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NHL RELEASES FINAL RANKINGS FOR 2007 ENTRY DRAFT

Wednesday, 04.25.2007 / 10:45 PM ET / News
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NHL RELEASES FINAL RANKINGS FOR 2007 ENTRY DRAFT

TORONTO (April 25, 2007) -- Center Kyle Turris of the Burnaby Express of the British Columbia Hockey League is the top-ranked North American skater for the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, according to NHL Central Scouting Bureau's final rankings released today. The final ranking features the top 210 skaters and 30 goaltenders in North America and top 175 skaters and 16 goaltenders from Europe.

Turris, a native of New Westminster, British Columbia, becomes the first Canadian Provincial Junior Hockey League player ever to be ranked first by Central Scouting. The 6'1", 170-pound centerman scored 50 goals in 39 games in 2006-07.

Joining Turris among the top North American skaters are a pair of American wingers: #2 ranked Patrick Kane (Buffalo, N.Y.) of the London Knights and #3 ranked James Van Riemsdyk (Middleton, N.J.) of the U.S. National Development Team Program. Kane led all scorers in the Canadian Hockey League in 2006-07 with 145 points (62-83-145), while Van Riemsdyk led his U.S. National Under-18 team to a silver medal this past weekend at the Under-18 World Championships and was named the top forward in the tournament.

The top three rated players are closely followed by two stand-out Western Hockey League defensemen: #4 ranked Keaton Ellerby from the Kamloops Blazers (Okotoks, Alberta) and #5 ranked Karl Alzner (Burnaby, B.C.) from the Calgary Hitmen.

Jeremy Smith (Brownston, Mich.) of the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League is the top-rated North American goaltender, while right wing Alexei Cherepanov (Omsk, Russia), fresh off of a gold medal at the Under-18 World Championships with Russia, is the top ranked European skater.

Cherepanov set a new record for most goals by a rookie in the Russian Super League this season with 18, surpassing former NHL great Pavel Bure’s mark (17) set in 1988-89.

“This year’s Draft is very even at the top, with no clear-cut number one,” said NHL Director of Central Scouting E.J. McGuire. “A lot will depend on the position and needs of the particular team. There are many different options available at the top end on draft day for NHL teams.  There are dynamic offensive players in Kyle Turris and Alexei Cherepanov; a great playmaking forward in Patrick Kane; a power forward in James Van Riemsdyk; an offensive, hard-hitting defenseman in Keaton Ellerby and a stay-at-home playmaking defenseman in Karl Alzner."

In its 31st year of operation, the NHL Central Scouting Service provides scouting and evaluation of draft-eligible players to NHL member clubs. Headed by 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. Combined, the NHL Central Scouting and European Scouting Service will have seen in excess of 3,000 games this season.

The 2007 NHL Entry Draft will take place at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The first round will take place on Friday, June 22 commencing at 7 p.m., ET (VERSUS, TSN, RDS, NHL Radio, NHL.com audio stream) and the subsequent rounds (two through seven) will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 23 (NHL Network, NHL.com video stream).

The Chicago Blackhawks hold the first overall selection and are followed in the top five by the Philadelphia Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes, Los Angeles Kings and Washington Capitals.

The full rankings in all categories are available at NHL.com, media.nhl.com and through the League’s Public Relations Department in Toronto (416-981-2777) and New York (212-789-2000).

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 71 13 32 7 45
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 73 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 69 13 25 -4 38
B. Boyes 72 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 73 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 64 18 13 -4 31
A. Barkov 63 12 17 -2 29
B. Campbell 74 3 21 1 24
B. Pirri 41 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 11 .922 2.32
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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