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NHL Releases 2006 Prospect Ranking

Monday, 05.1.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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NHL Releases 2006 Prospect Ranking

U.S. National Under-18 star Erik Johnson, ranked #1 At mid-season, retains top spot

TORONTO - Defenseman Erik Johnson of the U.S. National Team Development Program's Under-18 team heads the list of eligible players in North America for the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, according to NHL Central Scouting Service's final rankings released today. The final ranking features the top 210 skaters and 30 goaltenders in North America and top 160 skaters and 18 goaltenders from Europe.

Johnson, in his second season at the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based program, retained his #1 ranking from NHL Central Scouting's mid-season ranking in January. The 6'4", 225-pound, Bloomington, Minn. native was a dominant player at the 2006 World Junior Championships (Under-20) in Vancouver and currently ranks third in scoring on Team USA at the IIHF World Under-18 Championships in Angelholm, Sweden with 4-5--9 in four games.

A record total of 12 U.S.-born players are ranked in the first round. The highest number of Americans selected in the first round is eight, set in the 2005 Entry Draft.

Jonathan Bernier of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Lewiston Maineiacs retained his ranking as the top-rated North American goaltender, Swedish center Nicklas Backstrom (Brynas) displaced Czech Republic right wing Michael Frolik (Kladno) as the top prospect among European skaters and Swedish goaltender Jhonas Enroth (Sodertalje Jrs.) kept his status as the leading European goaltender.

Moving into second place among North American skaters is Peterborough Petes (OHL) center Jordan Staal, who will become the third member of the Thunder Bay, Ont., Staal family drafted into the NHL. Brother Eric, 21, was a first-round pick of the Carolina Hurricanes in 2003 and finished seventh in NHL scoring this season (45-55--100), while Marc, a 19-year-old defenseman, was a first-round pick of the New York Rangers in 2005.

The 2006 NHL Entry Draft is Saturday, June 24 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, broadcast nationally in Canada on TSN and in the United States on OLN at 6 p.m., ET.

In its 30th year of operation, the NHL Central Scouting Service provides scouting and evaluation of draft-eligible players to NHL member clubs. Headed by NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Jim Gregory and Director of Central Scouting E.J. McGuire, NHL Central Scouting employs nine full-time and six part-time scouts throughout North America and works with Goran Stubb of the European Scouting Service and his staff of five full-time scouts to cover prospects playing throughout Europe. NHL Central Scouting and European Scouting Service will together see more than 3,000 games this season.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 49 16 21 11 37
J. Huberdeau 52 10 27 10 37
A. Barkov 42 16 19 13 35
J. Jokinen 52 10 25 12 35
V. Trocheck 52 17 16 4 33
R. Smith 52 16 15 11 31
B. Pirri 48 10 13 -4 23
A. Ekblad 48 10 12 21 22
B. Campbell 52 4 16 17 20
N. Bjugstad 37 9 8 -3 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 13 5 .930 2.13
A. Montoya 8 2 1 .931 1.93

 
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