While the scouts are flocking to the office kitchen for some early-morning coffee and scouring the internet for possible player updates, thought I'd drop you a few morning features to get you started for Day 2 of NHL Central Scouting's meet to determine the final list of North American skaters and goaltenders.
** When NHL Central Scouting unveiled its midterm report in January, there were three defensemen ranked among the top dozen North American skaters. Are those same three the frontrunners entering the 2011 Entry Draft in St. Paul, Minn.? Read it here.
** Prior to the start of every season, NHL Central Scouting is usually making its rounds to not only to catch a glimpse of the top prospects in the world but to have them fill out some necessary paperwork.
So, long before Gabriel Landeskog of Kitchener, Sean Couturier of Drummondville, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of Red Deer, Jonathan Huberdeau of Saint John and Tyler Biggs of the U.S. National Team Development Program are beginning a new season, they've encountered "the questionnaire." Read about how the prospects dissect their strengths here.
** Also, in case you missed it, and as we await Central Scouting's release of the final ratings on April 12, NHL.com reached out to two anonymous NHL scouts -- one employed by an Eastern Conference team, one from a Western Conference team -- to ask their first-round projections.
Check those out right here.
Well, we're about 15 minutes away from picking up where we left off Saturday evening. The boys are 80 players deep at this point - well into the third round. I'll update the blog as often as humanly possible; to get instantaneous snippets out of the CSS meetings, please follow me on Twitter at: @mike_morreale.