2010 NHL Entry Draft

2010 NHL Entry Draft First-Round Picks

Here is an up-to-date look at the players selected so far in the opening round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Los Angeles.

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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.

PLAYERS SELECTED IN FIRST ROUND
RANKINGS 

Taylor Hall
1. Taylor Hall EDMONTON -- The Pick | Interview
Left Wing (Windsor Spitfires, OHL)   VIDEO: A Great Goal | Profile
Height: 6-1 - Weight: 185 - Shot: Left - Born: Nov. 14, 1991
2009-10: 57 games; 40 goals; 66 assists; 106 points; 56 PIM; Plus-46
NOTES: Remarkable game-breaker who tied for OHL scoring lead and led league in assists. Won OHL title with league-best 35 playoff points and led CHL Memorial Cup with 9 points in second straight MVP performance.
Hometown: Kingston, Ontario  (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 2
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
1 1 1
Tyler Seguin
2. Tyler Seguin BOSTON -- The Pick | Interview
Center (Plymouth Whalers, OHL)   VIDEO: At Combine | Profile
Height: 6-1 - Weight: 172 - Shot: Right - Born: Jan. 31, 1992
2009-10: 63 games; 48 goals; 58 assists; 106 points; 54 PIM; Plus-17
NOTES: Won Red Tilson Trophy as the OHL's outstanding player for the 2009-10 season and had 10 points in nine playoff games. His tremendous scoring potential makes his entire team better whenever he is on the ice.
Hometown: Brampton, Ontario  (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 1
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
2 2 2

Erik Gudbranson
3. Erik Gudbranson FLORIDA -- The Pick | Interview
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

Ryan Johansen
4. Ryan Johansen COLUMBUS -- The Pick | Interview
Center (Portland Winterhawks, WHL)   VIDEO: At Combine | Profile
Height: 6-2 - Weight: 192 - Shot: Right - Born: July 31, 1992
2009-10: 71 games; 25 goals; 44 assists; 69 points; 53 PIM; Plus-17
NOTES: Finished 2009-10 regular season second in scoring among WHL rookies. Known for outstanding on-ice vision. He has enormous upside as a top-six, power forward at NHL level, but needs to add bulk to his frame.
Hometown: Port Moody, British Columbia  (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 10
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
12 8 9

Nino Niederreiter
5. Nino Niederreiter ISLANDERS -- The Pick | Interview
Right Wing (Portland Winterhawks, WHL)   VIDEO: Highlight | Profile
Height: 6-2 - Weight: 201 - Shot: Left - Born: Sept. 8, 1992
2009-10: 65 games; 36 goals; 24 assists; 60 points; 68 PIM; Plus-11
NOTES: High-scoring power forward was second among WHL rookies in goals. WHL Western Conference Second Team All-Star also led Portland with eight playoff goals and played for Team Switzerland at 2010 Worlds.
Hometown: Chur, Switzerland  (Swiss)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 12
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
8 6 8

Brett Connolly
6. Brett Connolly TAMPA BAY -- The Pick | Interview
Right Wing (Prince George Cougars, WHL)   VIDEO: Profile
Height: 6-2 - Weight: 181 - Shot: Right - Born: May 2, 1992
2009-10: 16 games; 10 goals; 9 assists; 19 points; 8 PIM; Minus-3
NOTES: Plagued by hip flexor injury last season after he had been the first 16-year-old WHL rookie to score 30 goals in a season since 1995-96. Can take over a game with his skill, puck control and on-ice awareness.
Hometown: Prince George, British Columbia  (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 3
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
4
13 13

Jeff Skinner
7. Jeff Skinner CAROLINA -- The Pick | Interview
Center (Kitchener Rangers, OHL)   VIDEO: Profile
Height: 5-10 - Weight: 187 - Shot: Left - Born: May 16, 1992
2009-10: 64 games; 50 goals; 40 assists; 90 points; 72 PIM; Plus-7
NOTES: A great sniper and stick-handler who tied for OHL lead with 20 playoff goals and placed second with 33 points. A game-breaker who is always a threat to score. MVP of Team Orr at 2010 Top Prospects Game.
Hometown: Markham, Ontario  (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 34
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
25 9 7

