I was able to catch up with basically all the scouts prior to breaking for lunch and they all agree that the top 5 of the 2011 rankings of North American skaters is as solid as it can get at this stage in the season.
"I think you really have to go through this process having that debate and seeing the names up on the list and have everybody talk it out … I think we've done a great job with that and I think we do have it right," scout David Gregory told NHL.com. "I think we used every resource to get it there. Everybody who has seen guys and that type of crossover, I think helped us get it right."
Keep in mind that Gabriel Landeskog of the Kitchener Rangers, Sean Couturier of the Drummondville Voltigeurs, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Red Deer Rebels, Jonathan Huberdeau of the Saint John Sea Dogs and Tyler Biggs of the U.S. National Team Development Program entered Central Scouting's final meetings this week as the top five North American prospects on the board.
Were changes made? You'll find out April 12.
"Out of midterm, not everyone has seen all the players so we don't have as much crossover comparisons, but once the guys have seen everybody, you can formulate your own opinion in the end," Gregory said.