Mark Seidel's Blog: Rising, falling and the top 100 for the '09 draft

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Please enjoy NACS's latest top 100 along with some rising and falling players as we head towards June.

Ranking

Name

Height

Weight

Position

Team

Birthdate

1

Victor Hedman

6-foot-7

225

LD

Modo

Dec-90

2

John Tavares

6-foot-1

200

RC

Oshawa Generals

Sep-90

3

Jared Cowen

6-foot-5

220

RD

Spokane Chiefs

Jan-91

4

Brayden Schenn

6-foot-1

200

LC

Brandon Wheat Kings

Aug-91

5

Matt Duchene

5-foot-11

194

LC

Brampton Battalion

Jan-91

6

Evander Kane

5-foot-11

168

LC

Vancouver Giants

Aug-91

7

Magnus Svensson-Paajarvi

6-foot-1

195

LW

Timra

Apr-91

8

Nazem Kadri

6-feet

182

LC

London Knights

Oct-90

9

Dmitry Kulikov

6-feet

190

D

Drummondville

Oct-90

10

Jordan Schroeder

5-foot-9

180

RW

University of Minnesota

Sept-90

11

Jeremy Morin

6-foot-1

173

RC

US Under 18’s

Apr-91

12

Scott Glennie

6-foot-1

182

C

Brandon Wheat Kings

Feb-91

13

David Rundblad

6-foot-3

190

LD

Skelleftea

Oct-90

14

Peter Holland

6-foot-2

184

LC

Guelph

Jan-91

15

Kyle Palmieri

5-foot-11

185

RC

US Under 18’s

Feb-91

16

Landon Ferraro

6-feet

182

LW

Red Deer Rebels

Aug-91

17

Jacob Josefson

6-feet

175

LC

Djurgarden

Mar-91

18

Ryan Ellis

5-foot-10

180

RD

Windsor Spitfires

Jan-91

19

Zack Kassian

6-foot-3

211

RW

Peterborough Petes

Jan-91

20

Ryan O’Reilly

6-foot-1

191

LC

Erie Otters

Feb-91

21

Stefan Elliott

6-foot-2

190

RD

Saskatoon Blades

Jan-91

22

Calvin de Haan

6-feet

173

LD

Oshawa Generals

May-91

23

Ethan Werek

6-foot-3

195

LW

Kingston Frontenacs

Jun-91

24

Richard Panik

6-foot-3

194

LC

Trinec

Feb-91

25

Casey Cizikas

5-foot-10

188

LC

Mississauga Majors

Feb-91

26

Drew Shore

6-foot-3

194

RW

US Under 18’s

Jan-91

27

Tyson Barrie

5-foot-10

176

RD

Kelowna Rockets

Jul-91

28

Marcus Foligno

6-foot-3

195

LW

Sudbury Wolves

Aug-91

29

Tommi Kivisto

6-foot-1

192

LD

Red Deer Rebels

Jun-91

30

Louis Leblanc

5-foot-11

176

RW

Omaha Lancers

Jan-91

31

Philippe Paradis

6-foot-2

190

C

Shawinigan Cataractes

Jan-91

32

Toni Rajala

5-foot-10

172

LW

Ilves

Mar-91

33

Nick Leddy

5-foot-10

183

LD

Eden Prairie

Mar-91

34

Taylor Doherty

6-foot-5

210

RD

Kingston Frontenacs

Mar-91

35

Olivier Roy

6-feet

165

G

Cape Breton

Jul-91

36

Jimmy Bubnick

6-foot-3

195

RC

Kamloops Blazers

Jan-91

37

Anton Burdasov

6-foot-3

195

RW

Chelyabinsk

May-91

38

Simon Despres

6-foot-3

208

LD

Saint John

Jul-91

39

Anton Lander

6-foot-1

190

RC

Timra

Apr-91

40

Tomas Vincour

6-foot-3

210

LW

Edmonton Oil Kings

Nov-90

41

Erik Haula

5-foot-11

170

LW

Shattuck-St. Mary’s

Mar-91

42

Alex Hutchings

5-foot-10

170

LC

Barrie Colts

Nov-90

43

Michael Latta

5-foot-11

192

RC

Guelph Storm

May-91

44

Brandon Maxwell

6-feet

195

G

US Under 18’s

Mar-91

45

Seth Helgeson

6-foot-5

225

LD

Sioux City (USHL)