Alexander Burmistrov
8. Alexander Burmistrov ATLANTA -- The Pick
Center (Barrie Colts, Ontario Hockey League)
Height: 5-11 - Weight: 157 - Shot: Left - Born: Oct. 21, 1991
2009-10: 62 games; 22 goals; 43 assists; 65 points; 49 PIM; Plus-32
NOTES: Was third on team in playoff scoring with 16 points in Barrie's run to OHL final. Had four points at 2010 WJC. Terrific speed, agility, hockey sense with apparent desire to play in the NHL, but might need to bulk up.
Hometown: Kazan, Russia  (Russian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 11
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
6 14 12

Mikael Granlund
9. Mikael Granlund MINNESOTA -- The Pick
Center (Helsinki IFK, Finland SM-Liiga)   VIDEO: Scout's View
Height: 5-10 - Weight: 180 - Shot: Left - Born: Feb. 26, 1992
2009-10: 43 games; 13 goals; 27 assists; 40 points; 2 PIM; Plus-11
NOTES: Has great work-ethic and determination. He's widely considered the second coming of Saku Koivu. Was highest-scoring rookie in Finland's top league and led Finland with six assists, seven points at World Juniors.
Hometown: Oulu, Finland  (Finnish)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 1
(European skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
10 15 3

Dylan McIlrath
10. Dylan McIlrath RANGERS -- The 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

Jack Campbell
11. Jack Campbell DALLAS -- The Pick | Interview
Goaltender (U.S. NTDP, USHL)   VIDEO: At Combine | Highlights
Height: 6-3 - Weight: 175 - Catches: Left - Born: Jan. 9, 1992
2009-10: 11 games; 2.21 GAA; 1 shutout; .917 save pct., 6-3-1 record
NOTES: Confident with great size, positioning. Won gold with USA at the 2010 World Juniors after entering title game in second and stopping 32 out of 34 shots down stretch. Will play in the OHL with Windsor next season.
Hometown: Port Huron, Michigan  (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 2
(North American goalies)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
13 1G 10

Cam Fowler
12. Cam Fowler ANAHEIM -- The Pick | Interview
Defense (Windsor Spitfires, OHL)   VIDEO: Highlight | Profile | Waiting
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
13. Brandon Gormley PHOENIX -- The Pick | Interview
Defense (Moncton Wildcats, QMJHL)   VIDEO: Highlight | 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

Jaden Schwartz
14. Jaden Schwartz ST. LOUIS -- The Pick | Interview
Center (Tri-City Storm, United States Hockey League)
Height: 5-10 - Weight: 180 - Shot: Left - Born: June 25, 1992
2009-10: 60 games; 33 goals; 50 assists; 83 points; 18 PIM; Minus-6
NOTES: Great stick-handling skills and intensity make up for a lack of size. Youngest USHL scoring champion in 27 years. Named league's Offensive Player of Year and was First Team All-Star. Will play at Colorado College.
Hometown: Wilcox, Saskatchewan  (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 28
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
30 23 18

Derek Forbort
15. Derek Forbort LOS ANGELES -- The Pick | Profile
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

Vladimir Tarasenko
16. Vladimir Tarasenko ST. LOUIS -- The Pick
Right Wing (Novosibirsk Sibir, KHL)   VIDEO: Scout's View
Height: 5-11 - Weight: 202 - Shot: Left - Born: Dec. 13, 1991
2009-10: 42 games; 13 goals; 11 assists; 24 points; 18 PIM; Plus-9
NOTES: A highly-skilled sniper who can also distribute puck. He tied for Team Russia lead with four goals in six games at World Juniors. Fourth on KHL team in scoring despite limited ice time, so upside is considered great.
Hometown: Novosibirsk, Russia  (Russian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 2
(European skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
14 4 4

