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Islanders Draft Central Day 1: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins & Adam Larsson

by Dyan LeBourdais / New York Islanders
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, a center for Red Deer of the Western Hockey League, and Adam Larsson, a defenseman for Skelleftea, are ranked first on the Central Scouting Service rankings list.

draft profiles
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
North American Skater
Red Deer, WHL
Final Rank:  1
Midterm Rank:  3
Position:  Center Shoots:  Left
Height:  6'0" Weight:  164
Born:  April 12, 1993
Hometown:  Burnaby, BC, CAN
Adam Larsson
European Skater
Skelleftea, SWEDEN
Final Rank:  1 Midterm Rank:  1
Position:  Defenseman
Shoots:  Right
Height:  6'3" Weight:  200
Born:  November 12, 1992
Hometown:  Skelleftea, SWE

Each day as we get closer to the June 24 NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, MN, the Islanders Draft Central will update with a new North American and European player profile. Below, each of the top 30 North American and European prospects will be listed.
May 26, 2011 - 30th in CSS Ranking
Rickard Rakell (North American)
Alessio Bertaggia (European)
May 27, 2011 - 29th in CSS Ranking
Alexander Khokhlachev (North American)
Adam Pettersson (European)
May 28, 2011 - 28th in CSS Ranking
Matthew Puempel (North American)
Sergei Shmelev (European)
May 29, 2011 - 27th in CSS Ranking
Phillip Danault (North American)
Fredrik Claesson (European)
May 30, 2011 - 26th in CSS Ranking
Shane Prince (North American)
Sergei Barbashev (European)
May 31, 2011 - 25th in CSS Ranking
Connor Murphy (North American)
Alexei Marchenko (European)
June 1, 2011 - 24th in CSS Ranking
Scott Mayfield (North American) | VIDEO
Johan Sundstrom (European)
June 2, 2011 - 23rd in CSS Ranking
Jonathan Miller (North American)
Klas Dahlbeck (European)
June 3, 2011 - 22nd in CSS Ranking
Tyler Biggs (North American) | VIDEO
Victor Berglind (European)
June 4, 2011 - 21st in CSS Ranking
Nicklas Jensen (North American)
William Karlsson (European)
June 5, 2011 - 20th in CSS Ranking
Tomas Jurco (North American) | VIDEO
Viktor Arvidsson (European)
June 6, 2011 - 19th in CSS Ranking
Brandon Saad (North American) | VIDEO
Joel Mustonen (European)
June 7, 2011 - 18th in CSS Ranking
Boone Jenner (North American)
Zakhar Arzamastsev (European)
June 8, 2011 - 17th in CSS Ranking
Ty Rattie (North American)
Nikita Kucherov (European)
June 9, 2011 - 16th in CSS Ranking
Mark Scheifele (North American) | VIDEO
Alexander Ruuttu (European)
June 10, 2011 - 15th in CSS Ranking
Zack Phillips (North American)
Karl Johansson (European)
June 11, 2011 - 14th in CSS Ranking
Mark McNeill (North American)
Jeremy Boyce (European)
June 12, 2011 - 13th in CSS Ranking
Jamieson Oleksiak (North American)
Max Friberg (European)
June 13, 2011 - 12th in CSS Ranking
Joseph Morrow (North American) | VIDEO
Victor Rask (European)
June 14, 2011 - 11th in CSS Ranking
Vladislav Namestnikov (North American) | VIDEO
Gregory Hofmann (European)
June 15, 2011 - 10th in CSS Ranking
Duncan Siemens (North American) | VIDEO
Rasmus Bengtsson (European)
June 16, 2011 - 9th in CSS Ranking
Ryan Murphy (North American) | VIDEO
Markus Granlund (European)
June 17, 2011 - 8th in CSS Ranking
Ryan Strome (North American) | VIDEO
Joachim Nermark (European)
June 18, 2011 - 7th in CSS Ranking
Sven Baertschi (North American) | VIDEO
Miikka Salomaki (European)
June 19, 2011 - 6th in CSS Ranking
Sean Couturier (North American) | VIDEO
Oscar Klefbom (European)
June 20, 2011 - 5th in CSS Ranking
Nathan Beaulieu (North American) | VIDEO
Dmitrij Jaskin (European)
June 21, 2011 - 4th in CSS Ranking
Dougie Hamilton (North American) | VIDEO
Joel Armia (European)
June 22, 2011 - 3rd in CSS Ranking
Jonathan Huberdeau (North American) | VIDEO
Jonas Brodin (European)
June 23, 2011 - 2nd in CSS Ranking
Gabriel Landeskog (North American) | VIDEO
Mika Zibanejad (European)

Central Scouting’s B.J. MacDonald
On Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - (Nugent-Hopkins) has very good puck-handling capabilities. His on-ice awareness is very good. He's one of those guys that knows where everyone is and where they should be and where the puck should go... He can dish both right or left, either on his backhand or forehand with that kind of vision. But not just the vision, but the fact he can lay that puck between the skate boot and the skate blade -- that's hard to find.

NHL Central Scouting’s Peter Sullivan
On Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - A couple of people high up -- and not naming names -- said Hopkins has the best vision since No. 99 (Wayne Gretzky). That's the highest compliment you can get. But the other thing is the way he competes. He never takes a night off and he works as hard in his own end as he does in the offensive zone and that takes a special player with a special set of skills to do that.

Islanders Scout Vellu Kautonen
On Adam Larsson - Larsson is the complete package as a player. He has great hockey sense, very good hands and size.

NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards
On Adam Larsson - Adam is one of the best skater’s in this year’s draft -- he has excellent speed and mobility. He also has patient puck handling abilities and can surprise an opponent with a solid hit. His size and skating ability make him comparable with Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman.
1. Edmonton Oilers
2. Colorado Avalanche
3. Florida Panthers
4. New Jersey Devils
5. New York Islanders
Round 1 - 5th overall
Round 2 -
34th overall
Round 2 -
50th overall
(from Wisniewski deal to Montreal)
Round 3 -
63rd overall
(from 4th round 2010 draft selection dealt to Colorado)
Round 4 -
94th overall
Round 5 -
124th overall
Round 5 -
126th overall
(from two 6th round 2010 draft picks dealt to Atlanta)
Round 7 -
184th overall

Western Hockey League
Red Deer Rebels

Since the team was founded in 1992, the Red Deer Rebels have won the Memorial Cup and Ed Chynoweth Cup once, both coming during the 2000-01 season. The Rebels have also won two consecutive WHL regular season titles (2000-01 and 2001-02) and three consecutive division titles (2000-01, 2001-02 and 2002-03).

If the Islanders select Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, he would join Justin Mapletoft (1999, 130th overall) and 1993 teammates Peter Leboutillier (144th overall) and Darren Van Impe (170th overall) as just the fourth Rebel drafted by the team since Red Deer’s inception.

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