The evolution of the Class of 2012 continues to take shape this week as both International Scouting Services and NHL Central Scouting have released their updated rankings. ISS head scout Ross MacLean will be back on The Pipeline Show this Saturday for our regular bi-weekly "ISS Draft Countdown" segment and you can be sure we'll be discussing their new #1 ranked player.
The ISS top 30 is an amalgamation of all eligible prospects while Central Scouting chooses to separate the leagues for their November release and they give a top 25 from each.
We speak with a 2012 draft eligible player on every edition of TPS, links to those interviews for the players we've already chatted with can be found below.
Here is the ISS top 30:
1. MIKHAIL GRIGORENKO (RW) 6'3 200 Quebec QMJHL
2. NAIL YAKUPOV (LW) 5'10 189 Sarnia OHL
3. FILIP FORSBERG (RW) 6'1 176 Leksands SWE
4. RYAN MURRAY (D) 6'0 201 Everett WHL (His guest blog HERE)
5. MATT DUMBA (D) 5'11 183 Red Deer WHL
6. JACOB TROUBA (D) 6'2 196 USA U-18 USNTDP
7. SLATER KOEKKOEK (D) 6'2 184 Peterborough OHL
8. PONTUS ABERG (LW) 5'11 187 Djurgarden SWE
9. BRENDAN GAUNCE (C) 6'2 215 Belleville OHL
10. MORGAN RIELLY (D) 5'11 190 Moose Jaw WHL
11. CODY CECI (D) 6'2 207 Ottawa OHL (his guest blog HERE)
12. GRIFFIN REINHART (D) 6'3 207 Edmonton WHL
13. OLLI MAATTA (D) 6'1 202 London OHL
14. JARROD MAIDENS (C) 6'0 178 Owen Sound OHL
15. MARTIN FRK (RW) 5'11 204 Halifax QMJHL
16. SEBASTIAN COLLBERG (RW) 5'11 174 Vastra SWE
17. ALEXANDER GALCHENYUK (RW) 6'0 198 Sarnia OHL
18. DERRICK POULIOT (D) 5'11 186 Portland WHL
19. NICHOLAS KERDILES (C) 6'1 200 U-18 USNTDP
20. ZEMGUS GIRGENSONS (C) 6'1 201 Dubuque USHL
21. MIKE MATHESON (D) 6'1 180 Dubuque USHL (his guest blog HERE)
22. NICK EBERT (D) 5'11 205 Windsor OHL
23. ANDREAS ATHANASIOU (C) 6'0 179 London OHL
24. COLTON SISSONS (C/R) 6'1 189 Kelowna WHL
25. ANTON SLEPYSHEV (LW) 6'2 187 Novokuznetsk KHL
26. THOMAS WILSON (RW) 6'3 203 Plymouth OHL
27. GIANLUCA CURCURUTO (D) 6'0 195 Sault Ste. Marie OHL
28. BRADY SKJEI (D) 6'3 203 USA U-18 USNTDP
29. MATT FINN (D) 6'0 195 Guelph OHL
30. DALTON THROWER (D) 5'11 189 Saskatoon WHL
Obviously the big news here is the new #1 ranked player as Grigorenko has surpassed Yakupov in the eye of ISS.
The next notable positioning is that of rearguard Slater Koekkoek of the Peterborough Petes who comes in 7th, much higher than where NHL Central Scouting has him - 9th just in the OHL.
The fall of Windsor defender Nick Ebert is apparent - ISS dropped him all the way to 22nd while he didn't even crack Central Scouting's top 25 in the OHL.
Does the inclusion of Saskatoon's Dalton Thrower signal that the WHL's fab five defenceman should now be considered at Sensational Six? It's interesting to note that Central Scouting slots Thrower 14th in the WHL and that there are a trio of other blueliners between he and the recognized top 5.
Here is the release from NHL Central Scouting which includes the top 25 from the three CHL leagues, the USHL and also a handful of NCAA players as well. This link will take you to the European listing.
Ross MacLean will join us on Saturday and we'll look closely at five players up for 2012: Mikhail Grigorenko (Quebec), Brian Cooper (Fargo), Oscar Dansk (Sweden), Devin Shore (Canada East) and Gianluca Curcuruto (Ste. Sault Marie).