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RNH tops FC’s final draft ranking

From Dan Stewart:

In the race for first, Ryan came out on top.

In the final ranking for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in Minnesota, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins secured Future Considerations’ 1st overall spot.

Ranked no lower than third all season, Nugent-Hopkins never relinquished the top spot in the ranking since wrestling the position away from Sean Couturier of the Drummondville Voltigeurs.

He was challenged by a late-season surge by Jonathan Huberdeau, whose playoff heroics earned not only the Saint John Sea Dogs a QMJHL title, but also the St. Jerome, PQ native the Guy Lafleur Trophy as the league’s playoff MVP. Heading into the season, Huberdeau projected to be a second round pick. He continued to climb all season long and a 105-point campaign launched him into top-5 consideration.

Huberdeau leapfrogged Kitchener Rangers forward Gabriel Landeskog, who didn’t fall out of the top-5 after being ranked 8th overall in the offseason. The Swede had 36 goals in 53 contests this season and is the OHL’s top-ranked player at 3rd overall.

Larsson, Landeskog’s countryman, is the draft’s top defenseman and has garnered first overall consideration all season long. The six-foot-two, 210-pound defenseman has the size, skill and smarts NHL teams covet.

Couturier, who had a 96 point campaign, finishes the season in fifth spot.

Rounding out the top-10 is Niagara IceDogs defenseman Dougie Hamilton, Ryan Murphy of the Kitchener Rangers, Niagara’s Ryan Strome, Saint John’s Nathan Beaulieu and Swede Mika Zibanejad.

To view FC’s Final Top-60 for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Click HERE.

Rank / Pos. / Name / Team / League / Ht / Wt /

1). C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Red Deer, WHL, 6’-0”, 165 Lbs
2). C Jonathan Huberdeau, Saint John, QMJHL, 6”-1.5”, 170 Lbs
3). LW Gabriel Landeskog, Kitchener, OHL, 6’-1”, 205 Lbs
4). D Adam Larsson, Skelleftea, Sweden, 6’-3”, 200 Lbs
5). C Sean Couturier, Drummondville, QMJHL, 6’-4”, 195 Lbs
6). D Dougie Hamilton, Niagara, OHL, 6’-4.5”, 190 Lbs
7). D Ryan Murphy, Kitchener, OHL, 5’-10.5”, 165 Lbs
8). C Ryan Strome, Niagara, OHL, 6’-0”, 175 Lbs
9). D Nathan Beaulieu, Saint John, QMJHL, 6”-2”, 180 Lbs
10). C Mika Zibanejad, Djurgarden, Sweden, 6’-1.5”, 190 Lbs
11). D Duncan Siemens, Saskatoon, WHL, 6’-2.5”, 190 Lbs
12). C Mark McNeill, Prince Albert, WHL, 6’-1.5”, 200 Lbs
13). C Mark Scheifele, Barrie, OHL, 6’-2”, 185 Lbs
14). C Rocco Grimaldi, NTDP U18, USHL, 5’-6”, 165 Lbs
15). D Jonas Brodin, Farjestad, Sweden, 6’-1”, 170 Lbs
16). LW Matt Puempel, Peterborough, OHL, 6’-0.5”, 195 Lbs
17). D Jamie Oleksiak, Northeastern, NCAA, 6’-7”, 245 Lbs
18). RW Joel Armia, Assat, Finland, 6’-3”, 190 Lbs
19). C Vladislav Namestnikov, London, OHL, 6’-0”, 165 Lbs
20). LW Brandon Saad, Saginaw, OHL, 6’-1.5”, 205 Lbs
21). RW Nicklas Jensen, Oshawa, OHL, 6’-2.5”, 185 Lbs
22). RW Tyler Biggs, NTDP U18, USHL, 6’-2”, 210 Lbs
23). G John Gibson, NTDP U18, USHL, 6’-3”, 205 Lbs
24). D Oscar Klefbom, Farjestad, Sweden, 6’-3”, 200 Lbs
25). LW Sven Bartschi, Portland, WHL, 5’-10”, 180 Lbs
26). RW Dmitri Jaskin, Slavia, Czech Rep, 6’-1.5”, 195 Lbs
27). C Zack Phillips, Saint John, QMJHL, 6’-1”, 175 Lbs
28). C Boone Jenner, Oshawa, OHL, 6’-1.5”, 205 Lbs
29). D Joe Morrow, Portland, WHL, 6’-0.5”, 200 Lbs
30). C Jonathan Miller, NTDP U18, USHL, 6’-1.5”, 200 Lbs

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Dan Stewart is the chief scout of Future Considerations. Follow the latest 2011 NHL Entry Draft news from FC via FC’s Official Twitter Feed at www.twitter.com/FCHockey on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fchockey and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/futureconsiderations

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