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2011 NHL Draft Central Scouting Players to Watch

NHL Central Scouting released their first 'Players to Watch' list for this summer's NHL Draft. They don't include the CHL, USHL, or current NCAA players for this list, so there's a lot missing, but still a look at where quite a few players are starting off the year. You can view the .pdf release here.

It was expected that this would not be a very pretty year for Minnesota HS hockey in the draft, and this continues to confirm that. Mario Lucia--Don's son for those unfamiliar--is the only 'A' rated player, while only six MSHSL player merited a 'B' rating.

Other players to earn an 'A' rating were: Yale recruit Matt Killian, Harvard goalie recruit Stephen Michalek, Cornell recruit Philippe Hudon, Harvard recruit Petr Placek, and BCHL forward Destry Straight.

Also of note, Alaska-Anchorage recruit Sam Mellor, Ohio State recent commit Sam Jardine, Minnesota-Duluth recruit Tony Camaranesi, Minnesota recruit Kyle Rau, and Michigan State recruit Tanner Sorenson all got a 'B' rating.