NHL Central Scouting is ready to rock here in Ontario this week to determine its final rankings of the top draft-eligible players on the board this June at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.
On Saturday, the pro scouts will have a go at it to determine this year's final list of the top 210 draft-eligible skaters and 30 goalies from North America for the 2012 NHL Draft.
NHL.com will also be present for the opening three days of the meetings, providing exclusive coverage. The scouts will no doubt be in heated debate, unveiling the pros and cons of every player from all the major junior leagues throughout North America.
Discussions will heat up almost immediately on Saturday morning as the scouts debate over who should receive the No. 1 overall placement among North American skaters. The four candidates expected to vie for that position will be Sarnia's Nail Yakupov, Quebec's Mikhail Grigorenko, Everett's Ryan Murray and Red Deer's Mathew Dumba.
Keep checking the "Prospecting with Central Scouting" blog, which will be updated every few hours, beginning Saturday and concluding Monday, for developments as they happen. Of course, we won't be able to provide you with the final lists at this time, as they will likely be reserved for April 9.
Here's a list of scouts present this week:
Dan Marr - Central Scouting director | Marr hired as new Director of NHL Central Scouting
Jack Barzee - USA Hockey - West | Barzee brought wit and wisdom to scouting job
Gary Eggleston - USA Hockey - East | Eggleston a pioneer of U.S. prospects
Chris Bordeleau - CHL
Chris Edwards - CHL/OPJHL | Chris Edwards learned from the best
Al Jensen - All goalies/CHL
B.J. MacDonald - CHL/OJHL/BCHL
Peter Sullivan - CHL
David Gregory - U.S. scout/CHL
Of course, also playing vital roles will be Jack Gerien (Sr Director / IT technology), Nathan Ogilvie-Harris (Central Scouting manager), Luke McGoey (Central Scouting coordinator), Brandon Pridham (Sr Director of Central Registry), Paul Brighty (Office Manager), Brad Smith (IT Manager, Tor) and Bob Obringer (IT specialist).