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NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING FINAL RANKINGS

The top prospects for the 2019 NHL Draft

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

The final NHL Central Scouting draft rankings are out.

And it is no surprise who is sitting No.-1 in their respective categories.

Jack Hughes it tops among North American skaters thanks to his 23-goal, 86-point season with the U.S. National Under-18 Team.

RANKINGS: North American Skaters RankingsInternational Skaters Rankings | North American Goalies Rankings | International Goalies Rankings

The centre also skated in the Under-18 Five Nations Cup, putting up six goals and 16 points in just four games, and the 2019 World Junior Championship, recording four assists in four skates.

Defenceman Bowen Byram is second in the rankings. The Cranbrook product put up 26 goals and 71 points in 67 games with the Vancouver Giants, helping them finish first in the WHL's B.C. Division.

Saskatoon Blades' forward Kirby Dach sits third after his 25-goal, 73-point season. He also finished third in the Blades' regular-season scoring race, trailing leader Dawson Davidson by just two points despite playing six less games.

American Spencer Knight has been tabbed as this year's top-ranked North American goaltender. The Darien, Conn., native appeared in 33 games with the U.S. National Under-18 Team, posting a 2.45 GAA and a .908 save percentage in that stretch.

Right-winger Kaapo Kakko leads the pack of international skaters after putting together a 22-goal, 38-point season with TPS in Finland's Liiga league. He continued his strong play into the postseason and during TPS' short playoff run, putting up four goals and five points in five games.

Vasily Podkolzin sits second the rankings. The right-winger split the season between Russia's MHL and VHL, scoring six goals and eight points in 12 games with SKA-1946 St. Petersburg and two goals and five points in 14 games with SKA-Neva St. Petersburg. He also suited up for his country at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup and the 2019 World Junior Championship.

Rounding out the top-three international skaters is defenceman Victor Soderstrom. In 44 games with Brynas IF in the SHL, he scored four goals and seven points. He also dressed for 14 games with the Brynas IF J20 squad, netting one goal and eight points in the regular season.

In net, Russian Pyoter Kochetkov leads all international goalies. In 2018-19, he appeared in 18 games with HK Ryazan in the WHL, posting a 2.13 GAA and a .930 save percentage. He also appeared in two games in the KHL, suiting up for HK Sochi, recording a 2.57 GAA and a .911 save percentage.

The 2019 NHL Draft takes place June 21-22 in Vancouver.

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