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Erie Otters centre Connor McDavid tops NHL Central Scouting mid-season rankings

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - Erie Otters centre Connor McDavid remained in top spot Tuesday as the NHL Central Scouting Bureau released its mid-season rankings for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

McDavid has 60 points (21 goals, 39 assists) in 23 games this season. He broke a bone in his right hand during a game in November but returned to action at the world junior hockey championship last month and helped Canada win a gold medal.

McDavid was ranked ahead of American forward Jack Eichel (Boston University) in the list of top draft-eligible skaters from North America. Boston College defenceman Noah Hanifin, Kingston Frontenacs forward Lawson Crouse and Otters centre Dylan Strome rounded out the top five.

Swedish defenceman Oliver Kylington was the top-ranked skater from Europe. Finnish right-winger Mikko Rantanen held the No. 2 position.

Barrie Colts netminder Mackenzie Blackwood was the top-ranked North American goaltender. He is 20-7-1 this season with a 2.81 goals-against average and .915 save percentage in 29 appearances.

The mid-season rankings feature the top 210 skaters and 35 goaltenders in North America as well as the top 112 skaters and 11 goaltenders from Europe.

The 2015 draft will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

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