2010 NHL Entry Draft

Draft Prospects -- Wingers (M-Z)

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 37 of the top available centers in alphabetical order.

OTHER POSITIONS: Centers | Wingers A-L | Defense A-L | Defense M-Z | Goaltenders

CONSENSUS TOP 37 -- LAST NAMES M-Z
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.

Stefan Matteau
Stefan Matteau VIDEO: Interview | Off-Ice Fun
Left Wing (U.S. National Team Development Program)
Height: 6-2 - Weight: 210 - Shot: Left - Born: February 23, 1994
2011-12: 46 games; 15 goals; 17 assists; 32 points; 166 PIM
NOTES: High-energy power forward is remarkably physical and loves to hit. He was born one month before his famous father was traded to the Rangers as part of Cup run. Will play for his father's QMJHL team this fall.
Hometown: Blainville, Quebec (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 17
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
30
32 48
Mitchell Moroz
Mitchell Moroz VIDEO: Interview at Combine
Left Wing (Edmonton Oil Kings, Western Hockey League)
Height: 6-2 - Weight: 209 - Shot: Left - Born: May 3, 1994
2011-12: 66 games; 16 goals; 9 assists; 25 points; 131 PIM
NOTES: Big power forward always intimidates. Drops the gloves readily, having fought 20 times in 2011-12, but also skates well and opens up ice for more skilled teammates -- a quality that should serve him well in NHL.
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 72
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
--
-- 102
Tanner Pearson
Tanner Pearson VIDEO: Profile | WJC Goal | Interview
Left Wing (Barrie Colts, Ontario Hockey League)
Height: 6-0 - Weight: 198 - Shot: Left - Born: August 10, 1992
2011-12: 60 games; 37 goals; 54 assists; 91 points; 37 PIM
NOTES: Hard-worker with exceptional hockey sense is a puck magnet who erupted this season. Was third in OHL scoring. Had six points in six games at World Junior. Passed over in two drafts but he will go this year.
Hometown: Kitchener, Ontario (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 25
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
36
38 38
Nikolai Prokhorkin
Nikolai Prokhorkin
Left Wing (Moscow CSKA, Russia MHL)
Height: 6-2 - Weight: 191 - Shot: Left - Born: September 17, 1993
2011-12: 15 games; 9 goals; 17 assists; 26 points; 47 PIM
NOTES: Great size and strength that should translate to the NHL level. Good stickhandler who isn't afraid to take a hit to make a play. Also had goal, assist in 15 KHL games with CSKA and has 21 career KHL games.
Hometown: Chelyabinsk, Russia (Russian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 9
(European skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
72
53 56
Henrik Samuelsson
Henrik Samuelsson VIDEO: Profile | Interview
Right Wing (Edmonton Oil Kings, Western Hockey League)
Height: 6-2 - Weight: 211 - Shot: Right - Born: February 7, 1994
2011-12: 28 games; 7 goals; 16 assists; 23 points; 0 PIM
NOTES: Has great NHL size and hockey sense, but needs to improve skating to succed in future. Second son of ex-Ranger Ulf Samuelsson to be in draft. Also played 15 games for Ornskoldsvik in Swedish Elitserien.
Hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 75
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
50
49 22
Tyrel Seaman
Tyrel Seaman
Left Wing (Brandon Wheat Kings, Western Hockey League)
Height: 6-2 - Weight: 196 - Shot: Left - Born: January 6, 1994
2011-12: 32 games; 6 goals; 13 assists; 19 points; 23 PIM
NOTES: Strong skater with above-average hockey sense that gives him a real upside for NHL career. A hard-working grinder with good size, he was forced to missed roughly half of  season due to concussion issues.
Hometown: Choiceland, Saskatchewan (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 104
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
91
115 142
Anton Slepyshev
Anton Slepyshev
Left Wing (Novokuznetsk Metallurg, Kontinental Hockey League)
Height: 6-2 - Weight: 187 - Shot: Right - Born: May 13, 1994
2011-12: 39 games; 4 goals; 3 assists; 7 points; 2 PIM
NOTES: Has tremendous size, talent and shot. An outstanding skater with natural goal-scoring ability, who nees better consistency. Played in KHL at age 17. Also had nine points in 13 games for Novokuznetsk's junior team.
