NHL Releases Preliminary Draft Rankings

By League Press Release

The National Hockey League released its preliminary rankings for the 2008 Entry Draft this week, with Sarnia Sting forward Steven Stamkos, Quebec Remparts winger Mikhail Stephanovich, and Everett Silvertips centre Kyle Beach leading each of their respective league lists in the Canadian Hockey League.

Stamkos, 17, is already projected as a first pick overall selection by TSN’s scouting poll, ISS and McKeen’s Hockey.

He has 21 goals and 38 points in 22 games this season.

Guelph’s Drew Doughty and Peterborough Petes defenceman Zach Bogosian round out the top three in the OHL, while the QMJHL‘s top three are filled in with defenceman Yann Sauve of Saint John and winger Philippe Cornet of the Rimouski Oceanic.

In the WHL, Kelowna Rockets defenceman Tyler Myers, and Regina Pats blueliner Colten Teubert join Beach in the top three.

The league also listed players from the NCAA and European leagues. Defenceman Vyacheslav Voinov of Chelyabinsk leads all Russian skaters, while centre Tomi Sallinen, defenceman Tomas Kundratek, winger Tomas Hricina and defenceman Johan Motin lead the lists in Finland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Sweden respectively.

The draft will be held in Ottawa on June 20 and 21.

WHL Skaters 1. Kyle Beach, C, Everett; 2. Tyler Myers, D, Kelowna; 3. Colten Teubert, D, Regina; 4. Luke Schenn, D, Kelowna; 5. Tyler Ennis, C, Medicine Hat; 6. Zach Boychuk, C, Lethbridge; 7. Jyri Nemi, D, Saskatoon; 8. Jordan Eberle, C, Regina; 9. Luca Sbisa, D, Lethbridge; 10. Geordie Wudrick, LW, Swift Current; 11. Colby Robak, D, Brandon; 12. James Wright, C, Vancouver; 13. Travis Hamonic, D, Moose Jaw; 14. Brandon McMillan, C, Kelowna; 15. Matt Calvert, LW, Brandon; 16. Matt Delahey, D, Regina; 17. Mitch Wahl, C, Spokane; 18. Michael Stone, D, Calgary; 19. Kruise Reddick, C, Tri-City; 20. Teigan Zahn, D, Saskatoon; 21. Lance Bouma, C, Vancouver; 22. Eric Mestery, D, Tri-City; 23. Joel Broda, C, Moose Jaw; 24. Jordan Rowley, D, Kamloops; 25. Matt Tassone, C, Swift Current; 25.
Goaltenders
1. Chet Pickard, G, Tri-City; 2. Branden Holtby, G, Saskatoon; 3. Jacob DeSerres, G, Seattle; 4. Martin Jones, G, Calgary; 5. Dustin Tokarski, G, Spokane; 6. Morgan Clark, G, Red Deer; 7. Kyle Birch, G, Tri-City.

OHL Skaters 1. Steven Stamkos, C, Sarnia; 2. Drew Doughty, D, Guelph; 3. Zach Bogosian, Peterborough, D; 4. Alex Pietrangelo, D, Niagara; 5. Cody Hodgson, C, Brampton; 6. Mikkel Boedker, LW, Kitchener; 7. Michael Del Zotto, D, Oshawa; 8. Joshua Bailey, C, Windsor; 9. AJ Jenks, LW, Plymouth; 10. Greg Nemisz, C, Windsor; 11. Jamie Arniel, C, Guelph; 12. Tyler Cuma, D, Ottawa; 13. Jared Staal, RW, Sudbury; 14. Adam Henrique, C, Windsor; 15. James Livingston, RW, Sault St. Marie; 16. Julien Demers, D, Ottawa; 17. Jordan Skellett, LW, Erie, 18. Michael D’Orazio, D, Owen Sound; 19. Adam Comrie, D, Saginaw; 20. Shawn Lalonde, D Belleville; 21. Dean Howard, C, Oshawa; 22. Brett Theberge, C, Peterborough; 23. Michael Pelech, C, Mississauga; 24. Philip McRae, C, London; 25. Luke Pither, C, Guelph.
Goaltenders
1. Thomas McCollum, G, Guelph; 2. Christ Carrozzi, G, Mississauga St. Michael’s; 3. Michael Hutchinson, G, Barrie; 4. Mavric Parks, G, Kitchener; 5. Patrick Killeen, G, Brampton; 6. Tyler Beskorowany, G, Owen Sound; 7. Tomi Karhunen, G, Sarnia.

QMJHL Skaters 1. Mikhail Stephanovich, RW, Quebec; 2. Yann Sauve, D, Saint John; 3. Philippe Cornet, LW, Rimouski; 4. Jordon Southorn, D, PEI; 5. Joel Champagne, C, Chicoutimi; 6. Nicolas Deschamps, C, Chicoutimi; 7. Pascal Amyot, D, Saint John; 8. Maxime Sauve, C, Quebec; 9. Samuel Morneau, LW, Baie-Comeau; 10. Kelsey Tessier, RW, Quebec; 11. Jonathan Bonneau, LW, Victoriaville; 12. Mark Barberio, D, Moncton; 13. Patrice Cormier, C, Rimouski; 14. Derek Famulare, LW, Chicoutimi; 15. Chris Doyle, C, PEI; 16. Danick Hudon-Paquette, RW, Lewiston; 17. Antoine Roussel, LW, Chicoutimi; 18. Steven Delisle, D, Gatineau; 19. Alexandre Neron, D, Rimouski; 20. Luke Adam, C, St. John’s; 21. Mathieu Tousignant, C, Baie-Comeau; 22. Thomas Knotek, C, Halifax; 23. Dominik Bohac, D, Quebec; 24. Matthew Stoddard, RW, Saint John; 25. Jan Kana, RW, PEI.
Goaltenders
1. Peter Delmas, G, Lewiston; 2. Kevin Poulin, G, Victoriaville; 3. Marco Cousineau, G, Baie-Comeau; 4. Robert Mayer, G, Saint John; 5. Mathieu Leclair, G, Baie-Comeau; 6. Antoine Tardif, G, Acadie-Bathurst; 7. Jake Allen, G, St. John’s.