by Eldon MacDonald (edited by @ChrisRalphTHW)
Every year NHL Central Scouting produces a segregated set of rankings at mid-season as well as their final rankings. Four lists are produced in the following categories:
- North American Skaters
- International Skaters
- North American Goalies
- International Goalies
These lists make the job easier for Central Scouting but they are limited in terms of where a respective prospect ranks across the lists. Therefore, each year I combine the four lists into one to obtain a better understanding of where Central Scouting is ranking the players overall. The four rankings were combined in THW’s NHL Draft War Room by employing the following methods:
- Rounds One: Goalies and European Skaters were inserted based upon the average rankings of four of the ranking agencies.
- Round Two: For round two, seven European skaters and one goalie were placed to mirror the results from the 2015 draft. 2016 doesn’t look like a good year for goalies either although I believe at least two could be selected in round two in June.
- Rounds Three and Up: For the remaining rounds, 6 to 7 European skaters and 3 to 4 goalies were placed per round based on the results of the 2015 draft.
Why does NHL Central Scouting rank European & North American players separately? Annoying. Maybe next year sort by milk preference: 2% vs 1%
— Darren Haynes (@DarrenWHaynes) May 1, 2016
The Rankings Spreadsheet Tabs
The rankings for NHL Central Scouting are presented in the following formats on the accompanying spreadsheet.
- Tab 1 – Sorted by NHL Central Scouting Combined Final Rankings
- Column 2 is NHL-CS’s Midterm ranking
- Column 3 is change in draft ranking from Midterm to Final
- Column 4 is THW’s War Room May ranking
- Tab 2 – Sorted by THW’s War Room May 2016 Rankings (E-Mac)
Most prospects are also linked to their elite prospects profile as well.
— THW Hockey (@HockeyLinks) April 13, 2016
- Only a portion of the table displays by default; you can scroll over to see the rest of the player demographics and statistics or select View full-size workbook option, which is the icon in the bottom right hand corner, to view the full table.
- The beauty of the above option is that you can then download the file to your computer and play with it or adjust it anyway you like.
- The spreadsheet is searchable; simply click on the spreadsheet and utilize CTRL/Command “F”
NHL Central Scouting’s Final Rankings Combined
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Chris is THW’s senior draft/prospect analyst and a Managing Editor. Watch for “The Next Ones” Prospect Profile series, exclusive rankings, mock drafts, as well as the annual THW NHL Entry Draft Guide. Follow @ChrisRalphYQ on Twitter as he infiltrates, dissects and analyzes all happenings of hockey prospects and the NHL entry draft. Email: cralph[at]thehockeywriters[dot]com