This is Tyler Seguin. There’s every chance this young man will be an Oiler at the Entry Draft this summer. The latest Central Scouting ratings have the kid from Brampton ranked #1 (ahead of the kid from Kingston, Taylor Hall) and his wide range of skills make him an attractive prospect for first slot overall.
Gare Joyce told us in his Heartbreak book that NHL teams pay no real attention to the final CSB list. Reason? They’ve made their own lists and (unlike earlier editions of the Central list) these clubs have scouted the players and discarded some while elevating others. I have been told that the average fan would be surprised at how many quality prospects don’t make the final cut for some NHL team lists for one reason or another. Sometimes it is their place of birth (Russia is going through a bad period because of signability issues) and other times it has to do with size (Jordan Weal is quite small) and still other times there are organizational biases at work (in listening to Bob Stauffer lately I get the feeling the Oilers will avoid college wingers).
I don’t think there’s much to be learned from the Central Scouting List. Bob McKenzie has a glance at it here and his new top 10 next week will be a more interesting read. Redline Report should have something up soon and beginning on Monday I’ll be starting my Oilers 09-10 in review (by player). There will also be some more draft stuff sprinkled throughout April.