Leading the way are Aleksander Barkov of Tappara in Finland and Elias Lindholm of Brynas in Sweden. While there's a good chance several top players currently starring overseas will hear their name announced during the opening round of the draft in June, Director of European Scouting Goran Stubb feels Barkov and Lindholm are the surefire standouts.
Tuesday, NHL Central Scouting revealed its preliminary rankings for the top levels of North American junior hockey and Europe. Barkov was the No. 1-rated skater in Finland. Lindholm was tops among skaters in Sweden.