Joey Hishon
17. Joey Hishon COLORADO -- The Pick
Center (Owen Sound Attack, Ontario Hockey League)
Height: 5-10 - Weight: 170 - Shot: Left - Born: Oct. 20, 1991
2009-10: 36 games; 16 goals; 24 assists; 40 points; 26 PIM; Plus-10
NOTES: Tremendous competitor who missed half the season with broken foot and knee injury. Played through the broken foot until X-rays revealed fracture. Had 10 points in 6 games for Canada at 2009 World Under-18s.
Hometown: Stratford, Ontario  (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 55
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
39 46 33

Austin Watson
18. Austin Watson NASHVILLE -- The Pick | Interview
Right Wing (Peterborough Petes, OHL)   VIDEO: At Combine | Profile
Height: 6-3 - Weight: 185 - Shot: Right - Born: Jan. 13, 1992
2009-10: 52 games; 20 goals; 34 assists; 54 points; 22 PIM; Plus-16
NOTES: Great penalty-killer, forechecker with superior size. Broke ankle after his midseason trade from powerhouse Windsor, but he was able to score 20 points for the Petes in 10 games after trade. Also plays center.
Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan  (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 14
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
15 12 15

Nick Bjugstad
19. Nick Bjugstad FLORIDA -- The Pick | Profile
Center (Blaine Bengals, Minnesota High School)
Height: 6-4 - Weight: 188 - Shot: Right - Born: July 17, 1992
2009-10: 25 games; 29 goals; 31 assists; 60 points; 24 PIM
NOTES: Highly skilled with big shot. Fiirst player from his school to win the Minnesota Mr. Hockey Award as top senior player in state. Nephew of former NHL player Scott Bjugstad. Will attend the University of Minnesota.
Hometown: Blaine, Minnesota  (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 13
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
9 21 19

Beau Bennett
20. Beau Bennett PITTSBURGH -- The Pick | Interview
Right Wing (Penticton Vees, British Columbia Hockey League)
Height: 6-1 - Weight: 173 - Shot: Right - Born: Nov. 27, 1991
2009-10: 56 games; 41 goals; 79 assists; 120 points; 20 PIM
NOTES: Offensive-minded winger with great play-making ability led BCHL in scoring with 2.14 points per game and was the first rookie in seven years to break 100 points. Will play at University of Denver next season.
Hometown: Gardena, California  (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 32
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
35 34 24

Riley Sheahan
21. Riley Sheahan DETROIT -- The Pick
Center (Notre Dame, Central Collegiate Hockey Association)
Height: 6-2 - Weight: 202 - Shot: Left - Born: Dec. 7, 1991
2009-10: 37 games; 6 goals; 11 assists; 17 points; 22 PIM; Minus-12
NOTES: Responsible and strong in all areas of the ice, he is particularly outstanding as a defensive-minded forward, yet still retains a legitimate offensive upside. Won Junior B Top Prospect Award in 2008-09 season.
Hometown: St. Catharines, Ontario  (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 22
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
19 22 28

Jarred Tinordi
22. Jarred Tinordi MONTREAL -- The Pick | Interview
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

Mark Pysyk
23. Mark Pysyk BUFFALO -- The Pick | Profile
Defense (Edmonton Oil Kings, Western Hockey League)
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

Kevin Hayes
24. Kevin Hayes CHICAGO -- The Pick
Left Wing (Noble and Greenough, Massachusetts High School)
Height: 6-2 - Weight: 201 - Shot: Left - Born: May 8, 1992
2009-10: 28 games; 25 goals; 42 assists; 67 points; 8 PIM
NOTES: Power forward who is a constant threat to score or set up goal due to his tremendous hockey sense. Brother of Toronto prospect Jimmy Hayes, he also plays right wing. Will play at Boston College next season.
Hometown: Dorchester, Massachusetts  (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 26
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
44 47 49

