by Eldon MacDonald (edited by @ChrisRalphTHW)
Rationale Behind the Combined Rankings
As you are aware, NHL Central Scouting produces a segregated set of rankings. That is, they are separated based on North American skaters and goalies as well as European skaters and goalies – four lists in total, linked below:
The four 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 from NHL Central Scouting by employing the following methods:
- Rounds One and Two – The number of goalies and European skaters from Bob McKenzie’s January rankings per round were appropriately inserted.
- Rounds Three and Up – For the remaining rounds, 6 European skaters and 3-4 goalies were placed per round based on the results of the 2014 draft.
THW’s War Room Rankings – April Edition
In addition to NHL Central Scouting’s Combined Final Rankings, included on this massive 2015 NHL Draft spreadsheet are the War Room Rankings, which include:
- E-Mac’s Top 120
- Plus, the next 60 prospects noted as potential 5th and 6th rounders
- Finally, the last section is The Others, where other notable draft eligible prospects are highlighted
This is your quintessential 2015 NHL Draft resource.
The Rankings Spreadsheet Tabs
The rankings for NHL Central Scouting are presented in the following formats on the accompanying spreadsheet.
Tab 1 – Sorted by THW’s War Room April 2015 Rankings (E-Mac)
Tab 2 – Sorted by NHL Central Scouting Combined Final Rankings
Tab 3 – Sorted by Nationality
Tab 4 – Sorted by League
Most prospects are also linked to their elite prospects profile as well.
- 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.
- Be sure to scroll over to see E-Mac’s War Room commentary.
- The spreadsheet is searchable; simply click on the spreadsheet and utilize CTRL/Command “F”
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