Just a quick break in the prospect action to admit that U.S. scout David Gregory and OHL scout Chris Edwards are doing a fabulous job in keeping the opening day of Central Scouting's meeting going in a nice, solid pace. Too many men behind-the-scenes, as well, to mention at this time.
Gregory just announced that league rankings have been established and now it's on to projecting the First Round -- The Moment of Truth has arrived. A vote was just taken between two players for the No. 1 slot ... sorry I cannot reveal at this time. I know, you hate me!
"This year's draft has a lot of quality players beyond pick No. 15 and some say well into round three," Gregory told NHL.com. "As in every season, there is a sleeper pick, who years later proves to be a dominant player in the NHL. This draft will be no different and the depth in the early rounds almost makes it a certainty. These players are spread out across junior leagues and high schools, making it difficult to decipher between them at times.
"But the quality of play has been very good throughout the season," he continued. "Each year there seems to be more and more players whose hockey skills are very strong as training and coaching improves at all levels. It occasionally takes a few years for this type of player to be playing regularly in the NHL but as indicated above it wouldn't be a surprise for someone outside of Round 1 to be playing within a year or two as well."