Quinton Howden
25. Quinton Howden FLORIDA -- The Pick | Profile
Left Wing (Moose Jaw Warriors, Western Hockey League)
Height: 6-2 - Weight: 182 - Shot: Left - Born: Jan. 21, 1992
2009-10: 65 games; 28 goals; 37 assists; 65 points; 44 PIM; Plus-14
NOTES: Outstanding skater and two-way power forward who can also kill penalties with his great speed. Also plays at center. He won the CHL accuracy-shooting skills competition. No. 1 overall pick in 2007 WHL draft.
Hometown: Oakbank, Manitoba  (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 19
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
23 16 32

Evgeny Kuznetsov
26. Evgeny Kuznetsov WASHINGTON -- The Pick
Center (Chelyabinsk Traktor, KHL)   VIDEO: Scout's View
Height: 6-0 - Weight: 172 - Shot: Left - Born: May 19, 1992
2009-10: 35 games; 2 goals; 6 assists; 8 points; 10 PIM; Minus-6
NOTES: Tremendous skill with remarkable NHL potential. He was MVP of Six Nations Under-18 event and led Russia, fourth overall, with 12 points at World Under-18s. Had two goals at World Juniors. Also plays left wing.
Hometown: Chelyabinsk, Russia  (Russian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 3
(European skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
18 19 17
Mark Visentin
27. Mark Visentin PHOENIX -- The Pick
Goaltender (Niagara IceDogs, Ontario Hockey League)
Height: 6-2 - Weight: 187 - Catches: Left - Born: Aug. 7, 1992
2009-10: 55 games; 2.99 GAA; 0 SO; .911 save pct., 24-26-5 record
NOTES: Big and quick butterfly-style goaltender is fundamentally very sound. He's a hard-worker who is constantly looking to improve. Played in CHL Top Prospects Game, stopping all 19 shots faced in 30:33 of action.
Hometown: Waterdown, Ontario  (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 4
(North American goalies)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
-- 18G 87

Charlie Coyle
28. Charlie Coyle SAN JOSE -- The Pick
Right Wing (South Shore Kings, Eastern Junior Hockey League)
Height: 6-2 - Weight: 202 - Shot: Right - Born: March 2, 1992
2009-10: 42 games; 21 goals; 42 assists; 63 points; 50 PIM
NOTES: Two-way forward won EJHL Rookie of the Year and the Carlton Trophy as top Boston-area high school player. Also plays center. Cousin of Tony Amonte and Bobby Sheehan is set to play at Boston University.
Hometown: Weymouth, Massachusetts  (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 24
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
33 28 37

Emerson Etem
29. Emerson Etem ANAHEIM -- Pick | Wait | Post-Draft
Right Wing (Medicine Hat Tigers, WHL)   VIDEO: Combine | Profile
Height: 6-0 - Weight: 190 - Shot: Left - Born: June 16, 1992
2009-10: 72 games; 37 goals; 28 assists; 65 points; 26 PIM; Plus-8
NOTES: Led all WHL rookies in goals and finished fourth overall in points. Named Medicine Hat’s Rookie of the Year. A graduate of the. U.S. National Team Development Program, Etem first played the game on inline skates.
Hometown: Long Beach, California  (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 8
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
17 18 16

Brock Nelson
30. Brock Nelson ISLANDERS -- The Pick | Profile
Center (Warroad Warriors, Minnesota High School)
Height: 6-3 - Weight: 205 - Shot: Left - Born: Oct. 15, 1991
2009-10: 25 games; 39 goals; 34 assists; 73 points; 38 PIM
NOTES: Big, skilled center had point in every game and goals in all but two for 2.92 average. Nephew of former NHL player and 1980 Olympian Dave Christian. Was finalist for Minnesota Mr. Hockey. Will play at North Dakota.
Hometown: Warroad, Minnesota  (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 25
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
29 26 31