Tyler Seguin has been rated as the number one draft prospect for the 2010 NHL entry draft according to CSS. Central Scouting revealed the final rankings on Wednesday, oddly the same day that Taylor Hall's Windsor Spitfires knocked Seguin's Plymouth Whalers out of the OHL playoffs in just 4 games.
Taylor Hall was ranked number one in CSS's mid-term rankings back on January 11th, and many believed that Hall would remain in the top spot. After all, Taylor Hall made it on Canada's world junior hockey team and was one of the top forwards at the World Junior Hockey Championships. Tyler Seguin was one of the final cuts for Canada. Hall also seemed to dominate Seguin in their recent playoff series. So how could Seguin be ranked higher than Hall? Truth is, both are so close that it would not be a surprise to see either go 1st overall.
The director of Central Scouting E.J. McGuire described it like this, "the confidence I have in this is that, I think they're so close, they could be flip-flopped."
Another surprise in the final rankings is that Prince George Cougars right winger Brett Connolly is ranked 3rd overall despite only playing in sixteen games this year. Connolly was named the CHL's rookie of the year last season where he scored 30 goals in 65 games. If not for only playing 16 games this year Connolly could have very well been in the discussion for the 1st overall pick.
The number four spot goes to defenseman Erik Gudbranson of the OHL's Kingston Frontenacs, followed by Windsor Defenseman Cam Fowler at number five.
Calvin Pickard of Seattle in the WHL is ranked the top North American goalie with USA World Juniors stand out Jack Campbell in the 2nd spot.
The final rankings are usually made after the U-18 tournament that will be held later this month in Belarus. It is a great way of evaluating draft prospects, especially the European players, whom most scouts don't get the opportunity to see on a daily basis. The U-18 Hockey Championships and Memorial Cup may have a profound impact on what actually happens on draft weekend.
You can see the rest of the rankings here /