Oct-90

46

Daniil Sobchenko

6-feet

180

RC

Yaroslavl

Apr-91

47

Daniel DeLisle

6-foot-4

223

LC

Totino Grace

Sep-90

48

Gabriel Lemieux

6-foot-1

170

D

Shawinigan Cataractes

Sep-90

49

Zach Budish

6-foot-2

230

RC

Edina

May-91

50

Nate Schmidt

6-foot-1

199

LD

St. Cloud Cathedral

Jul-91

51

Blake Thompson

6-foot-4

204

RD

Sioux Falls (USHL)

Jul-91

52

Cassidy Mappin

6-feet

186

LW

Red Deer Rebels

Dec-90

53

Filip Novotny

5-foot-11

185

G

Sparta

May-91

54

Ryan Bourque

5-foot-7

155

RC

US Under 18’s

Jan-91

55

John Moore

6-foot-2

183

LD

Chicago (USHL)

Nov-90

56

Brandon Pirri

6-feet

185

LC

Georgetown

Apr-91

57

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

6-foot-1

175

LD

Leksand

Jul-91

58

Marek Hrivik

6-foot-1

181

LW

Slovakia U20

Aug-91

59

Carl Klingberg

6-foot-4

202

LW

Frolunda

Jan-91

60

Dmitri Orlov

5-foot-10

200

LD

Novokuznetsk

Jul-91

61

Dylan Olsen

6-foot-2

207

LD

Camrose Kodiaks

Jan-91

62

Brooks Herrington

6-foot-3

210

RC

N.H. Jr. Monarchs

Nov-90

63

Dmitri Shikin

6-feet

190

G

Elektrostal

Aug-91

64

David Gilbert

6-foot-2

183

LC

Quebec Remparts

Feb-91

65

Charles-Olivier Roussel

6-foot-1

198

D

Shawinigan Cataractes

Sep-91

66

Daniel Weiss

6-foot-3

200

RW

Berlin

Feb-91

67

Bjorn Krupp

6-foot-3

190

LD

Belleville Bulls

Mar-91

68

Michael Fine

6-feet

192

LC

Sault Ste. Marie

May-91

69

Yegor Dugin

5-foot-11

175

RC

Chelyabinsk

Nov-90

70

Sami Vatanen

5-foot-9

160

RD

JYP Jr.

Jun-91

71

Simon Bertilsson

6-feet

185

D

Brynas

Apr-91

72

Collin Bowman

6-foot-3

200

LD

Kelowna Rockets

Jun-91

73

Edward Pasquale

6-foot-3

215

G

Saginaw Spirit

Nov-90

74

Joonas Nattinen

6-foot-2

180

RC

Blues Jr.

Jan-91

75

Frederic Piche

6-feet

180

G

Acadie-Bathurst

Aug-91

76

Carter Ashton

6-foot-5

212

RW

Lethbridge Hurricanes

Apr-91

77

Bryce Williamson

6-feet

190

RW

St. Albert Steel

Dec-89

78

Andrej Stastny

6-foot-3

200

C

Trencin Jr.

Jan-91

79

Chris Brown

6-foot-2

190

RC

US Under 18’s

Feb-91

80

Matej Stritesky

5-foot-11

180

RD

Most

Sep-90

81

Tyler Randell

6-foot-1

191

RW

Belleville Bulls

Jun-91

82

Daniel Maggio

6-foot-2

197

LD

Sudbury Wolves

Mar-91

83

Ryan Howse

5-foot-11

198

LW

Chilliwack Bruins

Jul-91

84

Antti Raanta

6-feet

190

G

Lukko Jr.

