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2010 NHL Entry Draft

Draft Prospects -- Centers

On the eve of the June 22-23 NHL Entry Draft at Pittsburgh, newyorkrangers.com looks at the top 2012 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. 28 overall pick on Friday. Here are 31 of the top available centers in alphabetical order.

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CONSENSUS TOP 31
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.

CENTERS ELIGIBLE FOR DRAFT
RANKINGS 

Andreas Athanasiou
Andreas Athanasiou VIDEO: Profile | Self-Evaluation
CHL Top Prospects | Closer Look
Center (London Knights, Ontario Hockey League)
Height: 6-0 - Weight: 179 - Shot: Left - Born: August 6, 1994
2011-12: 63 games; 22 goals; 15 assists; 37 points; 22 PIM
NOTES: Has outstanding speed and skating ability but did not play up to potential during the season. Needs to add bulk and improve stickhandling skills to have a real chance to develop into a top-six forward at NHL level.
Hometown: Woodbridge, Ontario (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 40
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
32
36 88
Robbie Baillargeon
Robbie Baillargeon
Center (Indiana Ice, United States Hockey League)
Height: 6-0 - Weight: 175 - Shot: Right - Born: November 26, 1993
2011-12: 54 games; 14 goals; 34 assists; 48 points; 36 PIM
NOTES: A highly skilled play-maker can also play right wing due to great hockey sense but needs to add bulk. Attended Cushing Academy before going to USHL. Will begin a college career at Boston University in the fall.
Hometown: Enfield, Connecticut (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 50
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
73
70 76
Michael Clarke
Michael Clarke
Center (Windsor Spitfires, Ontario Hockey League)
Height: 5-11 - Weight: 184 - Shot: Left - Born: April 29, 1994
2011-12: 68 games; 15 goals; 21 assists; 36 points; 81 PIM
NOTES: Two-way center is very good at faceoffs. Taken by Windsor in second round of 2010 OHL Priority Selection, but spent most of 2010-11 season in Junior B before entering OHL on a full-time basis this season.
Hometown: London, Ontario (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 119
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
96
98 152
Matt DeBlouw
Matt DeBlouw
Center (Musekgon Lumberjacks, United States Hockey League)
Height: 6-0 - Weight: 185 - Shot: Left - Born: September 17, 1993
2011-12: 58 games; 11 goals; 23 assists; 34 points; 50 PIM
NOTES: A very fast skater with knack for faceoffs and great strength. Came out of suburban Detroit youth hockey system to enter USHL in 2010. Will begin his college hockey career at Michigan State in the fall.
Hometown: Chesterfield, Michigan (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 51
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
93 91 128
Radek Faksa
Radek Faksa VIDEO: Profile | Skills Competition
Center (Kitchener Rangers, Ontario Junior Hockey League)
Height: 6-3 - Weight: 202 - Shot: Left - Born: October 28, 1992
2011-12: 62 games; 29 goals; 37 assists; 66 points; 47 PIM
NOTES: Led all OHL rookies in goals, points, and plus-minus rating after coming over from Europe. An outstanding skater with great size and huge upside for NHL level was youngest member of Czech World Junior team.
Hometown: Vitkov, Czech Republic (Czech)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 7
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
11
16
16
Dane Fox
Dane Fox
Center (Erie Otters, Ontario Hockey League)
Height: 6-0 - Weight: 185 - Shot: Left - Born: October 13, 1993
2011-12: 62 games; 23 goals; 31 assists; 54 points; 87 PIM
NOTES: A hard-worker with good size who always makes it tough for his opponents to play against him. Has good hockey sense but has to refine skills to have success at next level. Traded to Erie from London on Jan. 5.
Hometown: Chatham, Ontario (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 46
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
76
56 45
Alex Galchenyuk
Alex Galchenyuk VIDEO: Profile | Interview | On Air
Combine Interview | Combine Test
Center (Sarnia Sting, Ontario Hockey League)
Height: 6-0 - Weight: 198 - Shot: Left - Born: February 12, 1994
2011-12: 2 games; 0 goals; 0 assists; 0 points; 0 PIM
NOTES: Highly skilled with great hockey sense, commitment to two-way play, and much off-ice conditioning. Son of former Soviet Olympian missed all but last two games of OHL regular season with preseason knee injury.
