NHL Central Scouting released their final set of draft rankings for this summer's NHL Draft on Wednesday.
As always, "final" is a bit of a misnomer here. They're final in the sense that these are the last set of rankings NHL Central Scouting will release this year, but there is still obviously a lot of hockey to be played between now and June(unless you're in the NCAA. womp womp) The main purpose of releasing these rankings now is to allow NHL teams one last opportunity to scout players--either in junior league playoffs or the World U18 championships--whose position on their list drastically differs from their position on the Central Scouting list.
Here is the final list.
Boston University's Jack Eichel remains the second overall North American skater, which is no surprise. More interesting is that Boston College's Noah Hanifin remains third overall, despite growing consensus in the independent scouting community that Ontario superstar forwards Dylan Strome or Mitch Marner may push for that third overall spot. Michigan's Zach Werenski comes in at 9th among NA skaters and the third-best defenseman, which is likely where he'll end up.
Other NCAA recruits to make the top 30 among NA skaters included Kyle Connor(Michigan) at 13, Brock Boeser(North Dakota) at 27, Thomas Novak(Minnesota) at 28, and Colin White(Boston College) at 29.
North Dakota commit Matej Tomek is the top NCAA-bound goalie at 5th among North American goalies, followed by Miami commit Ryan Larkin, who has shot up draft boards and is ranked 6th among NA goalies.