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.
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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.

DEFENSEMEN ELIGIBLE FOR DRAFT
RANKINGS 

Mark Alt
Mark Alt Drafted in Round 2
No. 53 Overall Pick
Defense (Cretin-Derham High, Minnesota High School)
Height: 6-3 - Weight: 199 - Shot: Right - Born: Oct. 18, 1991
2009-10: 22 games; 6 goals; 9 assists; 15 points; 12 PIM
NOTES: Star athlete with size, speed, big upside. Finalist for Minnesota Mr. Hockey Award. Son of NFLer a great QB, too. Attended same high school as Ryan McDonagh. Will play at Univ. of Minnesota next season.
Hometown: North Oaks, Minnesota  (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 37
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
64 77 46

Brandon Archibald
Brandon Archibald Drafted in Round 4
No. 94 Overall Pick
Defense (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Ontario Hockey League)
Height: 6-4 - Weight: 200 - Shot: Right - Born: March 31, 1992
2009-10: 68 games; 5 goals; 28 assists; 33 points; 81 PIM; Minus-11
NOTES: Good skater who is not afraid to get tough in front of the net. Has shut-down ability and can play in all situations. Third among team's d-men in scoring. CHL Top Prospects game participant has a big upside for NHL.
Hometown: Port Huron, Michigan  (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 64
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
63 59 65

Justin Faulk
Justin Faulk Drafted in Round 2
No. 37 Overall Pick
Defense (U.S. National Team Development Program, USHL)
Height: 6-0 - Weight: 196 - Shot: Right - Born: March 20, 1992
2009-10: 21 games; 9 goals; 3 assists; 12 points; 46 PIM; Plus-6
NOTES: Strong and offensive-minded. Skates well with good shot. Was on U.S. team that won gold at World Under-18s. Youngest player invited to try out for 2010 World Juniors. Will be at Minnesota-Duluth next season.
Hometown: South St. Paul, Minnesota  (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 56
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
45 67 21

Stephen Johns
Stephen Johns Drafted in Round 2
No. 60 Overall Pick
Defense (U.S. National Team Development Program, USHL)
Height: 6-3 - Weight: 215 - Shot: Right - Born: April 18, 1992
2009-10: 23 games; 1 goals; 7 assists; 8 points; 29 PIM; Plus-12
NOTES: Big, athletic defenseman skates well and plays a very physical, hard-hitting game. Three assists in a gold-medal run at World-Under-18s is reflection of his offensive upside. Will play at Notre Dame next season.
Hometown: Wampum, Pennsylvania  (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 35
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
48 43 44

Martin Marincin
Martin Marincin Drafted in Round 2
No. 46 Overall Pick
Defense (Slovakia Under-20 Team, Slovak Extraliga)
Height: 6-4 - Weight: 187 - Shot: Left - Born: Feb. 18, 1992
2009-10: 35 games; 2 goals; 4 assists; 6 points; 71 PIM; Minus-27
NOTES: Big d-man expected to fill frame with huge upside as Chara-style shut-down guy. Two assists at the World Juniors, and two goals, plus-3 in six games at World Under-18s. No. 5 overall pick in the 2010 KHL draft.
Hometown: Kosice, Slovakia  (Slovak)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 10
(European skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
34 40 50

Alexander Petrovic
Alex Petrovic Drafted in Round 2
No. 36 Overall Pick
Defense (Red Deer Rebels, WHL)   VIDEO: Interview | Profile
Height: 6-4 - Weight: 193 - Shot: Right - Born: March 3, 1992
2009-10: 57 games; 8 goals; 19 assists; 27 points; 87 PIM; Plus-3
NOTES: Tough, character player who makes most of his size advantage. A good puck-mover who skates well, makes a strong first pass and has solid hockey sense, but projects more as defensive defenseman in NHL.
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta  (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 29
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
24 42 35