Auditing final Central Scouting rankings
The Central Scouting Service (CSS) has released its final list for the 2013 NHL draft. Each year CSS ranks and rates players based on their own scouting and the final CSS list is widely used by many sources to identify players in the draft-eligible pool. Their final list separates skaters and goaltenders and puts them into individual North American and European categories. It is important to note that CSS does not release a final overall list which combines all the players into one order.
But like any ranking, opinions vary. And in my estimation as a former NHL scout and assistant GM, I see some notable discrepancies from my recent ranking of the Top 50 prospects in the 2013 draft.
Here is a look at some of the more glaring differences based on my game reports of some top players for this draft.
Nathan MacKinnon, Halifax (QMJHL)
My rank: 1st overall | CSS: 2nd, North American skaters
The argument over the top prospect in this draft could go on for days -- and in many scouting rooms it could continue right up until draft time. It centers on MacKinnon, Seth Jones (No. 1 on CSS North American skaters list) and MacKinnon's teammate Jonathan Drouin (No. 3 per CSS). For me, MacKinnon's game translates to the NHL in every category. His speed, skill, grit, scoring and, just as importantly, his team play are all elite. All of his qualities add up to a potential franchise player and I just cannot pass up on that potential. Both Jones and Drouin could easily go No. 1 in the draft, but the deciding factor for me is that MacKinnon is so well rounded. He has a special aura about him.
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