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 4
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
7
14 5
Brendan Gaunce
Brendan Gaunce VIDEO: Interview at Combine
Center (Belleville Bulls, Ontario Hockey League)
Height: 6-2 - Weight: 215 - Shot: Left - Born: March 25, 1994
2010-11: 68 games; 28 goals; 40 assists; 68 points; 68 PIM
NOTES: Starred for Canada at Under-18s and led OHL team in scoring. Has outstanding size and could become physically dominating NHL center. Older brother an Avs prospect. No. 2 pick in 2010 OHL priority selection.
Hometown: Markham, Ontario (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 13
(European skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
17
11 34
Zemgus Girgensons
Zemgus Girgensons VIDEO: Interview at Combine
Center (Dubuque Fighting Saints, United States Hockey League)
Height: 6-2 - Weight: 198 - Shot: Left - Born: January 5, 1994
2011-12: 49 games; 24 goals; 31 assists; 55 points; 69 PIM
NOTES: Big, strong center who will take faceoffs and kill penalties at next level. Led team in scoring and played for Latvia in World Junior tourney. Will begin college career at Vermont in fall but has option of going to WHL.
Hometown: Riga, Latvia (Latvian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 18
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
16
24 20
Mikhail Grigorenko
Mikhail Grigorenko VIDEO: Profile | Prospects Game
Combine Interview | At Cup Final
Center (Quebec Remparts, Quebec Major Jr. Hockey League)
Height: 6-3 - Weight: 200 - Shot: Left - Born: May 16, 1994
2011-12: 59 games; 40 goals; 45 assists; 85 points; 12 PIM
NOTES: Gifted play-maker with NHL size and tons of skill. The QMJHL's top prospect led league rookies in goals and points and won silver with Russia at World Juniors. His consistency and physical play must improve.
Hometown: Khabarovsk, Russia (Russian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 3
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
3
4 8
Tomas Hertl
Tomas Hertl VIDEO: World Junior Goal | Interview
Center (Slavia Praha, Czech Extraliga)
Height: 6-2 - Weight: 198 - Shot: Left - Born: November 12, 1993
2011-12: 38 games; 12 goals; 13 assists; 25 points; 22 PIM
NOTES: Creative play-maker with relentless work ethic, superior hockey sense and skill was Extraliga Rookie of Year. Battles for loose pucks and is strong on forecheck. Tied for Czech lead with 5 points at World Junior.
Hometown: Prague, Czech Republic (Czech)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 5
(European skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
24
30 26
Steven Hodges
Steven Hodges
Center (Victoria Royals, Western Hockey League)
Height: 5-11 - Weight: 178 - Shot: Left - Born: May 5, 1994
2011-12: 72 games; 21 goals; 25 assists; 46 points; 62 PIM
NOTES: Known for his defensive abilities as well as his knack for putting up relentless forecheck. Hard-worker with good hockey sense. Will likely need considerable time in weight room for his skill to translate to the NHL.
Hometown: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 85
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
77
99 97
Mark Jankowski
Mark Jankowski
Center (Stanstead College, Quebec High School)
Height: 6-2 - Weight: 170 - Shot: Left - Born: September 13, 1994
2011-12: 57 games; 53 goals; 41 assists; 94 points; 34 PIM
NOTES: Skilled playmaker who posted big numbers against less-than-best competition. Great nephew of Hall of Famer Red Kelly and grandson of NHL player Lou Jankowski will got o Providence College or USHL this fall.
Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 43
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
37
64 28
Erik Karlsson
Erik Karlsson
Center (Gothenburg Frolunda, Sweden Under-20 League)
Height: 6-0 - Weight: 162 - Shot: Left - Born: July 28, 1994
2011-12: 47 games; 14 goals; 19 assists; 33 points; 70 PIM
NOTES: Had goal,  two assists and was plus-2 in six games for silver medalist Sweden at World Under-18s. Had 10 points in only four games with Frolunda Under-18 after scoring 27 points in 16 games last season.
Hometown: Lerum, Sweden (Swedish)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 14
(European skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
--
87 170
Scott Laughton
Scott Laughton
Center (Oshawa Generals, Ontario Hockey League)
Height: 6-0 - Weight: 177 - Shot: Left - Born: May 30, 1994
2011-12: 64 games; 21 goals; 32 assists; 53 points; 101 PIM
NOTES: Outstanding defensive forward who finishes his checks, kills penalties, also contributes on scoreboard. Dominated at World Under-18s and scored winner in gold-medal game of the '11 Ivan Hlinka tournament.