Hometown: Penza, Russia (Russian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 10
(European skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
51
35 41
Teuvo Teravainen
Teuvo Teravainen VIDEO: Interview at Combine
Left Wing (Helsinki Jokerit, Finnish SM-Liiga)
Height: 5-11 - Weight: 165 - Shot: Left - Born: September 11, 1994
2011-12: 40 games; 11 goals; 7 assists; 18 points; 6 PIM
NOTES: Among the most skilled players available. Amazing hockey sense and knack for scoring highlight-reel goals. Had eight points in six games at World Under-18s. Also had 20 points in 11 games for Jokerit junior team.
Hometown: Helsinki, Finland (Finnish)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 2
(European skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
12
8 7
Brandon Troock
Brandon Troock
Right Wing (Seattle Thunderbirds, Western Hockey League)
Height: 6-2 - Weight: 174 - Shot: Right - Born: March 20, 1994
2011-12: 58 games; 14 goals; 12 assists; 26 points; 83 PIM
NOTES: Turned in great performance at CHL Top Prospects Game. Has NHL size and top-level skating ability that should translate well to the next level. Played on weak team and needs to find way to be more consistent.
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 65
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
54
61 116
Brady Vail
Brady Vail
Left Wing (Windsor Spitfires, Ontario Hockey League)
Height: 6-0 - Weight: 195 - Shot: Left - Born: March 11, 1994
2011-12: 68 games; 22 goals; 30 assists; 52 points; 55 PIM
NOTES: Two-way forward plays in all situations and is at his best killing penalties. He has an outstanding shot and newfound work ethic. Strong off-season conditioning program helped him surge from three goals to 22.
Hometown: Palm City, Florida (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 38
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
58
50 59
Jimmy Vesey
Jimmy Vesey
Left Wing (South Shore Kings, Eastern Jr. Hockey League)
Height: 6-0 - Weight: 178 - Shot: Left - Born: May 26, 1993
2011-12: 45 games; 48 goals; 43 assists; 91 points; 52 PIM
NOTES: Great hockey sense,  amazing passing ability helped him post huge numbers. Played at Belmont Hill School before South Shore. Son of ex-NHL player Jim Vesey. Will begin college career at Harvard in the fall.
Hometown: North Reading, Massachusetts (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 77
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
--
112 85
Tom Wilson
Tom Wilson
Right Wing (Plymouth Whalers, Ontario Hockey League)
Height: 6-4 - Weight: 203 - Shot: Right - Born: March 29, 1994
2011-12: 49 games; 9 goals; 18 assists; 27 points; 141 PIM
NOTES: Power forward is likely the hardest hitter in this draft and a true intimidator. Crushes opponents with his body checks. Got into fight during Top Prospects Game. Missed part of season with knee and hand injuries.
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 15
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
25
17 27
Nail Yakupov
Nail Yakupov VIDEO: Profile | Interview | Amazing Goal
Combine | Combine Test | Day Before Draft
Right Wing (Sarnia Sting, Ontario Hockey League)
Height: 5-10 - Weight: 189 - Shot: Left - Born: October 6, 1993
2011-12: 42 games; 31 goals; 38 assists; 69 points; 30 PIM
NOTES: Game-breaking talent dealt with some injuries this year. Amazing speed and play-making. Had 101 points as an OHL rookie in 2010-11. Had nine assists in seven games at World Juniors, including four vs. Canada.
Hometown: Nizhnekamsk, Russia (Russian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 1
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
1
1 1
Daniil Zharkov
Daniil Zharkov
Left Wing (Belleville Bulls, Ontario Hockey League)
Height: 6-3 - Weight: 197 - Shot: Left - Born: February 6, 1994
2011-12: 50 games; 23 goals; 13 assists; 36 points; 0 PIM
NOTES: Has size and aggressiveness to go with amazing scoring touch. Tremendous finisher on nights he comes to play. Scored five points in World Under-18s. Missed beginning of season due to broken collarbone.
Hometown: St. Petersburg, Russia (Russian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 32
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
49
31 62




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