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Central Scouting unveils preliminary 2013 draft prospects ratings

Sep 22, 2012, 8:11 PM EDT

Seth Jones #3 of the USA White Squad skates against Team Sweden at the USA hockey junior evaluation camp at the Lake Placid Olympic Center on August 6, 2012 in Lake Placid, New York. Sweden defeated the USA 5-1.
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NHL Central Scouting has rated the worlds best 2013 draft-eligible prospects and two players worth remembering are forward Nathan MacKinnon of the QMJHL Halifax Mooseheads and defenseman Seth Jones of the WHL Portland Winterhawks.

NHL Central Scouting director Dan Marr likes this year’s group of forwards and MacKinnon in particular, according to an report.

“His skill level with the quickness with which he can execute, read and react — there aren’t many players who can do that,” Marr said.

Marr also thinks that Seth Jones, who was born in Plano, Texas, might have “given Ryan Murray a run for his money,” if he was also eligible for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. The Columbus Blue Jackets took Murray with the second overall pick.

Central Scouting has assigned prospects in a wide variety of North American and International leagues a rating of A, B, or C. An A-rating means that the player is seen as first-round material, while potential second and third-rounders are given a B, and projected fourth through sixth-round picks get a C.

Central Scouting will release it’s preliminary rankings in November.


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  1. theawesomersfranchise - Sep 23, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    Halifax is the team to watch this year. MacKinnon along with Wings 2nd round steal Frk, A-rated winger Jonathan Drouin, and A-rated goalie Zach Fucale.

  2. itsallgood8989 - Sep 23, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Columbus Bluejackets sure can use MsKinnon!

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