19 fighting majors in 2009-10 and had a productive second half of the season with 16 of his 24 points after Jan. 1. Hits hard and is widely considered toughest player in draft.  Nicknamed "Big Mac Truck".
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba  (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 17
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
26 31 22

Jonathon Merrill
Jon Merrill Drafted in Round 2
No. 38 Overall Pick
Defense (U.S., National Team Development Program, USHL)
Height: 6-3 - Weight: 198 - Shot: Left - Born: Feb. 3, 1992
2009-10: 22 games; 1 goals; 8 assists; 9 points; 12 PIM; Plus-3
NOTES: Outstanding puck-mover has hockey sense and decision-making savvy to go with his size. Two-time member of U.S. gold medal-winning World Under-18 team will play at the University of Michigan next season.
Hometown: Grand Blanc, Michigan  (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 21
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
31 11 25

Mark Pysyk
Mark Pysyk Drafted in Round 1
No. 23 Overall Pick
Defense (Edmonton Oil Kings, WHL)    VIDEO: Profile
Height: 6-1 - Weight: 174 - Shot: Right - Born: Jan. 11, 1992
2009-10: 48 games; 7 goals; 17 assists; 24 points; 47 PIM; Minus-19
NOTES: Named Edmonton's Most Valuable Player and Top Defenseman despite missing 24 games with broken foot. Smooth, mobile skater known for making a strong first pass. He has been developing offensive upside.
Hometown: Sherwood Park, Alberta  (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 7
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
15 17 41

Jarred Tinordi
Jarred Tinordi Drafted in Round 1
No. 22 Overall Pick
Defense (U.S. National Team Development Program, USHL)
Height: 6-6 - Weight: 205 - Shot: Left - Born: Feb. 20, 1992
2009-10: 26 games; 4 goals; 5 assists; 9 points; 68 PIM; Plus-14
NOTES: Son of former NHL defenseman Mark Tinordi is physical like dad and a great skater with size and big shot. Captained U.S. team that won gold at 2010 World Under-18s. Will play his college hockey at Notre Dame.
Hometown: Millersville, Maryland  (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 38
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
22 25 26




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