Hometown: Oakville, Ontario (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 28
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
42
23 17
Branden Leipsic
Brendan Leipsic
Center (Portland Winterhawks, Ontario Hockey League)
Height: 5-8 - Weight: 165 - Shot: Left - Born: May 19, 1994
2011-12: 65 games; 28 goals; 30 assists; 58 points; 82 PIM
NOTES: A very small but very skilled player who has no fear despite his size disadvantage. A true grinder and agitator. Has strong hockey sense and remarkable determination to overcome obstacles and make it to NHL.
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 114
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
94
95 57
Jarrod Maidens
Jarrod Maidens VIDEO: Interview at Combine
Center (Owen Sound Attack, Ontario Hockey League)
Height: 6-0 - Weight: 178 - Shot: Left - Born: March 4, 1994
2011-12: 28 games; 12 goals; 11 assists; 23 points; 4 PIM
NOTES: Strong skater with a history of scoring big goals missed much of the year with a concussion that ended his season. Uses his size and skills in creative ways and is a true puck magnet with very quick release.
Hometown: Ridgeway, Ontario (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 35
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
38
59 81
Matia Marcantuoni
Matia Marcantuoni
Center (Kitchener Rangers, Ontario Hockey League)
Height: 6-0 - Weight: 194 - Shot: Right - Born: February 22, 1994
2011-12: 24 games; 9 goals; 5 assists; 14 points; 10 PIM
NOTES: Outstanding speed with a great release. Has potential to score at NHL level but he must improve hockey sense to match work ethic. Missed most of season due to injury, suffering from pair of shoulder separations.
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 59
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
71
83 110
Logan Nelson
Logan Nelson
Center (Victoria Royals, Western Hockey League)
Height: 6-1 - Weight: 180 - Shot: Right - Born: September 9, 1993
2011-12: 71 games; 23 goals; 39 assists; 62 points; 70 PIM
NOTES: A physical player made smooth jump from USHL to major-junior. Strong on faceoffs and a good two-way center who always finishes his checks. Passed over in 2011 NHL Entry Draft, but it won't happen again.
Hometown: Rogers, Minnesota (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 73
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
--
-- 78
Boo Nieves
Boo Nieves
Center (Kent School, Connecticut Prep)
Height: 6-3 - Weight: 184 - Shot: Left - Born: January 23, 1994
2011-12: 26 games; 7 goals; 32 assists; 39 points; 24 PIM
NOTES: Remarkably fast skater with good hockey sense who needs to improve as a finisher to reach NHL. Ended his season by playing 13 USHL games for Indiana Ice and is set to begin college career at Michigan in fall.
Hometown: Syracuse, New York (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 27
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
55
63 93
Danny O'Regan
Danny O'Regan
Center (St. Sebastian's School, Massachusetts Prep)
Height: 5-9 - Weight: 162 - Shot: Right - Born: January 30, 1994
2011-12: 27 games; 21 goals; 35 assists; 56 points; 8 PIM
NOTES: Two-way center makes up for size with plenty of heart, terrific hockey sense. Ended up playing 10 games for U.S. Under-18 team. Born in Germany while father, Tom O'Regan, was playing there. Will attend BU.
Hometown: Needham, Massachusetts (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 76
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
--
119 113
Vyacheslav Osnovin
Vyacheslav Osnovin
Center (Chelyabinsk Belie Medvedi, Russia MHL)
Height: 6-0 - Weight: 188 - Shot: Left - Born: March 5, 1994
2011-12: 45 games; 7 goals; 18 assists; 25 points; 36 PIM
NOTES: Tough Russian racks up penalty minutes. Had one goal and two assists in six games at World Under-18s -- along with 29 to tie him for fourth-highest total in tourney. Was No. 6 overall pick in 2011 KHL Draft.
Hometown: Chelyabinsk, Russia (Russian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 13
(European skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
--
80 248
Tanner Richard
Tanner Richard
Center (Guelph Storm, Ontario Hockey League)
Height: 6-0 - Weight: 182 - Shot: Left - Born: April 6, 1993
2011-12: 43 games; 13 goals; 35 assists; 48 points; 46 PIM
NOTES: Good skater with outstanding skill as play-maker. Plays physical game, but has to add bulk. Missed more than 20 games due to injury. Not taken in draft last year, he opted to enter major-junior hockey this season.