May-89

85

Anton Myllari

6-foot-2

230

D

Vasteras

Feb-91

86

Jesse Blacker

6-foot-1

190

RD

Windsor Spitfires

Apr-91

87

Pavel Taraskin

5-foot-11

170

RC

Spartak

Apr-89

88

Nathan Lieuwen

6-foot-4

190

G

Kootenay Ice

Aug-91

89

Eddie Lack

6-foot-4

185

G

Leksands

Jan-88

90

Jamie Tucker

5-foot-11

160

G

Vancouver Giants

Apr-91

91

Joel Hanley

6-feet

180

RD

Newmarket Hurricanes

Jun-91

92

Thomas Brandl

5-foot-10

180

RW

Landshut Cannibals

Feb-91

93

Semen Valuysky

5-foot-10

185

LW

Togliatti

Feb-91

94

David Pacan

6-foot-2

172

LW

Cumberland Grads

Mar-91

95

Adam Hughesman

5-foot-11

185

LW

Tri-City Americans

Feb-91

96

Tomas Tatar

5-foot-11

170

C

Zvolen

Dec-90

97

Chris Perugini

5-foot-10

155

G

Ottawa 67’s

Jun-91

98

Matt Mackay

5-foot-11

190

LC

Calgary Canucks

Nov-90

99

Michael Zador

6-foot-2

175

G

London Knights

May-91

100

Ben Sexton

6-feet

190

LC

Nepean Raiders

Jun-91

RISING

Marcus Foligno – Sudbury, LW

Foligno is following in his brother’s footsteps playing for his legendary father in the Nickel City, but his style of play is nothing like Nick’s. Marcus is robust and takes tremendous pleasure in laying out big hits, while driving to the net with reckless abandon. He undoubtedly improves each night and with his huge frame, the sky is the limit for this burgeoning power forward.

Olivier Roy – Cape Breton, G

The stud goaltender in this year’s crop continues to impress at every turn. He’s had a couple performances where he’s given up some bad goals, but he quickly puts those incidents behind him and rallies his team. Roy follows a long line of Quebec goaltenders and if he continues at this rate, he may be some team’s first selection in June.

Scott Glennie – Brandon, RC

The ying to Brayden Schenn’s yang, Scott Glennie has been putting up points all season long. Some have questioned whether he will translate that into NHL success, but we have no doubt his success in the Western League will lead him to greater heights. Glennie has become the straw that stirs the Wheat Kings’ drink and while some have suggested he is riding Schenn’s coattails, we think they help each other equally.

Dmitry Kulikov – Drummondville, LD

The Russian import has been phenomenal in his transition to the North American game. He has scouts drooling over his overall skill set and we think he will become a top-10 pick because of it. He is already recording more than a point per game in Drummondville and at times looks like a man among boys with how he can control a game.

Joel Hanley – Newmarket, LD

A relative unknown when the season began, the young Newmarket defender is taking the Ontario Provincial Junior A League by storm. Although he doesn’t crack the 6-foot barrier, Hanley has a very strong base, excellent vision and a defensive game that will translate at any level. The more we watch him, the more we realize he is better than a lot of the Ontario League defensemen he is up against and as a result, he has been shooting up in our rankings.



FALLING


Casey Cizikas - Mississauga, LC

His rookie year brought fantastic things for the young star, but Cizikas has suffered through a sophomore jinx. We still have him placed higher than most because we hope it’s only a phase, but unless he begins to show the skill set and passion he displayed last year, he will take a significant tumble.

Anton Lander - Timra, RC

The Swedish center started off the year well, playing with and against guys old enough to be his father. But his play has trailed off of late, to the point where we are questioning his role in the NHL in a few years. Along with improving on his slow start, we’d like to see more of the competitiveness Lander has displayed in the past.

Blake Thompson - Sioux Falls, RD

We originally thought Thompson may be a larger version of last year’s stud John Carlson, but as the season has progressed, we have seen some cracks in the game of this hulking defender. There have been nights when he has struggled with the speed of United States League forwards, which doesn’t bode well for his future in the NCAA or the NHL. Furthermore, his offensive game has been non-existent, although, quite frankly, we didn’t hold out much hope for that part of his game.

Philip Samuelsson – Chicago, RD

We have always been huge proponents of the family gene aspect with players, which was evident with Sam Gagner, Colin Wilson and Alex Steen to name but a few. In the case of Philip Samuelsson, though, the buck stops here. We don’t question his effort, but watching Samuelsson handle the puck or make a play can be difficult at times. His size and reach initially had us excited, but the more we watch him, the more we realize his long-term potential doesn’t lie in hockey.

Mark Seidel is the chief scout for North American Central Scouting and appears as a host on Leafs Lunch on AM 640 radio in Toronto. He is also a regular contributor to Hockey Night in Canada on Sirius Radio as their draft and junior hockey insider. Read his other blog entries HERE.

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