CSS Rankings are usually dead on

Updated: April 8, 2010, 12:27 PM ET
By Alvin Chang

The NHL Central Scouting Bureau released its final rankings yesterday with plenty of notable movement. But before we get to that, let's see how the last two years of CSS rankings played out when it came to draft day. Here are the top 10 picks from 2008 and 2009 followed by their final CSS ranking:

Top 10 picks -- 2009
  1. John Tavares, Islanders (No. 1 N.A. skater)
  2. Victor Hedman, Lightning (No. 1 European skater)
  3. Matt Duchene, Avalanche (No. 2 N.A. skater)
  4. Evander Kane, Thrashers (No. 3 N.A. skater)
  5. Brayden Schenn, Kings (No. 4 N.A. skater)
  6. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Coyotes (No. 4 European skater)
  7. Nazem Kadri, Maple Leafs (No. 15 N.A. skater)
  8. Scott Glennie, Stars (No. 7 N.A. skater)
  9. Jared Cowen, Senators (No. 9 N.A. skater)
  10. Magnus Paajarvi Svensson, Oilers (No. 2 European skater)

Top 10 picks -- 2008
  1. Steven Stamkos, Lightning (No. 1 N.A. skater)
  2. Drew Doughty, Kings (No. 3 N.A. skater)
  3. Zach Bogosian, Thrashers (No. 2 N.A. skater)
  4. Alex Pietrangelo, Blues (No. 6 N.A. skater)
  5. Luke Schenn, Maple Leafs (No. 5 N.A. skater)
  6. Nikita Filatov, Blue Jackets (No. 1 international skater)
  7. Colin Wilson, Predators (No. 10 N.A. skater)
  8. Mikkel Boedker, Coyotes (No. 11 N.A. skater)
  9. Joshua Bailey, Islanders (No. 14 N.A. skater)
  10. Cody Hodgson, Canucks (No. 9 N.A. skater)

Last season, Central Scouting nailed the top five and was pretty close in 2008.