Hometown: Jona, Switzerland (Swiss)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 41
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
--
69 43
Devin Shore
Devin Shore
Center (Whitby Fury, Ontario Junior Hockey League)
Height: 6-0 - Weight: 184 - Shot: Left - Born: July 19, 1994
2011-12: 41 games; 29 goals; 29 assists; 58 points; 26 PIM
NOTES: Skilled player with size, strength. Overcomes skating deficiency with great hockey sense. Manages to find open ice and is always in the right place at the right time. Will begin his college career at Maine this fall.
Hometown: Ajax, Ontario (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 58
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
68
74 46
Colton Sissons
Colton Sissons VIDEO: Interview | At Combine
Center (Kelowna Rockets, Western Hockey League)
Height: 6-1 - Weight: 189 - Shot: Right - Born: November 5, 1993
2011-12: 58 games; 26 goals; 15 assists; 41 points; 62 PIM
NOTES: Hard worker with good speed and hockey sense. Missed part of year with concussion. Captained his WHL team and was a Top Prospects Game captain. Scored 13 power-play goals and also regular penalty-killer.
Hometown: North Vancouver, British Columbia (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 14
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
40
25 39
Gemel Smith
Gemel Smith
Center (Owen Sound Attack, Ontario Hockey League)
Height: 5-10 - Weight: 160 - Shot: Left - Born: April 16, 1994
2011-12: 68 games; 21 goals; 39 assists; 60 points; 0 PIM
NOTES: Tremendously skilled with great speed, but size is an issue since he is smaller than most in NHL. Defensively responsible hard-worker is known for forechecking and willingness to chase pucks in all parts of ice.
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 37
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
46
60 83
Zach Stepan
Zach Stepan
Center (Shattuck-St. Mary's, Minnesota Prep)
Height: 6-0 - Weight: 166 - Shot: Left - Born: January 6, 1994
2011-12: 50 games; 22 goals; 43 assists; 65 points; 20 PIM
NOTES: The first cousin of Rangers forward Derek Stepan has followed Derek's path by attending Shattuck St. Mary's, but he is not as dynamic a player. Will play in BCHL before entering Ohio State as freshman in 2013.
Hometown: Hastings, Minnesota (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 53
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
86
86 164
Chandler Stephenson
Chandler Stephenson
Center (Regina Pats, Western Hockey League)
Height: 5-10 - Weight: 192 - Shot: Left - Born: April 22, 1994
2011-12: 55 games; 22 goals; 20 assists; 42 points; 24 PIM
NOTES: Fearless despite his size, he takes full advantage of great skating skill and speed to create chances. Possesses excellent shot and is very dangerous in open ice. Is a cousin of former Rangers forward Joe Kocur.
Hometown: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 33
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
74
41 53
Lukas Sutter
Lukas Sutter VIDEO: Profile | Interview at Combine
Center (Saskatoon Blades, Western Hockey League)
Height: 6-0 - Weight: 207 - Shot: Left - Born: October 4, 1993
2011-12: 70 games; 28 goals; 31 assists; 59 points; 165 PIM
NOTES: Hard worker who plays the hard-hitting style associated with his hockey family. Son of Rich Sutter, nephew of LA coach Darryl Sutter, and a cousin of Carolina's Brandon Sutter has five uncles who played in NHL.
Hometown: Lethbridge, Alberta (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 39
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
63
68 37
Frank Vatrano
Frank Vatrano
Center (U.S. National Team Development Program)
Height: 5-10 - Weight: 218 - Shot: Left - Born: March 14, 1994
2011-12: 56 games; 14 goals; 19 assists; 33 points; 22 PIM
NOTES: An outstanding shooter with very good hockey sense. Showed his ability vs. top competition with four points in six games to help USA win World U-18 gold. Will begin college career at Boston College this fall.
Hometown: East Longmeadow, Massachusetts (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 88
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
97
101 --
Mike Winther
Mike Winther
Center (Prince Albert Raiders, Western Hockey League)
Height: 5-11 - Weight: 175 - Shot: Left - Born: January 9, 1994
2011-12: 71 games; 32 goals; 24 assists; 56 points; 59 PIM
NOTES: Outstanding skills were on display in Top Prospects game. Uses his hockey sense to make up for lack of size and has a very accurate shot that could make him a sniper in NHL. Needs to work on consistency.
Hometown: Trochu, Alberta (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 21
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
35
37 58

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